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Somerset ASA Championships & Age Group Competitions 2020 Day 2

The first of 2020's long course sessions got underway at Millfield on 25 January - Mixed 800m Free, G 200m Fly, B 200m Breast, G 50m Back.

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Session 3

Girls 800m Free

There was success for Team Bath AS in the 16&O category as last year's runner up,  Misty Marshall-Welling won gold in 9:28.06 and team mate Tegan Gibson bronze with 9:56.36. Georgia Gussey (Keynsham) earned silver with 9:36.03.

Having won 2019's 14 Yr age group with 9:47.35 and then securing a Somerset top 10 swim of 9:41.02 in May's SW Championships, Lara Turner (ANT SC) ensured she retained her title as 2020 Junior Champion with an impressive 15 Yr time of 9:28.61, just 0.56s behind Marshall-Welling's winning time for the 16&O category. After swimming in lane 8 in successive heats, 0.05s eventually separated Rue Fowler (Team Bath AS, 9:50.81) from Isabella Woollard (Millfield, 9:50.86) to complete the podium places.

In 2020's 14 Yr age group, 2019's 13 Yr winner Katie Sherlock improved on her best 10:05.83 of the last 12 months set at the SW Summer Championships in Plymouth to take bronze from a heat 5 swim of 10:01.88. Martha Sell (Clevedon) swimming in heat 6 had finished sixth last year in 11:04.19. What a difference a year makes as she improved to 9:57.09 to take silver. The challenge for Somerset's fastest 14 Yr age group 800m freestyler over the last year, Millfield's Eleanor Broughton was to take control with her heat 7 swim. She did just that, establishing a 5.56s buffer after just 200m with 2:20.50, before touching the pads in 9:49.49 for gold, just 0.13s outside her June 2019 time from London's Summer Open.

In the 13 Yr age group,Theoni Kane (Bridgwater, 10:26.32) set a challenge for Nomuunaa Ganbaatar (Millfield, 10:34.77) swimming two heats later,  who was faster over the first 200m. Kane then enjoyed a narrow lead which was slowly extended before she made her decisive break at 600m to contribute to securing gold. Francesca Woollard (Millfield, 10:42.94) claimed bronze.

Eva Lawson (Millfield, 10:31.52) improved on 2019's winning time for the 12 Yr age group by 16.16s. Francesca Hanson (Taunton Deane, 11:06.77) and Annabelle Suffield (Millfield, 11:44.57) came second and third.

Boys 800m Free

The 16&O category offered up intense competition but 2019's 1500m Senior Champion Davide Arioli (Millfield) proved his mettle over the shorter distance with a record breaking 8:28.66 swim and top 10 Somerset time over the last 12 months. Indeed swimmers respectively placed 2 to 6 - Alexander Sargeant (Millfield, 8:51.85), Bath Uni's Jeffery Chen (8:54.69), David Miller (8:56.69), Miles Drabwell (8:57.07) and Taunton Deane's Ben Penhale (9:01.15) all went under Penhale's previous 9.09.22 mark.

Reigning Junior Champion Oscar Barlow (Taunton Deane) lined up with the intention of retaining his title which had been achieved in a record junior time of 9:13.90. Having then gone 9:01.70 in April's Exeter & Taunton April Level 1 Graded Meet, there were no suprises when another dynamic swim blasted out a sub 9 minute 8:56.76 for gold and another record. Millfield's Solomon Williams also went under Barlow's old mark with 9:12.43 to take silver and team mate Anthony Davies claimed bronze in 9:26.05.

Two sub 10 min swims secured gold and silver in 14 Yr age group as Joshua Jones (Keynsham, 9:50.95) finished ahead of 2019's 13 Yr winner Jack Butler  who this year clocked 9:58.21. Thomas Agar (Millfield, 10:23.47) claimed bronze.

In 2020's 13 Yr age group, Harvey Pike (Street) went one place better after a 9:51.76 swim obliterated his 10:57.47  silver winning 2019 time to take gold in 2020 by toppling Adam White (Millfield) whose 10:02.10 this year secured silver. Zac Cooper (Millfield, 10:23.13) placed third. All three times improved on those achieving 2019's corresponding podium places. 

G-S-B in the 12 Yr category went to Dexter Townsend (Millfield, 11:03.92), Malakai Prothero (Bridgwater 11:14.11) and Riley Price (Clevedon, 11:29.33).

View Session 3 results

Session 4

Girls 200m Butterfly

Bath Uni's Ekaterina Price already held the fastest Somerset open swim time in the event over the last 12 months when she swam 2:18.61 at Swim Wales Summer Nationals in Swansea in August 2019. Price clocked 2:22.91 for 16&O gold to take our Senior title, finishing ahead of chasing Team Bath AS duo Lydia Crawford (2:26.28) and Rhiannon Bowen (2:28.04) who was 2019's Senior Champion. 

G-S-B in the 15 Yr age group went to Libby Hubbard (Taunton Deane, 2:34.99), Alice Harvey (Keynsham, 2:44.45) and Laura Lott (Taunton Deane, 2:44.58).

This year's Junior Champion came from the 14 Yr age group final as Keynsham's Jessica Lawton won her category again a year on by powering home in 2:32.49. Millfield's Eleanor Broughton (2:38.13) and Zahra Davies (2:42.59) completed the 14 Year podium places.

In 2019 there were no 12 Yr swimmers racing but Theoni Kane (Bridgwater) rose to the challenge clocking 2:56.61 in her 13 Yr category this year while others sadly didn't.

Improvements resulting in sub 3 minute swims for Millfield's Eva Lawson (2:53.49) and Taunton Deane duo Evie Linden (2:56.06) and Francesca Hanson (2:58.75) saw them finish 1-2-3 in the 12 Yr age group.

In the 10-11 Yr age group, Laura Ball (Keynsham) won gold in 3:00.01. Katie Sercombe  (Taunton Deane) also improved to 3:10.09 for silver. Daisy Hay (Team Bath AS) placed third in 3:29.74.

Boys 200m Breaststroke

David Miller (2:23.09), Dylan Gallagher (Taunton Deane, 2:27.28) and William Mitchell (Millfield, 2:27.99) maintained their heat placings in the 16&O final, making the Bath University swimmer our new Senior Champion.

2019's 14 Yr winner Richard Towers (Millfield, 2:29.31) produced two more determined performances in his heat and final to become our new Junior Champion, finishing ahead of team mate and last year's runner-up, George Satchwell (2:36.95) and Blayne Stanbrook (Clevedon, 2:45.42) in this year's 15 Yr final.

After just missing out on podium places last year, Reagan Gallagher (Taunton Deane, 2:46.38) and Thomas Agar (Millfield, 2:52.38) made sure there was no repeat by taking the top two 14 Yr places in both the prelims and final. Millfield's Richard Jenkins placed third with 3:00.95.

Improving times in the 13 Yr category led to a second gold of the day for 2020's fastest qualifier and last year's 12 Yr winner, Harvey Pike (Street, 2:50.43), and silver for Harrison Cox (Millfield, 2:55.92). Harry Ryder (Taunton Deane) claimed bronze with 2:56.13.

It's always good to see the results of devlopment activity paying dividends as 2019's Somerset County Pathway Programme graduates Luca Gregory (Taunton Deane, 3:12.05), last year's 10-11 Yr winner Riley Price (Clevedon, 3:12.65) and Zachary Powell (Academy Swim Team, Burnham, 3:17.65) maintained their respective heat placings onto the podium in this year's 12 Yr Category. In 2020 Gregory and Price reversed their 2019 placings thanks to time improvements of 17.54s and 12.95s. respectively.

The motto 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try again' proved its worth as fastest qualifier Caleb Gifford-Groves (Millfield, 3:15.61) learned from his 2019 swim to win 10-11 Yr gold 2020. Also improving and finishing second and third respectively were Yeovil team mates Theodore Perrin (3:24.97) and Joshua Hudson (3:32.00).

Girls 50m Backstroke

Elise Hedley (Bath University) won the 16&O final in 30.34 to take the Senior title, finishing ahead of Katie Butcher (Team Bath AS, 30.73) and Yasmine Hamerlaine (Millfield, 30.86).

Last year's 14 Yr winner Leah Evans (ANT) won 2020's Junior title and 15 Yr final with a 31.03 swim. Isabella Woollard (Millfield, 31.74) and Lily Hastings-McMahon (ANT, 32.03) reversed their prelim placings to claim silver and bronze.

0.19s separated Jessica Lawton and Laura-Ann Marshman in 2019 when they finished second and third in the 13 Yr age group. They renewed their head to head this year with Keynsham's Lawton (31.27) winning 14 Yr gold ahead of Weston's Marshman (31.69) and 2019's 13 Yr winner Frankie Hatchard (Millfield, 32.13).

2019's 12 Yr gold and silver medallists swapped places in this year's 13 Yr age group final as Isabel Blackhurst (Weston-super-Mare, 31.37) extended her lead over Isobel Nethercott (Keynsham, 33.71) from the heats to 2.34s in the final. Alisha Freeman (Frome, 34.50) finished with bronze.

The top 3 qualifiers from Millfield took all the podium places in 2020's 12 Yr age group final as Eva Lawson (34.60) finished ahead of 2019's 10-11 Yr winner Augusta Maddox (35.06), and Maia Delin (37.21)

The 10-11 Yr category also followed the prelim rankings and produced a 1-2 for Street - Alesha Nisbet (36.20) and Ecaterina Rizescu (37.96) - with Clevedon's Amelia Vincent (38.51) placing third.


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