National Arena League, Round 2, 11 November

HC Report

Leander is on target to gain promotion to the Premier Division. This round was seeded based on results from the 1st round and so the competition was tougher. With a few swimmers being unavailable, we reshuffled the team a bit and tried swimmers in different events, gave a chance to some new swimmers so as to find the best team for the Final round.

Great teams from Bexley (BSC) and Borough of Harrow (BoH) pushed us all the way to the end. We clinched the lead after first 10 events with BoH 7 and BSC just 8 points behind. After 18 events, all three clubs were separated by only 7 points. Half way through we pulled the gap to 14 points and won by 27 points in the end swimming some fantastic races. We again avoided DQ’s. In this very tense competition, all our swimmers stayed cool and focused on their own races and skills. (Only 3 out of 8 clubs managed the same feat).

Final results

  • Leander (279)
  • Borough of Harrow A (252)
  • Bexley (251)
  • Team Luton (225)
  • Hemel Hempstead (218)
  • Saxon Crown (Lewisham) (202)
  • Wandsworth (194)
  • Harpenden (161)

In this round, Leander swimmers came first in 11 races:

  • Jessica in 50 Fly – continues unbeaten
  • Cosmo in 100 Back
  • Kirstin in 100 Fly – continues unbeaten
  • Tyler in 100 Back
  • Saskia in 50 Breast
  • Alderic in 50 Breast – continues unbeaten
  • Saskia in 50 Free – continues unbeaten
  • Sonny in 50 Free – continues unbeaten
  • Girls 11&Under Free Team – continues unbeaten
  • Girls 11&Under IM Team – continues unbeaten
  • Boys 15&Under Free Team – continues unbeaten

Leander swimmers set 21 new Personal Best times and 7 new club records.

Age Group records broken:

  • 11 years old Saskia in 50 Free and Sonny in 50 Free
  • 13 years old Cosmo 100 Back
  • 14 years old Kirstin in 100 Fly
  • 18 & older Tyler in 100 Back

All Time Open club records broken at this round:

  • Tyler broke his own 100 Back record.
  • Kirstin broke 100 Fly (from 2008).

We await results from the other Galas for the overall league table. The results will appear here.

The Final on 9th December will be an exciting event and we can’t wait to race there to fight for the win again.  We hope many supporters will come and help and share with us the excitement of this gala.

And thank you everyone who joined in our first live social media broadcast. Tweets and posts were flying back and forth, creating a great sense of community. Well done Aymeric B.

The photo below is the moment the final results came through!

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