Rio Paralympic gold medalist Jeanette Chippington opened the Maidenhead Marlins Open Gala on Saturday 26th November and in an interview answered questions from the young swimmers on what it takes to be a successful athlete. She was also on hand to sign autographs and pose in the odd selfie !
The Olympic theme continued with current GB squad swimmer Roberto Pavoni who also competed in the London 2012 Olympics take part in the Gala’s Elite Invitation 100m Medley event . In a competitive race he was narrowly beaten by a superb swim from Marlins swimmer - Tom Dean. Roberto also took on the top seven age group winners (U9 to U15) in a handicapped 50m freestyle final which saw him giving a 16 second head start to the U9 swimmer in the girls event which was eventually won by the U10 swimmer - Ava Shaw from Teddington. The boys event was equally hard fought and saw U10 Marlins swimmer Ben Phillips hold onto his 11 second lead to come home with the title.
A huge thank you to all swimmers, officials, volunteers and parents who helped to make our gala such a success. There was some wonderful swimming, some great personal bests and plenty of county and regional times. Well done swimmers!
Please find the provisional meet results below. All eligible results have been sent to the ASA for inclusion on the Rankings database.
We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
Maidenhead swimmers enjoyed an outstanding weekend at the ASA South East Regional Winter Championships this weekend. On the first day Connie Dean swam superbly in the 400m IM to defend her Championship Trophy and not to be outdone Tom Dean put in a lifetime best to secure a place in the 50m Breast Final, where he finished a very creditable 3rd overall and a silver medalist in the Junior Championship. An excellent performance from Daria Poma Kostik earned her a place in the 100m Breast Final where she finished 8th overall whilst Maisie Cossins narrowly missed out on this final , finishing in 10th place. Tom continued his good form in the 200m Breaststroke finishing 2nd in the final and first in the Junior Championship. He surpassed this with an outstanding 400m Medley swim to be crowned Regional Champion in a new County Record time. Emma Hepworth swimming in her first Winter Championship did an excellent swim in the gruelling 800m Free event to finish 15th in the Junior Championships. Whilst Joel Lange had a very busy day, doing really well to finish 9th place in the Junior Championships for the 400m Medley as well as sound performances in the 100m Medley & 50m Breast before unfortunately breaking his finger at the 50m turn in the 200m Breast. Connie continued her domination of the medley events with a comfortable win in the 200m medley Final.
Sunday saw more success for the in form Marlins swimmers. Maisie Cossins qualified for the 50m Breast final in 5th place. In the final she swam superbly to come second and pick up the silver medal. Tom qualified for the 200m medley final where he finished in 2nd place with another Junior championship first place as well as another County record. Emma Hepworth did a very good 400m free swim, with Connie talking a silver medal in the same event. Showing real guts and determination Joel managed personal best swims - with his broken finger - in the 200m Free and Backstroke events. Daria wrapped up a fantastic weekend with an excellent performance in the 200m Breast Final to finish 4th overall and gain a Bronze in the Junior Championships.