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Third Four Seasons Gala for Cheddar Kingfishers

The younger members of Cheddar Kingfishers Swimming Club had a great evening of swimming at Brean Leisure Centre on Saturday, 9th April, in the third of the Four Seasons gala of the 2021/22 season. The evening was kicked off with Zoe Alvey quick off the blocks finishing 2nd, and Dylan Wines swimming the 12/u 100m IM race.  Ava Bates and James Cummings jumped in for the 9/u 25m Butterfly race, with Evie Hutchinson and Cummings in again for the 10/u 25m Breaststroke winning with ease. Newcomer to the Four Seasons, Isabella Clark put in an outstanding performance in the girls 11/u 50m Backstroke, with Vinnie Seagrove swimming for the boys.  For the 12/u 50m Freestyle race, another newbie to Four Seasons, Megan Tasker represented the girls with Wines swimming for the boys.  The girls 9/u Freestyle Relay team of E Hutchinson, Tilly Batten, Bates and Annabelle Ellison, with it being Batten and Ellisons’ first ever gala – showing great determination and nerves of steel, finishing a strong second.  Not to be outdone, the girls 10/u Freestyle Relay team of E Hutchinson, Isla Smith (another first timer), Amelia Spencer and Amelia Rowe finishing 2nd, with a particularly speedy performance from Spencer.

Tilly Sedgwick and Leo Banks were next up, swimming the 11/u 50m Butterfly race and the 50m 12/u Backstroke race was represented by another newcomer to competitive swimming, Heather Cooke, Hurst swam for the boys.  Batten and J Cummings swam next in the 9/u 25m Breaststroke, Batten’s first gala saw her hold her position superbly throughout the race and Cummings finishing an impressive 2nd, with Isla Smith having a great start finished in 3rd place at her very first event, with Cummings back in for the 10/u 25m Freestyle to represent the boys.

The girls 11/u Freestyle Relay team of Rowe, Sedgwick, E Hutchinson and Clark, with Seagrove, Cummings, Banks and Noah Branton for the boys did an impressive job of holding their positions – a real team effort.  The u/12s girls Medley Relay team of Rowe, Cooke, Tasker and Alvey and for the boys Hurst, Josh Hutchinson, Wines and a super strong finish from Seagrove.

Bates and J Cummings were again back in the pool for the 9/u 25m Backstroke, Bates having a brilliant race, sheer determination from beginning to end, which was rewarded with a 3rd place, Spencer and Banks swam the 10/u 25m Butterfly.  For the 11/u 50m Breaststroke, Clark and Seagrove represented the team, a photo finish for Seagrove taking 3rd place – a very exciting race to watch.  Alvey and Wines swam the tough 12/u 50m Butterfly race.

The girls 9/u Freestyle Relay team of Bates, Batten, Ellison and E Hutchinson made a great team, a perfect start from Ellison and an especially strong last leg from E Hutchinson.  Next up were great performances from the 10/u girls Medley Relay team of Rowe, E Hutchinson, Smith and Spencer.  The 50m Freestyle race for the 11/u, representing Cheddar was Sedgwick and Branton.  In the 12/u 50m Breaststroke, Alvey swimming for the girls, and representing the boys, J Hutchinson, as ever quick off the blocks finished 3rd.  Ellison and Cummings swam again in the 9/u 25m Freestyle.  Rowe had a great race in the u/10s 25m Backstroke finishing a strong 1st for the girls, leaving everyone in her wake, and Cummings once again in the pool representing the boys.

The 11/u girls team of Rowe, Clark, Spencer and a terrific and determined last leg from Sedgwick swam the Medley Relay and representing the boys, Seagrove, Cummings, Banks and Branton, who gained a place for the team in the last leg.  Close to the end of the evenings swimming, the 12/u Freestyle Relay team for the girls Alvey, Cooke, Tasker and Sedgwick and for the boys J Hutchinson, Seagrove, Hurst and Wines.

The finale to the evening, was the fast and furious Canon Relay, a boy and girl from each age category swimming a length to finish the competition.  A very exciting and VERY loud end to the evening with Bates, Cummings, Rowe, Banks, Clark, Seagrove, Alvey and Wines all swimming a length of the pool as fast as they could to end the evenings swimming.

The team finished third on a massive 165 points, behind winners Clevedon and City of Bristol who came second.  Backwell finished forth, Burnham fifth and Bridgwater sixth.  This was a great result for Cheddar Kingfishers, with fantastic performances from all the swimmers and in particular all the first timers.  A special shout out must go to the ever-composed James Cummings for stepping in to so many races.

Head Coach, Jeff Hill was very pleased with the teams efforts and is proud of the performance of all the swimmers that competed at the Four Seasons, in particular to those who swam their first ever gala.  Cheddar Kingfishers would like to say a big thank you to the Development Panel at Somerset ASA for their substantial contribution to the cost of pool hire through the County Development Funding budget.

Cheddar Kingfishers are a fun and competitive swimming club and train from Kings Fitness & Leisure Centre in Cheddar.  If you would like to come for a trial to join, contact [email protected] or call 01934 744939 for more information.