Cotswold Series 2015 A Final 16th May 2015

Written by Richard Edwards    Sunday, 17 May 2015

This A Final gala was the held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-Super-Mare. It was the top final in the Series of 5 galas. In this 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 galas. At 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 in this A final were Cinderford, Brockworth, Penguins, Cirencester, Wellington, Clevedon and Bishopsworth.  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. Swimmers can only swim in the final if the swum in at least one of the first four rounds.

In the A Final gala our team had 9 PBs from individual swims.  We had 8 first places, 5 in individual events and 3 in the relays. We had 6 second places 3 in individual events and 3 in relays.  

There were 5 individual wins  they were:-

Eliza Barratt in the girls 11/U 25m backstroke

Sean Simmons in the boys 11/U 25m backstroke

Tom Pitt in the boys 13/U 50m freestyle

Two for Holly Tanner In the Girls 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke





There were three 1st places in the relays they were:-


Girls 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Eliza Barratt,  Inez Borkowska, Francesca Gilpin, Lulu Watts

Girls 11/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Francesca Gilpin, Mara Wuelfing, Gabrielle Chance , and Lulu Watts


Boys 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Tom Pitt, Tom Tranter, Max Faria and Rory Dunbar


                 There were 3 individual 2nd placesthey were:-

Luca Gunawardena in the boys 11/U 25m Freestyle

Francesca Gilpin in the girls 11/U 25m Butterfly

Maddie Hollick in the girls 15/U 50m Backstroke

                           There were three 2nd places in the relays they were:-


Boys 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Sean Simmons, Jasper Drew, Luke Taylor and

Luca Gunawardena

Girls 13/U 4x1 Medley Team of Grace Caple, Daisy Drew, Francesca Gilpin and

Eloise Molyneux-Gibbs

Girls 15/U Freestyle team of Rachel Harris, Lucinda Larnach, Maddie Hollick and

Rebecca Wheatcroft


The Draft results on for the eight  teams in this gala were

Cirencester               271 Points

Clevedon                  267 Points

Penguins                  242 Points

Bristol Henleaze       241 Points

Wellington                234 Points

Bishopsworth           234 Points

Cinderford                199 Points

Brockworth               181 Points

During this series we used 59 swimmers over the first 4 rounds and these swimmers have achieved our best result in the Cotswolds in recent years. In the final there were some excellent swims and I am confident we can build on the success we have had this year. Once again I would like to say a big thank-you again to all our swimmers that took part in the Cotswold series 2015, the helpers with team and officials poolside that helped at the galas.

 Richard Edwards