20 May 2019
On Saturday 27 April Cheddar Kingfishers took part in the B final of this year’s Cotswold League at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre; competing against teams from Taunton Deane, Bristol Henleaze, Bristol North, Bath Dolphins and Backwell. The evening saw the Kingfishers achieve eleven third, five second and six first place finishes.
Megan McClumpha and Sam Easton were first in the 50, Backstroke, where Mcclumpha came very close to beating her own club record. Jeff Hill was first in the 100m Butterfly and Patrick Forrester in the 50m Breaststroke. There was another first place finish for Easton in the 50m Butterfly, and for Grace Hurst in the 25m Breaststroke. In the 25m Freestyle Phoebe Hillman took second, as did Ed Hardman in the 50m Butterfly. There were strong third place finishes for Easton (100m Individual Medley), Rob Hall (100 m Individual Medley), Holly Cockram (50 m Breaststroke), Lois Brimm (25m Butterfly), Jemima Seagrove (25 m Backstroke) and Maggie Hammond (50m Butterfly).
The relay teams also produced strong swims with the girls thirteen and under Freestyle and Medley team of Cockram, Lucy Todd, Stella Arnold and Olivia Iles finishing second in both of their races; as did the boys open Freestyle team of Simon Toogood, Brad Linklater, Hall and Hill. The girls eleven and under Freestyle and Medley relay team of Seagrove, Hurst, Brimm and Hillman were third in both of their races, as were the girls and boys fifteen and under Medley teams of McClumpha, Cockram, Sophie Warren and Hammond and Easton, Forrester, Hardman and Sergio Wadey. The fifteen and under girls Freestyle team (McClumpha, Hammond, Warren and Stella Arnold) were also third in their race.
The rest of the squad (Millie Warren, George Yong, Sam Hutchinson, Lucy Slingsby, Ewan McClumpha, Josie Morgan, Callum Pitt, and Jake Spencer) put in good swims in both individual and team events with many of them just being edged out of the top three places in the last meter of the race.
After 53 exciting races the teams were all very close; with just four points separating Taunton Deane, Cheddar and Bristol Henleaze and two points between Bath Dolphins and the overall winners Backwell.