City of Cardiff - R3 2015

The City of Cardiff A Team travelled once again to Millfield for the regional final of the National Arena Swimming League. The opposition was going to be tough once again, as we were pitched against Plymouth Leander and Millfield who placed 1st and 3rd in the national A final last year. Additionally Cardiff had suffered a rare defeat by Swansea in the second round, so there was a lot of pride at stake to re-establish ourselves as Wales's top club!

Cardiff A got off to a flying start, with both Chloe Tutton and Ieuan Lloyd winning the open individual medley events, followed up by a blistering swim in the girls 10/11 years 4 x 50m Freestyle team where the squad of Becki De Torres, Arwen Stephens, Amy Shelton and Saffron Boswall destroyed the rest of the pool. Steady progress was made over the first half of the gala, and Cardiff A found themselves narrowly leading on points at the half way mark.

Despite great swims and big best times by many of the swimmers, but most notably Becki De Torres in the 10/11 50m Butterfly (31.28), Theo Savva in the 13/u 100m Breaststroke (1:13.80), Ieuan Lloyd in the open 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle (53.49 and 48.80 respectively), Xavier Mohammed in the open 100m Backstroke (53.33), Annaliese Beynon in the 15/u 100m Freestyle and Backstroke (57.30 and 1:03.89 respectively), and Chloe Tutton in the open 100m Breaststroke and Freestyle (1:08.10 and 54.86 respectively).

Cardiff ran out in a very close third place.  Unofficial scores - Plymouth 332 Millfield 308 Cardiff A 285 Swansea A 264 Bournemouth 174 Poole 168 Bridgend 154 Severnside 110

Head Coach Graham Wardell commented “It was really great to see such an individual commitment to a team performance - every swimmer gave of their best and responded to the challenge”.

We are now excitedly looking forward to our selection in the National A Finals in the Cardiff International Pool in April 2016.

The Cardiff B team competed in the Division One Final, also held in Millfield. After a steady start the team were 5th after 10 events, but slipped to 7th with 3 DQs.  However after some strong swims Cardiff B finished 5th ensuring they remain in Division One for 2016.
Unofficial scores:
1. Street 287
2. United Bristol 280
3. Salisbury 266
4. Swansea Aquatics B 231
5. Cardiff B 197
6. Paignton 192
7. Truro 188
8. Barnstaple 154