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National Arena League Round 3 2018

 

Our Arena league team returned to Newmarket for the final round against Lincoln Vulcans, West Norfolk, Modernians, Leander A and hosts Newmarket. With Club Championships on the following day it was good to see those selected turning out to represent the club. West Norfolk were favourites going into the final round and showed strength in their senior swimmers but our younger swimmers shined and picked up some valuable points - the boys 9-11 relay teams (Jensen, James, Matt and Oliver) convincingly won their events and James B and Matt won their individual events.  Stand out swims came in the relays with a fantastic last leg by Jess M on the 9-11 years 4 x 50m relay and Ben P who pulled it back on the Mens 15U 4 x 50m Medley to finish in 2nd place in both events.  While Norfolk, Vulcans and Modernians battled it out for the top spots we saw ourselves fighting for 4th place against Leander A.  A number of 3rd places kept us in contention and every point started to matter.  At the end of the competition only 3 points separated us from Leander and we clinched that 4th place spot - a fantastic result from this years team and a very happy coach!  So happy that he put on the buffet for the return journey home - thank you Mark and Carole for organising.  Thank you to all the parents who made the journey down south and to all our poolside team, particularly Lucy who had co-ordinated the team.  We're all very proud of our Arena Stingrays - well done.