Clevedon receive top club award

PUBLISHED: 14:46 22 July 2015

Sophie Olver.

Sophie Olver.


Clevedon Swimming Club finished the season in style by picking up the Top Club award.

Over 50 swimmers from Clevedon competed in the Taunton Deane Open Meet at Hutton Moor to finish the swimming year in style by picking up the Top Club award.

All swimmers produced some stunning swims, confirmed by the 131 personal best times set over the weekend.

Points towards top club were awarded to the top eight in all events and age groups. Clevedon’s gold rush of 12 gold medals with 22 silvers, 18 bronze and numerous top eight finishes ensured the trophy was theirs.

On the top of the podium were Finlay Smith (three gold), Toby Foster (2), sisters Tabitha and Meredith Pollard, Sophie Olver, Poppy Leaman, Kirsty Cornish and Clara Finch, with Sam Streeter, Mason Smith, Joel Lomax, Addy Ledward, Ella Jenkins, Finlay James, Amelia Hancock, India Gibson, Bethan Collins, Ryan Baldwin, Caitlin Mark and Harriet Chambers all picking up silver and bronze places.

Ten-year-old Caitlin Mark proved she was on form with the largest improved time in her 200m butterfly, which she bettered by over 44 seconds giving her a silver medal, while for the boys, 10-year-old Max Patterson smashed his previous best in the 200m freestyle by over 32 seconds.

Further excitement was provided by the skins event. A test of speed, endurance and ability over all strokes, the skins event sees the top eight swimmers, taken from the 200m freestyle, racing over 50m.

The stroke they swim each time is selected randomly as they race 50m every three minutes with the slowest two eliminated each time.

Clevedon’s Kirsty Cornish proved her all-round ability by surviving all rounds and winning the final head-to-head in style, rounding off an excellent meet for Kirsty, with top three places in all her events.

While most of the club have now finished racing for the season, a record five swimmers from the club will be representing Clevedon at the British and Home Nations Summer Championships in Sheffield.

Amelia Chappell, Callum Greenwood and George Leaman will be competing at the British Championships, while Amelia will also be competing a week later at the ASA National Championships, where she will be joined by Finlay Smith.

Paraswimmer Harriet Dickinson will also be in action at the Disability National Championships.

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