Senior men bring home the bronze

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With a mixture of plenty of youth, and others with plenty of experience, Rugby swimmers braved the weather to travel to Coventry for the annual Coventry and District Relays.

Many of the younger swimmers had never raced in a 50m pool before, and some of us were trying to remember the last time we did, (Mrs T was still PM).

Rugby may have only made the medal podium once, but with 32 PBs (short course conversions), one club record, and a couple of near misses, progress is being made.

Medal winning finishes were difficult to come by, as many of the Rugby swimmers were at the younger end of each age range, some of the teams will be in the same age group next year.

The 9 year old boys, Alfie O’Sullivan, Jake Smith, Lucas Marshall, and Adam Wanless, all swam PBs in the freestyle to come 6th, with Adam setting a club record of 39.2 secs.

The 9 girls of Ceri House, Isobel Dunnerdale, Regan Walker and Eve Street again all swam PBs to finish 7th, and 6th (free and Medlay)

The 10/12 Year old boys, Ethan Fletcher, Rhys James, William Dunnerdale and Ethan Walker, all PBd in the freestyle finishing 6th, Rhys and William also PBd in the medlay,7th.

The 10/12 year old girls, Hattie Byrne, Abigail Bolton, Chloe Rimen and Megan Williams, finished 5th and 5th, with three PBs between them.

The 13/14 year old girls struggled against much older and larger swimmers, but Anna Shepherd, Jessica Butterworth, Rachel Madigan and Emily Greenway all competed well, again finishing 6th in both races.

The senior ladies team, swimming for the first time in a number of years thanks to some new recruits, but Karen Bates, Karen Maher, Charlie Beech, and Adele Jolly can be pleased with three PBs between them.

The senior men’s team, (in age order) of Daniel Hartup, Rory Grealy, Ross Turner and Simon Rigg, just missed out on a medal in the medley, despite some fine times, to strong teams.

The highlight of the evening, which saw the Rugby’s version of the Barmy Army in full voice, was the same quartet claiming a bronze in the freestyle relay.

Three sub-26 second splits and real team spirit saw the guys home, as experience fought off a strong challenge from much younger swimmers in full pursuit down the final length.