Golden girl Murphy leads the way as Camden Swiss Cottage secure 12 titles and 37 medals
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Julia Murphy was the head girl, scooping five gold medals, as Camden Swiss Cottage finished their most successful London Swimming Summer Championships in recent years with 12 title wins and 37 podium finishes.
Murphy, 12, powered to victory in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and was also triumphant in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Showing great versatility, she also clinched silvers in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley while securing bronzes in both the 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly.
The Regional Championships took place throughout May at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and at the London Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park.
They are the precursor to the summer’s British and English Age Group Championships, which take place in August. With a new format this year, selections will be made based on fastest time rankings, rather than qualification times.
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Head coach Matt Heathcock said: “For me, the regionals have been a success - I was pleased with our performances and our team spirit.
“We finished with more than 90 per cent of our swimmers making personal best times - there’s more to work on but we have a great foundation here.”
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Fresh from a top-10 finish at the British Championships in April, 14-year-old Anne Tavierne showed more outstanding form to take two golds in the 200m and 400m freestyle. She also touched for silver in the 100m and 200m backstroke and picked up bronzes in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 400m IM.
Alex Borisov, 14, also had an impressive campaign, showing his all-round strength to take titles in the 200m IM and 200m breaststroke before rounding off the meet with three silver medals, in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 400m IM.
Madison Hookway, 16, continued her dominance in the breaststroke events with golds in both the 100m and 200m events and silver in the 50m sprint. In the same age group, Indigo Mathews powered to gold in the 200m butterfly.
Stanley Ramsay, 16, moved up the rankings to take silver in the 200m IM and bronze in both the 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke, while there were additional bronze medals for Ally Dill, 13, Natalia Kaczmarczyk, 15, Olivia Halsted, 16, Alexander Kapanadze, 17, and James Slade, 18.
There was further success as Camden’s swimmers joined forces in the relay events.
The girls’ 14-16 years 4x100m freestyle team of Mathews, Kaczmarczyk, Tavierne and Schmitt won silver – as did the 4x100m medley team of Tavierne, Hookway, Mathews and Kaczmarczyk.
The boys’ 4x100m medley quartet of Ramsay, Borisov, Hugo Lowell and Konstantin Kapanadze finished on the podium in third place.