Well that was a good night for the club. Where should I start?
I think we should start with the coach journey. After a lovely 2.5hrs on a coach driving past all the top tourist sites in London, we finally arrived at the pool. The only person who was happy with this journey time was our membership secretary Paul. He was smug that his prediction of the supposed 1 hour journey took twice as long and more!
So. The gala.
This was the final round and we went in seeded joint 1st place with Barking and Dagenham. We had one simple aim for the night, to finish top 2. That would guarantee our return to the Premier division.
As I'd expected/hoped Watford was the loudest and most war-painted team there! This really helped our team spirit. Throughout the gala we were either 1st or 2nd overall, with all of our swimmers stepping up and swimming their heart out. A special mention goes to Alex O and James I. Alex had big (non broken ankle) shoes to fill with the injury to Charlie. In both relays he swam big pb's and bought home his team with a smile on his face. James had a very tough ask in his backstroke races, the swimmer next to him was twice his size (I'm not joking here-he was twice as big as him,but he did not get put of by the giant and swam his own race brilliantly and again came out with a big smile.
My swimmer's of the gala were Erin and Devesh. Both these swimmer's had a heavy work load that night and they both swam fast and brought us lots of points. Well done.
Being back in the Premier league next year does mean we will come up against some bigger and stronger teams, but with the massive progress the club has made this year, and indeed plan to make again next year, we will hold our own next season.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot.... Girls v Boys result:
So the girls win the star prize (to be announced next Wednesday, 21st Dec)
A big thank you to all the club official's and team manager's who helped with this years league and a MASSIVE WELL DONE TO THE SWIMMERS.
A massive thank you to all the clubs that attended our two day County Qualifier Meet , there were lots of great swims, PB'S , County times and Regional times achieved over the weekend .
Thank you to all the officials who gave up their time over the weekend to make this meet possible.
Thank you also to the many helpers from Watford swim club, who ran the door , medal table , drinks , marshalled , commentated and controlled the AOE and hytek systems. These events are a real team effort only made possible with an army of volunteers. A special mention has to go out to the newest member of the HyTek Towers Team, (no not you Phil K), our Kyocera Printer-- You are a joy to work with!!
We hope all the clubs that attended our meet enjoyed their two days , we appreciate your support and hope to welcome you to our next meet, our Regional Qualifier which takes place at Woodside on the 18th and 19th March 2017. Entry pack available shortly on the website.
There was a tremendous Team display tonight by Watford SC to set up an exciting Final round next month. Out of 50 Races Watford Swimmers came first 20 times and registered finishes in the Top 3 on no less than 36 times.! Time and time again swimmers PB'd and swam above and beyond their previous bests. Great Team spirit was seen throughout and great support was shown by fellow swimmers poolside and the Posse of family supporters in the gallery-- a lot of very proud parents!! A big thank you to the Team Managers for their help, Gary and Lisa, Officials Andy T and Andy H and it was great to see the Team Unity at the end of the Gala with the new WSC Chant. Nice one Kelvin