Clevedon swimmers excel at county championships

PUBLISHED: 14:35 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:36 11 March 2015

George silver medal.

George silver medal.


Clevedon Swimming Club members enjoyed success at the Somerset ASA County Championships.

WITH a record breaking number of qualifiers for the 2015 Somerset ASA County Championships, Clevedon’s swimmers approached the start of the Championships with confidence and expectation.

Topping last year’s entries by over 100 the club, sponsored by Hotspring Southwest and Wales, had a total entry of 450 individual swims.

A hefty programme on the first day saw 94 swims for the club covering 100m butterfly, 100m individual medley and 400m freestyle for the girls and 50m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m individual medley for the boys, plus some relays.

The first results to come through were from the 100m IM where there was success for the youngest swimmers from the club, with Malia Smith in her first championships taking gold in this event for the nine-year-old girls.

Also medalling in this event were 11-year-old Ella Jenkins and 18-year-old Lizzie Warnes with bronze and Amelia Chappell (15) with silver.

Some stunning performances saw many finalists for the 100m butterfly including Sophie Chambers (12), Elena Crossan (16), Ellie Chappell (17+) and Warnes (17+), and medal places for Ella Jenkins (11) with a bronze, silver for Abigail Phipps in the 12-year age group and bronze for Amelia Chappell in the 15 years.

More great performances came for the boys in the 50m freestyle finals with bronze medals for Blayne Stanbrook (10), Ben Penhale (12), and Finlay Smith (15) and a slot in the 12-year-old final for Mason Smith.

The medal haul increased in the 100m IM with Penhale again featuring in the medals table with silver in this event. George Leaman also took silver in his 16 year age group with Callum Greenwood taking bronze in the 17+ category and Stanbrook (10) picking up another bronze in this event.

The first day drew to a close with 11-year-old Megan Fry taking bronze in the 400m freestyle following a stunning swim.

The second day brought success for Chappell (15) in the 200m backstroke with a bronze medal place. There were more finalists for Clevedon including Greenwood in the 100m butterfly, Phipps (12) and Crossan in the 50m freestyle.

There were more medals in the finals from Penhale with gold in the 100m butterfly, and bronze for Leaman in the same event.

The final event of the day was the 400m freestyle for boys with a fantastic bronze medal for 10-year-old Toby Foster, a silver to add to his growing collection for Penhale and a further bronze medal for Leaman.

Highlights of the weekend had to be the championship podium appearances for two Clevedon swimmers for the overall junior and senior championships medals. Callum Greenwood securing bronze in the 100m IM senior championship, with George Leaman swimming to a well deserved silver in the 100m IM and bronze in the 100m butterfly junior championship.

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