Swimming Club freestyles it way to a top ten finish
After over 6 hours on the coach, Friday began with the long distance events. Amy Farthing and Abi Burr kick started the meet in the 800m freestyle with Abi finishing in an impressive 8th with a sub 9 minute swim. The last events of the day were the Women’s and Men’s 4x50m freestyle relay. The girls team comprised of Abi B, Laura Hawkins, Ellie Westoby and Annie Wright came 19th, qualifying for the B final and the boys finished 6th after some excellent swimming from Liam White, Harry Turner, Wil Hutchens and Lewis Fraser in a time of 1:31.97.
Up next to qualify for the B final of the 50m breaststroke in a time of 33.21. On to the boys 50 breaststroke with George Hopkins and Lewis F qualifying for final 8th & 4th in times of 28.54 & 28.03 respectively. The final event of the morning session was Men’s 100m fly with Lewis F qualifying for the final in 7th.
The first event of the second session was 200m backstroke with Ellie and Joe finishing 19th and 15th.
Matt Ramsey was our posted our fasted time in the 50m freestyle, winning his swim-off to finish 21st. Alex R received a silver medal for his performance is the para 50m freestyle. Next, Amy and Annie achieved 9th and 15th in the 400m IM. The final events of the sessions were the 4x50m medley relays, the boy’s team, made up of Liam, George, Lewis & Harry qualifying for the final in 2nd.
Finals time. Men’s 50m backstroke first with Liam being beaten to a medal by 0.01s in 25.00s. Joe and Harry finished 8th & 9th, both going sub 25.5s. on to 50m breaststroke and Laura finished 3rd in the B final in 32.89, Lewis F & George finishing 6th and 9th in the A final. Straight back in the pool for Lewis as he finished 10th in the 100m fly final. Last final of the day was the 4 x 50 freestyle relay, the girls finishing 10th in the B final and the boys dropping over half a second to finish 5th less that a second off the medals.
Sunday began with the 200m fly, Abi B qualifying 10th for the final. After multiple PBs from the boys in the 100m freestyle, Lewis F stepped up in the 100m breaststroke to qualify in 2nd for the final in a 1:01.30. In the 50m fly, Lewis F qualified fastest for the final in a time of 23.92 whilst Lewis Hodgetts qualified 4th for the B final in a PB of 25.06. On to the 100m backstroke heats with the 3 boys from the 50 all qualifying for the final, in 5th, 6th and 8th, Joe the fastest with a time of 54.86. The final event of the afternoon was 400m freestyle with Charlie Hopkins finishing 13th.
Sunday finals began with Abi B coming in 10th in the 200m fly. Lewis F just missed out on a medal in the 100m breaststroke with a spectacular swim, coming 4th in a time of 1.00.40. Lewis H finished 4th in the B final for 50m fly with Lewis F finishing 3rd in the A final, 0.15s of first! The final event of the weekend was the Men’s 4x50m medley relay. The boys pulled it out the bag, finishing 3rd in a time of 1.39.42.
Overall, the team finished a fantastic 7th, improving from last year’s 10th and smashing out previous points total. Cardiff finished in 14th and Cardiff Met 44th.