First ever qualifying times for three Swiss Cottage swimmers

A TRIO of Camden Swiss Cottage swimmers bagged their first ever national qualifying times at the London Region Distance Meet and the Coventry Open last week. Alex Peake, in Coventry, clocked two minutes 53.97secs to land gold in the 200m breaststroke, in

A TRIO of Camden Swiss Cottage swimmers bagged their first ever national qualifying times at the London Region Distance Meet and the Coventry Open last week.

Alex Peake, in Coventry, clocked two minutes 53.97secs to land gold in the 200m breaststroke, in addition to striking gold in the 50m fly and both the 50m and the 100m backstroke. He won bronze in the 100m free.

In the London Region Meet at Aldershot, Joel Sands (9mins 87secs) clocked a best in the 800m free while Edward Graham recorded 17mins 33. 25secs in 1,500m event.

Harry Needs, who had already qualified for the national youth championships, added the 800m free in an impressive 9mins 51secs.


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Sarah Taylor-Reid bagged golds in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and a silver for 200m. Her 100m time was a best of 1min 23.86secs.

Leo Jaggs landed gold in the 50m fly and the 50m back, along with silver in the 50m freestyle.

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Kelly Hookway won gold in the 100m fly and Eugene Potter grabbed silver in the 50m back.

Billy Bradley swam a personal best and a club record in the 400m medley.

The previous week, Devon Robins (pictured) was another Camden swimmer to shine when she bagged her second national time in Crawley's Long Course Spring Open Meeting. Robins (1min 6.01secs) won silver in the 100m fly.

And she capped a remarkable day by notching bests in the 200m breaststroke (2mins 51secs) and the 200m individual medley (2mins 30.98secs).

Reut Benaim clipped seven seconds off her previous best to win gold in the 200m fly (2mins 31.13secs). Benaim also notched bests in the 100m fly (1min 8.38secs), where she won silver and the 50m fly (31.30secs) and the 50m free (30.30secs).

Bognal Ayhan, who already has a national time, clocked 2mins 20.81secs in the 20m fly.

Other swimmers to record much improved times were Tamsin McKinnon in the 100m breaststroke, Joel Sands in the 800m free and Sarah Taylor Reid in the 200m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, at the Middlesex Spring Development Meeting Archie Moat, 12, recorded eight bests. He came top in his age group, smashing his best in winning the 100m breaststroke.

Leo Jaggs won all three events he contested. The 14-year-old came out on top in the 100m back, the 100m fly and the 200m medley.

Michael Allan-Dan finished no further back than second in all his races, while Aron Barta came second in a best in the 400m free.

Jesse Mathews was second in his age group in two events. Cordelia Grossman, who competed in the 800m free, was second in her age group. She won the 400m free.

Isa Ouwehand finished first in her age group, while Tudor Puszet, Julia Wilkinson and Victoria Harvey also swam well.

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