January 7th, 8th, and 9th once again saw another successful Icebreaker Designated swimming competition for City of Canterbury and Dover Lifeguard Clubs.
The Icebreaker meet was extremely oversubscribed and unfortunately numerous entries had to be rejected.
Swimmers travelled from as far a field as Jersey and Yeovil to qualify for district and national championships to be held in the summer. Others attended to improve their personal best times and achieve their goals.
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Friday evening's session got of to a great start with 4 Canterbury boys achieving their National qualifying times in the 1500metres Freestyle. These were Jacob Gainey, Ben Watson, Aleksandar Krunic and Luke Smith. In the girls 800metres Freestyle Rachael Seaman swam an excellent race to gain 2nd place in the 11/12 years section and a huge PB into the bargain.
Saturday and Sundays galas continued with the success of the previous evening with Holly Ralfe gaining 3 National qualifying times, Holly Campbell 6, Luke Smith 6, Jacob Gainey 2, Ben Watson 1 and Aleksandar Krunic 1.
Wins were achieved by Louis Moore 9/10years 100m Breaststroke, Holly Campbell 11/12years 100m & 200m Breaststroke, 100m & 200m Backstroke and 4x50m Individual Medley. Aleksandar Krunic 11/12 years 4x50 Individual Medley, 4x100m Individual Medley, 100m & 200m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke. Guy Hewett 11/12 years 100m and 200m Butterfly. Amy Ralfe 13/14 years 100m Backstroke. Luke Smith 13/14 years 1500m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly. Josh Maley 15years & over 100m & 200m Breaststroke and 4x50 Individual Medley. Richard Coley 15 & over 200m Butterfly.
The finale of the gala was the skins competition where the competitors are taken from the fastest 4x50m Ind medley swimmers. A ball is taken from a bag and the competitors have to swim 50 metres of that stroke, of which the slowest swimmer is eliminated, the draw is repeated until there is a remaining swimmer. The last three swimmers receive a cash reward. Lucy Shilling came 1st in the girls Junior skins with Louise Smith 3rd and Holly Campbell 4th . The boys Junior skins was contested by 5 City of Canterbury boys and of the 6 places luke Smith came 2nd , Michael Stanley 3rd , Karl Botha 4th , Aleksandar Krunic 5th and Angus Hewett 6th .
The Senior boys skins came to fever pitch when Josh Maley and Craig Simmons came head to head for 1st place. Josh just pipped Craig for the top cash prize.
133 personal best times were achieved by City of Canterbury swimmers over the gala weekend, a testimony to the hard work that the swimmers have put in.