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March 23, 2017

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Masters swimmers from all over Devon were competing in the Royal Navy Masters event held at the Millfield pool on 12th March 17.
There were many excellent swims and the results can be found here. Royal Navy Masters 16th Open

posted 23 Mar 17

Over the weekend of the 4th & 5th of March,  7  swimmers from Devon travelled to the Welsh National pool in Swansea to complete in the Swim Wales Masters meet.

Well Done Sue Haigh
All seven enjoyed a successful meet, gaining medals in their respective age groups with Sue Haigh setting a new European mark for the 400m freestyle and  British records in the !500m and 800m.

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Ann Humphris             BARNSTAPLE

Womens 50m Freestyle      80-84          1    1:02.17  
Womens 400m Freestyle    80-84  1          10:48.35  
Womens 50m Backstroke   80-84  1          1:16.33  

Darren Beer  CREDITON  

Mens 200m Freestyle          50-54  1          2:27.38  
Mens 200m Breaststroke 50-54     2          2:57.96  
Mens 50m Butterfly 50-54          2     30.29  
Mens 200m Ind. Medley     50-54  2          2:41.53  
Mens 400m Ind. Medley     50-54  1          5:46.24

David Smith  DEVONPORT          

Mens 50m Freestyle            60-64  1          30.78  
Mens 50m Backstroke         60-64  1          36.50  
Mens 50m Breaststroke      60-64  1          37.04  
Mens 50m Butterfly 60-64          1   32.98 

Yvonne Carpenter-Warren      TAVISTOCK

Womens 200m Breaststroke          45-49  2          3:25.05  
Womens 50m Butterfly       45-49          3       44.12  
Womens 200m Ind. Medley           45-49  3          3:21.92 

Susan Haigh     TIVERTON

Womens 200m Freestyle    65-69  1          2:53.64  
Womens 400m Freestyle    65-69  1          5:53.43   EUR & GB
Womens 800m Freestyle    65-69  1          12:04.34  GB
Womens 1500m Freestyle 65-69  1          23:05.87  GB

Judith McGregor-Harper    TIVERTON

Womens 1500m Freestyle 45-49  3          24:40.05 

Margaret Bickley      TOTNES         

Womens 200m Backstroke 65-69  1          3:33.02 
Womens 50m Breaststroke            65-69  1          50.25  
Womens 100m Breaststroke          65-69  1          1:52.18  
Womens 200m Breaststroke          65-69  1          3:49.36  
Womens 200m Ind. Medley           65-69  1          3:42.48

posted 8 Mar 17

CONGRATULATIONS to Simon Veale, the Regional Decathlon winner for 2016. 

Simon Veale
As well as winning the regional award Simon’s score of 6238  placed him fifth in the national event. 

Congratulations also go to Kalon and Levin Veale who both placed in top 10 of the Decathlon.

Finally, Totnes Swimming Club, with a team comprising of Simon, Kalon, Levin and Daniel John placed second nationally in the men's team section of the Decathlon.

Well done to Totnes SC!!

All Masters swimmers please note.
This year all masters will have to have achieved qualifying times which must be recorded in the last 2 years on the British Rankings database in order that they can enter the SC Nationals in Sheffield in October . i.e. it can be long or short course times on either age group or Masters database.
Without these recorded times for your specific events you will be unable to enter Sheffield in October.


Please can all Devon masters swimmers who have not yet done so, sign up to the  ‘Online Membership System’ on the ASA website.
For those of you who have already done this & are listed on the website, please remember to keep the ASA informed (by phone) of any changes to your email address. 


By Sue Haigh

posted 20 Feb 2017

The Devon Masters' swimming team put in a storming performance  at the regional Inter-County event held at Dorchester on 20th November to win back the Regional shield and place a very creditable fifth in the national league.



It is perhaps unfair to highlight individual swims as every member of the team contributed so well to this excellent result with many taking on multiple swims throughout the afternoon.

However nationally we did take many ‘firsts’  Sue Walker in the 65+ freestyle, Simon Veale in the 55+ back & 55+ fly, Heidi Bell West in the 45+ breaststroke and Kalon Veale in the 25+ back and 25+ fly, while Levin Veale was unlucky to miss out on first place in the 18+ back  by 100th of a second .  Sue Walker held on to second place in the 65+ fly and third places were secured by Levin Veale in the 18+ fly and Heidi Bell West 45+ back.

Our  relay teams too, faired very well nationally. The mixed 260+ freestyle team (Bill Leitch Sue Walker Sue Haigh and Terry Windeatt) came home in second place as did the mixed 220+ freestyle relay (Simon Veale Sue Haigh Rebecca Jenkinson and Nigel Travers Griffin) and the mixed 260+ medley relay team (Simon Veale Mags Bickley Bill Letch and Sue Haigh).
And there was a third place for the men's 100+ medley relay team  (Kalon Veale Levin Veale Neal Taylor and Jamie Page)

The whole team deserves congratulations for a magnificent effort in regaining the Regional shield and placing so well in the national competition. 

Team members:
Stuart Baker
Darren beer
Heidi Bell West
Emma Bickley
Jane Bickley
Mags Bickley
Lucy Boyde
Emma Challis
Graham Cridland
Tara Dudley
Sue Haigh
Rebecca Jenkinson
Jodi Le Page
Bill Letch
Katy McCreary
Fiona Mullin 
Christa Page
Jamie Page
Shauna Poole
Neal Taylor
Nigel Travers Griffin
Kalon Veale 
Levin Veale
Simon Veale
Susan Walker
Rob Will
Terry Windeatt

The team’s thanks go to both Jane Easton and Jane Brimacombe  our two travelling officials.


By Sue Haigh

posted 30 Nov 16

Well done

Devon clubs only had a small contingent of swimmers taking part in the recent 2016 British Masters and Senior Long Course National Championships held over 1st-3rd April.

However, those who did travel up to compete in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge pool posted good times and achieved several medal placings.

Totnes swimmer, Emma Challis was unlucky to be edged out of bronze medal position in both the 50m fly and the 50m back by only four one hundredths of a second.

Results from the event are as follows:

Name Club Age Event Place Time
Emma CHALLIS  Totnes         30 100m Backstroke 2 1:12.83  
50m Butterfly 4 31.09  
50m Backstroke 4 33.98  
50m Freestyle 8 29.22  
100m Freestyle 4 1:04.04 
Margaret BICKLEY  Totnes       65 100m Backstroke 3 1:40.49  
200m Breaststroke 2 3:50.43  
100m Breaststroke 2 1:50.23  
50m Backstroke 4 47.88  
200m Backstroke 2 3:37.20  
50m Breaststroke 3 49.13  
Rebecca JENKINSON Tiverton 53 100m Backstroke 3 1:22.04  
100m Breaststroke 3 1:34.63  
50m Backstroke 4 37.47  
50m Freestyle 5 31.03  
100m Freestyle 6 1:12.99 
Yvonne CARPENTER-WARREN Tavistock    48 100m Breaststroke 10 1:31.30  
50m Breaststroke 8 40.88  
Nicola DAWDRY Devonport 37 100m Breaststroke 9 1:44.79  
50m Freestyle 13 36.54  
50m Breaststroke 4 45.48  
100m Freestyle 10 1:27.26  
Rochelle HUGHES Devonport 45 100m Backstroke 8 1:33.55  
50m Butterfly 8 39.29  
50m Freestyle 13 36.57  
Ann HUMPHRIS Barnstaple 79 200m Freestyle 2 4:58.41  
50m Freestyle 1 1:01.44  
400m Freestyle 3 10:19.74  
100m Freestyle 2 2:19.83  

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13 Sep 2015 - Devon Seniors

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Well done to William Letch of Exmouth - winner of the 50 Fly at the National Masters

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posted 17 Nov 2015

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January 2015

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Time running out to submit T-30 entrtry

Not long to go before entries for the 2014/2015 T-30 Masters swimming challenge officially close. The T-30 challenge is a simple concept, determining who can swim the furthest in 30 minutes!
It's open to all adult swimmers living in Great Britain from 18-108 years and you can compete in your local pool as an individual or as part of a team with your friends, family or colleagues.
Individual entries close on 5 February while team entries close on the 12 February.


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Online Membership System launched

Online Membership System launched

Members of ASA affiliated clubs can now register and log in to a dedicated web portal to view and make amendments to their personal details.
The portal allows individual club members to view details of their club membership including ASA membership number, category of membership, club details and officials qualifications.

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Masters Decathlon titles announced

Masters Decathlon titles announced

The Masters Decathlon is a way of determining the rankings of Masters Swimmers over the course of the year, with swimmers being awarded points for their performances at Masters Competitions.
Each swimmer is given an overall score based on their top scores in 10 out of 18 possible events, so be sure to submit your 2015 results for a chance at next year's title.

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2013 results

8 Sep 2013 - Seniors

8 Sep 2013 - Masters

25-27th Oct (National short course) @ Ponds Forge

10-17th Nov 2013 (National ASA Seniors & Masters Inter County competition)


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Well done Devon Masters

SW regional gala

Above - 2013 Devon Masters team who won the South West region Inter County competition at Millfield on 10th Nov

Massive win for Devon

Congratulations to all Devon Masters who continue to train hard and put us in this position. Do we dare dream of winning this next year?? The training begins now!

Good stuff


1 Warwickshire 1699.5
2 Devon 1605.5
3 Hampshire 1604.0
4 Yorkshire 1574.0
5 Middlesex 1488.5
6 Cheshire 1420.0
7 Sussex 1416.0
8 Herts 1236.0
9 Essex 1231.0
10 Dorset 1169.5
11 Worcester County 1127.5
12 Wiltshire 1119.0
13 Gloucs 1096.5
14 N & Durham 1082.0
15 Kent 1079.0
16 Norfolk 1038.0
17 Berks & South Bucks 1002.5
18 Bedfordshire 991.5
19 Surrey 930.0
20 Northamptonshire 880.0
21 Derbyshire 790.5
22 Leicestershire 775.5
23 Somerset 699.5
24 Nottinghamshire 688.0
25 Suffolk 678.0
26 Cumbria 663.5
27 Oxon & North Bucks 636.5
28 Staffordshire 509.0
29 Lincolnshire 442.0
30 Lancashire 353.5


Haigh and Veale lead the way

National Masters 25-27 Oct 2013

Exmouth contingent
Exmouth Swimming Club contingent

A large contingent of Devon Masters swimmers travelled to Sheffield at the end of October to compete in the ASA National Masters and Seniors competition. Held over 3 days at Ponds Forge, around 40 swimmers from Devon clubs: Totnes, Exmouth, Tiverton, Exeter City, Devonport, Crediton, Royal Navy and Honiton all competed. There were impressive performances all round showing the strength and depth of masters swimming within Devon. Simon Veale made headline performances taking gold in 7 out of 8 races he entered in the 55-59yrs age group. Sue Haigh was not far behind with 6 gold medals in the 60-64yrs age group and set two EUROPEAN Records in the 1500m (21.29.00) and 400m (5.21.86). The Totnes 72+ relay team managed the impossible and split the two Loughborough teams to take an amazing silver medal. Many of our swimmers put in top 10 performances.

by Ollie White
posted 12 Nov 13

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Totnes Master

Totnes Masters team - Kalon Veale, Tom Hughes, Daniel John and Levin Veale

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Well done Sue

Sue Haigh

Sue Haigh from Tiverton Swimming Club travelled to Sheffield recently to compete in the British Gas ASA National Masters & Seniors Championships.

Swimming in the 60 -64 age group at the Ponds Forge Complex she won 6 National titles and created two new British and European records.
The records were broken in the 1500m and the 400m freestyle, the first and last races of the weekend.

The 1500m was held on the Friday morning and Haigh’s time of 21:29.00 was nearly 9 seconds inside the existing European record.

On the Sunday afternoon in the 400m freestyle she broke her own British record and sliced 4 seconds from the existing European record completing the distance in 5:21.86.

Haigh’s other titles came in the 100m and 200m Individual Medley, the 50m butterfly and the 200m freestyle.

2012 Results



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Devon County Masters 4th in National Competition


The Devon County Masters team ran out comfortable winners at the 2012 Western Region competition at Millfield. Competing against Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, the team claimed the win for the 7th successive year. There are 4 concurrent galas that take place across the country and times are then combined to give a national position. Devon finished in 4th place, up 3 places from  7th  last year. Highlights included national wins for Simon Veale in the 55yrs+ 50m backstroke, butterfly and freestyle! Ryan Tancock in the 25yrs+ 50m butterfly and freestyle, Rebecca Jenkinson in the 45yrs+ 50m freestyle and the mixed 260yrs+ 4x50 freestyle relay team of Bill letch, David Smith, Sue Haigh and Ann Granthem.

The Team
Tavistock - Gareth Williams, James Lake  Royal Navy -  Ann Granthem, Devonport - Denise Ward, Rob Will, Paul Russel, David Smith Totnes –Ben Winter, Emma Challis, Tom Hughes, Eve Hughes, Simon Veale, Kate Veale, Ritta Bonstow, Neil Roberts, Margaret Bickley  Oddicombe - Neal Taylor  Exeter - Rebecca Jenkinson, Ryan Tancock  Exmouth - Christa Page, Jamie Page, Tara Dudley, Bill Letch, Ross Szender, Sam Lander, Richard Lander, Jonathan Hawkins, Caroline Ball, Heather Fell Crediton - Darren Beer, Emma Power  Tiverton - Sue Haigh, Judith McGregor, Grahan Cridland  Newton Abbot - Shara Shaddick
Officials: Bob Jarman (Newton Abott) & Jane Easton (Exmouth) Team manager: Olly White (Exmouth)

Final National Results
1 Warwickshire 1644.0
2 Yorkshire 1609.0
3 Cheshire 1531.0
4 Devon 1424.5
5 Berks&SBucks 1357.0
6 Essex 1263.5
7 Gloucs 1210.0
8 Hampshire 1205.5
9 Herts 1152.5
10 Norfolk 1133.0
11 Dorset 1057.5
12 N & Durham 1036.5
13 Kent 981.5
14 Wiltshire 891.5
15 Sussex 862.5
16 Bedfordshire 794.5
17 Worcestershire 770.0
18 Ox & N Bucks 764.5
19 Surrey 752.5
20 Derbyshire 729.5
21 Leicestershire 689.0
22 Northamptonshire 679.5
23 Suffolk 679.0
24 Staffordshire 654.0
25 Nottinghamshire 652.5
26 Cornwall 607.0
27 Lancashire 597.0
28 Somerset 525.5



Devon Masters competing in the British Championships in the Manchester Aquatic Centre
amassed a total of 17 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze Individual medals.

The medal haul included Silver medals for the Totnes 160+ mixed 200m medley relay team comprising Kate Veale, Trish Warren, Simon Veale and Neil Roberts who again medalled
with Bronze in the 200m freestyle relay.

Simon Veale (Totnes, 50 - 54) having recently "aged-up" was on form in his events setting three Gold Winning British records in 200 I.M., 400 F/S and 800 F/S with a further Gold in the 200 F/S. He added 2 Silvers to his tally in the 50 and 100 butterfly.

Simon's wife Kate Veale who has also aged-up (Totnes, 40 - 44) set a British record in the final event of the meet by winning Gold in the 50 Backstroke. Her other gold medals were in the 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 B/S and 50 BST, with a silver in the 200 I.M.

Trish Warren (Totnes, 50 - 54), Head Coach to Newton Abbot, who she will be representing in the Masters World Championships being held in San Francisco in August, also made the most of her recent aging up by claiming Gold in the 50 BST, 50 Fly, 200 I.M. and 100 Fly with Silver in 100 BST.
Emma Robinson (Totnes, 18 - 24), primarily a sprinter won Gold in a new P.B. time in the 200 B/S. She also gained a Silver medal in the 50 Fly and Bronze in the 100 Fly and 50 B/S with 4th place in the 50 F/S and 5th place in the 100 F/S.

Newcomer to Masters swimming Tom Hughes (Totnes 18 - 24) gained a creditable 2 Silvers in the 100 and 200 BST and Bronze in the 50 BST.

Neil Roberts (Totnes 45 - 49) put in some P.B. performances to win Bronze in the 100 Fly, 4th place in 200 I.M. and 5th place in the 50 Fly in a fiercely contested agegroup.

Peter Hayward flying the flag for the D.T.'s (45 - 49) gained 4th place in the 400 F/S and 6th place in the 800 F/S producing P.B. times in both events.

Derek Bidgood (Devonport Royal, 70 - 74) who is coached by Archie Brew, managed a ' full set' with Gold in the 1500 F/S, Silver in the 800 F/S and Bronze in the 400 F/S.

Ann Grantham from Plymouth (65 - 69), renowned for her officiating at many of the Devon meets, represented the Royal Navy and produced Gold winning performances in the 50 and 100 F/S events and gained Silver in the 200 F/S, 400 F/S and 50 BST.

Inter County Victory for Devon

The Devon County Masters won the South West Inter-county competition at Bridport on Sunday 21st May 2006.
Despite some swimmers missing, the team proved too strong for the other counties, finishing first for the second year in a row with 174 points. They were 25 points ahead of Dorset with 149points. Somerset had 101, Gloucestershire 100 and Wiltshire 41.

A big thanks to Stephen for organising the team this year and all the officials who helped the gala run smoothly.
June Porter
Plymouth RN/RM Swimming club

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Devon County Masters Kingsbridge Leisure Centre, 7th May

A respectable turnout marked the inaugural use of Kingsbridge's pool for the Annual DCASA Masters competition. The poor lighting and scoreboard location makes it tough for the officials to do their job from the balcony side, but the swimmers enjoyed the pool for swimming. The pool only offers 5 lanes, but they are good and wide. The lower number of lanes increases the number of heats but it does mean a bit more rest in between swims for those entering all five sprint events. ull results can be obtained below by clicking below or via the Competitions menu.

Masters swimmers from Exmouth S.L.S.S traveled to Yeovil on 3rd April to compete in the Masters meet organised by the Royal Navy. A total of 11 gold, 20 silver and 9 bronze medals was enough for the Exmouth team to take the Top visiting team trophy.

In the 19 - 24 age group, Exmouth Dominated. Sally Stewart recorded 5 golds and 3 silvers on her way to the ladies title which she won with ease. Tara Dudly, competing in her first masters event, took third place picking up a gold in the 50m Freestyle along the way. Gemma franks entered fewer events than the other girls but still accumulated enough points to come home 5th and picked up a silver and bronze medal in the Breaststroke events.

Amanda Gulbranson-Brown marked a successful return to pool swimming by
picking up a silver medal in in the womens 30-34 years 100m Breaststroke She also swam well to pick up a bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

The men also had a successful day with Richard Lander leading the charge in the 19 - 24 age group. Lander was in good form and showed his strength by picking up 5 gold medals, 2 silvers and a bronze. This was more than enough points to take the age group title.

Chasing Lander all the way was Adam Tapp who took 3 silvers and a bronze to finish in second place in the age group. Just missing out on the 3rd place was Ross Szender who finished 4th with 3 second place finishes.
Olly White took the age group title in the mens 25 - 29 age group. White took full points scoring advantage by entering every event and despite not taking any golds, seven silver and 3 bronze medals were enough to take the title.

Pete Boxall (35-39) was swimming for the first time in any competition entering the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle. Pete swam well in all 3 but his high level of fitness saw him capatlise in the 200, finishing strongly to take the Bronze Medal.

In the relay events Exmouth were again strong taking the Womens Freestyle and Medley, the Mens Medley and the final event the mixed cannon which saw Exmouth triumph in a close battle with local rivals Launceston.

Final team positions -
1 - Royal Navy (565 points)
2 - Exmouth S.L.S.S (Top visiting team 267 points)
3 - Launceston (242 points)
4 - Wincanton (165 points)
5 - Plymouth RN (139 points)
6 - Gloucester (133 points)
7 - Hants North (103 points)
8 - Isle of Wight (74 points)
9 - Tiverton (70 points)
10 - Chard (66 points)
Top row from left to right
Gemma Franks, Olly White,
Tara Dudley, Rich Lander.
Bottom Row - Ross Szender,
Sally Stewart, Adam Tapp, Amanda Gulbranson-Brown.


Devon Masters 2006
Sunday May 7th at Kingsbridge

A contingent of Devon Masters Swimmers brought home a total of 42 individual medals (25 Gold, 15 Silver & 2 Bronze) from the GB Masters Championships held at Glasgow.

Port of Plymouths Derek Bidgood (70-74yrs) swam in the 400m, 800m & 1500m F/S - winning all of these events. In addition to this, Derek yet again organised all the accommodation arrangements for the Devon Swimmers (Thanks Derek!!!)

Representing the Royal Navy, Anne Grantham won the 50m, 100m, 200m & 400m F/S in her age group and came 2nd in the 800m F/S.

The Totnes contingent managed to bring home a total of 33 individual medals with each of the nine team members winning at least one Gold.
Kate and Simon Veale won a total of 13 medals between them. Kate with three 1st Places in the 50m , 100m & 200m Fly – also taking 2nd place in the 50m Bk, 50m Br, 200m & 400m Individual Medleys.

Competing for the last time in the 45-49yrs age group, Simon Veale took first place in the 50m Fly, 200m & 400m Individual Medleys and also the 400m & 800m F/S. He was also 2nd in the 100m F/S.

Despite reducing her training after becoming the Newton Abbot Coach, Trish Warren won the 50m Br and came 2nd in the 50m Fly and 100m Br.

Open water swimmer Jane Solomon started off the weekend by winning the 1500m F/S – to which she later added the 50m, 100m & 200m Bk. In the other distance events Jane also came 2nd in the 400m F/S and 3rd in the 800m F/S.
Neil Roberts (45-49yrs) had his most successful Championships yet – winning the 100m Fly. He also came 2nd behind Simon in the 200m Individual Medley and 3rd in the 50m Fly.

Gareth Cowell (30-34yrs) won the 100m Br and also came 2nd in the 200m Br & 400m Individual Medley.
Competing in her first Masters event, Emma Robinson (19-24yrs) brought home 6 medals – winning the 50m Fly, 100m Fly and 100m Bk. She also took 2nd place in the 50m Bk, 50m and 100m F/S

Totnes also won medals in the 160yrs+ mixed relay events. The Freestyle team (Neil, Trish, Kate & Simon) took Silver behind Hadrian Masters. This result was reversed when the Medley team (Kate, Gareth, Simon & Trish) took revenge later the same day winning Gold comfortably in the age group and placing 3rd overall in the open category – which earned them a surprise Bronze medal


2005 Results

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World Record for Simon Veale

There were gold medals and records aplenty for Devon’s swimmers at the ASA National Masters short course Championships held in Sheffield.

Simon Veale had an excellent meet setting one world, two European and two British records. Competing in the 45 – 49 years age group Simon set a new World Record in the 400m individual Medley.

He supplemented this achievement with European Records in the 200m Individual Medley and the 800m Freestyle. His British records came in the 200m and 400m Freestyle. Simon’s wife Kate Veale was also loaded down with gold having taken first place in the 100 and 200m Butterfly and the 100, 200 and 400m Individual Medley. Jane Soloman, a fellow Totnes swimmer, won four golds in the 25 – 29years age group in the 800 and 1500m Freestyle and the 50 and 200m Backstroke.

The fourth Totnes swimmer to win gold was Tricia Warren who won the 45 – 49 age group 50m Backstroke. Port of Plymouth’s Derek Bidgood won the 800m Freestyle