East Devon Mini-League Round 1

18 February 2017

On a sunny afternoon, Exmouth made the trip down the A380 to Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, for the first round of the 2017 East Devon Mini-League. The lane draw placed Exmouth in Lane 1, and once the warm up was completed, the Exmouth swimmers were straight into racing mode. First up for Exmouth, was Sophie Spiller in the Under16’s 100IM. Clocking a time of 01:20.81, Sophie came home in third place to register the club’s first points of the meet. Joel Rawe followed in the same event, racing ahead on the final length to finish in first place with a time of 01:10.62. It was a good start for Exmouth.


Unfortunately, due to half-term commitments, there were not enough swimmers to make up a 10U relay team for either the boys or the girls, however the 12U girls made amends finishing second in their race. The team of Amy Jenions, Sophie Raven, Abbie Freeman and Hannah D’Souza recorded a time of 02:46.94.  It wasn’t long before Exmouth tasted victory again, this time in the girls 16U 4 x 50m relay. The team got off to a strong start with Lizzie Walker on the backstroke, Clara Woodhead on breaststroke and Jasmine Simpson Currie on the fly leg. It was down to Sophie Spiller, in her second event of the afternoon to see off the challenge from the Torquay Leander quartet, and ensure that Exmouth got all six points. More good performances were to follow.

In the 12U breaststroke, Sophie Raven came home in second place with a PB of 45.38 seconds. That was followed by Aiden Beacon, who set a new breaststroke PB in the very next race. In the boys 14U backstroke Joe Bollington came home in first place, whilst in the following race Jasmine Simpson-Currie finished second in the girls 16U 50m fly. In the 10U age group, 50m fly there were solid performances from Jasmine Pashley and Matthew King. Jasmine set a new PB with a time of 53.76.

There were notable performances in the 16U backstroke with Sophie Spiller recording victory in the girls race, whilst Josh Smith swam a new PB of 36.67 seconds in his race. A rush of PBs came with Jessie Cooper setting a new PB in the 50m breaststroke, whilst Abbie Freeman and James Griffin swam fastest times in the 50m fly. In her race Abbie was second, whilst James finished strongly to hold off the Newton Abbot swimmer in the adjacent lane and win his race. This left Exmouth in 4th place overall after 30 races. Lily Allen joined in on the PB count with a swim of 32.68, finishing second place, closely behind the Dawlish swimmer in lane 4.  Joel Rawe returned to the pool to win the boys 16U breaststroke with a time of 37.31. Grace Gillingham swam a PB in finishing second place in the 50m freestyle with a time of 34.21, and was followed by James Griffin in the boys race who finished in first place, with a PB of 31.03. Breaststroke specialist Clara Woodhead, was closely beaten by the Dawlish swimmer, finishing in second place, whilst Ethan King recorded a PB in the same event for the 14U boys. The final PB of the afternoon in an individual event came from Lizzie Walker in the 16U freestyle with a time of 33.35s.

The gala closed with another round of relays. The best placing came from the 16U girls team of Jasmine Simpson-Currie, Grace Gillingham, Lizzie Walker and Sophie Spiller. The team came second in their 4 x 50m freestyle race in a time of 2:13.80. There were also lead leg PB’s for both Hannah D’Souza and Aiden Beacon in the 12under 4 x 50m freestyle relays. Overall Exmouth finished in 4th place, with the gala being won by Dawlish, and Torquay and host club Newton Abbot sharing joint 2nd place. Thank you to the hosts, officials and in particular team managers Sarah Jordan & Neville King; our man behind the blocks Martin Sprigmore, and Tracy Simpson-Currie our timekeeper.

Next round will be on Sunday 21st May at Exmouth Leisure Centre

East Devon Mini-League Round 1