Day Four - 2009 Swimming Championships
Of the eight Championship gold medals up for grabs on day four of the County Swimming Championships held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, it was Millfield that dominated taking six to University of Bath's two. The school's mens swimmers stood out individually in addition to the 9-12 years Relay Teams.
It was difficult to select the day's best individual swim, however the Mens 100m Butterfly Championship provided the top performances of the day. Nicholas Lowe (Millfield) broke the Junior Championship record in a time of 57.16 during qualification for the final where he finished second to Karl Botha (Millfield) who swam just three tenths of a second shy of our 18 year old senior record set back in 1991 to record a time of 56.36.
Somerset ASA's performance enhancing Youth Finals continued to allow competitors the opportunity of experiencing three top quality swims during a day with preliminaries, a Championship Final and Youth Final. Botha and Lowe both impressed over their three swims and are certainly two to look out for in future butterfly events on the national and international stage.
1st Karl Botha (Millfield) 2nd Joe Marsh (Tanton Deane Swimming) 3rd Xander Beaton (Millfield)
Also on the men's side Alex De Tullio (Millfield) stormed through 200m Breaststroke to win the Championship recording a time of 2:19.83.
Our 2005 Somerset ASA 'Swimmer of the Year', Stacey Tadd (University of Bath) continued to win Ladies Championships in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke dominating the final and heat declared winner event.
Some of our mens stars of the future took a step toward a Championship trophy in the future by swimming in the Boys 100m Individual Medley. Whilst not a Championship event the competition gives youngsters the opportunity of displaying their ability in all four strokes - George Leaman (9 yrs - Clevedon); Jacob Greenow (10yrs - Taunton Deane Swimming); and, Tom Smith (11yrs - Bath Dolphin) certainly impressed winning their respective age group events!
with the teams from Taunton Deane Swimming and Yeovil & District being presented medals by
Somerset ASA President Sarah Pusill
It was also the turn of our youngest swimmers to thrill the crowd in relay events during the second session of the day, which saw two heats of teams in each of the freestyle and medley races, a credit to our County Coaches. Whilst Millfield proved too strong in the final length, the boys teams from Yeovil and Bath Dolphin whilst girls from Taunton Deane Swimming, Yeovil and Weston-super-Mare all put up an exciting fight to the finish.
Mens 100m Butterfly & Ladies 100m Breaststroke Championship Results - Day Four
Results - Day Four