RTW Monson show strength in depth to sail into second round

With 18 of the best clubs across the south of England taking part overall, Guildford came to St John’s along with Atlantis, Sevenoaks and Sutton & Cheam.

Among the hosts’ 34 competitors, Rose Compton and Andre Strydom started by claiming second places in the 200m Individual Medley.

Then boys and girls in the nine to 11 age groups both finished their relays comfortably in first place to set the pace for the rest of the team.

Max El-Mokadem secured a well fought first place in the 10-11 years 50m backstroke whilst Emilia Oliver swam strongly to win the 10-11 years 50m breaststroke.

Eleven year old Aran Bissett clinched first place emphatically in the Under-13s 100m breaststroke, 10-11 years 50m breaststroke and the 10-11years 50m freestyle.

Jemimah Berkeley and Louis Hayes comfortably finished first in the Under-15s 100m breaststroke, Louis also winning the 100m butterfly.

After a thrilling 50 races back to back, RTW Monson concluded the evening with 12 first places, 18 runners-up and 11 third places.

Overall they amassed an impressive 225 points to end the evening in second place, just seven behind Guildford A, with Sevenoaks third on 192.

Head Coach Graham Bassi said: “This is the best night’s club swimming I’ve seen in the last 25 years. It’s a strong team going places.

“Two years ago we escaped relegation by one point and now we are challenging the elite in our sport.

“We are obviously delighted with the results, but the execution of our skills and race plans typified our improvement.

Fellow coach Karen Bradbury added: “The swimmers showcased the club’s great depth. We have some really exciting emerging talent from our younger swimmers.”


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