In an exciting final, against some very strong competition, Team Somerset (472 points) recorded their third podium finish in the history of these championships; finishing 2nd against 13th consective time winners Lancashire (506 points). Division one was contested between eighteen English counties and two Scottish counties. Over the last 2 decades this competition has been dominated by the Northern Counties; with Yorkshire and Lancashire seemingly reenacting an alternative, and modern, War of the Roses.
The meet is best described by the team's head coach - Euan Dale: "it’s a different style of meet to everything else in the calendar. I’d say it’s one of two of it’s kind, the other being the Arena league, where you’re really competing for the team rather than individually. Swimming is generally about your own performance but when you’re getting points for the team, the atmosphere and the style of racing can bring the best out in some people".
Euan was part of the team that came 2nd in 2002. Narrowly missing out on his target, of toppling Lancashire from their pearch, it can only be a matter of time before that happens?
TDS had 6 invited swimmers with most now considered 'time served' veterans of this meet. Alicia Gallagher swam for the first time providing some very valuable times & points in this closely fought contest. More detail can be found on the TDSwim Facebook page.
The club wishes to congratulate all the swimmers, coaches and officials that made the long trip to Sheffield. A particular thanks goes to Stacey Vickery who, as team manager, survived her first trip to Ponds Forge.
More reports can be found on the ASA website here, and by the Somerset ASA here. Results here. Further details can also be found on the various Twitter and Facebook feeds #CTC14.
Photographs courtesy of Stacey Vickery and Millfield twitter timelines.