Chichester Cormorants kicked off the 2017 National Arena League with an outstanding performance at the new Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet, Hampshire. This was without doubt the strongest team on paper that Cormorants have fielded in the past five years, but it was also one of the toughest galas with opposition from Hart, Worthing, Farnham, Haslemere, Wycombe District and Wey Valley.
Overall, out of 102 swims, which includes individual swims in relays, there was a staggering 54 new personal bests, 27 qualifying times for the long course county championships and an impressive 56 qualifying times for the short course county championships.
Furthermore, there were three wins, two for the 15/u girls comprising Laura Docherty, Olivia Davies, Mia Clive and Jessica Rayner, in both the 4 x 50m freestyle and medley relays. Lucca Everley also won his 10/11 boys 50m backstroke as well a third place in the 50m freestyle. There were two other second place finishes for Laura Docherty in the girls 15/u 100m backstroke and Adam Long in the mens’ open 100m butterfly.
Overall, Chichester finished 5th out of seven teams with 178 points, just 11 points behind Haslemere.
Well done to the whole team. The next round will be swam at the same venue, Hart Leisure Centre, on Saturday 11th November.
Click here to view individual swimmers’ performance report.