Devon County Championship – 2nd weekend
Days 3 and 4 of the Devon County Championship proved to be another successful weekend for Paignton Swimming Club, with a number of swimmers gaining PB’s and making Age Group and Championship Finals. On Saturday, in the men’s 100m backstroke age group finals, Luca Hailey came 5th (13 years), Harry Joiner 7th (14 years) and Adam Reed 8th in the Championship Final. This was quickly followed by the girls 200m breaststroke where Megan Kendall, Caitlin Oakden and Jessica Bickley all gained substantial PB’s, with Megan narrowly missing out on her age group final and Jessica winning gold in the 16 years final. Alec Farquharson swam a massive PB winning him bronze in the 15 years 400IM.
In the second session, the successes continued, with Harriette Lewcock, Alice and Isobel Brown, Georgie Gill and Emma Bickley all swimming in the 200 Free. Harriette came 4th (12 years), Georgie 7th (16 years) and Emma 3rd in another exciting Championship final. In the men’s 50 breaststroke, 9 Paignton swimmers took part. In the finals, Nathan Apps came 4th (10/11 years), Finn Hadley took bronze (12 years), Ed Brown took gold (14 years) Jake Adderley took bronze (16 years) and George Gibson came 5th in the Championship final. Harry Joiner, Alec Farquharson, Jordan Hughes and Adam Reed also swam well, most with further PBs.
Sunday’s first session saw every single Paignton swimmer make the final of their event. Harriette Lewcock took gold in the 100 backstroke, with Isobel Brown coming 7th (12 years), Georgie Gill came 6th (16 years) and Emma Bickley came 3rd in the Championship final. In the 200 breaststroke, Nathan Apps took silver in the 200 breaststroke (10/11 years). As the only 10 year old swimming in the event, this was a huge achievement, with a 7 second PB in the heats , dropping another 8 seconds in the final. Ed Brown took bronze (14 years) and Alec Farquharson came 6th (15 years).
In the second session Finn Hadley, Ed Brown and Adam Reed made age group finals, coming 8th, 4th and 6th respectively. In the women’s 50 fly, Amy Hext gained a 2 second PB, Amy Best swam with a PB to make the final, coming 4th (14 years). Jess Bickley took silver (16 years) as did Emma in the Championship final. A great end to a busy weekend.