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Somerset ASA Championships & Age Group Competitions 2020 Day 3

2020's long course sessions continued at Millfield on 26 January and saw G 400m Free, B 100m Back, G 50m Breast, B 200m IM, G 100m Back, B 100m Fly events contested.

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Session 5

G 400m Freestyle

2017 Record holder in the event Jessica Podger (Millfield, 4:28.30) led the final for most of the first 200m before being overtaken by 2019 Senior Champion Charlotte Emery (Taunton Deane, 4:28.86) and Rhiannon Bowen (Team Bath AS, 4:31.93). With just 50m to pull back a 0.32s deficit on Emery, Podger did so taking the 2020 Senior title by 0.56s. Bowen claimed bronze.

2020's 800m 15 Yr freestyle gold medallist from Day 2, Lara Turner (ANT, 4:36.14) continued her winning form with another dominant display, finishing as Junior Champion and ahead of Millfield's Isabella Woollard (4:44.07) and Sofia Knight (4:47.66).

In the 14 Yr age group Eleanor Broughton (Millfield, 4:46.10) won her second gold of the LC Championship events with Martha Sell (Clevedon, 4:50.36) and Jessica Lawton (Keynsham, 4:52.3) claiming silver and bronze.

It was a tale of two halves for the 13 Yr age group with Isobel Nethercott (Keynsham) and Francesca Woollard (Millfield) swimming in heat 6 before 2019's 12 Yr category event winner Isabel Blackhurst (Weston) swam in heat 7. Blackhurst set off at a brisk pace and by 100m had opened up a lead of over 7s which extended to over 10s by 200m. However Nethercott's and Woollard's superior back end speed left spectators holding their breath and clock watching to see who would win out. Blackhurst digged deep and did so in 5:07.58, finishing just 0.09s ahead of Nethercott's silver winning 5:07.58 as Woollard took bronze in 5:08.40.

Gold and silver medallists in the 2020 12 Yr 800m Free repeated their achievements over 400m as a dominant swim by Eva Lawson (5:02.37 5:01.26) won her a fourth gold of the LC Championships. Francesca Hanson (5:23.66) claimed her second silver and team mate Evie Linden (5:28.91) bronze as the Taunton Deane duo improved over 27s and 35s respectively on their times set in 2019's event.

After their successes on Day 1, Street's Ecaterina Rizescu (5:29.03) and Alesha Nisbet (5:40.52) produced more podium performances in the 10-11 Yr category with Rizescu winning gold, and Nisbet bronze. Both improved on their seed times as did Daisy Hay (Team Bath 5:32.79) who placed second.

Boys 100m Back

The prelim rankings were maintained in the 16&O final as fastest qualifier by 0.04s, Ryan Whitworth (Taunton Deane) improved to become our Senior Champion with 59.20. Miles Drabwell (Bath Univ, 59.71) and David O'Loughlin (Millfield, 1:00.40) gave chase, finishing with silver and bronze.

With just 0.01s separating fastest qualifier Oscar Barlow (Taunton Deane) after the prelims from nearest challenger Solomon Williams (Millfield), the 15 Yr final was always going to be closely fought. And spectators were treated to both swimmers going under Matthew Hall's 2019 Junior mark of 1:01.94. Williams is our 2020 Junior Champion after touching the pads first in 1:01.27. Barlow earned silver with 1:01.55. Maxwell Adams (Team Bath AS, 1:05.00) placed third.

Millfield produced the top 3 in the 14 Yr final. Fifth in 2019's event with 1:18.18, Leo Ferguson's improvement in a year earned gold with 1:07.32. Ethan Payne (1:09.21) and Joseph Martindale (1:10.14) claimed silver and bronze.

The 13 Yr Category final repeated the placings from 2019's 12 Yr category as Adam White (Millfield, 1:07.47) led throughout to win gold, with Max Head (Bridgwater,  1:10.90) second and Zac Cooper (Millfield, 1:13.15) third.

The three 200m Breaststroke medallists from Day 2 proved their abilities and maintained their Day 3's 100m Backtroke prelim rankings into the final. Riley Price (Clevedon, 1:18.99) won gold, Luca Gregory (Taunton Deane 1:19.88) silver and Zachary Powell (AST Burnham, 1:22.62) bronze.

Fastest qualifier Jack McMeekin (Millfield, 1:18.27) improved almost 7s on his Feb 2019 time from Kent's Championships and won 10-11 Yr gold in the fastest time of the last 12 months by a British 11 year old. Isaac Soverall (Weston, 1:25.54) placed second and Theodore Perrin (Yeovil, 1:26.51).

Girls 50m Breaststroke

Millfield's Anna Morgan is our 2020 Senior Champion after qualifying fastest and then winning the 16&O final in 33.73. After moving up to the senior ranks, Georgia Gussey (Keynsham) produced an impressive 34.30 for silver with Jana Spinner (Bath Univ, 34.40) placing third.

Lara Turner (ANT, 35.82) won her second gold of the day and third of the LC Championships in the 15 Yr final, beating 2019's 14 Yr gold medallist Ruby Varney(Street) who clocked 36.44 for silver. Phoebe Armes (Millfield, 36.70) pkaced third.

After Chloe Bown clocked 35.84 in 2019's 13 Yr final for gold and swam 35.03 at City of Derby's 2020 Open Meet in January, there was always going to be an expectation that our Junior record would be under threat in this Championships. The talented Taunton Deane racer quickly produced 34.20 to lead the prelims and in doing so lowered Georgia Gussey's 34.63 Junior Mark. It would also move her up from 7th to number two on the British 14 Yr event rankings over the last 12 months. She then swam 34.35 in the final, again under the old Somerset Jnr record, to win 14 Yr gold and become our 2020 Junior Champion. Millfield's Frankie Hatchard (36.29) and Lucy Buckingham (36.37) earned silver and bronze.

Last year's 12 Yr gold medallist and 2020's fastest qualifier, Isabel Blackhurst (Weston) won her second 13 Yr gold of the day and third of the LC Championship events with 37.34. Theoni Kane (Bridgwater, 39.80) collected silver and Talya Whittle (Team Bath AS, 39.81) bronze.

2019's 10-11 Yr winner and fastest qualifier for the 2020 12 Yr final, Olivia Barlow (Taunton Deane, 39.36) won gold, with Millfield's Eva Lawson (39.66) and Augusta Maddox (41.70) finishing second and third.

There was another comfortable 1-2 for Street as Ecaterina Rizescu (41.27) and Alesha Nisbet (42.63) respectively earned their second gold and silver of Day 3. Eleanor Johnston (Team Bath AS) came third in 45.92.

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Boys 200m IM

With the top 4 in Somerset's rankings in this event over the last 12 months - Tom Dean, Jacob Greenow, Brodie Williams and Jakob Goodman - all regularly competing internationally in events, our 2020 event offered opportunities for the next generation to flourish.

Dylan Gallagher and Lucas Lawman (Team Bath AS) have enjoyed plenty of thrilling races in competitions at Wales National Pool over the years and with Taunton Deane teenager Gallagher currently topping Welsh 17 Yr rankings for the event over the last 12 months with his 2:10.92 swim in January's City of Derby meet, he was always going to be in contention for gold. Gallagher (2:11.93) led throughout our 16&O final and becomes our 2020 Senior Champion, beating fastest qualifier Lawman who clocked 2:14.08 for silver. David O'Loughlin (Millfield) placed third with 2:16.76.

The epic races between Oscar Barlow (Taunton Deane) and Solomon Williams (Millfield) continued into the 15 Yr Final. Williams had led the prelims with 2:15.59, establishing a 7.5s margin over Barlow's time to get close to Calvin Fry's 2:14.89 junior mark. However the Junior Championship is decided by performances in finals and Williams' lead of 1.89s before the breaststroke leg disappeared as Barlow turned 1.18s ahead with 50m to go. Williams renewed his challenge but Barlow (2:17.45) finished 0.04s ahead to win gold and ensure the Junior title would also be heading to Taunton. Maxwell Adams (Team Bath AS) placed third with 2:23.47.

Street racked up another win as Finlay Hunter-Clarke, fastest qualifier in the 14 Yr age group, stepped up from a fifth placed finish in 2019's 13 Yr final to earn gold in 2020 with 2:33.28. Joseph Martindale (Millfield, 2:36.64) and Reagan Gallagher (Taunton Deane, 2:39.21) produced silver and bronze medal winning performances.

The ranking order after the 13 Yr age group had completed 2020's prelims was replicated into the final. The top two positions from 2019 were reversed a year on as Street's Harvey Pike more than made up for last year's 1.82s deficit to Adam White by winning gold by a 2.88s magin. Bridgwater's Max Head claimed bronze with 2:37.41.

The top two swimmers in 2020's 12 Yr age group - Kaleb Allom (Street) and Luca Gregory (Taunton Deane) had finished sixth and fifth respectively in 2019's 10-11 Yr age group. The 2019 County Pathway Program and home club coaching looks to have helped Allom to clock almost an 18s improvement on his 2019 final time to 2:52.75. Luca Gregory reduced the 2020 deficit of over 5s before the breaststroke leg to just over 1.5s and his 2:54.63 finish was more than 14s faster than a year ago. Oliver Tomlinson (Millfield) placed third with 2:56.03.

Jack McMeekin (Millfield) won his second 10-11 Yr gold of the day with 3:00.19, finishing ahead of Theodore Perrin (Yeovil, 3:08.26) and Charles Robinson (Millfield, 3:08.71).

Girls 100m Backstroke

Fastest qualifier Jasmine Iley (Bath Univ, 1:04.53) won the 16&O final and Senior title. The battle for silver was determined by just 0.01s and went to Niamh Ward (Team Bath AS, 1:06.63) as she successfuly held off the challenge of Holly Hudghton (Taunton Deane, 1:06.64).

With a quarter of a second separating the top three from the prelims, the 15 Yr final was always going to be close. 2019's 14 Yr gold medallist Leah Evans (ANT, 1:07.23) led throughout the 2020 final, opening up almost a half second margin after 50m and going on to win gold and our Junior title. Rue Fowler (Team Bath AS) was 0.42s behind on 1:07.65 but finished ahead of fastest qualifier Isabella Woollard (Millfield, 1:08.45).

Jessica Lawton (Keynsham) picked up her third gold of the LC events with 1:07.63 in the 14 Yr final. Laura-Ann Marshman (Weston, 1:09.27) and 2019's 13 Yr winner Frankie Hatchard (Millfield, 1:09.50) took silver and bronze.

Spectators watching the 13 Yr final were treated to a familiar line up which included Isabel Blackhurst (Weston), Isobel Nethercott (Keynsham), Alisha Freeman (Frome) and Theoni Kane (Bridgwater). Fastest qualifier Blackhurst went on to win her third gold of the day and fourth of the LC Championships with 1:08.53. Nethercott claimed silver in 1:12.56 and as they headed for the finish, Freeman (1:15.74) overtook Kane to take bronze by just 0.02s.
Millfield swimmers enjoyed G-S-B in the 12 Yr final as fastest qualifier Eva Lawson (1:14.24) beat Augusta Maddox (1:16.32), winner of the 10-11 Yr final in 2019. Maia Delin placed third with 1:19.10.

Street's fastest qualifier Alesha Nisbet (1:18.59) and team mate Ecaterina Rizescu (1:21.33) continued their medal winning form into the 10-11 Yr final, with Clevedon's Amelia Vincent collecting bronze with 1:23.42.

Boys 100m Butterfly 

2020 G-S-B medal times in the 16&O final were all faster than for 2019. And moving up from third last year is Sean Tsai (Millfield), our new Senior Champion who clocked 57.15 and finished a second ahead of Dylan Gallagher (Taunton Deane , 58.15). Fourth last year, Stanislas Chausson (Millfield, 59.27) made the podium in 2010 in third place.

Solomon Williams (Millfield) learned from his 2019 prelim swim and closed in on Huw Williams 59.75 Junior mark in his 2020 heat swim of 1:00.17. He then lowered 2017's mark down to 59.51 - the only sub 60s time of this year's 15 Yr final. It not only makes him our new Junior Champion but is the fourth fastest swim by a 15 year Brit over the last 12 months. The prelim ranking order was maintained in the final as Team Bath AS team mates Maxwell Adams (1:02.61) and Oliver Watts (1:03.11 491) claimed silver and bronze.

The prelim rankings also followed through into 14 Yr final placings as winner of 2019's 13 Yr final, Leo Ferguson (Millfield) won gold again in 1:02.93. Joshua Jones (Keynsham, 1:07.41) placed second and James Towers (Millfield, 1:09.59) third.

2019 12 Yr gold medallist but only third fastest qualifier in 2020, Adam White (Millfield) won this year final for the 13 Yr age group, recording 1:11.61. Harvey Pike (Street, 1:13.12) placed second and Max Head (Bridgwater, 1:13.58) improved from seventh in 2019 to finish in the top 3.

Also moving up from 10-11 Yr bronze in 2019 to take gold in the 2020 12 Yr final was fastest qualifier Kaleb Allom (Street, 1:18.77). Millfield's Oscar Ryland-Day (1:22.18) and Dexter Townsend (1:23.13) enoyed big improvements on their seed times to finish with silver and bronze.

There was a third gold of the day for Jack McMeekin (Millfield, 1:27.62) in the 10-11 Yr final, in which Finley Pyke (Taunton Deane, 1:33.42) and Taylor Powell (Millfield, 1:39.28) came second and third.


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