Clevedon secure strong win at Hutton Moor

PUBLISHED: 15:36 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 15 May 2018

Clevedon Swimming Club.

Clevedon Swimming Club.

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Swimmers from Clevedon enjoyed a clear lead to finish top in the latest Mini Series team gala.

Clevedon Swimming Club members have been putting their training to the test in a number of open meets and team galas following their successes earlier in the year at the Somerset County Championships.

While some were working on achieving regional qualification times in readiness for the forthcoming South West Regional Championships, others made the short trip to Hutton Moor for the latest round of the Mini Series team gala.

An exciting first round, with the result in doubt until the last event, saw Clevedon narrowly missing out on first place by a mere two points back in January, while round two in March was cancelled due to the snowy weather conditions.

Clevedon’s swimmers, sponsored by HotSpring South West and Wales, made a superb start with Caitlin Mark securing a win in the first event in the girls’ 13 and under 100m individual medley, while also improving on her previous PB by 4.75 seconds.

After the first 10 events Clevedon were 11 points ahead of the other five teams, having achieved four first place wins and finishing in the top three over a further five events.

Other team members bagging maximum team points by achieving individual wins, came from: Caden Best 11-12 year olds 100m IM, Milly Elliot (10) 50m breaststroke, Ruby Byers (12) 50m butterfly, Eloise Major (12) 50m breast, Riley Price (10) 12-year-olds 50m breaststroke, Caitlin 50m backstroke, Lauren Mennie (12) 50m backstroke, Charlie Miller-Bannerman (11) 50m breaststroke, Imogen Bamber (11) 13-year-olds butterfly, Blayne Stanbrook (13) 50m breaststroke, Clara Waller (10) 50m backstroke, Jamie Steadman (10) 11-year-olds 50m butterfly.

Relay first place wins came from: Clara, Milly, Zoe Major (9) and Eloise Mark (10) 10 and under 100m medley; Imogen, Jasmine Burroughs, Eloise Major, Caitlin, Bertie Williams, Blayne, Sam Streeer and Jake Manning – 13 and under 200m medley.

As usual this much loved and exciting series of team galas brings out the best in Clevedon’s swimmers with an array of superbly executed skills on show and a total of 21 new personal best times achieved.

PBs: Ruby, Caden, Milly, Dexter Jeal (10), Ella Senneck (11), Bertie, George Blessitt (10), Jake Manning (13), Lauren, Evan Jenkins (12), Charlie, Jasmine and Jemma Streeter (11) swam faster with each achieving one new PBs; Caitlin, Sam Streeter, Benjamin Godfrey and Imogen each gained two new PBs.

After a further 10 events, Clevedon’s lead had grown to 22 points and by the end of the gala Clevedon had secured a clear lead to win the gala finishing 39 points ahead of second-placed Bristol Penguins.

This was a superb performance from the whole team of both swimmers and supporting non-swimmers, with Clevedon currently in first place going into the next round.

The team were brilliantly aided by the club’s newly-appointed girls’ captains Sophie Mennie (seniors) and Harriet Chambers (juniors), together with a number of parent helpers as marshals and officials and their loyal and noisy band of supporters.

If your child would like to experience the fun and excitement of competitive swimming, while also developing other life skills too, information on joining Clevedon’s successful Swim21 accredited club can be found at www.clevedonasc.co.uk or by emailing join@clevedonasc.co.uk

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