Spring in our step: Stage 3 Round 1
Spring is coming. This means nature is kicking back into life with the aim of making everything happy and green.
Spring also sees the start of the Notts ASA Stage 3 League which is is the premier team competition for clubs across the county. The league is made up of three rounds; two individual rounds where clubs compete for points based on their performance with the top-six scoring clubs then competing at the Stage 3 Final to decide the overall winners.
As winners in six of the last seven years, including the last five on the trot, NLSC has a habit of making the Stage 3 League reflect Mother Nature; it’s usually very happy and very green.
The Stage 3 League started again Saturday night at Hucknall with the Green Octopus’ class of 2019 ready to go once again over the 100M individual events and 50M relays.
Quality was high. Really high. 16 individual PBs were set (a 50% strike rate) with many being huge chunks of seconds trimmed off their record books.
Our younger swimmers stepped up, sometimes competing against swimmers 2yrs older than them to achieve some fantastic results (Harrison Howes take a bow for your gutsy 100M Breaststroke).
Daniel Oyaide-Nicholls’ lucky number must now be five. He competed in five races, with a five second PB in the 100M IM and then followed it up five events later with a gutsy PB on his 100M Fly.
Amy Aboutorab more than matched this with two PBs in her 100M IM and 100M Free swims and then the pair leading out the cannon in style.
The 14u team were dominant with stellar performances across the board and when 3 swimmers break the 28 second barrier in short course for the first time (Jess Li, Finn Ellis and Jamie Danson) you know you’re onto something good as a group. Especially when both Jess and Jamie started to scare the one-minute barrier on their hundreds too. The times from Rosie Dickerson and McKenzie Matthews in their 100M Fly races weren’t too shabby either.
In the open age group seasoned veterans produced cracking swims to come out on top in the relays and win a number of the individual events. Hopefully Gabriel Oyaide-Nicholls’ gained some confidence in his 100M Breaststroke swim as he fights his way back from illness.
The evening culminated in a cannon for the ages. It was everything you want a cannon to be (rather than something parents don’t want you picked for so they can make an earlier exit…) with noise levels from poolside to match.
It was tense, thrilling and nail-biting as the lead changed places numerous times across the 12 lengths and with a blistering 10.9 second final 25M from Chris Lambert clinched it for the Green Octopus.
Jonny Higham, NLSC’s Senior Squad Coach, said: “I am absolutely buzzing after seeing performances like that. We’ve got some real momentum to carry us forward into the next round and onwards to county relays next week.
“We'll up the ante with our fancy dress and chanting but we'll be going into the meet in hot form with PBs on alert all round!”
NLSC's Guide to Galas gives the full information about the range of galas and team selection policies in which NLSC compete.