LOUTH SECURE SECOND PLACE
Louth Swimming Club took part in the 2nd round of the Senior Lincs League at Yarborough Leisure Centre Lincoln on Saturday 07/07/12. Louth went into this gala in 5th position in the league, knowing they had to make up places, which they did in some style. The team were up against swimmers from Lincoln Vulcans “A” and “B” teams; South Lincs and the two City of Lincoln Pentaqua teams, Black and Red. Louth SC finished a creditable 2nd on the night. From 48 events, Louth had eight wins, nineteen 2nd places and nine 3rd places, gaining 21 Personal Best times and 24 new County qualifying times.
As in Round 1, Louth’s first win came from the unstoppable Boys 14/u Medley Relay Team, led off by George Hobbins on Backstroke, who got the team into 2nd place, followed swiftly by Sam Swaby on the Breaststroke leg, who swept into an unassailable lead, which was maintained by Fin Fox on Butterfly and converted into a 2 second win by Freestyle ace Daniel Challis. Daniel Challis was the clubs first individual winner of the evening in the Boys 14/u 100m Freestyle. He obtained a good Pb time, whilst taking an extremely closely fought out victory over the Vulcans “A” swimmer. Next up for a Louth win was the Louth “Swimmer of the night” Paige Kelly. She was a double winner in fact for Louth, obtaining Pb times in both her swims. Her first win was the Girls 10/u 50m Freestyle. It was a nip and tuck swim with the swimmer from the CLP “Black” team, but Paige had the edge at the finish. She was up later for her 2nd win in the Girls 10/u 50m Breaststroke, which she won with some ease, maintaining a smooth stroke throughout. At the finish she had a cushion of 3.5 seconds over her nearest rival, giving her a win in this event in both rounds. Sam Swaby had yet another emphatic victory inthe Boys 14/u 100m Breaststroke, just as he did in the first round, managing to beat the opposition by over 2 seconds and getting a 1 second plus Pb time too. Emma Maw also had 2 spectacular wins during the evening, the first coming in the Girls 12/u 50m Butterfly, in which she secured a victory of 1.3 seconds. She had a much harder fight in her 12/u 50m Freestyle event, but held out for a very exciting win, keeping her cool to the end. She also got herself a new Pb time and a victory of just a tenth of a second! The final Louth win came from young Joseph Vickers in the Boys 10/u 50mBackstroke. He led from the start and maintained a good stroke rate to finish in a Pb time, just over 2 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Second places went individually to Sophie Long (Girls Open 100m Freestyle); Oliver Petts (Open Boys 100m Breaststroke); Josh Wright (Boys 12/u 50m Breaststroke and Freestyle); Daniel Challis (Boys 14/u 100m Backstroke); Marie Schneider (Girls 14/u 100m Backstroke); Adam McIntyre (Boys Open 100m Butterfly); Fin Fox (Boys 14/u 100m Butterfly) and Caitlin Aiken (Girls 10/u 50m Backstroke).
Team Second places were gained in the following events; Girls 10/u 4 x 25m Freestyle and Medley Teams (Victoria Patch, Ellena Bartup, Caitlin Aiken, Paige Kelly); Boys 10/u 4 x 25m Freestyle and Medley Teams (Oliver Hardesty, Edward Sharrock, Andrew Thompson, Joseph Vickers); Boys 14/u 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Fin Fox, George Hobbins, Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis); 14/u Girls 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Lily Miller, Annabel Kemp, Marie and Sofie Schneider); Girls Open 4 x 50m Freestyle and Medley Teams ( Alex Swaby, Emily Patch, Alice Ward, Sophie Long); Boys Open 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Fred Schneider, Harry Maw, Tom Richardson, Oliver Petts). Finally the most closely fought out and perhaps the most exciting event of the night, the Boys Open 4 x 50m Medley Relay event – This was led off for Louth by Backstroke swimmer Tom Richardson who got Louth into 2nd position. He was closely followed by Oliver Petts in his favoured Breaststroke, who gained further on the Vulcans “A” swimmer. Next in was Fly swimmer and boy’s captain, Adam McIntyre, who kept up the tight 2nd position, which just left tall Fred Schneider to finish it off on Freestyle. Fred had the swim of his life and brought the team in on a time equal to that of the Vulcans “A” team, but unfortunately was placed 2nd by the judges.
Louth 3rd places were awarded to the Girls 14/u 4 x 50m Medley Team (Marie and Sofie Schneider, Annabel Kemp, Lily Miller); Andrew “Drew” Thompson (Boys 10/u 50m Butterfly and Breaststroke); Sofie Schneider (Girls 14/u 100m Freestyle); Girls 12/u 4 x 50m Freestyle and Medley teams (Megan Gilpin, Qian Yue To, Emma Harrop, Emma Maw); Sophie Long (Girls Open 100m Butterfly); Joseph Vickers (Boys 10/u 50m Freestyle) and William McIntyre (Boys Open 100m Backstroke).
Special mention goes to Leon Page for stepping in at the eleventh hour to help the team. The other swimmer not previously mentioned, but who helped gain valuable points for Louth on the night was Jay Clarke. It was another solid performance by Louth SC who had several usual swimmers missing. Final points on the night were:
1st – Lincoln Vulcans “A” (245), 2nd – Louth (211), 3rd – South Lincs (192), 4th – CLP Black (171), 5th –Lincoln Vulcans “B” – (126), 6th – CLP Red – (53).
Looking forward to the Final Round 3 on 29th September.
Sarah Richardson, Team Manager.