Top form continues into the Sussex League

Sussex League Round 1

Following our historic success at this year’s Sussex County Championships, we quickly turned our attention to the first competitive gala series of 2019, the Sussex League.  In 2018 our A team won Division One and we were crowned Sussex League Champions; our B team came second in Division Two, narrowly missing out on promotion to a strong East Grinstead Team.  This year we’ve raised the bar just that bit higher with a challenge for our A’s to retain the Sussex League Trophy and for our B’s to win Division two and so gain promotion to Division One.

Saturday evening, 9th March, saw us in action in Round One.

The A team traveled to Felpham near Bognor Regis to race against  Littlehampton SC and Crawley  SC in Division 1.  The draw saw us pitted against two strong teams and so set this up as a tough first round.   The team started in great spirits, with attention to detail in warm ups and plenty of noise and support for the team throughout the evening.  There were plenty of top swims throughout the night, and the swimmers didn’t ease back through the evening with our lead gradually increasing each time the points were announced!   We had a number of swimmers taking in multiple events and really putting in a shift for the team.

The finals results were:

  • Mid Sussex Marlins A          476
  • Crawley                                    316
  • Littlehampton                       262

The B team faced Beacon (ranked 1) and Atlantis B (ranked 3) at the Pavilions in Horsham, so this was set up to be a really tough and competitive gala.  Credit to Beacon and Atlantis, they pushed the team hard and the atmosphere from the swimmers and parents was electric, however, Marlins came with a mission and wow did they deliver!  Each and every swimmer did the team proud.  What, after 10 events started as a 10 point, lead gradually built to a lead in excess of 100 points!

The finals results were:

  • Mid Sussex Marlins B         446
  • Beacon                                    325
  • Atlantis B                                264

What amazing results. Well done Team Marlins 😊

The league table after round one can be found here:  2019 Round 1 Results

After Round One Steve Murphy our Head coach said:

“Saturday nights results for both of our teams mark an excellent start to the 2019 Sussex league campaign.  What I see from the results is that all our swimmers gave the team 100%, showed determination and confidence through the evening and worked as a team to achieve the results! The quality and depth across our teams is outstanding and it is great that we can offer so many the chance to swim for their club and be part of the team.  We’ve now got to keep a high focus, commitment and attention to detail in training and build on these results for round 2. Well done coaches, swimmers and volunteers who make the team what it is!”

Round 2 will be held on 18th May 2019.  The B team will be at home so should have fantastic support and the As are away at Brighton.

 

         

Our fantastic teams!