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Newbury add second thrilling win to 2013 National Arena Swimming League campaign


NDSC continued their excellent form in their 2103 National Arena Swimming League campaign with a second successive win in round 2. Having travelled back to Reading, Newbury secured 31 wins out of a possible 40 to finish on 267 points. Kingston Royals were second with 225, Leatherhead third with 171, Dorking fourth with 134, Eastleigh fifth with 120 and Farnham Nomads sixth with 114.

Newbury remain at the top of the table, sharing the top spot with Basingstoke Bluefins A, lining themselves up for a spellbinding final double scoring final round on December 14th.

Sarah Pilbrow
 

Rushmoor Royals Round Two


It was a nail biting gala and a very close finish with it all in the balance as we went into the last few relays.

There was an incredible amount of pbs and a lot of swimmers were swimming a year out of age with our youngest being 9 in the 11 and under category.

Again our team spirit drove the team forward and we put up a fight from start a big well done to all involved.

A very exciting night and a highly competitive result as we smashed our round 1 times everyone stepped up for a very exciting evening roll on round 3.  

ROUND 2 FINAL SCORES:

1st Amersham 217
2nd Woking  215
3rd Thanet  188
4th Rushmoor 187
5th Hastings  120
6th Maxwell 118
 

Rushmoor Royals Round One


It was a nail bi ting gala and a very close finish with it all in the balance as we went into the last few relays.

There was an incredible amount of pbs and a lot of swimmers were swimming a year out of age with our youngest being 9 in the 11 and under category.

Again our team spirit drove the team forward and we put up a fight from the start a big well done to all involved.

A very exciting night and a highly competitive result roll on round 2.

Sean Bailey
Director of Swimming, RRSC
 
ROUND 1: FINAL SCORES:
1st Sevenoaks 205
2nd Windsor 204
3rd Rushmoor 197
4th Staines 157
5th Bracknell 146
 

Round 1 National Arena Swimming League Victory for NDSC


Newbury District Swimming Club provided an exciting Saturday night’s entertainment in the first fixtures of this year’s National Arena Swimming League, winning their first round tie in South Division One West in great style.

In a tough draw, which included Portsmouth Northsea and Winchester City Penguins, Newbury secured an impressive 18 wins across all age groups to triumph with a total of 243 points. Portsmouth Northsea were second with 230, Winchester City Penguins third with 220, Dorking fourth with 139, hosts Tilehurst fifth with 125 and Farnham sixth with 82.

Newbury are now in an superb equal first points position in the league table, with Basingstoke Bluefins A, an excellent starting point for Round 2, which will be held in Reading on Saturday 9th November, where Newbury have a favourable Lane 3 draw.
 

Northsea “B” Win Thrilling Arena League Gala.


Portsmouth Northsea B kicked off their Arena league campaign by clinching victory in the final event of a stunning Division two south gala in front of a packed & noisey crowd at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth on Saturday 12th October.

For the first time since the Mountbatten centre opened it’s 50 Metre pool the roof of the pool was well and truly raised by the electric atmosphere of its racing teams and spectators!
As a brand new team to the league and for many PN swimmers their first time selection into the meet, the team did what it did best....raced hard But it wasnt plain sailing for the hosts though as despite winning 5 of the opening 10 races Northsea found themselves trailing Chalfont Otters by one point.

However, an impresive run of victories including wins from Ellie Fletcher & Joe Hendry in backstroke, comprehensive wins from Jack Keeler & Will Pointon in Fly and backstroke victory from James Corrigan gave Northsea a one point lead at the half way stage.

The lead continued to change hands between Northsea & Chalfont Otters with Windsor always just behind in 3rd place.

With just 2 events remaining Chalfont had a narrow lead over Northsea and it would all come down to the Open 6 x 50m Freestyle relays. The sound was deafening and the atmosphere electric as both teams and spectators were on the feet screaming  as Portsmouth Northsea took 2nd place behind Windsor in both the mens and womans races giving them the points they needed to turn the lead around and clinch overall victory on the night by just one point!

Place Club Points
1st Portsmouth Northsea B 305
2nd Chalfont Otters 304
3rd Windsor 277
4th Staines Swimming club 218
5th Wey Valley 163
6th Bognor Regis 153
7th Godalming 135


 

Amersham Reaches Cup Final


AMERSHAM Swimming Club will dive in at the deep end after earning their place at the National Arena Swimming League Cup Final in Cardiff next month.
They will now take their place on the blocks alongside Olympic, GB and international swimmers in the showcase event of the national calender.

For a club of their size and stature, it’s a startling achievement. In swimming terms, it’s like a local football team getting to Wembley and the club say that while they have enjoyed individual successes in the past, reaching the A final is easily the highwater mark in their 47-year history.

Amersham were originally set to compete in the B Final, which put them in the top 20 clubs in the country out of the 450-plus that compete throughout England.
But their promotion to the A Final means they immediately leapfrog nine of the other top clubs in the land to take their place in the top ten. Amersham Swimming Club President Bob Odell said: “This is the high point in our 47-year history and is the climax of six years hard work under the leadership of our head coach Malcolm Staight, who is retiring in the near future.

“The focus of the club has always been keenly competitive, with the vast majority of swimmers qualifying for the county championships.  “Large numbers represent the club at regional and national competitions each year, with some progressing to British championships and Olympic trials.

“Amersham is a relatively small club with 210 members, including Masters. Our opponents at Cardiff in this Final will include the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Plymouth, Guildford and Hatfield who all boast many times the membership of Amersham. “However, what we lack in numbers we make up for in team spirit and work ethic and we are very much looking forward to the event.”

That’s not the only reason for celebration at the club though. They recently won the 9-12 years Thames Valley Junior League for the fourth year in a row and fifth time in the last six years. Amersham went to the final round in Maidenhead having won the first two events, but after the first section of relays and individual races there were only five points between themselves, Newbury and Windsor. It was still nip and tuck after the second of three sections, meaning the final relays would be critical.  Four victories and two second places eased Amersham away before the final race, an eight-leg squadron freestyle relay involving one boy and one girl from each age group. And that was decisive. Amersham just got faster and faster as the race developed to touch the wall four seconds clear of second place and a full 20 seconds ahead of last. That moved them up to 191 points, 19 clear of Windsor and 25 ahead of Newbury.

Meanwhile, the Amersham B team were also swimming in the league, finishing fourth overall with 16 top finishes.  “Large numbers represent the club at regional and national competitions each year, with some progressing to British championships and Olympic trials.

“Amersham is a relatively small club with 210 members, including Masters. Our opponents at Cardiff in this Final will include the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Plymouth, Guildford and Hatfield who all boast many times the membership of Amersham. “However, what we lack in numbers we make up for in team spirit and work ethic and we are very much looking forward to the event.”

A squad of 50 swimmers, aged ten-years-old to adult, will compete in Wales.

Origional article published in Bucks Free Press

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