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11th Tiverton Sparkler Meet

At dawn on November 5th Wellington swimmers gathered at Tiverton pool and first warm-ups completed, the competition began.  Ali and Bryony got the day off to a "flying" start, all 200m of it, taking the top two places in their age group, the first time either had swum the event in competition.

From then on the day continued to bring success after success.  Bryony, Ben, Rohan and Russell all took top spot in their respective 100IM events, the first three achieving PBs as did Mia.  Ben didn't slow down, taking six seconds off the time he swam at Plymouth only a month ago inthe 200m backstroke and Russell followed suit with a similar improvementin his PB.

Next up came the 50m freestyle, with Lydia, Bryony, Lucy,Mia, Evan, Owen, Sam and Rohan achieving some big PBs.  Owen came soclose to dipping under 27 seconds, missing out by only five hundredths of a second due to a misjudgement on the turn.  That barrier surely hasto be broken very soon.

Ali, Ben and Rusell kept the good news coming with more medals and PBs in the 200m breaststroke and were joined in the next event, 100mfreestyle, by Bryony, Mia, Evan and Sam, all seven improving their times.  Barely pausing for breath Ben and Russell repeated their success in the 200m freestyle and were joined in the medals by Rohan.

Evan was then back in the pool with another PB in 100m breaststroke, followed by Ali and Charlotte repeating the feat in 100m backstroke.

The last event of the day, when most people were starting to feel quite exhausted, was 100m fly.  Ben dug deep in his last swim of the day, finally climbing out of the pool with nothing left to offer but a huge grin having won another gold medal.

In total the swimmers achieved 31 PBs and won 14 gold medals, 7 silvers and 1 bronze, not forgetting two goody-bags won in the "hot heats".

All the swimmers worked very hard over the course of a long day and their results were thoroughly deserved.  Well done too to Seren and Lucas, both attending their first open meet.  And finally congratulations to Russell for capping the day's events by winning the "Top Boy" award.

South West Winter Championships

Over the same weekend that many swimmers were competing at Tiverton, Farran and Charlotte E were swimming in the 15 and under age group at the South West Winter Championships.

Charlotte took second place in the 200m butterfly event, third place in the 200m breaststroke, 200IM and 400m freestyle and fourth in the 400IM and 200m freestyle events.

Farran was 8th in the 200m breaststroke, 14th in the 100m breaststroke and 19th in 50m breaststroke.

Presentation Evening and AGM

Our presentation evening and AGM is being held on Saturday 18th November 2017 at Oake village hall from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.

Food will be provided and there will be a disco, but please bring your own drinks.

Entry will be £5 per person, or £15 for a family of four or more.

Christmas Break

Our Christmas break this year will be from 23rd December until 1st January.

There may be coached sessions available on 28th and 29th December.  Details to follow.

Arena League Round 1

Some excellent performances in the first round of the Arena League at Horfield saw the club finish in fifth position on 177 points, placing us twelfth overall in Division 2 of the Western League.

Good to see that we were one of the only two teams in the Horfield gala who had no disqualifications.  Keep it up!

We should be back at Horfield for the next round on 11th November, though some confusion over the results for Chard swimming club may result in a change of venue if the draw for the second round needs to be done again.

Farran chosen to represent Somerset county team

Farran has been chosen to represent Somerset at the Nationa County Team Championships at Pond's Forge in Sheffield on 8th October.

The full team is listed on the Somerset ASA website

Well done Farran!

Farran and Charlotte swimming at ASA National Summer Meet

Farran and Charlotte E were both invited to swim at the ASA National summer meet at the start of August.

Charlotte came 4th in the 200m butterfly having been in the medals for most of the race.  She also came 7th in the 400IM and 10th in 200m freestyle.

Farran took 9th place in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

George swims in the Henley Classic 2.1km race

The Henley Classic is a 2.1km race swum upstream over the regatta course starting at dawn.  Georgia completed her swim in 34 minutes 12 seconds, taking 86th place (of 776 competitors) overall and 21st place in the Female category despite being one of the youngest competitors in the field.

Georgia swims the "Castle 2 Castle" open water race

On 4th June Georgia took part in the "Castle 2 Castle" open water sea swim between Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and St Mawes Castle, a distance of one mile (sixty-four lengths for those who prefer to do their swimming indoors, though sea swims often end up longer than the stated distance thanks to tides and waves).  Georgia was one of the youngest of the 250 entrants as  the race is limited to swimmers at least fourteen years old.

She finished the race in a time of 29 minutes 58 seconds to take second place in the women's under 18 category and give her fourth place overall in the women's standings.  Her time also saw her ranked 18th out of all the competitors taking part.  An outstanding result.

She is now hoping for further success later this month in the "Henley Classic", a 2.1km upstream swim in the River Thames starting at dawn.

Congratulations to Regional qualifiers

Well done to Ben A, Farran, Ali, Charlotte E, Owen, Rohan and Bryony on qualifying for the 2017 South West Regionals  Good luck to everyone!