Midlands Open Water Festival 2019

Swimmers from Somerset Clubs entered the Midlands Open Water Festival held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on 7 July 2019 in their quest for qualification for open water nationals. There were no wetsuits as the water temperature was 20.3 degrees. Millfield's Woollard sisters enjoyed a successful day as Georgina (13, 00:26:25.86) and Francesca (12, 00:29:02.63) were fastest in their respective 2km age groups. Plymouth Leander duo Finn Broekhoven (00:25:55.64) and Jack Caldwell (00:26:21.43) were the first two swimmers home in the 2km race but Georgina was next to finish, underlining her potential. 

Holly Cleverly (00:31:08.77, Taunton Deane) also secured her nationals place finishing as second 12 year old.

Taunton team mate Oliver Heard (15, 00:39:23.13) was the only Somerset swimmer to feature in the 3km event for 14/15 year olds, finishing 5th in his age group which was won by James Andrew (00:37:14.36, Tigersharks). 

There were 3km age group category wins for Poole's Ryan Openshaw (14, 00:42:44.68) and Alexandra Palotai-Avella (15, 00:38:28.25) and for Plymouth Leander's Niamh Hutchinson (14, 00:40:27.23). Seagulls SC's Sonny Chamberlain-Hyde (16, 01:01:02.28) and James Richardson (17 & 18, 01:01:13.43) were the first two males to finish the 5km event and win their categories but Alexander Sargeant (17 & 18, Millfield) secured the valuable second place for his age group with 01:01:24.98.

Stroud Masters' Sean Kinsey (01:08:00.41) came first in the men's 19&O category.

Street & District's Sophie Chillingworth (19/O, 01:14:54.35) came third in her age group which was won by Poole's Thea O'Keefe (01:06:17.76).

Poole's open water prowess was further demonstrated by Teagan-Mae Graham finishing first in 17&18 age group with 01:06:32.60. South West National Open Water Qualifiers 2019
Link for entry into the National event (Closing date 12 Noon on Wednesday 24 July 2019).

View Midlands Open |Water Festival results.

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