Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tiverton Sparkler 2014: Exeter Wins Best Visiting Club!

Alisha, Sarah, Lily and Rebecca with the trophy for Best Visiting Club
In a close-fought contest, Exeter beat Taunton by 2 points to win the trophy for Best Visiting Club at the Tiverton Sparkler on Sunday 2 November. Our swimmers brought home 56 medals, achieving countless personal bests and Devon qualifying times in the process.

The mood was established in 200m fly, the first event of the day, as the girls took two gold medals (Jolie Sellek and Rebecca Gibbins), two silver (Rosie Kendall and Sarah Downs), and a bronze (Honey Drury). There were silvers for Luca Riezzo and Matt Ramsay. Butterfly sprints were just as rewarding: Jolie took silver over 50m, ahead of Amelia Kennedy-Bruyneels with bronze, while Lauren Ramsay won bronze in the next age group. Her brother Matt took gold over 100m, and there were also silvers for Rebecca and Sarah and a bronze for Alisha Singleton.

Fresh from gold medal success in the Exeter Sprints, Rebecca once again dominated her age group, winning in 100m and 200m free and coming 2nd in 200m IM. Matt was another star performer, with further golds in 200m IM and 100m free as well as a silver in 200m free. In addition to her two butterfly medals, Sarah won 200m free, took three silvers (100m free, 100m breast, 200m IM), and claimed bronze in 50m free and 100m back, giving her a grand total of 8 medals. Lily Collins-Board took gold in 200m back and 200m breast, with bronzes for 100m breast and 200m free. Eleanor Brandon just missed double gold in freestyle when she came 1st over 100m and 2nd over 200m.

It was fantastic to see the club's younger swimmers competing so well. Jolie added to her two butterfly medals with bronze in 200m freestyle, a fraction behind Rosie who took silver. Keely Ware secured bronzes in 50m breast and 200m IM, as did Amelia in 50m and 200m back and 200m breast. Lauren took bronze in 200m back and Liam Jordan in 200m breast. In the 11-year-old age groups, Luca claimed silvers in 200m breast and 200m IM, Justine Rannou came second in 100m back, and Annabel Courtney took home bronzes in 100m and 200m breast.

Having been training hard at Crystal Palace during the week, many of the club's older swimmers missed this gala, but there were still medals to be won in the upper age groups. Niamh Gillen struck gold in 100m breast, while Maddie Ross took silvers in 50m free and 100m back, and there were bronzes for Alisha Singleton in 100m and 200m back. Owen Hopwood won silver in 200m back and bronze in 200m free; Adam Edwards and Jessica Curtis took bronze in 200m back; and Abby Gray secured silver in 200m free.

Medals went to Exeter swimmers through all the age categories, and were almost evenly distributed across the strokes. The full set of results can be consulted here.

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