Seven Weston swimmers qualify for nationals

PUBLISHED: 15:47 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 06 June 2017

Madeleine Soper.

Madeleine Soper.


Seven members of Weston Swimming Club qualified for British Swimming’s Summer Championships.

Weston’s elite swimmers were out in force at the prestigious Harwich Cup, hosted by Plymouth Leander as one of a series of events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Staged at Plymouth Life Centre over three days, this licensed level one meet doubled as a last chance qualifier for entry to British Swimming’s Summer Championships (for the top 24 swimmers in GB in each event in each relevant age group) and Swim England’s Home Nation Championships (for the top 20 swimmers in England below the cut-off for the British event).

With times rather than medals being critical, star picks at the meet were Bethan Anderson’s personal best of 32.42 in the 50m fly, Freya King’s 35.06 in 50m breaststroke, a lifetime best 200m backstroke time of 2.29.12 for Madeleine Soper and Holly Richards’ gutsy 200m fly swim of 2.27.44.

For the boys, Evan Brunsdon recorded a double personal best in backstroke, 1.05.26 in the 100m event and 2.19.82 in the 200m. James King powered to a personal best time of 2.13.55 in the 200m individual medley.

When all of the Plymouth and other last chance meet results had been entered into the national swimming database, Evan King (200m fly), James King (50m/100m breast) and Freya King (50m breast) had swum sufficiently fast times in the 10-week window to qualify for the elite British Swimming championships at Sheffield in late-July.

Evan (100m fly and 400m free) and James (200m breast and 200m/400m individual medley) also qualified for English championships alongside Holly Richards (200m fly), Megan Richards (200m fly), Imogen Moroney (200m back) and national newcomer Madeleine Soper (50m/100m/200m back).

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