Swimming: Severnside Tritons youngster wins seven medals at South West Championships

Gazette Series: Severnside Tritons Olivia Butler (centre) and Delphi Evans (right) on the podium with their medals after the 800m freestyle race Severnside Tritons Olivia Butler (centre) and Delphi Evans (right) on the podium with their medals after the 800m freestyle race

SEVERNSIDE Tritons swimmer Olivia Butler won three golds, one silver and three bronze medals at the recent ASA Age Group (11-14) South West Swimming Championships.

The 11-year-old is a Year 6 pupil at Blue Coat Primary School in Wotton-under-Edge.

The Championships were held over two weekends at Millfield School in Somerset and at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre in Bristol.

Butler’s first gold medal came in the most gruelling event, the 800m freestyle, where after lying second for most of the race behind Harriet Watts of Yeovil she found additional reserves and in the final stages overhauled the race leader to claim top spot.

Another Severnside swimmer, 11-year-old Delphi Evans of Castle School Thornbury also had a fantastic swim in this race, coming third to win the bronze medal.

The following day Butler won a silver medal in a close fought 200m butterfly race, being narrowly beaten by Charlotte Emery of Wellington.

The next weekend the racing switched from Millfield to Hengrove and Butler again triumphed, winning gold in the 400m freestyle race and the 400m Individual Medley races, pushing Polly Painter of Millfield School into second place on both occasions, as well as bronze medals in the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle events.

Many other swimmers from Severnside Tritons qualified for the South West Championships including Caitlin Lynam, Zoe Owen, Natalie Walsh, Alex Butler, Charlotte Frost and Jessica Part.

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