Youngsters in the medals
THE first two sessions of the East Invicta championships have brought medals and personal best performances from Ashford Swimming Club’s squads.
The competition is held over three weekends in October at Canterbury with entries from all the east Kent clubs.
The opening session saw a very young under-17 team of Megan Lee, Melissa Grace, 12-year-old Jessica Richards and Megan Ford win a superb silver medal in the 4x50m freestyle relay.
They also were third in the medley relay.
Megan and Jessica were joined by Katie Owen and Henrietta Forssen for the girls’ open team finishing fourth in the 4x100m freestyle and sixth in the medley.
Stuart Taylor Chris Wood, Ryan Barnard and Craig Alford were fourth in the U17 freestyle relay and third in the medley.
And in the open 4x100m medley Alford was joined by Mattv Webb, James Russell and Nathan Haywood to take a fine fifth.
The following Sunday produced more medals.
A super silver was secured by Matt Rich, Ryan Barnard, Craig Alford and Chris Wood in the 13/ 14 years 4x50m medley event.
Another fine second place was taken when Sam Jordan stepped in to replace Matt Rich in the 4x50m freestle event.
In the 11/12 years 4x50m freestyle race James Alford, Tom Dane, Max Nicholls and Cieren Slater secured a fine bronze medal and followed it up with another third in the medley relay.
Melissa Grace, Megan Ford, Megan Lee and Megan Slater just missed the medal with fourth in the 4x50m freestyle relay.
Promising results also came in the individual events in the session with Cieren Slater winning a superb silver in the 400m individual medley and bronze in the 400m freestyle recording personal best times in both events.
Megan Ford also claimed a bronze in her 400m free and 400m IM.
Ashford swim starts Max Nicholls, Cieran Slater, Tom Dane and James Alford