Camden Swiss Cottage swimmers welcome new head coach with impressive medal haul

Camden Swiss Cottage’s new head coach Matt Heathcock

Camden Swiss Cottages new head coach Matt Heathcock - Credit: Archant

Swimmers from Camden Swiss Cottage welcomed their new head coach Matt Heathcock with some impressive racing at the first two weekends of the Middlesex County age group and youth competition held at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre.

Heathcock started his coaching career at Eastleigh, before moving on to Wycombe and then Ealing. His last role was head coach at Windsor.

Julia Murphy, 12, swam strongly to finish with seven medals – golds in the 100m individual medley and 200m breaststroke, silvers in the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 200m IM, and bronzes in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

Anne Tavierne, 14, also had a fine first two weekends, powering to gold in the 200m freestyle in a top-class field. Tavierne also clinched silvers in the 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m freestyle, and a bronze in the 200m breaststroke,

Alexander Borisov, 14, touched for gold in the 100m IM, adding two silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and three bronzes in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and 200m IM. Borisov also finished just off the podium in fourth place in the 200m butterfly.

Maddy Hookway, 16, swam a three-second personal best to claim gold in the 16 years-and-over 200m breaststroke as well as taking bronze in the shorter 100m sprint.

Also swimming in the top age group, 17-year-old Isobel Moffat touched for silver in the 100m backstroke and added a bronze in the 400m IM.

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Jonathan Novak, 13, sprinted to a silver in the 100m butterfly, while 13-year-old Coco Brinkmann raced to bronze in the 200m breaststroke – as did 17-year-old Brendan Comyn in the same event in the 16 years- and-over category. Alexander Kapanadze, 17, also finished in third spot in the 400m IM.

In the 12 years age category, Marliese Rittenhouse achieved nine top-eight finishes, just missing out on a medal twice with fourth places in the 100m and 200m IM. An age group up, both Anna Podurgiel and Lauren Brantley made seven top-eight finishes, with both also just missing out on a podium finish with a fourth-place finish each.