This year’s Somerset County Development meet, held over two days at Millfield, was one of the most successful ever for Wells Swimming Club. There were 110 PBs, numerous county times achieved and a massive haul of medals including 16 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes.
By the end of the weekend, out of the 20 clubs taking part, Wells had secured enough points to finish 6th in the Overall Team Rankings. Head Coach Eli Myers said it was an awesome meet for the club.
Star of the meet for Wells was new club member Asta Maddox who in her first gala for Wells swam brilliantly to win 5 gold medals, coming 1st in all her events, the 50 bk, fly and brst, 100 IM and 100 free.
The highest point scorer for Wells was Emma Healy who won gold in 200 back, silver in 50 free and bronze in 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 50 back and was 4th in 100 breast with a large PB.
For the girls team Eloise Yeadon Caiger bagged 4 gold medals, one silver and one bronze. The golds were for 100 free, 100 fly, 50 free and 50 back, the silver for 50 fly, the bronze for 100m breast (her first ever medal for breaststroke!) and she was 4th in 100 bk.
Youyang Qu helped increase the medal haul by winning silver in both 50 and 100 fly. She was 5th in 100 IM with strong PB.
Katie Chambers coming back into form won silver in both 100m free and fly, bronze in 200m back with a massive pb, was 4th in 50m breast, 5th in 100m breast and had pbs in 50m back, 50m fly and 100m back.
Edie Richardson won silver in 200 IM (pb) and was 6th in 100 fly with big PB.
Also contributing to the girl’s points total were: Tiana Allom with pbs in 50 back and free, 200IM and 100 fly; Roberta Bland (PB in 100IM); Elizabeth Chambers with pbs in 50 free and fly and 100 breast; Izara Hole with pbs in 50 back, fly, breast and free and 100 free and breast; Layla Matthews with pbs in 50 breast and free; Ailsa Richardson with pbs in 50, 100 and 200 breast, 50 and 100 free and 100IM and Bliss Sumbler with pbs in 50 back and breast and 100 breast.
Thanks to all their hard work the Wells Girls Team finished in 6th place in the Girls Team Rankings.
The boys were also on form finishing 8th in the Boy’s Team Rankings.
Star of the boy’s team was Kaleb Allom who won four gold and two bronze medals. The golds were for 100 and 200 IM (both pbs), 200 free and 100 back, the bronzes for 100 fly and free and he was 4th in 50 breast.
Helping to haul in the medals was Declan Truan-Thatcher who won gold in the 100 breast with a pb.
Another Golden Boy was Thomas Maitland-Smith who won gold in 50 free with a 5 second pb and came 5th in both 200 free and 50 breast.
Second highest points scorer for the boys was Seth Allom who won silver in 50 fly, 100 IM and 100 fly and bronze in 50 free.
Cameron Taylor won bronze in 100 breast with big pb, 4th in 200 IM and 200 breast and 5th in 50 and 200 bk.
Also adding to the Boy’s Team total points were: Max Banwell 4th in 50 free and with pbs in all his events; Max Gittens with pbs in 50 fly, free and back; Tristan Morris with pbs in all his events; Felix Rackstraw with pbs in 50 free, back and breast and 100 IM; Lachlan Taylor who just missed out on the medals coming 4th in 200 free, 5th in 50 breast and 6th in 100 free; and Theo Truan-Thatcher with pbs in all but one of his events.