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November 2, 2016

Squad 2016


The Devon Team were pleased to put the long coach journey behind them when they arrived in Chesterfield at around 5.30 pm on the Saturday evening.  Once allocated their rooms and after a brief period of 'down time' the team gathered in the dining room for their evening meal. After this had been demolished, a full  team meeting followed, with our county president Mr Derek Wyatt presenting the new Devon Team member pin badges to all those who had been selected to swim for their County.  In the team there were also five ‘veterans’  Lauren Hession, Aliyah Mai Webb, Ben Staig Tom Downs and Ollie Taverner, who  received their full  County caps having swum for Devon for three years.  The team captains Aliyah Mai Webb and Ben Staig were also announced and introduced to the team.

After the presentations the Head coach  Greg King (Mount Kelly) and assistant coach Lindsay Powell ( Exeter)  gave a team talk which was designed to make sure that everyone realised that they could, if they all worked together, get the promotion we were looking for. 

On Sunday an early breakfast set the team up for their efforts later in the day.
The warm up in the Ponds Forge pool may have been the first time that some of the younger team members had swum in a complex of this size.

The parade of County captains commenced at 11.30 with Devon’s captains carrying the county banner around poolside. Immediately after this the racing began with the two divisions racing in separate pools.

For those who have not competed in this event with the size of the complex, the noise and excitement of 40 teams screaming encouragement to their teammates it is quite daunting.

Throughout the competition there were many  PBs  and notable swims by members of the  Devon team.
Our first maximum score came with a textbook swim by the team captain Ben Staig in the 16/17 100m back. Ollie Taverner repeated the process in the 14/15 100m breaststroke and then both joined in with strong swims in their age group medley relays. Ben, Andy Paige, Tom Downs and Harry Turner in the 16/17 age group and  Harry Noble, Ollie, Reid Jones and Eddie Maddocks  14/15 age group with both teams claiming first place and maximum points.

There was disappointment with a DQ in the girls 12/13 medley relay but as coach King said when looking at their split times, the individual swims in this relay were fast. So, the effort was evident but perhaps the excitement of the moment took over.

Flora Perkin posted a fantastic 1.17.08 in the 12/13 100m breaststroke reducing her PB by more than four seconds and Ella Farley, Charlotte Emery, Luca Riezzo, Jack Aldridge and Sam Arrowsmith also reduced to their personal bests by considerable margins.

By the end of the programme we were in a comfortable position points wise but in the last event the mixed age 6 x 50m  relay team increased their efforts and in an exciting race and were only just pipped into second place by the eventual Division 2 winners, Scotland West. Throughout the event everyone put in an amazing effort and in the end this was enough to ensure their promotion to Division 1 in 2017.
The behaviour and demeanour of the team were excellent throughout the weekend and it was a pleasure to be associated with such a focused and motivated group of young people.

By Sue Haigh

12/13 yrs
Jack Aldridge       Tiverton 
Sam Arrowsmith         Tiverton  
Amelia Ashelford     Exeter
Emily Bradford        Dawlish
Charlotte Emery     Exeter  
Amelie Goodrum     Dawlish
David O’Loughlin    Plymouth Leander
India Martin       Barnstaple  
Flora Perkin      Newton Abbot    
Luca Riezzo         Exeter   

14/15 yrs
Olivia Burrow     Exeter
Kaylee Dekker      Mount Kelly
Reid Jones         Dinnaton PB
Ed Maddocks         Mount Kelly 
Jacob Newcombe  Mount Kelly
Harry Noble      Devonport
 Andy Paige         Mount Kelly   
Ollie Taverner     Mount Kelly
Sydney Wood     Plymouth Leander 

16/17 yrs
Tom Downs           Exeter
Ella Farley               Dawlish
Lauren Hession       Mount Kelly
Ollie Palmer            Exeter
Abi Rawlings          Mount Kelly  
Ben Staig                Mount Kelly
Holly Taylor            Mount Kelly  
Harry Turner           Mount Kelly  
Aliyah Mai Webb      Exeter 


posted 1 Nov 2016

Well Done to the Devon County Squad

Winners division 2

The Devon County team put the disappointment of missing out on promotion for the last few years behind them in style and stormed to an impressive victory in the second division on the National Inter county team championships.

After a rocky start to the weekend with motorway closures extending the journey there was no looking back. After the routine post evening meal meeting and badge giving to those who were competing for the first and third times for the county, Head coach Jo John of Exeter and assistant Greg King (Mount Kelly) gave a team talk which left the swimmers with only one thing on their minds, promotion. It certainly sunk in and the whole team were raring to go the next morning and after arriving at the pool they were ready to get a feel for the waters of Ponds forge. Not many swimmers get a chance to swim at such a large venue when it is packed to the rafters with such a great atmosphere and every member of the team thrived and produced for the team.

The parade of captains commenced at 11.30 with Devon’s captains Will Luckham-Down and Dani Baker carrying the county banner around poolside. Soon after the racing began, and it did so in style. Megan Bowen and Louis Gautier got the team off to a great start in the 16/17yrs 100 freestyle events, but it was events three and four when Devon climbed into the top 4 for the first time and from that point forward never looked back. Andrea Todorovic won the 12/13yrs 100 BR in 1.14.29 and was followed soon after by a second placed finish for Oliver Tavener in the boy’s event in 1.10.14. The strong performances continued to flow for the 12/13 age group with Lauren Hession finishing third in the 100f/c (1.00.53), Tegan Drew took first in the 100bk in 1.04.08 and Oscar Brain was second in the boys with a time of 1.03.81.

In the 14/15 age group James Wamsley raced to 1.09.77 in the 100 BR which gained him a third place finish and Finn Linton swam a time of 1.00.75 in the 100bk for second. For the girls Anita McArtney placed 3rd in the 100 free in 58.59. Devon finished the first half strong with the boys 14/15yrs 4x50 IM relay. The team of Finn, James, Tom Downs and Taku Chaza finished in 1.52.86 to take the maximum 20 points and leave Devon in second place, close behind Dorset but with the top five split by less than 20 points the team needed to push on.

Winners division 2

The second half turned out to be even stronger as the swimmers stepped up more and more knowing what they were fighting for and that every point counted. After a run of consistent swims finishing in the top half of the field Jade Stocker produced a third place finish in the 16/17 girls 100 BR in 1.12.52 and Devon took the lead.

Going into the final set of relays it was still all to play for but after two seconds and a first the team couldn’t be caught with only the final event to swim. The girls 16/17 4x50IM team kicked this off, Dani, Jade, Leah Picillo and Megan finished second in 1.59.90. Oscar and Oliver then teamed up with Tom Brew and Matt Ramsey to win the 12/13 4x50IM relay in style with a time of 1.59.49. Then to secure victory and promotion the 14/15yrs girls 4x50IM team of Emily Cutler, Christy Gold, Jess Sanders-Wyatt and Anita finished second in a time of 2.02.46.

This left the cannon team with what in swimming in as close you get to as a lap of honour. The team of Taku, Oscar, Lauren, Anita, Megan and Will still raced strong but safe to finish in 6th place with an anchor leg of 24.07 from the male team captain.
The team then picked up the trophy from the ASA president and posed for a number of selfies before embarking on the long trip home. Congratulations to all swimmers who contributed to the county success this year on behalf of all the team staff.

Full team (2014)

Boys: Oscar Brain, Oliver Tavener, Tom Brew, Matt Ramsey, Adam Davies, Finn Linton, James Wamsley, Tom Downs, Taku Chaza, Louis Gautier, Will Luckham-Down, Donovan McAntagart  Joe Crispin
Girls: Andrea Todorovic, Tegan Drew, Lauren Hession, Aliyah-Mai Webb, Anita McArtney, Emily Cutler, Christy Gold, Jess Sanders-Wyatt, Megan Bowen, Dani Baker, Leah Picillo, Jade Stocker.

By Kate Veale

posted 9 Nov 14

Well done Devon



Jess Twose and Laker Wong Devon captains 2013


Inter County Championships report

The weekend of the 19th-20th October 2013 saw a team of Devon’s best swimmers head to Sheffield to compete in the annual Inter-county competition. The team travelled up on the Saturday using a long journey on the coach to get to know each other and team spirits were high on arrival.

After the evening meal at the Sandpiper hotel this years head coach Matt Cross, along with assistant Greg King gave the swimmers a motivational talk to prepare them for fast swimming. As if they needed it, you could see they were all ready to go. This year saw 16 first time representatives of the county, all these swimmers received a county badge from President Phil Whiting. Two members of the team also received their full county badge, given for third appearances. These were Louis Gautier and Georgia Cotterill.

It was an early start for a Sunday morning but the team arrived at the pool looking very smart in their county T-shirt and hoodies. After a quick photo opportunity, the team headed inside and for many of them this was a new experience. With over 1100 swimmers filling Ponds Forge the atmosphere was buzzing even before warm up had started. After a good warm up in the competition pool the team changed into racing suits and got ready for the opening ceremony.

First cap and full capped swimmers

1st  County cap

Tom Harrison
Milly Furneaux
Taku Chaza
Myles Pilage
Edd Lee
Nick Glasson
Emma England
Tegan Drew
Katie Townsend
Rebecca Anderson
Matthew Seabrook
Oliver Palmer
Fred Fearnley
Jenny Grace
Emily Abraham
Katie Holland

Full caps

Louis Gautier
Georgia Cotterill

This year’s captains Jess Twose and Laker Wong carried the Devon banner with pride as loyal servants to the team in their final year. There were amongst 39 other teams taking part, 20 in division 1 and 19 in division 2. After narrowly missing out on promotion in 2012, the Devon team were looking to put in a strong performance in Division 2 and gain promotion this year. 

Racing got underway and from the start you could see the standard of competition coming through as the best swimmers in the country raced hard to gain points for their country across both pools. Chloe Barrow got the ball rolling for Devon with a 1st place finish in the Girls 14/15 100m fly in a strong time of 1.02.06. The 12/13 age group proved strong this year with both Emma England and Taku Chaza picking up maximum points in the 100 f/c in times of 58.56 and 56.79 respectively.

With two strong results from the relay teams Devon made the halfway stage in 6th place in a very close competition. The girls 12/13 4x50IM team of Tegan Drew, Emily Abraham, Katie Townsend and Emma England placed 3rd in 2.06.04 and the boys 14/15 4x50IM team matched this result in the following event again taking 3rd. The team was made up of Myles Pillage, Nick Glasson, Edward Lee and Fred Fearnley.

After a small break to catch a breath, for the coaches more than anything, racing got back underway. The second half was always going to be strong for Devon and it proved to be. Myles Pillage swam to 3rd in the boys 14/15 100f/c and 6th in the 100bk in 54.48 and 1.01.48 respectively. Taku Chaza also doubled up adding to his earlier win with a 5th place in the 100fly in 1.03.52. Tegan Drew won her 12/13 100bk in an outstanding swim of 1.04.05 and Milly Furneaux came home strong to take second in the girls 16/17 100br in 1.11.08.

Laker Wong showed his experience at this competition and did his job for the team as captain picking up 19 points for a second place finish in the 16/17yrs 100br in 1.07.06. Going into the last set of relays Devon were joint on points for 4th place with Leics, but with a 3rd from the 14/15yrs girls team of Georgia Cotterill, Millie Price, Chloe Barrow and Rebecca Anderson and a 4th place from the 12/13yr boys team of Tom Harrison, Matt Seabrook, Taku Chaza and Oliver Palmer the team went into the final event 6 points clear in 4th place.

The 6x50f/c team made up of one boy and one girl from each age group swam an excellent race to finish third but was unfortunately disqualified for a technical infringement at the start. However a highlight of the final event was Will Amey’s anchor leg, bring the team home in 23.76 which was the second fastest relay split in the second division. Due to not scoring any points in this final event the team finished 5th on a total of 438 points, narrowly missing out on the final promotion place to Cumbria on 449.

With 11 short course Pb’s and Emily Abrahams massive 5.1second improvement this only served to ignite the passion of all the swimmers and they will be back again next year stronger and faster to have another crack at going one better.

Thanks goes out to all the swimmers who behaved impeccably for the duration of the weekend and represented their county with real dignity, as well as all the support staff that attended the weekend and made it possible to run.

Kate Veale

Devon squad 2013
2013 Devon Squad

Devon County Swimming Team 2013

Tom Harrison - Kelly College
Chloe Barrow - Kelly College
Louis Gautier - Kingsbridge K
Milly Furneax - Kelly College
Taku Chaza - Kelly College
Laker Wong - Kelly College
Alicia Rios Wilks - Paignton
Katie Holland - Barnstaple
Myles Pillage - P/L
Edd Lee - P/L
Nick Glasson - P/L
Emma England - P/L
Tegan Drew - P/L
William Amey - Newton Abbot
Georgia Cotterill - Exeter
George Fearnley - Exeter
Katie Townsend - Exeter
Millie Price - Exeter
Rebecca Anderson - Exeter
Matthew Seabrook - Newton Abbot
Jess Twose - Newton Abbot
Oliver Palmer - Newton Abbot
Fred Fearnley - Exeter
Jenny Grace - Kingsbridge
Emily Abraham - Tiverton

Another great year for Devon swimmers.

We managed to smash numerous pbs , especially considering how hard it is to swim fast this early on in the season. We were unlucky to miss out on being promoted to division 1 by one race – however our fighting spirit and determination will be carried onto next  year where (fingers crossed) we will make it into division 1.

The support to one and another shown by the swimmers was one to be acknowledged alongside the efficiency and support of all the Devon coaches and managers.

It has been a pleasure to swim for Devon now for 6 years and an honour to represent Devon as ladies captain for my last year. I wish all the swimmers the best of luck for next year.

Jess Twose Team Captain 2013

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Devon County Swimming Team 2012

On the 21st October the county age group team competed in Division 2 at Ponds Forge Sheffield in the British Gas ASA National County Team Championships, With Robin Francis as boys coach and Emma Collings as girls coach the county team raised their game and produced some fast swimming with top results.

Devons maximum points winners in 1st place were Josh Gunn 12/13 100m back 1.03.41 and the boys 12/13 medley team, Josh Gunn, James Wamsley, Thomas Downs and William Klinkenberg 1.59.98. 3rd placed finishers were Thomas Downs 12/13 100m fly 1.04.93 and the girls 14/15 medley team, Georgia Cotterill, Elizabeth Watmore, Leah Picillo and Megan Bowen, 2.03.83.

Devon finished 5th overall only 12 points of off promotion into Division 1. Well done to the whole team.

Full results can be found on the ASA website.

Devon county team

2012 Team Captains Amy Cole and Ryan Rogers

Leah Picillio

Nikita Ivanov

Georgia Cotterill

Louis Gautier

Cara Layden

James Wamsley

Chloe Barrow

William Klinkenberg

Elizabeth Coomes

George Fearnley

Megan Bowen

Elliot Randall

Jess Twose

Laker Wong

Sally Carter

Oliver Willis

Alicia Rios Wilks

Josh Gunn

Jess Sanders Wyatt

Willam Amey

Beth Watmore

Thomas Fannon

Christy Gold

Thomas Downs