National Arena League Cup Final
Millfield Swimming finished as Runners Up in the National Arena League Cup Final on Sunday 3rd March after the tightest of battles.
The National Arena Swimming League has 350+ teams participating in 6 Regions around the Country.
The Somerset based school finished 4th out of 60 teams in the South West of England and Wales to qualify for the Cup Final in 7th place.
The team then performed with distinction in Cardiff, winning an impressive 11 races, finishing just 7 points behind eventual winners Plymouth Leander.
Full points on the day were bagged by Brodie Williams (200IM/100BC), Santos Villalon (100FLY), Tatiana Tostevin (100BC), Will Ellington (100BRS), Solomon Williams (100FLY), Richard Towers (100BRS) and the boys 12,14,16U Relays.
Brodie Williams and Will Ellington also secured ‘Best in Age’ Awards for their efforts. Will broke the 100m breaststroke Meet Record in 1.05.81.
With many senior international swimmers regularly competing for large City, Town and School club’s; Millfield School’s remarkable step up from 7th to 2nd throughout the 50 race gala was a phenomenal achievement.
Director of Swimming Euan Dale said: ‘’It was a truly awesome result. Going into these finals ranked 7th and then finishing 2nd was unbelievable. It was very close. The way the team stepped up and swam for each other was what made it that little bit more special.’’
Director of Prep Swimming Helen Gouldby said: ‘’It was an exciting gala, one of the best. I am extremely proud of the way all of our swimmers rose to the occasion. Our team spirit was second to none.’’
Swimming Captain Emma Harvey reiterated those sentiments saying: ‘’Our support for one another was fantastic. The atmosphere was great. I am really proud of everyone.’’
Final positions: Plymouth Leander 361, Millfield 354, Guildford City 348, Hatfield 276, City of Cardiff 271, Wycombe District 265, City of Oxford 257, Northampton 250, Stockport Metro 237, City of Derby 127
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