Backwell head coach rewarded

PUBLISHED: 14:35 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:35 16 April 2014

Backwell Swimming Club.

Backwell Swimming Club.


Backwell Swimming Club head coach Bob Lisle was rewarded when 25 swimmers took part in the county championships.

HEAD coach Bob Lisle has been working hard with Backwell Swimming Club members and this showed when 25 swimmers took part in the Somerset ASA County Championships at Millfield School.

For 12 of the swimmers it was their first time at Millfield. Overall there were 69 personal best times out of the 112 swims and 13 medals taken home, two gold, nine silver and two bronze medals and 18 club records broken.

The club’s highest achiever was Ella Riggall, who swam brilliantly for the second time in the championships achieving a full house of PBs, 11 club records, two gold medals and nine silvers and coming second overall in the 10 year old BAGCATS for the second year, also securing her spot in three regional events, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 200m breaststroke.

Also doing well, Harry Watters and Ella Johnston came fifth and ninth overall in the nine-year-old BAGCATS, Watters taking the 200m freestyle club record and seven top 10 places including bronze in the 200m freestyle, while Johnston achieved a full house of personal bests and five top 10 places and taking home a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.

Other swimmers in the nine-year-old girls were Rebecca Hollier and Leah Evans, swimming an event each having only recently qualified as just turning nine in time for the championships.

In the 10-year-old age group, Holly Cocks, Daisy Davis and Charlie Barker were all swimming for the first time. Daisy swam two personal bests and in to the top 10 in both the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Holly swam PBs in the 100m IM and the 200m freestyle.

Owain Evans and Jake Weeks, both aged 11, achieved six PBs between them and Ellie Hollier, Sophie Mennie and Rebecca Gooch swam eight PBs between them in the girls’ 11-year-old age group. Lucia Clark (12), Lucy Barker (12) and Sarah Appleby (12) also swam PBs in their events.

Club records were also broken by Ellie Redfern (200m breaststroke), Stan Richardson (1500m freestyle) and Jack White (1500m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle). The 200m backstroke record had been standing since 2000.

Some of the older swimmers also swam PBs, including Abbie Ball, Emily Griffiths and Sam Aizlewood, Sam achieved six top 10 places. Katie O’Malley also competed and achieved qualification into the regional events.

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