Weston swimmers bag gold at annual meet

PUBLISHED: 09:32 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:32 28 April 2017

Weston Swimming Club.

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Weston Swimming Club members enjoyed success at the annual level three Easter Open Meet held at Hutton Moor.

The reputation of Weston Swimming Club as a force in British Swimming is well known on the circuit.

The club’s annual level three Easter Open Meet always draws swimmers from afar, eager to pit themselves against the best of the west in the cauldron-like atmosphere of a packed Hutton Moor.

This year’s racing proved to be as exciting as ever, with swimmers from Sheffield, Bilston, Truro and Wolverhampton joining their western compatriots in chasing medals, personal best times and qualification for regional events.

Team Weston bagged a mighty 28 gold medals: Megan Richards (400m IM, 50/200 breast, 100m free), Samuel Morris (50m/100m free, 50m/100m fly), James King (50m free), Ruby Soper (50m back, 200m fly), Katy Bull (200m free, 100m fly), George Cook (200m/400m IM, 50m back), Luke Ashurst (200m back), Charlie Webb-Sperrings (200m back), Jackson Harper (200m back, 50m/100m breast), Archie Wait-Morris (100m breast), Maisie Smith (100m IM), Evan Brunsdon (50m back, 200m fly, 200m free), Amelia Morris (50m free) and Alicia Pollard (50m free).

Earning silver medals were Holly Richards (400m IM, 200m breast, 100m free), Oscar Morris (50m free), George Cook (50m/100m free), Amelia Redman (50m back), Maisie Smith (50m back), Luke Ashurst (200m breast, 50m back, 200m free), Samuel Morris (200m breast), Jackson Harper (50m/100m fly, 200m free), Ruby Soper (100m fly), Isabella Clark (100m IM), Archie Wait-Morris (50m back), Charlie Webb-Sperrings (50m/100m back), Amelia Morris (200m back, 50m fly), Katy Bull (100m breast) and Sophie Langman (100m breast).

Touching in third place were Jackson Harper (50m free, 200m breast, 200m IM), Tamzin Rawle (50m/200m back), Tristan Soper (200m breast), Luke Ashurst (100m IM, 100 back), Tom Read (100m free), Samuel Morris (200m back), William Ford (50m/100m breast), Ruby Soper (50m fly, 100m back), Amelia Morris (200m fly, 100m back), and Archie Wait-Morris (100m breast).

Aside from those winning top-three medals, all Weston swimmers achieved personal best times, with several younger competitors swimming at a licensed meet for the first time or tackling new events.

Huge congratulations to Joe Arnold, Stella Arnold, Sarah Carr, Lilia Clark, Owain Edwards, Olivia Finch, Zack Hadley, Fergus Hammond, Jessamy Harper, Ellie Johnston-Rudd, Emily Knight, Angharad Laraman, Olivia Maidment, Joshua Main, Megan McClumpha, Samuel Morris, Harvey Mount, Taylor Plaistow, Darcy Powell, Darcy Purnell, Eloise Robinson, Chloe Soverall, Lily-Em Spearing, Julia Trybull, and Leah Williams.

Meanwhile, down the road at Millfield, Weston’s national and regional swimmers were in action at the Exeter Taunton Easter Level 1 Meet.

Each of the 11 athletes earned either medals or personal best times, or both – a fantastic achievement at such a big meet that drew swimmers from leading universities (Loughborough, Bath and Edinburgh) as well as talent from across England, all seeking national and regional rankings times.

Club captain James King bagged two gold medals and one personal best (PB) time, while sister Freya gained five silver medals, a bronze and two PBs.

Sharing that golden feeling was George Langman, who swam four lifetime bests and was rewarded with a gold and silver medal. Also leaving the meet with medals were Megan Richards (one gold, one bronze), Madeleine Soper (bronze and four PBs), Imogen Moroney (silver) and Holly Richards (bronze).

Achieving personal best times were: Bethan Anderson (7), Lillian Arnold (5), Caitlin Ashurst (5) and Evan Brunsdon (1).

If you are interested in joining North Somerset’s premier swimming club, please contact head coach Mark Rawle - wsmheadcoach@gmail.com – or for learn to swim lessons, contact Charlotte Bradley at ltswsmsc@hotmail.co.uk


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