Wells have entered the Fourseasons Gala for the first time and Autumn seems to be a great month to start as Wells took second place in the opener on Saturday 3/11/18.
Wells took on Burnham, Bristol, Cheddar, Clevedon and Backwell at Easton Leisure Centre. A frantic competition saw the six teams battle in 51 races of all 4 major swimming disciplines, with individual races and relays. The lead ebbed and flowed throughout the night, with Wells constantly in contention. As the night entered the final 10 races Burnham were just ahead and several wins from Wells had everyone with their fingers crossed. In the end Burnham had done enough to take first, but Wells had a very creditable 2nd place to celebrate on their journey back to Somerset.
Team Manager, Marisa Taylor pointed out some great performances from many swimmers for whom it had been there first competition and made particular mention of Archie Bulmer, aged 7 and Josh Mellersh Francis, aged 10 who had been called up with only 2 hours notice. “The result is fantastic, but more importantly we had a great team atmosphere and the children were all excited to be competing!” Marisa added.
There were strong performances resulting in first places in the boy’s Individual Medley and 50 free (Cameron Taylor), girl’s 50 back (Imogen Smith), boy’s 100 free relay (Lachlan Taylor, Gabriel Chatard, Seth Sweeney, Josh Mellerish), the girls 100 free relay (Bliss Sumbler, Daisy Pruden, Layla Matthews, Imogen Smith), the boys 100m free relay (Owen Dukes, Sam Cavill, William Leatt, Theo Truan-Thatcher), 25m back (Lily Clark), boy’s 50 fly (Declan Truan-Thatcher), girl’s 100 free relay (Lydia Bulmer, Lily Clark, Daisy Pruden, Isabella Rossi), boy’s 50 free (William Leatt), girls’s 25m free (Isabella Rossi), boy’s 100m Medley relay (Max Banwell, Owen Dukes, theo Truan-Thatcher, Sam Cavill), girls’ 100m Medley Relay (Ailsa Richardson, Lizzie Chambers, Xanthe Knott and Evelyn Wigley) and boys’ 100m free relay (Thomas Maitland-Smith, Jack Freeman, Declan Truan-Thatcher, Cameron Taylor).
Also making good contributions towards Well’s point’s total were Henry Lambert, Evelyn Wigley, Ralph Sweeney, Ewen Verel and Archie Bulmer.
Wells are now looking forward to the next round. It was a great last competition for Eli Meyers before he stepped down from his role as Head Coach for the club. The club also gave thanks to volunteers, Rosie, Marisa, Lisa, Katie, Duncan and Linda without whom the event couldn’t take place.
WellsSwimming club is not just for youngsters. It has a lively contingent of Masters (over 18) swimmers, who receive separately coached sessions, and which the club would like to expand. If you would like more details on how to join the club, please email Wellsswimmingclub@live.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our website and facebook page.