Yate swimmers impress in championships

February 28 2016

Girls from the Southwold Swimming club claimed the most medals at the first weekend of the county championships. The event, at GL1 in Gloucester, saw Beth Cox, Jessica Shaw and Georgina Locke all impress.

Beth Cox, Jessica Shaw and Georgina Locke

Girls from the Southwold Swimming club claimed the most medals at the first weekend of the county championships.  The event, at GL1 in Gloucester, saw Beth Cox, Jessica Shaw and Georgina Locke all impress.
14 year old Beth made the Championship final in the 100I Individual Medley, and secured Gold in the 400IM. One of the clubs most improved juniors, 15 year old Georgina Locke found herself up against the highly talented GB talent squad swimmer Olivia Butler from Severnside Tritons in the 50 Fly. Georgina’s form has been improving all year and a huge personal best of 30.6, over a second quicker than her previous best, was enough beat Olivia’s 31.1s to become Junior County Champion.
The pick of the racing had to be the seniors girls where Southwold’s 16 year old Jessica Shaw found herself in a showdown with the 5 times County Champion and current title holder in the 50m Breaststroke Annie Brown from the University of Bristol team (inset picture).
Both girls got off the blocks with identical starts and were level going into their first stroke after the pull-out. Jessica’s faster stroke rate saw her open up a 1.5m lead as they went into the first turn. This is where the class and strength of Annie showed with a better stronger pull-out bringing her again level with Jessica. But this year Jessica’s better stroke rate pulled her ahead again to take Annie on the touch in 32.9 seconds; her first ever sub 33s race and new County record. Jessica’s stunning form continued in all the other sprints, taking County records in the 50m Backstroke, held by Karen Lee for over 12 years, and also the 100m IM record in her best event.
The Southwold swimmer also surprised herself with a personal best in her weakest stroke, the 50m Fly with a 29.2s to go into the Championship final as the fastest qualifier. The three County Records all qualify for the National Short Course Winter meet at Sheffield in December.