Leander, Mount Kelly, Dinnaton and Dartmoor Darts claims titles on second weekend of South West Championships

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Finn Broekhoven, Blythe Kinsman and Ruby Griffiths and Dinnaton’s Jasmine D’Cunha were multi gold medallists on the second weekend of the South West Regional Swimming Championships.

The first weekend had seen the older age swimmers compete at Plymouth’s Life Centre, but it was the turn of under-14s and 1,500m competitors at Bristol’s Hengrove Leisure Centre.

Kinsman and Broekhoven both picked up four individual golds. Kinsman’s came in the 11/12 year-old girls’ 50m and 100m breaststroke, 200m IM and 100m backstroke.

Broekhoven won the 13 year-old boys’ 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle and 100m backstroke. He also took silver in the 50m backstroke.

Club colleague Griffiths won the 13 year-old girls’ 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly.

Dinnaton’s D’Cunha (pictured) picked up golds in the 13 year-old girls’ 50m and 100m breaststroke events. It was the second year running she had claimed a breaststroke double at the championships. She was part of a six-strong Dinnaton squad that went to Bristol, alongside Gemma Bennett, Isla Pollock, Megan Harris, Madison Oman and Mille Tout.

There were also titles for Leander’s Aidan Watts, Mount Kelly’s Jamie O’Connor, Millie Dixon and Tymofii Chemeryk and Dartmoor Darts’ Joshua Williams.

Watts won the 13 year-old boys’ 50m butterfly and also picked up a silver in the 50m back.

O’Connor took the honours in the 14 years’ 50m breaststroke, while Chemeryk won the 15 year-old boys’ 1,500m and Dixon triumphed in the 11/12 year-old girls’ 1,500m and also took silver in the 400m.

Dartmoor’s Williams won the 13 year-old boy’s 200m butterfly.

There were also medals for Leander’s Panagiotis Angelakis, Henrique Mascarenhas, Niamh Hutchinson, Claire Huellou, Samuel Ellis and Isobel Bryant, Mount Kelly’s James Wheatley, Isis van der Stroom, Esm Sherriff, Cristian Iosip and Arun Oelkers and Tavistock’s Samuel Rice.

The age group championships will continue this weekend at Millfield School.

Meanwhile, Ben Proud continued his good 50m freestyle form at the second leg of FINA’s inaugural Champions Swim Series, which was held in Budapest.

Having won gold in the opening leg in China, Proud repeated that feat in Hungary with 21.52 second swim. He edged out Brazil’s World Championship silver medallist Bruno Fratus for the win.

“It felt great to race against three very fast guys,” said Proud. “It really pushes you and you want to make sure you get all the tiny details right.”

The reigning 50m butterfly world champion returned to the pool on the same evening to finish fourth in that event.

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