19 September 2015
We had a fantastic night of swimming on Saturday night at Burton. Burton and Etwall had two teams each in this annual friendly gala.
Many of the swimmers had either not competed recently or were racing for the first time. All of the swimmers behaved impeccably before, during and after the gala. The Burton team leader specifically mentioned our team’s good manners and sportsmanship. So well done and thank you to all swimmers.
It was a tricky gala to manage and swim in so far as the individual swims were time limited. This gave some selection headaches and some very calculated swims – well done to those who had to slow down! In a sport where going as quickly as you can is what matters, the swimmers adapted well. It also gave an opportunity for swimmers to race their less favoured strokes in their bid to stay under the time limits!
In the relays, we were not constrained by time and it showed. There were 17 relays in total for each of our two teams. In these we achieved eleven first places and five second places. Our takeovers were great, showing the practise and dedication in the training pool.
As a club, our teams raced 96 events and only had 3 DQ’s for swimming violations which is less than some recent galas with more senior racers – so again, well done. Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, we had a number of speeding tickets – thereby scoring no points for that event. The Blue Team were excluded for speeding from 8 events, but still managed a credible 2nd place overall, just 4 points behind Burton’s A team. The Silver Team, with many new racers and underage swimmers were only 40 points further back. Both solid results and a promising foundation for next year’s (unrestricted!) Diddy League!
Due to numbers, the boys had more races to swim than the girls, six of whom had 6 races each. Malachy Watt (aged 9) raced in 7 events without complaint even competing in an 11’s relay. The girls filled the gap by a missing swimmer seamlessly too.
Finally, a massive thank you to all of the parent helpers and more senior swimmers who made sure times were recorded, swimming judged, swimmers managed and general order was maintained poolside! Without you all, we wouldn’t have galas for our children to attend.