LEAMINGTON Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC) have qualified for the regional final after the club’s junior swimmers secured first place in Division One of the Nuneaton and District Junior League.
The team gala for boys and girls aged nine to 12-year-old, featured both individual and relay races across three qualifying rounds following a two-year break due to the pandemic.
Leamington won round one by six points thanks to an outstanding team performance that was led by captains Olivia Taylor and Ethan Gould against opposition from Boldmere and Solihull.
And Leamington’s young swimmers impressed again in round two to beat Boldmere by 49 points, with Blythe a further 28 points behind.
Another tough draw followed in round three as Leamington secured a memorable victory by seven points as every swimmer played their part and fought for every place.
A packed balcony at Newbold Comyn helped the home team establish an early lead before Nuneaton and Bedworth fought back strongly in the second half of the gala only for Leamington to eventually come out on top in a nail-biting finish.
And LSASC have now qualified for the regional final in September as league winners with the top-six clubs from Division One taking part before the top-two teams then advance to the national semi-finals.
Leamington are hoping to repeat their success of 2019 where they secured a top-two place and progressed to the national final.
Chairperson Karen Mee said: “To win the league, against clubs many of whom are significantly bigger than Leamington, is an outstanding achievement for the club and a testament to the dedication and commitment of our coaches and teachers.
“Nearly all the team have come through our Achievers scheme and several started in our Learn to Swim lessons.”