Clevedon swimmers go from strength to strength

PUBLISHED: 15:01 05 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:01 05 November 2014

Francesca Coveney

Francesca Coveney


Clevedon Swimming Club member Ben Penhale picked up five gold medals at the Frome Open Meet held at Millfield.

FROM strength to strength was how Pete Bowen, head coach of Clevedon Swimming Club, described the performance of the club’s swimmers competing at the latest Frome Open Meet at Millfield.

The club, sponsored by Hotspring Southwest and Wales, had 41 swimmers competing in the first long-course meet of the season, many tackling the 50m course for the first time.

These included Bethan Collins, Tara Cooke, Ruby Farrell, Toby Foster, Alfie Hocking, Addy Ledward, Caitlin Mark, Ellie Maule, Chloe Price, Kate Sergeant, Sam Streeter and Blayne Stanbrook.

Nine-year-old Stanbrook came away with top four finishes in all seven events he entered in his age group, great swimming for his first visit to a long course pool.

Another worthy of mention was Fran Coveney, who had a massive programme of 14 events over the two days and produced personal best times in every single one.

Top three medallists included Sophie Chambers (one silver, one bronze), Francesca Coveney (three silver), Eva Farmery (bronze), William Finch (bronze), Toby Foster (two bronze), Callum Greenwood (gold), Finlay James (gold), Poppy Leaman (silver, bronze), Joel Lomax (two bronze), Isobel Major (bronze), Emma Penhale (bronze), Abigail Phipps (two bronze), Meredith Pollard (gold), Tabitha Pollard (two silver, onebronze), Blayne Stanbrook (two silver, two bronze), Flo Tayler (silver) and Ben Penhale, who picked up gold medals in all five events he entered.

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