TWO WINDSOR Swimming Club stars have beaten the best in the country to claim gold medals at the British Summer National Swimming Championships at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Cameron Moffat, 20, claimed the ultimate prize to become National Champion of the flagship men's 50m freestyle open event with a personal best score of 23.63 seconds.

Fellow Windsor club swimmer Moritz Hoogers, 15, also secured gold in the 200m backstroke (16 years category) in another personal best performance of two minutes and 12.32 seconds [2:12.32].

Moffat's achievement of winning the prestigious gold medal in the 50m freestyle men's open event at the English Nationals was all the more impressive as he was ranked in seventh place going into the final following the earlier heats.

During the highly-charged final race, comprising some of the fastest sprint swimmers in the country, Moffat gave an outstanding textbook performance to clinch gold from the race favourite.

Giuseppe Caporaso is head coach at Windsor Swimming Club. Commenting on Moffat's achievement, he said: "The men's open 50m freestyle event is always the most fast, furious and highly-anticipated race of any swimming meet, so to watch Cameron swim to victory and become National Champion was an incredibly proud moment. It just shows that you can never predict the outcome of a race.

"Although all eyes were on the two fastest ranked swimmers in the middle lanes, Cameron gave a truly determined and powerful swim from the outside lane to take victory on the final touch and in stunning style."

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PHOTO: Moritz Hoogers won gold in the 200m backstroke final in Sheffield.

Also representing the club in the 50m, 100, and 200m backstroke events was Hoogers. He gave a tremendous performance, powering through the heats to qualify for all three finals, and just missing out on a podium place when fourth over 50m and fifth in the 100m final.

However, his determination continued and victory eventually came when he took first place in the last few metres of the men's 16 years 200m backstroke final.

Caporaso said: “Moritz has worked incredibly hard in training and this hard work and determination has definitely paid dividends. I’m delighted by his consistently high level of performance.

"He gave a series of strong and gutsy swims, achieving some fantastic personal best times, gained qualification in to three finals and, of course, his gold medal and National title as the 200m backstroke champion.”

Club Chairman, Devon Wilks, added: “Not only are these tremendous personal achievements for both Cameron and Moritz, it also puts Windsor Swimming club firmly on the map of the country’s most elite swimmers.

"To have such high class national athletes in the club will also act as a significant motivator to all our young, up-and-coming swimmers, and in particular for the squad of junior competitive swimmers that Cameron coaches.”

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