Plymouth Leander and Mount Kelly win 1,500m titles at Devon ASA Championships

PLYMOUTH Leander and Mount Kelly Swimming enjoyed success at the Devon County ASA 1,500m Championships held at the Life Centre.

Leander totally dominated the men’s distance event, winning all the age groups from the 12 year-old section upwards.

Freddie Ashley-Sparks, 17, claimed the overall championship title with a 17:11.04 swim.

Ethan Phillipson was second overall and first in the 15-year-old category in 18:00.46, with club colleague Finn Brokehoven producing an impressive swim to take third and the 13-year-old age group gold with 18:19.85.

Fellow Leander swimmers Berk Emre-Parker, Samuel Stewart and Angelakis Panagiotis also won age group titles.

In the women’s event, there was an eye-catching swim by Mount Kelly’s Emily Forwood, who won the junior and senior titles with a PB time of 18:28.08.

Second place overall and winner of the 14 years’ gold medal was Plymouth Leander’s Niamh Hutchinson, who clocked 18:48.35.

Leander’s Ruby Griffiths was also a gold medal winner in the 13-year-old age group with a time of 19:57.67.

Tavistock’s Thanae Garland-Tsirka and Amy Roberts also produced sub-20 minute swims.

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