Somerset County Championships 2018
Frome Swimming Club was just one of many to compete in this year’s County Championships. 15 swimmers, including the club’s Team Bath AS members put all their training and hard work to the test by competing in the 1st long course competion of the year.
Millfield Senior School in the heart of Street was the location for the County's swimming hopefuls. From North, South East and West swimmers and their families descended to participate and support over 4 weekends from 21/01/18 to 11/02/18.
Over the course of 4 weekends Lillie Carter from Frome and Team Bath AS competed in 9 events with a Personal Best (PB) in the 50metres freestyle qualifying for the finals and also in the 400metres freestyle. Lauren Billing competed in 3 events giving her a championship she should be proud of. Bethan Davis was at her first championships and competed in 6 events with PBs in 5 of these. Bethan is improving with each competition so hope to see more of the same next year.
Alisha Freeman is one of the youngest of our full time Frome swimmers who has really smashed these championships. Alisha has had the most memorable of championships. 10 events with PBs in every single race. Podium positions in 6 events where Alisha won bronze medals for 200m back, 50m back, 50m fly, 100m Freestyle, 100m back and 50m breast. She swam remarkably into a silver place for 50m freestyle.
Amy Gordon qualified for multiple events and chose to swim 3 winning a silver for the 100m freestyle and Gold for the 50m freestyle. Charlie Hemmens qualified for 7 events these championships and achieved 2 personal bests. A few tweeted pictures showed how happy she was!
Hugo Jones is one of the youngest Frome swimmers qualifying and he competed in 6 events with 2PBs this championship. JoJo Streatfield James also competed as one of our younger swimmers in 3 events. Both Hugo and Jo Jo are going from strength to strength. The 50-metre pool was a challenge, but they were exemplary in their positive attitude to race their events. Jessica Metcalfe competed in 8 events with PBs in 3-her 50m freestyle was her best personal achievement.
Spectacular swims from the Saunders brothers. Finlay competed in 7 events with PBs in 4 of these. 2 silver medals in 200m back and 1500m freestyle. Oliver meanwhile competed in 16 events and achieved qualifying times for all. 5 PBs and podium positions for Oliver- Silver 400m IM, 1500m freestyle, 100m back, 200m breast, 200m back, 200m fly. Bronze in 50m breast, 100m free, 50m fly, 200m IM.
Holly Singer competed in 3 events and Ben Taylor achieved a new PB in his 100m fly event. Isabel Kendall competed in 1 event.
Niamh Ward who swims with both Frome and Team Bath AS competed in 6 events this championships and achieved Silver in 100m back and bronze in 200m back and 800m freestyle.
Whilst the championships have ended the work and training continues for all the swimmers and for their fellow club members. Head Coach Pete Billing and Team Manager Karen Saunders were truly remarkable throughout the competition and in all of the swimmers and parents eyes-they are pure gold!
FSC Travel to the Ends of the Country in Search of Competition
Frome Swimming Club, Families in tow travelled over 160 miles to Penzance to take part in the 2nd Carn Brae and Helston Sprint Meet with Skins. This friendly and competitive meet offered the swimmers the chance to work on their PB's in the short course saltwater pool. 21 Swimmers represented the club, the youngest 10 years of age and the oldest 45! All work hard as a team to support each other, with some sore voices by the end of the day. Alisha Freeman (11) once again tore up her personal record book with PB's in all her 5 events coming in 1st overall in her age group. Will Carpenter, put in a captains performance gaining 4 PB's and finished 3rd overall. 5 other swimmers Jessica Metcalfe, Kody Maidment-Windsor, Grace Bahadoor, Milly Applegate and Bethan Davis all achieved 4 PB's out of their 5 races. All swimmers gave it their all before retiring back to the hotel for a celebration meal. The next day the swimmers met at that famous signpost for a farewell photo prior to driving the long way home.
Latest News from Frome Water Polo - January 2018
Three of Frome Water Polo Club’s Men’s team were selected to play for Somerset in the recent South West Region Inter County tournament held at Millfield School.
Pictured left to right Brad Poole, Matt Hann & Fraser Thomson, who, along with players from Taunton and Weston Super Mare including ex-Frome player Martyn Hodges, made up the team to face Devon, Dorset & Gloucester.
The Somerset team knew they had tough matches ahead with the teams from Devon and Gloucester including players from the top clubs in the Polo League. The first match against Devon was close with Somerset just securing victory by 9 goals to 8. Next up came Dorset and Somerset got into their stride, winning 6-4. Finally they faced Gloucester. With fatigue setting in for all teams, it was a test of stamina to see who could find that something extra and Frome’s, Hann, with his swimming background enjoyed the space in the water at Millfield, scoring a hat-trick to help seal the 15-7 victory, Poole was Somerset’s second highest scorer overall with 6 goals and Thomson scored 1. Their efforts saw the trophy awarded to Somerset for the first time in many years.
After beating Bradford on Avon recently by a large margin, Frome water polo club travelled to Marlborough college on Saturday afternoon to play in the final of the Bristol and West Handicap Cup.
Frome have had quite a bit of success in this cup and have been runners up several times over the last few years. The other finalists, Bristol Harlequins were to start the game with a 13 goal lead based on current form and league position.
The game started well for Frome as Martyn Hodges scored in the first few seconds, Frome then went on to score twice more in the first quarter. The goal scoring then slowed a little during the middle stages of the game and after conceding a few goals to Bristol we still had a 9 goal difference at half time which by any team's standards was probably too big an ask on the day.
Although the final result was disappointing for Frome the team played very well and it was a great day out. Next year hopefully we will be picking up the winner's trophy instead of the runners up one.....