SWIMMING: Clubs enjoy more success at Devon County ASA Championships

Dinnaton’s Devon County ASA Championship squad

DARTMOOR Darts’ Hollie Steer was named top female swimmer after the final weekend of the Devon County ASA Championships.

The 17-year-old had won five senior titles on the opening two weekends and she added to that by claiming the women’s 100m butterfly gold with a 1:03.43 swim at Plymouth’s Life Centre. She also added a silver medal in the 100m freestyle.

Club colleague Joshua Williams claimed five age group golds and two silvers over the three weekends. On the last weekend he added the 13-year-olds’ 100m and 200m breaststroke titles to his collection and also won silver in the 100m IM.

There was also another junior title and county age group record for Cameron Williams in the 100m breaststroke. The 15-year-old clocked 1:04.45. Only Totnes’ 25-year-old Levin Veale managed to go quicker with a 1:04.02 swim.

Jon-Paul Davis was another Dartmoor Darts’ winner on the third weekend. He won gold in the 16-year-olds’ 200m freestyle and took silver in the 100m.

Plymouth Leander’s Samual Ellis continued his dominance in the 14-year-old category. He added to his collection of titles with the 100m IM and 200m freestyle golds. There was also two titles on the third weekend for 13-year-old Finn Broekhoven.

Leander’s Lauren Hession claimed the women’s 100m freestyle crown in 57.72 seconds, while there was also a senior title for Freddie Ashley-Sparks in the 400m freestyle (4:07.36). He also claimed silver in the 200m freestyle.

Among Leander’s other gold medals on the third weekend were Isobel Bryant, Oliver Dennis, Blythe Kinsman, Emily Cornish, Sophie De Groot and James Rostron.

Dinnaton’s Jasmine D’Cunha backed up her impressive first two weekends by adding another gold in the 400m individual medley followed by a bronze in the 100m butterfly.

The 12-year-old, just missed out on medals by coming fourth in the 50m and 100m freestyle events. But she did pick up eight medals in total over the course of the Devon County Championships.

Her team-mate, 16-year-old Cole Haigh collected a silver in the 50m freestyle.

Mount Kelly’s Georgina Dennis showed her class to win the senior women’s 50m freestyle in 26.46 seconds. She also won the skins event.

Club colleague Sam Williamson was again in impressive form. The 15-year-old claimed the junior titles in the 400m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m IM.

Caitlyn Fry, also 15, won the senior and junior titles in the 200m butterfly. She also won junior gold in the 100m butterfly.

Jamie O’Connor, James Wheatley, Drew McGregor, Scarlett Orchard and Sebastian Williams were among Mount Kelly’s other gold medallists.

Devonport Royal’s 15-year-old Aiden Symons-Brown continued his impressive form at the championships. He won golds in the 50m and 200m freestyle events and also took silver in the 100m IM.

Team-mates Isobel Philipson, Stanley Partridge and Ben Suckling also won gold medals while there were also medals for fellow Devonport swimmers  Charlie Lawrence, Lacey Roberts and Finlay Bowden.

Tavistock also enjoyed a good final weekend with Harry Pearse, Orla Maguire, Cara McVeigh and Matt Edwards all picking up medals. Edwards took bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle.

The Devon County ASA Championships will be concluded with the 1,500m events on February 23 and the relays on March 2.

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