Weston swimmers race hard at regionals

PUBLISHED: 14:21 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:21 17 May 2017

Freya King.

Freya King.

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Weston Swimming Club members battled it out with swimmers from six counties at the South West Region Summer Long Course Championships.

Thirty-six events were crammed into a three-day bank holiday weekend at the inferno-like Plymouth Life Centre, with the crème de la crème of Weston swimmers battling it out against the elite performers from the six counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, at the South West Region Summer Long Course Championships.

Day one started well with 200m breaststroke final appearances for Evan Brunsdon (seventh, 16 years) and a ninth place for James King in the open final in a personal best time of 2.26.37.

Not to be outdone, Freya King qualified in ninth place for the 200m individual medley final, but performed brilliantly to finish fourth in the final in a personal best time of 2.32.47.

With little rest, Evan was on the blocks again, this time for the 100m freestyle. Just 60.06 seconds later, his touch secured a personal best time. Another final followed for Freya, in 50m fly, going 0.02 seconds quicker than heats to finish eighth in 30.83.

The boy’s backstroke splash and dash saw Sam Morris (32.14), Evan Brunsdon (30.91) and James King (29.14) all record super lifetime best swims.

After lunch, it was Freya back in first to secure another final in 200m breaststroke (10th), James with a PB in 50m butterfly (27.50) and a fine second reserve finalist position for Ruby Soper in 50m backstroke in a PB time of 33.18.

Starting off day two where she finished day one was Ruby Soper, this time with a PB in 200m fly (2.58.81). Great 200m fly heat swims from twins Holly and Megan Richards secured final berths for both, touching in 2.29.84 (4th) and 2.22.09 (7th) respectively in an event won by Evan King, representing Street.

James King emulated Holly’s final position in the 100m breaststroke event, having beaten his PB en route to the final in a blistering heat swim of 1.06.52.

The girls’ 50m breaststroke event saw Freya King qualify as fourth fastest finalist in a heat PB of 35.72, Alicia Pollard achieved a lifetime best of 36.39, while Chloe Knight (36.92) and Sophie Langman (38.42) swam super season-best times. In a keenly fought final, Freya was edged out to fifth, just 0.28 seconds off bronze.

The morning concluded with gutsy top-10 400m individual medley swims from George Langman (5.28.35) and Evan Brunsdon (5.14.11). The first girls’ event after lunch saw Imogen Moroney secure a central lane in the final of the 200m backstroke with a season best heat swim of 2.24.15. In the final, she shaved off another 0.12 to land the club’s first medal of the meet, a fantastic bronze.

In the boy’s event, a PB for Sam Morris (2.35.27) and eighth place in heats for Evan Brunsdon resulted in the latter qualifying for the final. A PB time of 2.20.74 secured a seventh placed finish for Evan, who achieved a hat-trick of personal bests in the three backstroke events at the meet.

Freya King scraped into the 50m free final as 10th fastest qualifier, then smashed her PB in the final to touch in a smoking hot 28.93 for a super ninth place. In the same event for boys, a fantastic swim from Sam Morris generated a PB in 28.74.

As day two drew to a close, Ruby Soper produced a lifetime best swim in the 100m fly event (1.14.09), while the Richards girls Holly and Megan qualified third and fourth fastest for finals. In the final, won by Evan King, Megan (1.06.43) finished just ahead of Holly (1.06.73) to land a brilliant bronze.

Day three offered considerably fewer events, but star picks were George Langman (35.76) for a PB in 50m breaststroke and Imogen Moroney’s bronze medal in the mightily tough 800m freestyle in 9.33.86.

Many congratulations to all of Weston’s swimmers who performed fantastically amidst such tough competition and thanks to the coaching team of Mark Rawle and Shaun Langman, team managers and supporters.

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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