Last Sunday a very excited team travelled to Corby to try to defend their title of Arena National Inter League champions against Northampton,City of Norwich, City of Derby, City of Leeds, Plymouth Leander , Stockport Metro and Gateshead and Whickham.The teams assembled in front of an absolutely packed gallery and the parade commenced with Guildford sporting fluorescent green head and wristbands and their inflatable musical instruments.
The first batch of relays commenced and out of 8 relays we took 3x1st and 3 x 2nd spots – a solid start.
In the individual events we had 7x1st places, 6x2nd and 5x3rd but most importantly no 7th or 8th finishes.
Lara Turan and Louise Bressler won 2 events each. Andrew Brett, Connie Mortimer and Josh Shaw were also all winners.
Guildford sealed their defence with wins in 6 out of 9 relays in the final events. The roof was virtually lifted when the squadron relay team stormed home for victory in the final event – marvellous!
Coaches Sally, Andy, Steve , Laura and Araceli could not have been more delighted with all the Guildford performances
Guildford swimmers broke 4 Grand Final Records:-
Louise Bressler – girls 10yrs 50 breast – 39.51
Josh Shaw- boys 12yrs 50 back – 30.05
Boys 12yrs 4×50 free relay – Josh Shaw, Max Windle, Harry Dibdin, Filip Price- 1.53.78
Mixed Squadron Relay 8×25 free – Jamie Tappin, Evie Smith, Alex Wrzesinski, Lara Turan, Kenzie Russell, Cerys Howells, Josh Shaw and Lauren Dekker – 1.53.57
The squadron relay team were awarded the Inter League Squadron Trophy.
The whole team were awarded the Winner’s Trophy and the Junior Inter League Shield.
AGE GROUP AWARDS
Louise Bressler and Lara Turan were joint Top girls in the 10 year old age band.
Josh Shaw was joint Top boy in the 12 year old age band.
GUILDFORD CITY 303
CITY OF LEEDS 282
PLYMOUTH LEANDER 251
STOCKPORT METRO 221
GATESHEAD AND WHICKHAM 192
CITY OF NORWICH 187
CITY OF DERBY 176