Cotswold League Round Four

Cheddar Kingfishers travelled to Bristol, on 14thApril, where they met teams from Bristol North, Bristol Aquatics and Burnham-on-Sea at Easton Swimming Pool for round 4 of the Cotswold League. The swimmers and spectators enjoyed an exciting evening of competition between four closely matched squads; after every ten events a different club was in the lead. The Cheddar swimmers between them had twelve first place finishes, 17 second places, set 14 new personal best times and achieved 36 ASA speed awards.

The evening started with the Individual Medleys in which Rhys Blake took first in the Open category and Sophie Warren second in the 15 years and under, while Millie Warren and Aidan Hind set new best times. Laura-Ann Marshman was second in 25m Freestyle, in which Josh Easton set a new best time. Holly Cockram and Max Marshman set new best times in the 50m Breaststroke.  In the 15 years and under 50m Backstroke Megan McClumpha and Ben Killey both won their races. M. Warren was second in the 100m Butterfly.

            The boys eleven years and under Medley Relay team of Josh Easton, Fergus Hammond, Charlie and Finley Halford finished in first place.  In the thirteen years and under Freestyle relay the boys team of Jack Brimm, Hammond, Ed Hardman and M Marshman won their race with the girls, Anna Papasouliotis, Cockram, Jess Ferris and McClumpha finishing in second. Harry Read improved his time in the 15 years and under Breaststroke. In the 100m Backstroke Lucy Slingsby and Rob Hall both finished in second place.  Hammond set a new best time in the 25m Butterfly, as did M. Marshman in the thirteen years and under 50m Freestyle.

            The boys 15 years and under Medley Relay team of Hind, Killey, Read and Sam Easton finished second. In the Open Medley Relay the girls team of Slingsby, Ellen Lupton, M. Warren and Sophie Peon came first and the boys, Blake, Killey, Hall and Simon Toogood were second. Olivia Iles won the 25m Backstroke, in which J. Easton improved his time.  Emily Hillman and Ed Hardman were both second in the thirteen years and under 50m Butterfly. Toogood was first in the 15 years and under 50m Freestyle and Lupton first in the Open 100m Breaststroke.

            The eleven years and under Freestyle Relay teams of F and C Halford, J. Easton and Hammond, and Iles, Lois Brimm, S. Papasouliotis and L-A. Marshman all produced strong swims to come in first and second respectively. In the thirteen years and under Medley Relay the team of M. Marshman, F. Halford, Hardman and Brimm also finished first. S. Warren and Hind were second in the 15 years and under 50m Butterfly.  F. Halford set a new best time to win the 25m Breaststroke, and Hardman improved his time to finish second in the thirteen years and under 50m Backstroke. 

            The Open Freestyle relays as always were very exciting, especially as there were only a few points separating all four clubs. The girls, M. Warren, Kirsty Jenkins, S. Peon and Lupton, and boys, Blake, Killey, Hall and Toogood, were just edged into second place. The last event of the evening was the canon, again there was almost no difference between any of the teams; the Cheddar team of Iles, F. Halford, McClumpha, J. Brimm, S and M. Warren, Blake and Hall were just beaten on the touch to finish in second place.

Cheddar finished the evening in second place overall just a few points behind hosts Bristol North.