Cotswold R3 report

This gala was the held at Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre in Cheddar and was the third of the Series of 5 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday May 21st.  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 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 for this gala were Cheddar, Bristol North and Wells. Cheddar was hosting this gala. For the second year 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 all the individual and relay team races. 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 12 first places, 7 in individual events and 5 in the relays.  In this gala none of our team went below the set time limits in their races and we had no disqualifications. We had 28 second places, 20 in individual events and 8 in relays.  This was another good team performance given there were a total of 52 events and our club came first or second in 40 of these events.

There were 7 individual wins  they were:-

 Lucy Wilkins in the girls 11/U 25m butterfly.

Jonathan Butt in the boys 11/U 25m butterfly.

Saskia Maestri in the girls 13/U 50m Breaststroke

Lulu Watts in the girls 13/U 50m Freestyle

Maddie Hollick in the girls 15/U Freestyle

Archie Watts in the boys 15/U 50m butterfly.

Rachel Harris in the girls Open 100m Freestyle

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


Girls 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Alana O’Reilly, Inez Borkowska, Lucy WilkinsMartha Richards


Boys 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of  Sean Simons, Joshua Wise, JoeBrayley and Luca Gunawardena


Girls 13/U 4x1 Medley Team ofLulu Watts, Saskia Maestri, Una Jenkins and Martha Richards


Boys 15/U 4x2 Medley Team of Rory Dunbar, Joe Franks, Archie Watts and Tom Tranter


Boys Open 4x2 Freestyle team ofJoe Franks, Sam Youngman, Tom Pitt and Sam Marshall


The Results for the four  teams in this gala were

Cheddar                   170 points

Bristol Henleaze       154 points

Bristol North              107points

Wells                          73 Points


We now move on to Round 4 on Saturday April 23rd at Ross-On Wye.  I would like thank the team that swam in this gala and all our officials and helpers.

Richard Edwards