CITY Of Swansea Aquatics swimmers travelled up to the British Summer Championships in Tollcross, Glasgow at the end of July. Then two weeks later they were on the move again for the Swim England Open Water Championships in Rotherham, England.
A team of 26 strong swimmers lead by Swansea Aquatics Head Coach Hayley Baker, and Swim Wales High-Performance Coaches Adam Baker, went against the best swimmers in the UK.
Head Coach Hayley said on qualification “We bring to the summer championships in both Glasgow and Rotherham new qualifiers and experience, bringing together an exciting team to potentially pick up medals against strong competition.”
The British Summer Championships 7 day meet consists of heats and finals racing against the best in Britain. Here are the results of the events:
Jess Dickinson picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle and a silver medal in the 200m Butterfly in the 14-year final.
Aneurin Davies picking up a bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke15 years final.
Liam White picking up a Gold medal in the 50m Backstroke 19+ year final.
AB Rodriguez picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly and in the 100m Butterfly 15-year final.
Rhys Edwards picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly 17/18 year final.
Lewis Fraser picking up a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly in the 19+ Over final.
Daniel Jones, Charlie Hopkins, Liam White and Lewis Fraser picked a silver medal in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 19+ Over final.
Liam White, George Hopkins, Lewis Fraser and Dan Jones picked a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay 19+Over final.
Baker said after the event: “The team swam outstandingly well over the course a very long week, and peaked in performance by bringing home 10 medals”. The team picked up in total 1 gold, 2 silvers and 7 bronzes.
Success was also forthcoming two weeks later at the open water championships. Swansea Aquatics swimmers showed some tough swimming in a very competitive field finishing with the following results:
Girls 12 yrs – Gemma Hale finished 14th in a time of 30:14.64.
Boys 14yrs – Harry Hewitt finished 6th in a time of 36.41.64.
Boys 15yrs- Harvey Wingrave Rix finished 25th in a time of 42.29.63 & Neo Seppman finished 27th in a time of 44.22.66
Girls 15yrs – Aimee Stokes finished 18th in a time of 39.43.21.
Girls 16yrs – Chloe Protheroe finished 7th in a time of 1.04.37.
Girls 17/18yrs – Millie Rees finished 29th in a time of 1:14.20.
Oliver Tennent, performance coach at the club who led the team of swimmers in Rotherham said: “The conditions were excellent and the Swansea Aquatics team stood out as high performance on the day here, all the coaching team are proud of the achievements here today.”
With Swansea Aquatics picking up its strongest performances over the championships, the future is bright for the club within its 100th centenary year.