The City of Newport Swimming Club made it three wins from three in the National Arena Swimming League, on Saturday 8th December. This takes the club’s wins to six wins from six over the last two seasons. The 2018-2019 season saw some close results and tough battles, but Newport made another clean sweep to be promoted to the Premier Division.
After a convincing win in the first round at Millfield, the team travelled to Horfield and won again. The final was on home soil at Newport International Sports Village. With high standards of racing and the points always tight, the City of Newport Swimming Club, run in partnership with Newport Live, took the lead very early on thanks to an emphatic win by Scarlet Major in the first event, the 200 Individual Medley, and from there never looked like relinquishing the lead.
Individual winners included Scarlet Major in the 200 Individual Medley, the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Breaststroke; Megan Allison in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, and 100 Butterfly; Toby Preece in the 50 Backstroke; Emily Jones in the 100 Breaststroke; Ben Fox-Wiltshire in the 100 Backstroke; Sophie Linton in the 100 Freestyle, and Jensen Coppen in the 100 Breaststroke.
The final points score was 1st City of Newport 306, 2nd Torfaen 293, 3rd Street and District 232, 4th Newton Abbot 222, 5th Severnside Tritons 215, 6th Seagulls 205, 7th West Dorset 164, and 8th Paignton 157.
Newport only re-joined the National league in the 2017-2018 season and after a perfect season of wins were promoted straight to Division One. They will now race in the Premier Division next season, where they hope to keep up their good form.
Head Coach James Goodwin said “It was nice to be racing in the final in our home pool, at Newport Live’s superb International Sports Village. There were some very good team and individual performances tonight and the team did very well to keep our record with another win. There are a number of things we need to do now to be ready for next year in the Premier Division so we can compete at that level, and I know everybody is up for the challenge. We have a 100% win rate in this league since we re-joined two years ago, but next year we will have to be much better to compete. As always I would like to thank all the volunteers, coaches, team managers, officials, as well as the parents who support the team, not just here, but day in day out.”
Chairperson of the City of Newport Swimming club Julian Knight added "Congratulations to the team, the coaching staff, team managers, helpers and supporters. We have seen some excellent performances. The determination from swimmers to fight to achieve 3rd or 4th place when under pressure was inspiring. I am very proud of what they Club has achieved".