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Mid Sussex Marlins - Round One 2014

Mid Sussex Marlins made their way over to Portsmouth for the 1st round of Arena League. It was some swimmers first experience of this level of team gala and everyone really pulled together and worked closely as a team. They put in a spirited challenge, finishing 5th with 155 points.

Although everyone swam their best – with plenty of PBs, some of the best performances included Dave Warren winning the Open 200IM, Ben Stevens (13) won both the 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, Molly Firth (15) came 2nd in her 100m backstroke. In the Open ladies, Gina Hobson came 3rd in the 100m fly and Rachael Bowen 3rd in 100m freestyle. Rhiannon Evans (10) came 2nd in the 50m fly. Will Curry (15) was just beaten to 2nd place,twice, taking 3rd in the 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle. Olivia Teague (10) swam a great 50m breaststroke with a very close finish for the top three – Olivia gaining 1st position. Guy Cooper in Mens open 100 freestyle grabbed 3rd position.

In the relays, we also had some top three placings, the girls 9/11 team came 2nd in both their races, boys 13/U freestyle relay came 1st, Girls 15/U and boys 15/U came 3rd in their freestyle relay race, Ladies Open team grabbed 2nd in the medley and 3rd in freestyle relay with mens open team taking 1st in the medley and a very exciting final freestyle relay race finshing 2nd!

Well done to all the team and a big thank you to the coaches and club officials. Also thanks to the parents supporting – makes for a great atmosphere….

Whole team pictured below – Girls 9/11 – Claudia Benstead Schlup, Imogen Goodhew, Rhiannon Evans, Charlotte Johnson and Olivia Teague. Boys 9/11 – Will Chan, Henry Allen, Teilo Williams and Aron Hooper. Girls 13/U Millie Cummins, Meghan Stevens, Sophie Shaw, Issy Flower and Hannah Gower. Boyss 13/U Ethan Burgess, Ben Stevens, Jason Hawkey and Isaac Clark. Girls 15/U Maddi Barnaby, Molly Firth, Holly James and Ellen Marchant. Boys 15/U Joe Nehme, Will Curry, Joe Anderson, Robin Boyden and Sam Flower. Ladies Open Rachael Bowen, Abby Louise Rocky and Gina Hobson. Mens Open Guy Cooper, Paul Allen, Alex Bowen, Dave Warren, Harry Burnell and Caleb Boyden


Round 1 Gala at Basingstoke Aquadrome

The Executive Committee of the NASLS have been informed of a problem which occurred at the Basingstoke Gala on Saturday evening. The pool operators have introduced a limit of 300 people in the pool hall since last season. Clearly, in terms of a League Gala where there are around 250 swimmers, officials, coaches and volunteers to run the gala this allows for very few spectators. A large number of spectators were therefore denied access to the pool hall and prevented from watching the gala. Understandably, the spectators were angry and frustrated but that unfortunately led to the volunteers on the door being subjected to a great deal of abuse.

The Executive Committee were not aware of the restriction before the gala and the League has successfully run galas at the Aquadrome for many years so we were not expecting any problems. We fully understand the frustration and disappointment resulting from the restrictions placed by the pool operators and we would like to apologise to all the teams and supporters who have been inconvenienced by this.

We would, however, ask you to remind the supporters that the League relies on the volunteers from the host clubs to run the galas and without that cooperation there would be no League. The host clubs do try to resolve problems on the night but occasionally, as on Saturday, it is beyond their control and it is important that the volunteers are treated politely at all time. Grievances should be raised by the club representative to the Executive Committee.
The limit of 300 people makes the Aquadrome a much less suitable venue for a League Gala and we will endeavour to use alternative venues. However, this cannot be guaranteed as we are limited with the pools which are suitable for a licensed gala.

We regret that the restriction placed by the pool operators spoiled the evening for so many people but we hope that the next round will be back to normal with lots of noise and excitement for everybody.

Fiona Laing
Hon Chair

Tough start for Promoted Newbury in the 2014 National Arena Swimming League

Saturday night saw Newbury District head off to the Crook Log Pool in Bexley for the first round gala of their 2014 National Arena Swimming League campaign.

Having achieved promotion at the end of last year to the Premier Division of the Southern league, they were competing against strong teams from Windsor, Beckenham, Bromley, Sevenoaks and Wycombe. The Newbury squad put in a spirited challenge throughout the evening, but finished in sixth place overall on 199 points with Beckenham SC running out the overall winners amassing 209 points.

There were a number of very good performances by Newbury swimmers, with Senior Club Captain James McFadzen (15) winning the Men’s Open 200m Individual Medley and taking second place in both 100m Backstroke and Butterfly in the 14/15 yrs age group. Senior Ladies Club Captain, Zara Ryan (16), took second place in the Ladies 100m Breaststroke and third in both the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Butterfly.

12 year old Ellie Cowan came home first in the 12/13 yrs 100m Breaststroke and took third in the same event in the 14/15 yrs age group. She completed her hat-trick of placings with a second in the 12/13 yrs 100m Backstroke.
Also in the 12/13 yrs age group, Molly Dummett secured third place in both the100m Backstroke and Freestyle, while Millie Pope (13) took a good second place in the girls 100m Butterfly in the 14/15 yrs age group.

The girls 12/13 years team of Avani Gill, Ellie Cowan, Ruth Wyatt and Molly Dummett took second place in the Medley and third in the Freestyle relays.

In the 14/15 years boys Medley relay the team of Joe Seward, Ben Hutchins, Ryan Sitton and James McFadzen took third place.

The next round of the league will take place on Saturday 8th November.

South League 2014

Thank you for your help last year and for your continued support of the league this year.

The following documents are now available for download, they have also been sent to the competing clubs via email.

1.  The Annual Declaration.  This needs to be signed and back with me by 1st September 2014. Download here
2.  A copy of the updated Constitution and PCs.  The main changes agreed at the AGM are:

a)  Constitution - Point 8 - Teams that represent combined clubs shall not be accepted as members.
b)  Constitution - Point 14 - All swimmers must be ASA Cat 2.
c)  Promoter’s Conditions - Remove point 17 from the PC dated August 2013.  This means that the Round Three top galas in each division do not need to be swum in neutral pools.
d)  Promoter’s Conditions - Point 20 (b) which is now Point 19 (b) - Division One and Division Two will now swim the same programme as the Premier Division.  The first events will be 200m IM.
e)  Promoter’s Conditions - Point 25 which is now Point 24 - An electronic copy (in the required format) of the team list reflecting the swimmer(s) names, date of birth and ASA number will be given to the host club not later than ten minutes before the start of the warm up.

Download the Constitution and PCs here

The other change this year is that all galas are licensed to level 3 except for the Premier Division Final which will be licensed to level 1.  This will mean that we cannot use certain pools as they do not have AOE.  

3.  The draw for the first round 2014 can be viewed here

Kathy Hook
Hon. Secretary


South League 2014 AGM

The South League 2014 AGM takes place at 10.30am on 18th May 2014 at the St John Ambulance Building, Stocton Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1HA. Please ensure your club is represented it is your chance to have your say about the way the South League is run. The AGM agenda is available for download here

Fareham Nomads Round 3 2013

Fareham Nomads competed in the 3rd and final round of the Arena League on Saturday 14th December, knowing that to retain their position in Division 1 West, the whole team had to perform to their best.
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