Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Devon County Championships, First Weekend: 17-18 January 2015

The County Championships, which got underway at the Plymouth Life Centre last weekend, brought considerable success for Exeter swimmers.

The first event was 100m freestyle, which saw golds won by Liam White (16+) and Milly Kendall (12), with silvers for Charlotte Emery (12) and Lauren Ramsay (11), and a bronze for Aliyah-Mai Webb (15). More gold arrived via the men's 200m breaststroke, in which the 16+ category produced a win for D. J. Wooldridge with Tom Downs not far behind in bronze.

It was the women's 200m backstroke, late on Saturday, which proved the most lucrative for Exeter. Rosie Kendall (10) took bronze in her first Devons, while Megan Kennedy-Bruyneels (11) and Aliyah dominated their races to win comfortably. Emily Eveling (13) was just edged out into silver, and Rhiannon Loveman (16+) went home with bronze. Best of all was the 12-year-old category, which resulted in one of the closest and most exciting races of the day as Amelia Ashelford touched the wall a fraction before Charlotte, with Milly in bronze ensuring a clean sweep of medals for the club.

Golds also came courtesy of the women's 400m freestyle on Sunday. Megan added to her tally with another win, while Charlotte, having lost by just two-tenths to Milly in the 100m free, beat her by less than a second over 400m. Rebecca Gibbins (14) secured bronze with a strong PB, and Aliyah also won bronze in the 15-year-old age group.

Keiran Tellem (16+) won gold for his category (S9) in two sprints: 50m back and 50m breast. Rebecca took her second bronze of the day for her 50m back; and in 50m breast Charlie Kendall (15) also won bronze, while Warren Barrett (16+) claimed silver. James Wamsley (16+) qualified for the championship final, where he swam strongly to finish 4th.

There was more success in the men's 200m fly, as Luca Riezzo (12) finished third, and Joseph Day (14) second, while in the championship final D. J. won gold and Tom bronze. Having finished the 200m fly not long before, D. J. was back in action for the championship final of the 200m IM, in which he finished third.

Other championship finalists were: Liam for 50m back and 200m IM; Katie Townsend (15) for 50m back; and D. J. for 100m free.

With 30 medals --- including 11 golds --- won by Exeter, this was a strong showing by the club against the best swimmers that the county can offer.

Full results here.

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