Dawlish Swimming Club 2017 Devon County A.S.A Championships swimmers
Over three weekends in January, swimmers from Dawlish Swimming Club have been competing at the Devon County A.S.A 2017 Championships at the Life Centre in Plymouth.
19 swimmers from the club competed in 104 heats; they qualified for 7 “super” finals and 63 “age group” finals, producing 114 personal best performances.
As a result 6 swimmers achieved qualifying times for the South West regional championships: Amelie Goodrum, Ella Farley, Emily Bradford, Emily Wareham, Joel Davis and Phoebe Armes.
In addition the following swimmers also obtained regional consideration times: Amelia Kennedy-Bruneels, Isobel Kime and Maizie-May Patrick.
Medals were awarded to: Joel Davis (3 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze), Emily Wareham (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze), Amelie Goodrum (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Ella Farley (1 Gold, 1 Bronze), Emily Bradford (2 Silver, 6 Bronze) and Jack Willis (3 Silver).
This year was a very successful championships for the Dawlish club, which culminated with an epic battle, in the 100m Butterfly event between the 2016 British Championships qualifier, Emily Wareham, and the 2016 English Championships Silver medal winner, Ella Farley.
In the last event of the championships the scene was set when Ella Farley and Emily Wareham qualified as the fastest two swimmers from the heats in the senior championship super final. They were lined up against some of the fastest butterfly swimmers in the country.
From the start it was anyone’s race but over the 4 lengths of the Plymouth Life Centre 25m pool, the Dawlish girls edged ahead, matching each other stroke for stroke. Into the final 10 meters they both took their final breath, with heads down, lungs bursting and perfect finishing technique they hit the timing pads simultaneously. The electronic scoreboard had recorded 64.65 seconds for Wareham and 64.39 seconds for Farley; both girls had set new personal best times; on this occasion the title of senior 100m Butterfly Champion, and gold medal winner was won by Ella Farley.
Dawlish Swimming Club Head Coach, Garry Mitchell, said, “I am very proud of our swimmers’ performances at the county championships, after 4 grueling months of winter training, this is an excellent start to the individual competition season. These achievements are only achieved by the dedication, hard work and motivation, not just by the swimmers but also our excellent team of teachers and coaches, who are fully supported by the club committee and the parents. There are very few sports that start their training sessions at 05:30 in the morning, with swimmers rising before 5am on 3 occasions a week for a 2 hour grind in the pool. We are, of course, very grateful to James Teed, the Teignbridge Leisure Officer and his staff at Dawlish Leisure Centre, for their continued support ensuring the pool is open and rigged for training at that unearthly hour of the day.”
The club is continuing to train hard, with the competition focus briefly switching to the younger members of the club as they prepare for a series of IMPS galas and to defend their 2016 winning title of the East Devon mini league; prior to the South West regional championships in May and the Devon & Cornwall League competition in early summer.
Full results and further information can be found at: www.dawlishswimmingclub.co.uk