SWIMMING - LSASC compete in National Arena Swimming League final - The Leamington Observer

SWIMMING - LSASC compete in National Arena Swimming League final

LEAMINGTON Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC) placed 10th in the National Arena Swimming League (NASL) B Final at Cardiff International Pool in Wales.

LSASC represented the West Midlands for the second successive year at finals weekend having qualified as one of the top-20 clubs.

And Leamington took 23 swimmers to the Welsh capital, led by captains Louis McAuliffe and Annabel Crees, as the team rose to the occasion with some incredible individual and team swims.

Crees secured the club’s first ever win in the 15/16 years 100m backstroke with an exceptional swim before she then placed third in the same event in the 17-years and over category.

The club’s younger swimmers were also on top form as 11-year-old’s Issey Cleary and Pip Harding swam personal best times whilst 15-year-old’s Charlie Rounce and Dan Wilkes both set club records in the 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke respectively.

LSASC’s head coach, Graham Nash, said: “I am incredibly proud of all the swimmers, not only to qualify for the final again, which is a great achievement in itself, but also how well they represented the club in the final against such strong competition.

“For many it was their first national event, well done to all the swimmers and supporters – it was a fantastic day.”

Supporters of all clubs created an electric atmosphere with Leamington’s dressed in team colours.

The NASL is made up of six regional leagues across England and Wales, with over 300 teams and 12,000 swimmers aged nine to full senior internationals competing in a mixture of individual events and relays.

And the B final is contested between teams that placed 11th to 20th following the regional rounds as Leamington scored 133 points in the final.

Basildon and Phoenix won the event with 297 points ahead of City of Cardiff, Poole, Camden Swiss Cottage, Sevenoaks, City of Cambridge, RTW Monson, City of Peterborough, Wigan BEST and Leamington.


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