Cotswold League Round Two

Cheddar Kingfisher swimmers enjoyed an immensely successful second round of the Cotswold League series on Saturday, 25th February. 29 of the Kingfishers squad travelled to Horfield Leisure Centre in Bristol to swim against competition from Wells, Weston Super Mare and Bristol North.

Olivia Iles started the competition off for the girls 15/u Individual Medley, and Henry Reid for the boys, both finishing a very close 3rd, Naomi Pollard and Harry Read swimming the same race for the Open girls and boys, again both finishing 3rd. Zoe Alvey and Ewan McClumpha represented the team in the 11/u Freestyle 25m race. Lucy Todd swam in the girls 13/u Breaststroke 50m race, finishing a very close second, with Charlie Halford racing for the boys. O Iles and Reid swam their next race in the 15/u 50m Backstroke against strong competition, with Reid coming in 2nd. Lucy Slingsby and Jeff Hill swam the tough 100m Open Butterfly race, Slingsby finishing 2nd and Hill finishing a very comfortable 1st.

The Medley races started with the girls 11/u team of Zara Bird, Cassy Iles, Alvey and Issy Iles, and the boys Louis and Oliver Hurst, Josh Hutchinson (his first Cotswolds event) and E McClumpha, both teams again finishing 3rd against. The girls 13/u Freestyle team of Jemima Seagrove, Lois Brimm, Todd and O Iles stormed their race and came 1st, with a photo finish at the end. The boys 13/u Freestyle team of Finley and C Halford, E McClumpha and Sam Hutchinson finished 3rd. Holly Cockram and F Halford both finished 2nd in the 15/u 50m Breaststroke, with Emma Noyce and Sam Easton swimming the Open 100m Backstroke race finishing 3rd. An exciting neck-and-neck race for Jemima Seagrove in the girls 13/u 50m Freestyle, winning the race, with F Halford finishing 3rd for the boys.

The 15/u girls Medley team consisting of O Iles, Cockram, Megan McClumpha and Seagrove finished 3rd, as did the boys team of Reid, F Halford, Ed Hardman and Issac Nicholls. Noyce, Naomi Pollard, Slingsby and Josie Morgan finished 3rd for the girls Open Medley team, with the boys team coming 1st with Easton, Patrick Forrester, Simon Toogood and Hill who took the lead for Kingfishers during the very exciting race, and also winning the Open Freestyle team race later on in the evening. Iles swam another outstanding race for the 13/u 50m Butterfly securing another very comfortable win, Nicholls swimming a particularly close race coming 3rd in the boys 15/u 50m Freestyle and a 2nd place in the girls Open 100m Breaststroke race from Pollard.

More great Relay swims from both the 11/u and the 13/u girls and boys teams meant that at this point of the competition, scores were very close with Kingfishers moving from 3rd place to joint 2nd and very close the leaders. Swimming strong Butterfly races from Cockram for the 15/u girls and Jack Brimm for the boys, who finished 2nd place in an extremely close race. To finish up the evenings swimming was the exciting Canon race, with Alvey, E McClumpha, O Ilesl, F Halford, M McClumpha, Reid, Pollard and Toogood swimming their fastest Freestyle length to lots of cheering from the rest of the team and their supporters.

Cheddar Kingfishers scored a massive 125 points and finished joint second with Bristol North. This leaves them in 13th position on the league table after the first 2 rounds. The whole squad swam fantastically, showing that their hard training this year is really paying off. The next Cotswold Gala is on Saturday, 7th March where Kingfishers will be hosting the event in Cheddar.

Cheddar Kingfishers train at Kings Fitness and Leisure, Cheddar; for more information contact [email protected] or telephone 01934 744939.