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Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club members excel in British Swimming Championships


By Michael Vaughton


Bryn Couser celebrated his 17th birthday in style with a great performance in the British Swimming Championships.

He competed alongside fellow Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club members Dan Chada, Henry Baker, Isabella Renwick and Cira Fletcher in Glasgow.

The event crowns the British champions and is also Team GB’s selection meet for the World Championships, European Juniors, European Youth Olympic Festival, World Juniors and World University Games.

And with some of the biggest names in British swimming taking to the water, including Adam Peaty, James Guy, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Freya Anderson, qualifying for the events in a huge deal.

Birthday boy Couser came 36th in the junior category and 61st in the open category of the men’s 100m breaststroke with his third-best long-course time of 1min 8.55sec.

Dan Chada, left, and Bryn Couser (9328951)
Dan Chada, left, and Bryn Couser (9328951)

And he dug deep to finish as the 18th-fastest junior in Britain and 33rd overall in the 200m breaststroke with a personal best of 2.25.25.

Renwick and Fletcher battled it out in the 50m breaststroke alongside 50 of the country’s top racers, including Commonwealth champion and event winner Sarah Vasey.

Renwick was 28th in the junior category and 45th overall with a long-course PB of 34.30, while Fletcher was 21st in the transition category (23rd overall) with 33.21.

Chada delivered an excellent long-course PB of 59.92 to place 28th in the juniors and 55th overall in the men’s 100m backstroke.

Baker swam his second-fastest long course men’s 100m freestyle race as he came 27th in the junior section and 55th overall.

He followed that with another great effort in the 50m freestyle as he took 28th place in the juniors and 58th overall with 24.75.

Meanwhile, Herts and Essex High School pupil Eleanor Mason and PE teacher Lizzie Bellinger are set to compete in the International Triathlon Union Aquathlon World Championships tomorrow (May 2).

They have been selected to represent Team GB in their respective age groups – Mason in the 16-19s and Bellinger in the 40-44s – after fantastic performances in the 2018 National Aquathlon Championships.

The races in Pontevedra in northern Spain will consist of a 1km open water swim and a 5km run. The pair, who are sponsored by Plexus, have been training hard for the event.

Eleanor Mason (9328949)
Eleanor Mason (9328949)

In addition to her regular training programme with BSSC and Bishop’s Stortford Running Club, Mason’s preparations included the Herts County Championships, where she qualified to swim the 100m and 200m butterfly in the upcoming East Region Championships.

Mason, who is studying for her GCSEs, also took part in the Herts Cross Country Championships and qualified to represent her county in the national Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.

Bellinger, who is one of the fastest swimmers in the world in her age category, warmed up for the Spanish trip with a recent win in the Basildon Aquathlon.



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