ROUND 1 DIDDY LEAGUE A TEAM @HALESOWEN 25.04.09
Wow! What a NIGHT…having recently been beaten by Halesowen, Chase and Walsall in friendlies and not having beaten Worcester in this league for 3 years, I knew this was going to be a really tough and competitive gala. Especially as Northampton were the 6th team involved and swimming at a 33m pool a first for many younger swimmers.
Meet the team: -
9 years: Ellie Asprey*, Ellie Childs*, Rochelle Edwards*, Katie White*, Jake Buswell*, Finley Cook*, Thomas Martin* and Edward Maycock*.
10 years: Rhiannon Cutler*, Olivia Naylor, Jordan Sharples, Bethan Walters*, Aaron Costigan*, Noah Schwartz*, Michael Sedgley and Ashley Smith.
11 years: Rosie Buswell, Jordan Ingamells, Chloe Lowe, Aimee Sanders, Alex Gordon*, Joe Hamilton* and Edward Povey.
12 years: Natalie Dingley, Katie Jones, Shannon O’Brien, Emma Pay, George Hammersley, Adam Horton and Myles Pountain*.
*Debuts in ‘A’ team @ Junior League for Stourbridge SC.
Event 1 & 2 - 10y free. Jordan & Michael. I thought if every swimmer followed their example of fight and determination we would do ok both earning 2 valuable points to start us off.
Event 3 & 4 - 9y breast. Ellie A & Edward. Excellent swims in their favourite stroke both 4th places.
Event 5 – 11y Girls medley relay. Great swims in each stroke, a good 4th place.
Event 6 –11y Boys medley relay. With only 3 11 year olds boys it was always going to be tough - Ashley swimming up to complete the team. 6th place. Well-done lads.
Event 7 & 8 12y back. Excellent finish by Katie to gain 2nd place on the touch and a good 4th for Adam.
Event 9 & 10. 10y breast. Rhiannon not fazed by the occasion, strong swimming all night just got touched out to 5th place. Aaron unwell all week, still gave 100%. 5th place. Well done both.
Event 11 & 12. 9y medley relay. The future looks bright for the Diddy’s with eight talented swimmers. Both Girls & Boys gaining 3rd place.
Event 13 & 14 11y freestyle relay. Girls 4th boys 6th
Event 15 & 16 12y fly. Nat - not expected to win this as the Northampton girl holds the Div 1 league record time. But in true Natalie style she did! George gave everything he’d got in a close high-class race. 6th.
Event 17 & 18. 10y medley relay. Fine swims from both teams. Noah on his debut for the A team bringing the team back to 4thwith a scorching final leg. Excellent! 5th place for the girls.
Event 19 & 20 11y back. Aimee fought hard for 3rd place. Ashley swimming up again. Well done.
Event 21 & 22. 9y freestyle relay. Girls pushed Northampton all the way – exceptional 2nd place. Boys gained a strong 4th.
Event 23 & 24. 12y breast. Emma swimming out of her skin at the moment – great 2nd place. George – tough race but gained us a valuable point.
Event 25 & 26. 10y freestyle relay. Closely fought races Girls 5th, Boys 4th
POINTS SO FAR:-
1st Northampton 134
2nd Halesowen 114
3rd Worcester 76
4th = Chase 74
= Stourbridge 74
6th Walsall 72
THAT’S CLOSE ! ! ! !
Event 27 & 28 11y fly. Aimee & Joe, great technique from these two, both 3rd place.
Event 29 & 30 9y fly. Ellie C & Jake two fine swims from these both an excellent 2nd.
Event 31 & 32 12y free. Nat – yes you guessed 1st again. Gained our only 2 individual firsts all night. Well done ! Adam, a tough race. 5th.
Event 33 Girls 8x1 freestyle relay. Did we look good in this or what? 2nd place, 6 sec ahead of 3rd well done girls.
Event 34 & 35 10y back. Michael looking good, better all the time. Fantastic 2nd. Bethan a little nervous before the race but did the business. 4th – well done
Event 36 & 37 9 yr free. Tom – good effort unlucky to get 6th. Ellie C – another close one. Strong in the last 3-4m pulling back from 4th to 2nd. Well done.
Event 38 & 39 12y freestyle relay. Boys - This was a close one, 6th place...only 1sec between 3rd & 6th. An exciting race for the girls. Lead all the way but got touched out to 2nd by Northampton. Great race!
Event 40 & 41. 11y Breast. Chloe battled hard to keep 4th place – well done. Aaron swimming up. 6th
Event 42. Boys 8x1 freestyle relay. Great swims all round. 3rd
Event 43 & 44. 10y fly. Olivia & Aaron – The smallest 10 year olds in the team! – both little rockets 4th place each .Olivia earning her first individual in the junior ‘A’ team.
Event 45 & 46. 9y Back. Katie W. Worked hard to get 5th place. Jake, consistent all night even after 6 swims!. A good 3rd place. Well done both.
Event 47 & 48. 11y Free. A good 4th place for Chloe. With only taking 3 12year old boys Joe swam up in both relays but still delivered the goods in his own individuals Well done 4th.
Event 49 12y Girls Medley Relay. These girls are an excellent example of a first class relay team. All 4 swimmers in their own strokes together producing a clear win. A pleasure to watch.
Event 50 12y Boys Medley Relay. Another good relay team here. 4th place with Myles producing the fastest freestyle split of the night – Boys & Girls.
Event 51. The Cannon. This was a tough relay race and shows the quality of Teams we were up against I did not see this result coming and I’m sure we’ll do better next time 6th place.
I’d like to make a special mention to our relay swimmers. They play an equally important role in the Team. With out you & your efforts the team would not be complete.
There was a long, tense fifteen-minute wait to hear the results. But it was well worth it…….
1st Northampton 262 points
2nd Halesowen 211 points
3rd Stourbridge 161 points
4th Worcester 149 points
5th Walsall 143 points
6th Chase 140 points
An outstanding result for the Team. Well done.
I would like to thank all parents for their support and getting there well in time. Chris for Judging, Sandra & Colin for Timekeeping and Jason, Becky Dingley & Marc for their valuable help on poolside.
Finally swimmer of the night, this has to go to all 30 swimmers who represented the club tonight each gave 100%
Junior A Team Manager