25 March 2018
Cheddar Kingfishers Swimming Club Cotswold League Round Three
Cheddar Kingfishers travelled to Ross-on Wye where they faced tough competition from Cinderford and Wellington in round three of the Cotswold League. Wellington were the strongest team and had a well deserved win; Cheddar and Cinderford were neck and neck for most of the gala with Cheddar just being pushed into third place in the last part of the evening but still getting 124 points. Between them the squad had eight first place finishes, 24 seconds, set twelve new personal best times and achieved 36 ASA speed awards.
In the 100m Individual Medley Ben Killey and Sophie Warren were first and second, respectively. Sophia Papasouliotis and Bertie Thomas both set new best times to finish second in the 25m Freestyle. Finley Halford was first in the 13 years and under 50m Breaststroke and Aidan Hind first in the 15 years and under 50m Backstroke. Millie Warren and Rob Hall were both second in the 100m Butterfly. The boys 11 years and under medley relay team of Ewan McClumpha, Charlie and Finley Halford and Thomas finished second. Strong swims from the other teams meant the girls, Lois Brimm, Grace Hurst, Olivia Iles and S Papasouliotis, had to settle for third as did the 13 years and under Freestyle relay teams of Holly Cockram, Anna Papasouliotis, Jess Ferris and Megan McClumpha and Sam Hutchinson, F. Halford, Jack Brimm and Ed Hardman.
In the 15 years and under 50m Breaststroke Emily Hillman and Patrick Forrester both set new best times and Forrester finished second. In the 100m Backstroke Rhys Blake finished first and Lucy Slingsby set a new best time. Olivia Iles and C. Halford were first and second in the 25m Butterfly, and J. Brimm set a new best time in the 13 years and under 50m Freestyle. The boys 15 years and under medley relay team (Hind, Killey, Blake and Simon Toogood) were second in their race as were the open girls Medley relay team of Slingsby, Ellen Lupton, M. Warren and Sophie Peon. The boys open medley relay team, Killey, Callum Pitt, Hall and Blake, won their race.
There was a run of second places for the Kingfishers with Thomas in the 25m Backstroke, Ed Hardman in 13 years and under Butterfly, M. McClumpha and Toogood in the 15 years and under Freestyle, and Lupton and Pitt in the 100m Breaststroke. In the 11 years and under freestyle relay the team of F. Halford, E. McClumpha, Hutchinson and Thomas finished in second place as did the 13 years and under Medley team of Brimm, F Halford, Hardman and Hutchinson. In the 15 years and under 50m Butterfly Sophie Warren and Hind came second. M. Warren took another second place in the 100m Freestyle, in which Will Thorne set a new best time. F. Halford won the 25m Breaststroke and Jess Ferris set a new best time in the 13 years and under 50m Backstroke.
The evening finished with a series of relays that had all the spectators and swimmers cheering their teams. The boys 15 years and under freestyle relay team (Hind, Forrester, Killey and Toogood) fought hard to finish second as did the Open Freestyle teams of M. Warren, Slingsby, Peon and Lupton and Blake, Thorne, Toogood and Hall. In the final event, the canon, in which a boy and girl from each age group compete as a team the Kingfishers (Iles, F. Halford, M. McClumpha, J. Brimm, S. and M. Warren, Blake and Hall) swam strongly to end the evening with a win.