Rugby Swimming Club
Rugby Swimming Club were again represented in both the Nuneaton Junior League (DJL) and the Leicester Diddy League(LDL) with both teams winning, in contrasting fashion.
The Junior league will make the Grand Final later in the year, and the Diddy league team finished 19th out of 30, (this being the 4th tier of 5) a massive improvement on 25th last year.
This is only the second time Rugby has entered both, and it shows how strength in depth is really improving, with more and more swimmers coming through and making their debuts, as well as individual improvements, certainly in the less experienced team, with huge PBs and general knowledge all round.
For example, in three Galas, some swimmers have gone from entering the pool either with a push start or with the elegance of a frog dropped from a great height.
There were no push starts on Saturday, and whilst they may not have been up to Michael Phelps’ standard, racing dives they certainly were. Having checked the results from round one, some swimmers in the LDL have improved by up to 7 seconds.
The Junior League Team again romped away with things, winning by 75 clear points, on 255, with Fox Hollies, 180, Wombourne 179, Warley Wasps 153, Worcester, 143, and Shrewsbury 124.
A great team effort, only twice outside the top three, excluding 3 dqs. There were wins for Lauren Phillips, Luke Anspokes, Dan Carey, Jessica McKenzie, Matt Seaton, Loui Gilroy, Elle Mae Fereday, Ceri House, as well as several of the relay teams, across all ages.
This was backed up with seconds for Lewis Cresswell, Anna Juanola, Cerys Allen, James Phillips, Max Green, Aofie Williams, Charlotte O’Brien, and Harriet Troupe, and virtually the rest of the relay teams.
Great credit must go to Steve Gregory, who master minded this success, and will no doubt ensure everyone is ready for the grand finale.
The LDL team were in a real dog fight with Coalville, winning by just 5 points, there was never more than 6 points between the two teams, 218 vs 213 as they both surged ahead of Nuneaton, 171, Neptune,157, and Oadby&Wigston, struggled a little but fought to the last on 117 .
There was a spell of 28 races where Rugby and Coalville finished first and second or vice-versa, and the closeness of battle was epitomised by the 8x1 mixed relay at the end, where Coalville pipped Rugby by a foot, as both teams beat the others by over a length.
With captain Jasmine Rigg absent on a school activity weekend, Georgia Godding and Emily Goodwin took on the roles of chief cheerleading, advice distribution, team spirit raisers and generally helping Coach Devesh Chohen to this deserved victory. Rugby had used the “age at” dates sensibly and had drafted in two experienced swimmers from the Junior team (if you can be experienced at 10), as they could swim more races, and gather more points.
Toby Rigg, and Aaron Kirkaldy, Toby in particular swam eight races, over three different strokes, in three different age groups, winning six and picking up second in the others.
Aaron was unfortunate to come up against a 5’8” 12 year old, but finished 2nd several times, as well as helping win several relays.
There were also debuts from members of the club from the Synchro section, showing good club spirit.
The team was Jamie Roberts, Lucas Marshall, Ben Shurrocks, Sam Humphries, Rory McDonell, Sam Holdsworh, Barney Dudowsky, Aaron Kirkaldy, Tom Burton, Owen Cox, Isaac Kayada, Jessica Crawfrod, Lana Wilson-Shrubb, Kirsten Harrington, Savanah Holden, Lara Williams, Phoebe Faupel, Kaitlyn Henden, Amelia Quinn, Megan Coats, Catherine Cleaver, Sadie Pick, Cerys James, Grace Rose, Nayana Walker, apologies if I have missed anyone, I won’t go through individual results, because, it was the team spirit, instilled over the three rounds that saw Rugby home.
LDL would also like to thank Alex Wilson-Shrubb for standing in as announcer, and Barry Rigg, drafted in to start at the last moment, Barry maybe ten times older than some of the swimmers on show, but we must all remember that without the officials, none of this report would have happened.