Louth Swimming Club took part in this vital final round of the National Arena Swimming League, on 10/12/11 at Kings Lynn pool, knowing that a place in the 1st division was at stake if a top performance was not achieved. Louth were swimming against 5 other teams – West Norfolk, Kettering, St Ives, Boston and Melton Mowbray, in the knowledge that the bottom 3 clubs in this gala would be demoted to the second division for 2012.
Louth had 14 wins, 9 second places and 10 thirds and finished in 2nd place behind West Norfolk on the night. The Louth “Swimmer of the Night” accolade went to Kirsty Armstrong who returned from Loughborough University to put in a flawless performance yet again, winning every event she swam in – 3 individual events 100m Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle and helped her relay teams win both the medley and freestyle events in the open age group, in emphatic style. Other members of the ladies open relay teams were Anne Meiwald (returning to assist the team, from Arsenal Football Academy where she is a member of Arsenal ladies FC); Alex Swaby; Rebecca Dunning; Emily Patch and Alice Ward. 11 year old Emma Maw deserves a special mention too, as she achieved a personal best time in both of her individual swims. She won her 10/11 years 50m Butterfly and was 4th in her 50m Breaststroke. She bagged 2 County qualifying times in the bargain.
The boys 13/u relay teams consisting of Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis, Fin Fox and Ivan Koslow, were double winners in both the medley and the freestyle relays, winning the freestyle relay by a massive 5 seconds. Not to be outdone in the relay stakes were the boys 15/u teams – Will Kemp, Will McIntyre, Fred Schneider, Callum Mitchell and Sam Swaby (swimming up an age group!). These boys were also double winners on the night, having a winning margin of approx 4 seconds over their nearest rivals in both events! Sam Swaby won the 13/u 100m Breaststroke event, gaining a good Pb and a County Qualifying time also. He never looked like he was going to be beaten!
His older sister Alex Swaby was the clubs next winner in her favoured event the 15/u 100m Butterfly. Alex won with a 3 second gap back to 2nd place. Joshua Wright made an impression in the boys 10/11 years 50m Freestyle, giving Louth another win. He as swiftly followed by Daniel Challis who carried on the winning streak, taking victory in the boys 13/u 100m Freestyle. 2nd place accolades went to Adam McIntyre in the Open 200m IM; Will Kemp 15/u 100m Backstroke; Daniel Challis 13/u 100m Backstroke; Joshua Wright 10/11 50m Breaststroke; Fin Fox 13/u 100m Butterfly; Rebecca Dunning 15/u 100m Freestyle; Callum Mitchell 15/u 100m Freestyle; Alex Swaby 15/u 100m Breaststroke and the final event of the night the Mens Open 6 x 50m Free Relay team of Adam McIntyre, Harry Maw, Callum Mitchell, Oliver Petts, Tom Richardson and Martyn Margarson.
Other swimmers for Louth making extensive contributions on the night, not previously mentioned, were – Sofie and Marie Schneider, Lily Miller, Megan Hodgson, Megan Gilpin, Qian Yue To, Emma Harrop, Jay Clarke, Callum Kidd, Leon Page, Katherine Brown and Ella Nicholson . Several good PB times were achieved and many County qualifying times bagged, by Louth swimmers in the course of the evening. Final Positions on the night were as follows – 1st – West Norfolk 217, 2nd – Louth 205, 3rd- St Ives – 174, 4th – Boston 173, 5th – Kettering 157, 6th – Melton Mowbray 116. Final league positions yet to be ratified, but Louth have secured another year in the top division.
Sarah Richardson Team Manager