After an amazing second place in round 1 the club was looking at securing a 4th consecutive season in the top flight in round 2 at Hinckley LC. The league table going into the second set of galas saw us in 6th place – surely we could not stay in the top 8 and make a final with all the Arena League Titans?
The format of the league will see 18 teams split into 3 galas for the first two rounds – leading to the top 8 going into a final – the next 5 being in a gala – and the bottom 5 facing a gala that would see 3 relegated back for the 2020 season to division 2.
The draw saw us face the Coalville A and Hinckley A which both finished in the top 8 last year, plus Market Harborough A. Kettering A and Wellingborough B. Could Burton have a go at reaching the impossible dream of a final in the Winter League which had 9 Arena teams plus Autumn Champions Rushden in its very strong 18 teams??
The format is 4 age groups are as at 31/12/19 and are age 11, 13, 15 and open – with the main changes being the addition of an Individual medley, the age 15 kids doing 100 fly not 50m. plus all the young kids doing 50m not 25m races.
Winter league debuts went to Amber Wan, Sophie Sturman, Issy Stanley and Mel Parsons.
9 First Places
Dylan Mitchell, Dylan Campbell, Lucas Joubert and Josh Cooper – age 11 free relay
Dylan Mitchell – age 11 50m back
Ella Cooper – age 13 50m fly
Bella Smith – age 11 50m breast
Ella Cooper – age 13 50m free
Harrison Jones – age 13 50m free
Jaina Muogbo – age 11 50m free
Dylan Mitchell – age 11 50m free
Dylan Mitchell, Josh Cooper, Dylan Campbell and Lucas Joubert – age 11 medley relay
13 Second Places
Matt Gates – open 100m Medley
Bella Smith, Jaina Muogbo, Lana Clamp and Amber Wan – age 11 free relay
George Greener, Matt Appelbee, Tom Mitchell and George Preston -age 13 free relay
Bella Smith – age 11 50m back
Matt Gates – open 100m free
Josh Cooper – age 11 50m breast
George Greener – age 15 100m fly
Jack Ward – open 100m back
Dylan Campbell – age 11 50m fly
Ella Cooper – age 15 100m free
George Greener – age 15 100m free
Matt Gates – open 100m fly
George Greener, Tom Mitchell, Matt Appelbee and George Preston – age 15 medley relay
7 Third Places
Charlotte Breeze, Rosie Bolton, Sophie Fowkes and Sophie Sturman – age 15 free relay
Ella Cooper, Georgia Ulyett, Ruby Welsford and Charlie Miller – age 13 free relay
Lana Clamp – age 11 50m fly
Ruby Welsford – age 13 50m back
Sophie Fowkes – age 15 100m back
Ruby Welsford, Charlie Miller, Ella Cooper and Georgia Ulyett – age 13 medley relay
Oliver Frost, Harrison Jones, Edan Maxwell and James Copley – age 13 medley relay
From the start it was clear that Coalville A and Hinckley A would compete for first place – with Wellingborugh B struggling post their promotion from Division 2 last year –– Burton never moved from third place – the level of commitment and fight shown on the night was very impressive. To swim 53 PB times so soon after the county champs was brilliant.
Results after 51 races:-
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So the club has earned 4 points for coming 3RD and now have 9 points after two rounds – and for the FIRST TIME the local club has made the Winter League Division 1 Final.
Massive thanks go to:-