Teddington secure a superb second place in the opening round of the National Arena Swimming League

A squad of forty Teddington swimmers took part in the opening round of the National Arena Swimming League on Saturday 12th October. Teddington compete in the London Premier division and their first round draw was hosted by Hoddesdon Swimming Club at Basildon Sporting Village.

Teddington made an outstanding team effort to secure a superb second place behind Ealing Swimming Cub.  They were always going to face strong competition from Ealing who reached the National ‘B’ final last season.  After some edge of the seat races Ealing just managed to hold their lead. At the final count there were only eight points in it.  Ealing finished on 310 points and Teddington on 302. To their credit the strong Teddington team held off Camden Swiss who twice finished ahead of them last season.

The first round positions were:
1st     Ealing             
2nd     Teddington                    
3rd     Camden Swiss Cottage    
4th     Colchester        
5th     Enfield ‘A’        
6th     Hoddesdon        
7th     Greenwich Royals ‘A’    
8th     Hemel Hempstead    

Teddington swimmers raced to a total of thirty-four top three places out of fifty events on the programme. They achieved thirteen first, nine second, and twelve third places. There were strong individual swims and outstanding relay performances across the age groups.

Individual swimmers notching up wins for Teddington and gaining maximum points for their club were Anna Smail (11yrs) in the 50m backstroke (34.92) and 50m freestyle (30.35), Sophie Fussell (11) in the 50m breaststroke (37.48),   Jacob Patterson (11) in the 50m backstroke (36.39), Thalia Poaros (12) in the 100m butterfly (1.08.58) and Toby Tolson (13) in the 100m backstroke (1.07.89), Brandon Sayers (15) in the 100m breaststroke (1.11.63) and leading by example Teddington’s Junior Performance squad coach, Gina Heyn, won the Ladies Open 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.11.63.

Six second places were achieved by the following swimmers; Jacob Patterson (11) in the 50m breaststroke (43.30), his older sister Alice Patterson (12) in the 100m breaststroke (1.22.01), Alice Smail (12) in the 100m backstroke (1.11.85), Toby Tolson (13) in the 100m butterfly (1.09.25), Emma Green (13) in the 100m freestyle (1.04.13) and Hannah Rogers (20) in the Ladies Open 100m freestyle in a time of 58.28 seconds.

The talented 9-11yr boys’ relay team of Jacob Patterson, Matthew Hall, Max Johnson and Jamie Benson were dominant as they raced to victory in both the 4x50m freestyle (2.10.67) and 4x50m medley (2.32.22).  Not to be out done the girls’ 9-11yr 4x50m medley team of Anna Smail, Sophie Fussell, Amelia Mackie and Jessica Mayer held off a threat from Camden Swiss to triumph in a winning time of 2.28.75. Also demonstrating supremacy were the 13/U girls’ 4x50 medley team of Alice Smail, Alice Patterson, Thalia Poaros and Sophie Johnson with a winning time of 2.11.85. Teddington’s Ladies Open 4x50m medley team comprised of Hannah Rogers, Gina Heyn, Clara Nutting and Molly Savill raced to first place in a time of 1.59.27.

Teddington relay teams scooped three second places. These came in the boys’ 13/U 4x50m medley (2.16.70), girls’ 13/U 4x50m freestyle (1.59.40) and the Ladies 6x50m freestyle.

With fierce competition for every point all squad members made a contribution to the excellent overall second place result.

The squad members were:  Jessica Mayer, Sophie Fussell , Amelia Mackie, Anna Smail, Matthew Hall, James Benson, Max Johnson, Jacob Patterson, Thalia Poaros, Elias Petrenko, Alice Smail,  Alice Patterson, Sophie Johnson, Toby Tolson, Oscar Aydin, Emma Green, Anna Hunt, Anna Fisk, Joe Knill-Jones,  Alex Fernandes-Buckley, Elin Jonsson, Mollie Allen, Jodie Lucas, Dhruva Preston, James Petchey, Brandon Sayers, Josie Savill, Oliver Hall, Toby Griffiths, Daniel Edmiston, Eliza Cottington, Molly Savill, Natalie Redmayne, Harry Olding, Hannah Rogers, Clara Nutting, James Adams, Glen Olding,  David Curant, Gina Heyn .

Press Release No 62, 15th October 2013, Alison Fisk