Swimmers enjoying fine form

PUBLISHED: 14:38 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:38 16 February 2011

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CLEVEDON Swimming Club has had to cope with the temporary closure of the Strode Road pool over the last fortnight and this has severely hampered the training programme.

CLEVEDON Swimming Club has had to cope with the temporary closure of the Strode Road pool over the last fortnight and this has severely hampered the training programme.

It has been a frantic couple of weeks, competition wise for the Bristol Hotspring Ltd sponsored club and both senior and junior squads have been in action, swimmers putting in some fine performances.

The first round of the Cotswold Series saw Clevedon having to field a depleted squad due to illness and ineligibility. Many swimmers at the club are now not able to swim in this competition due to the lofty Arena National League position that is being sustained.

The team battled hard to take third place on the night, behind Cirencester and Burnham-on-Sea. Individual race wins went to Natasha Hawley, Peter Kearsley, Bethan Clinton, Olivia Coombes and David Warnes.

Fifteen personal bests came from: Ellie Varney, Natasha Hawley, Bridie King, Kelsie Carter, Kirsty Cornish, Ben Howlett, Sam Thomas, Sam Knowlton, Chris Burnett, Jason Fisher, Max Haydon, Peter Kearsley, Joel Holdaway, Charlie Hatcher and David Warnes.

The evening’s star swimmer was Olivia Coombes, who had to swim a large number of heats, many of which were in the stamina sapping butterfly.

The following week, the full squad took part in the invitational Keynsham Nat West Trophy gala. Against some top local clubs, a good fourth place was achieved.

Final positions were: Trowbridge 240; Keynsham A 205; Southwold 201; Clevedon 177; Bristol Central 139; Keynsham B 57.

Amelia Chappell, Alisdair Jones, George Leaman, Gwillym Watkins won individual races and Tom Jones, Lee Hicks (2), Guy Prideaux (2), Matthew Bray, Robert Jones, Charlie Durnell, George Leaman, Finlay Smith, Ben Horner and Alisdair Jones won their relay races.

PBs came from Danielle Appleford (2), Amelia Chappell, Ellie Chappell, Olivia Coombes, Charlie Durnell, Megan Finnie, Callum Greenwood, Alasdair Jones, Nick Kelly, George Leaman (2), Guy Prideaux and Gwillym Watkins.

The club also had swimmers who attended the ASA South West distance time trials at Millfield, with some massive PBs.

Highlights of the event were some close races between Clevedon swimmers in the same heats, with Natasha Hawley battling it out with Ellen Gentry and Amelia Chappell in the 800m. Meanwhile in their heat of the 1500m, George Leaman and Nick Bray slogged it out the whole way Also, mention must be made of a determined performance by Lizzie Warnes, who swam the 800m, followed by a 400m IM only a short time after.


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