Two golds for Clevedon at county championships

PUBLISHED: 14:47 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:47 25 March 2015

George Leaman.

George Leaman.


Clevedon Swimming Club member enjoyed a busy week with the county championships and a Four Seasons gala.

BOTH spectrums of Clevedon ASC swimmers, sponsored by Hotspring Southwest and Wales, were on show at Millfield and at Brean.

Saturday saw Clevedon in action at the Four Seasons gala in Brean. This is the first level of competition for the club and is an opportunity for younger swimmers to dip their toes in the water and experience their first team competition.

The aim of the club at this level is to have fun and enjoy being part of a team, while trying to achieve the best performance on the night.

It proved to be a closely fought round with Backwell taking the lead from the start and pulling away as the competition progressed, leaving Bishopsworth and Clevedon to battle it out for second and third for most of the evening, with the final points being Backwell 138, Bishopsworth 132, Clevedon 122 and Burnham 109.

Making their debuts were Molly Cook, Sophie Pusill, Alexander Davies and Elliot May-Hawkins.

There were winning performances from Malia Smith (8) 25m butterfly, Addy Ledward (10) and Taylor Stephens (10) 25m breaststroke, Clara Finch (9) 25m breaststroke, Sam Streeter (10) 25m freestyle, Lauren Jaques (12) 50m butterfly, Annabelle Earnshaw (12) 50m breaststroke, Georgia Mitchell (9) 25m freestyle and Ryan Baldwin (10) 25m backstroke.

Relay winning teams included Danny Rose, Max Patterson, Caitlin Mark and Monica Earnshaw, while Roman Bessant (12) recorded the most improved swim, knocking over 11 seconds off his 100m individual medley time.

Sunday was the day for more experienced swimmers to shine with the long distance day of the Somerset County Championships at Millfield.

Five girls lined up for the 800m freestyle, with three boys taking on the 1500m freestyle.

First up for Clevedon in the 800m was 12-year-old Sophie Chambers, producing a personal best time by over 40 seconds. Thirteen-year-old Tabitha Pollard also paced her race well to improve her previous best by 25 seconds.

For the 15-year-olds, national swimmer Amelia Chappell held her form and her technique to decrease her time by 13 seconds, while Flo Tayler touched just off her best time, despite an excellent county campaign so far.

Ellie Chappell, 17, completed a strong performance for the girls, smashing her previous best by 18 seconds.

For the boys, their swim covered 60 lengths of the 25m pool to complete 1500m freestyle, with Ben Penhale setting the standard for the 12-year-olds following a gold medal winning time of 19.04.70, a massive one minute and 20 seconds faster than he had swum before.

Triathlete and swimmer Zac Holdaway, 18, suffering from a cross country run the day before, took its toll in this endurance event, but he still took bronze.

Another gold medal was to come as 16-year-old George Leaman paced a perfect 1500m to slice 30 seconds off his entry time and bag gold in his age group, which was also good enough to give him an overall silver junior championship medal and resulting in another podium presentation which he has achieved each weekend of competition so far.

The club now move onto the final weekend of the county championships, already ahead of last year’s target in personal best times, and chasing 2014s medal tally. More information about the club and how to join can be found on their website,

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