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Culford take home several medals in Swimming Regional Championships


Nine Culford pupils took part in the 2017 ASA Regional Youth Championships, bringing home several medals and personal bests.

The competition is a chance to compete in a long course (50m) pool, improve their times and try to move up the National rankings. Pupils are also able to qualify for the National Championships in the summer.

Leading the way was Taylor Bowen (U5), taking home 3 medals - 1 gold and 2 bronze. Taylor competed in 10 events over the 3 days and picked up his first medal in the boys’ 16 years 100m Butterfly on day one. Taylor was seeded 2nd going into the final, where he attacked the race, finishing in 3rd position.

Taylor dominated his 200m IM heat swim with a 1.5 second personal best, putting him through to the final in first position. Taylor finished 1.5 seconds in front of his nearest challenger, improving on his heat time by nearly two seconds, ranking him 24th in the country in his age group.

In his final race, Taylor put in a great 50m Butterfly swim, to finish with his second bronze medal.

Jack Bowyer (L5) swam a solid 100m Butterfly heat, which saw him progress to the 15 years final. Jack swam a controlled first 50m, putting him 4th, and then powered down the second 50m to just miss out on the gold medal by 0.2 seconds, finishing with the silver in a new PB time of 1.00.39. Jack also qualified for the final of the 15 years 50m Backstroke event picking up a new PB time and finishing in 5th place.

Qualifying for nine events, Charlie Whyte (L5) had a busy weekend in the 16 years category. Charlie's highest place finish came in the 100m Backstroke, where he tied for 4th place in a new best time.

Charlie also made finals in the 200m Butterfly, finishing in 5th place with a new best time, along with achieving a 5th place finish in the gruelling 400m IM. Charlie finished 7th in the Freestyle race, while in another backstroke race, he managed to finish 8th in the 200m event.

Niamh Perry (L5) produced two dominant heat swims in both the 800m Freestyle and 400m IM. In the 800m, Niamh took control of the race from the first 50 and extended her lead throughout the distance, finishing with a 17 second long course PB and a 7th place overall in the 15 years age group.

In the 400m IM, Niamh took a further 4.5 seconds off her PB, placing her 7th in her age group. Niamh's highest place over the weekend came in the 200 Freestyle final, where she finished 5th, just outside the PB that she had set in the heats.

In the 100m Butterfly, Niamh secured her third 7th placed finish in the final with another swim inside her short course PB. Niamh was also part of the 14 to 16 years relay teams and finished in 4th place, just one second outside of the medals in the 4x100 Medley relay event, and 5th in the 4x100 Freestyle event.

Olivia Nicolai (L6), competed in breaststroke events, covering the 50m, 100m and 200m distances. Olivia progressed to the final of the 200m, after improving on her PB time by two seconds, with a top finish of 8th place in the 17 years category.

Also competing in the 17 years category were Annabel Heywood (L6) and Hannah Brecknell (L6). Annabel, who had qualified in the 50m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke events, swam two PB’s in her events.

In the 50m Backstroke, Annabel secured a new long course PB time by just over a second, with her 200m Breaststroke time also a new long course PB, by just over four seconds. Hannah raced in the 50m and 100m Backstroke, finishing 12th.

The Breaststroke events saw Chloe-Jeane Parsley (U5) competing over the 50m and 100m distances in the 16 years age group, finishing 16th and 15th respectively.

Also competing in the 16 years age group was Jacob Clarke (U5), who raced over the 50m dash events, the 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle. Jake’s highest place finish came in the 50m Freestyle, where he improved on his PB time to finish in 12th. Jake also picked up a new PB in his 50m long course Backstroke.

Well done to all swimmers who competed at the Regional Championships and we look forward to the U14 swimmers competing in the second weekend at the end of May.
Published: May 10 2017

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