Town swimmers help Somerset to national third place
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Three swimmers from Weston achieved success while competing for Somerset at the national county team competition in Sheffield.
SOMERSET gained a hard-fought third place at the national county team competition at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
With only four swimmers being required for each age group (12-13, 14-15 and 16-17), selection in itself is a notable achievement. Proudly representing Weston Swimming Club were Kabria Chapman, Megan Richards and Evan King.
The build up was a noisy, colourful affair, with face paints, air horns and the captains parading along poolside, holding their county banner.
Megan’s 100m butterfly earned her seven points, in her first outing at this competitive meet and reinforced the new personal best time, she had swum during the previous week.
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This was Kabria’s first national level competition and she rose to the challenge, earning the team 12 points and setting a three second personal best time (1.17.70) in her 100m breaststroke.
Evan’s 100m butterfly was a personal best and her first swim sub 62 seconds (1.01.75), taking fourth place and earning 17 points for the team. Being Evan’s fifth consecutive selection, she had earned a prized gold cap, in addition to her role as female captain.
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Following on from last year’s record equalling second place (out of the 37 counties), Somerset fought well to achieve third with 424 points, behind Lancashire (493) who won their 14th consecutive title and Yorkshire (447).
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