The National County Championship took place at Ponds Forge Sheffield weekend over the weekend 1st/2nd October.
The Devon Team were excited to take part and start their campaign to regain the title they won in 2019……….and we were putting forward an extremely strong team.
The weekend started early on Saturday morning with the long coach drive to our accommodation for the Saturday night. After supper, with the kit distributed, it was a reasonably early night for all as we had an early start in the morning.
Breakfast was at 07.00 as our warm-up slot was 9.45……. but this was not ideal as racing was not due to start until 1.15!
Devon were competing in Division 1 along with 19 other teams while in Division 2, 17 teams were taking part.
Just before the start of racing, team captains Leah Whittaker and Riccardo Lucarelli represented Devon in the team parade.
During the event, Devon swimmers produced some excellent swims:
In the individual events, Flawia Kamzol gained first place in the girls 14/15 years 100 m butterfly (1.00.02) and later on in the afternoon was just tipped into second place in the 100m freestyle (56.76).
There were also first places for Leah Whittaker (1.00.99) and Matthew Ward (55.37) in the 16/17 years 100m backstroke, Hollie Widdows in the 16/17 100 m butterfly (1.01.20) and Fergus Thomson (57.07) in the 16/17 100 m backstroke.
Erin Little took second place in the 16/17 freestyle (54.98) as did two of our relay teams, the 14/15 years men’s medley team of Fergus Thomson, Stanley Partridge, Johari Masinde and Abduljabar Adama and the women’s 16 /17 years medley team of Leah Whittaker, Claire Heullou, Hollie Widdows and Erin Little.
A special mention must be made of Reuben Murphy, swimming in the boys 12/13 years breaststroke and coming away with an amazing 5 second PB!
Throughout the afternoon there was great team spirit and many excellent swims but unfortunately we had two team DQs which put us further down the results table then we really should have been.
In the end Kent proved to be just too strong for us this year and we settled for a very creditable fourth place.
So, well done and congratulations to the whole team .
ABDULJAMAR ADAMA GABRIELLE IDLE BEAVERS
Lotte Declerck Toby Nakamura Drew
Lily Green Sebastian Grenado
Claire Heullou Anna Huddy
Flawia Kamzol Ellie Kennington
Blythe Kinsman Erin Little
Riccardo Lucarelli Thomas Marshall
Johari Masinde Alex Mason
Reuben Murphy Arun Oelkers
Stanley Partridge Dylan Reeve
Lacey Roberts Lotta Schulze
Charles Simpson Fergus Thomson
Hermance Vellaud Leah Whittaker
Matthew Ward Hollie Widdows
The full results for Division 1 can be found here:
Thank you to those officials who gave up their weekend to support the team: Lynn Rayment, team manager, Alison King technical official and coaches Richard Beard, Rikki Morris and Louis Joyce.
We were also grateful for the support of the Devon County President Jane Brimacombe, and the Vice President Esther Rookes who also travelled with the team..
Devon Team Manager