Thursday, 10 April 2014

Weekend Round-Up: Plymouth, Millfield, Sheffield

Exeter swimmers were competing across the country last weekend. Many of the senior swimmers made the trip to Sheffield for one of the toughest long-course galas of the year. Against powerful competition they performed exceptionally well, achieving personal bests and, in some cases, qualifying times for the national championships which will be held in the same pool this summer. Dominic Wooldridge dominated the 15-and-over butterfly events, winning the treble with gold over 50m, 100m and 200m. Emily Eveling (12) took medley double-gold over 200m and 400m, with a bronze in 200m freestyle. There was also a bronze for Aliyah-Mai Webb (13) in the 400m IM, while Katie Townsend (14, 50m back), Elliot Svensson (10, 50m fly), Olivia Passmore (11, 50m breast) and Liam White (15, 50m back) all came back from Yorkshire with silvers.

At the Devon Sprints, Victoria Bishop (16) was the star performer, with gold in each of her four 50m races. Hannah Guest (14) took silver in 50m breast.

The Three Towers long-course gala at Millfield gave the club's younger swimmers some hard competition against leading clubs in the region, but with 29 top-three finishes they featured prominently throughout. The Exeter medals were divided between 8 swimmers: Olivia Annunziata (12yo: 1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), Grace James (11yo: 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), Justine Rannou (10yo: 3 silver, 1 bronze), Milly Rawles (11yo: 2 silver, 2 bronze), Rebecca Gibbins (12yo: 2 gold, 1 bronze), Luca Riezzo (10yo: 3 silver), Tea Jones (12 yo: 1 gold, 1 silver), and Amelia Ashelford (10yo: 2 gold, 1 bronze).

The Devon Interclub this coming weekend will mark the end of the county age-group championships, after which attention will turn to the club's jointly-organised Cobexe May meet at Hengrove and the Western Counties competitions.

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