The Gloucestershire County Championships continued over the weekend of 9/10 February 2013 and what a weekend out it turned out to be for the 72 GCSC swimmers competing. The PB rate for our club across the board was phenomenal, the number of medals won was fantastic, and the number of new County records set by our swimmers was incredible!

From just two days of competition our swimmers won a combined total 39 Gold, 36 Silver and 28 Bronze medals to place us at the top of the County medal table. In addition we claimed 8 x Overall County Championships, 6 x Senior County Championships and 5 x Junior County Championships. GCSC swimmers also set an incredible 12 new Age Group Best times (AGBT), 1 new County Best Record and 2 new Competition Best Records. Many District Qualifications times (DQTs) were secured and even 2 short course Age Group National Qualification times (NQTs) were achieved!

Many of our swimmers were competing in their first Gloucestershire County Championships and did themselves and our club proud. Congratulations to Duncan Bisset (10), Maddie Cloke (10), Megan Harries (10), Cameron Lewis (10), Rachel McKinlay (10), Daniel Wells (10), Suki Wickens-Shaw (10), Matt Barratt (11), Donald Bisset (11), Isabel Johnson (11), George Mills (11), Sam Tandy (11), Phoebe Darlow (12), Callum Dickson (12), Josh Gooch (13) and Ben Sarachi (13).

Sophie Brown (17) had a superb weekend of competition with her greatest achievement coming in the 200m fly where she won Gold in the Championship Final setting a new County Best and Competition best record of 2:18.82. This record was previously held by our very own Jane Seymour (nee Burford) in 1987. Jane was delighted to be on poolside to witness and congratulate Sophie on breaking her long standing County record. Sophie also set a new AGBT in this event previously held by Alison Hanham of Bristol North in 1987. Sophie had an extremely busy weekend of racing swimming heats and finals in all her events. She won a total of 9 golds (50m free, 50m fly, 200m fly, 50m back and 100IM) and 1 silver in the 50m free final. In addition she set a new AGBT record in the 50m back in a time of 30.42 previously held by Penny Porter of Kingsdown in 1995. Sophie was also crowned Overall and Senior County Champion in the 50m fly, 200m Fly, 50m back and 100IM. Congratulations Sophie from the whole of GCSC!!

Dan Broady (19) stormed the 50m breast heats to take gold and qualify fastest for the final in a time of 29.79. In the final he stepped up his game again and clinched Championship gold in a time of 29.52 breaking his own Competition Best Record of 29.63 set in 2012. Dan took the Overall and Senior Championship title in this event. Dan went on to win gold in the 50m back heats and silvers in the 50m back and 100IM.

Craig Munden (15) was on determined and focussed form all weekend. The highlight for Craig was his performance in the 200m fly, an event in which he rarely competes (not any longer Craig!). In the heats he claimed gold in a time of 2:12.37 setting a new AGBT previously held by Damian Williams of Bristol Penguins in 1996. In a closely fought final Craig clinched gold in a life time best of 2:11.85 and claimed the Overall and Junior Championship as the fastest swimmer at this event in Gloucestershire aged just 15. In the 50m fly Craig was equally successful winning gold in both his age group and the final in a time 26.45. Craig set a new AGBT in this event and took the Junior and overall County Championship title. To add to his tally he also won gold in the 400IM in a new AGBT of 4:41.91 previously held by Daniel Davies of Soundwell in 2006 and also the Junior County Championship. Craig went onto win Gold in the 50m back and the 100IM in which he took the Junior County Championship. He also won silver in the 50m free, 50m breast and 400IM final.

We were delighted to welcome Aimee Carter (18) back from University of Swansea to play her part in a very successful weekend of racing. Aimee won 3 golds in the 18 year old age group of the 50m breast, 400IM and 100IM. Her time in the 400IM is a new AGBT of 5:04.19 which was previously set by Katie Henderson of Thornbury in 1999. Aimee qualified fastest for the final of the 400IM and stormed to gold in an excellent time of 5:00.26 claiming the Overall and Senior County Championship. Aimee also won silver in the 100IM Championship final.

Matthew Munden (13) loves to compete at all levels of competition. He pulled out his best performance in the 400IM where he set a new AGBT of 4:58.70 previously held by Grant Sage of Thornbury in 2005. Matthew was delighted to qualify as the youngest swimmer for his first Championship final at just 13 years old. He attacked the final from an outside lane and finished in a very creditable 5th place and secured a short course age group NQT of 4:56.06 in the process. In the 50m fly he won gold and set another AGBT of 29.56 previously set by Will Cole of Soundwell in 2012. Matthew also won gold in the 50m back and 100IM and silver in the 50m free, 50m breast and 200m fly.

Alex Seymour (13) had set himself a target to make it into the 200m fly Championship finals at the Counties. As the 12 year old National Champion at this event last year, this is his strongest event and he did not disappoint. In the heat he clinched gold and set a new AGBT of 2:17.59 previously held by Ben Thompson of Soundwell in 2012. This time was also 5 seconds inside a short course NQT! In the Championship final he finished in 4th place with another PB of 2:17.30 aged just 13. Alex also won silvers in the 50m fly, 50m back, 400IM and bronze in the 100IM and 50m free.

Chris Malone (12) is getting stronger and gaining confidence all the time. He enjoyed a fabulous weekend of racing winning gold in the 12 year old category for 50m free, 200m free, 50m breast, 200IM and 400IM. In the 400IM he swam an 8.81 sec PB to set a new AGBT previously set by Alex Seymour in 2012.

Eddie Maddocks (11) favours distance events and therefore had his work cut out on the sprint events in his age group. In the 400IM he won gold and set a new AGBT in a time of 5.43.59 previously set by Alex Seymour in 2011. Eddie also won gold and set another AGBT in the 200m free in a 7 second PB time of 2:19.67 previously held by Ben Hampson of Thornbury in 2008. Eddie also won silver in the 50m free, 50m fly and 200IM and bronze in the 50m breast.

Sophie Hall (14) only competed on Sunday as she was at the Derventio meet on the Saturday and managed to secure her QT for 200m free for the International Championships taking place in Leeds in March. Congratulations Sophie!! At the County Championships, Sophie clinched gold in the 50m free in a PB time of 27.74. In the Championship final Sophie finished in 3rd place aged just 14 years old to take bronze in another PB time of 27.66. Sophie took the Junior County Championship for this event. Sophie also won bronze in her age group for the 100IM.

Bethan Tomlinson (17) was swimming in her less favoured events over the weekend but still managed to win gold in the 400IM, silver in the 50m free, 50m breast, 200m fly and bronze in the 50m fly, 50m back and 100IM. Meanwhile younger brother James (15) just missed out on the medals in the 200m fly with a 4th place finish but was rewarded with a huge PB and a DQT in this event.

Emma Hatton (12) was back on fine form, following a period of illness, in her preferred sprint events. She won gold in the 50m back and 100IM with PB’s in both. Emma also won silver in the 50m free and 50m fly.

Megan Hartery (14) is an excellent fly and Medley swimmer and her highlight of the weekend was to qualify for the 200m fly Championship final. She won silver in her age group in a PB time of 2:32.07 and then stepped it up again in the final to finish 7th in a fantastic time of 2:31.85 representing a 5 second PB. Megan also won silver in the 50m fly, 50m back and 400IM.

Jordan Lee (15) won silver in the 15 year old 50m backstroke event in a PB time 30.41 to give Gloucester the 1st and 2nd podium finishes.

Club Captain, Tom Howells (19) is a great role model for our younger swimmers and despite suffering with a shoulder injury still managed to swim a solid 400IM to take the silver medal. Unfortunately Tom was unable to compete in his favoured event of 200m fly due to injury.

Rebecca Johnstone (19) won silver in the 50m free and 50m breast events while Holly Whitton (16) won silver in the 50m free and bronze in the 50m fly event. Georgia Fuller (17) won silver in the 50m fly and bronze in the 50m free and 50m breast.

Bethan Blakelock (13) is starting to excel in the longer distance events and especially in the free and fly events. She pulled out all the stops to swim a cracking 18 second PB in the 200m fly in a time of 2:48.40 to win silver. She also won bronze in the 50m fly in a PB time of 34.23. Bethan was also delighted to secure 2 DQT’s in the 200m fly and 400IM.

Alex Matthews (20) was home for the weekend from Bath University and swam his favoured 200m fly and 50m fly events. Although he doesn’t get much chance to train at Uni due to his degree course commitments, he managed to win silver for 200m fly in the 19 years and over age group. Meanwhile our University of Glos student, Leo Kirby (20) won bronze in the 50m back in a time of 28.51.

Will Carter (14) is growing rapidly and with a May birthday is always striving to secure tough District QT’s. He swam life time bests in all his events to take bronze in the 50m free, 200m fly, 400IM and 100IM. His 400IM was a 10 second PB and his 200m fly and 400IM results are DQTs J

Adam Hall (11) is beginning to shine in the pool. Following his success winning gold in the 1500m in January he followed up winning 3 bronze medals in the 200m free, 200IM and 400IM in PB times. In the same age group Kaspar Wickens-Shaw (11) bagged a bronze in the 50m fly in a PB time of 36.8. He also managed to secure a DQT in the 200IM in an excellent time of 2:53.09.

Ruby Forbes (11) was delighted to swim her strongest performance of the weekend in the 400IM in a DQT and huge PB only to find out that she has been DQ’d for this event. Next time Ruby! She did however manage to win silver in the 200IM to secure her first DQT and also won bronze in the 50m breast.

Abbie Giles (12) swam a cracking 22 second PB in the 400IM taking the bronze and well inside a DQT. Abbie also won bronze in the 200m fly in an excellent time of 2:53.90 and another DQT. Izzy Hewson-Barsellotti (12) competed in 6 events setting new PB’s across the board and winning bronze in the 50m back in a time of 34.95.

Kieran Naylor (16) PB’d in 6 events out of 7 over the weekend which is quite an achievement at 16 years old when the PB’s don’t happen quite so regularly. He was rewarded with a bronze medal in the 50m breast in a time of 33.58 and his 7 second PB in the 400IM to finish in 4th place.

Thanks go to our coaches on poolside, James, Jane and Andy. And not forgetting our Team Managers for looking after the swimmers so well (and made sure they posted their cards!), our parents who volunteered their time to help at this meet as we were the host club and our many swimming officials. Finally, a special thank you to Claire Naylor who did an excellent job of organising all of our volunteers on poolside to ensure all sessions were covered during the weekend.

And so we look forward to the next weekend of the Counties taking place on 2-3 March at GL1. Apologies to all those I haven’t been able to mention by name in this report. I would like to write a paragraph on each of our 72 swimmers who competed but alas the report would be 10 pages long!

Take a look at what your club Glouceter City SC achieved over the weekend, in the county summary page below


Alison Munden – 18/02/13


County Summary Page