Beckenham swimmers end 2013/14 season with national & international success
14th August 2014.
Beckenham Swimming Club’s top swimmers finished the year with a very successful trip to Sheffield for the British National Age Group and Youth Championships at the end of July and start of August. Tamara-Elise Elliott and Timothy Leberl represented BSC at the Age Group events, putting in some good swims and achieving a number of personal bests. Ruby Waters also participated in the open water race at Rother Valley Country Park.
Next it was the turn of the Youth swimmers, both in Sheffield and, for the open water events, at Rother Valley Country Park.
Top squad coach Tony Beckley took even more swimmers for individual events than last year’s bumper crop. Many fine PBs were achieved at the end of what had been a particularly long season, but particular congratulations must go to Lauren Walton, who came second in the Ladies’ Open Water 3km race and just a few days later won Bronze in the Open 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle events at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield.
Luke Gunning took Bronze in the 15Yr/16Yr 100m and 200m butterfly events and Kunmi Ogunfeibo won Bronze in the 17/18 Yrs 100m Backstroke as well as reaching the finals in the Open 50m Backstroke. Natasha Sinha reached the finals in the 17Yrs/18Yrs 200m butterfly.
Beckenham also fielded teams for the Ladies’ 4 x 100m freestyle event and the 4 x 100m medley event, in which the Beckenham girls improved significantly on their qualifying time. The boys entered the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle event, which was less successful, and the 4 x 100m medley relay, in which they qualified for the final. They finished a creditable seventh, having taken more than four seconds off their qualifying time.
For Beckenham to come away with six medals at Nationals is a real achievement, and follows a very successful season at all levels within the club. Lauren is currently competing at Senior level at the European Open Water championships in Berlin, a tremendous feat with which to top off her Beckenham career.
And Lauren is not the only BSC swimmer to compete on the international stage this summer. Susie Rodgers has had a fantastic IPC European Championships in Eindhoven, winning five Gold medals and setting a new British record for 50m freestyle. As well as her 50m freestyle Gold, Susie took Golds in 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly and in a relay event. She also won the Silver medal in the 100m backstroke.
Tony Beckley expressed his delight at Beckenham’s efforts throughout the club: “I couldn’t be more proud of all my swimmers this year both in and out of the pool,” he said.