Exmouth Swimming & Life Saving Society have had a very successful autumn season; holding their club championships as well as reaching the final of their National Arena League Division and hosting the annual East Devon Christmas Cracker Gala.
The club championships hosted by LED Exmouth was swam over a number of nights starting back in June and finishing with the sprint gala in November. Over this time swimmers have swum all strokes and distances ranging from 1500m to 50m. These has been a huge success with every swimmer in one event or another achieving a personal best time, but most notably several club records have been broken this year, Jasmine Simpson-Currie was the first in the u11’s 1500m freestyle; on the same day Liam Spiller (u16’s) and Ross Warburton (in the u18’s) also broke records. Jasmine and Liam again entered the record books with records in the 800m freestyle whilst George Cornwell-Brown also broke his age group record. Jack Moss broke the 200m freestyle u18’s. Jack, Jasmine, Liam and George broke further age group records in the 200m and 100m IMs, 400m IM and 400m Freestyle (Liam and George) respectively. In the sprints Lily-May Girvin and the girls captain Eve Birrell both broke the 50m freestyle records in their age groups.
The National Arena league was over three different dates and Exmouth swimming in the western Div 3 up first Exmouth swam at the Pyramids at Exeter, swimming against Penzance, North Dorset, Backwell and Wareham and after 50 events narrowly lost out to Penzance by 4 points.
The second gala a trip to Newport Wales and up against Street, Cwmbran, Oddicombe, Backwell and Wareham again and same result another second place to a very strong Street team. This meant that Exmouth had qualified for the divisional finals which was swum at Weston-Super-Mare, up against the best teams in the league, Street, Pontypool, Swansea, Chard, Penzance, Seagulls and Oddicombe, finished a creditable 7th place.
Exmouth rounded off the year by hosting the end of year annual Christmas Cracker, swimming against Honiton and Sid Vale. After competing in an enjoyable and competitive gala Exmouth managed to reclaim their team title from Sid Vale to finish the year on a high; team captains Ross Warburton and Eve Birrell were presented with the trophy by club president Mr Ron Snowshall.