Clevedon pair swim for Somerset

PUBLISHED: 11:10 27 October 2010

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CLEVEDON Swimming Club finished fifth in the National Arena League round 1, held at Hutton Moor, Weston.

CLEVEDON Swimming Club finished fifth in the National Arena League round 1, held at Hutton Moor, Weston.

The team consisted of swimmers with National Arena League 
experience as well as some swimmers who were taking part for the first time and many swimmers who stood in at the last minute.

Clevedon maintained a steady fifth place throughout the evening and made a strong challenge for fourth place, before Bristol Henleaze pulled further ahead in the last relays of the night.

The team was up against tough opposition, and it should be 
mentioned that most of the teams have almost double the training time available than Clevedon.

New PBs: Annabelle Birkett, Matthew Bray, Nick Bray, Amelia 
Chappell, Charlie Durnell (2), Megan Finnie, Zack Holdaway, Daniel Jones, George Leaman (2), Erika Mason, Sam Thomas, Harry Thornton, Lizzie Warnes (2).

Individual race winners: Amelia Chappell, Daniel Jones.

Elsewhere, a large squad of younger swimmers entered the Somerset Development Meet. Fifty-eight swimmers achieved a staggering 155 personal bests and medals too numerous to list.

The event proved to be a brilliant introduction to competitive 
individual swimming, rather than the team competitions and is set to become a regular event on Clevedon’s calendar.

At the other end of the age range, Clevedon were honoured by the performance of two swimmers who represented Somerset in the National County Championships recently.

Both Guy Prideaux and Steff Reynolds made their debut at the 
magnificent Pond Forge Pool in Sheffield.

Rubbing shoulders with several swimmers who had just returned from the Commonwealth Games, they helped Somerset finish in fourth position, just behind Lancashire, Yorkshire and Middlesex.

This is the best performance for the county for many years and both Guy and Steff achieved PBs in their individual events. Guy came 16th in the 100m butterfly and helped his medley relay team to a superb fourth place.

Steff came eighth in the 100m backstroke, her medley relay team also finishing in fourth place.

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