Dolphins secure another year in the top division

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LOUTH Swimming Club took part in the vital final round of the National Arena Swimming League, at King’s Lynn pool, knowing that a place in the 1st division was at stake if a top performance was not achieved.

Louth were swimming against five other teams in the knowledge that the bottom three clubs in this gala would be demoted to the second division in 2012. Louth had 14 wins, nine second places and 10 thirds and finished in second place behind West Norfolk on the night.

The Louth Swimmer of the Night accolade went to Kirsty Armstrong who returned from Loughborough University to put in a flawless performance yet again, winning every event she swam in – three individual events 100m Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle and helped her relay teams win both the medley and freestyle events in the open age group, in an emphatic style.

Other members of the ladies open relay teams were Anne Meiwald (returning to assist the team, from Arsenal Football Academy where she is a member of Arsenal ladies FC); Alex Swaby; Rebecca Dunning; Emily Patch and Alice Ward.

Emma Maw, 11, deserves a special mention too, as she achieved a personal best time in both of her individual swims. She won her 10/11 years 50m Butterfly and was 4th in her 50m Breaststroke. She bagged two County qualifying times in the bargain.

The boys 13/u relay teams consisting of Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis, Fin Fox and Ivan Koslow, were double winners in both the medley and the freestyle relays, winning the freestyle relay by a massive five seconds.

Not to be outdone in the relay stakes were the boys 15/u teams – Will Kemp, Will McIntyre, Fred Schneider, Callum Mitchell and Sam Swaby (swimming up an age group!) These boys were also double winners on the night, having a winning margin of approximately four seconds over their nearest rivals in both events.

Sam Swaby won the 13/u 100m Breaststroke event, gaining a good Pb and a County Qualifying time also. Final Positions on the night were as follows - 1st – West Norfolk 217, 2nd - Louth 205, 3rd- St Ives - 174, 4th – Boston 173, 5th – Kettering 157, 6th – Melton Mowbray 116. Final league positions yet to be ratified, but Louth have secured another year in the top division.