Cotswold Round 3

Wells SC

Wells Swimming Club produced some outstanding performances to win their 3rd round gala in the Cotswold League 2019, travelling to Stroud for the gala.  Despite a significant number of regular team members being absent due to the National Schools Biathlon in London the same weekend the team rose to the challenge and led from the start against Dursley Dolphins, Cwmbran and Wellington swimming clubs

The U11 boys team of Max Banwell, Theo Trun-thatcher, Lachlan Taylor and Sam Cavill won every race – Banwell took the 25m free and 25m backstroke, Trun-thatcher the 25m butterfly, Taylor the 25m breaststroke and Cavill anchored both relays very strongly.

The U13 boys team of Cameron Taylor, Anthony Davies, Declan Truan-thatcher and Jack Freeman also swam superbly. They won both medley and freestyle relays by a considerable margin, Truan-thatcher won the 50m free and Freeman took a valuable 2nd in the 50m butterfly. Unfortunately Taylor was too fast in the 50m breaststroke and received a speeding ticket! 

Three of the boys stepped up in age and were joined by Max Gittens in the U15 boys team.  Cameron Taylor won the 50m free and came 3rd in the 50m breaststroke, Anthony Davies won the 100m individual medley, and was 2nd in the 50m butterfly and Gittens swam strongly in his first gala for while to take 2nd in the 50m backstroke.  The four boys joined forces to take 2nd in both relays.

The Open Men's team of Mathew Lewis, Marcus Williams and Richard Thatcher were joined by Max Gittens for the medley relay and Cameron Taylor for the freestyle relay and came 2nd both times. In the individual races Lewis won the 100m breaststroke and came 2nd in the 100IM and the 100m backstroke and Williams took 2nd in the 100m free and 3rd in the 100m butterfly. 

The girls were delighted to welcome Imogen Smith aged 12 back to the team having missed the first 2 rounds. She showed great strength in all her races and swam several personal bests throughout the evening including the Open ladies 100m Individual medley (3rd).  Smith won the 13/u 50m free and 50m backstroke and was joined by Ailsa Richardson, Izara Hole and Layla Matthews in winning both freestyle and medley relays. Richardson also took on 2 individual races, taking valuable 2nd places in the 13/u 50m breaststroke and the 50m butterfly. 

The U11 girls team is still young but proved they were not overawed in swimming against girls much older and taller than them!  New members Brianna and Sîan Davies took on the individual 25m races picking up some valuable points.  In the medley and freestyle races they were joined by Lydia Bulmer and Daisy Pruden.

The U15 girls team of Maisie Banwell, Edie Richardson and Tianna Allom were joined by Ailsa Richardson to win both the relays. Banwell also won the 50m backstroke and 50m free, Allom came a close 3rd in the 50m butterfly and Edie Richardson was 2nd in the 50m breaststroke.  

The Ladies open races were taken on gallantly by younger swimmers with Maisie Banwell winning the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly and Imogen Smith placing 3rd in the 100m IM and 100m free. Ella Felton from the Masters squad came 2nd in the 100m breaststroke.  In the relays Banwell, Felton, Smith and Edie Richardson won the 4x50m medley relay and Banwell and Smith teamed up with both Richardson sisters to win the 4x50m freestyle relay. 

The final event of the evening was the 8x25m freestyle cannon. This is always exciting and was a fantastic end to the evening with Wells just taking it on the touch. 

Head Coach Miles Denyer was delighted with the team performance and said it showed how hard some of the swimmers have been working in training to take on board feedback and points for improvement.  The squad are now looking forward to the final round on 30th March where they will travel to Bristol.

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