Our very own Super Saturday – on Saturday 9th December 2017 Mid Sussex Marlins took 71 swimmers, 5 coaches, 4 poolside helpers, 5 Officials and 1 Social Media Co-ordinator to 2 Gala’s in the South Area of the National Arena League. Our A team, against some really strong competition, were crowned Division One East Champions and in doing so were promoted to the Premier Division of the National Arena League South. Our B team, in their first ever season in the National Arena League were against some high quality A teams and by winning their final Gala at the K2, finished in a fantastic 7th Place. In fact we managed to produce 31 race wins across both events on Saturday night – a truly impressive result!
Below are the results of the divisions we were competing in after all three rounds.
|PREMIER DIVISION||DIVISION ONE WEST||DIVISION ONE EAST||DIVISION TWO WEST||DIVISION TWO EAST|
|Gala 1: Wycombe LC, High Wycombe, HP11 1UP||Gala 1: Waterlooville LC, PO7 7UW||Gala 1: Summerfields LC, Bohemia Rd, Hastings, TN34 1ET||Gala 1: Mountbatten LC, Portsmouth, PO2 9QA||Gala1: The Spa, Beckenham Rd, Beckenham, BR3 4PF|
|1. Guildford City A 222||1. Rushmoor Royals A 226||1. Mid Sussex Marlins A 213||1. Elmbridge Phoenix 290||1. Hailsham 396|
|2. City of Oxford 193||2. Windsor 182||2. Crawley 202||2. Littlehampton 213||2. Kent Weald 369|
|3. Wycombe District A 191||3. Leatherhead 179||3. Chelmsford 190||3. Worthing 194||3. Herne Bay 241|
|4. Thanet A 157||4. Reading 157||4. Hastings Seagull 163||4. Bracknell & Wokingham B 189||4. Beckenham B 236|
|5. Sevenoaks A 153||5. Fareham Nomads 150||5. Maidstone 146||5. Hart 187||5. Beacon 210|
|6. Bromley A 132||6. Bracknell & Wokingham A 145||6. Sevenoaks B 134||6. Farnham 164||6. Edenbridge Piranhas 197|
|7. Haslemere 155||7. Redhill & Reigate 195|
|Gala 2: Pool in the Park, Woking, GU22 9BA||Gala 2: Magnet LC, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW||Gala 2: Crook Log LC, Bexley, DA7 4HH||Gala 2: The Quays, Southampton, SO15 1BA||Gala 2: K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley, RH11 9BQ|
|1. Woking 205||1. Wycombe District B 196||1. Thanet B 200||1. Eastleigh 256||1. Mid Sussex Marlins B 257|
|2. Beckenham A 190||2. Basingstoke Bluefins 195||2. South Croydon 178||2. Chesham 219||2. Eastbourne 245|
|3. Portsmouth Northsea 178||3. Kingston Royals 194||3. Black Lion 176||3. Godalming 218||3. City of Canterbury 240|
|4. Amersham 176||4. Chalfont Otters 176||4. Brighton 174||4. Wycombe District C 207||4. White Oak 188|
|5. Sutton & Cheam 155||5. Epsom District 175||5. Erith & District 166||5. Chichester Cormorants 205||5. Larkfield 187|
Congratulations also go out to Crawley Swim Club who were also promoted to the Premier Division.
Throughout the Gala series each and every Marlin has swum their very best for the team and we are really proud of what you have achieved and the way you have represented the Mid Sussex Marlins. The time and hard work you put into your sport is inspiring. I am sure you would like to join me in thanking your coaches, in particular Steve Murphy and Nic Piper for all their brilliant work, support and encouragement. Of course we should also thank all of the Marlins Coaches, Officials, Volunteers, Social Media Co-ordinators, Administrators, Management and our Board for all their hard work and support. Plus a special mention to John and Wendy Boyden who very generously sponsored the team for Round 3 of the National Arena League. Thank you all!!
Now, knowing competitive swimmers and coaches like hard work I have some great news. The training, planning, organisation for NAL18 starts tomorrow 😊. Moving into the Premier Division will be a big step for our A team but you know what, we not only have the talent to compete at this level, we deserve to be at this level! Equally, having secured its place in Division Two East, our B team will be aiming to challenge the top of the table next season.
#Go Marlins #2017Div1Champions #2018BringItOn
Dan – MSM Team Manager on behalf of the Coaching team.