Long Eaton Swimming Club’s ‘A’ team travelled to Coventry on Saturday to compete in the regional final of the Arena League for the first time in the club’s history.
Competing against much larger clubs they finished in sixth position, eight places higher than they have ever finished before and just ten points behind the team in fifth position.
Head coach Spencer George said: “I’m very proud and congratulate the swimmers on their skills in the water, their desire and sportsmanship in and out of the pool and for showing true class in congratulating other competitors around them.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of coming back to the final next year and trying to finish even higher in the league, something which is possible based on this performance.”
“As a club we are starting to get the strength in depth needed to compete at the highest level and this was shown with a great performance from our ‘B’ team too.”
Winning for the ‘A’ team in the 13-year-old age group were Kay Goulden (butterfly) and Oliver Davidson (backstroke) and Hannah Jones in the 15-year-age group (butterfly).
For the ‘B’ Team, swimming at Ilkeston, there were individual wins for Sam Burton (butterfly) and Stephen Barrett (backstroke) in the men’s Open events and for 15-year-old Katherine Wheddon (breaststroke).
The girls relay team of Erin Dilks, Lucy Parsons, Chloe Blaydon and Bethanie Dennis won both the 13-year-age group freestyle and medley relays.
Bethanie then joined up with Katherine, Alex Brown and Chloe Tipping to win the 15 year age group freestyle relay.
Coach Alex Phillips said: “The team deserved better as all of the swims were excellent and the swimmers once again showed great commitment.”
The final result saw Long Eaton in fourth place, just four points off second.