Picture: (Team) Top Left: Neo Seppman, Aneurin Davies, Max Elkin, AB Rodriguez, Millie Rees, Second Row: Daniel Marotta, Daniel Jones, Liam White, Harry Turner, Lewis Fraiser, Lewis Hodgetts, Rhys Edwards, Third Row: Conner Smart, Charlie Hopkins, Joe Small, Elizabeth Arnold, Laura Hawkins, George Hopkins, Harry Hewitt, Bottom Left: Aimee Stokes, Chloe Protheroe, Abigail Davies, Sienna Burgess, Jess Dickenson, Chloe Pritchard, Amelia Tucker
City Of Swansea Aquatics swimmers travelled up to British Summer Championships in Tollcross in Glasgow 23-28th July and 2 weeks later 5th August for the Swim England Open Water Championships in Rotherham, England.
A team of 26 strong swimmers lead by Swansea Aquatics Head Coach Hayley Baker and Swim Wales High-Performance Coaches Adam Baker and Student McNarry in over the two competitions against the best swimmers in the United Kingdom. Head Coach Hayley said on qualification “We bring to the summer championships in both Glasgow and Rotherham new qualifiers and experience, bring together an exciting team to potentially pick up medals against strong competition.”
British Summer Championships 7 day meet consisting heats and finals racing against the best in Britain:
Jess Dickinson picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle and a silver medal in the 200m Butterfly in the 14-year final
Aneurin Davies picking up a bronze medal in the 100m Breastrokle 15 years final
Liam White picking up a Gold medal in the 50m Backstroke 19+ year final
AB Rodriguez picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly and in the 100m Butterfly 15-year final
Rhys Edwards picking up a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly 17/18 year final
Lewis Fraser picking up a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly in the 19+ Over final
Daniel Jones, Charlie Hopkins, Liam White and Lewis Fraser picked a silver medal in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 19+ Over final.
Liam White, George Hopkins, Lewis Fraser and Dan Jones picked a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay 19+Over final.
Baker said after the event “ The team swam outstanding over the course a very long week, and pick in performance after performance bringing home 10 medals up there with Swansea Aquatics best every performance at a British summer championship” The team picked up in total 1 gold, 2 silvers and 7 bronzes.
Success was also forthcoming two weeks later at the open water championships. Swansea Aquatics swimmers showed some tough swimming in a very competitive field finishing with the following results:
Girls 12 yrs – Gemma Hale finished 14th in a time of 30:14.64
Boys 14yrs – Harry Hewitt finished 6th in a time of 36.41.64
Boys 15yrs- Harvey Wingrave Rix finished 25th in a time of 42.29.63 & Neo Seppman finished 27th in a time of 44.22.66
Girls 15yrs – Aimee Stokes finished 18th in a time of 39.43.21
Girls 16yrs – Chloe Protheroe finished 7th in a time of 1.04.37
Girls 17/18yrs – Millie Rees finished 29th in a time of 1:14.20
Oliver Tennent performance coach at the club who led the team of swimmers in Rotherham said: “The conditions were excellent where Swansea Aquatics team stood out as high performance on the day here, all the coaching team are proud of the achievements here today.”
Swansea Aquatics picking up its strongest performances over the championships the future is bright for the club within its 100th centenary year.