Southern Junior League 2019 - National Final

Tom Dowden

With a 6am start, the team set off bright and early to make their way up to Matlock in Derbyshire for the Junior Inter-League Southern Area final (please don’t ask how Matlock is in the South!). Knowing that we were taking on some big clubs it was clear that this was going to be a tough challenge for a young team. Nonetheless, the team were keen and ready to take on: Guildford City, Nottingham Leander, City of Norwich, City of Coventry and Camden Swiss Cottage.

Swimmers making PSC debuts in the 2019 Junior League:

9 years: Ava T; Philip B, Sophie LR

11 years: Holly O; Mark T

Notable swims came from the following swimmers:

Freestyle: Jack G (2nd); Roberta B (3rd); Seren P (2nd); Grace M (2nd); Alex E (3rd);

Butterfly: Abigail S (3rd); Freddie H (3rd); Will W (3rd);

Breaststroke: Christopher B (3rd); Roberta B (3rd); Seren P (3rd); Jack G (1st);

Backstroke: Paul I (3rd)

Relays: Boys 11/under Medley Relay: Will W, Jack G, Mark T, Harry C (1st)

Overall result

Guildford City: 1st place – 234 points
Camden Swiss Cottage: 2nd place – 191 points
City of Coventry: 3rd place – 184 points
City of Norwich: 4th place – 160 points
Poole Swimming Club: 5th place – 136 points
Nottingham Leander: 6th place – 109 points
 

Observations 

We made history today in a National final having been declared outright winners of the Southern Junior league in September for the first time. This was a fine performance from a young team in a National level final

Swimming against some tough competition we achieved: 

  • 1st place in 3 events
  • 2nd place in 3 events
  • 3rd place in 10 events

We swam an additional 15 PB’s following the Southern Junior League final only 3 weeks ago. It was great to see so many swimmers making themselves available for this final

Scores were close throughout the afternoon and we came a very respectable 5th place in this final.

Thank you to Team Captains: Jamie Mc, Lucy G, Freddie B and Lottie V for their captaincy and also their inspiring team talks both before and after the gala.

The Junior League is all about teamwork and a special mention must go to every individual swimmer who represented us throughout 2019 and helped us to make club history.