The Club staged their annual Sprint Meet at the Link on Sunday 8th November 2015 – 30 years not out is not a bad record for a small club, giving young swimmers an early opportunity of some competition. This year, saw yet more innovations as it was registered by the ASA as a Level 4 Meet, allowing the times to be shown on the ASA Rankings and we had our very first International entries, welcoming 35 swimmers from Gibraltar. As a result of licensing the meet, we are only permitted to invite 7 other clubs and we prioritised our invitations, asking those who have supported us in the past.
Whilst it was pleasing to see the medals shared around the participating clubs, let’s focus on our own results. Our Gold medallists were Alex Applegate, Grace Woodruffe, Katie Wright, Rebecca Gee, Ross Kennedy, Josh Ricketts and Scott Gunning. Other medallist included Nicole Grindell, Rebecca Salter, Jess Black, Joe Kennedy, Ben Woodruffe, Chris Hall, Harry Ricketts, Billy Castle, Adam Wright, Josh Seward and Isaac Mullaliu.
There were special awards for Alex Applegate, Josh Ricketts, Ross Kennedy & Scott Gunning who took the best swim awards in their own age group. Wroughton also took the Top Team Trophy, narrowly from Swindon ASC.
Wroughton swimmers gained an amazing 52 County Qualifying times – well done. But there were countless PB’s with 550 lollipops awarded from over 850 overall swims – a great success ratio.
It was a close run thing with the dancing this year – everyone, including the parents, joined in with YMCA. Really impossible to judge the best – a good effort all round that everyone seemed to enjoy !
Thanks are due to so many people, but we must thank Tigersharks for allowing us to use some of their pool time so that we could use the 6 lanes at the Link. We also had great support from Diane Lee, Lesley Leffers and Rob Hart whose support was invaluable. However, our own Club members really rose to the challenge – a real team effort – we should be very proud of making such a huge venture a very real success.
Thanks to everyone involved, we all had a great day and our swimmers certainly benefitted from the experience. The full results will soon be available under the ‘Competitions’ section of our web site – there might be a slight delay as we are trying to resolve a few technical issues before doing so, but for now our working copy of the results are included with this article.
30th Anniversary Sprint Meet Results