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Somerset ASA Championships & Age Group Competitions 2020 Day 5

The long course sessions at Millfield on 2 Feb featured G 400m IM. B 200m Fly, G 50m Free, B 200m Free. G 100m Fly and B 50m Breast.

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Session 9

Girls 400m IM

Demonstrating her successful transition into the senior ranks, Georgia Gussey (Keynsham) produced another controlled swim by clocking 5:05.25 to become now not only our Senior Champion over 200m but 400m IM too. Runners-up were Meghan Byrne (Bath Univ) in 5:12.36 and Gemma Peters (Millfield) in 5:28.15.

2019 saw Lara Turner win the 14 Yr event by just 0.21s. In 2020 ANT's Turner completed the IM treble and took the Junior Championship with not only a 3.23s improvement to 5:12.27 but victory by 10.46s. Silver and bronze went to Sofia Knight (Millfield, 5:22.73) and Ruby Varney (Street, 5:24.06).

Going into this event Millfield swimmers Eleanor Broughton and Frankie Hatchard had each won one IM event in 2020. And it was the 200m winner Broughton who earned a second 14 Yr IM gold by over 7s with 5:20.61. Almost 2.5s down at the halfway point, Hatchard (5:27.83) pursued and overtook Martha Sell (Clevedon, 5:29.48) in the last length for silver.

After two 2020 IM silvers and being runner up in this event as a 12 Yr old, Bridgwater's Theoni Kane (5:46.86) stepped up with a 9.5s improvement to take 13 Yr gold. Charlotte Lang (Team Bath AS, 5:56.36) and Bianca Gomez-Velasco (Millfield, 6:14.39) completed the top 3.

Winner of the 12 Yr 100m and 200m IM, Eva Lawson (Millfield) again demonstrated her versatility by completing the treble 5.94s faster than seeded with 5:46.66. Francesca Hanson (Taunton Deane, 6:07.25) and Sydney Boyde (Millfield, 6:09.89) placed second and third.

Boys 200m Butterfly

Alexander Sharman (Team Bath AS) led throughout and improved over 4s from heat to 16&O final to become our Senior Champion in 2:13.88. Silver and bronze went to Ryan McCoy (2:15.19) and Alex Dakers (Bath Univ, 2:15.80).

And Team Bath AS continued their winning ways with a 1-2 in the 15 Yr age group as Maxwell Adams (2:16.98), our new Junior Champion, and Oliver Watts (2:24.79) moved up from their event placings over 100m. Jacob Sell (Clevedon, 2:27.35) claimed bronze.

Our 2020 winner over 100m, Leo Ferguson (Millfield) completed a 14 Yr double with 2:34.62. A big improvement by Taunton Deane's Jack Butler (2:36.35) who kept pace with Ferguson for 150m saw him finish second ahead of 2019's 13 Yr winner Oliver Butler (2:44.80). 

We last had one swimmer in the 10-11 Yr event in 2018 as in 2020. And now the only Somerset swimmer ranked in the top 50 13 Yr British swims over the last 12 months is Millfield's Adam White who has stepped up to win 2020 gold in 2:43.48 to add to his 100m victory on Day 3. Plaudits also go to Jamie Steadman (Clevedon, 2:46.09) and Zac Cooper (Millfield, 2:51.89) for placing second and third. 

There's a saying that 'fortune favours the brave'. Millfield's Jack McMeekin (10-11 Yr, 3:07.34) and Dexter Townsend (12 Yr, 3:22.52) sadly were the only swimmers in their respective age groups to enter the event - in 2019 3 and 5 swimmers had competed. Imagine the impact on the age group events and at regional and national level in future years if this trend continues and skills are not being learned nor practised under race conditions.

Girls 50m Free

Records are there to be broken and the heats saw 16&O swimmers Laura McNab (Bath Univ, 26.85) and Millfield duo Jessica Podger (27.05) and Yasmine Hamerlaine (27.10) all go under the 27.13 Senior mark set by Misty Marshall-Welling in 2019. So there was a sense of more to come in the final. McNab lowered her new Senior mark to 26.52 to add the Senior title to her win over 100m. Hamerlaine (27.20) finished 0.03s ahead of Podger (27.23) to take silver.

Already the winner over 800m/400m/100m, fastest qualifier Lara Turner (27.82) added the 50m gold and Junior Championship to her freestyle collection after finishing 0.05s ahead of team mate Leah Evans (27.87). Millfield's Greta McMahon (28.38) collected bronze.

Fine margins got even finer in the 14 Yr final as Millfield's Frankie Hatchard (28.13) found 0.01s made all the difference for her to beat team mate and fastest qualifier Nicole De Pree (28.14) to gold. More progressions from Taunton Deane's Chloe Bown secured bronze in 28.72.

Winner over 400m/100m free, Isabel Blackhurst (Weston-uper-Mare) qualified fastest in 28.15, the only sub 30s swim of the heats. She improved again in the final, going sub 28s thanks to a 27.99 finish which wins her the 13 Yr gold. Vanja Ramm-Ericson (Millfield, 30.47) and Georgia Blake (Team Bath, 30.55) claimed silver and bronze.

Millfield's Augusta Maddox was the only sub 30s swimmer in the 12 Yr age group. Swims of 29.71 and then 28.92 earned gold, leaving team mate Eva Lawson (30.26) with silver to add to her freestyle tally. Bronze went to Lilly Bowen (Keynsham, 32.16

Street's  sprint tradition continued in the 10-11 Yr age group. With one freestyle win apiece, fastest qualifier Ecaterina Rizescu (31.50) earned another to edge ahead of Alesha Nisbet (31.73). Laura Ball (Keynsham) dropped 2.37s to 32.93 and takes home bronze.

View Session 9 results.

Session 10

Boys 200m Freestyle

Davide Arioli (Millfield) gathered up another Senior Championhsip freestyle win, improving to 1:56.62 in the final. Ethan Rayment 19 (Bath Univ, 1:57.99) came second, edging out fastest qualifier Alexander Sargeant (Millfield, 1:58.19) into third by 0.2s.

Despite only a fourth placed finish in 2019's 14 Yr age group, the current red hot form of Solomon Williams (Millfield) continued by qualifying fastest by 2.75s thanks to his 2:01.59 prelim swim. It also increased the likelihood of him being able to beat Huw Williams' 2:00.83 Junior mark set in 2017. And he did so by improving over a second in this year's final to lower the new mark to 2:00.42 and in doing so become our Junior Champion. Maxwell Adams (Team Bath AS, 2:03.89) earned silver and last year's winner of the 14 Yr age group, Oscar Barlow (Taunton Deane), claimed bronze in 2020 with 2:04.00.

In 2019 Joshua Jones had ranked eighth after the 13 Yr prelims and didn't contest the final. This year there was no stopping the Keynsham swimmer as he propelled himself to victory in the 14 Yr final in 2:12.63. Millfield's Richard Jenkins (2:14.15) and Jonathan Turck (2:15.68) improved on their fifth and sixth place finishes last year to claim silver and bronze.

Adam White (Millfield) and fastest qualifier Harvey Pike (Street) were back contesting 2020's 13 Yr final but just when it seemed there wouldn't be a repeat of 2019's placings and gold instead going to the Street swimmer, White surged down the final lap to overcome a 0.85s deficit and clock 2:14.52 for the win. Despite coming second Pike can be pleased with clocking successive improvements totalling 3.35s down to 2:15.19 to repeat his 2019 placing as did Max Head (Bridgwater, 2:17.05) in third place who ended up almost 3s better than his seed time.

Zachary Powell (Academy Swim Team Burnham, 2:32.69) had dropped 5.45s to qualify fastest for the 2020 12 Yr final in his bid to ensure no repeat of a fourth placed finish from 2019. He kept pace with last year's winner of the 10-11 Yr age group, Dexter Townsend (Millfield, 2:31.24) for much of Day 5's final but Townsend still did enough to take the victory, Powell placed second and more strong progressions from Riley Price (Clevedon, 2:34.58) earned a bronze.

Successive improvements by Theodore Perrin (Yeovil, 2:44.21) earned him a silver behind Jack McMeekin (Millfield, 2:38.21) who added another freestyle gold in the 10-11 Yr final. Fastest qualifier Charles Robinson (Millfield) came third in 2:44.41.

Girls 100m Butterfly

Hannah Denny (Bath Univ, 1:04.17) led by just 0.09s at the turn but it was enough to fend off the sustained challenge of fastest qualifier Jessica Podger (Millfield, 1:04.25) and place them 1-2. Kirstin Harvie (Millfield, 1:04.95) claimed bronze.

The prelim ranking order was maintained in the 15 Yr final. Already gold medallist over 50m, Leah Evans led the qualifiers and twice went under Rachel Anderson's 2017 Junior mark of 1:06.08, first with 1:03.83 and then again in the final to win gold in 1:04.92. Evans missed out on the Junior title but had the satisfaction of knowing her heat swim produced the third fastest time by a 15 Yr old Brit in the last 12 months. Isabella Moore (Street, 1:07.17) and Sofia Knight (Millfield, 1:08.01) completed the podium.

Winner of the 13 Yr age group in 2019, Jessica Lawton (Keynsham)   blasted out a 29.85 first 50m and had gone way under Rachel Anderson's 1:06.08 Junior mark from 2017 with her 1:04.02 prelim swim to qualify fastest by 6.2s. Lawton then completed her butterfly treble win by going even faster and beating Leah Evans' 1:03.83 mark set in the prelims to take the Junior title in a new record 1:03.63, the second fastest by a 14 Yr Brit over the last 12 months. Improvements on seed times by Eleanor Broughton (Millfield, 1:10.12) and Martha Sell (Clevedon, 1:11.09) placed them second and third.

Gold in the 13 Yr age group went to Nomuunaa Ganbaatar (Millfield, 1:14.72). Theoni Kane (Bridgwater, 1:18.64) claimed silver as in 2019 and Charlotte Lang (Team Bath AS, 1:18.75) finished third.

Medallists over 200m were also the top 3 12 Yr finalists over 100m. A blisteringly fast first 50m by Eva Lawson (Millfield, 1:15.49) opened up a 2.45s lead for her over fastest qualifier Francesca Hanson (Taunton Deane, 1:17.90) who won silver with team mate Evie Linden (1:18.11) taking bronze.

Laura Ball (Keynsham) completed her 10-11 Yr Butterfly treble win, beating her seed time by 5.4s with 1:17.00. Also making big improvements were second placed Ecaterina Rizescu (Street, 1:18.54) - 5.76s, and Katie Sercombe (Taunton Deane, 1:23.84) - 12.36s.

Boys 50m Breaststroke

2019 Senior Champion Marcus Gardiner (Street) was again the only swimmer to produce sub 30s swims in 2020 - 29.84 in his heat and 29.43 in the final to retain his title. Sidney Fenwick (Weston-super-Mare, 30.23) and William Mitchell (Millfield, 30.63) came second and third.

The 15 Yr prelim order followed through into the final as 2019's 14 Yr winner Richard Towers (Millfield) improved to 32.36 on this occasion earning him the Junior title as well as gold. Team mate George Satchwell (33.17) won the battle for silver with Oliver Watts 15 (Team Bath AS, 33.37) by 0.2s

Millfield enjoyed a 1-2-3 in the 14 Yr age group. Successive improvements by last year's 12 Yr silver medallist and 2020's winner over 200m, Richard Jenkins (Millfield, 34.73) were rewarded with top spot. Barney Tibbatts (36.42) and Jonathan Turck (36.92) finished in second and third place.

The prelim ranking order was maintained in the 13 Yr final as last year's top two 12 Yr olds Harvey Pike (Street, 35.15) and Harry Ryder (Taunton Deane, 35.55) again came away with gold and silver respectively. Szymon Wyrozumski 13 (Taunton Deane, 36.52) finished third.

12 Yr G-S-B in 2020 repeated 2019's 10-11 Yr placings. Fastest qualifier Riley Price (Clevedon) progressively improved to 38.82 for gold as did Luca Gregory (Taunton Deane, 39.77) for silver and 
bronze went to Zachary Powell (Academy Swim Team Burnham, 40.95).

Gold medallist over 200m, Caleb Gifford-Groves (Millfield) had produced the only sub 40s swim in the 10-11 Yr age group to qualify fastest in 39.03 before winning another gold in 40.20. Theodore Perrin (Yeovil, 44.10) and David Bown (Taunton Deane, 44.56) completed the top 3.


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