Posts from 2017-11-08

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.