** ENTRY CLOSED - MEET IS FULL!! SOUTHWOLD MAY OPEN MEET WILL TAKE PLACE ON 28TH and 29TH MAY 2022 at GL1 GLOUCESTER **

Southern Junior League - Gala 2 Report

A local trip to Horfield for round 2 seemed preferable to the last outing in Swindon but our 12 and under swimmers came up against some stiff competition again in the form of the mighty Weston and a formidable Bristol Penguins club, who were SJL finalists in 2013. However, we finished strongly to come fourth overall out of seven – very respectable with key swimmers absent due to the half term holiday.

The final results for those of you like me who missed them on the night were:

Weston

264

Penguins

258

Clevedon

221

Southwold

201

Bristol Central

150

Bristol North

102

Wells

88

The strength of our opposition was displayed throughout the individual races. Junior Girls’ Captain Morgan Creed for example improved her best 50 free time by nearly a second to 31.89 yet still only came third.

Josh Holloway, ace breast stroker, secured our only individual win of the evening in the 11 year category. Josh was also needed in the 12 year old race and despite swimming the same time came home sixth, demonstrating how big a step up it is to compete against elder swimmers.

It was especially fantastic to see great performances from our younger swimmers. We completed both 50 fly races safely in the 9 year old group. (In fact there was only one individual DQ for us all evening.) So well done Jack Baker and Jenny Tofts who came third and second respectively. Jenny managed the biggest improvement of the night taking over 6 seconds off her previous best fly time and repeated this feat in the 50 free.

Oliver Thornell also hit a huge new PB with almost 5 seconds off his 50 back time, which is currently faster than his 50 free time. Despite swimming in the 9 year group, Oliver is till only 8 and, like his mate Ben Holloway, was too young to even enter our Open Meet last month. We look forward to seeing them and all our other youngsters achieving many new best times in the club champs early next season.

Finnian Lingham (10) maintained his excellent form of late with second place in both his races, taking over a second off his fly PB in the process.

In terms of the relays, we benefitted from the large number of takeover DQs by our opponents so well done our swimmers for your concentration and discipline. In fact we only had one DQ in 17 relay races.

The 10 year old boys achieved second in both their races while the 11 year olds went one better with second in the free and first in the medley. Nice work from Sam Fry (still only 10!), Josh Holloway, Dan Harding and Jack Boulton. So Josh was involved in both our wins on the evening.

We now have to wait unusually until 13 September for round 3 so keep up that training and fitness over the summer.

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