Well where to start, I know - What a fantasic swim from our squad of swimmers, a really good team swim from all concerned.
We got off to a great start with Caitlin and Jack H. both winning their individual 50m Free events. Mariette won the 50m Fly and both Emily and Christian won their 50m Backstroke events. Couple that with 2nd place finshes from Scott (50m Breast), Connor (50m Fly) and the boys 14/U Medley team(Connah, Adam, Scott & Jack D), it was enough to put us in 2nd place after 12 events.
Events 13 & 14 the 12/U girls and boys 4x50m Freestyle Relay, saw us finish strongly with the girls (Mariette, Alex, Maddie & Caitlin) winning their heat and the boys (Bradley, Callan, Connor and Jack H) finishing in 2nd place. Two more great swims by both Jack's, Jack H won his 12/U 50m Backstroke heat and Jack D won the 14/U 50m Free, along with two more 2nd places from Christian (Open 50m Free) and Alex H (12/U 50m Back) was enough to keep us in second place behind Preston after 24 events.
The final third of the gala continued much like the second with a strong showing from the girls and boys 12/U 50m Breast resulting in a win for the girls (Alex H) and a 2nd place for the boys (Callan). Three 2nd place finishes from our relay teams helped to keep the points racking up. Both the girls and boys 12/U Medley teams (Maddie, Alex H, Mariette & Caitlin) (Bradley, Callan, Connor & Jack H) and the boys 14/U 4x50m Free Relay (Scott, Alex W, Connah & Jack). The final 5 events saw us take three 1st's and a 2nd, Hannah and Jack D both won their 50m Backstroke events with Elliot finshing 2nd in his Open 50m Breast event. But the highlight had to be winning the final event, the 6x25m freestyle Cannon, which we not only beat the competition but we did it in style, finishing what must have been a good 15m ahead of the rest. Great result! well done to Caitlin, Kelly, Emily, Jack H, Jack D, and Christian.
I must also single out and thank the swimmers who swam at the Manchester Open in the morning and still found time to swim for us in the afternoon, I know it was tight to make a 1pm warm up, but we're glad you did. So Thank You it's much appreciated, you know who you are ;)
Final Standings (I think the points are right it was hard to hear :) )
1st Preston (174)
2nd Chorley (141)
3rd Blackpool (94)
4th Fleetwood (83)
Great Job swimmers well done.