Towards the end of November, Christmas came early for nearly 70 BSSC swimmers, aged 9-17 years old, who headed to Braintree for the BBSC and DASC Christmas Cracker Open Meet. It was a fun Christmas themed meet and the squad beat their recent Basildon performances with even more great times (including some superb County & Regional times), bringing back 94 fabulous Christmas themed medals (29 Gold, 34 Silver and 31 Bronze) along with another 82 place medals (4th-6th).
This time a number of our 9- and 10-year olds got in on the medal collection as well – well done to everyone:
- 9 years: Florence Hills (Bronze 50m Back, 100m Free), Grigory Grishin (Gold 100IM, Silver 100m Breast, Bronze 50m Back), Samuel Bird (Silver 100IM, 50m Back, 50m Free), Tia Wardell (Bronze 50m Fly)
- 10 years: Ethan David-Tostevin (Silver 50m Free, Bronze 50m Back)
- 11 years: Brandon Macdonald-Williams (Bronze 100IM/200IM, 200m Free), Catherine Clune (Gold 100IM, Bronze 100m Free), George Cooper (Bronze 50m/100m Back), Hannah Robinson (Silver 200m Breast, Bronze 100m Breast), Oliver Gisborne (Gold 50m/100m Breast, Silver 200IM), Robert Gor (Silver 200m Breast), Tain Phillips (Silver 200m Free)
- 12 years: Alice Longman (Gold 50m Breast, 50m Fly, 100m/200m Free, Silver 200IM, 50m Free), George Grimwood (Gold 50m/100m/200m/400m Free, 50m/200m Back), George Taylor (Silver 200m Free), Kirsty Neill (Gold 100m/200m Breast, 100IM/200IM, 400m Free, Silver 50m Breast, Bronze 50m Fly, 100m Free)
- 13 years: Emma Fields (Silver 200m Back, Bronze 100m Back), Grace Mason (Silver 100m Fly, 400m Free, Bronze 200IM), Jago Derrington (Gold 400m Free, Silver 50m Back, 200IM), Jessie Fields (Gold 50m/100m Fly, Silver 50m Breast, Bronze 50m Back), Lauren Gore (Gold 50m Breast, Silver 200m Breast, Bronze 100m Breast), Lilian Opiyo (Gold 400m Free, Silver 50m/100m Free), Meisha Trend-Evans (Gold 200m Back, Silver 50m/100m Back, 100IM/200IM, Bronze 50m/200m Free), Miriam Moukdad (Bronze 200m Breast), Sam Carter (Bronze 200m Back), Seb Clark (Silver 100IM)
- 14 years: Evie Smallbone (Bronze 100m Back, 100m Free), Freya Reilly (Silver 200m Free Bronze 50m/200m Back, 400m Free), Issy Good (Silver 400m Free, Bronze 50m Fly), James Gisborne (Gold 100IM, 100m/200m Breast, 200m Free, Silver 200IM, 100m Free)
- 15/Over: Amy Wright (Bronze 200m Breast), Aoife James (Silver 200m Back), Hannah Morgan (Silver 100m Free, 200m Breast, Bronze 100IM, 200m Back)
Additional Place medal winners were:
- 10 years: Charles German, Dylan Davenport, Zoe Opiyo
- 11 years: Alex Filionescu, Beau Reilly, Eliza Andrews,
- 12 years: Ellen Millar-Bond, Hannah Davidson
- 13 years: David Badcock, Fergal Barry, Jaymee Wardell, Leanne Suo-Saunders,
Congratulations to all swimmers on their great performances.