In a tense and closely fought gala Guildford City came away with third place – a mere 13 points behind the eventual winners Plymouth Leander. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the competition the Club sent an enthusiastic group of swimmers, coaches and supporters to Cardiff Sunday 3 March.
Cup Final results
Plymouth Leander 361
Guildford City 348
City of Cardiff 271
Wycombe District 265
City of Oxford 257
Stockport Metro 237
City of Derby 127
For the first time in Guildford history the Club won the Relay Challenge Trophy for the team with the best aggregate time winning 5 of the 16 relay events. Along the way the U12 girls’ 4x50m Medley team (Lexi Hughes – Charlotte Cope – Lottie Roberts – Jess Harmer) broke the League Record. Tatiana Belonogoff was top female swimmer for her winning breaststroke time of 1:08.05 and Fergus Thomson and Lottie Roberts won top swimmer awards for the youngest age group. Lottie Roberts broke the Girls u12 50m Butterfly record becoming the first u12 female in League history to record a time of below 30 seconds winning her event in 29.30.
High Performance Head Coach Lee Spindlow was very pleased with the outcome
“it’s still very early in the season and our swimmers stepped up and competed well with the best in the country. We are very proud of all of them and the contribution they and their Coaches have made. Thanks also must go to our Management Team who have organised this terrific day out and the many supporters who have travelled to Cardiff to cheer us on.”