Backwell celebrate winning league title

PUBLISHED: 14:31 18 May 2011

Backwell swimmers with the trophy.

Backwell swimmers with the trophy.

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Backwell Swimming club win the Cotswold League title in style.

LAST Saturday was a triumphant night for Backwell’s hard working swimmers as they won the Cotswold League title in convincing style at Hutton Moor.

This is the first time Backwell have taken top honours in this annual event and marks how far the club has improved in recent years. As little as four years ago, the club could only manage to reach 15th place out of 20 competing teams.

Besides the swimmers, fully clothed head coach Andy Daniel got soaked too as he led the whole squad in celebration by jumping into the pool as the winning team was 
announced.

Backwell won a quarter of the 52 races and 14 personal best times were set. There were some particularly special moments to 
remember including Niki James’ gutsy second place in the girls’ open 100m butterfly, 
11-year-old Charlie Wring’s supreme 
confidence and underwater skill in winning the girl’s 25m backstroke, 11-year-olds Sorrel Murgatroyd and Jack White both swimming fearlessly in seizing important second 
places and seven points each in the 25m butterfly.

Masters expert Bjorn Hoffman chasing down first place in the men’s medley relay, but just running out of pool and having to settle for second place and 14-year-old Rebecca Abbott’s last three strokes in the 50m butterfly securing second place in a blanket finish for the top places.

There were satisfying personal bests 
for 13-year-old Alfie Noble in the 50m 
breaststroke and butterfly, 12-year-old rising star Sam Aizlewood in the 50m freestyle and 11-year-old Emily Griffiths in the 25m 
freestyle, all relative newcomers at this 
level.

There were new club records too for 15-year-old sensation Katie O’Malley in the 100m backstroke and 14-year-old star Marcus Gardiner in the 50m breaststroke.

This is a four round event and thanks go to the club’s many swimmers who participated in qualifying rounds only which secured a place in the final for the team.

Club chairman Steve Carter said: “What a night for our amazing swimming club. 
Winning the Cotswold title was our target for this year and we did it. Thanks to everyone for making history tonight.”

Head coach Andy Daniel echoed Carter’s comments, he said: “This is really amazing, our swimmers have done themselves proud and fully deserve this.”

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