National Arena League Round One Report - Saturday October 9th

Woking SC Webmaster

Last Saturday, October 9th, saw Woking Swimming Club back in the Premier League of the National Arena League and we were at home for the first round. This is the number one competition for galas in England and we are part of it. There is a different format for this year, with many clubs bouncing back after the COVID-19 period. We had a number of late withdrawals due to positive tests and illness, which included one swimmer during the meet, but everyone adapted quickly and got through it.

We had a large number of great efforts through all the age groups, from more accomplished swimmers to first time Arena Leaguers. Despite lots of first night nerves, all the swimmers stepped up and did their best. We, as coaches were very proud of all the swimmers.

We started strongly, Maddie Livingstone putting on a courageous swim in the 200IM, and Masters Swimmer Rubens King providing a stand out swim in the same event and at the same time took the open Club Record. First place achievers adding to this were Hendrik van der Leest and Sophie King with outstanding swims from Joshua Thompson, Tegan Gale and Ryan Turner to name but a few.

It was great for the coaches to see the swimmers race and get a clear view of where we are at as a club. There were a lot of good signs that we are heading in the right direction, but I also got to see that we still have a fair road to travel this season to have bounced back fully. I was very encouraged by what I saw and picked up a few areas which need work. Well done team!

Mark Staiger
Head Coach



1st  Guildford City  213

2nd RTW 159

3rd  Leatherhead  148

4th  Woking 146

5th  Portsmouth 109

6th  Kingston Royals  103