After a shaky start, the coach trip consisted of many team movements, but eventually all the swimmers arrived at Monmouth! The first “international” race for many!

The fantastic swimming of the 9yr old girls freestyle relay team, (Jaz Taylor, Sian Blakelock, Amelia Urry and Mae-Li) took the first win of the night. Quickly followed by the super speedy 9yr old boys team (Amos, William Cooper, George Iles and Ben Darlow). The competition was afoot!

Moving on from the winning relay events, GCSC started on the individual races. Monet Mandry-Gulliford and Ben Darlow both had hard fought races, but triumphed personally with a 2.35sec and 4.03sec PB respectively.

Next, Libby Newman swam a brave 50m breast race achieving a 3.96sec PB. Ben Fielder followed leading his race from the start. Ellie Vaughan represented the 11yr girls in the back taking an easy first, superior swimming the whole way.

Event 15 saw Evie Harrison brave a 50m fly courageously as her goggles fell upon entry, but still saw a 2.22sec PB. Scott Munden outswam his competition as he pulled away on every stroke, finishing over 5m ahead of 2nd.

Sian Blakelock swam a brilliant 25m breast race, chasing down 1st. Tom was heard say “Now we can see what Sian can do!” another PB in the bag. William Cooper battled the whole race, setting his first time.

Last minute switch as Nico was feeling queezy, Noah stepping into the 50m back, winning the race by over 5m, putting in an over 2sec PB.

PB of the night was set by Maisie Rackham-Wood, who took a spectacular 21.88sec off her 50m fly time, who chased down her competition to overtake and take first.

Amos swam a hard battle in the 25m back, with a 9.88sec PB. Followed by Nicola Thorn, who swam a valiant 50m fly, taking a 11.15sec PB.

All in all, a plucky swimming team, journeyed to Wales, achieved 15 PB’s and 10 1st places. Many swimmers in their first competitive races bold in their desire to win and represent GCSC.

Look out senior swimmers, the juniors are swimming very close behind you!