Swimmers smash personal bests

Bridlington Swimming Club
Bridlington Swimming Club

A Ridings League gala was held in Driffield, with Pocklington being the host club.

There were 17 personal best times by Bridlington Swimming Club members, including Connor Benson and Niamh Hall who knocked 12 seconds off their best between them.

Other PBs were gained by Tom King, Harry Guy, Libby Marshall, Edward Dennis, Rose Dennis, Danielle Coverdale, Lewis Hebden, Jessie Larson, Charlie Keogh and Jessica Robson.

The gala was a very close one with good swims from all teams which put extra pressure on the Brid swimmers. Some races were very exciting with a touch finish and all swimmers encouraging their teams all the way.

Bridlington finished in fourth place.

Two Bridlington swimmers travelled to Beverley to swim in an A/B graded meet hosted by Beverley Barracudas.

Danielle Coverdale and Ethan Ward represented Bridlington with some excellent swimming. They both gained personal best times in all of their races and added some Yorkshire times to their records.

Coverdale won gold, silver and bronze medals and Ward won three gold medals. It was a good meet and great experience for Ward who swam in his first licensed meet.

Tom King represented the Great Britain Pentathlon team in an international triathlon competition (running, swimming and shooting) and was part of the bronze medal-winning team having set the standard early in the competition with a PB in the 200m freestyle, putting the team into the bronze position with the first event.

Bridlington Swimming Club hosted its annual friendly gala at Driffield.

Although the club came third this year, it was because so many swimmers hit personal best times, and so were excluded for going too fast. In all, seven of the 44 events were swam too fast.

The squad achieved 18 personal best times with Niamh Hall, Ethan Ward, Dru Hall and Brandon Hayes gaining first places in their individual races along with five of the relay teams.

This was the first gala for Connie Oliver who overcame her nerves to put in great performances in the girls 13 and under 50m backstroke and as a member of the breaststroke and freestyle relays.

Bridlington Swimming Club now have a new website. Please visit www.bridswimclub.co.uk for more information on the club and its training sessions. It is looking for new members so you can email the coach or ring 830120 to arrange a trial session.