Dawlish Ribbon Gala
Dawlish Leisure Centre - 25 February 2017
The annual Dawlish Ribbon gala gave an opportunity for our younger swimmers to attend a local competition against similar level swimmers from Dawlish, Newton Abbot, Exeter City, Millfield and Paignton. As usual, for quite a few swimmers from the various clubs, this meet was a perfect introduction to the competitive swimming environment. There were a mixture of 25m and 50m races, along with a 100m IM, with the age limit on swimmers set at 12 years old. 21 Exmouth swimmers took part.
In addition to the regular Competitive and Development swimmers, the squad were joined by five members of the club’s Saturday night Learn to Swim section. Daisy Higgins, Daisy Moore, Emelia Jones, and Laila Escott all recorded their first time in the 25m races, and can be proud of their efforts. Daisy Moore came away with 3 ribbons, including a first in the 25m breaststroke, whilst Emelia won the 25m freestyle event. Also swimming over 25m, was C & D swimmer James Mulgrew who put in a great performance to win the 25m breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly, two of which were PBs. Tijana Lis and Stan McCormick both swimming their first galas recorded new times in 50m events.
There was plenty to cheer about amongst the rest of the squad, with PBs a-plenty. For the girls Bethany Browning recorded PBs in all five events that she entered, which included taking over 6 seconds off her 50m fly, and Sophie Brindley repeated the feat of a full house of PBs from her four events. Hannah D’Souza also had a 100% return from the 50m backstroke, breaststroke and fly, whilst there were PBs for both Emily Clayton and Jasmine Pashley. Lucy Humphreys swam a PB of 49.58s in finishing in 3rd place in the 50m breaststroke, and also achieved new fastest times in three other events. Megan Harris came away with three 3rd place ribbons (50m Freestyle, backstroke & breaststroke), however went one place better in the 100m IM. There were good performances from Fin Cotton and Miles Dobel for the boys, who both recorded PBs. This included a 3rd place ribbon for Miles in the 50m backstroke, whilst Ryan Fitzhenry was very close to beating his 50m fly time, just 0.44 of a second off his PB. Luke Crompton came away with 5 places on the night, with 1 gold ribbon and 4 silvers. In winning the 50m freestyle, Luke was clocked at a new PB time of 36.18s, whilst he also swam new fastest times in the 100m IM, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.
In the 12U age group both Grace Gillingham and James Griffin delivered a nap hand with five gold ribbons each. The pair continued the form which they displayed at Newton Abbot the previous weekend and their victories in the 100m IM concluded a wonderful gala for Exmouth. A big thank you to Dawlish Swimming Club for the invitation, and to team mangers Dawn and Lisa, who were assisted by team captains Clara and Reegan.