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Arena League 2014 Round 3 Report

Saturday night was the third and final round of the National Arena Swimming League 2014 and the final club competition of the year!

Team Ilkeston were fantastic in many different ways including their team spirit.

The team took a blow with several swimmers texting saying they were ill and had to pull out, but the determination of swimmers that had to swim up was a credit to themselves! Get well soon guys!

A special mention to Jake Gaskin, James Wright, Lewis Brown, Lauren Booth, Leah Woodhead, Emily Middleton and William Wright who all swam up on the night.

Gold medal performances came from Charlie Palmer in the 100m Fly (pb) & 100m Freestyle, and Dan Sloan with a 57.05 on his 100m Freestyle bettering his previous second round time too.

Silver placing’s came from; the 13/u Boys Medley Relay team – Jake Gaskin, Lewis Wright, Charlie Palmer and Lewis Brown! The Open Boys Medley Relay team – William Foster, Daniel Sloan, Jake Elson and Matt Daibell who made his competitive return to the pool in style, even if he did feel sick, dizzy and couldn’t feel his legs, recording a 25.88. In the Individual races, Lewis Wright started the ball rolling with a second place with a 1.31.46 on his 100m Breast! Next up we had a hatrick of Emily Middleton (100 Back), Lewis Wright (100 Back) and Lauren Booth (100 Fly) all recording second places for the team! Then, William Foster racing in the 100m Backstroke, coming in at 1.07.03 which is a second and a half personal best time! Sophie King came home with a strong second place in the 100m Fly along with Daniel Sloan who finished in second for his 100m Breast. Elsie Vivian was raring to go on the 100m Freestyle as she swam a personal best time and touched in second place. The Girls 11/u Medley Relay team, consisting of, Natasha Barker, Keira Banks, Leah Burgin-Rawson and Keely Woodhead all played a huge part in securing the silver placing! Then, it was time for the 13/u Boys Freestyle Relay team to shine as Charlie Palmer, Lewis Wright, Jake Gaskin and James Wright raced into second position. Then to round of the evening the Open Girls and Boys Freestyle Relay teams both finished in second place, involving; Elsie Vivian, Alisha Sanders, Lauren Booth, Leah Woodhead, Emily Middleton, Grace Vivian, Daniel Sloan, William Foster, Matt Daibell, Kyle Hudson, Jake Elson, William Wright!

Bronze finishes came from, William Foster in the 200m IM, 13/u Girls Medley Relay - Emily Middleton, Emily Reynolds, Sophie King and Abigale King, 15/u Boys Freestyle Relay - William Wright, Jo Saunders, Charlie Palmer, Jake Gaskin, Open Girls Medley Relay - Grace Vivian, Elsie Vivian, Alisha Sanders, Lauren Booth, Emily Middleton in the 100m Breast, William Wright in the 100m Fly, Lauren Booth and William Wright in the 100m Freestyle, Ryan Kirk in the 50m Freestyle, Sophie King in the 100m Freestyle, Jo Saunders in the 100m Breast, 13/u Girls Freestyle Relay - Emily Middleton, Sophie King, Emily Reynolds, Abigale King, 15/u Boys Medley Relay - Jake Gaskin, Jo Saunders, Charlie Palmer, William Wright.

Final scores were:

  1. Lichfield 185
  2. Long Eaton 158
  3. Matlock 145
  4. Ilkeston 139
  5. Dove Valley 110

(Note that in 4 races Ilkeston didn’t get any points due to rules and illness, we could have potentially placed 2nd/3rd overall, but still the result is fantastic!)


  • Round One:

Gold - 5

Silver - 8

Bronze - 14

Personal Bests: 61

  • Round Two:

Gold - 2

Silver - 5

Bronze - 6

Personal Bests: 53

  • Round Three:

Gold - 3

Silver - 14

Bronze - 13

Personal Bests: 48

  • Overall:

Gold - 10

Silver - 27

Bronze - 33

Personal Bests: 162

We had 64 times that were better than Round 1 & 2!!

By my calculation we should have league results by January so to save waiting I believe we finished on 12 league points in total which means that will be the clubs best points total since 2008 where we finished on 18 points! A massive team effort with everyone pulling together is what makes us so successful at these galas!

Just to say a big thank you to all helpers that have assisted during the three rounds of Arena because without all of you we wouldn’t be able to do it! Swimmers you’ve excelled again and it’s an extremely proud moment for the whole coaching team to watch you grow and especially in the Arena league which is one of, if not the hardest leagues in the United Kingdom. Well done to the coaching team who have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to push for a better league position than last year and i am confident that we will have achieved this.

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

Lets get ready for a fun packed 2015!

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