A super performance from Team Ilkeston swimmers in the second round draw at Market Harborough on Saturday evening. It was another difficult draw with some very good opposition racing against us. We started well and made a strong statement early on in the gala, and continued throughout the evening performing well in individuals and relay events. Race skills looked stronger than the previous round and the specific skills that we’ve practised in training are starting to shine through.
The coaching team still think there is plenty more to give with just 13 points separating us from equalling the gala winners on the night. Again the men’s 6×50 Freestyle Cannon was the highlight of the evening with yet another tight encounter and top quality racing. The spectators and the swimmers roared on their team from around the poolside, and as usual it didn’t disappoint with Team Ilkeston racing to an outstanding second place, so very close to touching first.
9 – First Places, 12 – Second Places, and 7 – Third Places
6 Personal Best times & 13 Team Personal Best times with a total of 33 Improvement Places in comparison with Round 1! We’ve broken some more Club History in that we scored 191 Points on the night which is the best EVER points total in any round 2 draw of the NASL for Team Ilkeston!
4 Club Records were broken at the second round draw by two swimmers:
Lewis Wright and Summer Kennedy
Lewis Wright with a new record for the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.14.18 beating his own record set at the Club Championships in September.
Summer Kennedy with 3 new club records in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.03.01 breaking Emma Hulme’s record from 1998. In the 100m Fly with a time of 1.11.67 breaking Lauren Booth’s record from 2015, and in the 200m Individual Medley in a time of 2.29.80 breaking Grace Vivian’s 2011 record.
Well done to all swimmers that have raced this round and in the last round. You are all a credit to the club demonstrating a professional attitude and a top team spirit as usual.
Thanks to our club officials, timekeepers, team managers and coaches on poolside!
Remember round 3 will be on Sat 10th Dec – I will begin team selections for the final gala of this League over the next few days. The venue is tbc, but as usual i will confirm this afterwards.