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Top Swindon Team in Wiltshire

Congratulations team – we are the highest placed Swindon area team in the Moonraker Winter league.

Following our recent trip trip to Calne for the first round of Winter League on 21st November the results are in and we are in 6th place in the division 1.

Moonraker Winter League 2016 – Division 1
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bradford On Avon A 563.5 563.5
Royal Wootton Bassett 536 536
Chippenham 513 513
Calne Alpha 4 492 492
Trowbridge A 444 444
Swindon 412.5 412.5
Marlborough Penguins 350 350
Wroughton 349 349

For those of you not sure of the scoring system check out Wiltshire Leagues
Basically the times from all the teams are sorted in order and points awarded for the fastest, 2nd fastest etc..

Our top results…

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

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

Winter League Round 1 – Calne

Round 1 of the Winter league saw our squad take on teams from Calne, Wroughton, and Trowbridge in an exciting night of relays hosted by Calne Alpha.

With over 30 swimmers in our squad alone and 39 races on the night – each involving 4 swimmers from each club – it is no surprise that the night resembled organised chaos at times and a great deal of credit needs to go to the coaching team who kept the swimmers focused, the heats running smoothly and the event fun.

There were too many great individual and team performances to names names but a special well done should go to the girls open 4×2 breaststroke team of Liberty, Emily, Tracey and Grace and the girls U17 4×1 breaststroke team of Olivia, Lydia, Liberty and Grace for their well earned wins.

In total, our squad took 2 first placed finishes, 10 second places, 16 third places and 13 fourth placed finishes on the night. (Subject to final clarification from the officials).

It was also great to see so many new faces in this years Winter league squad and let’s make sure we take the momentum from round 1 into the next round on 5 December at Trowbridge.

The overall team results on the night were.

Calne 122
Trowbridge 100
Swindon 84
Wroughton 74

Wrougton Sprint Meet

Only 12 points separated us from hosts Wroughton for top club at the Wroughton ASC sprint meet held at the Link centre on Sunday 8th November.
Swimming against Wroughton, Tigersharks, Royal Wootton Bassett Otters, Durrington, Malmesbury and Gibralta we did fancy our chances, but with only 30 of our swimmers taking part, it was not going to be easy.
Only five events to choose from and most of our swimmers took part in all five – 50m in frontcrawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and a 100m individual medley.

A successful day with 60 personal best swims, 24 Gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals and we had 18 swimmers just missing out on the medals with 4th place finishes.

Age group best swimmers were also rewarded with a trophy. Our age-group winners were:

  • Rory Halliday 10 years
  • Tyler Checchia 12 years
  • Grace Steckerl 15 years
  • Lydia Zoupos 16 years
  • Emily Moore 17+

Well done to everybody for taking part. Thank you to Sarah & Kelly for organising and thank you to all the officials and helpers. A big thank you to Wroughton ASC for hosting.

Looking forward to next year..

Note to club: Need to get the whole squad to go along next year!

Calne Last Chance Open Meet

A chance to swim in a different pool and perhaps pick up a qualifying time was all the incentive needed for seven of our swimmers to take a short trip out to Calne to take part in their inaugural ‘Last Chance’ meet on Saturday 7th November.

Calne were very welcoming and also very busy with all hands to the pump to get the new electronic timing equipment installed. There was more gaffer tape poolside than parents as they all elected to go upstairs and view the event from the gallery/bar. This made for a somewhat subdued atmosphere on poolside.

The swimmers did not seem to notice (Parents: they can’t hear you when you shout anyway!) and we recorded lots of personal best swims.

Of the seven swimmers who took part (Aaron, Alyssa, Alyx, Max A, Olivia, Rory & Tyler) in 20 swims, 15 acheived personal best times.
Eight of the times recorded were county qualifying times and two were regional qualifying times.
A successful day out on the medal front, 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze.

Thank you to Calne for the invite and putting on the event. Thank you to the officials, thank you to Sarah and Kelly for
organising our entries, and your support on the day.

Swindon Dolphin Novice Gala

Our U12 novice swimmers were invited to compete at a gala along with Bradford on Avon, Royal Wootton Bassett, Dolphins, Cirencester and Marlborough at The Link on Saturday 16th October 2015. Whilst the team included many of our junior squad members, for many others it was their first taste of team competition. Unfortunately, I haven’t got enough editing space or time to emphasise the fantastic effort showed by all of our swimmers, so I have only named the ones who had top 3 finishes. Here’s how they got on.

In races 1-10, we placed 1x1st, 2x2nd, and a 3rd. The 1st place was for Olivia who won a tough battle with Cirencester by just 4 tenths of a second in the girls 12/u 50m freestyle. The 2nd places came in both the boys and girls 10/u 50m butterfly. For the boys, Max put in a great swim, whilst Annabel fought for the top 3 all the way in her race, digging deep to take 2nd. A fantastic swim from Addison in the boys 8/u breaststroke earned him a 3rd place finish.

In the next 10 races the team managed 2x1st, a 2nd and 3x3rd places. In another closely fought race in the boys 9/u 25m butterfly, Max just stretched his arm out enough to win by a touch, whilst in the girls 12/u 50m breaststroke, Caitlin was neck and neck halfway, but pulled away to win by 2 metres. Alice took the 2nd in the girls 11/u 50m freestyle in yet another closely contested race. The 3rd places came in the boys 10/u 4×1 freestyle relay (Max, Tim, Harvey and Harry); Riley in the boys 8/u 50m backstroke, just beating Bradford on Avon; and Abigail G with a fab swim in the girls 8/u 50m backstroke.

There was 1x1st, 2x2nd and 1x3rd in races 21-30. Addison led from start to finish in the boys 8/u 25m butterfly, winning by 3 seconds. The first 2nd place was for the boys in the 9/u 4×1 medley (Joe, Addison, Max and Harry), who were battling to be in the top 3 at halfway, but were unlucky to be pipped for 1st by Cirencester. In the girls 12/u 50m, Sasha was also pipped by just 2 tenths into 2nd. Charlie bucked the trend of being pipped in the boys 12/u 50m backstroke as he held on for a 3rd place finish.

At halfway in the gala, Dolphins led with 128 points from Cirencester (124), Wootton Bassett (105), Swindon ASC (104), Marlborough (99) and Bradford on Avon (65).

Tyler and Sasha led the way in races 31-40 with dominating performances in the 12/u 50m butterfly. Aaron had to fight Cirencester over the last 15 metres to earn a 2nd in the boys 11/u 50m backstroke and in the boys 10/u 50m breaststroke, Max just missed out to Bradford on Avon and Wootton Bassett for 3rd.

Race 41 saw another battling effort from Addison holding on to 2nd in the boys 8/u 50m freestyle. In the following race for the girls Freya put in a really strong 2nd length to take 3rd. The boys 12/u 4×1 medley were 2nd throughout their race, but the girls followed up by smashing the field for 1st. Harvey took a 3rd and Annabel was 2nd all the way in the 10/u 50m backstroke and Max blew the rest away to take 1st in the boys 9/u 50m breaststroke.

Going into the last 10 races the team were still 4th, just 15 points behind Dolphins in 3rd.

The last 10 races brought 1x1st, a 2nd and 2x3rd places. The first 3rd was in the boys 10/u 4×1 medley (Harry, Max, Harvey and Tim) with just ½ metre separating the top 3. The boys 12/u 4×1 freestyle (Aaron, Charlie, Alisdair and Tyler) were a close 2nd ahead of Wootton Bassett at the 50m turn, but were pegged back into 3rd place. A strong start for the boys 8/u 4×1 medley (Riley, Addison, Harry and Daniel), was equalled by a strong finish giving them a well deserved 2nd place; and in the final race of the night, the awesome foursome of Sasha, Caitlin, Olivia and Alice, dominated all the way in the girls 12/u 4×1 freestyle.

At the end of a really enjoyable evening, Marlborough finished 6th on 107 points, Bradford on Avon 5th with 189, Swindon ASC 4th on 216, Wootton Bassett 3rd on 230, with Dolphins 2nd on 240 and the winners Cirencester on 252.

Well done to all our swimmers, especially those experiencing their first gala. A huge thanks as always to the coaches, officials and helpers and of course to the parents and family cheering the swimmers on.

As always, the club will keep you informed of upcoming events by email, but you can also follow us online at swindonasc.co.uk or visit our Facebook page.

Remember, there’s no lessons or squad sessions between 24th October and 31st October and if you haven’t done so, get your entries in for the club champs. November is a big month with the club champs, the start of Winter League and everyone’s favourite the Club Presentation and Disco night on 28th November. Look out for more details in the coming weeks!

Have a great half term and terrifyingly frightening Halloween from all the team at Swindon ASC!

Mike Bevan
Publicity
Swindon ASC

Gloucester Sprint Meet

An early start for 12 of our swimmers who entered into the Gloucester Sprint Meet on Sunday 20th September. All turned up for 7:30am looking half asleep after having the Summer League finals the night before.

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No excuses for not liking the facilities, wow! 8 lanes, spotless pool, and the swimmers and parents had somewhere to sit where they could see all the action.

Loads of room in the warm-up, excellent marshalling and totally organised.

 

 

First up was the Boys Butterfly, 13 heats; Alyx yawning on starting block, not a good sign. 4 of the 5 boys coming away with a new PB. Tyler got a 2nd place in his age group, 4th place for Rory, well done boys.

Next was 22 heats of Girls Butterfly, that’s over 170 swimmers! Only Grace and Caitlin managing PB’s – obviously a bit early for the rest of the girls.

Boys Backstroke, 3 of 5 recording PB’s. Tyler again getting 2nd in his age group. The Girls Backstroke and they seemed more awake. 5 of 7 recording new PB’s. Annabel and Alice, taking off 4 seconds, amazing!

Last event before lunch was the Boys 100m IM, 4 of 5 PB’s. Tyler knocking 4 seconds off his time to get another silver. Tomas took off 2 seconds for a 4th place missing out on bronze by less than arms length.

The morning session complete with 17 PB’s out of 29 races. A very short and early break for lunch.

After another warm-up the afternoon session was under-way with the Girls 100m IM.

4 out of 6 PB’s. Annabel smashing a massive 10 second PB ,Caitlin 8 Second PB, Alice 3 second PB and Olivia 2 Second PB keep up the good training girls.

50m Breaststroke next and a PB of 6 secs getting 40.64 and Rory dying to tell Alyx and Tomas how close his time is to theirs, this, as you can imagine, forcing a reaction with Alyx and Tomas “he ain’t gonna beat us at breaststroke”. Did they try? Yes they did! Bronze for Tomas and a 2 second PB, a little glance after the turn and he sped right up……… no looking Mr …….. sprint to start with. A 1½ second PB for Alyx ………………… first in his heat after turn, first in his heat at the flags, you all know who Tomas was looking at, he knew he could get him especially when Alyx thinks the race finishes at the flags and not the wall.

Grace achieved Silver in her 50BR just off of her short course personal best but a fabulous swim, well done.

Good swims all round in the final event 50m Freestyle and another Silver for Tyler.

Afternoon session finished with 17 PB’s out of 29 races.

Some tough teams but well done everyone you did our club proud.

Thanks to all the officials, helpers and parents for your support.

Summer League Finals 2015

The final round of this years summer league was hosted by Swindon ASC at Milton Road on 19th September. Scores on the night were Calne Alpha in first place with 170 points, Swindon ASC second with 135, Warminster in third place with 112 and Durrington in forth place with 77.

The night started brightly for Swindon ASC with Brad taking second and Tracey 3rd in the 4 X1  individual medley; a 2nd place for Rory and 4th for Annabel in the U12 Butterfly followed by races for Liberty and Tomas in the U16 freestyle which were too close to call. Rowan  narrowly missed out on a win in the U14 breaststroke after leading for the majority of the race.

More excitement in the U12 medley relay with the girls team of Georgia, Alicia, Annabel and Alice taking 3rd whilst the boys team of Aaron, Alex S, Rory and Max S took 2nd on the night. A battling performance by Alicia in the U12 breaststroke saw her narrowly miss out on a third place finish.

There were second placed finishes on the night for Alex in the U16’s 1 length backstroke; Jake and Beth in the U14 freestyle; Alex S in the U12 breaststroke; Olivia in the U14 fly; Tyler in the U14 backstroke and U14 fly; Emily in the 3 length open free and Grace in the U16 breaststroke.

1st place finishes went to Tomas in the U16 breaststroke; Aaron in the U12 backstroke; Rory in the U12 free; Tyler in the U14 backstroke and Sasha in the U14 backstroke. The relays saw wins for boys U16 medley team of Alyx, Tomas, Max A and Archie. The girls U14 medley team of Sasha, Rowan, Olivia and Beth. The U14 girls 4×1 freestyle team of Sasha, Regan, Olivia and Beth. The boys U16 4 X11 relay team of Archie, Max A, Alyx and Tomas.

Prior to warm-up we tried yet again to get a squad photo, where everyone was looking at the camera, with their eyes open and without a daft look on their face…

How did we do?

 

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Thank you to all the volunteers on the night, the officials and the coaching staff; to all the parents and siblings who come along and give such wonderful support.

Swindon ASC

Wiltshire Masters Team Selected

Congratulations Tracey Sharland on being selected to represent the county in the Intercounties masters gala to be held at Hutton Moor, Weston Super Mare on Sunday 15th November.

Tracey as well as organising our masters section, teaching, co-ordinating the Highworth pool and organising the young volunteers also makes time to swim.

Good luck
Swindon ASC

Masters swimming is arranged throughout the year and swam at various locations in 18+; 25+, 35+, 45+ 55+ and 65+ age groups. If you would like more information please contact Tracey.

Tigersharks No National Qualifiers Meet

We had a group of 20 swimmer attend the Tigersharks ‘No National Qualifiers’ Meet on the 18th and 19th July at the Link Centre, Swindon. This was the largest group from Swindon ASC for a long time at an open meet which goes to show that the the club is becoming more competitive.

Between the 20 swimmers they entered 96 events and achieved 72 personal best (PB) times, winning 28 medals.

Saturday

Tyler got us off to a good start with a personal best of 2:48.93 in the 200m Butterfly knocking a whopping 9 seconds off of his time and achieving a well deserved Silver.  Next up was a Gold for Alyx and Silver for Tomas in the 100m Breaststroke both achieving personal best times.  A fantastic effort from Alyx on his turns and underwater phases proving to Ryan that although it may not look like it 98% of the time he was actually listening at training.

A well deserved PB for Emmie in the 100m freestyle taking 6 seconds off her time and 5 seconds for Grace well done girls. PB’s also for Rowan, Olivia, Amy and Emily.

Rory up next in the 200m backstroke, first time entering this event and comes away with silver, Tyler also placed in this event taking bronze in the 11/12 yrs.  We will never know what Alyx could of got if he actually tried, Alyx took bronze in this event and achieved a PB of 4 seconds but looked a little like he was doing a cool down…….swim faster next time, you are not swimming against the others in the heat you are swimming against the clock.

Another amazing PB of 5 seconds from Olivia in the 200IM and Emily took the bronze in the 15&overs.

Tomas has found a new passion other than Breaststroke, the 50m Fly taking 6 seconds off of his time and easily winning his heat. Another Gold medal for Tyler and a Bronze for Rory.

The 50m Backstroke PB’s for Rory, William, Tomas, and a PB and Gold for Tyler and Bronze for Alyx.

Rowan and Olivia on a mission in the 100m IM each lowering their time by 4 seconds. Lightning Liberty struck out for a 5 second PB! Shortly followed by another 2 second PB for Liberty in the 100m Butterfly.

100m Backstroke up next, Tyler took Silver, Rory and Alyx Bronze.  Moving on to the 200m Breaststroke; Tomas a took a well deserved Gold with a PB of 5 seconds.  William, what can I say, you have proved to us that you can swim fast taking an unbelievable 25 seconds off of your time.

Sunday

Emmie came back on Sunday to start off where whe left off with another PB this time knocking 7 seconds off in the 50 Backstroke along with Caitlin who also knocked off 7 seconds. Grace swam another PB to take Silver.

Boys 100m Fresstyle; 9 seconds off for Rory and Tomas and another Medal for Tomas this time Silver.

Grace loving her Breaststroke to take Silver in the 100m. Another Medal for Tyler, Silver in the 200m IM and Tomas, Bronze in the 100m IM – Go Tyler!! Go Tomas!!

A good 4 second PB for Aaron in the 100m Butterfly…………..and another Gold for Tyler.

Annabel put in a fantastic swim in the 50m Breaststroke just missing out on a medal but a PB of 3 seconds well done.  Lots more PB’s  in this event form Alyssa, Emmie, Caitlin, Rowan and Liberty, big cheers for Grace who took Gold.with a time close to her personal best from Regionals.

Rory and Tyler entering the 400m Freestyle for the first time with Rory a bit cautious on how fast to swim putting in an amazing final length sprint looking like he hadn’t already swam 15 lengths, he took the Bronze. and Tyler produced a massive 46 second PB to take Silver.
All in all a fabulous weekend
6 Gold
9 Silver
13 Bronze

Well done to everyone that entered you did yourselves and our club proud.

Big THANK YOU to Tigersharks for yet another super open meet. And as always thank you to the officials and volunteers without who these events would not take part.

Thank you to new Open Meet Secretaries Sarah & Kelly
Swindon ASC

Summer League Round 3

A slower than expected start to Round 3 of the Summer League at Calne meant we waited until the 11th race, the boys U12 medley relay, to get our first win. This race saw Aaron, Alex S, Rory and Max S quickly take the lead and stay out in front, an achievement which was immediately equalled by the girls team of, Molly, Alice, Annabel & Georgia. Tyler led from the start to take the U14 50m Fly with Olivia taking second for the girls. Grace took first place for the girls in the U16 Breast stroke whilst Tomas gave a tremendous performance for the boys in a race that was too close to call.

The Girls Open 100m Fly was another close one which saw Tracey race neck and neck with the Calne swimmer for 3 lengths just narrowly missing out in the final length to take a well-deserved second place. Other close races on the night included Annabel’s battle for 3/4 in the U12, 1 length Butterfly, Rowan’s battle for 2/3 in the U14 2 length freestyle along with Sasha, Olivia, Regan and Rowan in the U14 Girls Freestyle and the U14 girls Medley relays.

Other wins on the night included Alyx in the U16 50m Backstroke, Sasha in the U14 2 length back stroke, the boys U16 freestyle relay team, of Archie, Max A, Alyx & Tomas all of which helped Swindon take second place on the night with points total of 107 – Well done everyone.

Mike Sullivan

Summer League Round 2

The Summer League trip to Durrington on Saturday 13th June proved eventful with SASC finishing in 3rd place on the night.

Representing the U12’s were:
Girls: Molly, Alicia, Alice and Annabel
Boys: Aaron, Louie, Rory, Max S, Harvey and Alex
U14’s:
Girls: Bethany, Olivia, Rowan and Sasha
Boys: Jake, Tyler and Andrew
U16’s:
Girls: Liberty, Grace and Cloe
Boys: Alyx, Tomas, Archie and Max A
Open:
Girls: Emily and Tracey
Boys: Brad and Jack

14 swimmers acheived personal best times during the event:

Rory – 25m Butterfly
Annabel – 25m Butterfly
Archie – 50m Freestyle
Rowan – 50m Breaststroke
Brad – 100m Backstroke
Grace – 100m Backstroke
Alex – 25m Breaststroke
Molly – 25m Breaststroke
Rory – 25m Freestyle
Max A – 50m Butterfly
Liberty – 50m Butterfly
Tyler – 50m Butterfly
Brad – 100m Freestyle
Annabel – 25m Backstroke

Lots of second and third places from the start. It took until event 23 for us to record a 1st place finish – well done Jake, Alex, Tyler and Andrew in the Boys U14 Medley.

Some very close finishes (and some not so close) saw us pushed back to second and third and fourth again and again.

Sasha was the next to take a first place in #32 Girls U14 50m Backstroke.

Boys U16 4×1 Freestyle relay team were on fire to take first place in event 37.

No suprises in the U14 50m Butterfly, Tyler coming in first and getting a PB.

Not to be outdone fellow Regional competitor Grace took 1st in the U16 50m Breaststroke.

U14 Girls 4×1 Freestyle recorded the last win for us on the night in event 48.

Calne are proving pretty tough to compete against this year, need to be at our best during the next round which is at Calne on 27th June.

Ryan / Mike Sullivan
Swindon ASC

 

Wiltshire ASA Open water taster session

Looks like water, but did it taste like water?

Three of our swimmers were brave enough to accept the challenge of an open water taster session arranged by Wiltshire ASA at Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney on 7th June.

Bethany Brewer, Sasha Stone and Max Adams went along with others from various clubs (including Swindon Dolphins, Tigersharks, Bradford-on-Avon and Warminster).

Having completed the sessions, the girls were less than impressed with the water quality and will stick to the pool in future.

Beth and Sasha – after their dip..

Wiltshire Masters – Block 2

Our older swimmers faced a long trip to Salisbury to swim in Block two of the Wiltshire ASA Masters.

Tracey Sharland and Paul Chilcott were the only representatives (long way Salisbury!), but they came away with a haul of medals between them.

Tracey was in for 4 events (100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 25m Freestyle & 100m Breaststroke), coming away with 4 gold medals.

Paul was in for 3 events (100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly & 25m Freestyle), coming away with three bronze medals.

Congratulations to you both, and keep up the good work.

Anyone fit and able (and over 18) who fancies joing the masters section please speak with Tracey.

South West Regional Age Group Championships:

8 out of 8

Tyler Checchia went to the ASA South West Regional Age groups Championships and got 8 personal best times from 8 swims.

Road trips to Bristol and Millfield were well worth the journey for Tyler.

Competing in 4 events at each location, Tyler managed to get 8 out of 8 as personal best times.

His first attendance at ‘Regionals’ is an experience he is looking forward to repeating for years to come!

The first weekend at Bristol, Tyler achieved PB’s in 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 200m Butterfly and 50 Butterfly.

Two weekends later at Millfield, Tyler chalked up more PB’s in 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 200m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly.

His best result would be 10th in the 200m IM.

Congratulations Tyler on qualifying for Regionals and for all those PB’s.

SX3 Team Announced

17 of our swimmers have been selected for the Swindon Swim Squad this year.

This is a massive achievement for our club and I think a record number of swimmers selected.

Congratulations to:

Alyssa Halliday
Max Sullivan
Harry Carpenter
Joseph Warrington
Alice Steckerl
Annabel Ollerhead
Alicia Hawkins
Amy Jones
Rory Halliday
Harvey Stone
Georgia Bevan
Aaron Bailey
Ethan Jennings
Chris O’Hara
Olivia Moore
Sasha Stone
Tyler Checchia

What is SX3?

In October 2007, Swindon Swim Squad (Sx3) was formed with the objective of enabling the elite swimmers of Swindon based swimming clubs to compete at the highest possible level. The aim was to achieve this by competing as combined teams in the Southern Junior League. The team is made up of the top young swimmers from Highworth ASC, Swindon ASC, Tigersharks ASC and Wroughton ASC.

What events are involved?

There are 4 age groups, 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old. There are individual events for each stroke within each age group and relay events within each age group.

How are swimmers selected?

The swimmers are selected based on their performance at the SX3 development time trial, and times recorded on the ASA rankings database.

 

Summer League Round 1

Its Moonraker Summer League time again, which means the weather is getting better, the nights are longer and poolside is like a sauna! After 2 years of back to back promotions, the team were unfortunately relegated last year meaning we are in a division with Warminster, Durrington and Calne this time round.

For the benefit of those of you who are new to the team, Summer League takes the format of 4 teams competing with each other over 4 rounds with top and bottom finishers promoted/relegated. There are a number of relays as with Winter League, but there are also individual races and increased distances of 50m for younger age groups and 100m for the oldies!

After the long journey to Warminster, the team took a little while to get going with a tough first 10 races bringing one 1st for Alyx dominating the boys U16 2L freestyle, a 2nd for Olivia in the girls U14 2L breaststroke and then 7 x 3rd places and a 4th.

Races 11-20 faired a little better with the boys U16 4×1 medley (Alyx, Tomas, Max and Archie) leading throughout and despite a valiant fight back from Calne. Tracey held her nerve in the girls open 4L butterfly for another 1st place. There was a 2nd for Jake in the boys U14 2L freestyle and for Beth in the girls race. There were also 2 x 3rd and 2 x 4th places leaving the team 3rd after 20 races, 13 points behind Warminster in 2nd and 17 behind Calne in 1st.

There were no fewer than 6 x 2nd places in the next 10 races, with a 3rd and 2 x 4th places. In their respective U16 2L butterfly races, Alyx was unlucky to pipped by a stroke, whilst Grace put in a solid performance to be 2nd throughout. The boys U14 4×1 medley (Jake, Alex S, Tyler and Andrew), finished 2nd to Calne with Andrew unlucky not to catch the winner. The boys Open 4×1 medley (Jack, Tomas, Max and Paul) gained another 2nd and in the U16 butterfly categories there were strong swims by Max and Liberty for their 2nd places with Liberty beaten by just a stroke. Just over half way through the evening and the team now found themselves 14 points behind Warminster with Calne running away a full 26 points ahead of them!

After a typically strong effort from Tyler for a second in the boys U14 2L backstroke, Sasha put in a fantastic performance to run away with the girl’s race. In the boys U12 4×1 freestyle (Harvey, Rory, Ethan and Aaron) led from start to finish to win by a touch, followed by a win for the boys U16 4×1 freestylers (Archie, Max, Alyx and Tomas) who again led throughout, winning by a couple of strokes. In a very close race, the girls U16 4×1 freestyle team (Katie, Cloe, Liberty and Grace) were very unlucky to finish second by just a touch after being in contention the whole race. These results were backed up by 4 x 3rd and 1 x 4th places.

In the final 10 races there were 3 x 1st places, 3 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd and 2 x 4th. A determined performance from Aaron in the boys U12 1L backstroke in which he even had time for a look across to see where his rivals were, produced the first win. Tomas had a battle in the boys U16 2L breaststroke, neck and neck all the way with him touching the wall just a hand length ahead of 2nd place. Another closely fought race was the girls U14 4×1 freestyle relay (Sasha, Regan, Beth and Rowan) who managed to dig in and hold on to the 1st place they held the whole race. As with the 1st place races, the 3 x 2nd places were all gained in races where the swimmers were in contention throughout, but just beaten by the smallest of margins. Emily in the open 4L freestyle, Grace in the U16 2L breaststroke and the boys U14 4×1 freestyle relay (Harvey, Jake, Andrew and Tyler) were all pipped despite valiant efforts.

Remembering the gap to Warminster was 14 points after 30 races, the team managed to end the night in second place with 122 pts, with Calne the winners on the night with 155 pts, with Warminster on 116 pts and Durrington in 4th (98).

A fantastic finish to the night and well done to all the swimmers, especially many of the youngsters who were swimming in their first league competition. Let’s start off Summer League 2 as we ended round 1 and claw back that point’s gap to Calne!

As always, a massive thank you to all the coaches, officials and volunteers for your help and all the parents and family who made the long trip to Warminster to give the team their support.

Summer League 2 is at Durrington on 13th June. See you all there!

Mike Bevan
Publicity Secretary

Regional Youth Championships

Grace makes the final

Wow – one of our swimmers, Grace Steckerl, made it to the final of the Womens 15yrs 50m Breaststroke Final at the South West Regional Summer Youth Championships, held at the May Life Centre, Plymouth on Sunday 3rd May 2015.

Recording a personal best time of 37.30 seconds in her qualifying heat, Grace was in 8th place.

Unfortunately nerves got the better of Grace and a wobble on the block led to her being disqualified in the Final.

Grace enjoyed the experience and is keen to attend regionals again.

Congratulations Grace on qualifying for Regionals and for making the final. Better luck next year.