BELPER Marlin swimming club continue to go from strength to strength in the National Arena League competitions.
Their last gala took place last Saturday at Hucknall where they completed division two, round three in style, finishing a fantastic second place, just eight points behind winners Arnold.
A delighted Head Coach Mike Brett said: “This time it was the night for great team performances confirming out ever-increasing strength in depth.
“Following a fifth, then a fourth place in the first two rounds, we were looking for a top three finish.
“The team pushed Arnold all the way and with victories in five of the last eight team events, almost pulled off an improbable victory.
“After promotion last year to division two of the national league, this was supposed to be a year for surviving in the new league. Instead, the club have finished in the top half of the league and I am so proud of the swimmers, coaching staff and the parents for their ongoing dedication and support.”
First place went to Arnold with 211 points; Marlin were second with 203; Falcons finished third with 196 points; Witney and District were fourth with 180 points; Mansfield were fifth with 168 points and Gloucester City B finished sixth with 94 points.
Fran Marshall led the Marlin women’s team to victory on the 6x50m fc in what was likely to be her final swim for the club in the Arena League. It was another amazing performance to finish many years of quality national swimming by her.
Another fine performance came from Sam Frost, who moved in to do the 50m butterfly for the eleven-and-under team after a five-second personal best last week, only to break this by a further five seconds to grab second place.
First places went to the 15 yrs and under boys and girls 200m medley relay; 15 yrs and under boys 200m freestyle relay; Women’s open 200m medley relay; 13yrs and under boys 200m freestlye relay.
Leah Hollingsworth took 1st place in the girls 15 yrs and under 100m breaststroke and Ben Goodall took 1st place in the boys 15 yrs and under 100m breaststroke.
The evening was made complete when all those that were still able to move after the evenings exertions attended a get-together for a well deserved fish and chip supper, obviously the food of champions!
Marlin are staging their Christmas presentation evening on Sunday, December 19.