Smith family take the honours at Clevedon’s open meet

PUBLISHED: 15:46 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:46 08 July 2015

Clevedon Swimming Club winners.

Clevedon Swimming Club winners.


The Smith family enjoyed a successful day at the club’s joint meet with Chard & District held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

Clevedon Swimming Club joined forces with Chard & District Swimming Club at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to host their own joint open meet.

The meet has run successfully for seven years over one day, so this year the clubs decided to run it over two days to accommodate more swimmers.

Clubs and swimmers, nearly 400 in total, from all over the South West took part over a busy two days, including over 80 swimmers from Clevedon.

The event generates much needed income for the club and they are particularly grateful to their local sponsors, Hotspring Southwest & Wales, Workbrands and Bailey of Bristol.

The club would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend to ensure everything ran smoothly.

There were numerous medallists and hundreds of personal best swims. Over the duration of the meet, points were awarded to the top eight in each event and at the end of the meet the top boy and girl in each age group were presented with awards.

Six swimmers from Clevedon were given this accolade, with three from the same family.

The youngest of these was Malia Smith, aged 9, who competed in a total of nine events, medalling in each with gold in the 200m butterfly, silver in both the 50m freestyle and 200m IM and bronze in 50m butterfly and backstroke.

Next came Mason, who at 12 is now showing his potential. He had a heavy programme with 15 events over the two days, but despite this took a top eight position in all.

Highlight for Mason was gold in the gruelling 400m IM, 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly, backed up with silver in 200m freestyle, backstroke and IM and bronze in 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and backstroke and 50m freestyle, butterfly and backstroke.

Older brother Finlay made it a family affair as he took top boy for the 14-year-olds. Preparing for his first National Championships in August, Finlay had an impressive meet with eight golds out of his 10 events, with the remaining two being silver.

With Mason and Malia looking like they could follow in his footsteps, Clevedon could be looking at three national swimmers from the same family in the years to come.

Joining them in the top boy/girl category was another young talent from the club, William Finch. William, aged 11, was also busy over the two days with 15 events. He too triumphed in the 400m IM and the 200m equivalent, plus the 200m butterfly – not the easiest of events.

Silver was to come in the 200m backstroke and the 100m butterfly and backstroke, with top eight places in all his other events.

There was success too for 14-year-old Francesca Coveney, whose two golds in 50m backstroke and butterfly, silver in 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke, bronze in 400m IM and 100m backstroke and a top eight position in her remaining seven events saw her take joint top spot in a closely contested age group.

Finally, after a successful season and amidst studying for her exams, 16-year-old Elena Crossan proved that perseverance and hard work do pay off, as she took top spot with gold in each of her five events – 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly, breaststroke and IM and 50m freestyle.

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