RTW Monson British championship triumph
11th August 2017
RTW Monson took eight athletes to this year's British Championships held in Sheffield.
Women's captain Annabel Guye-Johnson led the team with three silver medals in the 17/18-year-old 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events. Annabel's 100m breaststroke was especially exciting, with a finishing time of 1:08.49, which put her in the top five in the world for her age group.
Jemimah Berkeley had a fantastic championship meet coming second in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events for the 13/14-year-old age group category, and also finished 4th in the 200m event just outside the medals.
In the same age group category, Anna Leman snatched two bronze medals in the same events, and finished just outside the medals in sixth place in the 200m breaststroke. Stephanie Andrews had a solid performance in the 50m breaststroke for the 16 year old age group category, finishing in 16th place.
Tom Leman continued the breaststroke theme, winning a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke in 15-year-old age group category. Tom also came 4th in the 100 metre breaststroke.
First time British championship qualifier Andre Strydom competed in both the 400m individual medley (IM) and the 200m IM in the men’s open category. In the 400m, Andre achieved a personal best in a time of 4:54.29, and he also finished 16th in the 200m IM.
Fellow first-timers Hannah Lambert participated in the 50m and 100m butterfly events in the 13/14-year-old age group. Hannah finished inside the top 20 in the country for her 50m butterfly, and also finished just outside a place in the final for the 100m butterfly, finishing 14th. Mia Burns participated in the 100m and 200m butterfly events in the 15-year-old age group. Mia did a great job finishing in the top 20 in both events.
Once the championships concluded, Head Coach Simon Morley was asked about his athletes performances, "It's been a great week for RTW Monson. We definitely made a lot of the people sit up and take notice and to be in the list of most improved Clubs was fantastic. The kids have worked tirelessly all season, and I am extremely proud of every single athlete for making it into the toughest competition of the year." He also added," The progression that these athletes have made over the last 12 months of training has been staggering. Each athlete has their own unique story, and I hope they will continue to flourish when we start our new season in September.''