The Independent London Newspaper
18th November 2017

Swiss Cottage Swimming Club's silver success at Olympic park

    Ally Larson

    Solid silver: Ally Larson who swam a personal best in the 200m medley 

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    • YOUNGSTERS from Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club faced their first big challenge of the new season at the weekend, competing in the 2016 London Region Winter Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford. 

    The short-course meet at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the perfect early-season marker, with some of the Camden team making a return to action following an intensive week-long swim camp in Cyprus. 

    Among the stars on show was Alex Borisov, who sprinted to silver in the 16 years and under 100m individual medley final in a personal best time of 1.02.82. 

    The 15-year-old also just missed out on a place on the podium in the 400m individual medley, where he finished in fourth place. He also made the finals of the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke. 

    Ally Larson put in a solid showing in the 16 years and under 200m individual medley final, winning a silver medal in a best time of 2.20.70. 

    The speedy 16-year-old also finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final, as well as making the finals in the 50m butterfly and the 50m and 100m freestyle, in which she broke the magic minute barrier for the first time by hitting home in 59.37. 

    Bryce Puszet, 17, took second spot in the 200m backstroke, and also made the finals in the 200m individual medley and the 400m freestyle. 

    The medal success continued with Olivia Halsted scooping silver in the 17 years and over 800m freestyle in a new best time of 9.40.50. 

    Olivia also took sixth spot in the 400m freestyle and finished eighth in the 200m freestyle. 

    Alexander Kapanadze, 18, won bronze following another strong showing in the 17 years and over 400m individual medley. 

    Club-mates Lauren Brantley and Jackson Olin, both 14, Benji Moore, 15, Graham Brantley, Charlie Fraser-Allen, Segev Gonen-Cohen and Natalia Kazmarczyk, all 16, Darcey Hookway, Alex Lezard, Maddy Hookway, James Costello, and Juan Morales, all 17, Robert Dos Santos, 18, and James Slade, 19, also all put in impressive displays against a strong field of talented young swimmers. 

    Head coach Matt Heathcock said: “I was very proud of the team’s performance. 

    “All the swimmers showed excellent technical skills and their team spirit was good to see.” 

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