Westlake and Aylen lead Faversham bid
MORE than 45 youngsters were in action as Faversham Swimming Club held its annual indoor age group championships, and a big crowd were treated to some great performances from home swimmers.
Races took place over both 50 and 100 metres with many of the younger swimmers entering races for the first time.
The championships hit feverish heights as the strenuous multi-stroke skins competition commenced.
The event saw the six fastest swimmers from boys and girls categories pitted against each other, with each stroke race picked at random and the slowest swimmer in each race leaving the pool until two champions remain.
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The girls event saw the gruelling butterfly stroke pulled out of the bag no less than three times. Fifteen-year-old Abbie Collins wowed the crowd with her battle to claim third.
That left Rebecca Crouch and Flora Westlake, both 13, to battle it out and they were neck and neck until the final length when a quick burst of speed from Westlake enabled her to touch home first.
The crowd were on their feet during the boy's competition with three of Faversham's finest chasing first.
Fourteen-year-old Marty Boorman took third place after a challenging butterfly race, which left 15-year-old elite swimmer Ben Collins up against Tom Aylen. The final breaststroke race saw Collins pipped to the post by Aylen.
First place winners in the girls' events were Eva McIntyre in the 9-years 50 metre butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley.
Tamzin Myburgh, also nine, took the 50 metre backstroke while Nicola Crouch, 10, won both the 50 metre butterfly and breaststroke.
Emily Holt, 10, took the 50 metre backstroke, freestyle and individual medley while Lauren Scott, 11, won the 100 metre butterfly. Molly Stemp, 11, was first to touch home in the 100 metre backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley.
Keeley Wrench won the 12-year 100m butterfly and in the same age group Georgia Collins took the 100m backstroke, freestyle and individual medley and Alice Searley the 100 metre breaststroke.
In the 13-year events Molly McKenna won the 100 metre butterfly, Rebecca Crouch the 100 metre backstroke and freestyle. She also came joint first in the individual medley.
Flora Westlake, meanwhile, won the 13 years 100 metre breaststroke and came joint first in the individual medley.
Lydia Scott took the 14-year butterfly and backstroke, Erica Sellens the 100 metre breaststroke and freestyle.
Jasmine Locke won the 15-years 100 metre butterfly and Joanne Hawkins the 100 metre backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley.
Jessica Stephens triumphed in the 16-years 100 metre butterfly and freestyle, Lily Jarvis-Keysell the 100 metre backstroke and individual medley.
Winners in the boys' event were: Richard Ellis (9-year 50 metre butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke), Thomas Goldsmith (9-years 50 metre freestyle), Jamie Spice (9-years individual medley, Harry McKenna (10- years 50 metre butterfly, backstroke), Joseph Russell (10 years breaststroke, freestyle, individual medley), Joe Wall (11-years 100 metre breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley), Richard Catton (11-years 100 metre freestyle, backstroke), Blaine Ramsden (12-years 100 metre backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, individual medley), Marty Boorman (14-years 100 metre butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle), Ben Collins (15-years 100 metre butterfly, backstroke, freestyle, individual medley), Francis Nye (15-years 100 metre breaststroke), Tom Aylen (men's 100 metre butterfly, backstroke, freestyle, individual medley).
A raffle, featuring prizes donated by club sponsors Simplyswim and Tesco, together with the sale of refreshments, the club raised over £100.