On the 14th December the 2019 Autumn league came to it’s conclusion with both the A and B teams being drawn in galas at the Braunstone LC. The format of this league is similar to all Leicester Leagues with points earned from the first two round determining what level final you arrive in come December. In round 1 both teams had come an amazing second place in their respective galas. In round 2 the A team came 2nd again and the B team had come 4th.
Last year the A team had made the major final for the third consecutive year, coming a record high 4th on the night at Corby. The B team on its debut came 3rd in the 3rd tier final , taking 17th in a league of 30 teams..
There are 4 age groupings all at age at the 31/12/19 – being age 10, 12, 14 and over 14 (open). With all Leicester League formats the rules are simple – you cannot swim in round 3 if you have not swam in an earlier round. Races for age 10 and age 12 are 50m and the older age groups are mainly 100m. For the first time the top two finals were made licenced meets with times counting towards county qualification.
So after two amazing rounds the A team again took part in the Grand Final – this was an evening gala and our 4th in a row. We were seeded 5th with big guns Corby, Rushden and Nuneaton in the seeded middle lanes plus Kettering and Leicester Neptune in the other central lanes – the outside lanes of the 8 lane final being Leicester Penguins and Nene Valley.
The B team were our new success story making the afternoon 8 lane B final – we came in seeded 8th and knew we just had to go and swim hard with this all about learning – we had delivered so much already. Arena League big guns of Daventry and Leicester Sharks were clear favourites for this final.
Two galas in one day in the same place running one after each other was a challenge logistically – with Leicester City FC playing at home and a crash on the M1 – it all added up to a fun filled 7 hours at Braunstone.
Burton A Team Results:
1 Second Place
Georgia Ulyett – age 12 50m fly
11 Third Places
17 Fourth Places
A Final Results based on 8 points for a win:
Burton B Team Results:
1 First Place
Amelie Spiers – age 12 50m Fly
1 Second Place
6 Fourth Places
B Final Results – based on 8 points for a win