National Arena League Round 3 ...
After two superb performances in the previous two rounds Truro City Swimming Club were lying 6th overall and thus making the final grade. The Arena Squad made the familiar journey north on Saturday the 13th of December 2014 , up the M5 to Millfield School in Somerset for the National Arena League Western Division One Round 3 Final and promotion decider. With the format changed to long course (50 metre) for the final, the top 8 ranked teams out of the 24 lined up ready to go as the last meet of the day.
For a lot of the younger members of the team this was their first competitive outing in a 50 metre pool and they coped admirably with the increase in standard, with a number of the swimmers posting personal best times in the adrenalin fuelled meet.
With the team missing 8 swimmers; due to unavailability, and the squad currently in transition across the older age groups a number of swimmers were given the added challenge and asked to swim up an age group, which is a daunting task at anytime let alone in a final. It was therefore very rewarding for those swimmers to be cheered on by the rest of the team and great to see that they did themselves proud never letting the team down. The club was very well represented across the age groups and gender, special mention must go to our boys 11 and under relay teams who again across the three rounds remained unbeaten, coming in first in every relay (freestyle and medley) making them unbeaten in two years ! Great to see old stalwarts like Jack and Charlie Middleton helping and donning the gold hat again for team Truro and special thanks to our guest members from St Ives Bay Swim Club; Molly Peters and Lilly Parsons who swam awesome in the three rounds, swimming up an age group and making many valuable points and some new friends along the way.
As an overall experience this meet was excellent for exposing the young team to not only an increase in swimming standard, but the invaluable experience of swimming in a 50 metre pool. During the meet Truro were regulalry exchanging places between 6th and 8th right up until the final event, under these challenging circumstances the team finished a respectable 8th place in the Division overall out of 24 clubs taking part, only 5 points of 6th! something for the younger members to build on and remember for the future. Come final results a very strong Swindon took the title with Severnside in second and our friends and neighbours from Carn Brea and Helston in a very creditable third, giving all three clubs promotion to the Premier League, many congratulations to them all. All swimmers, coaches and managers should be very proud of achieving this final placing, this was way beyong our initial dreams and plans, thanks to all that have been involved in our 2014 campain.
Western Division 1 Final placing were:
1 Swindon 298 points
2 Severnside 246
3 CBH 238
4 Torfaen 226
5 Trowbridge 203
6 Kingsbridge 198
7 Southwold 198
8 Truro City 193
CCASA Kernow Junior Diddy League........
On Sunday 14th December Truro City Swimming Club hosted the third and final round of the CCASA Kernow Junior Diddy League. This competition into it's second year is aimed at the development of our younger swimmers in the junior category's across the age and gender from 9 to 12 year old. This friendly, high tempo and exciting competition exposes our members to the same exciting format of races that they will experience and compete in during future National Arena and main CCASA Inter Junior Club competitions. After two excellent performances from our squad in the two previous rounds; where team Truro put in solid performances resulting in two wins, the squad seems to be getting stronger and gelling as a team, therefore expectation was high for another competent performance in our home pool!
The young swimmers did not disapoint, another highly exciting, fast and furious gala had team Truro swim their hearts out. Come final results Truro were was again on top, some 40 points ahead of their nearest rivals. This third win secured Truro at the top of the league and subsequently making Truro City Swimming Club Kernow League Champions 2014 !! with North Cornwall in second and Carn Brea and Helston in third.
A great achievement and all at Truro City are very proud of this group of young swimmers. Shows what great strength we have in our club across the Junior age groups; the future looks very promising. Massive WELL DONE to all our swimmers, coaches and managers who have been involved in this successful 2014 campaign.
GO TEAM TRURO !
Results and times per race for both events will be on the gala board soonest.