Saturday 13th April saw round one of the Junior League 2013 at Stechford, Birmingham. Shrewsbury’s excellent result of winning Division 3 in 2012 meant a promotion to Division 2.
A somewhat disappointing turn out of Shrewsbury swimmers due to holidays and unforeseen circumstances left SASC clearly lacking in numbers, mainly in the nine and ten year old boys age groups, with nine out of fifty one events without any representation from SASC.
Although lacking in numbers Shrewsbury swimmers certainly weren’t lacking in focus, effort, grit and determination and were destined to come away with a good result.
Making their debuts at the Junior League were Harry Rimmer (the only 9 year old boy from SASC) gaining valuable points towards the overall results, along with Alice Gore, Clair Green, Rosa Rafanomezana, Mellisa Pugh, Izzy Doherty and Francesca Gelmetti all determined to do well. Josh Porter like Harry was the only boy in his age group, again scoring much needed points.
Shrewsbury were obviously the strongest team across all of the girls age groups with great swims throughout. Grace Shorrock took on her new role of girl’s junior captain well, supporting all of the girls team, showing experience and maturity.
The boys 11 and 12 year old teams performed solidly, led by Robert Leith. Woody Goodall, aka “the kit-kat kid”, won his 2 length back stroke with the rest of the boys also performing well.
In most relay events Shrewsbury were 1st or 2nd with some exceptional takeovers.
Shrewsbury finally finished fourth overall with 166 gala points, close behind Dove Valley.
With close to 20% of the races without Shrewsbury representation we came away with a fantastic result, standing us in good stead for an exciting round two.
A big thank you to Team Managers Kate and Amy, officials and all supporters.
Well done SASC Junior League Team!
1st Market Harborough 224
2nd Droitwich 181
3rd Dove Valley 172
4th Shrewsbury 166
5th Broadway 141
6th Wellington A 133
Report by Neil