** ENTRY CLOSED - MEET IS FULL!! SOUTHWOLD MAY OPEN MEET WILL TAKE PLACE ON 28TH and 29TH MAY 2022 at GL1 GLOUCESTER **

REPORT - LAST WEEKEND OF THE BLOCKS

And so once more to GL1 for the final day of the individual County Championships ….

Older swimmers

It is great to report that Jessica Shaw returned to the pool to be crowned County 100 backstroke champion to add to her 200 metre title. Jess was in a class of her own, finishing miles ahead of second. It was excellent to see Maria Jones join Jess in the Open (all age groups) final and finish seventh as well as claim the bronze medal in her 14 year age group.

Maria fared even better in the 200 free, winning her age group and again coming seventh in the overall final.

Also in the girls 14 year age group, Emily Locke won silver medal in the 100 fly.

There were strong 200 free times from Peter Rogers, George Boulton and Jon Lowther with Jon picking up the 14 year bronze and a new club record, impressively ahead of Jacob Graham’s previous best mark.

Intermediate ages

There was some fantastic racing and personal best times in the 200 freestyle at the start of the day. Beth Cox went out like her life depended on it, improving her best time by almost a second a length and only just short of a regional time.

Ben Rawlins looked very powerful as he soared to a massive PB, finishing fourth, ahead of Henry Bennett in sixth.

Arno Turner continued his rich vein of recent form with a 17 second PB and Matt Reeves showed a return to form with a 6 second improvement. Arno’s 100 back time was also a strong PB and was more than matched by Georgie Lloyd who picked up a medal and came agonisingly close to a regional time.

Later in the day Aidan Loughnane was skipping with joy after his performance in the 100 backstroke for fourth spot to add to his 5 second PB as well as fourth place in the 100 fly.

To this untrained observer, our club’s fly performances do not quite seem on a par with our free and back.

Younger swimmers (10 & 11)

Daniel Harding was again amongst the medals with a silver (200 back) and bronze (100 free) with finalists’ medals going to his good pals Sam Fry (200 back) and Joshua Holloway (200 breast). As you would expect, all three improved their times significantly, particularly Sam who had to dash off to the South Glos primary schools gala before returning early Sunday for the county relays. Busy weekend!

Katie Pellow kept her parents smiling as our only junior girl swimming all day and managed PBs in the 200 back and 100 free as reward for always pushing herself hard in training.

We look forward to seeing more of our younger swimmers competing in The Blocks in 2015.

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