NASL R3 Report

It was the third and final round of the National Arena League, and also the final team gala of 2017 before the Christmas break. Team Ilkeston were racing at Hucknall L.C, starting the evening in 21st place in the league table. So, with just two teams below us, and the rest of the teams we were racing above us, it didn’t necessary look like we would do anything special. Looks can always be deceiving!

Only four of the six teams arrived at the venue to race. Cheadle, Long Eaton B and Worksop Dolphins were in attendance.

After what felt like a slow start from Team Ilkeston, we were actually in joint first place alongside Long Eaton B. Throughout the gala, the four teams were pretty much evenly matched until event 42. Worksop Dolphins at this point had 202 points, and Ilkeston were just behind with 175, with a close battle for 3rd and 4th from Cheadle and Long Eaton.

Team Ilkeston had made some mistakes that proved costly in the first and second round, and with swimmers keeping that in mind the overall performance was much better.

On the night, we had a total of 39 top three placings.

First places; Charlie Palmer in the 200m Individual Medley, Eja Coe in the 50m Backstroke, Lewis Brown in the 100m Breaststroke, Alicia Bull in the 50m Breaststroke, Tegan Hulme in the 100m Freestyle, Ethan Hulme in the 100m Breaststroke.

Relay teams; 15/u Boys Freestyle Relay and the 9/11 Girls Medley Relay.

Second places; Louie Stadler in the 50m Backstroke, Charlie Palmer in the 100m Butterfly, Eja Coe in the 50m Butterfly, Tegan Hulme in the 100m Backstroke, Ryan Kirk in the 100m Backstroke, Jack Chambers in the 100m Backstroke, Daniel Sloan in the 100m Breaststroke, Erin Pickard in the 50m Freestyle.

Relay teams; the 9/11 Girls & the 9/11 Boys Freestyle Relay teams, 13/u Boys Medley Relay, the Open Boys Medley Relay, the 9/11 Boys Medley Relay, 13/u Girls Freestyle Relay, 15/u Boys Medley Relay and the Open Boys Canon event.

Third places; Leo Allanson in the 50m Butterfly, Eve Beharall in the 100m Butterfly, Ethan Hulme in the 100m Butterfly, Louie Stadler in the 50m Breaststroke, Eja Coe in the 100m Butterfly, Lewis Brown in the 100m Butterfly, Thomas Ingram in the 100m Freestyle, Leo Allanson in the 50m Freestyle, Fern Hunter in the 100m Freestyle, George Riley in the 100m Freestyle, Charlie Palmer in the 100m Freestyle.

Relay teams; the 13/u Girls Medley Relay, 15/u Girls Freestyle Relay, Boys 13/u Freestyle Relay, and the Open Girls Canon event.

Overall a good performance on the night. The final league table of division 3 – 2017 is attached below. The team finished in 19th place overall, and was consistent with last years league.

Final League Table Arena 2017.png

Nova Centurion Sprints Meet 11 Mar 2018

The Club will be entering the Nova Centurion Long Course Sprints Meet on Sunday 11th March at Harvey Hadden. Entry is on a first come/first served basis so, if you are interested, please hand FULLY completed entry forms, with exact payment, to Rob or Leeann by 10 JANUARY 2018.  The entry pack can be found here:

2018 County Championships

The entry pack for the 2018 County Champs (17/18 & 24/25 Feb) is now available here:, Please hand FULLY completed entry forms, with exact payment, to Rob or Leeann by the 10 JANUARY 2018, noting that ONLY ASA qualifying times will be accepted and these will be extracted direct from the ASA register on the entry system.

If you don’t have a particular 50m qualifying time, and there is a chance of achieving one at the Club’s ‘Big 50’ on Sun 14 Jan, then please still submit your form by the 10 JAN and we will endeavour to get any new times registered before the DASA closing date.



Inter-Club Gala Confirmed Entries and Additional Info

Colour Gala – Sunday 17th December.

Please click the link below to open the confirmed entries list. This document also contains additional information about the gala.

Link >> Confirmed Entries and Info

We still require a number of helpers in order to run this gala. We also require bakers for our bake sale.

If you are able to assist please contact Dan Sloan, or a member of the coaching team and let us know that you’re able to help.

All help is much appreciated and is a great way to get involved with the club!

Club Colours Gala

Hi all,
Sunday 17th December 3-6pm
Just a reminder that your forms for the Colours Gala need to be handed back into Daniel Sloan before Thursday 14th December. Please make sure you hand them back in before the deadline otherwise you will not be able to take part.
Thanks in advance

DASA County Sprints

The DASA County Sprints were held at the usual venue of Ponds Forge, and a total of 16 swimmers were in attendance representing Team Ilkeston.

Swimmers were; Alicia Bull, Arwen Moore, Charlie Palmer, Eja Coe, Ellis Haddon, Ethan Hulme, Fern Hunter, James Wright, Joshua Bestwick, Leah Woodhead, Leo Allanson,  Lewis Brown, Ollie Palmer, Sophie Stone, Tegan Hulme and Thomas Ingram.

Good swims from all at this end of year competition!

County Champion, Lewis Brown in the 50m Backstroke & 50m Butterfly, and second in the 50m Breaststroke. James Wright, second in the 50m Freestyle, and third in the 50m Breaststroke & 50m Butterfly. Charlie Palmer, third in the 50m Breaststroke. Eja Coe, third in the 50m Butterfly.

Well done to the swimmers that attended the competition!

Diary Dates…

Christmas is approaching, so just a reminder to keep these dates free in your diary. There are a lot of forms that are being distributed, so please ensure you hand them back in to the coaches way in advance of the deadline day to make our roles easier.

Saturday 9th December – Round 3 NASL – Warm Up 18:00pm

Selections for this league fixture will be made over the next week. The venue will be communicated through text message. Please note that selections for the gala cannot always be guaranteed.

Sunday 10th December – Presidents Evening at 15:00-18:00pm (All Pools)

All swimmers and their family are welcome to come along to our Presidents Evening. Awards will be presented around 16:00-16:30pm with the “splash & fun” beginning at 15:00pm. The slides, floats and inflatables will be available with lots of music!

Sunday 17th December – Inter-Club Gala “Club Colours” Main Pool at 15:00-18:00pm

Dan is managing this club gala. Forms are being handed out for this event, and you must hand them back in asap! Please see Dan’s post for more information.

Saturday 6th January 2018 – Round 1 Leicester Winter League

Selections for this league fixture will be as soon as practicably possible. The venue, warm up and start time will be communicated through text message. After our promotion last season, we will now be competing in division one. Please note that selections for the gala cannot always be guaranteed.

Sunday 13th January 2018 – Club Development Camp

Forms for this event will be handed out on Monday evening. This is a great chance for main and development squads to come together to develop their race skills, knowledge, and to take part in land training and team building activities. Please read the forms as the Winter Sprint Gala is connected to this event. These forms will need to be handed back in with payment by 21st December 2017.

Sunday 14th January 2018 – Winter Sprint Gala at 15:00-19:00pm (Time TBC)

Kyle is managing this club gala. The license application is currently pending approval. Forms will be handed out starting on Monday evening. Please hand back in before 21st December 2017 along with payment.

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