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New Year Pentathlon – Saturday 14th January 2017


Despite Friday’s electrical fire and the threat of severe weather, the New Year Pentathlon went ahead as planned at the Wales National Pool Swansea on Saturday 14th January. A team of 11 ADASC members made the trip south, and they all put in a fantastic effort for this tough event 100m in each of the strokes followed by a 200m IM. For several of the swimmers, this was their first long course experience, but after first warm up they all seemed very relaxed!

First up was the event that most were nervous of; the 100m Fly! Despite the worry, there were some impressive times. Tirion, Elen and Aimee recorded their first LC times, finishing in 2:01.00, 1:48.01 and 2:03.92 respectively. Leanna gained the best PB out of the girls, finishing in 1:21.52. For the boys, both Finlay (2:36.19) and Aidan (1:54.01) finished 5th in their age groups.

For the 100m Backstroke Tirion swam a good PB (1:49.96). Elen finished 14th in the competitive 12 year old age group, with a time of 1:36.40 well below her previous best time. Leanna finished a creditable 4th (1:21.15), while Aidan swam 1:38.28, handing him 5th place. Joseph just missed out on a PB but his 1:26.76 gave him 2nd place.

The second session began with 100m Breaststroke. Lila and Freya lined up 2 lanes apart in the same heat and had an excellent battle throughout. Lila just edged it in 1:39.14, 2nd place overall, with Freya close behind in 3rd with 1:39.72. The battle of the sisters continued, with Leanna and Selena in lanes 1 and 2 of the same heat. This time Selena came out on top finishing in 1:43.16, giving her 6th place overall. Louis and Finlay posted their first times for this distance, Louis finishing 8th in 2:02.80. Aidan knocked half a minute off his PB with 1:57.79.

In the 100m Freestyle both Tirion (1:32.75) and Aimee (1:30.41) registered excellent PBs, finishing 13th and 16th in age group respectively. Freya came 4th in 1:16.76, Lila 10th in 1:19.82 and Elen 12th in 1:21.15, another good PB. Leanna came 3rd with a PB of 1:13.66 and Selena 5th in 1:14.02. Aidan and Louis lined up alongside each other with Aidan finishing 6th in 1:24.33, and Louis posting 1:38.26 both excellent PBs. Finlay smashed his previous best time and finished 4th overall with an excellent 1:27.32. Joseph finished in 1:12.57, again taking 2nd place.

The tired swimmers had a short break before warm up for the final session, with just the gruelling 200m IM to go! There were PBs galore for the girls, and particularly impressive was Elen who took more than half a minute off her previous best time, posting 3:26.56. Freya (3:17.38) touched just ahead of Lila (3:17.91) in this event, both times PBs. Selena finished 8th in 3:12.97. Louis came 5th in 4:00.68 and Aidan 6th in 3:30.48. Joseph finished 2nd with a time of 3:06.29.

There were plenty of excellent performances by the ADASC swimmers throughout the day in a very competitive meet, and thankfully there were not many DQs. The final Pentathlon standings were: Tirion 15th (Girls 10), Aimee 18th (Girls 11), Lila 9th, Freya 10th and Elen 13th (all girls 12), Selena 7th and Leanna 13th (Girls 14), Louis 6th and Finlay 9th (Boys 10), Aidan 6th (Boys 12) and Joseph 1st (Boys 13). Well done Joseph, and well done to all for putting in such a brilliant effort!