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Dover White Cliffs meet, 29-30 June 2013

City of Canterbury enjoyed a successful weekend at Dover Life Guard Club's White Cliffs invitation swimming meet.

This two day meet is aimed mainly at newcomers and younger swimmers, with the programme including the short 50m events over all four strokes plus the 100m individual medley, relays and skins events.

'Skins' races round off each session with the top six medley swimmers in the different age groups competing in a rapid fire series of elimination 50m races in randomly chosen strokes. Cash prizes are an extra incentive for the top three. All but one of the skins competitions featured a Canterbury swimmer.

In his first gala, ten-year old Connor Honan took gold in the freestyle and butterfly, and recorded 1:36.67 to place fifth in his 100m individual medley, following up with second in the skins event. It was also the first time representing the club for his sister Emma (13) who competed in all four strokes and the medley.

Other ten year olds doing well across all the strokes were Lucy Spong, another new team member, and Eleanor Casey. Lucy came away with a full house of gold, silver and bronze in the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke respectively. Eleanor followed up with a gold in the medley and fourth in the skins and also placed third in the freestyle and fourth in the breaststroke and backstroke. Courtney Browning and Hana Allen also achieved top six placings. 

Among the youngest swimmers, Emelia Stokes, nine, qualified for the breaststroke final, then took a second off her heat time to take fourth spot, while Samuel Jack, also nine, reached two finals, taking fourth places in both the freestyle and backstroke. Luka Scannell, ten, achieved new personal bests in both his races. The ten and unders also led the way for Canterbury in the relays, with a close fought third place in the mixed 4 x 25m freestyle.

The older swimmers also came away with some top placings. Oliver Witter (12) came out on top in his skins event - keeping his cool after a false start and a recall - and also won in the breaststroke. His elder brother Keavlin (13) had a good weekend, winning in the 13/14 years breaststroke and freestyle, and taking second in the butterfly, third in the medley and skins and fourth in the backstroke. Bethan Collins (12) swam an excellent 42.13 in the 11/12 years breaststroke, gaining her a speeding ticket for beating the meet upper qualifying time.

Other Canterbury swimmers were Ellie Allen, Nattie Hopper, Holly and Monica Johnson, Margo Koets, Alisha Paintal Maycock, Piper Ridley-Parish, India Tabony and Izzy Woodard.