21 October 2018
Cheddar Kingfishers make a strong start to the new season
Swimmers from Cheddar Kingfishers have come back from the summer holidays refreshed and determined to do well again this year. Fifteen swimmers took part in the Bristol North Meet held at Horfield Leisure Centre and the Somerset Development Meet held at Millfield School over the weekends of 22 and 29 September; between them the squad gained 8 top ten finishes in Bristol and 14 at Millfield.
The Bristol North Meet was aimed at younger swimmers many of whom were competing for the first time. Zoe Alvey produced strong swims in the 9 years and under 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. In the girls 10 years and under Isla Warman and Tilly Hullah swam well in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke, with Hullah also swimming in the 50m Butterfly, and 50m Backstroke. In the girls 11 years and under Lucy Todd showed her determination and stamina with good performances in the 50m and 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley. Ed Hardman showed that the boys were not going to be outdone by the girls, taking 5thin the 12 years and under 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke. There was a competition between the Halford brothers with Finley finishing ahead of Charlie in the 50m and 100m Freestyle. In the 50m Breaststroke both brothers finished first in their age group with Finlay taking first and Charlie 8thin the 100m Breaststroke and another 8thplace for Charlie in the 100m Individual Medley.
At the Somerset Development Meet the nine Kingfishers set 23 new personal best times (PB), and had 14 top ten finishes. In the girls fourteen years and under Jess Ferris set new PBs in 100m and 200m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley before winning gold in the 100m Individual Medley. In the girls thirteen years and under Megan McClumpha set a new PB in the 50m Butterfly and then too gold in the 50m Breaststroke; and Annabelle Stone set new PBs in 50m and 100m Backstroke, 100m Individual Medley, 100m and 200m Freestyle, winning bronze in the 200m Freestyle. Olivia Iles set new PBs in 50m and 100m Butterfly, winning gold in the 50m Freestyle. Simon Toogood produced improved times in the fifteen years and under 50m Freestyle and Butterfly, with Patrick Forrester setting new PBs in the fourteen years and under 50m and 100m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley. Ed Hardman improved his time in the twelve years and under 50m Backstroke. More PBs came in the ten years and under boys with Sam Hutchinson improving his times in 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, and Ewan McClumpha improving in 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke.
This is a good start to the swimming year for the Kingfishers and a reward for their hard work in training.