CoSta take round two honours; best regional championship ever

CoStA won round two of the Peanuts League at Potters Bar.

CoStA won round two of the Peanuts League at Potters Bar. - Credit: Archant

Four points was all that separated winners City of St Albans Swimming Club (CoStA) and Hatfield in the latest round of the Peanuts League.

Jess Patrick and Leyla Manthorpe Rizatepe

Jess Patrick and Leyla Manthorpe Rizatepe - Credit: Archant

The victory means CoStA, who were sponsored by Berry Recruitment on the day, have a big lead heading in to the final round of the championship, which takes place on July 14.

It was a tight competition at Potters Bar on Saturday as Hatfield led early on only for CoStA to push ahead by the halfway point and hang on for victory. The individual winners included Thomas Cadenhead, Megan Jarman, Guy Muncer, Lucy Coia Bell and Joshua Trewin.

In Division Two, CoStA’s B team was swimming at Hitchin. With a clear lead from the start, the whole team put in a phenomenal effort to secure their position, despite some strong competition from Royston and Hitchin.

CoStA won the majority of the relays, and finished in style with a closely fought squadron relay to win by 71 points.

CoStA’s impressive performances were not restricted to the Peanuts League. The club also had its most successful ASA East Region BAGCAT Championships ever.

With a total of 15 swimmers competing over the course of the championship, CoStA managed to win a total of 10 gold, three silver and one bronze medal to finish fifth overall on the table.

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Jessica Patrick took three gold medals in the 200m individual medley, 100m and 200m back stroke and three silver medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle. Lauren Stott won gold in the 200m fly and bronze in the 100m fly. Her sister Shannon scooped two wins in the 100m and 200m fly, as did Leyla Manthorpe Rizatepe in the 100m and 200m freestyle and Zhi Ong in the 100m and 200m breast stroke.

The other swimmers were: Florie Geurts, Joshua Trewin, Ella Chown, Tom Cadenhead, Grace Wylie, Megan Jarman, Ben Muckelston, Ralph Muncer, Callum Kean, Ross Ferreira competing over the course of the championship.

Head coach Stewart Melton said: “I would like to congratulate every swimmer who took part. They all did so very well and I am a very proud coach.

“A special mention to Leyla who walked away in third position overall in the 13-year-old girls and Jess who is now the Regional Champion in the 10-year-old girls. Well done ladies.”