On 23rd, 24th and 25th October seven Exmouth masters swimmers attended the annual national masters’ short course championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The team, accompanied by masters coach Bob Clarke, were Adele Parham, Tara Dudley, Bill letch, Jamie page, Peter Gilpin, Philippa O Grady, and Robert Macey. Over the 3 days there were some excellent results with the team winning eleven medals, including seven gold and four silver, and four British records.
Bill Letch began the meet for the Exmouth team with a British Record and gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley in 3:17.55. Over the weekend Bill won a further four gold medals, one silver, and set another three British records; 1:28.95 in the 100m Butterfly, and beating his own records in the 50m Butterfly (36.64) and 50m Freestyle (31.72).
Phillippa O’Grady was hot on Bill’s heels in the medal table and didn’t keep the team waiting for their second medal winning silver in the 200m Individual Medley in her age group. Phillippa also won silvers in the 100m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley and a gold in the 200m Butterfly.
The Exmouth team also won a gold in the 120+ years 4x200m Freestyle mixed relay where teammates Jamie Page, Adele Parham, Robert Macey, and Tara Dudley swam to a time of 9:42.25.
As well as the medal winning performances there were other notable performances by every member of the team. Adele Parham had three top ten finishes in the 200m Individual Medley, 400m Individual Medley, and 400m Freestyle. Jamie Page had top ten finishes in the 100m and 50m Breaststroke. Peter Gilpin finished in the top ten in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle. Robert Macey also had a top ten position in the 50m Backstroke.
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