Backwell swimmers dominate event
PUBLISHED: 14:17 11 May 2011
BACKWELL swimmers dominated the final round of the Cotswold League series held at Pontypool.
BACKWELL’S star swimmers dominated their final round of the Cotswold League series held last weekend in Pontypool, laying down a serious challenge to other local teams as they head for the series finale at Hutton Moor.
Backwell’s swimmers took 25 first places and set 14 new personal best times in front of a good crowd of home supporters.
Most exciting were the winning swims from the club’s younger swimmers. 11-year-olds Charlie Wring and Jack White swam with maturity and confidence to take the 25m backstroke and butterfly races respectively.
Jamie Scott Green (11) swam energetically to take the boys 25m breaststroke event and 15-year-old Charlotte dug deep to find the extra strength needed in the closing stages in the strength sapping 100m butterfly.
Relative newcomer Harrison Lyon in the 11-year-old 25m freestyle came a well-deserved second in a new personal best time in a nail-biting blanket finish to the closest race of the evening.
Additionally, there were satisfying wins too for Emily Piercy and Niki James in the 100m individual medley, Florence Davis, Sorrel Murgatroyd and James Appleby in the 25m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke respectively, Josh Muschamp in the 100m butterfly, Emily Piercy and Marcus Gardiner in the 50m breaststroke, Katie O’Malley in the 100m backstroke, David Hill and Florence Davis is the 50m butterfly and Nicole Cameron in the 50m backstroke.
Backwell dominated the relay events, showing depth of talent in all age groups. Josh Griffiths, Bethany Mennie and Emily Griffiths joined others to take first place in both 11-year-old freestyle and medley relays.
Zoe Harril Davis, Beth Griffiths, Annabel Peel, Olivia Connolly, Zack Tayloe and Chris Sargent joined others to take both the 15-year-old boy’s and girls’ medley and freestyle relays.
Alex Gay and Bjorn Hoffman joined others to dominate the men’s freestyle relay. The 11-year-old boy’s and girls’ teams won both the freestyle and medley relays too.
Club chairman Steve Carter said: “The team are swimming better this year compared to last year’s achievements. Our swimmers of all ages should feel tremendously proud of their achievements and the team very confident as they head to the final.”