SWIMMING: Success in Summer Mercian League

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Rugby Swimming Club

The Summer Mercian League was completed this weekend, with Rugby winning comfortably in the B final by 29 points.

All the teams who have competed thus far, are split off into four finals, ABCD depending on their relative finishes so far.

Rugby travelled to the Snow Dome in Tamworth, for the 7-12 placed teams, and romped home, with 211 points, in a great display of team spirit and enthusiasm, moving clear of Redditch, Lichfield and Kingsbury who were only separated by 1 points, in joint 2nd and 4th, 182/182/181points.

This was a fantastic team effort, with everybody staying until the end to support each other, the older swimmers helping, coaching and supporting the younger swimmers, and the younger swimmers returning the favour with vociferous support.

The club is really starting to reap the rewards for all the hard work from head coach Hemesh Chohan, and all his coaching staff, as strength in depth is starting to become a real factor across all ages, and not just one or two swimmers who we would expect to win most weeks. This was highlighted by Ellen Armeson, a backstroker, swimming the 100m breaststroke and the breaststroke leg of the medley relay for the 12 &U girls, clocking a lifetime best in both, to finish second in the individual and helping the relay team to first.

As always in these team events, the key is continued points accumulation, and with only two DQs all evening, Rugby were rarely out of the top three.

Individual wins went to Anna Shepherd in the ladies open 100m Breaststroke and Freestyle, Megan Williams in the girls 12&U 50 fly. Jack Carey, boys 12&U 50m Fly, Matt Laity boys 14&U 100m free, Tom Parker boys 14&U 100m br, Dan Hartup Men’s open 100m free, and Viktoria Perzylo in the girls 10&U 25m fly.

Last but not least Gleb Popov, who again swam the race of the evening, winning the 14&u boys 100m fly in 1.04.38, a Midlands qualifying time by over 2 seconds, as he stormed home by half a length. He also stepped up to swim the open 100m br and finished second, in an event he rarely swims.

These were backed up by a host of seconds for Ellen Armeson x 2, Luke Harris, Tom Parker, Dave Hepworth, Jack Carey, Ceri House and Cerys Jones, and several thirds, for Dan, Dan Carey, Karen Bates, Megan Williams and ‘Big’ Rhys James. Karen again showing that experience is as useful as youth in these team events.

Probably the most pleasing improvement and points winners were the relays, with the girls 12&U winning both the 4x25 free and medley, as did the 14&U boys.

The pinnacle probably being the mixture of youth and experience of the Ladies open team, (Karen, Anna, Cerys, and Abigail Bolton), with heights ranging from 5’0 to 6’1, and ages from 13 to well, a little over ‘21’, the ladies won both the relays, both very close, but 2 wins and 12 points in the bag.

Rugby are also in the final of the Nuneaton Junior League, for 8-12 year olds, with teams as far as Wales, and covering Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

This takes place in a couple of weeks, and preparations will start this week, so please ensure training is fully attended until this takes place.

Rugby Swimming Club, as you can see, are on the up, and for this revival to continue.

We are looking for the next generation of swimmers, 6,7,8 year-olds to join the club. This will improve technical ability, and give the best pathway to becoming successful swimmers.

The club, will also welcome any older swimmers, who wish to start or recommence racing in all age groups. Please see the new website at http://www.rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk/