NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE – ROUND ONE
The Arena League is a national swimming event that is split into regions and then divisions. WF falls into the West Midlands region and are currently in Division Two in which there are 24 clubs.
The first round this year was held on 13th October at Droitwich Leisure Centre, with six teams competing for points – Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Stourbridge, Boldmere B, Solihull and Derby Phoenix.
Going into the final 10 events Wyre Forest were in a fantastic second position, 13 points behind the leading team from Solihull which would have been a great result for us – but the swimmers had other ideas, winning a nail biting 6 out of those final 10 events to clinch a stunning first round win by 3 points!! The support for each other and from parents was amazing – never have so many WF parents woken up the next day with such sore throats!
Wyre Forest had an amazing 19 wins, 11 second places and 8 third places, meaning our swimmers finished in the top 3 in a total of 38 out of the 50 events! Swimmers recorded 42 new personal best times along the way, prompting Head Coach Brian Mc Guinness to state, ‘I am extremely proud by not only the outstanding victory but by the performances to get it, all done with great skills and a wonderful team spirit.’
Our victory by 3 points proves that every swim from every one of our swimmers counts – massive well done everyone!
Final scores were: Wyre Forest 228, Solihull 225, Boldmere B 172, Bromsgrove 152, Derby Phoenix 150, Stourbridge 119.
The team consisted of – Abbie Rowley, Sam Osborne, Lillie Grover, Lily Colley, Brecon Westwood, Isabella Hoare, Theo Crowther, Regan Hill, Colby Hands, Jasmin Yates, Tegan Hands, Alexandra Hayes, Mollie Kilgour, Joel Hands, Tom Brown, Ryan Bloomer, Tyler Elwell, Lucy Nicholls, Matilda Calder, Chloe Lawson, Emily Watkiss, Adam Newey, Nathaniel Crowther, Charlie Brown, Robert Darbyshire, Izzy Bowers, Lois Stevens, Bradley Baddams and Will Guest.