National Arena League Round 1, 14th October Hatfield

Head Coach’s Report

This is our second year in the first division and we have a clear target – to gain promotion to the Premier Division. We started our quest with a win on Saturday and what a win that was!

Although we knew most of the clubs there were two clubs just joining the division, and we weren’t sure what to expect. After the first 10 events we were two points ahead of the particularly strong team from Bishop’s Stortford (who had come from the Premier Division) and 11 points ahead of Bexley (promoted from the Second Division).

We kept the lead and pulled a gap of 16 points by event number 34, with Bishop’s Stortford in second. We extended the lead by swimming some of our best races and avoiding DQ’s – and won overall by 28 points.

Leander swimmers came first in 14 races. Both the girls and boys 11-and-under relay teams in IM and Free relays were unbeaten. Leander swimmers set 20 new Personal Best times and set 5 new club records. There were 2 new Open All Time records broken: by Tyler Podmore (100 Free and 100 Back). These last records were also new Age Group Records for 18+. Other record breakers were Ben Findlay (100 FC), Saskia Wilkinson (50 BS) and Sonny Thomas (50 FC).

Final results:

  • Leander 295p
  • Bishop’s Stortford 267p
  • Bexley 247p

We await results from Gala 1 (we were in Gala 2) for the overall league table. Results will appear here.

Well done everyone!

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