Steph celebrates national qualifying

PUBLISHED: 15:45 23 February 2011



YOUNGSTERS from Clevedon Swimming Club, who are sponsored by Bristol Hotspring Limited, competed in the first Four Seasons gala of the year.

YOUNGSTERS from Clevedon Swimming Club, who are sponsored by Bristol Hotspring Limited, competed in the first Four Seasons gala of the year.

The team all performed well, but two relay teams stood out in the team manager’s eyes, as having done brilliantly, namely the nine and under girls - Megyn Hawker, Francesca Coveney, Alice Melson and Teiann Mole and the 12 and under girls - Ellie Varney, Sara Bayliss, Olivia Goss, Aimee Swinton Clark and Sophie Olver.

A special mention should also go to all of the 10 and 11-year-old boys, many of whom had to swim up an age group and to George Symonds swimming in his last Four Seasons Gala, he swam in a total of six events.

New personal best times were set by Sara Bayliss, Lucy Bushrod, Fransesca Coveney, Agnes Gay, Charlie Goss, Emily Hatcher, Gabriel Jones, William Jones, Alice Melson, Teiann Mole, Jordan Nicol, Sophie Olver, Eliot Parsons, Aimee Swinton-Clark, who also won her individual race, George Symonds, Nathan Turner (2), Ellie Varney and Jonathan Warrellow.

Final scores on the night were Henleaze 211, Burnham 176, Backwell 152, Clevedon 109 and Bishopsworth 107. The team’s strong performance meant that they were lifted off the 
bottom position for the first time in the last three galas - a great morale boost.

All age groups were in action the following weekend in the second Cotswolds Series gala of the year with the team travelling to Cheddar to host the evening because of the closure of the Strode Road pool.

The team was enhanced by the addition of two dads who swam out of their skins and boosted the number of legal swimmers on the team.

New personal best times were set by Richard Bragg, Kirsty Cornish, Jack DeViell (2), Keziah Douglas, John Gall, Rosemary Harris, Charlie Hatcher, Samuel Hodge, Emily Sturdy, Ben Thomas and David Warnes.

Individual race winners were Natasha Hawley, Bethan Clinton and Keziah Douglas. Final scores were Cheltenham 179, Brockworth 129, Clevedon 113 and Cheddar 94.

Meanwhile, two Clevedon swimmers, Lizzie Warnes and Steph Reynolds, travelled to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the first ASA Zonal Championships. This event is a new initiative by the ASA to provide high level competition and brought together top swimmers from the South East, South West and London regions.

It was Lizzie’s first experience at this level, but she coped well and put in an impressive performance in her race, 100m backstroke, posting a time close to her personal best.

Steph Reynolds, who qualified for the National Championships last year, was keen to get a qualifying time early this year for her main event the 100m backstroke.

Her first race was the heat for the 100m backstroke and she swam well to qualify for the final later in the day, just outside her national time.

However, with the adrenalin flowing in the final, and competing against some of the best in the country, Steph showed great mental and physical strength to clock 1:07:66 and celebrated her first national time for this year.

Steph was back in the water and impressing again in the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle, producing personal bests in all but one of these events.

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