Harpenden Swimming Club - Round One 2015

In their first ever National Arena League competition Harpenden Swimming Club (HSC) won their October heat convincingly, with a 102 point victory over their nearest rivals.  HSC were competing in the London National Arena League against a number of other Hertfordshire and London swimming clubs.

HSC achieved 28 first places, 7 seconds and 7 thirds, and never came lower than 6th place in over 50 races. The whole squad swam brilliantly but there were some outstanding performances from several swimmers and age groups.

HSC did exceptionally well in the relays - winnng 8 out of 16 relays, and never finishing outside the top 3 positions.  The Under 14 year old Boys team - Yannik Wilson, Ed Campfield, Angus Harrow and Luke Temple won all of their races, including a 10 second victory for Yannik Wilson in the 100m breaststroke, and a 7 second win for Ed Campfield in the Boys 100m backstroke.  

The Under 16 year old Girls team - Claire Burrell, Katialin Dang, Caitlin Hoddinott and Alice Dyson won all of their races.  Claire Burrell won the Under 16 year old Girls and Open 100m backstroke event with personal bests in both. Caitlin Hoddinott won the Under 16 year old Girls and Open 100m butterfly races, and got a personal best in the Open race.

Abby Smith came back from university and led by example, winning her 100m Freestyle race and anchoring the two Open Girls Relay races.

Other outstanding individual performances include Bradley Borland who won the Under 12 Boys Breaststroke by 5 seconds.  Michael Ripper and Dan Toy both went under a minute for the Boys 100m Freestyle race for the first time.  Ed Castro also made his first pool appearance for several years and won the Open 100m Backstroke and the Open 100m Butterfly races.  He also helped our Open Boys relay teams to third place finishes.

Annie Thompson Head Coach at HSC said: ‘we are very proud of our Arena League swimmers.  There were some great start and turn skills on show and even when we were clear of the field our swimmers kept racing and going for personal bests.  It was a brilliant start to the League campaign, and it fills us with confidence as we head into the next two rounds of this competition.’