Devon Championships 3rd weekend
The final weekend of the Devon County Championship saw further successes for Paignton swimmers.
On Saturday, in the men’s 100IM, four swimmers made finals: Nathan Apps came 5th (10/11 years), Finn Hadley came 7th (12 years) and Ed Brown picked up a bronze medal (14 years). Adam Reed made the Championship final and Jordan Hughes swam a strong PB (15 years), narrowly missing out on a place in the final.
In the women’s 200 backstroke, Nicole Cook came 6th in the final (12 years) after a huge PB in the heats, as did Georgie Gill in the 16 years final.
Further places in the finals of the 50 fly were secured by Nathan Apps (7th) Ed Brown (5th) and Jake Adderley (7th). Adam Reed won gold in the 17 and over age group, just missing out in a place in the Championship final. Finn Hadley, Luca Hailey, Sam Alden, Joe Northstone and Jordan Hughes also swam well in this event, most notching up PBs.
The second session on the Saturday was a busy time for the girls breaststrokers, having both 50m and 100m in the same session. Nicole Cook (12), Izzy Baker (12), Amy Hext (13), Megan Kendall (14), Caitlin Oakden (15) and Jess Bickley (16) swam excellent races with Izzy making both finals coming 6th and 7th respectively and Jess Bickley winning both breaststroke events. Success also came in the boys 100m butterfly with Nathan coming 5th in the 10/11 final, Joe Northstone reaching his first Devon’s final coming 8th, Sam Alden achieving a big PB and Adam Reed coming 2nd in the 17 year old final.
On Sunday, the 50 freestyle heats were fast and furious, with every Paignton swimmer in the women’s age groups gaining a PB. Well done to Alice Brown, Isobel Brown, Amy Hext, Georgie Scoot, Amy Best and Jess Bickley. Emma Bickley swam in the Championship final, coming 7th overall.
In the men’s 50 freestyle, Nathan Apps, Finn Hadley, Ed Brown, Adam Reed all made finals, with Adam picking up a silver medal in the 17 and over age groups. George Gibson swam in the Championship final, coming 7th overall. Luca Hailey, Harry Joiner, Jordan Hughes and Jake Adderley also swam in this event, most with PBs.
In the women’s IM, Amy Best came 6th (14 years) Jess Bickley won gold (16 years) and Emma took silver in the Championship final. Isobel Brown and Amy Hext also swam with PBs in this event.
Harry Joiner qualified for the final of the men’s 200 backstroke, with an excellent PB, eventually coming 5th (14 years). Nathan Apps and Angus Graham also clocked up big PBs in this event.
The final session saw Iona Farquharson swimming strongly in the 100 butterfly, with an enormous PB, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. Jess and Emma Bickley also made finals in this event (16 years/Championship), coming 6th and 5th. Well done to all three. A tough event at the end of the Championships.
The last event was the men’s 100 breaststroke where five swimmers made finals. Finn Hadley came 4th (12 years) Ed Brown took silver (14 years), Jake Adderley came 5th (16 years) and George Gibson took silver in the Championship finals. Jordan Hughes also swam with a big PB, in a very tough 15 year age group.