WINDSOR Swimming Club is celebrating an outstanding performance at the first weekend of the 2018 Berkshire and South Bucks Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) County Championships.

Windsor swimmers have secured an impressive three County Championship titles plus 18 gold medals, 18 silver and 13 bronze.

The event saw the fastest qualifying swimmers from all over Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire compete at the highest level at the Wycombe Leisure Centre on January 13-14.

Matilda O’Dea, 13, took top podium when she secured gold in the 50-metre (m) freestyle final to become junior County Champion, plus bronze in the 100m freestyle age group final.

Shay Race, 16, out-swum his rivals in the 50m butterfly final to take gold and the title of senior County Champion.

Fellow squad member Moritz Hoogers, 16, narrowly missed the double when he won gold to become senior County Champion in the 100m backstroke and gained silver in the 50m backstroke.

Other notable performances came from James Murphy, 13, who secured three Championship podium positions. He took silver in the 200m backstroke junior Championship final, plus bronze in both the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

Natasha Holroyd, 13, won silver in the 800m freestyle.

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PHOTO: 50m junior freestyle County Champion, Matilda O'Dea.

The boys 12/13 years 4x100 freestyle relay team comprising Edwin Invanescu, Alexander Mufti, Damir Bahjor and Aaron Wilks fought hard to take bronze.

This year, a record 63 swimmers from the Windsor-based club qualified for the County Championships with an impressive 34 swimmers making it through the heats to qualify for age group and junior Championship finals.

Podium places and medals were also won in many of the age group categories with Windsor swimmers collecting a grand total of 58 medals.

Also worthy of a mention are Katie Ford, Lola Andrews and Bahjor, who all competed in 13 year category events and won a total of 13 medals between them - five gold medals, six silver and two bronze.

Giuseppe Caporaso is head coach at Windsor Swimming Club. He commented: “I can’t be more proud of all our swimmers who qualified for the event and swam incredibly well.

“While we’re delighted with the record haul of medals and prestigious Championship titles that we brought back to Windsor, I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of swimming with many securing personal best times and regional qualification times.

“It’s all the more exciting to see success across the whole club, from our more experienced senior swimmers to some of the younger ones who are competing at county level for the very first time.”

Devon Wilks is Chairman at Windsor Swimming Club and added: “None of this success would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire coaching team, and the long hours of training that our swimmers put in.

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PHOTO: (l-r) Windsor Swimming Club stars Shay Race and Moritz Hoogers.

“As our club, our aim is to attract and nurture young swimmers and ignite their interest and enjoyment in the sport by giving them the opportunity to experience competitive and performance swimming.

“We hope our achievements at the County Championships, and our award-winning success at the Summer Nationals, will continue to inspire our younger generation plus those new to swimming to take up the sport, get fit and have fun.”

The second round of the Berks and South Bucks ASA County Championships takes place at the Wycombe Leisure Centre this weekend.

Windsor Swimming Club is based at Windsor Leisure Centre and offers opportunities for swimmers of all ages and capabilities from its Learn to Swim groups to competitive squads which include regional, national and international athletes, as well as a successful Masters group.

For more information visit windsorswimmingclub.co.uk

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