Experience gained for the Crusaders

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Saturday evening saw a very young team of Crusaders swimmers travel to Amersham, to compete in a novice gala.

The idea of the gala was to give inexperienced swimmers the chance to compete, and to become accustomed to a gala atmosphere.

The evening’s events began with a series of relays, in which the vast majority of Crusaders swimmers obtained PBs. In particular, every swimmer in the boys and girls 11 and Under relay teams achieved PBs in their respective events. The team then progressed into individual events, again achieving a series of PBs.

The team fought for their position against other teams, and did so successfully. In a quick succession of first, second and third places, the team racked up enough points to put them into a strong second place, by the end of the evening.

The swimmers worked incredibly hard, and were excellent representatives of their club.

Team manager, Simon Wright, couldn’t have been more pleased: “It was an amazing performance by the team, coming 2nd behind Hillingdon. It was especially great to see how well the younger swimmers have developed over the last few months.

“A special mention goes to Ella Evans, who obtained an 18 second PB in her 50 metre Freestyle event, and contributed to a storming win in the mixed canon relay.”

The team gained 16 Individual PBs and 28 Relay PBs. 3 PBs went to: Billy Knibb, Catherine Banham, Ella Evans, Ethan Gell, Louis Hemming, Rebecca Knibb, and Skye Bunyard.

Two PBs went to: Anthony Hooper, Ashton Neo, Caitlyn Janes, Isabel Jackson, Jack Hill, Oliver O’Connell, Stanley Hackett, Tomos Clarke and Zoe Chang.

One PB went to: Abigail Bright, Ethan Janes, Olivia Newman-Baronius and Sean Cousins.

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