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The National Arena Swimming League - round 1 report

A solid start to the biggest club competition of the season with third place in an eight-team gala at the excellent pool at Newport International Sports Village. Head Coach Simon was still smiling on Sunday. We will be looking to make the top eight overall and so qualify again for the Division 1 final in December. The overall result was very close.

1st

Severnside Tritons

272

2nd

Torfaen Dolphins

264

3rd

Southwold Swimming Club

243

4th

Swim Bournemouth B Team

234

5th

Seagulls

233

6th

Barnstaple

223

7th

Clevedon ASC

194

8th

Dawlish

131

The stars of the show without doubt were our elder girls / ladies. Maria Jones kicked things off in brilliant style, leading out the 200IM and only just missing first place despite a five-second PB. Maria also won the 15&U and Open 100 free races with PBs and came very close (0.11) to breaking the sixty-second barrier for the first time.

The other standout performer was Jessica Shaw, swimming the absolute maximum four relays and three individual races. She enjoyed five first places out of seven and simply looked different class.

Emily Locke was a big part of the relay successes with Maria and Jess as well as swimming a double 100 fly, earning a second place in her age group.

Sister Georgie teamed up with Georgie Lloyd, Morgan Creed and Beth Cox in our loudest team with second and third places in their relays and strong individual performances.

Our youngest girls found the competition tough – not surprising given their comparative size stood on the blocks between some much longer and stronger young ladies. Their vocal support for each other and the rest of Southwold’s swimmers demonstrates great team spirit though.

Our younger boys were generally in the middle of the pack except for a super win in the backstroke by Sam Fry, who along with Daniel Harding swam up in the relays to make up for our lack of numbers in the 13&U age category. James Webb and Arno Turner took on two individual races each, achieving PBs in all four as well as two second places. James also took the club all-time record for 12 year olds in the 100 free.

No one swims harder than Ben Rawlins and Henry Bennett in our 15&U team. They will still be in this age category next season so excelled to gain individual third places.

It was tough campaigning for our men in the Open age category. Warhorse Neil Holloway would certainly have preferred the traditional 100IM distance to the new 200IM he had to swim yet still set a club 19 and over record. Special thanks go to Peter Lewis for returning from university specially to swim for us this weekend.

Times have been loaded on to Hy-Tek already and the full results will be available here 

The second round is 8th November. Look out for details of time and venue as well as team selection in the next couple of weeks.

 

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