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Tiverton Sparkler Gala

October 05, 2019

6 of our swimmers took part went to Tiverton on Sunday to take part in the Tiverton Sparkler Gala.  Tiverton always put on a lively and friendly gala with swimmers not only out to improve individual times, but also hoping to win a 'hot heat' a race randonly selected for the winner to land a special prize.  Just what you need to help you swim faster.

Annual Learn To Swim Gala

October 04, 2019

The Society's youngest members have also just had their big event of the year, with the Annual Learn to Swim Gala, for those that attend lessons on a Saturday evening. It was a fantastic event with races ranging from 10 metres upwards.

The majority of the youngest swimmers were participating in their first ever gala, and every swimmer taking part received a medal for their fantastic efforts. A big thank you now, to all those that helped out with the gala.

The society continues to accommodate swimmers of all ages and all abilities and if you would like further information on joining, please refer to our website www.exmouthswimming.org.uk

National County Team Championships 2019

October 05, 2019

David Hill our Head Coach travelled with the Devon Swim Team to Sheffield at the weekend to the National County Championships as part of the coaching team along with Glenn Currie from Exeter and Dan Brew from Plymouth.

The Devon team sucessfully won the Divison One Championshipship taking the title from Yorkshire after a three year reign.  Fantastic result after an exciting day of racing.

Exeter Sprint Meet Sunday 22nd September

September 21, 2019

It is that time of year where the Licensed Open meets come thick and fast in the racing calendar as some of the more experienced swimmers within the junior section, compete at Level 3 Open meet to gain times for County qualifying times for early next year. The annual Exeter Sprints meet was held at the Plymouth Life Centre and was made up of 50 metre races and a 100 IM event. There were a number of podium finishes and County qualifying times achieved by the Exmouth four of Joseph Bollington, Will Senjack, Lily Allen and Bethany Browning.

Will came way with 3 medals and two personal bests as well as achieving the desired County qualifying times in two events. He took first place in the 50metre fly, whilst also finishing on the podium with PB’s in both the 50m back and 50m freestyle. Lily Allen was also amongst the medals in her favoured backstroke with a first place finish, and took home bronze in both the 50m freestyle and butterfly. Joseph was the only Exmouth swimmer to pick up a medal in the breaststroke, but most impressively set a PB in the backstroke whilst gaining silver, to add to the silver from the butterfly and bronze in the IM. Completing the quartet of swimmers , Bethany had a good meet with four PB’s and silver medals from the 100IM, Freestyle and butterfly. Overall Coach David Hill, was very encouraged by the results from his swimmers and the progress that they are making.

Newton Abbot Ribbon Gala 14th September 2019

September 13, 2019

A team of our younger swimmers attended the Newton Abbot Ribbon Gala, and came away feeling mighty proud of their efforts.

With coach David Hill present at Newton abbot Leisure Centre, the five of William Favereaux, Niamh Browning, Lottie Favereaux , Dominic Melhuish and Anna Monk had a great meet with 5 Personal bests and 9 new times recorded. Swimming in her first gala, Lottie had two second places, in the 25 metre butterfly and the 25m breaststroke in addition to her 4 new times. Similar for Niamh, who set a new PB in the 100IM, as well as picking up a silver ribbon for her second place in the 25m butterfly and recording new times in both the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke. Also recording new times was Anna in the 50m breaststroke and 50 m freestyle. In addition Anna also setting a PB in the 50m butterfly and achieved 2nd place in this event. The boys did as equally as well with William taking home 3 silver ribbons from the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 100 IM, with the butterfly being a new PB. Dominic recorded two PB’s in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle, the latter of which was a massive 5 and a half seconds quicker than his previous personal best in that event.

Coach David was very pleased with the efforts, and commented on how well they had done. A massive thank you to Sarah Gillingham for team managing for the afternoon. This is a gala that the club will be looking to take more swimmers to next year, and we are grateful to Newton Abbot Swimming Club for inviting us.

DEVON ASA OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS

September 06, 2019

The Devon County Open Water Championships saw two entrants from Exmouth Swimming & Life Saving Society, with both swimmers coming home with a medal from their respective event. With the initial August swim cancelled due to poor weather, the event was rescheduled for  7th September, and moved to Teignmouth from the original venue of Exmouth.

The conditions were perfect with the sun out and a relatively flat sea. The adults had a 3km course, whilst the Juniors raced over 1500 metres.  With 27 swimmers in total for the two events, both sets of swimmers set off at the same from a buoy just off Teignmouth Pier. There was strong competition in the Junior race with Jack Willis of Exeter the first boy home in the 1500m, whilst Felicity Lamont-Tuckett, also of Exeter was the first girl home. Lily Allen, Exmouth’s sole representative in the Junior category was competing in her first Open Water event, finished a very respectable second in a time of just over 20 minutes, to claim the silver medal.

In the men’s 3km race, Exmouth’s Mark Ashton was second home to Steve Clarke of Exeter City.  Despite low in numbers, it was great that both Exmouth swimmers achieved podium finishes. The overall team trophy was won by Exeter.

A special mention must go to ES&LSS members Alison Browning, Lisa Schunck and Ian Lang who were responsible for ensuring the event went ahead and was safely managed. No doubt after a couple of years of no Devon ASA Open Water competition, this event will grow in strength after a successful return to the Open Water calendar.

Exmouth Masters Swimmers at South West Region Masters Championships

September 29, 2018

Four swimmers from Exmouth Masters travelled to Weston Super Mare on Sunday to compete in the Swim England South West Region Masters Championships.

Everyone did really well. Peter Gilpin broke the Welsh Record in the 50m Freestyle in a time of 29.67.

Ian Lang just back from swimming marathon distance swims in the Lake District quickly adjusted to short course and achieved times which will put him in a good position for the National Masters Championships at the end of October. The highlight being a 2:50.80 in the 200m breaststroke.

Louise Kathro beat her target times to win her age group in the 50, 100, and 200m freestyle events and is also looking forward to the Nationals at the end of October.

Bill Letch swam impressively as ever winning his four events; when these times had been age adjusted Bill was the fastest swimmer at the meet in all four events. The points gained from these swims place Bill in the top ten of this year’s men’s National Decathlon Competition.

Bright performances at Tiverton Sparkler from C & D swimmers

September 29, 2018

Five juniors from the Club’s Competitive and Development section attended the Tiverton Sparkler Open meet. Chasing County and regional qualifying times, the swimmers did really well, coming away with 9 personal bests and 5 medals.

The youngest Exmouth swimmer, William Senjack took gold in the 9 and under 100 metres backstroke in a time that was a new club record for his age group. A similar feat was also achieved by Grace Gillingham, who took gold in the same event and beat the club record that had stood since 1997. Grace also recorded a new club record in the 50 metres freestyle, and achieved a personal best and first place finish in the 200 metres breaststroke. Lily Allen came away with gold and silver in the 200metres and 100 metres backstroke respectively, the latter of which was swam exactly to her personal best time. She also improved her time in the 50 metres freestyle.

Whilst unlucky not to finish amongst the medals there were great performances from Megan Harris and Abbie Freeman. Megan had a personal best in both the 100 metres backstroke and 200 metres breaststroke.

Both the Masters and Junior swimmers will be looking to take their form into the forthcoming Club Championships, which will be held throughout October and November at Exmouth Leisure Centre.

Exmouth Swimmers at Devon Masters & Seniors meet

June 30, 2018

On Sunday 1st July, Mark Ashton, Ian Lang and Bill Letch swam in the Devon Masters competition at Plymouth Life Centre. The three masters swimmers were joined by Clara Woodhead swimming in the 16-18 senior competition. This was a busy and fast pace meet with particularly Ian and Clara only getting a few heats rest between their races. All four swimmers had some good swims.

Returning to Plymouth for the third weekend in a row, Clara swam to some personal best times. In the 50m breaststroke she took silver in a personal best time of 38.78 seconds, and took a second breaststroke medal by winning the 100metres in a time of 1:26.31. There was also a pb for Clara in the 100IM and a bronze medal in the 100metres butterfly.  

Ian swam his quickest times in recent years in the 100m and 200m freestyle. Mark concentrated on the swim events and narrowly beat Ian in the 50m freestyle. Bill focused on events he needed to complete his masters decathlon and swam the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle. Thanks to Sarah Woodhead who acted as team manager and made sure we made the quick turnarounds for their races and to Jane Easton who was timekeeping at this event. 

Fun relay gala at Sidmouth

June 30, 2018

The club's Competitive and Development section sent a team to Sidmouth Swimming Pool to compete in a relay gala on Sunday 1st July. Swimming in Lane 5, Exmouth saw opposition from hosts Sid Vale, Honiton, Chard and Crediton. The event was a first ever gala for some of the younger Exmouth swimmers, and they can be proud of their efforts. Age groups ranged from 10 and under, up to 16 and under. In addition to medley, freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke relays, there were a few alternative relays which proved to be fun and great to watch. The relay teams were mixed, so giving the boys and girls chance to swim together as a team. 

The first event was a crescendo relay, with the first swimmer from the 10 and under age group swimming 25 metres. The swimmer's increased in age and distance each leg. The second swimmer completing 50 metres, third swimmer 100 metres and to finish off Bethany Browning had to complete 8 lengths of the pool. The race was one of the closest of the evening , and Exmouth were unlucky to miss out as all five swimmers finished in similar times. The Exmouth time of 4:45.66 was a new time for the club record books with the event never swam before as a mixed age race. Well done to Louis, Lucy, James and Bethany.

Exmouth soon had a couple of wins in the 14 under and 16 under butterfly relays, before the events switched to a golf ball relay. This fun event saw 8 swimmers each swimming 25 metres, with a golf ball in each hand. Well done to our younger swimmers for not dropping the ball on their relay legs.

In the 10 under mixed medley relay, the team of Daniel, Anna, George and Charlotte broke the club record with a new time of 3:35.50. The medley and breaststroke events relays were separated by a T-Shirt relay. Some of the older Exmouth swimmers had been through this drill in previous training sessions. The quickest way to swap T-shirt from one swimmer to another is by linking holding hands, facing each other, and looping the t-shirt from one person to the other. Passing on their tips, the Exmouth team fancied their chances, however were then told that the T-Shirt had to be the right way round and not inside out, when swimming. This required a last minute change in tactics from the team, and they finished a respectable third in that event.

 

The gala finished with frees a Cannon relay, and once the points had been totalled up, Exmouth finished third overall, with hosts Sid Vale finishing on top. Well done to all the swimmers, and in particular the 10 and under age group who were there in mass, so of whom were swimming their first gala. our 10 and under age group swimmers were Ella, William S, William F, Jessie, Tate, Daniel, Evie, Dominic, Lexi, Laila, Ben, Anna, Charlotte, Louis and George.  

Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society would like to thank Sid Vale for the invite to their gala.  

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