Wycombe Excel at the National Arena League

Simon Shaw

On Sunday 3rd March 2019 Wycombe’s swimmers competed in Cardiff in the 50th National Arena Swimming League Finals.  In an exciting and close final Wycombe Swimmers did themselves and their club proud. 

After the team parades and opening anthems racing started watched over by special guest world record holder and Olympic Champion Adam Peaty. 

The first event was the Ladies Open 200IM Millie Sansome opening Wycombe;s account with a  fine 2nd placed swim. Followed by Camereon Brooker gaining a PB and Trials Qualifing time in the mens event. A second place for the Girls 12/u 200m Freestyle relay team put Wycombe up at the top of the pile. Points were hard fought over for the whole competition but eventually the big three clubs (Guildford, Plymouth and Millfield) put out their best swimmers and opened a gap over the clubs in 4th to 8th.

Throughout the Gala the cheering and support of the green army was spectacular The #oneteam spirit was evident amoung the swimmers and the supporters.  The spectators were led by a team of Masters swimmers fresh from their own competition the day before the enthusiasm was evident, With every finish being cheered.

Paces in the middle group of clubs changed regulalry and Wycombe seemed to occupy just about every position in the table over the 50 events.  However, the Strength of the Wycombe swimmers and the depth of the team started to show with some notable s first places for Merissa Booth (100 free) and Jemima Hall (100 free).  Followed by some strong relay performances towards the end Wycombe pushed the other teams hard and eventually claimed 6th position.

The final team positions were

Place Team Points
1. Plymouth Lea 361
2. Millfield 354
3. Guildford Ct 348
4. Hatfield 276
5. Co Cardiff 271
6. Wycombe Dist 265
7. Co Oxford 257
8. Northampton 250
9. Stockport Mo 237
10. Co Derby 127

Wycombe were voted best supporters at the event, a just reward for the efforts of the team and in particular Pip, Matt and Greg who tirelessly led the dancing during warm up and the cheering throughout. 

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