Clevedon narrowly extend their lead in the Mini Series

PUBLISHED: 15:59 05 June 2018

Clevedon Swimming Club.

Clevedon Swimming Club.


Clevedon Swimming Club Mini Series team narrowly extended their lead at the top before the final round next week.

With just one point separating each the top three teams in this year’s Mini Series galas, Clevedon made the short trip to Horfield determined to increase their lead further in this penultimate round.

As usual the May gala always poses additional challenges for the team managers, with a number of swimmers being unavailable due to them competing in the annual South West Regional Swimming Championships, and coming immediately after a week of SAT’s.

This did provide opportunities for other swimmers to experience the honour and thrill of swimming for their club, in these fast, noisy and exciting team galas, which are loved by swimmers and spectators alike.

With Severnside Tritons and Bristol Penguins hot on their heels, Clevedon’s swimmers, sponsored by HotSpring South West and Wales, while being substantially reduced in numbers were never more determined to do battle.

After 10 events, Clevedon were once again leading the teams and ahead of second-placed Backwell by a point, despite not scoring points for two of the first three events.

Caitlin Mark and Giselle Fitton both swam superbly, swimming too fast in the 13 years, and 12 and under 100m individual medley respectively.

Caitlin secured yet another new PB in this event and Giselle achieved a superb new PB by 7.11 seconds. Also achieving a fantastic win, but swimming too fast was Zoe Major (9) knocking 1.47 seconds off her 25m butterfly PB.

First place wins for the team came from Sam Streeter (13) 100m IM, Caitlin in 50m fly, Blayne Stanbrook (13) 50m backstroke, Lauren Mennie (12) 50m back, Josie Ballam (10) 50m breaststroke, and 11s 50m fly, Leon Youd (11) 50m breast, Eloise Cash (10) 50m back, and Rio Fitton (8) 25m fly.

Relay wins came in the 13s 200m medley (Leon, Bertie Williams, Sam and Blayne), 12s 200m medley (Lauren, Eloise Major, Giselle and Ruby Byers) and 12s 200m freestyle (Lauren, Ruby, Lucia Steele and Giselle).

The team also clocked up an impressive 25 new personal best times, with many swimming up into higher age bands.

George Blessitt (10) did well to secure second place in the 12 and under 100m IM, and improving on his previous PB by 2.61 seconds.

The whole team is to be congratulated on this solid performance, with excellent swims by Eloise Cash and Rio on their debut for the team.

Completing the team line-up of swimmers were Dexter Jeal, Lewis Farmey, Clara Waller, Eloise Mark, Benjamin Godfrey, Kieran Cooke, Charlie Miller-Bannerman, Jasmine Burroughs and Evan Jenkins.

They were ably supported by the wonderful team of volunteer marshals, officials and team manager of Sue and Pat Stanbrook, Sue and Darren Mennie, Paul and Fran Chambers, Sally Jenkins, Eugene Cooke, Andy Jeal and Susie Steele and noisily cheered on by the club’s superb band of the black gold supporters.

Clevedon’s lead continued to gather momentum, but Bristol Penguins began to surge past everyone picking up a considerable number of points during the middle part of the gala and pulling ahead of Clevedon by five points after 40 events.

With the last three events remaining, Clevedon reversed the tide going four points clear of Penguins, but with a second place finish in the final canon race, Clevedon maintained their four-point lead to clinch another win for the club.

Clevedon now go into the final round on June 16 in first place, with a three-point lead over Penguins and Severnside Tritons, in what promises to be another exciting and noisy end to this year’s series.

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