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Swim England SW Winter Championships 2019 Day 1 - Gold for Bird

The Winter Championships at Millfield over 1 to 3 November 2019 got underway with distance events. 

Top FINA points by a Somerset swimmer in the 800m Freestyle went to 14 Yr old Isabella Woollard (Millfield) with 615 clocking a 4.98s improvement to 09:23.52 and a 4th place ranking in her age group and 7th in Open.

There were also top 10 finishes and improvements for 13 Yr old Eleanor Broughton (Millfield, 9:25.57) by 13.93s, finishing 7th (9th Open) and 15 Yr old Georgia Gussey (Co Bristol, 09:26.96) by 6.94s in 8th place (10th Open).

The only swimmer sub 9 minutes this year was Sophie Freeman (Plymouth Leander, 8:58.79) who won both categories.

There were fewer improved times but 5 top 10 places for Somerset swimmers in the 1500m Freestyle. Bath University's Kieran Bird (15:10.64), Luke Turley (15:2.12) and Millfield's Davide Arioli (15:49.92) took the Open podium places.Alexander Sergeant (Millfield, 16:30.60) improved 24.4s finishing 7th Open.

Top 10 places in the juniors went to 14 Year Millfield swimmers Luca Arioli (16:33.89, 2nd Jnr and 8th Open) and Solomon Williams (17:27.78, 5th Jnr with a 24.02s improvement) and Team Bath AS' Oliver Saunders (17:56.33, 9th Jnr).

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