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Swimmers Flying High In July

The first week in July saw success from the entire club in mulitple disciplines and in multiple countries. These fantastic results started in Holywell at the Summer Sprints Meet, then took to Bryn Bach Park for Open Water & Triathlon. and finishing in Hungary at the European Triathlon Championships. These results go to show the immense depth we have in the club and that all your hard work and team support pays off come race day.



70+ Swimmers travelled to Holywell for the Annual Summer Sprints with swimmers aged 9 to 22 racing and achieveing. In summary the club won 44 Gold Medals, 45 Silver Medals and 50 Bronze Medals, on top of 2 Meet Records, 5 Top Swimmer Awards and winning the Top Team Award for the second year running. WELL DONE TEAM!

Leading the way with 8 Gold Medals was Fin Thomson, closely followed by Adam Taylor with 7 Gold Medals. Leading the way for the Girls was Olivia Price with 5 Medals, followed by her sister, Evie Price, with 4 Gold Medals. On the Boys front there was 5 Gold Medals won by Andy Reay, 3 by Tyler Hughes, 2 a piece for Sam Jackson, Karl Taylor and Morgan Douglass, and 1 Gold Medal for Club Captain Neal Allen, Jacob Canlas & Matty Hapanow. Success for the Girls also came from Morgan Phillips with 2 Gold Medals and from Club Captain Keely Smith with 1 Gold.

Meet Records were achieved by Karl Taylor in the 15yrs & Over 100m Butterfly in a time of 58.31secs and by Sadie Spencer in the 12yrs 100m Backstroke in a time 1min13.91secs.

Top Swimmer Awards were won by the following swimmers who amassed the most points in their age-group based on their placings:

  • Fin Thomson (10ys)
  • Adam Taylor (11yrs)
  • Sam Jackson (14yrs)
  • Andy Reay (15yrs & Over)
  • Morgan Phillips (13yrs)



On the same day as the majority of swimmers were racing in Holywell, Club Member Tom Thorpe & Will Clayton travelled south to Bryn Bach Park to take place in the 2016 Welsh Open Water Championships. Will took to the lake first in the 12-14yrs 1.5km race (this only his 2nd Open Water Race) and placed 4th in the 14yr Age-Group and 3rd placed Welsh Swimmer. Next we saw Tom take on the 3km race which saw all the 15 & 16yr old athletes battle it out around the course with Tom coming home as the 1st placed 16yr old.

Not only were these excellent individual results with both boys placing in the Top-3 Welsh finishers it also means both Will & Tom have qualified for the 2016 British Open Water National Championships which is an excellent achievement and the highest level of swimming that can be achieved domestically. The British Open Water Championships takes place on 24th July in Rotherpark, Sheffield - WELL DONE BOYS.



On Sunday 3rd July after the Welsh Open Water Championshiops Bryn Bach Park hosted the 2016 IRC Triathlon Races with Club Members Ifan Oldfield, Ella Oldfield, Lucy Thomson & Ioan Oldfield all competing. I dont have the full results yet - once I do I will update this report.

Over in Hungary, Matt Willis was in action at the ETU European Triathlon Festival where he was representing GB in the Youth Championship Race. In Hungary Matt had to go through a qualification race (Semi-Final) where he achieved a Top-10 place finish to make final. In the Final Matt had a solid swim followed by very strong bike and run where he was chasing the lead all the way home resulting in an incrediable Silver Medal at the European Championships, only 2secs off Gold. Matt also took part in the Team Relay Race with GB finishing Top-10.


What a great weekend !!! These are excellent results as we approach the end of the season and Welsh (and now British) Nationals and all swimmers should be positive and buzzing as we finish off our final 4 weeks prep. Use these results to maintain your momentum, increase your motivation & drive, and most importantly make those vital adjustments to ensure we end the season on a BIGGER BANG !!!




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