Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving society had a busy weekend at the start of a new season with two galas. First up was a four-club gala held at Crediton, writes Ian Lang.
A great turn out and a great result, swimming against the host club Crediton with Honiton and county visitors Minehead also attending.
In all 63 races were swum from 50m individual races to medley and freestyle relays.
Exmouth were always in the lead and opened up a seven point gap after 19 races which extended to nine points after 40 events and with a very strong finish ended up winning by 17 points from Minehead.
It was a good introduction to galas for some of the newer swimmers at the club who have not yet experienced being part of a team at a gala, it was a good start to the season with some promising performances. Special thanks to all the helpers who go unmentioned but without their help there would be no swimming.
There was no rest for a large amount of swimmers with an early start in Exeter the next day for Exeter’s annual sprint meet at Pyramids.
Fifty-metre swims in all disciplines plus 100m individual medley was the programme for the day.
Swimmers from all over the southwest attended from as far as Bristol to St Ives with nearly 200 swimmers in total attending.
Joshua Smith started the day off with a fifth place finish in the 100m IM whilst Joseph Bollington was eighth.
Henry Cornwell-Brown came home 10th in his age group, George Cornwell-Brown seventh, Lilymay Girvin fifth and Katherine Cornwell-Brown was 10th.
In the 50m backstroke Lily-May Girvin was eighth followed by Heidi Schunck in ninth in the same age group. Katherine Cornwell-Brown 10th, Liam Jordan fourth, Joshua Smith fifth, and George Cornwell-Brown sixth were the highest placed Exmouth swimmers.
Next it was the 50m breaststroke and Callum Rowcliffe was ninth. Henry Cornwell-Brown had another top ten finish, this time sixth wholst Aidan Spiller finished eighth.
Liam Jordan picked up a fine bronze medal in the 9u’s. In the 11u’s Joseph Bollington was sixth. In the girls section Lily-May Girvin finished third and Sophie Spiller sixth in their respective age groups.
The 50m fly was the next event and Lily-May Girvin bagged another bronze , Jasmine Simpson-Currie finished 10th, Katherine Cornwell-Brown finished ninth in their age groups. The boys followed and Jack Sidgwick was seventh, Henry Cornwell-Brown seventh and George Cornwell-Brown seventh but Joshua Smith went one better and finished sixth.
The final event of the day was the 50m freestyle Callum Rowcliffe was fifth, Jack Sidgwick eighth, Aidan Spiller fifth, George Cornwell-Brown sixth, Joshua Smith seventh, Joseph Bollington eighth and the girls Lily-May Girvin fourth and Sophie Spiller 10th.
There were several more good swims from newer swimmers swimming at a gala for the first time and all swam well showing the potential this squad has for the future.