On Saturday 8th March our Major League team took to the water in Borehamwood. The club sat out of the league in 2019 but were on the comeback trail in Division 2 in 2020.
The swimmers were raring to go and set off well with a run of 6 straight PBs in the first 8 races! In total we had 21 PBs in the individual races, which is a brilliant result. By far the biggest improvement on the night was from Patrick M who took a whopping 15.1 seconds off his 100m breaststroke PB! He was closely followed in the big PB stakes by Ben H who took 8.6 seconds off his 100m butterfly PB and another 3s off his 100m freestyle. Other PBs on the night went to Bella G (50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke), Ethan C (50m backstroke), Alexandra J (100m breaststroke), Barnaby W (100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly), Nathan T (50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle), Lotta G (100m butterfly, 100m freestyle), Wolfie M (100m freestyle, 100m backstroke), Lucy A (25m butterfly), Enya B (100m backstroke), Pippa W (100m freestyle), Sarah Mackie (50m freestyle), Hannah Barker (100m breaststroke) and Sam B (100m backstroke).
The relay squads were also flying, with almost all coming in significantly faster than the sum of their PBs! The boys U12 team of Joe L, Jamie C, Dimitri S and Nathan T claimed first place in the first run of relays to take our first win of the night! Jet W then won the Open 100m breaststroke, Enya B the U16 100m backstroke, Nathan T the U12 50m freestyle and Sam B the U14 100m backstroke before we came back around to relays. The under 12 boys then struck again, this time the team of Joe L, Ethan C, Ramsey G and Nathan T claimed victory in the medley relay!
In the final squadron relay, consisting of a boy and a girl from each age group, the team placed an very strong second behind Verulam to take third overall on the night!
It was lovely to see so many swimmers taking the opportunity to race in a team event and learning that swimming can have a team element to it as well as that individual glory. Major League, and leagues like it around the country, are the predecessors of the National League and continue to provide racing opportunities for all so it’s lovely to be involved again!
Looking forward to round two on the 29th!