County medals for Clevedon swimmers

PUBLISHED: 14:25 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:26 13 March 2013

Nathan Turner.

Nathan Turner.


There were more great results for Clevedon Swimming Club members at the Somerset County Championships.

THE penultimate weekend of the Somerset County Championships brought more great results for swimmers from Clevedon Swimming Club, sponsored by Hotspring Southwest.

The gruelling 400m individual medley saw Tom Jones, aged 17, bring home gold and Sam Thomas (18), silver in their age group, while Callum Greenwood also bagged a silver medal in the 15-year-old category.

For the younger swimmers, the 100m individual medley brought a best time performance from Charlie Goss and success in the form of nine-year-old Ben Penhale, who stormed to victory in his age group, slicing 11 seconds off his best time and putting him in contention for the nine-year-old BAGCAT award to be decided in a week’s time.

Sam Hodge performed well in the 100m butterfly, his strongest stroke, with a fifth place in the 14-year-old boys, while 13-year-old George Leaman also had a top eight finish.

The 200m breaststroke for boys proved a strong event for Clevedon with all the boys finishing in the top eight, but it was 10-year-old Nathan Turner who produced the best performance, improving his time by almost 26 seconds to pick up bronze in his age group.

Sam Thomas picked up silver in the 17 and over and 15-year-old Gwillym Watkins just missing out on a bronze medal despite slicing four seconds off his previous best.

The fast and furious 100m freestyle for the boys produced the best from all the 16 and under boys, who all swam to personal best times including Rob Jones, Jack Instrall, Luke Maidment, Nick Bray, Chris Burnett and Kris Lloyd.

For the girls, the weekend commenced with the 100m breaststroke with Lizzie Warnes picking up silver for the 16 and over and India Gibson slicing 2.5 seconds of her best time.

Next up was the 200m backstroke which brought some incredible best times from all the 13 and under girls, including Tabitha Pollard, Amelia Hancock, Poppy Leaman, Nelly Bridger-Morales, Keziah Douglas and Olivia Finnie.

For the older girls, this event brought medal success with a further silver for Lizzie Warnes and bronze for Dani Appleford.

National qualifier Amelia Chappell continued her good form with a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly for 13-year-olds in a personal best time and the 100m freestyle saw Lizzie Warnes qualifying for the championship final in the 100m freestyle, almost breaking the sub-minute barrier, completing her weekend with a bronze medal in the 400m individual medley.

The 100m freestyle also saw a best time swim from Elena Crossan and Ellie Chappell produced her best performance of the weekend in the 400m individual medley to round off a great weekend of swimming for the Clevedon team.

The club now look forward to the final weekend of the Somerset County Championships with Ben Penhale, Amelia Chappell and George Leaman all in contention for BAGCAT awards in their age groups.

These are awarded to the best overall performance of the championships, taking into account all strokes. It is also looking good for more medal success and a top 10 finish for the club in the club points table.

For more information about the club and the competitive swimming opportunities it provides, visit their website

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