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On the 14th October the 2017 Autumn league got underway with an away draw at the Braunstone Leisure Centre. The format of this league is similar to all Leicester Leagues in that the 25-30 clubs are split into a random open draw at round 1 with limited seeding– then you are seeded for round 2 to try and keep apart the top seeds from round 1 – with points earned from the first two round determining what level final you arrive in come December.
Last year the club had visited the same venue in December to swim in their first ever major full squad final. That final was won by Rushden SC, who held off strong opposition from Nuneaton SC. Burton had come an amazing 5th of the 30 clubs in the league 2016.
The draw appeared hard to say the least – not only had we got an away draw we also faced both the top 2 clubs from 2016 in Nuneaton and Rushden. The draw also put us against Braunstone C, Wellingborough B, Sharks D and Coalville B. There are 4 age groupings all at age at the 31/12/17 – 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. With this in mind we chose more swimmers rather than the usual c32.
Competitive debuts on the night went to Edan Maxwell and Mary Duggan. Autumn League debuts for Charlie Miller, Scarlett Perry, Jaina Muogbo, Bella Smith, Lucas Joubert, Oliver Frost and Jasper Saunders.
Races for age 10 are 25m, age 12 are 50m and the older age groups are mainly 100m.
6 Second Places
Jack, George, George and Noah – age 14 free relay
Racheal Greener – age 10 25m fly
Jack Ward – age 14 100m free
George Greener – age 14 100m back
Oliver, Jasper, Edan and Lucas – age 10 medley relay
Jack, George, George and Noah – age 14 medley relay
27 Third Places
Oliver, Edan, Jasper and Lucas – age 10 free relay
Imeh, Emma, Emma and Mary – age 14 free relay
Matt, Adam, Finley and Finlay – open free relay
Bella Smith – age 10 25m back
Jack Ward – age 14 100m breast
Charlotte Breeze – age 12 50m fly
Tom Mitchell – age 12 50m fly
Hayley Brightman – open 100m free
Matt Gates – open 100m free
Sophie Fowkes – age 14 50m fly
George Stevens – age 14 open 50m fly
Rosie Bolton – age 12 50m free
Aidan Joubert – age 12 50m free
Annabelle Joseph – open 100m back
Rosie Bolton – age 12 50m back
Harrison Jones – age 12 50m back
Immy Hill – open 100m breast
Matt Gates – open 100m breast
Imeh Tyas – age 14 100m back
Tom Mitchell – age 12 50m fly
Eve Sandle – open 100m fly
Finley Brown -open 100m fly
Imeh, Emma, Sophie and Emma – age 14 medley relay
Tom, Aidan, Harrison and Hayden – age 12 medley relay
Rosie, Ruby, Charlotte and Sophie – age 12 medley relay
Annabelle, Immy, Hayley and Molly – open medley relay
Adam, Matt, Finley and Finlay – open medley relay
Final Result – based on 7 points for first
Wellingboro B 158
Coalville B 150
Braunstone C 120
Sharks D 77
Massive thank you to Ian and Simon being poolside and encouraging the kids. Also thank you to Bev, Martin, Simon, Donna and Dave for the officiating/timing – and for Sarah for help sending the kids to the races
31 PB times including relay splits – just 2 DQ – and a night with a few more twists than we are used to !!!
STAR SWIMMER – joint to Tom Mitchell for his amazing times last night and Matt Gates for covering other races on top of his busy schedule to the illness during the gala.
Special mention to a few of the older kids – like Emma Preston and Sophie who took on a captains role of trying to make sure the little kids knew what races etc they faced last night.
The next round is on November 11th – please look out for invites as we are keen to build on this success – the Top 8 teams attend the main final and we hope for a kind draw!!!!