Championship swimmers' great start
Successful Keynsham swimmers in the 10-12 200m individual medley (from left to right) Daisy O, Laura B, Lilly B and Seanna E
KEYNSHAM Amateur Swimming Club got off to a flying start at the Somerset ASA County Championships 2020, winning plenty of medals on the opening day of competition.
Club athletes swam in both individual and team relay events on January 19.
It’s a huge achievement for the young swimmers to qualify for the championships in the first place. To so, they had to compete at many open meets across the region from January to December to gain the required qualifying time for their age group.
The hard work these youngsters put in should not be underestimated - they train for anything from seven to 22 hours per week, with next to no time off for Christmas, and a very short summer break.
Day one was held at Millfield School Swimming Pool in Street. The schedule was made up of team relays and 100m individual medleys.
Laura B (11), Jess L (14) and Georgia G (16) all qualified in their heat to go through to their respective age group final of the 100m individual medley. Both Jess and Georgia went on to win silver medals and Laura won a bronze medal.
Keynsham put out a number of relay teams, with swimmers aged 11-21 competing for them. The 10-12-year-old girls’ team won bronze in the 200m medley.
Team members Daisy O (backstroke), Lilly B (breaststroke), Laura B (butterfly) and Seanna E (freestyle) put in a fantastic performance to win third place. They also finished in 5th place in the 200m freestyle later in the day.
The 13-14-year-old girls (Lehana E, Jess L, Izzy N and Liv J) also won bronze medals in their 200m freestyle.
Our senior swimmers were also in medal-winning positions, with the mixed 200m freestyle team of Jasper Lye, Ella R, Zach Derrick and Georgia G coming in third. Jasper and Zach later teamed up with Sam Lawton and Sam M to won bronze in the boys 200m Medley.
Zach, Jasper and Sam M coach our regional potential swimmers.
“It’s so inspirational for the younger swimmers to see their coaches compete, which is why Zach, Jasper and Sam are such valuable members of Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club,” said Tanya Oliver, KASC team manager.
“I believe it’s important for the swimmers to know that their coaches understand and enjoy competitive swimming themselves.”
The counties run every weekend from January 19 until February 9. In the next issue of Keynsham Voice, we’ll update you on the full results from the championships.
n With the Tokyo Olympics coming up this year, swimming, along with other sports, will see an increased uptake amongst children.
Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club often becomes full to capacity by the end of an Olympic year. They would encourage you to book your child’s space on the waiting list for a trial, which will be held next month when they return to the newly refurbished Keynsham Leisure Centre swimming pool.
They will be trialling children who are competent swimmers aged 7 and over. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, or alternately, you can enquire via their Facebook page.