Arena League R2 2018

Penguins produced another outstanding display on Saturday night at Watford. With several key members of the squad missing through injury and other commitments and the quality of the opposition faced, it was always going to be a tough proposition to repeat the outstanding First Round performance, but the swimmers produced another batch of PB’s and in the process Kevin Moldovan and Brianna Hansen recorded their first ever Regional Qualifying times.

1st. Hatfield 341
2nd. Camden Swiss Cottage 309
3rd. Hillingdon 290
4th. City of St Albans (COSTA) 206
5th. Chelsea & Westminster 183
6th. Harlow Penguins 177
7th. Romford Town 176
8th. Leander 113

Individually there were 16 PB’s in the 32 individual events, but the highlight has to be Brianna Hansen who claimed a Regional Qualifying time, recording 35.54secs in the 11/U 50m Back and also claimed the Club’s first win in the 2018 League. In the following boys event Kevin Moldovan followed suit and also hit a Regional qualifying time 36.29secs. Congratulations to both.

With 3 dominant teams in the gala, top 3 finishes were hard to come by, but 3 of the Club’s high performers hit 2nd places, Carys Brealey claimed 2 with times of 1:06.51 in the 15/U 100m Back and 59.96 in the 100m Freestyle. Alex Rioda continued his run of impressive times and recorded a personal best time of 55.12secs in the 15/U 100m Freestyle to claim 2nd place. Phoebe White in the 13/U Girls events proved to be one of the top  swimmers, her time of 62.86 placed her 2nd in the 100m Freestyle and she followed that up with a great new PB of 69.19secs in the 100m Butterfly to finish 3rd.

In the 15/U age group, the Club has a really outstanding group of swimmers, Ethan Peirce also hit PB with a time of 62.13secs in the 100m Butterfly.

One aspect that showed the team pulling together, were the relay events. In 11 of the 16 events, the Club’s squads were faster than the results we achieved in Round 1, and that despite missing key swimmers, the splits achieved by most of the swimmers showed continued improvement.

Full details of times and places are on the attached file:        Arena League – Result


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