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Bridgwater SC rise to their Cotswold Series 2018 A Final challenge

Bridgwater SC Press Release

Bridgwater swimmers at the Cotswold Series 2018 A Final


Bridgwater Swimming Club took part in the A final of the 2018 Cotswold Series ​on 28 April 2018. It marked the first occasion the club has made it to highest stage of the competition in over 5 years giving them the chance to take on the best teams in the league and compete for the title.

Only the top 8 teams qualify for the final, with Bridgwater seeded sixth. Despite the top opposition, the club didn’t have to wait long for the first victory to come in, taken by Cameron Vearncombe in the open 100 Individual Medley. This was followed up by Max Head who had an extremely good swim in the 11/U freestyle event to add another win. The boys were proving to be a strong force with Jack quickly following up with another win in the 13/U Breaststroke. With a variety of other strong swims the club found itself leading the gala after the first 10 events on 60 points, closely followed by favourites Bristol Penguins.

The next win for Bridgwater came in event 16 - the Boys 13/U freestyle relay (Josh Richards, Oskar Borowski, Jack Clarke, & Oliver Rowe). After 20 events Bridgwater were in second place on 102 points, one point behind Bristol Penguins.

Despite continuing to put in strong swims, the club struggled to take an event win until the Open Men’s Medley Relay (Alex Towells, Leon Crawley, Cameron Vearncombe and Ricky Hayes). All the clubs raised their games in this period and after 30 events, the scores were  Bridgwater 130, Cheltenham 134, Clevedon 146, Backwell 156, and Penguins 170.

Jazz Forsey was the next swimmer from Bridgwater to take an event win, despite swimming up two age groups, with victory in the Open Breaststroke age group. The club then finished off the next period with back to back wins in the Girls 13/U Medley Relay (Isla Bennie, Jodie Prescott, Victoria Rybinska and Katie Derbyshire) and the Boys 13/U Medley Relay (Oskar Borowski, Josh Richards, Oliver Rowe, and Jack Clarke). After 40 events the points were Bridgwater 183, Cheltenham 185, Backwell 204, and Bristol Penguins 220.

The final period was once again tough with all clubs swimming to high standards. The final points tallies;
  1. Bristol Penguins 289
  2. Backwell 276
  3. Cheltenham 259
  4. Bridgwater 232
  5. Clevedon 216
  6. Bath 213
  7. Wellington 203
  8. Bristol Henleaze 171
All in all it was a fantastic result for Bridgwater who finished two places higher than their seeded position and across the competition overall, eight places higher than last year.

If you would like to share in Bridgwater's success please get in touch with the Club by email bridgwaterswim@gmail.com
 

Editor's Note: Runners-up Backwell Swimming Club also shared news of their success in this North Somerset Times article.


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Published
15.05.2018