Sensational Swimming in Louth
Louth Swimming Club hosted the first round of the prestigious National Arena Swimming League, East Midlands Division One gala, at the Meridian Pool on 13th October. Louth were swimming against 5 other teams – Sherwood Colliery, City of Milton Keynes, Lincoln Vulcans “A”, Modernians and Melton Mowbray. Louth had 5 wins, 6 second places and 8 thirds and finished in a very creditable 4th place on the night. From the very first whistle, the tension mounted and the swimming throughout the whole gala, was very thrilling.
The Louth “Swimmer of the Night” accolade without any doubt went to 11 year old Emma Harrop who took part in Louth’s first relay win of the evening. The Girls 9-11 years 4 x 50m Freestyle relay was set under way by Ely Miller in a Pb time and she was followed in by Megan Gilpin, then young Paige Kelly, who got the team into 4th position, but were still a good 3 to 4 seconds behind the 3 teams in front at that point, but enter the pool Emma Harrop, who blasted past the opposition with a strength and determination, that proved unstoppable, bringing the team from 4th to 1st, in the end winning by an impressive 1.5 seconds. Emma was also Louth’s only individual winner during the gala, in the Girls 9-11 years 50m Freestyle. This was an altogether closer battle for Emma, winning by just 1 tenth of a second in the end. The next Relay win went to the Boys 13/u 4 x 50m Medley team of Kieran Young, Tom Harrop, Ivan Koslow and George Hobbins. Kieran Young led off on his favoured Backstroke, gaining a Pb and a County qualifying time (CQT), and got the team into the lead. He was followed in by Emma’s older brother, Tom, on Breaststroke, who increased the lead to 4 seconds. Next in, was Butterfly swimmer Ivan Koslow, increasing the lead even more and the final Freestyle leg was carried out by George Hobbins, who brought home the team with one of the biggest wins of the night, a whopping 7 seconds! The Boys 13/u Freestyle team also had a victory later on in the gala, which was led off by Joshua Wright in a Pb time, also gaining a CQT. He was followed in by Tom Harrop, Kieran Young and George Hobbins, with a winning margin of 3 seconds at the finish.
The boys 15/u Freestyle relay team consisting of Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis, Fin Fox and William McIntyre, were the next Louth team to have a victory. Daniel led off with both a Pb and a CQT and was swiftly followed in by Fin and Sam, but the anchor man William managed to secure a well earned victory of a tiny 1 tenth of a second over the team from Modernians in the next lane.
Second places went to; Tom Harrop in the 13/u 100m Breaststroke event, gaining a huge 6 second Pb and a CQT also; William McIntyre in the 15/u 100m Butterfly; Ivan Koslow in the 13/u 100m Butterfly in a 3 second Pb time and CQT; Girls 13/u Freestyle team – Lily Miller (Pb and CQT), twin sisters, Marie and Sofie Schneider and Emma Maw; Boys 15/u Medley relay team of Fin Fox, Sam Swaby, William McIntyre and Dan Challis. The final event of the night is the Men’s Open age group 6 x 50m Freestyle relay, which is always one of the thrillers of the night. Louth came second in a closely fought out battle between themselves and Sherwood Colliery for that position. The team was led off by Fred Schneider, who got the team into 4th position after his swim. He was followed in by Captain Adam McIntyre maintaining 4th place. Harry Maw was up next and gained a bit more time, but still 4th at the takeover. Next in was Tom Richardson who managed to get Louth into 3rd place and Oliver Petts followed him in with the fastest split time of the team, gaining Louth 2nd place, which Martyn Margarson maintained to the finish.
Third places went to the Girls 13/u Medley team (Marie and Sofie Schneider, Emma Maw, Lily Miller); Jay Clarke Boys 9-11 yrs 50m Backstroke; Lily Miller Girls 13/u 100m Breaststroke; William McIntyre Boys 15/u 100m Backstroke; Alex Swaby Girls Captain Open 100m Backstroke; Emma Maw Girls 13/u 100m Butterfly; Dan Challis Boys 15/u 100m Freestyle; Sam Swaby Boys 15/u 100m Breaststroke.
Other swimmers gaining valuable points for the team but not previously mentioned, are William Thompson, Joseph Vickers, Jevon George-Jones, Katherine Brown, Megan Hodgson, Amber Nuttman, Emily Patch, Sophie Long. Special mention goes to William Kemp who stepped in at the last minute to cover a team illness and to Tom Richardson who came back from university to help out the team and ended up having to swim an event that he would not normally take on, as a result of illness!
Final Positions on the night were as follows – 1st – City of Milton Keynes 222, 2nd – Lincoln Vulcans “A” 208, 3rd– Sherwood Colliery – 199, 4th – Louth 163, 5th – Modernians 154, 6th – Melton Mowbray 99. For a small club, Louth definitely punches way above its weight and gave a very determined performance on the night, against some very stiff competition from much larger clubs. Round 2 will take place in November. Go Louth!