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Somerset ASA Championships & Age Group Competitions 2020 Day 6

The final weekend of long course sessions at Millfield got underway on 8 Feb with Boys 400m IM, Girls 200m Back, Boys 50 Free, Girls 200m Free, Boys 100m Free, Girls 100m Breast

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Session 11

Boys 400m IM

With just 0.11s separating their 400m IM seed times, 2020's  200m IM silver medallist Lucas Lawman (Team Bath AS, 4:46.24) and gold medallist Dylan Gallagher (Taunton Deane, 4:49.92) battled again for the 400m IM Senior title. Lawman didn't relinquish his early lead and took the Senior Championship by 3.68s. Alexander Sargeant (Millfield) enjoyed a sub 5m swim for third place in 4:58.58.

With one IM win apiece in 2020, there was a sense of expectation as Oscar Barlow (Taunton Deane) and Solomon Williams (Millfield) lined up for the decider. But it was 2019's winner as a 14 Yr old at this distance - Barlow (4:58.79) - who clawed back all of Williams' (5:01.37) lead to win 15 Yr gold and become our Junior Champion. Oliver Saunders (Team Bath AS, 5:08.97) came third.

Gold medalist in 2019's 13 Yr age group, Jonathan Turck (Millfield) again topped his age group in 2020 with 5:23.44. Improvements of over 6s by James Towers (Millfield, 5:36.59) and Jack Butler (Taunton Deane, 5:39.69) on their seed times secured 14 Yr silver and bronze respectively.

A silver medallist over this distance in 2019 but already with two IM golds in the bank in 2020, Street's Harvey Pike (5:27.69) was over 4s up by the second turn on 2019 winner Adam White. However seizing back the lead at the 200m mark took its toll on the Millfield swimmer who was 6s down with just the freestyle leg to go. A valiant comeback from White had the crowd on their feet and reduced the deficit to just 1s as he clocked 5:28.69. The titanic tussle gave Pike the treble and a big time improvement by Zac Cooper (Millfield) secured third place in 5:44.74.

100m IM gold and 200m IM silver medallist, Luca Gregory (Taunton Deane, 6:09.32) improved over 10s on his seed time to add another 12 Yr age group gold to his collection. Oliver Tomlinson (Millfield, 6:16.21) claimed silver and team mate Oscar Ryland-Day (6:19.93) dropped just under 10s to take bronze. 

Girls 200m Backstroke

The 16 Yr & Over Final followed the prelim form book and produced a Team Bath AS 1-2. After winning the earlier 100m event by just 0.01s, Niamh Ward enjoyed a more comfortable margin of victory this time clocking 2:21.00. Alice Barton (2:25.31) claimed silver with Gemma Peters (Millfield, 2:25.71) taking bronze.

With both fastest qualifier Rue Fowler (Team Bath AS) and Isabella Woollard (Millfield) seeded just below and above Alice Barton's 2018 mark, there was every possibility the record would go in 2020. Woollard (2:22.68) got to within 0.25s of the mark after overtaking Fowler (Team Bath AS, 2:25.45) in the third leg and and then extending her lead to the touch pad to win 15 Yr gold and the Junior title. Leah Evans (ANT, 2:28.88) placed third.

The prelim rankings continued into the 14 Yr age group final as winner as a 13 Yr old in the event in 2019, Frankie Hatchard (Millfield, 2:28.91) denied Jessica Lawton (Keynsham, 2:31.49) her third backstroke win of 2020. Laura-Ann Marshman (Weston-super-Mare, 2:33.27) followed Lawton in to claim bronze.

Isobel Nethercott (Keynsham) was the second fastest swimmer with 2:37.89 in the 13 Yr prelims behind Isabel Blackhurst (Weston-super-Mare, 2:34.86). But with 2019's 12 Yr winner not contesting the final, Nethercott made certain of 2020 gold by improving to 2:34.36. Theoni Kane (Bridgwater, 2:38.70) and Charlotte Lang (Team Bath AS, 2:41.20) placed second and third.

Gold in the 12 Yr age group went to fastest qualifier Eva Lawson (Millfield, 2:38.75) giving her a backstroke treble. Her team mates Maia Delin (2:43.82) and Augusta Maddox (Millfield, 2:43.83) came out of a head to head battle for the last 150m with just 0.01s confining 2019's 10-11 Yr winner Maddox to bronze.

Another confident performance by Street's fastest qualifier Alesha Nisbet (2:47.57) produced her third 10-11 Yr win of 2020 in this stroke. And after two earlier bronze medal winning swims over 50m and 100m, Amelia Vincent (Clevedon) enjoyed not only taking silver but dropping down to 2:56.53. Daisy Hay (Team Bath AS, 2:59.08) placed third.

Boys 50m Freestyle

The 16 Yr & Over final lived up to its promise as Millfield's 2019 bronze medallist Stanislas Chausson (24.35) beat 2020's fastest qualifier and 2019 silver medallist Sean Tsai (24.52) by 0.17s to become our new Senior Champion. Sidney Fenwick 20 (Weston-super-Mare, 24.57) came third.

Solomon Williams (Millfield, 25.19) came within 0.19s of Calvin Fry's 2019 Junior mark in the final and is our new Junior Champion. Fastest qualifier, team mate Adam Graham (25.36) and Maxwell Adams (Team Bath AS, 25.81) completed the 15 Yr medal placings. 

G-S-B in the 14 Yr age group final is staying in Millfield after Leo Ferguson (26.60) moved up two places from the heats to leave fastest qualifier Richard Jenkins (26.72) with silver and Ethan Payne (27.18) with bronze.

As in the heats, the top 3 were Harvey Pike (Street, 27.79), Adam White (Millfield, 27.90) and Harry Ryder (Taunton Deane, 28.60) whose 13 Yr medal winning performances all came courtesy of progressive time improvements.

Silver medallist over the distance in 2019 as a 10-11 Yr old, Riley Price (Clevedon, 31.66) has moved up to take 12 Yr gold. Zachary Powell (Academy Swim Team Burnham) improved to 31.76 for silver and Oliver Tomlinson (Millfield, 32.20) won the battle for bronze by just 0.04s from fastest qualifier Kaleb Allom (Street).

Gold and silver respectively in the 10-11 Yr final went to fastest qualifier Theodore Perrin (Yeovil, 33.00) and Jack McMeekin (Millfield, 34.00). Tied for third place on 34.11 were Samuel Cole (Millfield) and Sonny Green (Team Bath AS) who made the most of securing the last available berth in the final.

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Session 12

Girls 200m Freestyle

Just 0.1s separated the seed times of Jessica Podger (Millfield) and Rhiannon Bowen (Team Bath) and both were under Rachel Anderson's Senior mark of 2:04.87 set in 2018. So it wasn't surprising to see the record downed. Podger shaved 0.04s off in the prelims with 2:04.83 and followed that with a further 0.22s reduction to 2:04.61 for gold and the Senior Championship. Bowen (2:06.66) was rewarded with silver and team mate Niamh Ward (2:11.77) wuth bronze.

Sofia Knight's successive improvements from seed to final saw her still leading at the final turn as a four way battle developed for the top spot. That went however to ANT's Lara Turner who switched into overdrive to capture another Junior title in 2:11.98. Knight's reward for a further 0.01s improvement to 2:12.61 was silver. The battle of the Isabella's in the race for bronze went to Street's Moore (2:14.18) who finished 0.04s ahead of Millfield's Woollard.

The 14Yr final looked set for another close encounter, this time of the 200m kind, after G-S-B medallsits over 400m - Eleanor Broughton (Millfield), Martha Sell (Clevedon) and Jessica Lawton (Keynsham) had taken the top 3 places in the shorter event's prelims. Qualifying in sixth place Frankie Hatchard (Millfield, 2:16.23) stayed on the heels of Lawton (2:16.61) until the final length when she made her move to take gold.  Also chasing hard after surging past Broughton was Sell who finished 0.19s back in 2:16.80 for bronze.

Isobel Nethercott (Keynsham) was the second fastest swimmer and improved to 2:24.83 in the 13 Yr prelims behind Isabel Blackhurst (Weston-super-Mare, 2:18.90. But in her absence, another reduction by Nethercott to 2:21.26 brought with it the age group gold. Silver went to Phoebe Olesen (Bath Dolphin) in 2:23.31 - 6.69s lower than her entry time - and bronze to Theoni Kane (Bridgwater) after her consecutive improvements to 2:23.49,

Placings in both the 12 Yr and 10-11 Yr finals followed the prelim ranking order. Already a winner in the stroke over 800m, 400m and 100m, Eva Lawson filled in the sequence with 2:22.20. Millfield team mate and winner as a 10-11 Yr old in 2019, Augusta Maddox (2:29.02) came second with Francesca Hanson (Taunton Deane, 2:33.60) third.

Winner over 100m, Alesha Nisbet (Street) reeled off improvements from 2:47.90 to 2:38.06 to 2:34.62 for an impressive win in the 10-11 Yr age group. Daisy Hay (Team Bath AS, 2:43.19) and Brianna Davies (Millfield, 2:45.78) completed the podium places.

Boys 100m Freestyle

The confidence boost from qualifying fastest was evident in finals. 

Fourth in 2019's Senior final, Millfield's Stanislas Chausson found the extra speed needed this year which brings with it the Senior title in 53.50. The momentum of team mate Evan Jones has carried though into the senior ranks as the 54.09 challenge from last year's Junior winner was rewarded with silver. Ryan Whitworth (Taunton Deane, 54.73) claimed bronze.

Much of the winning margin of 0.56s came from Solomon Williams's front half speed which saw the Millfield swimmer improve on his bronze placing from 2019 as a 14 Yr old and take the Junior title and 15 Yr gold in 2020 with 55.34. He finished ahead of Maxwell Adams (Team Bath AS, 55.90) and Adam Graham (Millfield, 56.51) in second and third place.

All three medallists in the 14 Yr age group showed encouraging progressions but it was the only sub 60s 14 Yr old swimmer in both prelims and final, Richard Jenkins (Millfield) who seized gold with 58.87. Team mate Leo Ferguson (1:00.07) and Joshua Jones (Keynsham, 1:00.46) came second and third.

Millfield's Adam White and Street's Harvey Pike were again battling for top spot in the event's 13 Yr age group. Fastest qualifier and 12 Yr winner in 2019, White clocked 1:01.51 and now has his second freestyle gold of 2020, finishing ahead of Pike (1:01.77) who has three freestyle golds this year with just the 1500m event to go. Harry Ryder (Taunton Deane, 1:01.88) came third. 

Progressions of over 2s on his entry time brought Millfield's  Oliver Tomlinson (1:09.54) 12 Yr gold. Academy Swim Team Burham's Zachary Powell won silver (1:10.57) and Millfield's Oscar Ryland-Day (1:10.85) bronze.

Just 0.31s separated Millfield's Jack McMeekin from fastest qualifier Theodore Perrin (Yeovil) after the prelims. But boosted by a storming opening 50m clocking 34.82, McMeekin (1:13.92) led by 1.18s at the turn before extending his margin of victory over Perrin in the 10-11 Yr age group to 2s. Consistent improvements by Reuben Thomas (Taunton Deane, 1:17.82) moved him up a place from the prelims to third in the final.

Girls 100m Breaststroke

Millfield's Anna Morgan (1:13.19) added the Senior Championahip over 100m to her earlier 50m title win, finishing ahead of fastest qualifier and 2019's Junior Champion Georgia Gussey (Keynsham, 1:14.12). Excellent progression by Street's Cora Lanham from 1:17.00 to 1:15.29 and then 1:14.57 earned her a 16 Yr & Over bronze.

Ruby Varney (Street) went .02s faster than her fastest qualifier prelim time in the final and takes 15 Yr gold with 1:17.01. Lara Turner (ANT, 1:17.91) placed second and Phoebe Nethercott (Keynsham, 1:18.25) third.

Seeded on 1:14.60, fastest 14 Yr qualifier Chloe Bown (Taunton Deane) downed the 1:15.38 Junior 2018 mark, set by Georgia Gussey, with her 1:14.62 2020 prelim swim. Bown again went under the old record in the final to win the her age group and the Junior Championship title with 1:14.98. Millfield's Lucy Buckingham (1:19.46) and Eleanor Hall (1:20.94) maintained their prelim placings for silver and bronze.

Theoni Kane (Bridgwater, 1:25.66) and Talya Whittle (Team Bath AS, 1:26.05) improved on their second and third places in the earlier 50m event to capture 13 Yr gold and silver respectively. Entered on 1:38.59, Aimee Watts (Team Bath AS) was motoring along, clocking first 1:30.28 in the heat and then 1:28.79 in the final to make sure she came away with not only an improvement just under 10s but also bronze.

Marginal gains also lead to big rewards as demonstrated by Taunton Deane's Olivia Barlow who shaved 0.13s off her seed time with her heat swim before another 0.18s reduction in the final to win 12 Yr gold in 1:26.42. Finishing second behind 2019's 10-11 Yr gold medallist were Millfield's Eva Lawson (1:31.19) and Sydney Boyde (1:33.17).

Gold in the 10-11 Yr age group went to Alesha Nisbet (Street) who progressed from 1:37.60 through 1:32.89 to 1:30.91. Maisie Fisher (Academy Swim Team Burnham, 1:41.80) and Jessica Tron  (Yeovil, 1:42.53) placed second and third.


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