On Saturday, a strong squad from Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club travelled over to Aylesbury’s ‘Aquavale Pool’ for the Aylesbury & District Swimming Club’s ‘Trophy Gala’. LBSC were swimming against some of the top clubs in the area including Maxwell, Aylesbury & District, Henley, Hemel Hempstead, Kidlington and Tring.
The squad achieved 5 first places and 11 second places and with many great swims, achieved an over all second place out of eight. Thirteen swimmers also achieved new ‘life time’ bests (PB’s) in individual events.
Swimmers achieving first places in individual events where Jessica Payne in the 100m butterfly and Will Shaw in the boys 50m butterfly. In the relay team events, the 10 year old girls (Lauren Wright, Bethany Twitchell, Lucy Keith and Tilly Sharman) won their medley event, the 10 year old boys (Ben Morris, Connor Ferguson, William Shaw and Fillipe Cascais-Davis) won their medley event and the 14 year old girls (Debbie Jewell, Sophie Page, Katy Casterton and Kayleigh Russell) won their medley event.
Swimmers gaining those all important second places in individual events were: Charlie Smith, Lauren Wright, Katy Casterton, Maisy Rose, Sammy Humphrey, Lucy Keith, Louis Bell and Kayleigh Russell.
The thirteen swimmers achieving new ‘personal best’ times were: Alicia Anderhub, Will Abbott, Charlie Smith, Jessica Payne, Sam Twitchell, Sophie Page, Tom Faulkner, Louis Bell, Will Shaw, Lucy Keith, Jacob Murtagh, Kayleigh Russell and Joe McGarry.
The gala was time banded and those with super-speed packs on and going too fast were: Alicia Anderhub, Will Abbott, Michael Judd, Sam Twitchell and Tom Faulkner. Well done!
A special mention should be made of birthday girl Lauren Wright who had her party a day early so that she could swim in the gala!
Club Chair Lesley Cox-Smith was over the moon with the result of the gala and said ‘I’m absolutely delighted that the squad did so well against such strong opposition’.
The final result of the gala was: Aylesbury 1st on 233 points, Leighton Buzzard 2nd on 230 points, Henley 3rd on 200 points, Kidlington 4th on 182 points, Hemel Hempstead 5th on 181 points, Maxwell Swans 6th on 178 points, Maxwell SC 7th on 173 and Tring 8th on 161 points.