Nuneaton & Bedworth - Round One 2014

Nuneaton and Bedworth Swimming Club was in action again on Saturday night where they just missed out on a third place finish in the National Arena League Gala at the Pingles in Nuneaton recording 6 first place wins, 9 second place wins, 10 third place wins and a total of 43 personal best times.

The gala saw the clubs 10 year-olds and upwards compete in individual events and team relays against swimmers from Halesowen, Chase, Leicester, City of Derby and Shrewsbury swimming clubs in the Premier Division of West Midlands region.

The gala got off to a great start with a win from the boys 11/u team of Sepehr Sobhani, Harry Beverley, Finlay Monaghan and Harvey Matkin in the 200m freestyle relay which added to second places from Bethany Morrin in the 200m individual medley and the girls 15/u team of Bethany Morrin, Jessica Payne, Alex Lynch and Cerys Farmer in the 200m freestyle relay.

Next came wins for Lucas Williams in the 100m backstroke and the 100m breaststroke and Harvey Matkin in the 50m freestyle which added to second place wins for both Gabriella Watts and Sepehr Sobhani in the 50m backstroke and Harvey Matkin in the 50m butterfly which saw Nuneaton in 4th place at the half way point.

More wins came in the second half for Mya Aitken in the 100m butterfly and for the boys 11/u 200m medley team of Thomas Vince, Sepehr Sobhani, Harry Beverley and Finlay Monaghan which added to second place finishes for Sepehr Sobhani in the 50m breaststroke, Charlie Waddingham in the 100m breaststroke and a second place from the boys 15/u 200m medley team of Harry Puffett, Lucas Williams, Ethan Barnes and Lynden Holtom-Stott.

The event finished with another second place in the 300m freestyle relay form the boys open team of Joe Lynch, Jamie Black, Adam Raynes, David Broadbent, Charlie Waddingham and Samuel Hambridge. The final result after 50 events saw Leicester Sharks claim top spot (209 points), Halesowen (208), Chase (178), Nuneaton & Bedworth (176), City of Derby (156) and Shrewsbury (121).