Thursday, 5 May 2016

ASA South West Regional Championships, 30 April---2 May

There were 2 wins, 11 medals, and 33 top-10 finishes for Exeter swimmers at the Regional championships in Plymouth over bank holiday weekend. Impressive though these numbers are, they don't tell the whole story of competitive swimming against the best not only in the region, but often in the country and even the world. This was an international meet in all but name, with stars taking part like Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte and national record-holder Ben Proud. Such illustrious company brought out the best in Exeter swimmers, who achieved countless personal bests as they battled against intense opposition.

Leading the way were Ella Farley (16), who took gold in the 200m fly, and club captain Dominic Wooldridge (17+) with gold in 100m fly. Fly proved to be the club's favourite stroke, with Tom Downs (17+) picking up silver and Joe Day (15) bronze over 200m fly, Ella bronze over 100m fly, and Alec White (15) silver in the 50m fly sprint.

After fly, backstroke proved popular with Exeter swimmers, as Katie Townsend (16) claimed bronze in 50m back and doubled up with bronze in 100m back, a fraction behind Aliyah-Mai Webb (16) in silver. Aliyah claimed two more medals in the medley: bronze over 200m, silver over 400m.

There were also top-10 finishes for Tom Price (15), Liam White (17+), Charlie Kendall (16), Andre Orchard (15), and Dayna Riordan (17+).

Attention now turns to the younger age-groups, who will be attempting to outdo their senior teammates at the regional championships in Hengrove and Millfield later this month.