Events 2023/2024

Events 2023/2024

Statement from the League Executive Committee

 

The League recently carried out a Survey Monkey to establish the way the 2023 Programme is to be managed. The Executive met this week to confirm the events to be swum and how we will comply with the Swim England Transgender policy.

  • All age groups shall remain as previously defined.
  • The categories shall be Female and Open/Male.
  • All galas shall be licensed.
  • All relays shall be single category as defined by Swim England Policy ie. Female and Open/Male.
  • All relays shall comprise of four athletes including events 49 and 50.
  • There will be an additional event, Event 51 which will comprise of an athlete representing each age group and category, so 8 athletes swimming in any order. Athletes can only swim in their own age group and defined category, they may not swim up.

Programmes of events, recording sheets and all the required paperwork will be produced in due course to comply with the new conditions which will also be produced following the AGM in June 2023.

April 2023

Congratulations to Chelsea & Westminster SC – London Winners 2022

Congratulations to Chelsea & Westminster who are The National Arena Swimming League – London winners 2022.

 

Chelsea & Westminster and Camden Swiss Cottage A will be invited to the national finals in Cardiff in March 2023, as the winners and the runners-up for the London league.

Basildon & Phoenix have also qualified through the virtual gala and will also be invited to the national finals in Cardiff.

 

Congratulations to Camden Swiss Cottage B and Maxwell who are the winners and runners-up in division one.

 

Congratulations to Enfield Swim Squad and Bishops Stortford  who are the winners and runners-up in division two.

 

This season the numbers in the divisions have not been maximised, and it is hoped that for next season the divisions will be at capacity again. After next year’s registrations the situation will be reviewed to provide the best scenario across the divisions, by promoting or relegating between the divisions, as would be the normal process.

Cardiff lead Welsh one-two in Arena League B final

City of Cardiff won their fifth National Arena Swimming League B final title in 12 years to lead a unique Welsh one-two in their home pool.

The home club took the lead during the opening block of relays and never lost it, ending up with 368 points, 59 ahead of neighbours Swansea Aquatics.

Swansea, the only other Welsh team among the 20 A and B finalists, edged a fierce scrap for second place with 309 points, just three more than third-placed Camden Swiss Cottage from the London League.

Another London team, Chelsea & Westminster, were fourth with 286.

Cardiff also won the Arena Relay Challenge based on the aggregate times from all 16 relays.

It is the third year running that a team from the Western League have won the B final following Cardiff’s victory in 2018 and Mount Kelly’s in 2019.

City of Cardiff head coach Graham Wardell said: “We were disappointed not to make the A final as it is the most exciting gala you could possibly go to in Great Britain.

“But we are delighted to bring home a one-two for South Wales.

“The little ones love watching and swimming alongside the older ones, who in a few weeks will be competing in the Olympic trials.”

Wardell, whose club won the Cup Final way back in 1975, added: “We were hoping to do well. We knew we had some strengths and weaknesses and that the competition was going to be really tough.

“It was a real test. There were many close and exciting races.

“We have a long tradition in the League but having the final in your own pool is a double-edged sword.

“Other teams get on the coach in all their colourful kit and have a bonding experience on the way here.

“We just turn up. On the plus side, I can be home in 20 minutes!”

Cardiff also supplied the day’s only record-breaker, GB and Welsh international Xavier Castelli (formerly Xavier Mohammed), whose 100m backstroke time of 55.03 sliced half-a-second off Olympian Chris Walker-Hebborn’s League finals record from 2014.

It also won Castelli the prize for the top male swimmer with team-mate Harriet Jones taking the top female award for her 59.77 in the women’s 100m butterfly.

Swansea achieved a double in the age group awards with Aneurin Davies and double winner Chloe Pritchard respectively claiming the boys’ and girls’ 16/u top swim prizes.

Swansea dominated this age group with 10 wins from 12 races.

Other age group prizes went to RTW Monson’s Aran Bissett and Chelsea & Westminster’s Veronica Venuti in the 12/u age group and Camden Swiss Cottage’s Nicholas Finch and Cardiff’s Sophie Brassington in the 14 and unders.

RTW Monson, the weekend’s only finals debutants, made their mark in various ways.

The team from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent only made the B final because Stockport Metro withdrew from the Cup Final but they certainly justified their presence, finishing fifth overall and fourth in the Relay Challenge.

They also won the prize for the best supporters and dominated the 12/u events, winning 10 out of 12 and scoring 117 points out of a possible 120.

Some of the youngsters also ‘swam up’ in the 14/u and 16/u age groups.

RTW also finished ahead of Thanet and City of Oxford, the other two teams from the mighty South League, which supplied a maximum six teams across the two finals.

Monson are the third club to be led to their debut finals by head coach Graham Bassi, who did the same with Lincoln Vulcans in the early 2000s and Bournemouth Dolphins in 2007.

Bassi said: “We are very proud of our swimmers. The coaching team have worked together on their skills and technical ability and it’s paying off.

“When you take over as coach, you have to work from the bottom upwards because that’s the future of the club.

“We’re now in a very strong position for the future. In two years’ time I think we’ll be challenging for the A final.”

 

Relay Challenge

  1. City of Cardiff 33:57.27
  2. Camden Swiss Cottage 34:03.29 (+6.02sec)
  3. Chelsea & Westminster 34:513.17 (+15.90)
  4. RTW Monson 34:18.16 (+20.89)
  5. City of Cambridge 34:24.37 (+27.10)
  6. City of Oxford 34:28.29 (+31.02)
  7. Thanet 34:31.58 (+34.31)
  8. Swansea Aquatics 34:32.82 (+35.55)
  9. Preston 34:39.24 (+41.97)
  10. Boldmere 35:03.58 (+66.31)

 

Top Club

  1. City of Cardiff 368
  2. Swansea Aquatics 309
  3. Camden Swiss Cottage 306
  4. Chelsea & Westminster 286
  5. RTW Monson 277
  6. Thanet 265
  7. City of Cambridge 265
  8. City of Oxford 252
  9. Preston 238
  10. Boldmere 189