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Swimathon 2019 5k Team Relay U16 Champions

Congratulations to the five fabulous swimmers, brought together and sponsored by A.N.T. Swimming, who have been named U16 National Swimathon 2019 Champions in the Swimathon 2019 5k Team Relay.

That's no mean feat when you consider over 21,000 swimmers took to pool between Friday 29 and Sunday 31 March to raise £1.8m for charity. Swimmers had chosen to swim either individual challenges of 400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k or Triple 5k, or team distances of 1.5k or 5k. 

Swimathon 2019 U16 Champions

The five U14/U13 girls, who all train with City of Bristol Age Performance Squad, some of who also belong to Somerset Network Clubs, came together on 30 March 1029 at Hengrove to attempt to swim the fastest U16 Team Relay 5k. 

With a strategy for each swimmer to race 200m in turn over 5 cycles proving the winning formula, they posted a Team 5k time of 00:59:55. There was a great atmosphere with the girls working together, recording each other’s 200m splits to track their progress of the target time of sub 1 hour.

Lead off swimmer Lara Turner, posting the fastest 200m split, handed over to Anna Uren, followed by Holly Brown, with Jessica Lawton and Leah Evans anchoring the final 1k to the Sub 1 hour time.

After submitting their team time to Swimathon, the results have been verified and their positions announced this week.

Not only did they achieve the fastest U16 Age Group time (being the only team to dip below the 60 minute mark) but they finished 10th Overall nationally for ALL Age groups  for Swimathon 2019.

In addition to this, the girls also achieved their fundraising target of £500 towards the amazing charities Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie UK.

A.N.T. Swimming and Somerset ASA wish to thank everyone who supported the girls throughout the Event, their Clubs, Coaches, Parents and the team at Hengrove Leisure Centre for hosting their record performance.

Swimathon will be returning next year on 27 - 29 March 2020. Register your interest here to hear first about entries opening and benefit from the early bird prices at 50% off!

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