Meadowside Leisure Centre – 8th June 2019
Following the successful running of the event since 2015 BASC last night ran the 5th version of the Duel in the Pool. This event is open to all swimmers and is used as a club night to get swimmers into competitive swimming while having lots of fun with team mates. The club is split into two teams, families kept together where we can, in an attempt to field two evenly matched teams.
The challengers of the Bluerays entered first to the cheers from parents and grandparents, and the booming sound of the ‘Boogie Wonderland under the leadership of captains Immy Hill and Harrison Jones. Defending champions Bluefins then entered to the sound of the ‘Giants” by Team captains Matt Gates and Ruby Welsford.
Captains this year had a greater role choosing which of the two head coaches they wished to have with them on the night, plus taking it in turns to select from the 20 ‘top pick’ swimmers into teams.
In total over 100 swimmers took part and for many of the very little ones this was their first swim in a gala. The two banners made by the junior captains (and parental help no doubt) hung up in the two team bases to give a real ‘two tribes’ feel to the event
The music that was played throughout the night added to the atmosphere and the kids shouted for all 52 races last night – plus a lot of dancing while not swimming to the hits on play
The event was again split into 4 age groups – based on age as at 31/12/19
All strokes were covered during the 52 race programme with a choice girls and boys race over 50m on both kickboard and pull buoy. ( I hope coaches were watching which kids can go fast when points at stake rather than in training !!!!) – plus each Senior Captain chose a race to play the ‘Joker’ in order to earn double points – each team had 3 lanes for each event with the 3 lanes added together to get a team total to decide the result.
The teams had swimmers from the little pool through to masters with coaches also swimming last night. The pool had a lovely atmosphere last night and the races got under way to a few nerves and lots of smiles.
The noise at the end was the BEST BIT – both teams chanting at each other then diving in as the result was announced – the team spirit and friendship within the club continues to grow and tonight was our noisiest duel so far. All the kids plunged into the pool as the result was announced.
Team Captains led their teams up in turn to collect medals from club representatives and sponsors present at the event.
The Final result was Bluefins 573 v Bluerays 543 – so just half a point a race swing to the reigning champions – but with both teams winning many races and lots of PB times swam in a great atmosphere – Thank you to all who helped make this such a special night for the swimmers both young and old!!!
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