2012 Arena League – Rnd 3

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Louth Swimming Club Second Place Stunner!

Louth Swimming Club travelled to Biggleswade again for the final third round of the 2012 National Arena Swimming League, East Midlands Division One. Louth were swimming against 5 other teams – Lincoln Vulcans “A”, Biggleswade, Dereham Otters, Modernians and Worksop Dolphins. Louth had 5 wins, 10 second places and 9 thirds and sensationally finished in a stunning 2nd place on the night, having started the night ranked 3rd. With several swimmers missing on the night, it was a tall order to achieve 3rd place, but to come 2nd was sensational.

The Louth “Swimmer of the Night” accolade was a joint venture, between 15 year old William McIntyre, who had 2 individual wins and the Girls 13/u Freestyle and Medley Relay Teams, who also had 2 wins on the night – Sofie and Marie Schneider, Lily Miller and Emma Maw.

William McIntyre as usual gave 110% in both of his individual 100m swims. Firstly, the 15/u 100m Backstroke, in which William won by 0.7 seconds over his closest rival from Dereham Otters and later on, the 100m Butterfly, which William dominated from start to finish, winning by a huge 5 second margin. William never looked like he was going to be beaten at any time!

The Girls 13/u 4 x 50m Medley relay team started as they meant to go on, in winning form. Led off by Marie Schneider on Backstroke, who got the team off to a good start, she was closely followed by Lily Miller on Breaststroke, who again put in a great swim, to be followed by Emma Maw on Butterfly and at this point the team was in a closely fought 3rd and 4th place battle. Enter the water Sofie Schneider on the last Freestyle leg – she stormed her way through the opposition, coming in 1st, by a very close 0.5 seconds. Nail biting stuff!

The same four girls repeated their performance later on in the evening, in another exciting Freestyle 4 x 50m Relay. Lily Miller led off in a Pb time, followed by Marie Schneider and Emma Maw, who finished the 3rd leg in a line with 2 other surrounding Clubs. Again Sofie Schneider was on anchor leg and she managed to squeeze past the other teams, eventually finishing in 1st place by 1.4 seconds.

The only other Louth winner was 11 year old Emma Harrop on her favoured 50m freestyle event. She managed another Pb time, beating all the other teams by half a second in the end. She was determined not to be beaten and it showed in her strong swim.

Second places went to the Boys 13/u 4 x 50m Medley and Freestyle Relay teams, consisting of Kieran Young, Ivan Koslow, Tom Harrop and Joshua Wright. They showed real tenacity in both events, just missing out on 1st places. Also with two 2nd places, were the Boys 15/u 4 x 50m Medley and Freestyle Teams – Fin Fox, Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis and William McIntyre. The Freestyle relay in particular, was extremely thrilling, just missing out on 1st place by 0.19 of a second at the finish! Tom Harrop set a new Pb time  of about 1 second, in the Boys 13/u 100m Breaststroke event. Amber Nuttman was next to gain a 2nd position in another Pb time, in her Girls 15/u 100m Backstroke event. Kieran Young bagged another Pb on his 2nd placed 13/u 100m Backstroke. Daniel Challis put in another solid performance to gain 2nd in his 15/u 100m Freestyle event. Sofie Schneider came 2nd too in the Girls 13/u 100m Freestyle event, with yet another Pb time.

The final event of the evening is the real showstopper event – the Boys Open 6 x 50m Freestyle Relay. Louth had a thrilling 2nd place, holding off strong opposition from Gala winners, Lincoln Vulcans “A”, by a mere 0.18 of a second! Lead off was Harry Maw, who set the team off to a good strong start. He was followed in by the impressive youngster William McIntyre and then his older brother and Club Boys Captain, Adam McIntyre. Next in and catching all the time was Frederik Schneider. He was followed up by Thomas Richardson, who set the fastest time of the night, who managed to get ahead of the Vulcans swimmer, who had been ahead up to that point. Anchor man Martyn Margarson had the pressurised last leg and fought strongly to hold off the Vulcans swimmer, who was gaining all the time. Thrilling finish!

Third places were numerous and again, these places all helped massively towards the final outcome on the night. 3rd places went to; Girls 9-11 yrs 4 x 50m Freestyle team – Ely Miller, Megan Gilpin, Paige Kelly and Emma Harrop; Ladies Open Medley team – Megan Hodgson, Emily Patch, Alex Swaby and Sofie Schneider; Megan Gilpin – Girls 10/11 years 50m Butterfly; Emma Maw – Girls 13/u 100m Butterfly; Ivan Koslow – Boys 13/u 100m Butterfly; Tom Harrop – Boys 13/u 100m Freestyle; Sam Swaby – Boys 15/u 100m Breaststroke; Alex Swaby – Ladies Open 100m Freestyle and Girls 15/u Medley Relay Team – Megan Hodgson, Amber Nuttman, Katherine Brown and Emily Patch.

Other swimmers gaining valuable points for the team but not previously mentioned, are Jay Clarke, Drew Thompson, Joseph Vickers, Jevon George-Jones and William Kemp. Coaches were full of praise for the swimmers, who definitely punched above their weight in this gala

Final Positions on the night were as follows – 1st – Lincoln Vulcans “A” – 228, 2nd – LOUTH -175, 3rd– Modernians – 174, 4th – Dereham Otters – 162, 5th – Biggleswade – 157, 6th – Worksop Dolphins – 149.

Louth have secured one of their highest finishes in this league as a result of this stunning performance. Happy Christmas everyone!

Sarah Richardson

Team Manager

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