BARNSTAPLE Swimming Club member Abi Jeffery went to the ASA South West Youth Championships at Millfield School to compete against the best in the West of England - and came away with the right to swim in the National Youth Championships in Sheffield in Ju
BARNSTAPLE Swimming Club member Abi Jeffery went to the ASA South West Youth Championships at Millfield School to compete against the best in the West of England - and came away with the right to swim in the National Youth Championships in Sheffield in July.Abbi qualified by swimming a lifetime best of 2 min 27.15secs in the heats of the 14/15yrs 200m backstroke. She finished in a creditable fifth place in the final and also gained three more personal best times in other events. A small squad of six Barnstaple swimmers attended this first gala of this year's championships and competed against very strong opposition. Eva Murphy was the club's only other finalist, competing in the 14/15yrs 200m freestyle. Mini-leaguevictoryNORTH Devon youngsters led the way in the second gala of the Devon mini-league swimming competition held in Tiverton.After victory in the opening round, Barnstaple Swimming Club again came out on top, closely followed by Torridgeside SC.Final placings were: 1, Barnstaple 188pts; 2, Torridgeside 155; 3,Crediton 125; 4, Tiverton 115.Barnstaple gained 19 individual event and seven relay wins. Carolyn Edwards, Caitlin O'Malley, Megan Clark and Sam Middlemass were particularly impressive in their solo events with two victories apiece. The boys 12/13 years relay team was in fine form, also gaining two first places. Winners: Carolyn Edwards, open 100m freestyle and open 100m breaststroke; Caitlin O'Malley, open 100m medley and open 100m butterfly; Megan Clark, 14/15yrs 100m backstroke and open 100m backstroke; Lucy Cloke, 14/15yrs 100m breaststroke; Summer Whiteley, 10yrs 50m backstroke; Holly Sherborne, 12/13 yrs 100m backstroke; Hannah Gaunt,11yrs 50m backstroke; Sam Middlemass, open 100m freestyle and open 100m backstroke; Sam Taylor, 10yrs 50m breaststroke; Alex Lane-Beech, 10yrs 50m backstroke; Sam Wordley, 11yrs 50m breaststroke; Will Hutchens, 11yrs 50m butterfly; Ryan Lark, 12/13yrs 100m backstroke;Haydn Lawson, 12/13yrs 100m breaststroke; Cory Lawson, 14/15yrs 100m breaststroke.Relays: girls 14/15yrs medley - Holly Sherborne, Lucy Cloke, Megan Clark and Grace Clark; girls 10 yrs medley - Jessica Surridge, Francesca Payne, Summer Whiteley and Kelly Jeffery;Men's open medley - Cory Lawson, Tony Rutter and Sam Middlemass; boys 12/13yrs medley - Ryan Clark, Haydn Lawson, Ryan Bennett and Joshua Surridge; boys12/13yrs freestyle - Ryan Bennett, Joshua Surridge, Haydn Lawson and Ryan Lark; boys 11yrs freestyle - Sam Taylor, Alex Lane-Beech, Sam Wordley and Will Hutchens; boys 10yrs freestyle - Alex Lane Beech, Jack Cloke,Sam Taylor and Tom Hutchens.Torridgeside had 12 race wins, including individual victories for: Matt Hewis, mens open medley; Emily Batty girls 14/15 yrs 100M butterfly; Hannah Talmage girls 11 yrs 50M butterfly; Tim Yeo boys 11 yrs 50M backstroke; Dan Shapland men's open 100M breaststroke); Charley Boyes boys 10 yrs 50M freestyle; and Emily Risdon girls 10 yrs 50M freestyle.