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Callum makes a splash in victory for Royal Tunbridge Wells Monson Swimming Club

By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

WHAT A DUO:  Callum Ryan and Caitlin Fearon were in record breaking form

WHAT A DUO: Callum Ryan and Caitlin Fearon were in record breaking form

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ROYAL Tunbridge Wells Monson Swimming Club has enjoyed a superb start to the year's County Amateur Swimming Association Championships campaign.

Monson opened with a golden double before adding further medals on the opening weekend of the 800m and 1500m races held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

At just 16 years of age, men's team captain Callum Ryan set the tone for the competition after swimming a personal best 17:45.44 in the 1500m freestyle – a new club age group record that secured the gold medal for the 16-year-old age group.

Freestyle specialist Caitlin Fearon, 12, took to the water next and swum waves around the competition in the 800m freesytle event, winning her heat by over 25m in a time of 9:38.68 – a new club age group record.

It took 18 seconds inside the national qualifying time and a staggering 37 seconds ahead of second place. Caitlin's performance placed her at the top of the ASA National Rankings.

Charlotte Chapman, 14, then improved on her programme ranking to take a well earned silver medal in her age group category, further adding to Monson's medal tally.

The fastest race was saved for last, where Monson were represented by Ladies team captain Beth Hathaway and Eve Carless at 16 and 17 years of age respectively.

Both swam well paced races with Hathaway taking bronze in the senior event and her own age group, but missed out on a National Youth Qualifying time by a minute 0.66 seconds.

Kim Longland, Director of Swimming at Monson was delighted with the swims.

"Our pacing was first class and I cannot fault the way anyone swam their races," she said. "Everyone did what I asked them to do and swam their own race according to our plan. Caitlin's performance was obviously the highlight and she swam a difficult race with a lot of maturity."

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