** A fabulous weekend at the May meet, thanks to all that attended and helped out, we hope swimmers enjoyed their weekend. We look forward to you joining us next year **

Report - Boys 1500m, Girls 800m County Championships

It’s raining bronze!

The Gloucestershire 2014 County Championships (“The Blocks”) are underway and 14 brave Southwold swimmers ventured to the University of Bath to compete over the long course (50 metre pool – Olympic size) in 1500m races for boys and 800m for girls.

Those 14 achieved 5 bronze medals, 5 finalist medals (places 4th to 8th) and 4 new club records between them. A great start for us to The Blocks.

1500 metres

The day began well with Daniel Harding collecting our first bronze in heat 1. Any 10 year old racing 1500 metres truly deserves a medal!

Then our strong pack of 13 year old boys swept into action. Ed Aris was first up and enjoyed a ding dong battle with the swimmer in the next lane for all 30 lengths. Next came Aidan Loughnane, unusually not in the same heat as best mate Henry Bennett. Aidan swam in lane 1 and simply focussed on keeping up a searing pace throughout; he was plainly exhausted at the end. The following heat saw Henry in the lane next to Ben Rawlins with the former managing to keep in front all the way but he could not beat Aidan’s fast time from the previous heat. The boys achieved the following places in their age category:

3rd

Aidan   Loughnane

4th

Henry   Bennett

5th

Ben   Rawlins

6th

Ed   Aris

It is generally recognised over this distance that a short course swim (25m pool) will be 20 seconds or so faster than over the long course. It was therefore a fantastic achievement by both Daniel and Aidan to beat their short course times from November’s time trials evening at Yate.

800 metres

We had to wait a few heats for the first of the Southwold girls to appear : both Morgan Creed and Thea Stephens-Tuffee, achieving PBs, Morgan’s PB an amazing 25 secs off her short course time! Our first bronze of the afternoon was won by Georgie Lloyd in the 12 year age group with Morgan Creed not far behind in 6th and Thea Stephens–Tuffee unlucky to miss out on a medal by one place in 9th. All three showed the benefits of training hard by beating their short course entry times.

This order of finish was repeated by our 14 year old girls with Maria Jones earning the big bronze medal, Emily Locke receiving a finalist’s medal in 6th and Sophie Wilkins coming home 9th.

The swim of the afternoon for us was probably Beth Cox who never fails to give but her best. In the 13 year age category, she beat her entry time, moved ahead of a faster ranked swimmer from Gloucester City and earned another of those bronze medals.

Georgie Locke and Jasna Nickells were our other swimmers in action during the afternoon but sadly no medals.

Club records

Clearly these distances are rarely swum, especially over the long course, but we still saw 4 new club records set on the weekend. Well done to Daniel Harding, Aidan Loughnane, Beth Cox and Maria Jones.

Hopefully we can look forward to more of the same over The Blocks’ shorter distances at GL1 in February and March!

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