Cotswold Series 2015 Round 1 January 17th

Written by Richard Edwards   

Saturday, 24 January 2015

This gala was the held at Kingswood Leisure Centre and was the first of the Series of 5 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday May 16th.  In the Series there are 20 clubs from the Gloucester and Somerset area. These galas are the designed to give good club swimmers and inexperienced swimmers the chance of taking part in competition galasAt the end of first 4 rounds of the Series the total number of gala points gained by each club is calculated. The 5th round of the Series consists of three finals. The top 8 clubs swim in the A Final, the middle 6 clubs in the B Final and the bottom 6 clubs in the C Final. The teams we were against for this gala were Lydney, Cirencester and Cinderford. Bristol Henleaze was hosting this gala. For the first time in the history of the Cotswold Series the only restrictions on who can swim were time limits. These time limits were placed on the swimmers in the 13U, 15/U age groups and the Open swimmers. If swimmers go faster than the time limits set for that race they would score no points for their club.

In the gala our team had 10 PBs from individual swims.  We had 32 first places, 20 in individual events and 12 in the relays. We had 15 second places 12 in individual events and 3 in relays.  This was a very impressive performance given there were a total of 52 events and our club came first or second in 47 of these events.

There were 20 individual wins  they were:-

Two for Francesca Gilpin in the girls 11/U 25m freestyle and 25m butterfly.

Two for Luke Taylor in the boys 11/U 25m breaststroke and 25m butterfly.

Two for Rebecca Wheatcroft in the girls open 100m IM and 15/U 50m butterfly.

Two for Will Darby in the boys open 100m IM and 100m Backstroke.

Eliza Barratt in the girls 11/U 25m Backstroke

Inez Borkowska in the girls 11/U 25m Breaststroke

Luca Gunawardena in the boys 11/U 25m Freestyle

Sean Simons in the boys 11/U 25m Backstroke

Grace Caple in the girls13/U 50m Freestyle

Eloise Molyneux- Gibbs in the girls13/U 50m Butterfly

Lottie Leigh in the 13/U girls 50m Backstroke

Rory Dunbar in the 13/U boys 50m Freestyle

Maddie Hollick in the girls 15/U 50m Backstroke

Maddie Nairn in the girls open 100m Backstroke

Holly Tanner in the girls open 100m Breaststroke

Molly Huckle in the girls open 100m Freestyle

There was twelve  1st places in the relays they were:-

Girls 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Eliza Barratt, Gabrielle Chance, Francesca Gilpin Lulu Watts.

Boys 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Reuben West, Jasper Drew, Sean Simons,

Luca Gunawardena

Girls 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Leonie Milne, Grace Caple, Daisy Drew,

Eloise Molyneux-Gibbs

Boys 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Tom Tranter, Tom Pitt, Oliver Baker, Rory Dunbar

Girls 15/U 4x2 Medley Team of Lottie Leigh, Ellie O’Regan, Helena Conger,

Eloise Molyneux-Gibbs

Boys 15/U 4x2 Medley Team of Sam Youngman, Daniel Hicks, Archie Watts,

Sam Marshall

Girls open 4x2 Medley Team of Charlie Waters, Holly Tanner, Georgia Holliday

Molly Huckle

Girls 11/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Eliza Barratt, Inez Borkowska, Gabrielle Chance

Lulu Watts


Boys 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Reuben West, Luke Taylor, Jasper Drew,

Luca Gunawardena

Girls 13/U 4x1 Medley Team of Lottie Leigh, Leonie Milne, Helena Conger

Eloise Molyneux-Gibbs

Girls 15/U 4x2  Freestyle Team of Helena Conger, Maddie Hollick,Ellie O’Regan

Rebecca Wheatcroft

Boys 15/U 4x2 Freestyle Team of Danny Valentine, Archie Watts, Dan Hicks, Sam Marshall


The Draft  results for the four  teams in this gala were