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Swimming - 21. May 2015.

Davies freestyle record broken four decades on

Credit the Plymouth Herald

MEGAN BOWEN has made a slice of history after beating former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies' school record.

Former Plymouth Leander swimmer Bowen, who now swims for Mount Kelly, broke Davies' 200m freestyle record at the ASA South West Regional Championships at the Life Centre.

Davies' school record stood for around four decades, during which time she won a silver medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics in the 400m individual medley and two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.

Seventeen-year-old Bowen, who switched to Mount Kelly from Leander last summer, broke Davies' record in a time of 2:03:51.

She helped her school to a 38-medal haul, Mount Kelly's best performance at the competition in recent history.

Fifteen Mount Kelly age group records were broken during the competition, seven of them in relay events.

Bowen won a gold medal in the 400m freestyle, with Ben Staig winning gold in the 50m backstroke.

Other gold winners were Julian Chan Quee Lin in the 400m freestyle and 200m fly, Reece Worth in the 200m and 1500m freestyle, Molly Peters in the 200m backstroke and Finn Linton in the 100m backstroke.

Bowen also picked up two silvers in the 200m and 800m freestyle.

Other silver medal winners were: Taku Chaza (50m backstroke), Alex Seymour (400m freestyle, 400m individual medley), Reece Worth (400m freestyle and 200 individual medley), Ben Staig (50m fly and 100m backstroke), Jacob Gibbons (50m and 100m fly), Tom Brew (400m individual medley), Harry Hathaway (400m individual medley), Molly Peters (50m and 100 breaststroke) and Finn Linton (200m backstroke).

Bronze medals were won by Finn Linton (50m backstroke), Harry Hathaway (400m freestyle), Julian Chan Quee Lin (200 individual medley), Dani Baker (100m backstroke), Nina Giudici (200m fly), Jade Stocker (50m and 100m breaststroke), Alex Seymour (200m backstroke) and Michael Alcorn (50m breaststroke).

Bio on Megan Bowen

Megan started her swimming career with a small, local club in Ivybridge -
Dinnaton Swimming Club - at the age of 11.
At the age of 13 under coach
Alan Rooker, Megan won Gold at the British Age Group Nationals in the 200, 400 and 800m freestyle events and also Silver in the 100m free. She retained the 200m free title the following year.

At last year's Youth
Nationals she was part of the 4 woman PL Squad who smashed the British Club
Record in the 4 x 200m freestyle Relay. She joined Mounty Kelly Swimming in
September 2014 when she became a sixth form pupil at Mount Kelly College,
Tavistock. Since joining she has broken the Kelly Swimming Age Group Long
Course records in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, Short Course
records in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 800m freestyle and also the 50m and 200m
freestyle Open Short Course Records plus most recently the 200m free Long
Course Open record.

Both the Long Course and the Short Course Open 200m
free Records were held by former Olympian Sharron Davies and had stood for over three decades! These achievements are down in no small part to theincredible partnership between swimmer and coach, Robin Brew, at Mount Kelly and the fantastic programme that he and his colleagues aredelivering. Megan has her sights clearly set on breaking a few more records and is looking forward to the British Summer Nationals in Sheffield
later this year.

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