Coaches Report 14-22/10/17

Arena League-Round 1
The City of Newport Swimming club re-entered the National Swimming Arena League this year for the first time in 5 years. On Saturday 14th October we travelled to Hutton Moor to compete in the first round. For those of you who have never witnessed an Arena League it is a very fast and furious competition, completing 50 events, which are a mix of relays and individuals, in about 2 hours. Newport came away from the 1st round with a stylish win, beating 2nd place by in excess of 100 points, winning 38 out of 50 events.
 
The second round will also be at Hutton Moor on Saturday 11th November, where we hope to display another dominant performance to put us in a strong position for the final where we will fight for promotion to the first Division.
 
Greater Gwent Report
Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd October, swimmers from the Academies, RP1, RP2, National Potential and National Performance took part in the Greater Gwent Fast Water level 2 meet held at NISV. Over the 2 days a total of 46 swimmers swam in 211 events and nearly all achieved an improvement and PB in at least one event and for some in all events they entered. There are too many fantastic swims to mention individually. It was great to see so many swimmers from the club competing and supporting each other and bodes well early in the season for a successful year of competition.  Congratulations to all involved. 
 
Manchester International
Five Swimmers for the City of Newport Swimming club made the journey up to Manchester on Friday 20th October ready for a busy weekend racing. The competition at this meet was extremely fierce with Multiple Olympic medallists’, World Champions, and World Record Holders all racing for a £10,000 prize pot.
 
The five swimmers from Newport more than held their own with Alex Griffiths beating his PB's in almost all his events, Ellana Horton and Cerys Coley made finals, as did Scarlet Major who also swam under 1 minute in the 100 Freestyle for the first time ever. Megan Allison also made a number of finals, and came away with a silver in the 200 Butterfly, losing out on the gold by 2 100th's of a second, and a Gold in the 100 Butterfly with a New PB. Megan also smashed her 50 Freestyle PB coming in 4th narrowly missing out on a 3rd medal.
 
Well done to all these swimmers for a solid early season performance in a very competitive meet.