Swimmers impress at county championships

THE first two weekends of the Somerset County Swimming Championships saw over 30 swimmers from the Weston club competing over the three days of events.

THE first two weekends of the Somerset County Swimming Championships saw over 30 swimmers from the Weston club competing over the three days of events. The swimmers claimed 14 medals, recorded over 50 personal best times, six swimmers achieved south west regional qualifying times and one gained a national qualifying time. Emily Watkins began the medal haul, taking a bronze in the nine years 100m individual medley (1.31.27). Next up was Lucy Davies with a second place in the 10 years 100m individual medley in a time of 1.20.39. Lucy went on to take another silver in the 400m freestyle and a gold in the 200m breaststroke, both times were regional qualifying times. Nine-year-old Harry Burgess took bronze in the 200m back (3.24.07). Emily Voisey claimed a second place in the 15 years 200m breaststroke (2.52.21) and a third in the 400m freestyle (4.48.46), both regional qualifying times. Emily also earned herself a regional consideration time with a 1.12.90 in the 100m backstroke. Kate Watkins, although just out of the medals, gained a thoroughly deserved regional time 1.13.20 also in the 100m backstroke. Reece Trapani, again just out of the medals, earned his qualifying time in the 200m backstroke (3.03.90). Esme Gullick earned her regional time and a silver in the 100m backstroke with a personal best time of 1.10.06. She also earned a regional qualifying time in the 100m fly (1.11.10). Eleven-year-old James Gahame took a great bronze in his first 200m butterfly swim. Bartek Kryzaniak, in the 14 years age group, swimming his strongest event took gold and silver in the 200m back (2.13.58) and 100m back (1.01.52) respectively, these times earned Bartek a place in the national finals in July. In the team events, with many children swimming in older age groups, the club swam exceptionally well to claim four medals. These came in the 13-14 years 200m medley team who took a third in their race with a time of 2.10.41. Well done to Sam Roberts, Zac Marsh, Bartek Kryzaniak and Nick Kuht. The same age group took a third in the 200m freestyle relay (1.51.08), a great performance from Bartek Kryzaniak, Nick Kuht, Miles Thompson and Dan Jones. The girls 16 and under 200m medley team of Esme Gullick, Emily Voisey, Katie Hutchings and Laura Nesbitt also took a third in their race. The 16 and under boys went one better taking a silver in the 200m freestyle relay with a great performance from Bartek Kryzaniak, George Forbes, Ben Simpson and Oli Tratt. Those swimmers earning themselves personal bests were in the 100m breast, Callum Wallis (1.34.50), Curtis Watkins (1.20.90); 100 back, Georgia Gifford (1.36.70), Holly Gullick (1.16.60); 400m freestyle, Millie Dadds (6.12.40), Lucy Davies (5.24.10), Esme Gullick (4.56.20), Lucinda Hoy Green (4.59.40); 200m breast, Georgia Chambers (4.41.80), Amy Hodder (4.16.50), Rebecca Hodder (4.15.80), Alicia Pollard (4.21.0), Rebecca Lucas (4.00.10), Charlotte Bowden (4.00.90) Evan King (3.45.50), Lauren Gifford (3.47.90), Indea Lucas (3.37.90), Georgia Gifford (3.46.60), Millie Dadds (3.39.10), Lucy Davies (3.12.00), Charlotte Bradley (3.04.1). 200m back, Michael Harding (3.39.30), Elliott Jenkins (3.24.40), Joe Duran (3.17.90), Jack Roberts (3.11.90), Reece Trapani (3.03.90), Scott Bradley (2.56.80), Ali Jones (2.51.10), Nick Kuht (2.40.0), Sam Roberts (2.39.50), Miles Thompson (2.33.60). 100m individual medley, Esme Bird (1.42.20), Amy Hodder (1.49.30), Rebecca Hodder (1.50.10), Summer Davis (1.41.10), Rebecca Lucas (1.37.30), Lauren Gifford (1.38.6), Millie Dadds (1.33.50), Charlotte Bowden (1.36.60), Evan King (1.31.90), Emily Watkins (1.31.30), Georgia Gifford (1.35.10), Indea Lucas (1.29.60)


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