05 Jul 2023

Following the hugely successful county championships in February, Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club showcased their hard work and talent at the North East Regional Championships in April and May, beating swimmers from some of the best clubs in the North East Region. A number of our younger swimmers had very packed schedules with multiple finals, but there was maximum effort from everyone right until the very end.

Rio Daodu (16 years) wowed in the backstroke and fly, winning GOLD and becoming North East Champion in 50m and 100m back and 100m fly. The first weekend saw a flurry of medals for KUHSC in the finals session. Zac Baughan-Withington had a thrilling 400m IM, which saw him close the gap between first and second, knocking off an impressive 5 seconds from his heat swim in the morning (5:16.11). This was followed by Lucas Christie racing to silver in the 100m backstroke in a personal best of 1:11.06. Oscar Focht then made it a hat-trick of silvers by finishing the 50m breaststroke in a personal best time of 39.85.

There were some very well-deserved personal bests amongst the older swimmers during the second weekend in the Open/Youth category. In addition to his golds, Rio Daodu bagged silver in the Junior 200m free and bronze in the Open 50m back, whilst Libby Munday added a silver to KUHSC’s medal haul in the Open 100m back.The third and final weekend saw Hull’s age-groupers continue the club’s successful streak. Zac Baughan-Withington took home another silver in the 200m IM. Sofia Casap swam personal best times in both the 200m backstroke (dropping two seconds to 2:40) and the 50m back, which saw her win silver. Lucas Christie was back on the podium will an impressive further two silver medals in the 200m back and 50m back and Oscar Focht, the youngest swimmer in the 200m breast final, secured a fabulous bronze medal.

Well done to all finalists!

Zac Baughan-Withington (13 yrs): 200m fly (8th), 400m IM (2nd), 200m free (9th), 800m free (4th), 400m free (6th), 200m breast (5th)
Sofia Casap (13 yrs): 200m back (7th)
Lucas Christie (13 yrs): 200m fly (7th), Lucas Christie: 50m fly (9th), 100m fly (6th)
Rio Daodu (16 yrs): Junior 200m IM (5th), Junior 50m free (5th)
Oscar Focht (11 yrs): 100m breast (4th), 100m back (5th), 200m free (4th), 50m breast (2nd), 100m free (5th), 50m fly (6th), 50m back (4th)
Rhianna Foster (17 yrs): Open 1500m free (5th)
Lewis Hall (12 yrs): 200m back 9th
Dylan Hill (13 yrs): 100m back (8th), 200m back (5th), 50m back (4th)
Joshua McCollin (16 yrs): Junior 50m back (10th), Junior 50m fly (5th)
Joseph Moment (17 yrs): Open 200m free (10th), Open 800m free (4th), Open 400m free (10th)
Libby Munday (17 yrs): Open 50m back (5th), Open 200m back (4th)
Emily Rickinson 17 yrs): Open 1500m free (6th)
Lea Sibova (12 yrs): 100m free (5th)
Victoria Sibova (15 yrs): Junior 100m free (7th), Junior 50m free
Matthew Sitch (14 yrs): 100m back (9th), 200m breast (9th)
Pavel Zirar (14 yrs): 200m back 8th

It is a great achievement to even qualify for the Regional Championships; everyone who swam should be very proud of themselves.

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