Boston struggling to retain top flight place

BOSTON Swimming Club travelled to Cambridge for round one of the East Region National Arena League.

This is the biggest team competition of the season and over the past few years, the club has exceeded expectations by retaining their place in the top league.

Having been drawn against two of the finalists from last year’s competition, the Boston squad knew they would be in for a difficult night and would have to fight for every point if they were to achieve their aim of claiming fifth place on the night.

Any swimmer who achieved a top three finish in their event was virtually guaranteed to have achieved a new personal best time.

As expected the team got off to a difficult start. After the first round of relays the highest place finish came from the girls’ 13/u medley relay team of Bethany Holderness, Amber Nuttman, Jessica Pettitt and Becky Pimlott when they finished in third place. This left the team in sixth spot, just three points behind Kettering.

Boston started the individual races strongly as Sam Macleod won the boys’ 11/u 50m butterfly and was just pipped into second place in the 50m backstroke. Amber Nuttman recorded an impressive personal best when she finished second in the girls’ 13/u 100m breaststroke. This was closely followed by Charlize Arundell who achieved the same result in the girls’ 11/u 50m butterfly to move Boston up to fifth at the halfway stage.

Charlize then went one better by claiming first place in the girls’ 11/u 50m breaststroke, but unfortunately for Boston this was as good as it got.

Although several PBs were achieved and the team battled hard, only Susannah Yielding’s third in the girls’ open 100m breaststroke was able to break into a top three finish. This meant the team had slipped back into sixth place.

Although the team pulled points back in the final round of relays to close the gap to just two points on Kettering, it was only the boys 11/u medley relay team of Jordan Clare, Sam Macleod, Lewis McGarry and Joe Reed who managed to score any significant points when finishing in third place.

The result of finishing sixth placed the team in 17th place in the league meaning only a finish of fifth place or above in the next round would enable the team to avoid relegation.

Race winners: Charlize Arundell, Sam Macleod.

Personal best times: Charlize Arundell (2), Chloe Baldry, Nesta Baxter, Archie Bulman, Harry Dean-Allen (2), Sam Macleod, Amber Nuttman, Becky Pimlott, Joe Reed, Reuben Reed, Connor Spinks (2), Oliver Street.