Arena league division one final: Paignton rise to the occasion
On Saturday 9th December, Paignton made the long trip to Newport for the Western division 1 final of the National Arena Swimming League.
In Kevin’s words, “There were loads of great performances and everyone really rose to the occasion, but I think for me, the 11 & under girls were brilliant in the f/c relay, winning with ease and the men’s cannon at the end was another highlight. With regards to individual performances, Kalon’s 200 IM (where he even surprised himself) Amy’s 100 fly, where she was not feeling 100%, but still took it out and managed to hold on for a great 2nd place and Ed’s 100 f/c, just missing out on 1st. Overall the team showed great spirit and deserved to get 3rd place and promotion. Roll on next year!”
Special mention must also go to Alec Farquharson who swam really well despite having a broken toe, and of course to Thomas Dempsey, who saved the day, stepping in at the last minute to swim in the boys’ 11 & under relays. This is the best result the club has ever had in this league, coming 4th in the gala and 5th overall.