Welsh National Winter Championships 2013

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Swimming Blog | No Comments

The Wales National Pool Swansea hosted the Welsh Winter Championships over three days from the 20th to the 22nd December 2013. The meet brought together the best swimmers from all over Wales plus many from England. City of Newport swimmer’s excelled at the event picking up an amazing 25 individual medals.

Day 1:

The meet started on a high when Cerys Coley and Emily Peacock both achieved National qualifying times in the heats of the women’s 50m breaststroke. This level of success was to continue throughout the meet with many swimmers achieving NQT’s. Cerys went on to win the bronze medal in the youth final. Tristan Cuer followed up with bronze in the men’s youth final of the 50m breaststroke. Paige Simmons then opened her medal account with bronze in the girl’s age group 200m backstroke. Cameron Brown then produced an awesome swim to come within 0.5s of 2012 Olympian Ieuan Lloyd, to win Bronze in the Men’s open 200m freestyle. Megan Allison produced two fantastic swims to win two silver medals in the space of 30 minutes in the finals of the 100 freestyle and 200m butterfly in the girls age group events. James Carlyle rounded off an excellent evening of finals to win bronze in the men’s youth 50m fly.

Day 2:

Sam Hynd and Jonathan Eke rounded off two long heats’ sessions winning silver and bronze in the multi classification 400m freestyle. A very long and busy day became a very successful evening, with many medals being won by Newport swimmers. James Carlyle picked up his second bronze of the meet with a big PB in the men’s youth 50m freestyle. Paige Simmons then won gold in the girls 200m Breaststroke with a fantastic performance and very fast time. Lewis Waters produced a massive PB in the boy’s 200m breaststroke to take the silver medal, and this was followed with silver medals for Cameron Brown and Megan Allison in the 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle respectively. Cerys Coley then produced another excellent swim to win gold in the women’s youth 100m breaststroke and Tristan Cuer followed up with his second medal of the meet to win bronze in the men’s youth 100m breaststroke. Megan Allison then added to her medal haul winning gold with a fantastic performance in the girls 100m fly and Cameron and Lewis finished the evening in style picking up their second medals of the evenings with excellent performances in the 200m IM and 100m backstroke respectively.

 Day 3:

The success continued on day 3, with William Ryley racing extremely hard to pick up a well deserved bronze in the 1500m freestyle. Paige Simmons then gained her second gold of the championships by winning the girl’s 100m breaststroke. Elizabeth Smith swam an excellent time to take bronze in the women’s 100m fly up against some of the best fly swimmers in Great Britain, and Lewis Waters and Cameron Brown rounded off great individual performances picking up another bronze medal each in the 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle events.

 Many, many other Newport swimmers produced PB swims and made finals, so well done to all who took part!!!

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