Paignton swimmers were at the Plymouth Leander Spring Meet last weekend to welcome in British Summer Time. In all there were 19 squad members participating and it proved to be a very successful two days of competition with lots of medals and PBs. The meet got off to a great start on Saturday with victories for Joe Northstone and Alec Farquharson in the 400IM, a challenge most swimmers avoid! Victories followed for Nathan Apps, Isabella and Morgan Ashford, Iona Farquharson, Finn and Flo Hadley, Harry Joiner and Caitlin Oakden. The girls 10, 11 and 12 year old age groups were particularly competitive so well done to Nicole Cook, Izabelle Dover, Tabitha and Harriette Lewcock among others for their excellent placings.
Sam Alden, Georgie Gill, Megan Kendall and Alexander Worth all set PBs. Good progress toward Regional Times was made with many consideration times and qualifying times recorded. Finn added a QT in 50 Free to his list of regional times. Harriette achieved the QT in 200 Back. Jordan improved his CT in 50 Breaststroke. Iona achieved a CT in 200 Fly. Nicole swam a QT in 50 Back and was, once again within a second of the 200 Back CT. Morgan Ashford improved his Breaststroke times and was within a second of the CTs for both 50m and 100m.
Overall Paignton were 4th in the team points competition just ahead of local rivals Newton Abbot. The boys finished third and the girls were sixth. Flo Hadley posted Paington’s highest female score with 94 points and Alec Farquharson won the award for highest points score at the meet with 187 points.
Particular thanks to poolside helpers: Nicky Joiner, Emily Hadley and Emma Ahsford. Officials helping out were Sue Apps, Celisha Lewcock, Kate Northstone, Jan and Gary Alden.