The second weekend of the County Championships took place at GL1 over the weekend of 8-9 February 2014. 82 GCSC swimmers took part between the ages of 10-20 years and competed in approximately 387 events. The overall PB rate for all swimmers and events for the weekend was a fantastic 85%! Unfortunately it would be impossible to mention every swimmer in every event so here are a few of the highlights:
County Champs 2014 005Craig Munden (16 years) certainly had a weekend to remember. In the 200m Fly Championship Final he set a New County Record and Competition Best Time of 2:06.58. This was one of the oldest County swimming records set in 1988 by Paul Pederzolli of GCSC. Craig, at just 16 years old, was crowned the County and Senior County Champion as the fastest male 200m fly swimmer in the history of Gloucestershire County Swimming. Success didn’t stop there for Craig over the weekend with Gold medals in his age group for the 400IM, 50m back, 50m fly, 200m fly, 100IM, 50m free as well as a Bronze medal in the 50m breast. He also qualified for Championship Finals in the 50m back, 50m fly, 100IM and 50m free, taking Bronze in the 50m back and 50m free. Craig also set new County Age Group Best times (AGBT) in the 400IM (4:32.70), 100IM (1:00.36) and 50m free (24.41). Congratulations Craig on a fantastic weekend of swimming!

Sophie Tebbs (15 years) swam exceptionally well all weekend. Of note was her performance in the 400IM County Champs 2014 001where she took Gold in a life time best of 5:02.80. Sophie was crowned County and Junior County Champion in this event. In the 100IM Sophie won silver in her age group heats and qualified for the Championship Final where she stepped up her game again to take Gold in a PB time of 1:06.29 to be County and Junior Champion. Sophie won bronze in the 50m free heats (27.69) and improved her time again (27.42) to take silver in the Championship Final and the Junior County Championship. Sophie also won bronze in the 200m fly heats with a 4th place finish in 2:26.95 in the Final which was a 5 second PB!

County Champs 2014 010Ed Walsh (16 years) certainly had a busy weekend of competition! His best performance came in the 50m breast where he won Gold in his age group in a PB time of 31.07. Ed went on to win Gold in the Championship Final in a life time best of 30.63 to take the County and Senior Championship title. Ed also won Silver in the 400IM (4:46.95), 200m fly (2:13.39), and 100IM (1:01.21) and Bronze in the 50m fly (27.16) and 50m free (24.83). Ed also qualified for the Championship Final in the 200m fly, and 100IM where he finished in 5th.

Aimee Carter (19 years) came back from University of Swansea to compete for her home club and enjoyed a successful weekend of competition. In the 400IM Aimee won Gold in her age group and set a new Age Group Best Time (AGBT) of 5:03.90 to become the Senior County Champion in this event. Aimee also won Gold in the 200m fly in a time of 2:29.62 and silver in 50m breast and 100IM as well as 4th place finish in the 50m breast final and 7th place finish in the 100IM final.

Alex Seymour (14 years) was in impressive form all weekend winning Gold in the 400IM (4:46.54), 50m back (29.62), 50m fly (28.48), 200m fly (2:10.85) and 50m free (26.50) in all PB times. His time in the 400IM was an Age Group National Qualification (NQT). Alex is a specialist 200m fly swimmer and his finest performance of the weekend was in this event. In his heat he set a new AGBT of 2:10.85 and 5 seconds inside NQT! He was also the youngest swimmer to qualify for the Championship Final where he finished in 4th place. Alex also won silver in the 100IM in a time of 1:06.08.

Matt Munden (14 years) had some cracking races particularly in the 400IM where he swam a lifetime best of 4:46.77 to take the silver and a NQT. Matt also won gold in the 100IM (1:05.36) and silver in the 50m back (29.82), 50m fly (28.83) and 200m fly (2:18.80). He qualified for the 200m fly Championship Final where he finished 6th in a life time best of 2:17.14.

For the 14 year old girls Mollie Perks and Bethan Blakelock looked very strong. Mollie was competing in her first County Championships for GCSC and won Gold in the 400IM (5:17.89), 50m fly (30.94), 100IM (1:09.43), 50m free (28.00) and silver in the 50m back (32.54). Mollie also qualified for the Championship Final in the 50m fly, 100IM and 50m free where she finished in 7th, 8th and 7th respectively. Beth Blakelock had a great race with Mollie in the 400IM and achieved a 12 second PB and a silver medal in a time of 5:18.63. Beth also won silver in the 50m fly (31.66), 200m fly (2:37.21 and bronze in the 50m back (32.70). For the 14 year old boys, Joe Fountain won bronze in the 50m fly (29.20) and 200m fly with a 11 second PB (2:34.79).

Chris Malone (13 years) swam PB’s across the board. He won gold in the 400IM (5:02.76), 200m fly (2:25.05) and 50m breast (34.46) and silver in the 50m fly (29.76), 100IM (1:07.55) and 50m free (27.22).

Matilda Hall, Emma Hatton and Abbie Giles, all 13 years old were on fine form with PB’s across the board. Matilda won Gold in the 50m breast (35.58), 100IM (1:12.12) and 50m free (28.37). Aged just 13 years, Matilda also qualified for the 50m breast Final where she finished 5th in a life time best of 35.24. Emma Hatton won Gold in the 50m back (32.59), 50m fly (31.25) and bronze in the 50m free (29.22). Abbie Giles meanwhile took silver in the 200m fly in a time of 2:43.97 and a 20 second PB in the 400IM secured a bronze in 5:35.87.

Eddie Maddocks (12 Years) didn’t have the best start to the weekend with a DQ in the 400IM but he soon put it behind him and went on to win Gold in the 50m fly (30.98), 200m fly (2:45.40), 100IM (1:09.00), 50m free (27.32) and bronze in the 50m back and 50m breast. Eddie also set new AGBT records in the 50m fly and the 50m free for 12 year olds. Adam Hall (12 years) had a great weekend and swam an excellent 400IM with a 19 second PB in a time of 5:39.33 to take silver with Donald Bisset (12 years) taking the Bronze with a 13 second PB in a time of 5:50.83. Kaspar Wickens-Shaw (12 years) swam a life time best in the 200m fly to take the bronze in a time of 3:03.95.

In the 15 Year old age group Sophie Hall won silver in the 50m free in a PB time of 27.43 and qualified for the Championship Final where she placed 4th. Megan Hartery won silver in the 200m fly in a PB time of 2:28.95 and qualified for the Final where she finished 5th. Megan also won a bronze in the 400IM in a time of 5:31.68. Will Carter improved on all his times over the weekend and won silver in the 400IM (4:56.36) and 200m fly (2:22.33) and bronze in the 50m back (31.30) and 100IM (1:06.81).

Of note for some of our Senior swimmers, Dan Broady (20 years) won silver in the 50m back (28.35) and bronze in the 100IM (1:01.12). Dan qualified for the Final in the 100IM where he took silver in a time of 59.98, the 50m back and 50m free where he finished in 5th and 8th respectively. Club Captain Sam Gaskins (18 years) won silver in the 400IM in a time of 4:52.79. Kieran Naylor (17 years) won silver in the 50m back in a time of 29.59 and Holly Whitton (17 years) won bronze in the 50m fly in a time of 31.73.

Highlights for some of the younger swimmers. In the 11 year old age group, Cam Lewis is going from strength to strength and achieved huge PB’s including a 57 second improvement in his 400IM! Cam won Gold in the 50m fly (33.70), Silver in the 200m free (2:27.35) and bronze in the 50m free (30.39). He was also delighted to achieve his first Regional QT’s in the 200IM, 400IM and 200m free. Duncan Bisset (11 years) won bronze in the 50m breast in a PB time of 42.55. For our 10 year olds, Ellie Jones won silver in the 50m breast in a PB time of 46.56, Marco Jones won silver in the 50m breast with a PB of 46.69 and Noah Perkins bronze in a PB time of 46.77.

Any finally but by no means least, it was fantastic to see our Disability swimmers doing us proud in the 50m free event. Ryan West (16 years) won Gold in a PB time of 26.96 with Daniel Bennett (17 years) taking the silver in a PB time of 31.99 and Henry Fletcher (18 years) taking the Bronze in a time of 31.69. Levana Hansen (14 years) won Gold in a PB time of 39.80, with Sallie Phillips (14 years) winning Silver in a time of 46.74 and Olivia Pickering taking the Bronze with a 3 second PB in a time of 50.54. Special mention to Gareth Picken (14 years) who finished in a time of 44.68 and a 1.2 second PB. This time is also Gareth’s first International QT. Congratulations Gareth!

All in all a very busy and successful weekend of competition for GCSC. Full results report is attached. Well done to each and every one of our swimmers who took part. Thanks also to our coaches, chaperones and officials (and our trainee officials too!). GCSC was the leading club for the weekend and it was fantastic to see so many of our parents volunteering to help in various roles around the pool. We couldn’t do it without you! We look forward to the next weekend of Counties taking place on 8-9 March at GL1.

Results Summary