Olympic Park Success at British Champs

on 27 April 2015
Hillingdon is punching well above its weight in swimming, as youngsters from Hillingdon Swimming Club put in some outstanding performances at the British Championships this month.

Eight young swimmers from HSC had qualified to compete with the best in Britain at the Championships held at  the London Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park, Stratford and 5 swimmers reached the Finals in their Events and finished in the top 8 in one or more of their races.

In fact Hillingdon swimmers made a total of 11 top eight finishes in the various age groups - more than any other London Club.
The Championships serve as part of the selection process for Junior Teams to represent Great Britain at the European Games and European Youth Olympics, and Hillingdon's George Taplin and Jemima Hall both achieved 3rd places, missing out by a whisker on being included in this year's Junior GB Team at the European Youth Olympics.

Hillingdon Head Coach, John Adye said ' British Championships was a huge success for us as a Club. We gained valuable experience both as individuals and as a Team. This will give us an advantage moving forward as the Club continues to strive for success at the highest level. To have two swimmers narrowly miss out on places on Junior Great Britain Teams shows that we are moving in the right direction as a Club and remain at the forefront of performance swimming in London. The future for these young swimmers looks very promising.'

Swimmers who achieved 6th place or higher were:

George Taplin (15 yrs),  3rd in the 16/Under 1500m Freestyle and 6th in the 400m Freestyle Final
Jemima Hall (13 years), 3rd in the 14/Under 200m Freestyle Final and 4th in the 14/Under 800m Freestyle
Ceara Barber (12 years),  5th in the 14/under 100m Backstroke Final and 6th in the 14/Under 200m Backstroke Final
Loulou Vos (15 years), 4th in the 16/under 800m Freestyle
Leon Berchie (18 years), 6th in the 18/Under 50m Freestyle Final

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