16 February 2019
Cheddar Kingfishers Swimming Club started the New Year by travelling to Cheltenham to take part in Round 1 of the Cotswold League, swimming against teams from Dursley, Backwell and Cheltenham. Against very strong competition the club won thirteen of the 53 races and finished second in fifteen, in the process setting new club records for the girls thirteen and under and girls fifteen and under Freestyle relays.
Individual first place finished were achieved by Millie Warren (Open 100 Individual Medley), Phoebe Hillman (eleven and under 25m Freestyle), Sam Easton (fifteen and under 50m Backstroke), Jack Brimm (thirteen and under 50m Freestyle), Jemima Seagrove (eleven and under 25m Backstroke), Olivia Iles (thirteen and under 50m Butterfly), Josie Morgan (who took an astonishing 5 seconds off her best time in the Open 100m Freestyle), Grace Hurst (eleven and under 25m Breaststroke) and Charlie Halford (eleven and under 25m Breaststroke). In the relays the thirteen and under Freestyle team of Holly Cockram, J. Seagrove, Stella Arnold, and O Iles, the eleven and under Freestyle team of J. Seagrove, G. Hurst, Lois Brimm, and P. Hillman, the fifteen and under Freestyle team of S. Arnold, Sophie Warren, O. Iles and Megan McClumpha, and the Open Freestyle team of S. Easton, Simon Toogood, Jeff Hill and Harry Read all finished in first place.
Coming in strongly in second place were Sophie Warren (fifteen and under 100m Individual Medley, Harry Read (fifteen and under 100m Individual Medley and 50m Butterfly), Holly Cockram (thirteen and under 50m Breaststroke), Megan McClumpha (fifteen and under 50m Backstroke), Patrick Forrester (fifteen and under 50m Breaststroke), Ed Hardman (thirteen and under 50m Butterfly), Sophie Warren (fifteen and under 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly), O. Iles (thirteen and under 50m Backstroke) and Stella Arnold (thirteen and under 50m Freestyle). In the relays the team showed their depth with second places in the Open Medley (S. Easton, Callum Pitt, J. Hill and S. Toogood), thirteen and under Medley (Fergus Hammond, Finley Halford, E. Hardman, J. Brimm) and Open Freestyle (J. Morgan, Anna Wadey, M. Warren and M. McClumpha).
Ewan McClumpha (eleven and under Medley and Freestyle relay, eleven and under 25m Backstroke), Sam Hutchinson (eleven and under Medley and Freestyle relay, and 25m Butterfly, Jake Spencer (eleven and under 25m Freestyle, eleven and under Medley and Freestyle relays and Sergio Wadey (fifteen and under Medley and Freestyle relay, fifteen and under 50m freestyle) all contributed to the teams solid points score.
The final event of the evening was the always-exciting canon, in which two swimmers from each age group swim as a Freestyle relay team. The Cheddar team of Jemima Seagrove, Stella Arnold, Megan McClumpha, Millie Warren, Charlie Halford, Jack Brimm, Harry Read and Simon Toogood were just pushed out of first place by the Cheltenham team but finished in a very strong second place.
Overall the team finished in third place, this was a great start to the Cotswold competition and showed how well the team and the coaches have been working in training.