Buxton Swimming Squad swam into action at the Ripley Rascals 46th Anniversary Open Meet in Matlock on the 5th and 6th January 2019.
Ripley Rascals saw one of the biggest teams Buxton has taken to a gala in recent years, with 34 swimmers ageing from 9 to 22. It was the last chance for qualification times for the Derbyshire County Championships, so the expectation and anticipation was high!
Buxton gave an impressive performance against some strong competition and came away with a stack of medals with Personnel Bests (PB’s) being smashed out of the water! We had 20 new qualifying times, 16 medal winners and around 80% of the swims resulted in PB’s, a truly amazing performance from all the swimmers. Assistant Head Coach Andrew Stokes said “we’ve been working really hard towards the counties this year and we got some amazing swims at Ripley. It’s not fair to single people out but is safe to say we are immensely proud of the swimmers and thank them for all their hard work which has paid off.” Buxton now has the highest number of qualifiers for the Derbyshire County Championships for a long time with 29 swimmers achieving qualification times.
Our medal winners were:
Charlie Boam, Callum Jelleyman, Chloe Montgomery White, Matthew Foreman, Mia Stokes, James Ralph, Ryan Cornish, Flow Harris Wood, Oliver Ecob, Louis Ecob, Ellenor Turner, Hamish Thompson, Seth Partridge, Olivia Pope, Euan Freeman and Boris Holliday.
It was an exciting weekend full of team spirit and a great way to start 2019!