This gala was the held at Pontypool Leisure Centre and was the B Final of the Series of 5 galas. In the Series there are 20 clubs mainly 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 B Final were Bristol Penguins, Cinderford, Burnham, Bridgwater and Brockworth. For the third 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 8 PBs from individual swims. We had 13 first places,10 in individual events and 3 in the relays. We had 5 second places, 3 in individual events and 2 in relays.
There were 10 individual wins they were:-
One for Alens Pasparne in the boys 11/U 25m Freestyle.
One for Megan Hornung in the girls 11/u 25m Backstroke
Two for Eoin O’Halloran in the boys 11/U 25m Backstroke and 25m Butterfly.
Two for Lucy Wilkins in the girls 13/U 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly
One for James Mitchell in the boys 15/U 50m Freestyle
One for Catherine Brooke in the girls 15/U 50m Backstroke
One for Rebecca Wheatcroft girls Open 100m IM
One for Jeremy Barker boys Open 100m Breaststroke
There were three 1st places in the relays they were:-
Boys 11/U 4x1 Medley Relay Team of Eoin O’Halloran, Rory Morgan, Luke Thomas and Max West
Boys 11/U 4x1 Freestyle Relay Team of Eoin O’Halloran, Max West, Luke Thomas and Alens Parparne.
Boys Open 4x50m Freestyle Relay team of Vincent Langley, Henry Parker, Jeremy Barker and Sam Marshall
The Draft results for the six teams in this gala were
Bristol Penguins 248 Points
Bristol Henleaze 199 Points
Cinderford 183 Points
Bridgwater 177 Points
Brockworth 148 Points
Burnham 135 Points
During this series we used 59 swimmers over the first 4 rounds. In the final there were some excellent swims. Once again I would like to say a big thank-you again to all our swimmers that took part in the Cotswold series 2017, the helpers with team and officials poolside that helped at the galas.