The team traveled to Salford with a little bit trepidation as we had never swum in a Division 1 gala previously. Would be able to compete? “Don’t worry” said Paul. “We should finish at least 3rd”. We’re quickly learning that Paul is a man of wise words…….
It was a fantastic nip and tuck gala with the lead changing hands several times through the evening. At the first score check we were 3rd, then 4th, then 5th but then back to 3rd and when the final results came through we had jumped up to 2nd after a storming set of relays at the end! The final result was:
Blackburn Centurions 178
Special mentions must go the 11 and under girls (Scarlett O’Neil, Elizabeth Waddington, Caitlin Wilson & Florence Rowley) and the 13 and under boys (Matthew Boyd, Thomas Owen Baxter, Connor Eccleston and Ibrihim Ali) who won both of their relays. For many it was their first Arena gala and for others, they swam races that they would not choose (butterfly mainly!) to gain points for the team. Well swum all! The race of the night was the final open men’s freestlye relay where the roof nearly came off as it was so close. Our boys fought and fought for a great 3rd place against some much bigger men.
We travel to Darwen for the next gala on November 11th with a 5pm Warm Up