Swimmers from Tewkesbury Swimming Club excelled at Gloucester's Level 3 Open Meet at GL1 on 12th and 13th July. Thirteen of our boys and girls, from age nine to 15, demonstrated their continuing development with a string of medals, PBs and hearty performances. In fact, a healthy 39% of swim times were PBs, an excellent statistic of which the swimmers and club can be proud.
There were medal successes for several swimmers but Josh O'Neill is 'King of The Medals' with six around his shoulders, including four Golds – in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m IM and 200m freestyle, and two Silvers – in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke. That's a medal won in each event entered for Josh. His sister, Sophie, is 'Queen of The Medals' with four to her name – Silver in the 50m freestyle and Bronze in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle. There was only one PB between the O'Neills – for Josh – yet they still achieved success, so well done to the both of them for a great climax to this season's swimming.
Cora Brady won Gold in the 100m IM at a new PB – she also notched another PB in her 50m backstroke event. Chris Graffin won Gold in the 50m butterfly, Silver in the 50m freestyle and Bronze in the 50m backstroke, and went home with three PBs – in the 100m IM, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly. In addition, five fourth places shows how close Chris was to achieving a major medal haul. Well done, Chris!
But Chris can't boast the biggest PB haul, or the biggest PB margin – that honour goes to 13-year old Alex Farnhill, who recorded four PBs out of the five events she entered, with just under nine seconds knocked off her 100m IM, over two seconds taken off her 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke, and a healthy one second shaved off her 100m freestyle. Well done, Alex!
Ashleigh Holton showed her steady progress with three PBs out of five events entered, with just under nine seconds smashed off her 200m freestyle, over two seconds knocked off her 100m freestyle and just under two seconds knocked off her 100m backstroke. Great swimming, Ashleigh!
The club's youngest participant, 9-year-old Archie Walsh, recorded a PB in his 50m breaststroke event, finishing one place out of the medals in fourth. Well done, Archie! Ethan Cooke secured two new PBs, with a significant four second reduction in his 100m freestyle time and just under a second knocked off his 50m backstroke. Jack Beazer (50m backstroke) and Harry Quiney (200m freestyle) both recorded a new PB each.
Izzy Quinn recorded two PBs, with a healthy three second reduction in her 100m IM and time also taken off her 50m backstroke. Olivia Graffin swam well but was unfortunate to miss out narrowly on a PB in her 50m freestyle.
Congratulations to all swimmers on a great individual and team performance! Many thanks to our coaches for their highly effective encouragement and to the volunteer chaperones for making the children feel relaxed enough to perform so well. Thanks also to our officials who gave up their time to ensure the club was represented.