On the Saturday evening the 2019 Staffs League continued on its annual route to finals in November. We all know by now that this league is a difficult league with 3 levels of standard. In round 1 we had again swam in level 2 – which in truth is the level we are at now. In round 2 we had a swim in level 3, we entered as clear favourites and won at a canter – this lead us back to level 2 for the 3rd round.
The draw put BASC against Bilston B. Chase B, Stafford Apex, Wombourne and Cannock Phoenix A. The gala format is all races and legs are over 50m – and we get mixed relays rather than the usual all girls or boys.
A very tough draw with us going in seeded 5th and likely to be with Bilston for 5th or 6th place.
4 First Places
Lana Clamp – 50m Back – age 11
Finley Brown – 50m Fly – open age
Matt Gates – 50m Breast – open age
Bella Smith – 50m Breast – age 11
6 Second Places
George Greener – 50m Fly – age 15
Ella Cooper – 50m Fly – age 13
Connor Small – 50m Fly – age 13
Matt Gates – 50m Free – open age
Dylan Campbell – 50m Fly – age 11
Jack Ward – 50m Back – open age
12 Third Places
Tom Mitchell – 50m Breast – age 15
Harrison Jones – 50m Back – age 13
Jaina Muogbo, Bella Smith, Dylan Campbell & Josh Cooper – age 11 free
Ella Cooper – 50m Free – age 13
Harrison Jones – 50m Free – age 13
Sophie Fowkes, Adam Doughty, Finley Brown & Paige Colling – open medley
Dylan Mitchell, Bella Smith, Lana Clamp & Lucas Joubert – age 11 medley
Sophie Fowkes – 50m Back – age 15
George Greener – 50m Back – age 15
Lana Clamp – 50m Fly – age 11
Charlotte Breeze – 50m Free – age 15
Matt Appelbee – 50m Free- age 15
The overall result scoring 6 points for a win :-
So an amazing 4th place – all teams winning races in a very tight competitive gala – the swimmers gaining 33 PB times on the night.
STAR SWIMMER – shared by Lana Clamp and Bella Smith – both gained individual wins plus highly placed relay team swims in a very high standard
STAR RACE – shared by Matt Gates and Finley Brown – both won races by fair margin on the night
All the age 9 kids did themselves proud – the smiles on their faces as they came back to the team base was fantastic
Special thank you to Bev Doughty, Jo Bolton, Martin Brown and Karen Cooper for officiating, to Colin, Simon and Dominic for relay timing, and Simon & Ian for all the coaching and advice on the night.