12 September 2010
A magnificent double victory by both ‘A’ & ‘B’ teams in the White Rose League meets held at Aquatics Centre, JCCS.
Saturday 11th September 2010 saw the top clubs in Yorkshire congregate at the John Charles Centre, Leeds for the annual White Rose Competition. This year there were two galas back to back, with the City of Leeds Swimming Club being represented in both galas.
Gala 1: City of Leeds ‘A’ team Storm to Victory
The first gala saw the City of Leeds ‘A’ team going up against strong opposition from the City of Sheffield, Borough of Kirklees, York, Kingston Upon Hull, Harrogate, Doncaster Dartes and Rotherham Metro.
City of Leeds ‘A’ team got off to a fantastic start winning 6 of the first 8 relay events, opening up an early points lead. As the gala moved into the individual events the City of Leeds ‘A’ team continued to build on their great start winning a further 15 events and consistently finishing in the top 3. Going into the final block of relay events the City of Leeds ‘A’ team had a 25 point lead.
This lead proved too much as the City of Leeds ‘A’ team stormed to a further 7 wins in 9 events, winning the overall competition and finishing 44 points ahead of the Borough of Kirklees, with 28 event wins. The ‘A’ team now travels to Lincoln on the 2nd October to compete in the Northern Area Final of the National Junior League.
individual winners were: Ellie Jones (2), Abigail Jack, Kiani Campbell-Grady (3), Liam Birrell (2), Chantel Madden, Toby Kitching, Blake Bennett, Euan Cowan, Richard Mawson (2) and Chloe Adams.
Gala 2: City of Leeds ‘B’ team make it a Double!
The second gala saw the City of Leeds ‘B’ team take on City Of Sheffield ‘B’ team, Doncaster Dartes ‘B’ team and the City Of Bradford.
Following on from the ‘A’ team the City of Leeds ‘B’ team also made a great start winning 6 of the first 8 relay events. Keeping up the momentum as the second gala moved into the individual events, the City of Leeds ‘B’ team won 14 of the individual events and placed no lower than 3rd. This meant that the ‘B’ team took a strong lead into the final phase of the gala winning 4 of the last 9 relay events, making it an impressive 24 event victories. Despite a strong comeback from Bradford, the City of Leeds ‘B’ team won the second gala by 23 points, securing a fantastic double for the club.
The individual winners were: Dara Madden, Abigail Burton (2), Kit Lawless Coombes, Hannah White, William Finn, Kate Offord, Oliver Bingham, Ben Taylor Walsh, Billy Walker, Elle Pickett, Finlay Lawless Coombes, Leah Crisp, and Bethany Hay.
Well done to all the swimmers and staff involved from both teams and thanks to all the volunteers for their time in making these two meets possible.
Due to a clash of dates, those City of Leeds ‘A’ team swimmers who have been entered for the City of Leeds Junior Open will be removed from the Saturday program and refunds will be arranged.