Cormorants swimmers take last chance for a superb medal haul

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A 20-strong squad from Chichester Cormorants showed great maturity and depth after leaving the Littlehampton Last Chance regional qualifier with a brilliant haul of 20 medals.

With great support and under the ever-watchful eye of team manager Phil Rayner and coach Darren Sims, the team walked away from the Arun Leisure Centre with seven gold, ten silver and three bronze medals.

The stand-out performance was from Molly Whatmore, who scooped three golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

Sara Pezzutto struck double Gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke and Oliver Wise and Sam Pink both achieved individual gold. The medals flooded in all day courtesy of Ella Brown, Jess Rayner, Jemima Laurence, Oscar Turner, Adam Long and Darren Sims collecting eight silver and bronze medals between them.

From start to finish, Cormorants’ showed why they are one of the fastest-improving squads around with superb swimming from Joe Barnett, Luke Smith, Benjy Bethell, Katherine Kelsall, Charlie Barnett, Katherine Squires and Emi McGeough.

For many, this was their first tilt at a regional qualifier.

Medalists: Molly Whatmore (14) – gold (200m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 200m individual medley) silver (50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke) bronze (200m backstroke, 50m backstroke); Sara Pezzutto (20) – gold (200m backstroke 100m backstroke); Ella Brown (14) – silver (200m freestyle); Jess Rayner (9) – silver (50m freestyle); Jemima Laurence (10) – silver (50m freestyle); Oliver Wise (12) – gold (200m butterfly); Oscar Turner (12) – bronze (200m breastroke); Adam Long (12) – silver (200m breastroke) bronze (100m breastroke); Sam Pink (14) – gold (200m backstroke); Darren Sims (28) - silver (100m butterfly, 50m butterfly).