Louth’s advantage in relegation battle

LOUTH Dolphins’ fifth place in the 2nd Round of the National Arena Swimming competition at the Regional Pool, Peterborough, equated to 13th position in Division 1 in the League.

Louth will now be swimming the 3rd and Final Round at Deepings on December 11. It will be a relegation battle for six clubs with the bottom two teams consigned to Division 2. Louth hold an advantage being top of the pile.

It certainly was a tough 2nd Round gala for Louth at Peterborough against three clubs who were in the top seven of the league.

City of Peterborough won 31 events; Louth had just one win, that being from 11-year-old Jan Meiwald who for the second successive gala was Louth’s swimmer of the night”.

The Louth team as a whole swam very well. Besides 6 x 2nd, 9 x 3rd and 8 x 4th places Louth swimmers set 20 personal best (PB) times and 11 seasons best relay times which included three magnificent club record relay times!

The Girls 15/u relay team were boosted with Sophie Long swimming for them. Sophie was clearly the winner of the 15/u age group, which gave her the No. 1 spot ranking in the West Midlands and a ranking of 12th nationally.

In the 15/u relay Alexandra Swaby, Rebecca Dunning, Anne Meiwald and Sophie Long smashed the season’s best relay time by over seven seconds. Their time was also a club record by a whopping five seconds, the fastest age group swim in Louth’s 25 years history. All four swimmers had quick split times with Rebecca Dunning gaining two places in her 50m leg.

In the 15/u Medley relay it was the turn of Anne Meiwald, Ella Micholson, Alexandra Swaby and Rebecca Dunning who blitzed the seasons best relay time by over nine seconds, which again proved to be a club record, this time by three seconds. In both races Louth came 3rd showing how strong the opposing teams were.

Louth’s third club record was set by the Ladies Open team in the 6 x 50m Freestyle relay. They beat the eight-year-old record by a second and to boot was an 11 seconds seasons best time.

The team consisted of Sophie Long, Ella Nicholson, Kathrine Brown, Alexandra Swaby, Rebecca Dunning and Anne Meiwald, whose average age is only 14!

Louth’s solitary winner, Jan Meiwald, was just behind the Peterborough swimmer until the very last stroke of his 10 to 11 years 50m Freestyle race, but Jan’s quick arm finish snatched victory by a mere hundredths of a second to give him gala win number eight this season and for him to remain unbeaten in freestyle in this league.