LOUTH FINISH FOURTH
Louth Swimming Club took part in the top 6 placed final round of the Senior Lincs League at Yarborough Leisure Centre Lincoln on Saturday 29/09/12. Louth went into this gala in 4th place overall and finished in the same position in the gala and the league overall. The team were up against swimmers from Lincoln Vulcans “A”, Cleethorpes Red (CADS), Scunthorpe, South Lincs and City of Lincoln Pentaqua Black. Louth SC had seven wins from 48 events, seven 2nd places and nine 3rd places, gaining 19 Personal Best times and 20 new County qualifying times.
As in Round’s 1 and 2, Louth’s first win came from the unstoppable Boys 14/u 4 x 50m Medley Relay Team, led off by gala Newcomer Kieran Young on Backstroke, who got the team into 3rd place, in a PB time. He was followed in by Sam Swaby on the Breaststroke leg, who swept into an unbeatable 1st position, which was maintained by Fin Fox on Butterfly and converted into a 3 second win by Freestyle swimmer Daniel Challis.
Daniel Challis was the clubs first individual winner of the evening, as he was in the previous round, in the Boys 14/u 100m Freestyle. He obtained a good Pb time, whilst taking an extremely closely fought out victory over the Scunthorpe swimmer. He was victor later on in the evening too in the 14/u 100m Backstroke, achieving a whopping 1.5 second Pb and yet another County qualifying time. As a consequence, he was awarded the Louth “Swimmer of the night” accolade.
The next winner for Louth was Sophie Long, who swims for Louth when she is home from her school. She fought off the South Lincs swimmer in the Girls Open 100m Butterfly event, coming back from a close second place at the turn.
Sam Swaby had yet another victory inthe Boys 14/u 100m Breaststroke, just as he did in the first two rounds, managing to beat his closest rival from Lincoln Vulcans, by over 2.5 seconds and getting a 2 second plus Pb and County time into the bargain. He led from the start and was never really in doubt of winning.
Emma Maw also had 2 emphatic wins during the evening, as she did in the previous round too. The first came in the Girls 12/u 50m Butterfly, in which she secured a narrow victory of 0.5 seconds. She had a slightly easier swim in her 12/u 50m Freestyle event, showing her strength through to the finish and was rewarded by gaining a new Pb and County time.
Individual 2nd places went to Paige Kelly in the Girls 10/u 50m Freestyle (Pb and County time) and Fin Fox in the Boys 14/u 100m Butterfly (Pb and County time).
Relay team 2nd places were gained in the following events; Boys Open 4 x 50m Freestyle and Medley Teams (Oliver Petts, Fred Schneider, Martyn Margarson, Boys Captain Adam McIntyre and Tom Richardson who came back from University in York to help out the team on the night); Girls Open 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Rebecca Dunning, Girls Captain Alex Swaby, Emily Patch and Sophie Long); Boys 14/u 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Fin Fox, Kieran Young, Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis); Girls 14/u 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Lily Miller, Marie and Sofie Schneider, Megan Hodgson).
Louth 3rd places were awarded to the Harry Maw (Open Boys 100m Freestyle); Oliver Petts (Boys Open 100m Breaststroke); Alex Swaby (Girls Open 100m Breaststroke); Adam McIntyre (Boys Open 100m Butterfly); Joseph Vickers (Boys 10/u 50m Freestyle and Backstroke); William McIntyre (Boys Open 100m Backstroke); Paige Kelly (Girls 10/u 50m Breaststroke); Girls 12/u 4 x 50m Freestyle Team (Megan Gilpin, Laura Muns, Emma Harrop, Emma Maw).
Special mention goes to Joseph Vickers who had the most swims of the night, making up for the illness of an older swimmer and taking on his relay slots, as well as swimming in 4 events including relays in his own age group!
The other swimmers not previously mentioned, but who helped gain valuable points for Louth on the night were Jay Clarke, Drew Thompson, Oliver Hardesty, Shaun Muns, Caitlin Aiken, Scarlet Torrington (who swam with an injury), Victoria Patch, Jevon George-Jones, Callum Kidd, Alice Ward.
It was another good performance by Louth SC. Final points on the night were:
1st –CADS Red (215), 2nd – Lincoln Vulcans “A” (199), 3rd – Scunthorpe (174), 4th – Louth (158), 5th – South Lincs (134), 6th – CLP Black (120).
Sarah Richardson, Team Manager.