Wells Swimming Club has yet more medals after the 4th and final weekend of this year’s County Championships at Millfield.
The Saturday started with the boy’s 200m fly. In the 12 year event Declan Truan-Thatcher, despite still recovering from ill health, swam determinedly, qualified for the final and won a well-deserved bronze medal.
In the girls 200m IM Edie Richardson came 27th and Katie Chambers 28th in the 13 and 15 year events respectively. Maisie Banwell qualified for the final in the 14 year with a 3 second PB. She swam even faster in the final but missed out on the medals finishing 5th, six places up from her seeding. In the 16 and over Eloise Yeadon Caiger finished in 14th, three places up from her seeding.
In the 100m back Maisie Banwell seeded 13th qualified in 4th for the final in the 14 year event but hampered by an ear infection couldn’t repeat her prelims time and finished 8th. In the 16 and over Emma Healey finished in 14th, seven places up from her seeding and Eloise Yeadon Caiger came 19th.
In the 50 fly Kaleb Allom qualified for the final in the 9 year event where with a good PB he finished in 6th, up three places from his seeding. In the 12 year old event Declan Truan-Thatcher qualified for the final in 3rd place but couldn’t match his prelims time and finished 6th. In the 13 year event Seth Allom finished 19th.
In the 50m breast Edie Richardson swam well to finish 15th in the large field of the 13 year event.
Saturday finished with a highlight as Wells Swimming Club was able to field a team for the Girls Open 200m Medley Relay. Despite being up against older opponents the team of Emma Healey (back, 35.48), Edie Richardson (breast, 42.13), Eloise Yeadon Caiger (fly, 32.99) and Katie Chambers (free 31.50) didn’t come last but finished in 6th.
The last Sunday of the County Champs 2018 started with the girls 200m fly where Maisie Banwell finished 5th in the 14 year old event.
In the boys 200 IM Kaleb Allom swam strongly to pick up a 5 second PB but just missed out on the final finishing 9th in 10-11 event. In 12 year old event Declan Truan-Thatcher qualified for the final and finished 5th. Seth Allom had an impressive 4 second PB and finished 13th in the strong 13 year event.
In the 50m free, Asta Maddox got a PB and qualified for the final in 3rd place for the 10-11 year event but despite another PB in the final she missed out on the medals finishing 5th. In the 12 year event Ailsa Richardson came 23rd in a large field with a good 1 second PB which saw her rise 10 places up from her seeding whilst sister Edie Richardson came a very respectable 25th in an even larger field in the 13 year event. In 15 year event Katie Chambers came 39th and in over 16s Emma Healy’s strong PB saw her finish in 16th an impressive 10 places up from her seeding.
In the boy’s 50m free in the 10-11 event Thomas Maitland-Smith had a 1 second PB to finish in 11th place, Max Banwell also had a good PB and finished in 20th, whilst Kaleb Allom came 21st. In the 12 year event Declan Truan-Thatcher came 14th and in the 13 year Seth Allom came 21st.
The Sunday finished with another highlight for Wells Swimming Club as they were able to field a team for the Girls Open 200m Freestyle Relay. Again despite being up against much older opponents the team of Emma Healey (31.29), Asta Maddox (9 years old! 34.23), Edie Richardson (32.44) and Katie Chambers (32.17) did their club proud and finished 7th.
Well done to all of those swimmers who qualified for this year’s County Championships. One of the most successful ever for the club.