|Warm up on Saturday lunchtime|
|Emily collecting her gold medal for 200m backstroke|
The women's 200m backstroke was particularly successful for Exeter swimmers. In the 13-year-old category, Aliyah-Mai Webb took bronze, while 11-year-olds Olivia Passmore and Milly Kendall won gold and silver respectively in their age group. Amelia Ashelford delivered a gutsy performance from lane 7 to take silver in the 10-year-olds' final.
|Amelia receiving Jo's congratulations!|
|Milly Kendall and Olivia Passmore win |
silver and gold in 200m backstroke
Not to be outdone, Exeter's men won 11 of the club's 21 medals. Liam White (15) was the star performer in his age group, with golds in 200m IM and 200m breaststroke, and bronze in 100m free, where Freddie Fearnley just pipped him to second place. Freddie's elder brother, George (18), won the 16-and-over category in the same event, and Sam Criddle took silver in the 12-year-olds' final. Sam doubled up with a silver in 200m IM, while Elliot Svensson (10) and Tom Price (12) won bronze in 200m breaststroke. Tom Downs (15) delivered a storming performance to capture gold in 50m backstroke, while special mention should go (again!) to Liam White for being the fastest qualifier from his age group and competing in the Championship final. James Wamsley (15), another over-performer in his age group, was promoted to the Championship final of the 200m breaststroke, where he became junior champion and finished 5th overall. Tom Downs was fastest in his age group for 200m butterfly and qualified for the Championship final. Dominic Wooldridge (18) took silver in 2:08.56 in the Championship final of the 200m butterfly.
This first full weekend of the Devon County Championships delivered not just medals but regional and national qualifying times, and countless personal bests, for Exeter swimmers. With two more weekends to come, these results augur well for a very successful year!