Lates round of Nuneaton and Leicester Leagues
On Saturday RSC hosted the second round of the Nuneaton Junior League, (NJL) whilst the Leicester Diddy League (LDL) team went to the newly opened Hinckley Leisure Centre.
The NJL team came a very creditable 3rd place, a way behind Leicester Sharks who romped to victory, but consistent 2nd 3rd and 4th places, was the key to a strong result.
The LDL team valiantly struggled to a 5th place against 3 “A” teams, Coventry B, and Melton B who were a little further behind in 6th.
The NJL team fought off a relegation battle last year, but a solid mid table position is looking likely at this stage going into the last round next month.
The LDL have to wait to see how they will fair, as their first round was cancelled so, a virtual gala is being ‘swum’ using the times from round 2 to collate the points for the cancelled event.
The NDL team had just two winners across the evening, as Sharks won at a canter with 269 points, to Braunstone 183, Rugby 173, Northgate 169, Redditch 148, and Wyre Forest 126 points.
Indeed Sharks had 23 wins including 17/19 relays, just showing how strong in depth they were. Rugby’s two winners were Erin Lloyd in the 10yrs 50m free, clocking 33.82, and Jessica Mackenzie in the 12 yrs. equivalent in 31.40.
There were very sound 2nd places, Luie Gilroy in his 12s 50m back, Jess in the 11s 50m back, Libby O’Brien the girls 9s 25m fly, Alfie Hebb in the boys equivalent, in 21.19 and 21.50 respectively and Erin again the 50 back.
This being backed up by the girls’ 9s relays, of Erin, Libby, Emma Jones and Annabelle Crees. The Girls 12s relays of Jess, Charlotte O’Brien, Lana Rhys Wilson Shrubb, and Anna Farrow, matched this result. Thirds were recorded by William Stamp, Jess, Luie, Anna, Max Green, Annabelle, Libby and three other relay teams.
One very promising aspect was the complete lack of any DQs for Rugby, and indeed only two all evening across the competing teams.
Late withdrawals, and being a little short handed in the first place, meant Rugby had no swimmer in eight events at the LDL, which is never ideal in a 49 event gala, but the team fought on regardless. Kimberly won with 244 points, followed by Melton 230, Hinckley 171, Cov B 169, Rugby 105, and Melton B 75.
As one of only two “B” teams in the gala, it was always going to be a tall order, but led by the Senior swimmers, Dan Carey, Toby Rigg, Tamsin Kyte and Sadie Pick, the team did not let the travelling fans down.
The new swimmers to the competition arena started off a little reserved, but soon got into the team spirit and supported each other.
Unfortunately Rugby didn’t register a win all evening or indeed a second, but Dan twice, Toby, Alex Bowler-Smith, Elena Ridges, William Hughes, and the cannon all secured 3rds. Again RSC did not have a single DQ, but others, including Coventry had several especially in the relays, so RSC came out top in that area.
Rugby’s team included Ava Rogerson, Briony Dew, Phoebe Faupal, Elizabeth Reeder, Aofie Hennigan, Isabelle Hobbs, Lucas Wild, Tom Tyler, Steven O’Neill, Lucy Morgan and Oliver Railton, all of whom gained valuable race experience, as well as those already mentioned.
Head Coach James Dyer and Chairman Simon Rigg, were very proud of the team as late reshuffles meant swimmers filling in wherever possible.