15 October 2018
The National Arena Swimming League season started last weekend, with South Croydon Swimming Club in action in Division 1 East in the Southern League.
Split into 6 regional leagues, and divisions within these, the National Arena Swimming League sees 53 galas swum on the same day, featuring over 340 teams, 10,000 swimmers, 1,100 officials as well as countless helpers, all with the aim of finding the most competitive swimming clubs across the country
The National Arena Swimming League season comprises three galas swum in October, November and December, after which the best teams progress to National finals in spring 2019. The first gala of this season for South Croydon was held in Horsham against clubs from Horsham, Thanet, Orpington, Herne Bay and also local rivals Croydon Amphibians.
Swum over a mixture of 50 Individual and Relay events, all of the South Croydon team swam amazingly through the whole gala, so well in fact that for a large part of the gala the team were in an incredible 3rd place before being pipped in the final race of the night to finish in 4th place by 1 point, equalling their best ever start to a Division 1 Arena League season. Out of the 50 races, South Croydon swimmers finished in the top three in an incredible half of all the races, winning five and finishing second in a further 11 races. Congratulations to everyone who took part, as every point really counted on the night.
Atlantis Horsham 252
Thanet B 189
Orpington Ojays 167
South Croydon 166
Croydon Amphibians 156
Herne Bay 119
A special mention to those who travelled back from University & Schools to swim for the team, (Dan B, Ella C & Sean G) as well as all the coaches, officials, and parents who helped on the night.
Rnd 2 take place on the 10 November and we travel once again to the Pavillions in Horsham!