** A fabulous weekend at the May meet, thanks to all that attended and helped out, we hope swimmers enjoyed their weekend. We look forward to you joining us next year **

Report - Arena League 2013 - Round 3

Well we knew it would be tough and so it proved. In short, we came 8th in this gala, (although the official result had still not been published at the time of writing this report).  On the bright side, it is a fantastic achievement for a relatively small club from South Gloucestershire to be racing in the final for promotion to the premier division. There are 10 other division 1 clubs who would like to have been there!

Leading us out in the first race, fresh from his return from University, was our very own Jacob Graham. The strength of the opposition was clear when he placed only 7th, although Amy Wilkins earned 5th place in the female 200IM.

Top 3 places were impossible to come by in the individual races. The exception to this was of course captain Jess Shaw, recording our only win of the day in the 15 and under 100 metres backstroke, breaking her own club record in the process.

David Holt also set a club record in the 100 freestyle for 15 year old boys, which saw him finish in 6th place.

The younger swimmers enjoyed the challenge of racing in the long course 50 metre pool, often for the first time ever. The standard was high with both Sam Fry and Dan Harding breaking all-time Southwold club records in the fly and backstroke respectively. However, both still only placed 7th in their races.

Henry Bennett achieved the biggest PB of the day (8 seconds), breaking Jacob Graham’s club record for 13 year old boys in the 50 fly. Henry secured 4th and 5th places in his two races. Maria Jones and Aidan Loughnane also both achieved 4th place finishes.

Emily Locke took over 4 seconds off her best time in the 100 fly. This is a tough race to swim once in a session but Emily showed great strength and endurance to complete it twice in very similar times.

Our strength in depth and team spirit was displayed in the relays. We finished very strongly with third place in both the Open 6x50 freestyle races. There were a number of other 3rd places and the under 15 boys and girls both came second in their freestyle events.

The team’s discipline shone through as no DQs were recorded against us on any relay takeovers, unlike several of our competitors.

Final standings were:

Poole

308

Bodmin

270

Cardiff   B

249

Salisbury

225

Severnside

204

Paignton

191

Bath

179

Southwold

168

We can look forward to next season with real optimism as many of our swimmers will remain in the same age category as they have just competed in. See you in 2014!

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