National Arena Swimming League 2013 – Round 1 – Rugby

This year’s Arena League got under way with our first round being staged at Rugby, with SASC being the host.  Having been demoted last year, hopes were high for a strong performance by the team.  And perform as a team our swimmers did.
Right from the off, our team were the strongest supporters both poolside and in the stands.  And right from the off we excelled with Issy Lester winning the Open Girls 200m IM in a new PB also.  Our team gained 10 new PBs in individual races, along with 10 race victories.  The other victories came from Gemma H in the 11/u 50m Free, Lucy Armitage in the 11/u girls 50m Fly and Breast, plus the 11/u Girls Free team of Lucy A, Tasha D, Sophia M-E and Gemma H.  Also Tom Horswood in the Open Mens 100m Back with a unique and legal finish to his race!!!!  Finally, Woody in the 11/u Boys 50m Back, Lucy F in the 15/u 100m Free and a double from Ellie in the 15/u and Open Girls 100m Breast.  A further 20 top 3 finishes across all age groups helped us finish in a strong second position on the night, leaving us in 5th place in the league table after round 1.

Special mention must go to Ed Saxon for finishing his 100m back race for the team despite cutting his feet badly on the wall on the first turn of his race!!! Tough guy!

The whole team did the Club proud both in the pool and on the poolside so let’s bring on the next round and continue the tough racing!!  Well done to all!!

Overall results are as follows:

Mansfield                       217 points
SHREWSBURY            196 POINTS
Wyre Forest                  181 points
Leicester Sharks ‘B’      167 points
Oldbury                         156 points
Flitwick Dolphins           129 points