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On the 11th November the 2017 Autumn league continued for BASC with a first ever visit to the new Hinckley LC and its stunning 8 lane pool. 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.
In Round 1 we had been given the difficult task of drawing Nuneaton and Rushden, winners of the last two years, but we came home in a fighting 3rd place. This put us 10th going into the gala at Hinckley knowing we needed to do very well to sneak into the top 8 final for only the second time in our history.
The draw appeared more reasonable than round 1 but there are simply no easy galas!!! We drew winners from round 1 in Hinckley B, runners up Daventry B, plus Coalville B, Neptune B and Oadby & Wigston A. 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 giving some who had missed round 1 a chance to swim and be eligible for the final round.
Autumn League debuts for Dylan Mitchell, Amelie Spiers and Georgia Ulyett. Races for age 10 are 25m, age 12 are 50m and the older age groups are mainly 100m.
Could BASC inflict the first defeat on Hinckley B since they moved into the new LC and make a second successive Grand Final dream become a reality?
Results from one of our finest night’s:-
13 First Places:
Imeh Tyas, Emma Preston, Sophie Fowkes and Emma Brown – age 14 free relay
Ella Cooper, Rosie Bolton, Daisy Wong and Ruby Welsford – age 12 free relay
Sophie Fowkes – age 14 50m Fly
Annabelle Joseph – open 100m back
Adam Doughty – open 100m back
Jack Ward – age 14 100m free
Rosie Bolton – age 12 50m back
Aidan Joubert – age 12 50m back
Adam Doughty – open 100m breast
Charlie Miller – age 10 25m free
Tom Mitchell – age 12 50m breast
Imeh Tyas, Emma Brown, Sophie Fowkes and Emma Preston – age 14 medley relay
Adam Doughty, Matt Gates, Phil Peake and Finlay Bell – open medley relay
19 Second Places:
Edan Maxwell, Oliver Frost, Dylan Mitchell and Lucas Joubert – age 10 free relay
Jack Ward, George Greener, George Stevens and Noah O’Brien – age 12 free relay
Phil Peake, Matt Gates, Finlay Bell and Adam Doughty – open free relay
Emma Preston – age 14 100m breast
Jack Ward – age 14 100m breast
Tom Mitchell – age 12 50m fly
Matt Gates – open 100m free
George Stevens – age 14 50m fly
Ella Cooper – age 12 50m free
Aidan Joubert – age 12 50m free
Rachael Greener – age 10 25m fly
Imeh Tyas – age 14 100m free
Edan Maxwell – age 10 25m free
Imeh Tyas – age 14 100m back
George Greener – age 14 100m back
Matt Gates – open 100m fly
Bella Smith, Charlie Miller, Georgia Ulyett and Amelie Spiers – age 10 medley relay
George Greener, Jack Ward, George Stevens and Noah O’Brien – age 14 medley relay
Ruby Welsford, Ella Cooper, Rosie Bolton and Daisy Wong – age 12 medley relay
12 Third Places:
Charlie Miller, Georgia Ulyett, Rachael Greener and Amelie Spiers – age 10 free relay
Tom Mitchell, Hayden Cotton, James Copley and Isaac Gill – age 12 free relay
Hayley Brightman, Annabelle Joseph, Eve Sandle and Immy Hill – open free relay
Bella Smith – age 10 25m back
Rosie Bolton – age 12 50m fly
Hayley Brightman – age 14 100m free
Ella Cooper – age 12 50m breast
Eve Sandle – open 100m fly
Oliver Frost, Jasper Saunders, Dylan Mitchell and Lucas Joubert – age 10 medley relay
Hayden Cotton, Aidan Joubert, Tom Mitchell and Isaac Gill – age 12 medley relay
Annabelle Joseph, Immy Hill, Hayley Brightman and Eve Sandle – open medley relay
The gala was so close throughout – Hinckley B winning 19 races but having more finishes outside the top 3 than Burton. All 6 clubs won at least one race which is very unusual – and the tension at the end as to whether we had done enough was clear……………
Final Result – based on 6 points for first
Hinckley B 228
Coalville B 175
Oadby & Wigston 149
Daventry B 122
Neptune B 112
Massive thank you to Ian, Phil and Simon being poolside and encouraging the kids. Also thank you to Bev, Martin, Chris and Rob for the officiating/timing – and for Donna for the relay splits. Also to the parents who made some noise last night and then had to travel all the way back home – without the parents we would not get teams to away galas so thank you guys!!!
51 PB times including relay splits – no DQ – and a night with lots of highlights………..
– STAR SWIMMER – awarded this time to both Adam Doughty ( who won both his two ind races ) and the age 14 girls relay team ( Imeh, Emma P, Emma B and Sophie) who won both relays in great races
– RACE OF THE NIGHT – Charlie Miller winning the age 10 free race – in round 1 Charlie was upset after this race – this time she got out (like so many last night) beaming in the knowledge she had swam incredibly well
– Finlay Bell for holding on – only just – to anchor the open boys medley relay team to first – how fast was that last Hinckley swimmer????
– Georgia Ulyett for returning to gala action after recovery from a broken wrist – swimming great times after getting over her nerves to show us all she is back!!!
– Rosie Bolton and Aidan Joubert winning the age 12 back races in fine fashion
– Jack ward winning the age 14 100m free for our biggest margin on the night
– Sophie Fowkes taking the age 12 50m fly for our first ind win
– Tom Mitchell winning the 50m breast as he always does!!!
– Annabelle Joseph showing that turns really do count in the 100m back – the other kids should watch her and admire those turns
– Ella, Rosie, Daisy and Ruby winning the age 12 free relay in some amazing split times holding off two other very good age 12 girls teams
This morning the League have confirmed that for the second year running BASC will be in the Grand Final on 9th December at Braunstone LC – they go to the final after 2 fantastic rounds utilizing 43 different swimmers and an abundance of talent to go with the fantastic team spirit!!!