Southwold Swimmers shine at South West Counties Youth Championships

May 31 2016

A small group of Southwold swimmers, who are based in Yate, have held their own against performance centres such as Plymouth Leander, Millfield school, Mt Kelly, Aqua Sulis, and Bournemouth Colligates at this year’s ASA SW youth championships.

Southwold Swimmers

A small group of Southwold swimmers, who are based in Yate, have held their own against performance centres such as Plymouth Leander, Millfield school, Mt Kelly, Aqua Sulis, and Bournemouth Colligates at this year’s ASA SW youth championships.
 Georgie Locke (15), Emily Locke (16) Jessica Shaw (17), Maria Jones (16), Arno Turner (14), Henry Bennett (15), Ben Rawlins (15), Peter Lewis (20) all swam good PB’s in their selected events with the Clubs most improved Junior, Georgie Locke, making it through to six finals with a fabulous fourth in the 50 Breast.  Other finalists were Henry Bennett, with two and Maria Jones with one.
The pick of the racing had to be the head-to-head’s between Southwold’s County champion Jessica Shaw (17) and the current National Champion Bethany Newton (17) from the Street & District Club. Both girls qualified the fastest in the 50 and 100 Backstrokes so were in pole lanes 4 & 5 for the finals.
Jessica has been working hard of her starts and underwater phases and got away well to match the national champions over the first 15m, but with real grit and determination dug in to be ahead leading into the final 20m and this time held good pace and power to never look like losing either race. Afterwards Jessica said “I could see and feel she was right up with me and expected her at some point to pull away”.
Jessica’s two backstroke wins plus second places in the 50 Breast and 100 Free should secure her selection at this year’s National Summer Championships in Sheffield. She was also selected by the ASA South West to represent the South West region at the “Golden Bear” International Event, Zagreb, Croatia in June.