Cotswold R4 - Gala Report

This gala was the held at Ross Swimming Pool in Ross-on-Wye and was the fourth 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 Cinderford, Clevedon and Cwmbran. Cinderford 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 11 PBs from individual swims.  We had 15 first places, 10 in individual events and 5 in the relays.  We had 8 second places, 7 in individual events and 1 in relays.  

There were 10 individual wins  they were:-

 Inez Borkowska in the girls 11/U 25m butterfly.

Will Thompson in the boys 11/U 25m freestyle.

Two wins for Reuben West in the boys 13/U 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke

Daisy Drew in the girls 13/U 50m Breaststroke

Jack Thompson in the boys 13/U 50m Breaststroke

Mara Wuelfing in the girls 13/U 50m butterfly.

Billy Stewart in the boys 15/U 50m Breaststroke

Maddie Nairn in the girls Open 100m Breaststroke

Rebecca Wheatcroft in the girls Open 100m IM

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

Boys 11/U 4x1 Freestyle Team of  Alens Parparne, Will Thompson, Gabriel Scudder and Jonathan Butt

Girls 13/U 4x1 Freestyle Team ofUna Jenkins, Mara Wuelfing, Chiara Wuelfing and Lulu Watts

Boys 15/U 4x2 Freestyle Team of Tom Pitt, Rory Dunbar, Reuben West and Billy Stewart

Girls 15/U 4x2 Medley team ofCharlotte Cooper, Molly Wilkins, Mara Wuelfing and Una Jenkins

Girls Open 4x2 Medley team ofRebecca Wheatcroft, Maddie Nairn, Chiara Wuelfing and Martha Eustace

The draft results for the four  teams  in this gala were

Cinderford                 143 points

Clevedon                   138 points

Bristol Henleaze        130 points

Cwmbran                   101 Points

We now move on to The Final Round on Saturday May 21st when we will be in the A final at Hutton Moor.  I would like thank the team that swam in this gala for an excellent effort considering that our club swimmers were also involved in two other galas on the same day.

Richard Edwards