City of Cardiff - R1 2015

Six months on from the exciting NASL B Final at the Cardiff International Pool, runners up, Cardiff were eager to commence the 2015/16. Round 1 in the Western League Premier Division meant a trip to Millfield and the Club were chosen to host the Gala.

Racing against teams from Poole, Soundwell, Yeovil, WSM & newly promoted Carn Brea, the first event was the Ladies’ Open 200IM, in which Chloe Tutton finished first, and was closely followed with another convincing win from Xavier Mohammed in the Men’s’ Open 200IM.

These two events set the standard for the rest of the gala, as CCSC swimmers from all the age groups delivered some great racing and finished first in 38 events, with Poole winning 8 events. Coach Keith Bewley commented “it was a great start for the Cardiff A team, with no DQs.  Looking back to our first round last year the team were faster in 44 events!”

CCSC was already well ahead on points the first time they were announced after eleven events, and stayed that way throughout the gala, ending with a final tally of 275 points, with Poole coming in second with 203 points. (Subject to final Western League ratification).

Thanks you to all Club volunteers & officials and parents who made this a great gala and to James Guy for stopping for pics!
CCSC B Team were competing in Hutton Moor following their return to Division 1 this year

Hosts, Southwold welcomed us together with Truro, Cirencester, Newton Abbot, West Dorset, Salisbury & Kingsbridge Kingfishers.

Coach David Cocks commented “it was a very close round”.  After earning an early lead from some extremely strong looking relay teams, Salisbury Stingrays caught the B team up once the individual races began.

The teams were tied after 18 races, but Cardiff B showed some fantastic character by clawing back the lead and holding on to it until the very last race, securing victory by 1 point!

The team showed some great support, being lead by team captains Richard Cottrell and Catherine Lock and their vice captains.  All swimmers stepped up to the plate and surpassed even their own expectations, being driving by the cheers and the energy of all the team (swimmers and parents) which took them to the victory.