Monson top the medal table at Kent championships
10th February 2020
RTW Monson Swimming Club have concluded the Kent County ASA Swimming Championships 2020 as TOP CLUB on the MEDALS TABLE with an astonishing total of 112 medals over 34 different events raced.
No easy feat for a club represented at the Championships only by 49 swimmers and against larger clubs, some represented by over 100 swimmers.
This is a huge improvement for the club which has seen steady improvement over the last 2 years, concluding the 2019 county championships with 70 medals and 2018 with 47 medals.
Condensed into 3 action packed consecutive weekends, the Kent County ASA Swimming Championships 2020 kicked off on the 18th of January at the London Aquatic Centre and by the end of just the first weekend, TEAM Monson dominated the number 1 spot.
This no doubt propelled all the swimmers to do their best. The best Medals Table position in the last 10 years for RTW Monson was 4th. Being 1st on the Table was definitely a new experience for this new generation of club swimmers who united together as one.
By the conclusion of the third weekend of the Kent County Championship at Crystal Palace on the 2nd February, it was clear that there was certainly a depth of talent within the club with medals won in all categories and all events and distances.
Gold Medalists across the age groups were : Aran Bissett, Emilia Oliver, Max El- Mokadem, Hayden Annan, Evelyn Bunting, Ellis Stanhope, Charlie Crewe, Joshua Prendergast, Emma Bennett, Teilo Williams and Isla Marshall. Stanhope also achieved 1 county record, Oliver 3 county records and Bissett an astonishing 12 county records and 5 regional records.
Success for TEAM Monson is however not only measured by medals, but also through great technical instruction, and by instilling a love and enjoyment of the sport.
"It is always great to see the hard work paying off and the swimmers achieving new personal best times. The team buzz is one of excitement and confidence. We are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the future." Commented Coach Karen Bradbury.
What next for Kent's Top Club?
Having qualified as a club for the first time in December to the National Arena League B Final, there will be no rest. TEAM Monson will be pushing ahead in training to debut in Cardiff on March 7th.
Concluding, Head Coach Graham Bassi said, " It's been a challenging two years to change the mentality of the athletes to buy into a program that has a philosophy of a long term pathway. We out performed our opposition not only in the medal table but in our skills and execution of our race plans. We have to now challenge at the very highest level in British Swimming. We have the talent, the program structure and a great coaching team to achieve this. In 2 weeks we are taking 39 swimmers to Cyprus for a high intensity training camp. This will give us the final push to go into the Arena finals to challenge the very best in our sport."