Another good result for Clevedon swimmers

PUBLISHED: 14:28 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:28 13 November 2013

Luke Snell.

Luke Snell.


Clevedon Swimming Club took another step towards maintaining their Division 1 status in the National Arena League.

CLEVEDON Swimming Club, sponsored by Hotspring Soutwest and Wales, took another more step to maintaining their Division 1 status in the National Arena League.

The latest round was held at Horfield and with the team currently lying in seventh place in the league, they needed a good result to ensure a B final place in December and a guarantee of staying in the division.

With a few key swimmers missing due to illness, the pressure was on, but morale was also high with many of the team having just returned from a week’s training camp at Club La Santa, Lanzarote, where they met Paralympic multi-gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey.

The team had a solid start with some second and third place races, but had to wait for event 17, the ladies’ open 100m butterfly, before they posted their first win of the night with Samantha Young.

Over the next 10 events, the team were launched up the placings, with five wins from 10-year-old Ben Penhale (50m butterfly), 13-year-old Amelia Chappell (50m backstroke), 15-year-old Sam Hodge (100m butterfly), 16-year-old Callum Greenwood (100m backstroke) and 11-year-old India Gibson (50m breaststroke), to sit in third place.

Unfortunately, the second half of the event was void of any further wins, and, despite some excellent swims, the points achieved were not quite enough and the team slipped back to finish in fourth place.

While nothing is guaranteed until all results from other galas are in, it does look extremely hopeful that Clevedon will yet again participate in the B final to stay in the division for another year.

Personal best times on the night were few and far between, although not entirely unexpected due to the heavy training of some of the squad only a week before. Winners Amelia, Sam and Ben all posted best times, while there were others from Kirsty Cornish, Finlay Smith, Luke Snell and Lizzie Warnes.

While Clevedon compete in some high-level competitions, the club also ensures that all abilities of swimmers are catered for, with a well-structured competition calendar.

The club’s own championships will be held next weekend where most of the 150 swimming members of the club will be in action.

Details on how to join this successful and friendly club can be found on their website –

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