County bronze medal for Clevedon relay team

PUBLISHED: 14:42 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:42 18 March 2015

Clevedon Swimming Club relay team.

Clevedon Swimming Club relay team.


Clevedon Swimming Club continue to improve and are picking up medals at the Somerset County Championships held at Millfield.

THE second weekend of competition at Millfield in the Somerset County Championships saw Clevedon swimmers continue to improve and pick up medals.

Twelve-year-old Ben Penhale continued his winning form with a gold in the 200m backstroke, two silvers in the 200m freestyle and the 400m IM and a finalist spot in the 50m breaststroke.

Clevedon picked up both silver and bronze in the 200m backstroke 10-year-old boys, with Blayne Stanbrook taking the silver and Toby Foster the bronze, and both boys also appeared in the final of the 50m breaststroke.

George Leaman was again on the podium for presentations in the overall junior championship following an excellent swim in the 200m backstroke which earned him a bronze medal.

There was a further bronze for George in the 16-year age group 200m freestyle. Callum Greenwood, aged 17, completed the list of individual medallists for the boys with a bronze in the 200m backstroke.

The girls were also in medal winning form. Ella Jenkins (11), celebrated her first county championship gold with a stunning swim in the 50m breaststroke and made it a clean sweep of medals in the breaststroke with two further silver medals in both the 100m and 200m.

There was more success for the girls with a silver for Amelia Chappell (15) in the 200m freestyle and bronze in both the 400IM and 50m breaststoke, and Meredith Pollard completed the list of medallists with bronze in the 11-year girls’ 400m IM.

Finalists over the weekend for the girls also included Bethan Collins, Elena Crossan and India Gibson.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the performance of the open boy’s freestyle relay team. Against strong competition the team, comprising of Callum Greenwood, George Leaman, Jack Instral and Finlay Smith, called on all their reserves in an exciting battle to touch hundreths of a second in front of the Street & District team to snatch an excellent bronze medal for the club.

Now halfway through the four weekends of competition, the Clevedon swimmers will be looking to build on their success. They have already exceeded the number of personal best times recorded at the Somerset County Championships last year and will be looking to the medal tally from last year as their next target over the final two weeks.

For more information on how to join Clevedon Swimming Club, a swim21 accredited club, please visit their website

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