Busy youngsters

PUBLISHED: 14:29 14 November 2012

Tabitha Cameron-Kettle.

Tabitha Cameron-Kettle.

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The younger swimmers from Clevedon Swimming Club have had a busy competition schedule over the past two weeks.

THE younger swimmers from Clevedon Swimming Club have had a busy competition schedule over the past two weeks.

The youngsters from the Hotspring South West sponsored club were in action at two team galas.

First up was the Four Seasons gala. The club uses this series of galas to develop their younger and newer swimmers, with many competing for the first time, or swimming a stroke not considered to be their strongest.

With many away for half-term, everyone was pulled in and put in some great performances, with the majority of the swimmers achieving personal best times in at least one event.

Nine-year-old Mason Smith provided the one and only win of the evening, with an exceptional performance in his individual breaststroke event, knocking almost four seconds off his previous time over just one length.

Other top three swims came from Meg Coulter in the 12 & under 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Megan Fry, only eight-years-old, was third in the 9 & under 25m and eight-year-old Ella Jenkins continued to show her natural talent in the 25m butterfly.

Competing in the 10 & under 25m breaststroke, Megan McCrum produced a personal best to clinch third spot and Kate Sergeant, in her first competition for the team, showed no nerves as she took third in the 25m breaststroke.

Ten-year-old Louis Stratton sprinted a length freestyle to touch in third in his 25m race and Oran van der Holt knocked over six seconds of his time in the 50m butterfly for a well deserved third.

Noah Sherriff, Sophie Chambers and Ben Elsworthy all swam for the first time in a team event for Clevedon and picked up important points for the team.

The following week, the squad travelled to Kingswood for the Mini Series gala. Usually the club uses their faster swimmers for this league event, but with many away on a training camp with the club in Lanzarote and others unavailable, many less experienced swimmers had to step up to the mark and they did not disappoint.

The team pulled together and personal best times were recorded by Nelly Bridger-Morales, Tabitha Cameron-Kettle, Meg Coulter, Francesca Coveney, Annabel Earnshaw, Georgia Houston, Jordan Nicol, Meredith Pollard, Jenny Thyer, Joe Turner and Oran van der Holt.


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