JC Dobb Spring League Round 3 Report

ILKESTON SWIMMING CLUB WINS THE LEAGUE!!!!!!

Some Stats from the epic final win last Saturday…and whoa was it close:

I didn’t know the full story until I looked into the results. We went into the gala knowing we had to beat Kimberley by 6 points to win the league after two fantastic rounds earlier in the year. We started well but some fantastic PBs and subsequently speeding tickets knocked us back. In fact, after 17 races we were 29 points behind Kimberley and sitting 1point above last place.

Then we went on a run and some great swims put us back in contention.

Then on race 44 of 48, Natasha Barker picked up 2 points to put us 2 points in front of Kimberley. That left 3 races to pick up 4 points more than our rivals to win the league. Step-up Jayne Stallion and Will Foster in the 50m Back.

Both destroyed the competition and won their respective races in style to put us 9 points in front of Kimberley. Then to the cannon, where at this point we had no idea of how we were doing, such is the dobbs galas.

Led by the rapid duo of Leah Burgin Rawson and Lewis Brown, the cannon came in 2nd place with some fast changeovers and a barn storming last leg from Dalton Smith.

Cue a nervous 10 minutes of totting up scores and it was done…for the first time since 2004 would you believe,

WE ARE THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!!!

This is a massive achievement for all involved. This is certainly my greatest achievement in my time with the club and has added to a great year which included winning our own Jamie Rigby Gala and getting to the final of the Leicester league for the first time I can remember also. I’m proud to say we did things properly with all our swimmers racing to their full potential, and whereas other clubs slow down to win within the cut off time, we turn up to swim fast and get PBs. Keep it up, let me worry about cut-off times and keep smashing those PBs.

Huge tanks to all those who helped out poolside, much appreciated and for the support from parents who were sweating up in the seating at a roasting Hucknall pool.

Here’s your stats:

44 new PBs and best times

5 Speeding Tickets

11 First Place Finishes

10 Second Place Finishes

6 Third Place

Finishes 27 out of 48 Top 3 Finishes

Final Gala Standings:

1st Radford 158

2nd Sutton 153

3rd Ilkeston 152

4th Kimberley 144

5th Hucknall 129

6th Portland 113

Final League Standings:

1st Ilkeston 511 – Highest total since I’ve been doing it (No records prior to)

2nd Kimberley 508

3rd Sutton 457

4th Radford 456

5th Hucknall 361

6th Portland 316

Fantastic

Next Gala is the JC Dobb Autumn League Round 1 on Saturday 6th September.

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