Written by Richard Edwards
Tuesday , 8th March
This gala was the held at Brean Leisure Centre and was the second 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 Bishopsworth, Dursley and Burnham. Burnham 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 9 PBs from individual swims. We had 22 first places, 11 in individual events and 11 in the relays. 4 of these 1st places were below the time limit and thus unfortunately did not score any points for our team. We had 17 second places, 13 in individual events and 4 in relays. This was our second impressive performance given there were a total of 52 events and our club came first or second in 39 of these events.
There were 11 individual wins they were:-
Two for Lucy Wilkins in the girls 11/U 25m freestyle and 25m butterfly.
Scarlett Pearce-Lynch in the girls 11/U 25m Backstroke
Sean Simmons in the boys 11/U 25m Backstroke
Lulu Watts in the girls 13/U 50m Freestyle,
Gabrielle Chance in the girls 13/U 50m Butterfly.
Reuben Westin the boys 13/U 50m Backstroke
Joe Franks in the boys 15/U 100m IM, Tom Pitt in the boys 15/U 50m Freestyle
Archie Watts in the boys 15/U 50m Butterfly
Rachel Harris in the girls 100m Freestyle
There was eleven 1st places in the relays they were:-
Girls 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Scarlett Pearce-Lynch, Inez Borkowska, Lucy Wilkins, Martha Richards
Girls 11/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Martha Richards, Rosanna Milne, Inez Borkowska,
and Lucy Wilkins
Boys 11/U 4x1 Medley Team of Sean Simmons, Joe Taylor, Dong Ha Hoang and Will Thompson
Boys 11/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Dong Ha Hoang, Findlay Britton, Will Thompson and Sean Simmons
Girls 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Catherine Brooke, Eliza Barratt, Gabrielle Chance and Lulu Watts
Girls 13/U 4x1 Medley Team of Eliza Barratt, Daisy Drew, Catherine Brooke and Gabrielle Chance
Boys 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of Joshua Wise, Reuben West, Luke Taylor and Luca Gunawardena
Girls 13/U 4x1 Medley Team of Luca Gunawardena, Jack Thompson, Luke Taylor and Joshua Wise
Girls 15/U 4x2 Medley Team of Leonie Milne, Eloise Molyneux-Gibbs, Molly Wilkins and Grace Caple
Girls 15/U 4x2 Freestyle Team of Catherine Brooke, Leonie Milne, Daisy Drew and Molly Wilkins
Boys 15/U 4x2 Medley Team of Oliver Baker, Joe Franks, Archie Watts and Tom Pitt
The Draft results for the four teams in this gala were
Bristol Henleaze 147 Points
Bishopsworth 143 Points
Dursley 88 Points
We now move on to Round 3 on Saturday March 19th at Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre Cheddar. I would like thank the team that swam in this gala and all our officials and helpers.