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Dec 14th

Arena League South: Fantastic Victory for City who also Secure the 10 Year Championship Record in a Decade of Excellence!

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Guildford City Swimming Club “A” Team crowned a decade of excellence by winning the National Arena League South for an unprecedented tenth consecutive year. Saturday 13 December at the K2 Swimming Centre in Crawley saw the Surrey Sports Park / Spectrum based club make swimming history by extending the longest winning streak in League South history to a record breaking ten years.

“We are so proud of all of our swimmers & their coaches.” exclaimed a jubilant Chief Coach Richard Garfield.” To say the least remaining at the top of the South East for ten years has been very demanding. It’s a testament to the dedication and amazing hard work over many years of all of our incredible swimmers, coaches, committee members and parents. Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club previously held the record with nine consecutive years from 1993 to 2001. When we started this incredible winning streak back in 2005 we could only dream that one day we would surpass that mark. It’s truly a wonderful legacy. “

On the night the Club was unstoppable. From the very first event through to the last they were convincing winners at every level. “We led the gala from the event 1 with Emma Day’s victory in the 200m Individual Medley and never looked back!” stated Regional Squad Coach Laura Henry.” The swimmers were truly awesome tonight. “

Of the fifty events on offer Guildford had an unprecedented 27 first places, 10 seconds and 6 thirds. The winning margin of 71 points against a resurgent second place Thanet Vikings was the widest victory Guildford has ever achieved during the Decade of Excellence.

Final placing
1 Guildford City 253
2 Thanet Vikings 182
3 Oxford 172
4 7 Oaks 159
5 Portsmouth Northsea 154
6 Beckenham 122

Guildford’s B & C Teams were also out in force in the finals round and both teams swam incredibly well on the night to secure their places in the Premiership and Division 1 respectively for next season.

Click to enjoy the DECADE of EXCELLENCE 2005 to 2014