Weston swimmers finish creditable third in latest gala
PUBLISHED: 15:25 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 12 July 2017
Weston swimmers finished a creditable third place as they drew to a successful close in the mini-series.
After an exciting first three rounds of the mini-series, Weston’s campaign drew to a successful close at a packed Hutton Moor, with the young team achieving their highest points total to claim a highly creditable third place.
Nine wins on the night came from Angharad Laraman (100m IM), Lily-Em Spearing (50m backstroke), Fergus Hammond (50m freestyle, swimming up an age category), Sofia Barnes (50m backstroke), Taylor Plaistow (50m breaststroke), Joanne Seager (50m freestyle), Zack Hadley (25m backstroke),and two relay teams – girls’ 4x25m medley (Evie Nevmerzinskaja, Charlotte Wigley, Angharad Laraman and Leah Williams) and the boy’s 4x25m freestyle quartet of Ben Smith, Archie Wait-Morris, Tristan Soper and Fergus Hammond.
As with previous rounds, Weston suffered from one of the quirks of this competition – in six events speeding tickets were issued for those going too fast. They were Ben Smith (100m IM), Harvey Mount (25m freestyle), Fergus Hammond (25m butterfly), Stella Arnold (50m breaststroke), Isabel Blackhurst (25m backstroke) and the girls’ 4x25m freestyle team of Sofia Barnes, Joanne Seager, Evie Nevmerzinskaja and Julia Trybull.
With the first round of the National Arena Swimming League draw having just been made, pitching Weston against Plymouth Leander, Exeter City, City of Bristol A, Swindon Dolphins and Poole, the great thing from mini-series is that many swimmers have been blooded in competitive team swimming and all have contributed valuable team points.
Great swims were recorded by each of the following in the mini-series (not referred to above): Eloise Robinson, Ashton Gilmore, Finn Williamson, Jessamy Harper, Zoe Jones, Darcy Purnell, Fabiana Barnes, and Emily Knight.
The final scores were Severnside 252, Clevedon 231, Weston 223, Backwell 199, Bristol Penguins 185, Soundwell 168, and City of Bristol 161. Well done to all swimmers, coaches, team managers, officials and volunteers for a great first season in an exciting, inclusive league.
Up in Gloucester, at the Fast Five event (50m sprints in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke, as well as the 100m individual medley), open to all regional non-national swimmers, Weston had eleven entrants.
The role of honour was Luke Ashurst, Jamie O’Connor, Evan Brunsdon, Isabella Clark, Chloe Soverall, Maisie Smith, Bethan Anderson, Katy Bull, Isobel Gray, Caitlin Ashurst and Ruby Soper.
When the final points from each swim were enumerated, Isobel, Ruby and Evan each came out in third place in their respective age groups to land well-deserved bronze medals. Fittingly, these were presented by Swim England South West Region president Sue Dors, also chair of Weston Swimming Club.
Over in Croatia, team captain Evan King competed for the South West Region at the Golden Bear meet against athletes from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia.
On day one, she qualified for two A finals, finishing sixth in the 100m butterfly and seventh in 200m freestyle. On the second day, Evan won silver in her favourite 200m butterfly event in a time of 2.19.66.
She will hope to go quicker again in her next competitive outing at British Summer Championships in Sheffield at the end of July.
Next up are the club championships where 79 committed swimmers will compete for local bragging rights across the full spectrum of events from 50m sprints to the endurance distance 800m and 1500m freestyle heats.