Strong start for swimmers

PUBLISHED: 14:15 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 19 April 2017

Clevedon Swimming Club.

Clevedon Swimming Club.

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Clevedon Swimming Club has made a strong start to the new season, following their mini series victory at the end of last year.

Clevedon Swimming Club has seen a strong start to the year following their mini series win at the end of last year.

This years’ team have pulled in amazing personal bests which have far exceeded the upper time limits allowed in the gala. Amazing work from the swimmers resulted in a tough challenge for team manager Fran Chambers, who saw the team losing points in 13 events for being too fast.

The highlight of the evening was the cannon event, a fast-swum relay which saw strong performances from Jacob Sell, Sophie Chambers, Bertie Williams, Megan Fry, Lewis Farmery, Eloise Major, Hannah Ripley and Toby Foster, in which Clevedon narrowly took the lead to win by just 0.2 seconds.

The Cotswold League team were also representing the club brilliantly. Last week saw them travelling across country to Midsomer Norton to compete in the qualification decider for the finals.

The team fought hard to secure the win over teams from Wellington, Cwmbran and Norton Radstock.

Individual winning performances came from Ben Penhale, Jacob Sell, Max Streeter, Sam Ledward, Finlay Smith, Annabel Earnshaw, Tabitha Pollard, Sophie Chambers, Poppy Leaman, Grace Ripley, Eva Farmery, Giselle Fitton, Ella Jenkins and Kate Sergeant.

A further win and jaw dropping moment came when George Leaman swam the 100m freestyle as backstroke against the competition, who all swam front crawl and securing the win with an amazing time of 57.54

Later this month, George is swimming at the British Championships in the 50m 100m and 200m backstroke events.

The final Cotswold League results gave the club a 10-point lead which rocketed the team into fifth position in the A final, which is due to take place on Saturday at Hutton Moor.

In addition to these amazing team performances, individual results at the recent Wells Meet at Millfield brought a total of 24 gold medals, 32 silver and 22 bronze shared between 31 swimmers in the club.

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