Arena League Round 1

On Saturday 15th Oct at University of Hertfordshire - Sports Village in Hatfield the Club entered a team for the first round of the Arena League.

The team came 8th on the night, but fought hard and all swam well.

Thanks to Yvette & Geoff for trying to get the team together, it took several attempts, but we got there in the end.

We unfortunately had a few last minute withdrawals due to various personal issues, special thanks to Zoe Doyle as well who took a call at 4pm to join the team last minute and swam her fastest ever relay leg in the final cannon relay with 30.88 (first ever sub 31 for her). Commitment.


The swimmers of the night were:

Ella Nijkamp – stepping into Open relay at last moment

Amy Pemberton – back from Plymouth and setting pbs and new club bests in every race

Chris Nel, James Chennells & Zac Patel – the Open boys were tremendous all setting individual pbs

Ish Rahim – phenomenal finishes all night and 2 individual wins


A big thank you to the following;

Volunteers - Dolan Hinch, Kath Donald, Sian MacDonald, Travey Moren & Zoe Watson

Officials - David Soulsby and Jo Sansom

Not forgetting our coaches - Geoff Wood & Michelle Hewson

Thank you very much all of you yes


Final 2 relays were as follows (these do not appear in the Meet results):


Girls:   Boys:
Ellie MacDonald   29.62    Chris Nel  24.51
Ella Nijkamp 29.97   Euan Donald   27.81
Ellen Northwood  29.50   Zac Patel  25.58
Zoe Doyle 30.88   Ish Rahim  26.01
Issy Soulsby 29.66   Luke Nijkamp  28.93
Amy Pemberton 27.05   James Chennells 24.85
Total 2:56.68   Total 2:37.69



​Excellent swimmers by everyone and thank you all very much for continuing to support the Club.

​We do believe however that we may get a fine as we did provide the right level of officials.