Medals galore for Exmouth swimmers

PUBLISHED: 15:29 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 10 June 2010

MASTERS swimmers from Exmouth Swimming and Lifesaving Society have again returned from Sheffield with a record haul of medals from the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships, writes Ian lang. Fifteen swimmers and their supporters travelle

MASTERS swimmers from Exmouth Swimming and Lifesaving Society have again returned from Sheffield with a record haul of medals from the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships, writes Ian lang.

Fifteen swimmers and their supporters travelled with coach Bob Clarke for the event and they returned home with a marvellous haul of three gold, six silver, and seven bronze medals in three days of top flight competition at Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool.

The Women's 72+ relay team claimed silver and bronze in the freestyle and medley relay events, respectively.

Caroline Ball, Tara Dudley and Libby Kathro were defending champions for both relays and British record holders for the freestyle.

Faye Burrow stepped into the team and all four performed admirably, winning silver and bronze medals.

Individually, the girls also had a very successful meet. Caroline Ball (18-24) won three gold medals, in the 100 and 50 backstroke and in the 100 individual medley.

Tara Dudley showed her class in the freestyle events, finishing third in the 100, 200 and 400 metre events.

Libby Kathro also competed individually to swim to a very respectable seventh place in the 200 backstroke.

Louise Kathro set personal bests in what proved to be a very competitive age group. She swam into four very credible top 10 finishes in the 100 freestyle and IM, and 50 freestyle and breaststroke.

The men also had a successful meet, with Adam Tapp smashing the club record for the 1500 metres freestyle by over a minute to claim fifth place. Ian Lang also swam the 1500 to claim a credible sixth place some way behind Tapp and set a new personal standard in the 100 metres freestyle later in the meet.

Ross Szender missed out on the club record in the 200 IM by one hundredth of a second, but still claimed a bronze medal, whilst he also swam to a new club record in the 100 metres butterfly.

Sprinter Sam Lander swam some fast times over the shorter freestyle and backstroke events, swimming to fourth in the 100 metres backstroke and fifth in the 50. Jonathan Hawkins (18-24) got the reward he deserved for his training by clocking a 1.10.03 in the 100m breaststroke and 31.65 in the 50; placing him fifth and ninth, respectively.


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