Nuneaton Junior League (Diddy League) Round 1 – Saturday 21st April 2012 – Cheslyn Hay

The 3rd weekend in April saw the start of the annual Nuneaton Junior League competition for 9-12yr old. This ‘diddy’ league is a great opportunity for our junior swimmers to shine and race well in a team environment.

And race well they did!! In every race of the night, Shrewsbury swimmers were in the hunt for victories and those all important 6 points. Our first victory didn’t take long to arrive, event 7 courtesy of girls captain Megan Potts in the 12yrs 50m Back, with boys captain Tom Rowley following suit in the next race. Further individual wins came from Harry Bridgeman, Tom R and diddy league debutantes Gemma Hughes, Zac Plant and Orla McCormack, while we notched up 6 relay wins, including the all important gala ending cannon!! Special mention has to go to the 9yr old girls team. Not only did Gemma H win both her individuals and Sophia Motola-Evans win her freestlye, but they teamed up with Laura Walford and Amy Watton to win both of their relays. Well done girls!

The team finished the evening 16 victories, plus a further 19 top 3 finishes, meaning we were 3rd overall. However, this doesn’t reflect the strong team performances across the board and the excellent atmosphere, both amongst the team and from the travelling support! The result puts us mid-table going into round 2, still we a realistic chance of making the final in September and gaining promotion back to league 2. Bring on round 2, again in Cheslyn Hay!

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