Thursday, August 15, 2013
This year’s Devon ASA open water championships were held at Odicombe and were another success for Exmouth Swimming & Life Saving Society as they defended the team trophy they won last year, write Ian Lang and Glen Currie.
The juniors started first and 18 swimmers took part travelling from all over Devon for the event.
George Cornwell-Brown was the first Exmouth swimmer home, finishing third overall.
The first girl home was Kiera Jordan who just missed out on a medal in fourth place. It was also the first time in an open water competition for Sophie Spiller and Jasmine Simpson-Currie who both completed the course within seconds of each other and were the two youngest swimmers to take part this year.
The seniors started not long after the juniors on their longer course of two laps of 3000m in total and Olly White came home first in the men’s competition keeping the trophy that Cameron Carpenter-Warren won for Exmouth the previous year.
Tara Dudley was not too far behind to finish second in the ladies division. Andy Mcglynn followed shortly after to complete the course in the mens division and help retain the team trophy.
All in all a great days swim by George Cornwell Brown, Henry Cornwell Brown, Joseph Schunck, Aiden Spiller, Katherine Cornwell Brown, Keira Jordan, Eveie McGlynn, Jasmine Simpson Currie, Sophie Spiller, Olly White, Andy Mcglynn, and Tara Dudley.
Two days later the club held its annual Starcross to Exmouth swim. This year was the first time that the swim did not take place from Starcross Jetty with swimmers entering the water from a boat before swimming over a slightly modified course. Twenty-eight swimmers took to the water to swim 1.75mile course with White winning his second title in three days.
He was closely followed by George Cornwell-Brown and fellow channel swimmer Jamie Page in second and third respectively.
In fourth place overall after a very impressive open water debut was Joel Rawe who was also first swimmer home in the junior category, narrowly beating 2012 channel swimmer Tara Dudley who retained her ladies’ championship title. Kiera Jordan won the final trophy coming seventh overall in the junior female category.
Olly White, George Cornwell-Brown, Jamie Page, Joel Rawe, Tara Dudley, Neville King, Kiera Jordan, Liam Spiller, Eve Birrell, Aidan Spiller, Andrew McGlynn, Peter Gilpin, Peter Redbourn, Mark Westaway, Eveie McGlynn, Hedley Saunders, Katherine Cornwell-Brown, Joseph Schunk, Julie Thompson, Virginia Hill, Polly Woodward, Kate Jackson, Ruth Horn, Martin Sprigmore, Katherine Anzuino, and Martin Brown were the swimmers who competed the course (in order of finishing time).
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society would like to thank all those who gave their time to help the swim run smoothly including the RNLI, Exmouth Beach Rescue Club, kayakers and private boat owners without whom the swim would not be able to run.
For full results or more information about swimming in Exmouth go to www.exmouthswimming.org