National Arena League – Round 2

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Louth SC had several swimmers missing or not fully fit, due to illness, recent broken limbs, injuries, etc when they took part in this gala, facing tough opposition from 5 other clubs including current league leaders – Lincoln Vulcans “A”, Nottingham Leander, Sherwood Colliery, Dereham Otters and Boston. Based on current league standings after Round One, Louth was expected to come 5th,  but put in a great team performance, to finish 4th on the night. Louth had 6 wins, 6 second places and 7 thirds, an improved total from Round One.

The Louth “Swimmer of the Night” accolade went to 13 year old Daniel Challis, who achieved Louth’s only double win. Daniel carried on really where he left off from Round 1, winning his best event the 13/u 100 m Freestyle again, as he did in Round 1, although not achieving quite as fast a time as previously, but still managing a winning margin of approx 0.8 seconds over the swimmer from Notts Leander. His 100m Backstroke was a fiercely fought race between himself and the Vulcans swimmer, but Daniel showed his strength in the end, achieving a 1 second Pb time and a victory of just over a second too! Sam Swaby aged 13 was Louth’s first winner of the night, winning the 13/u 100m Breaststroke as he did in Round 1 also, claiming a 1 second victory, in a superb Pb time. This was no mean feat for Sam, having only had just his arm out of pot for approx 1 week! Not to be outdone by her brother Sam, Alex Swaby took up the mantle of her best event, 100m Butterfly in the 15/u age group. Alex won by just 0.1 seconds, beating the swimmer from Notts Leander. Joshua Wright was the 5th Louth winner, in the boys 10/11 yrs 50m Breaststroke. Josh had the largest margin of victory of all Louth’s swimmers, winning by a whopping 3 seconds. Sophie Long who swims with Louth when she is home from her boarding school, took victory in the Ladies Open 100m Freestyle, by a 0.4 second margin, making her the final Louth winner!

2nd place accolades went to the boys 13/u 4 x 50m Medley Relay team, consisting of Fin Fox on backstroke, Sam Swaby on Breaststroke, Ivan Koslow on Fly and Dan Challis on Freestyle; the same 4 boys also came 2nd in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay; Sophie Long in the Ladies Open 100m Fly; Emma Maw in the 10/11 years 50m Fly; Rebecca Dunning in the 15/u 100m Freestyle; Josh Wright in the 10/11 years 50m Freestyle.

3rd places went to Sophie Long in the Open 20m Individual Medley; the ladies Open Medley team consisting of Alice Ward (Backstroke), Alex Swaby (Breaststroke), Sophie Long (Fly),Rebecca Dunning (Freestyle); Mens Open Medley team of Harry Maw (Back), Oliver Petts (Breast), Adam McIntyre (Fly) and Martyn Margarson (Free);  Fin Fox in the boys 13/u 100m Fly; Emma Maw girls 10/11 yrs 50m Freestyle; Ladies Open 6 x 50m Free Relay – Alex Swaby, Emily Patch, Katherine Brown, Alice Ward, Sophie Long, Rebecca Dunning and finally the Mens Open 6 x 50m Free Relay – Adam McIntyre, Callum Mitchell, Fred Schneider, Harry Maw, Oliver Petts and Martyn Margarson.

Other swimmers for Louth making extensive contributions on the night, not previously mentioned, were – Sofie and Marie Schneider, Lily Miller, Lola Sharrock, Megan Hodgson, William McIntyre, Ben Edison, William Kemp, Megan Gilpin, Qian Yue To, Emma Harrop, Jay Clarke, Jevon George-Jones, Leon Page.

Several good PB times were achieved and many County qualifying times bagged, by Louth swimmers in the course of the evening.

Final Positions:

1st Lincoln Vulcans “A”246

2nd Notts Leander 226

3rd Sherwood Colliery 156

4th Louth 151

5th Dereham Otters 134

6th Boston 129

Coaches Steve Armstrong and Rose Stanhope, praised the team for putting in a great performance under pressure, ensuring every point counted on the night.

The next round is on December 10th  – venue to be arranged.

Sarah Richardson, Team Manager

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