Super result – well done team..

Moonraker Winter League Division 1 Finals

Link Centre Swindon, 19th March 2016

Finals time! Due to the teams fantastic efforts over the course of the winter, a top 6 finish in the league meant we’d be swimming in the top 6 shoot out with a guarantee of at least 6th place overall – the clubs best placed finish in a number of years. Once again we were anticipating a tough night as we lined up with Royal Wootton Bassett, Calne Alpha, Bradford on Avon, Chippenham and Trowbridge.

The night started with a 6th place for the girls U17 4×1 freestyle (Beth, Lydia, Liberty and Grace), but the gala came to abrupt halt straight after. A couple of blocks were found to be loose and it took 15 minutes to find a wrench to tighten them – much to the disgust to many of our boys who were hoping to be home in time for the Rugby!

Back under way and the boys U17 4×1 freestyle (Tyler, Max A, Alyx and Tomas) had a brilliant swim, fighting from 5th after 50 to finish 3rd by 9 one hundredths of a second! races 3-10 saw us gain 2 5th and 4 6th positions, with a special mention for Joe Warrington racing in the boys 9-12 4×1 backstroke in his first gala and in the girls squadron 4×1 fly, Marianne completed the first of her 2 races of the evening.

After 10 races, Trowbridge led from Bradford and Chippenham, with Calne, Bassett and Swindon all playing catch up.

Races 11-20 were eventful with 1 4th, 2 5th and 7 6th positions. The girls 9-12 4×1 breaststroke almost got under way to an unusual start signal as Ellie had forgotten to turn her ring-tone off! (Sorry Ellie!) The girls Open 4×2 medley of Georgie, Grace, Marianne and Emily gained a fifth after a great effort from Georgie who managed to complete the first 50m despite the distraction of her goggles hanging off. The girls U15 4×1 freestyle (Olivia, Caitlin, Beth and Liberty) fought all the way for their 4th place finish after being a close 6th at the 50m stage.

At halfway we had 28 pts in 6th; Royal Wootton Bassett were 5th with 54; Calne were 4th on 71; Chippenham 3rd on 83; Bradford on Avon 2nd on 86; and Trowbridge still leading the way on 94.

There were 6 5th place finishes in races 21-30 and 4 6th places. The girls U17 4×1 breaststroke (Olivia, Lydia, Liberty and Grace), the girls Sqn 4×1 breaststroke (Alice, Liberty, Grace and Emily) and the boys Sqn 4×1 breaststroke (Simon, Max A, Alyx and Tomas) all fought back from 6th position to gain their 5th places. Solid swims from the boys u17 4×1 breaststroke (Alyx, Jake, Max A and Tomas), the girls Open 4×2 Freestyle (Grace, Chloe, Emily and Georgie) and the girls u15 4×1 backstroke (Caitlin, Beth, Olivia and Liberty) also saw them gain 5th places. A quick note on race 23, the girls 9-12 4×1 medley, where confusion between the send up (me) and the swimmers led to the girls having to change their planned stroke/length as Emmie handed over to Georgia to swim the breaststroke (expecting to front crawl) and Annabel handed to Alice to swim freestyle (instead of breaststroke). To their credit they stayed focused and completed the race.

With 10 to go, we still chased the rest with Trowbridge leading the way.

The last set of races saw us gain another 4th place in the form of the boys open 4×2 backstroke (Tyler, Tomas, Alyx and Brad) after a fantastic swim – 3 of the 4 swimming above their age group!. There were also 2 5th places for the girls Open 4×2 backstroke (Chloe, Lydia, Emily and Georgie) and the Girls u15 4×1 breaststroke (Olivia, Beth, Liberty and Caitlin).

At the end of the night Trowbridge finished 1st on 180 pts, with Bradford on Avon on 172, Chippenham 139, Calne Alpha 148, Royal Wootton Bassett 90 and Swindon ASC in 6th place on 60pts.

As I said earlier, this was a great achievement for the Squad and they should all be very proud of their efforts. Of particular note, Tyler, Alyx, Tomas, Jake, Max A, Cameron, Liberty, Beth, Olivia, Caitlin, Grace and Lydia all swam either one or in some cases two age groups above their own and in the cases of Alyx, Tomas, Liberty and Grace, the send ups barely saw them as they finished one race to line up for the next!

Well done to everyone, and as always a big thank you to all the officials, helpers, and parents who supported the team on the night. Lets get training for Summer League and excel again!

Mike Bevan
Publicity Secretary

Easter Sessions

2016 EASTER HOLIDAY SESSIONS are as follows-

Monday Wroughton – sessions cancelled on 28th March and 4th April.
Tuesday Milton Rd – all lessons running as normal (please note that from 29th March some of you will be swimming at a slightly different time due to our revised pool programme)
Thursday Link Centre – all lessons running as normal
Sunday Highworth – all lessons cancelled on Easter Sunday 27th March, all running as normal from 3rd April.

Top 6 finish…

We did it!

Some absolutely astounding times recorded in the 3rd round of Winter League meant that we have secured a place in the top 6 final of the Moonraker Winter league. Nobody at the club can recall us ever placing so highly in this event.

Moonraker Winter League 2016 – Division 1
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bradford On Avon A 563.5 576.5 576 1715
Chippenham 513 539.5 592 1644.5
Calne Alpha 4 492 567 511 1570
Trowbridge A 444 612.5 483 1539.5
Royal Wootton Bassett 536 452.5 509 1497.5
Swindon 412.5 389.5 434 1236
Marlborough Penguins 350 362 344 1056
Wroughton 349 313.5 296 958.5

Top results…

Girls U17 4*1L Front Crawl 5th
Boys 9-12 Backstroke 4th
Boys Open 4*2L Breaststroke 5th
Girls U15 4*1L Medley 3rd
Boys U15 4*1L Medley 6th
Boys Squadron 4*1L Butterfly 6th
Girls U17 4*1L Backstroke 6th
Boys U17 4*1L Backstroke 6th
Girls Open 4*2L Medley 6th
Girls U15 4*1L Front Crawl 4th
Boys U15 4*1L Front Crawl 4th
Boys Squadron 4*1L Backstroke 6th
Girls U15 4*1L Backstroke 5th
Boys U15 4*1L Backstroke 4th
Boys Squadron 4*1L Breaststroke 4th
Girls U17 4*1L Medley 5th
Girls U15 4*1L Breaststroke 4th
Boys U15 4*1L Breaststroke 6th

For full results, tables and times see the Wiltshire ASA web-site.

Well done everyone – keep up the good work in training.