Crediton Gala and Exeter SC Open Meet 2013
Exmouth Swimming & Life Saving society had a busy weekend at the start of a new season with two galas. First up was a 4 club gala held at Crediton.
A great turn out and a great result, swimming against the host club Crediton with Honiton and county visitors Minehead also attending. 63 races were swum from 50m individual races to medley and freestyle relays. Exmouth were always in the lead and opened up a 7 point gap after 19 races which extended to 9 points after 40 events and with a very strong finish ended up winning by 17 points from Minehead.
It was a good introduction to galas for some of the newer swimmers at the club who have not yet experienced being part of a team at a gala, it was a good start to the season with some promising performances. Special thanks to all the helpers who go unmentioned but without their help there would be no swimming.
There was no rest for a large amount of swimmers with an early start in Exeter the next day for Exeter’s annual sprint meet at Pyramids. 50m swims in all disciplines plus 100m individual medley was the programme for the day.
Swimmers from all over the southwest attended from as far as Bristol to St Ives with nearly 200 swimmers in total attending.
Joshua Smith started the day off with 5th in the 100m IM, Joseph Bollington 8th. Henry Cornwell-Brown came home 10th in his age group. George Cornwell-Brown 7th, Lilymay Girvin 5th, and Katherine Cornwell-Brown 10th.
In the 50m backstroke Lily-May Girvin was 8th followed by Heidi Schunck in 9th in the same age group. Katherine Cornwell-Brown 10th, Liam Jordan 4th, Joshua Smith 5th, and George Cornwell-Brown 6th were the highest placed Exmouth swimmers.
Next it was the 50m breaststroke and Callum Rowcliffe was 9th. Henry Cornwell-Brown had another top ten this time 6th, Aidan Spiller finishing 8th. Liam Jordan picked up a fine bronze medal in the 9u’s. In the 11u’s Joseph Bollington was 6th. In the girls section Lily-May Girvin 3rd and Sophie Spiller 6th in their age groups.
50m fly was the next event and Lily-May Girvin another bronze , Jasmine Simpson-Currie finished 10th, Katherine Cornwell-Brown finished 9th in their age groups. The boys followed and Jack Sidgwick was 7th, Henry Cornwell-Brown 7th, George Cornwell-Brown 7th but Joshua Smith went one better and finished 6th.
The final event of the day was the 50m freestyle Callum Rowcliffe was 5th, Jack Sidgwick 8th, Aidan Spiller 5th, George Cornwell-Brown 6th, Joshua Smith 7th, Joseph Bollington 8th and the girls Lily-May Girvin 4th and Sophie Spiller 10th.
There were several more good swims from newer swimmers swimming at a gala for the first time and all swam well showing the potential this squad has for the future.