Devon County Masters Team 2018
Shelagh RatcliffeAdam Reed
Rob WillThe Devon County Masters put in a brilliant team performance to win the Regional round of the National Inter-County event at Millfield on 18th November.
The team pulled out a series of excellent swims when competing against masters from Gloucestershire, Somerset, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset.
No one was able to cruise home in their races, as times achieved on the day by individual swimmers and relay teams were collated to produce the final national result. And the quality of the Devon team was emphasised by the fact that two of its younger swimmers set new British Masters records; Niamh Robinson in the 50m breaststroke and Tegan Drew in the 50m back.
When the National results were announced it was revealed that Devon had achieved an outstanding place in the National table. It may be invidious to mention individual swimmers especially as with the 10 year age bands, many swimmers were competing against far younger competitors. However the Devon team did have their fare share of national podium places.
Swimmers managing to take number one spot in their events were: Tegan Drew in the 18yrs + free and back, Niamh Robinson in the 18yrs+ breaststroke, Levin Veale in the 18yrs + back and Kalon Veale in the 25yrs + back.
Second place positions were gained by Emma Bickley in the 18yrs + fly, Warren Barrett in the 25 yrs + fly and Sue Haigh in the 65yrs + fly and free.
Third-place positions were taken by Adam Reed in the 18yrs + fly, Levin Veale in the 18yrs + breaststroke, Rebecca Jenkinson in the 55yrs + back and Shelagh Ratcliffe 65yrs + breaststroke.
Once again Bill Letch achieved a top ten place, despite competing against swimmers thirteen years younger than himself and he was joined by other top ten achievers, Nigel Travers-Griffin, Terry Windeatt, Simon Veale, Kitty Hollingsworth, Rob Will, Alex McCrae James Dawe, Fiona Mullen, Graham Cridland and Emma Challis.
Our relay teams also put in some amazing performances with first place going to the men’s 100+ medley relay (Kalon Veale Levin Veale Warren Barrett James Dawe), the women’s 100+ medley relay (Emma Challis Niamh Robinson Emma Bickley Cara Deasy), the mixed 72+ medley relay (Tegan Drew Niamh Robinson Emma Bickley Ellie Marquardt), the men’s 72+ medley relay ( Kalon Veale Levin Veale Adam Reed James Dawe), the mixed 260+ freestyle relay (Bill Letch Rebecca Jenkinson Sue Walker Simon Veale ) the women’s 72+ freestyle relay ( Tegan Drew Niamh Robinson Emma Bickley Ellie Marquardt) the men’s 72+ freestyle relay (James Dawe Joel Kight Levin Veale Adam Reed ) and the mixed 280+ freestyle relay (Shelagh Ratcliffe Terry Windeatt Sue Walker Bill Letch)
Second place position was taken by the 100+ men’s freestyle relay (Joel Knight Kalon Veale Levin Veale Warren Barrett) and the men’s 140+ freestyle relay ( Tom Hughes Nigel Travers-Griffin Warren Barrett Kalon Veale )
All in all it was a fantastic performance from a very strong Devon team.
The team’s grateful thanks go to our two travelling officials Karen Adams and Gareth Cowell.