National Arena League round 2 - Boom!

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Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre welcomed Alton and District’s team for Round 2 of the National League. This time the club was competing with Worthing, Chichester, Godalming, Wey Valley and top-of-the-table, Southampton.

And Alton started as it meant to go on with Jess and Kai winning the first two events - 200IM.

By Event 10, Southampton had taken a narrow lead, but Alton had the bit between their teeth and pulled out some amazing swims! In all, Alton swimmers won 17 of the 42 events and came second in a further 11.

22 swims were in personal best times, and these included all our youngest swimmers (Sam, William, Olive, Rose, Ruby and Martha), and our entire Under 16 Boys team (Max, George and Rory). The stand-out swims of the night came from Eleanor St, Max, Ruby, William, Trinity, Nate and Rory, all of whom bettered their entry times by over 2 seconds!

Particularly strong were our Under 14 and Open teams – each bagging over 85% of the available points in their age groups.

For the spectators though, the relays were the most exciting events of the evening. With teams comprising two girls and two boys, the eight relays kept everyone on their toes until the final leg. Alton swam every single relay faster than it had done in round 1 – a testament to the hard work that’s gone into training in the last few weeks. Indeed, the U16 Medley team of Rosie, Rory, Max and Sophie were a whopping 8 seconds faster than the team had been in the previous round!

But it was a stunning Under 14 Medley team (Emily, Arthur, James and Trinity) that really impressed – beating their nearest rivals by 8 seconds to cruise to victory. The same team members won the freestyle relay too, with a committed team of senior swimmers also winning both their Open relays.

Indeed, it all came down to the final Open freestyle relay to decide the honours. Kai, Jess, Hannah and Joe lined up for the final event lying in second place by just a single point. Nothing but a win would do. And win it they did! They finished well over a second ahead of Southampton in second place, meaning the two teams were tied in first place on the night.

The final team points were:

1st

Alton

193

1st

Southampton

193

3rd

Worthing

140

4th

Chichester

135

5th

Godalming

125

6th

Wey Valley

95

The third and last round will take place on Saturday 11th December when Alton will take on the five other highest scoring teams in the division to decide the final standings. Bring it on!