Team Ilkeston were hosting round 2 at Bramcote L.C on Saturday evening. It was another tough round in the NASL, but much improved from round 1 with a lot more swimmers in attendance, which made it a lot more manageable.
The teams on the night were; L1 Rykneld, L2 Camphill, L3 Bromsgrove, L4 Market Harborough, L5 Cheadle & L6 Team Ilkeston.
Eja Coe (50m Backstroke), Lewis Wright (100m Butterfly) and James Wright (100m Freestyle), all racing to first place finishes in their respective age groups and races. In the relay events, the 11/U girls were on form in their Medley Relay coming in first place in a time of 2.38.91, in comparison to round one with a 2.46.07.
Lewis Brown (100m Breaststroke), Eja Coe (50m Butterfly), Alicia Bull (50m Breaststroke), James Wright (100m Butterfly), Erin Pickard (50m Freestyle) and Lewis Wright (100m Breaststroke), all finishing in second place on the night. The 11/U girls also impressed in the Freestyle relay coming in second place in 2.20.24 a time difference of five second knocked off from the first round! The final second place was from the Open Boys Freestyle cannon in the last race of the night – very nearly making it a first place.
Louie Stadler (50m Backstroke), Lewis Brown (100m Backstroke), Katie Sloan (100m Backstroke), Jack Chambers (100m Backstroke), Finley O’Neill (50m Breaststroke) and Eja Coe (100m Butterfly). The boys 15/U Freestyle relay coming in at 2.01.01 in third place. The Open boys Medley relay team finishing in third place. Finally, the 13/U girls Freestyle relay coming in third place. A massive difference from their performance in the previous round. The round one time was 2.30.38 in 6th place, and in round two a time of 2.15.14.
That made a total of 21 top three placings out out 50 events.
It was a close gala with just 20 points separating us from 3rd place on the night. Basic mistakes such as setting off too early in a relay in this league will ultimately be the difference between finishing bottom or a place in the top three. The standard of judging is very high, so you have to be able to keep calm in these situations. Going forward, the mistakes that we made in this round will be learned from and going into the third round we’ll be much stronger. Remember – these aren’t failures, these are opportunities to learn and develop.
Final points and placings on the night were:
Well done to all swimmers that raced on the night!
As you all know, we hosted the league gala, and it required a lot of helpers to make it a success. So, thank you to all that helped in all of your positions on the night, from officiating in all roles, team management, recording, announcing, door entry, health and safety, refreshments, lane end and splits. It is really appreciated!
Roll on round 3 – Results of round 2 will be uploaded asap