Worthing - Round Two 2014

On Saturday 8th November 2014, Worthing Swimming Club attended the 2nd round of the National Arena Swimming League at Southampton’s 8 lane pool. As with round 1, we had a small team of 29 swimmers at this Gala, with an aim of achieving our seeding for the Gala of 3rd place, a tough challenge, with Chichester, Godalming and West Wight all having beaten us in last year’s competition.

Walker Tigers from Jersey completed their swims in their home pool on the Friday night, so their times were added to the results on the night. From the start of the competition, the standard of opposition was high and we were battling to stay in contention, not getting any race wins, but we were getting a number of 3rd & 4th place finishes.

Our 1st win didn’t come until event 31, with Michelle Hepworth winning the Girls 100 metres Freestyle in the Under 16 Age Grp. Further race wins were secured in event 41, Ladies Open 100 freestyle by Michelle Hepworth & event 44, Boys Under 12, 4 * 50 Medley Relay comprising Joshua Coulson, Jamie Bond, Thomas Day and Ben Bolton.

2nd place was achieved by Katie O’Hara in under 14, 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle, Jamie Bond in Boys Under 12, 50 Breaststroke and 50 Freestyle, Talisa-Mae Marsh in under 14, 100 Butterfly and Girls Under 12 Freestyle relay comprising Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford, Rosie Windslow and Maisie Standen and Medley Relay comprising Caitlin, Grace, Maisie and Lyra Walton.

As with the 1st round, Worthing were either just ahead in 3rd, or in 4th place until the final third of the Gala, where a number of good results, saw us pull away from Chichester and West Wight. In the end, Worthing secured 3 race wins, 7 second place finishes and 10 third place finishes, to come 3rd on the night out of 8 teams, another fantastic result. This result should place us in the top 8 after 2 rounds, which was the aim for 2014, having finished 11th in the division last year.
1st Walker Tigers 347, 2nd Didcot Barramundi 276, 3rd Worthing 248, 4th West Wight 232, 5th Chichester 229, 6th Godalming 190, 7th Wey Valley 150, 8th Littlehampton B 107

Full Squad :    Caitlin Silk, Grace Byford, Rosie Windslow, Maisie Standen, Lyra Walton, Joshua Coulson, Thomas Day, Jack Lee, Ben Bolton, Jamie Bond, Katie O’Hara, Holly Stoner, Talisa-Mae Marsh, Charlie Bond, Ethan Fincham, Oscar Silk, Michelle Hepworth, Hannah Dunn-Coleman, Rebecca Dunn-Coleman, Lauren McIlrath, Petrina Marsh, Annah Bowles, Ben Curtis, Archy Burnell, Elliot Parkman, Daisy Hazeldine, Jacob Nash, Chris Luesley, Adam Fincham.