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Street swimmer Brodie Williams clocks best-ever time in age group

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

Street & District Swimming Club’s Brodie Williams produced a sensational display at the Somerset County Championships

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Street & District Swimming Club's Brodie Williams started the Somerset County Swimming Championships with a bang by recording the fastest ever time by a South West swimmer in his age-group.

The 13-year-old Crispin School pupil smashed his personal best in the 200m backstroke by seven seconds to triumph in three age groups – his own, the youth and the open.

Williams also broke the Somerset junior record with his 2mins 8.35secs clocking, beating a time which has stood since 2006, and he is now ranked as the fastest 13-year- old since records began in the West of England.

The Street star had also produced an impressive display in his first event of the championships – the gruelling 1,500m freestyle.

Williams was drawn in the last heat with some of the best swimmers from across the county but recorded a sensational time of 17:06.25 to beat his previous best by more than 40 seconds.

The time, which saw Williams finish third in the open event, also saw him achieve his fourth national qualifying time of the year.

Street & District head coach Paul Ritchie said: "The Somerset County Championships are one of the toughest in the country, and the way Street have performed so far is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all of the coaches, staff and swimmers.

"There have been some amazing swims up and down the club, with all participating giving their all."

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