City of Chester Swimming Club

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City of Chester Gains Top Swimming Club in Cheshire West and Chester Region, at North West Regional Swimming Championships

The swimmers in the photo are as follows L to R
Top - Lauren Goodfellow, Jack Edwards, Head Coach Lee Holland, Harry Fleetwood, Hannah Robert
Bottom - Olly Tobin, Simon Ellershaw, Issy Thwaite, Matthew Breen

The first two weekends in June saw 8 City of Chester swimmers travel to Manchester for the North West Regional Championships, the second highest level of domestic competition in Great Britain.

The first weekend saw every swimmer achieve new lifetime best times. Simon Ellershaw made the final of the boys 200m butterfly in an improvement of 6 seconds from his previous best. Harry Fleetwood and Olly Tobin swam big times in the 100m freestyle with Harry narrowly missing a spot in the 12 years final. The boys relay team of Simon, Olly, Harry with the addition of Matt Breen had 3 great swims with their top finish being 7th in another new best time each.

Chester's new rising star Issy Thwaite came up against her big opposition on a national level and, having never won a regional medal before, won 3 golds in the 12 years age group. In the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and the 400m freestyle. Two of these swims in times that rank her number 1 in her age group in GB. Issy is now top seed for the upcoming British Champs in July in Sheffield.

The second weekend saw the turn of the girls relay teams as Lauren Goodfellow, Lucy Davies, Hannah Roberts and Issy Thwaite continued their best times haul as each race surpassed previous bests and the girls best finish was 7th in the 4x100 medley team.

Simon Ellershaw again competed in 2 new best times in 100m butterfly and also 400 medley and came agonisingly close to making the finals in both.

Issy Thwaite's winning streak continued over the second weekend and surprised even herself winning a further 3 golds in the 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and the 200m medley events. Issy even made the final in her weakest event, 200m breaststroke, in which she finished 4th.

These combined results saw City of Chester finish in the top 15 clubs in the whole of the North West a huge improvement on last season and finished as the top club in the Cheshire West and Chester area.

Chief Coach Lee Holland is delighted with the results and the way the season is going so far but is very excited and optimistic that the club will continue to rise in stature over the coming seasons to challenge as the leading competitive programme in Cheshire.

City of Chester are also looking for potential sponsors for both team and individuals and if anyone would be interested please contact Lee Holland on