Arena League Round 3 2014
Exmouth Swimming & Life Saving society ended 2013 with a fine gala at Weston Super Mare’s Hutton Moor pool in the ‘B’ final of the division 2 western National Arena League.
Swimming against Barry from Wales, Lydney/Cinderford, Ifracombe, Devonport Royals and Oddicombe.
It was a close gala from start to finish with only 3 points separating the top 4 teams after 10 events. The girls u11’s started the next ten events well with the relay team finishing first followed by Heidi Schunck winning the 50m backstroke; this helped the team to joint first with Lydney and Devonport.
Some consistent swimming in the next ten events helped Exmouth into second place behind Lydney. The girls u11’s again gaining maximum points with wins for LilyMay Girvin in the 50m breaststroke and Lizzie Walker in the 50m freestyle. Not to be outdone Jack Moss with a very well timed win in the mens 100m freestyle kept Exmouth in touch with the leaders. The boys u15’s freestyle team also finished first.
With 10 events to go Exmouth were just one point ahead of Ilfracombe. The girls u11s kept up their fine day’s work with yet another win this time in the medley relay.
It was nail biting finish with spectators and club officials working out very quickly what the final two senior relay teams had to do to keep Exmouth in second place. The ladies taking 4th and the men finishing 2nd was enough for Exmouth to stay second and beat Ilfracombe by a single point.
With the final division league table still to be confirmed it is safe to say that Exmouth will have kept their place in division 2 for next season which is a great achievement after being promoted for this season.
Final gala results
1st Lydney/Cinderford 200 points, 2nd Exmouth 177, 3rd Ilfracombe 176, 4th Oddicombe 174, 5th Devonport 161, 6th Barry 148