Wells Swimming Club at City of Bristol Early Bird

Duncan Verel

Swimmers from Wells Swimming Club enjoyed a successful weekend at the City of Bristol Early Bird meet recently.  The team won medals of all colours, set numerous personal bests and showed that all their early season training is definitely paying off!


Early morning is a tough time to swim – especially for a long-distance event – but Bri and Sian Davies were on great form in the 400m freestyle, winning silver and bronze respectively.  In the 200m individual medley Theo Truan-Thatcher won a silver and Anthony Davies a bronze, making it a great first session!


The second session began with the boys 100m backstroke with Max Banwell gaining the first of his gold medals and Anthony Davies another bronze.  Sam Cavill had a good swim with almost 2 seconds off his personal best.  They were followed by the girls swimming 100m breaststroke where there were no Wells medals but good pbs from Bri Davies, Sian Davies and Izara Hole.  In the 200m freestyle Cameron Taylor and Anthony Davies each took a gold with Theo, Sam and Declan Truan-Thatcher all swimming good pbs.  The session finished with sprints – the girls 50m breaststroke was first with good swims from all the Wells swimmers and was followed by the boys 50m backstroke with another gold for Max Banwell.


In the afternoon Maisie Banwell bagged a gold medal in the 200m backstroke, Anthony Davies took a silver in the 200m breaststroke and Sian and Bri Davies took gold and silver in the 200m freestyle – split by only two hundredths of a second!  In the 100m freestyle Cameron Taylor won another gold with a superb swim to go under 1 minute for the first time; Max Banwell and Anthony Davies both took silver while brothers Theo and Declan Truan-Thatcher both came 5th with good pbs.  Maisie earned a silver medal for her 100m butterfly and Bri and Sian both tackled it for the first time.  In the sprints to finish the day Theo Truan-Thatcher took gold in the 50m fly, brother Dec came 8th and Cameron Taylor came 4th and in the girls 50m freestyle there were pbs for Sian and Bri and strong swims from Ailsa Richardson and Izara Hole.


Sunday was another early start with Anthony Davies and Cameron Taylor both taking gold in the 400m freestyle and Lachlan Taylor a well-earned bronze both with big pbs.  Sian Davies took a silver in the 200m individual medley too.  The medals kept coming in the middle session of the day with Theo and Declan Truan-Thatcher taking bronze and silver respectively in the 100m individual medley, Sian and Bri Davies taking silver and bronze in the 100m backstroke where they were joined by Imogen Smith (silver) and Maisie Banwell (silver) and Ailsa Richardson with a pb of over 3 seconds.  Lachlan Taylor and Max Banwell both took silver in the 100m breaststroke as did Sian in the 200m butterfly which she raced for the first time!  In the boys race Anthony Davies got another silver to add to his collection and Cameron Taylor another gold.  Again we finished the session with sprints, with Sian just beating Bri to take the bronze in the 50m backstroke, Imogen Smith taking a gold and Maisie Banwell winning silver.  Ailsa Richardson again had a good swim coming 10th.  The boys swam the 50m breaststroke with Lachlan Taylor taking silver, Cameron Taylor a bronze, Max Banwell winning another gold, Anthony Davies coming 4th and Declan Truan-Thatcher 5th.


In the final session Sian Davies won another silver in the 200m breaststroke with Izara Hole coming 5th, Anthony Davies won another gold in the 200m backstroke, Maisie Banwell and Bri Davies took bronze medals in the 100m freestyle.  In the 100m fly there was another silver for Anthony Davies, the same colour medal for Cameron Taylor and well earned 4th and 5th places for Theo and Declan Truan-Thatcher.  The girls finished the meet with the 50m fly where Maisie Banwell and Imogen Smith both won bronze; the boys finished with 50m freestyle with Lachlan Taylor taking silver, Anthony Davies and Max Banwell both winning bronzes and Cameron Taylor a superb gold


A hugely successful meet for Wells and Head Coach Miles Denyer was delighted with the efforts of his team. For more information about the club please visit the website www.wellsswimmingclub.com

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