Swim Bournemouth Level 2 Spring Meet - April 2016
This was a level 2 short course meet hosted by neighbouring club, Swim Bournemouth. In the national qualifying window but swimmers real aim being regional qualification. Seagulls only had a few swimmers enter, but from the small flock we still managed 11 medals coming from just 3 swimmers.
Taylor ‘Swift’ Eeles over the April weekend, brought back three medals from four races in the 13/14 year age group. In his first swim of the weekend coming agonisingly close to breaking the minute barrier on the 100m freestyle. With a 0.19 of a second personal best, swimming 1.00.12 and a Bronze medal for his efforts. Onto his next race the 50m Freestyle with another lifetime best, taking off 0.21 to win Gold in a time of 27.40. Taylor’s last medal winning race was the 50m Butterfly bagging his second Gold medal of the meet slicing off 0.13 in 30.62. Superb from ‘Swift’ Eeles.
‘Wicked’ Kai Weeks had multiply swims over the weekend. Kai fought his way to four podium finishes. He won Gold in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.14.07. He managed one Silver medal, in the 100m Freestyle, 1.04.37. His other two medals from the weekend were Bronze, the first third place was in the 50m Freestyle, going well under the 30 second barrier again in 29.40. His final third spot was in the 100m individual medley, 1.16.16. Well done to ‘Wicked’ Kai Weeks.
Magic Emily McWilliam started her weekend off with a 3 second pb in the 400m Freestyle coming second out of her age group, 5.28.61 in a combined age group. She followed that up four medals over the duration of the meet. Three Silver medals, the first one coming in the 100m freestyle in 1.11.93 slicing off just under a second. The second Silver was in the 50m Backstroke this time taking off just over a second to finish in 38.10. Emily’s third Silver medal came in the 200m freestyle, another lifetime best subtracting two seconds from her previous best in 2.35.53. McWilliams third place finish came in her second race of the weekend, the 200m breaststroke, with a huge 7 second improvement, 3.30.45. Excellent swimming from Emily, MAGIC!
Overall from the Swim Bournemouth meet, Seagulls came home with 11 medals from 3 swimmers, that’s not including the very high rate of personal bests from the 6 swimmers who competed over the weekend. A massive well done and thanks to the coaches in charge, Eve Goldsack, Holly Jaszek, Martin Littlefair, Dave Blackwell and Lee Druce! Representing the Seagulls in second to none fashion.