Third spot for Clevedon swimmers

PUBLISHED: 12:53 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:53 27 March 2013

Jasmine Poole.

Jasmine Poole.


While the English and Welsh rugby teams battled it out at the Millenium Stadium, Clevedon Swimming Club had their own English-Welsh battle in the latest Cotswold League.

WHILE the English and Welsh rugby teams battled it out at the Millenium Stadium, Clevedon Swimming Club had their own English-Welsh battle in the latest Cotswold League.

Cwmbran and Clevedon were fighting all night for second and third spot in the latest round of the league as Bishopsworth pulled away at the top. Final points were: Bishopsworth 167, Cwmbran 125, Clevedon 120 and Dursley 108.

Highlights of the night came with two strongly contested first places for Sam Hodge, with more wins for Monty White (with a 2.40 second personal best time for 25m free), Emma Penhale, Jasmine Poole, the girls’ open medley relay team (Ellie Varney, Sophie Olver, Agnes Gay and Ciara Halpin) and the boys 15 and under freestyle relay team (Max Haydon, Peter Kearsley, George Symonds and Samuel Hodge).

There were 20 personal best times, with George Symonds smashing through the 30 second barrier for 50m free for the first time recording a time of 29.50. Biggest improvement of the night went to Agnes Gay in a strong performance in the 100m butterfly, knocking almost five seconds off her previous best to touch in 1.25.00.

The younger swimmers weren’t to be outdone though and there were some big PBs in the shorter 25m races – Lucas Hayles knocking a massive 3.28 seconds off his previous 25m backstroke time, and Melissa Poole, 3.10 seconds off her 25m backstroke.

At the top of the age groups there were fastest times recorded by Jack Deviell improving his 100m IM time by 2.17 seconds, Zack Holdaway slicing over three seconds off his 100m fly and Sam Knowlton taking almost a second off his 100m backstroke.

More recently the novice swimmers from the club were in action at Hutton Moor at the invite of Weston Swimming Club to their novice gala, with 12-years-old being the top age group.

The future is bright for Clevedon if the performance and enthusiasm of our younger and less experienced swimmers was anything to go by. An amazing 106 personal best times were recorded.

There were first-time competitive appearances from Ryan Baldwin, Abigail Ehlers, Erica Godfrey, Lauren Jacques, Isabelle Mitchell and Blayne Stanbrook, and also, swimming to medal positions at their first competitive gala, were Emma Harman (gold 25m backstroke), Abigail Phipps (silver 25m freestyle) and Grace Ripley (silver 25m breaststroke).

Topping the medal tally for the girls was eight-year-old Megan Fry who swam to gold medal place in the 25m butterfly, 25m free and 25m backstroke and for the boys, veteran novices Joel Holdaway (12) had a full house of four gold medals for 50m in all strokes and Zander Snow (12) picked up three silver and one bronze medal.

Other medallists at this event were Emi Allinson (bronze), Matthew Brown (silver), Tabitha Cameron-Kettle (gold and bronze), Annabellel Earnshaw (gold and silver), Freya Elliot (bronze), Hallam Hawker (two silver), Megyn Hawker (silver, bronze), Lucas Hayles (two silver), Lee Mole (silver, three bronze), Sophia Murray (bronze), Zoe Poole (silver), Kate Sergeant (silver) and Hannah Skinner (bronze).

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