Chiltern League Round 1 – 2019!

DSC started their Chiltern League campaign with a 4th place position overall! Held at the Tiddenfoot Pool in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 23rd February 2019, this was largely a group of new DSC swimmers to the Chiltern League Competition especially the 10yr old age group – so a nervous 1st round for them.

DSC were swimming against Buckingham, Bletchley, Henley, Hemel Hempstead and Witney- a tough draw! Chiltern League is as always a ‘no faster than’ gala, where speeding tickets can be issued and no points won. An extremely difficult league, since all swimmers are taught to race as fast as they can. This being a C grade gala, they cannot go too fast, so it is imperative in order to gain maximum points, they stay within the speed limits. Also for the first time the events are not age categorised, so you could find a 13 yr old swimmer in an event with a 25 yr old athlete!

The gala had a tremendous atmosphere from the outset, and even at the half way point the teams were only separated by a few points. The relays particularly at the end, were very exciting with the Dunstable parents in the spectator gallery in full voice. The team enjoyed  4 1st place positions and 5 2nd place positions, but unfortunately DSC were too fast on a number of occasions. They also picked up some DQ’s due to the lack of experience within the team. In round 2 many of these areas can be looked at, especially as our swimmers will feel more confident as they progress.

The overall points at the end of the gala were as follows;

1st place – Witney – 226
2nd place – Bletchley – 165

3rd place – Buckingham – 154

4th place – Dunstable – 140
5th place – Henley – 128
6th place – Hemel Hempstead – 126

All DSC swimmers tried their very best on the night. Swimmers of the gala went to Bethany Harwood and Joshua Hamm for their outstanding contribution to the gala – well done to both of them.

Round 2 will be held on 16th March 2019 venue – Tiddenfoot – Good luck to the team!