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Truro take the visiting team honours at the Jersey Open 2008 ...

The final weekend of October 2008 saw the Truro City swimmers having a highly successful weekend in Jersey , competing in the AIB Jersey Tigers Open Meet. After two and a half days of tough competition they claimed the title of top visiting Non-Channel Island club, and two of their swimmers were named top in their age group. Kay De Courcy as top 13yrs old girl and Tom Morcom as top 14yrs old boy. Tom also finished as runner up in the 50m skins event for 14 & under boys after a technicality, while Josie Williams was the winner in the 14 & under girls equivalent.

The team bagged a total of 38 medals during the weekend, with Kay the top recipient with 10 medals, Tom Morcom had a total of 7 and Josie Williams had 5. Kay was only twice out of the top 3 over 12 events for the whole weekend with wins in the 200m & 400m Ind Med and 100m & 200m Breaststroke; silver in the 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle and bronze in the 400m Free and 200m Backstroke. Her successes included 2 new meet records in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke and on a number of occasions she was within half a second of the National Qualifying standard for that event.

Josie Williams was undefeated in the freestyle events during the weekend, winning gold in the 50m, 100m, 200m & 400m events. She also picked up a bronze in the 200m Ind Med, but her best result by far was the last event of the meet, in the 100m freestyle, where she went head to head with Kay to race for 4 lengths of the pool to finish in 1:01.63, a fantastic swim after such a tiring meet.

In the 11yrs age group Molly Townsend claimed two medals, silver in the 400m Ind Med and bronze in the 400m Freestyle. The medley swim gave her a new personal best of 6:46.97, nearly a minute faster than her previous best time.

Back in the 12/13yrs age group, Kelsey Stevenson was the other medal winner, claiming silver in the 50m Backstroke. Unfortunately for Kelsey, this was her only medal of the weekend in an extremely tough age group where she swam her heart out for very little reward.

Truro’s Jersey debutante’s in this age group were Megan Hicks, Anna Phillips, Hannah Davis & Courtney-Lee Reid. For most of these girls it was a first time away experience and they did extremely well in such a competitive age group. The best result for Megan was 10th place in the 100m Backstroke, with Anna & Hannah having best results in the same event of 13th & 14th respectively. As for Courtney-Lee, her best event was the 200m Backstroke with a highest placing of 11th.

In the 14/15yrs age group, Truro’s two swimmers were Meisha Wardman & Jenny De Courcy. Meisha’s best efforts were 4th in both the 100m & 200m Breaststroke while Jenny’s best event was a 6th place in the 100m Butterfly.

For the Boys, 14 year old Tom Morcom led the way with gold in the 200m Butterfly, silver in the 100m Butterfly, 400m Ind Med & 400m Freestyle, and bronze in the 50m & 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. Matthew Trewella came home with 2 bronze medals for the 50m Backstroke & 200m Butterfly in the 12/13yrs age group; Solo Major bagged  silver in the 14/15yrs 200m Breaststroke and a bronze in the 200m Butterfly and was definitely the announcer’s favourite with his unusual Christian name!! Charlie Middleton gained two silver medals in the 200m Butterfly & 200m Backstroke and two bronze medals in the 200m & 400m Ind Med in the same age group. Unfortunately Alastair Cooke did not win any medals as reward for a busy weekend, but his best placing was 12th in the 200m & 400m Freestyle.

In the 16yrs & over age group, all three of Truro’s swimmers picked up medals. Michael Grant had gold for an outstanding swim in the 200m Breaststroke, silver in the 100m Breaststroke and a bronze in the 200m Ind Med. He also became the latest member of Truro City Swimming Club’s “under two minutes club” for his swim in the 200m Freestyle of 1:59.94. In the same age group club captains George Haynes & Jack Middleton collected silver & bronze in the 200m Breaststroke & 200m Backstroke respectively. All in all a very successful weekend.

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