Borisov leads Camden Swiss Cottage’s gold rush at London Regional Championships
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Alex Borisov led Camden Swiss Cottage’s gold rush, securing four victories and a silver medal as the 2016 London Regional Championships began with a three-day event at Crystal Palace and the London Aquatic Centre.
Borisov won the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 400m individual medley and 200 IM, where he set a personal best time of two minutes 18.88 seconds – and there was another PB of 32.39 as the 15-year-old scooped second place in the 50m breaststroke.
Anne Tavierne, 15, also departed laden with silverware after taking the gold in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle events – setting a new long course PB (recorded in a 50m pool) of 4:32.02 in the latter competition – while there were silvers in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.
Alex Panteli, 19, touched first in the 400m freestyle and was second in the 200m freestyle, achieving long course PBs in both events, while 18-year-old Alexander Kapanadze powered to gold in the 200m backstroke, adding a silver in the 400m IM.
Benji Moore, 15, achieved a lifetime best of 1:02.38 as he won the 100m fly and James Slade also claimed gold in the 200m IM, while Caterina Brighi, 24, took the silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 200m IM.
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Ally Larson, 16, stood on the podium twice after collecting bronzes in the 100m fly and 200m IM and Natalia Kaczmarczyk, 16, was third in the 50m freestyle in a long course best of 27.70.
Camden’s swimmers also performed strongly when they teamed up for the relay races. The girls’ 14/16 years 4x100m freestyle team of Tavierne, Kaczmarczyk, Larson and Ann Schmitt were beaten by just 0.19 seconds as they took the silver, and the women’s 17 years-and-over 4x100m medley team of Brighi, Maddie Hookway, Isobel Moffatt and Indigo Mathews were also second.
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Meanwhile, the men’s 17 years-and-over 4x200m team of Panteli, Alexander Lezard, Slade and Stanley Ramsay took the bronze – and so did the boys’ 14/16 years 4x100m medley team of Bertie Newman, Borisov, Moore and Graham Brantley.
Head coach Matt Heathcock said: “I was really happy with the results from the weekend. We had targeted this meet for our swimmers to gain [their] best performance times of the season so far and they rose to the challenge brilliantly.
“It was also good to watch the relay teams perform so well – the team spirit was strong and it really worked to our advantage.”