SWIMMING: Bridgwater club finishes season with a splash
BRIDGWATER Swimming Club’s growing track record in producing and nurturing talented swimmers continued through June and July as the growing junior squad and squad swimmers took on the final meets of the 2016-17 season.
First up was the annual Clevedon and Chard Open meet on June 24-25,2017, where the club took a huge 65 medals in total with a whole host of swimmers both debutants as well as developing and experienced swimmers collected medals.
Ben Towells took medals in all of his events including one gold, two silvers and two bronze medals. It was a family occasion as older brother and boy’s vice-captain Alex Towells also scooped up medals in all of his events with a tally of one gold, three silvers, and two bronze.
Eleven-year-olds Orlana Sinclair-Short and Oliver Rowe were both in fine form. Orlana took a well-earned placing medal in the 50 free, while Oliver who is still relatively new to the club was also amongst the swimmers to make an impression at the meet with three golds, one silver and a placing medal.
Some of the clubs youngest swimmers were in form. Nine year old Will Robbins took his first medal at a meet, a placing medal in the 100m back stroke and Austin Ranson took two silvers, two bronze and three placing medals ensuring he took a medal in every single race he took part in. Malakai Prothero also in the nine years age group took his first medal at a meet in the 100 breaststroke and 9 year old Rosie Jones took two placing medals.
Jodie Prescott who has proved to be successful in the breaststroke events continued her fine form this season with a silver in the 50m Breaststroke and a placing medal in the 100m Breaststroke.
While one of the club’s most dedicated and hardest working swimmers took an extremely well earned placing medal in the 400m freestyle. Madison Chilcott added to the success in the 400m free by also taking a placing medal.
Michal Kucia took two medals both silvers in his preferred events the 50m Free and Fly.
Max Head who is gaining in form with every race took four silvers, a bronze and a placing medal. Isla Bennie, who is also still gaining in experience but already making an impact, took a silver and bronze.
Jazz Forsey took a placing medal in the 100m fly in the 12-year-old category, while Katie Derbyshire took two golds, a silver and a placing medal, and Isobel Borwn took two silvers, and three placing medals in the same age group.
PHOTO – TOP: Max Head.
In the 14-year-old age group, Vienna Bennett took medals in her preferred fly events with a silver and placing medal as well as a placing medal in the 50 free.
The stand out swimmer however was William Bale who took an enormous nine medals, six of which were gold and the rest silver which culminated in him winning the top boy award in the 10 years age group!
On the July 9, 2017, the swimmers back in action at the City of Bristol Meet. This meet was in particular an important meet for the swimmers as it took place at the international standard 50m pool at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre.
This is one of the key pools which host regional championships, a competition the club fully expects to increase the number of swimmers who qualify to take part in next season. There were a number of great swims and personal best times in a meet where the standard of swimmers was high.
A number of swimmers took medals once again including a bronze medal for Isla Bennie and Max Head.
Head coach Ricky Hayes said: “The club is improving at a great rate, and with talent we have at the club combined with dedication there is no reason why we cannot produce more regional swimmers and get swimmers to national level.”