Wells Swimming Club hosted the City of Wells Level 3 Long Course meet held over two days at Millfield. Twenty one clubs from all over the country took part and this year two British Olympic Swimmers, Liam Tancock and Caitlin McClatchey, were present pool-side to inspire the swimmers to a top performance. There was strong and competitive swimming but a supportive and fun atmosphere including a dance competition and the new-for-this-year COW Meet swimming hats were popular buys. Once again Wells were complemented on the good organisation and friendliness of the meet by many of the visiting coaches.
Swimming at a home competition obviously suited the Wells Swimming Club members as they produced great results. A record number of 35 swimmers raced for the club and they achieved an impressive seventy two PB’s and won 44 Medals. 20 of the medals were for 4th-6thplacings (for the 9-13 age groups), 9 were bronze, 8 silver and 7 golds. There were also new county and regional times reached. Head Coach Eli Meyers said he was very happy. “There was fantastic swimming from all of the club’s swimmers. They really impressed me and it’s great to see all their hard work in training paying off.”
Star for the girl’s team yet again was Asta Maddox who scooped up five gold medals for 200m IM, 200m fly, 200m free, 200m breast and 50m breast. She also won bronze for 200m back and 4thplace medal for 50m fly.
Among the other medal winners for the girl’s team were Maisie Banwell who won gold at 200m free and silver in 50m back, Katie Chambers who won bronze in 200m back, Emma Healey who won silver in 200m back, Ailsa Richardson who won 5thplace medals for 100m and 200m breast, Edie Richardson who won bronze in 400m IM and 4thplace medal for 50m breast, Imogen Smith who won 4thplace medal for 100m back and Eloise Yeadon Caiger who won bronze in the 400m IM.
Strong PBs were obtained by Elizabeth Chambers, Izara Hole, Izzy Knott, Xanthe Knott, Layla Matthews, Youyang Qu, Bliss Sumbler and Evelyn Wigley.
Sole gold medal winner for the boy’s team was Declan Truan-Thatcher who won gold in the 400m IM. He also won silver in the 200m IM but was unable to race in his other events due to illness.
Among the other medal winners for the boy’s team were Kaleb Allom who won silver in the 200m fly, bronze in the 200mIM, 5thplace medal in 200m free, 100m back and 50m fly and 6thplace medal in 100m free. Seth Allom won silver in the 400m free, 4thplace medal in 200m free and 5thplace medal in 100m free. Max Banwell won 5thplace medal for 50m breast. Jack Freeman won 5thplace medal for 200m back and 6thplace medal for 200m free. Max Gittens won bronze for 400m free, 4thplace medals for 200m free and 100m fly and 5thplace medals for 100m back and 200m IM. Cameron Taylor won silver in both the 100m breast and 50m free, bronze in both the 50m breast and 100m back and 6thplace medal in 400m free. Lachlan Taylor won silver in 200m breast, bronze in 50m breast and 5thplace medal in 200m free and Theo Truan-Thatcher who won 5thplace medals for both 200m IM and 200m back.
PBs were obtained by Sam Cavill, Owen Dukes, Felix Rackstraw,
There were also good swims from James Hoddinott, William Leatt and Freddie Temple.
The Wells Club Chairman stated, “This is the highlight of the clubs year, it is wonderful to invite so many clubs from far and wide. Our swimmers and volunteers alike all help to make a happy friendly atmosphere that everyone can reveal in and enjoy. I think this really helps produce some fantastic performances.”