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Bridgwater swimmers set their sights on Cotswold League Final

From Club Press Release:

The fourth and final league round of the Cotswold Series took place on 14 April 2018.  Having had some brilliant swims in the previous three rounds and securing 2nd place in each of these galas, Bridgwater Swimming Club was on track to make this year's series the most successful in recent years. 

The club went into the final gala as favourites for the win and with home advantage but knew they faced top opposition from Bristol Henleaze who were only a couple places below them in the league table. 

The club had a difficult start to the gala, dropping points in key events. They were made to wait until event 6 for their first victory when Max Head won the 11/u 25m Freestyle. Isla Bennie and Josh Richards followed this up shortly afterwards with wins in the girls and boys 15/u 50m backstroke, despite both of them swimming up ages groups. At the end of the first period the point were Bristol 21, Bridgwater 19 and Cwmbran 16. 

During the second period, Bridgwater really got into their stride, winning 5 of the next 10 races and second in the other 5. Race winners included Rich Hill (open butterfly), the 11/u boys medley relay team (Oliver Jones, Austin Ranson, Max Head, & Will Robins), the 13/u boys freestyle relay (Josh Richards, Oskar Borowski, Jack Clarke, & Oliver Rowe), Jazz Forsey (15/u Breaststroke), and Alex Towells (open backstroke). The points after the second period were Bridgwater 44, Bristol Henleaze 40, and Cwmbran 30. 

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Between events 24 and 28, the club went on a run of five successive event wins. Winners included Oskar Borwoski (13/u Freestyle), the girls 15/u medley relay team (Katie Derbyshire, Jazz Forsey, Lily Ward-Pugh-Jones, & Isobel Brown), the boys 15/u medley team (Ben Towells, Josh Richards, Michal Kucia, & Ben Jordan), the girls open medley relay team (Ellena Criddle, Jodie Prescott, Lily Ward-Pugh-Jones, & Vienna Bennett), the boys open medley relay team (Leon Crawley, Greg Kyd, Rich Hill, Alex Towells). This helped Bridgwater extend their lead in the gala. 

The fourth period saw the club drop points in key events again but despite this it won a significant number of events thanks to Victoria Rybinska (13/u butterfly), Michal Kucia (15/u freestyle), Jodie Prescott (open breaststroke), the girls 13/u medley relay team (Isla Bennie, Jodie Prescott, Victoria Rynbinska, & Katie Derbyshire), the boys 13/u medley relay team (Oskar Borowski, Josh Richards, Oliver Rowe, & Jack Clarke). This left Bridgwater still leading the gala but Bristol Henleaze had closed the gap making the final 13 events a nail-biting affair. 

Bridgwater added another five wins to their tally during the final 13 events. These came from Alex Towells (open freestyle), Oskar Borowski (13/u backstroke), the boys 15/u freestyle relay team (Michal Kucia, Josh Richards, Ben Jordan, & Ben Towells), the girls open freestyle relay team (Isla Bennie, Lily Ward-Pugh-Jones, Vienna Bennett, & Ellena Criddle), the boys open freestyle relay team (Rich Hill, Leon Crawley, Alex Towells, & Greg Kyd).

The final points were Bridgwater 116, Bristol Henleaze 111, and Cwmbran 81. The result should see the club qualify for the championship final - the first time the club has made this stage of the competition in over 5 years.

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