Round 1 of this year’s Arena League saw us make the long journey across to the East Midland venue of Hucknall Leisure Centre. The majority of the team had swum this league before, but there were team debuts for Christopher Novelli-Cain, Ollie Hughes, Keira Jones, Sonny Goodall, Mitch Boyes, Jude Crofts and Eloise Sneddon. Having spent many of the previous year’s in this league yo-yoing between Division 2 and the Premier Division, hopes were high for a strong team performance, and this is definitely what the team delivered.
The night started excellently with wins in the opening IM races from Lucy and Rob and ended with 2 outstanding team swims in the Women’s and Men’s 6×50 Free Cannon Teams. In the middle of these were a further 11 race victories from Lucy in the Open Back and Free, Rob in the Open Breast and Free, Woody in the 15/u Back, Wil in the Open Fly, Boys 15/u Free team of Woody, Dan, Robert and Joe, Boys Open Medley Team of Tom R, Michael, Wil and Ed and also Eloise in both the 13/u and Open Girls Fly along with the 13/u Free. All these were backed up by an additional 14 top 3 finishes across the age groups, with many pleasing swims coming in relays in all of the age groups.
This really was a strong team showing, as demonstrated by our incredible support throughout and especially in the last set of relays. We placed 3rd on the night, merely 1 point behind Leicester Sharks ‘B’ in 2nd and eventual winners Arnold.
Bring on round 2 in November!!!