Winter League 2013/14

Winter League 2013/14

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Hi all,

CONGRATULATIONS – The final results are in and Team Deben came 2nd in the 2014 Winter League and did so in some style! The trophy will be displayed in our poolside cabinet.

After the 2nd round we were just 38 points behind West Suffolk who were 1st and just 27 points ahead of Stowmarket in 3rd, so we had 2nd place to loose but 1st place was within reach, although a stretch against West Suffolk. As a team I thought we worked really well together and showed absolutely fantastic team support throughout the evening, loosing out (robbed) of best supported team by Leiston, even though we had some great tuneful (?) horn blowing and cheering at the end of the lane!

I think we achieved the maximum possible and this is seen by an incredible 16PB’s from 34 individual swims, so I’m not going to mention individual swimmers as so many did incredibly well. This PB tally does not count the first splits of relays where there were other PB’s too!

So, a BIG THANK YOU and WELL DONE to all for a great evening of racing against tough competition where we held our own and pulled together as a great team.

Thanks also to all the Deben volunteers for their invaluable help on the night (Kaye Souter, Mick Russell and Richard Snelham).

Thank you also to the coaches and swimmers who have taken part in previous rounds as all have contributed to a great end result for team Deben and last but not least thank you to the parents who came in number last night to really support our swimmers.

Best regards,

Steve Moore

Deben Head Coach


Deben at Winter League

Hadleigh -25th January

Deben took a squad of 22 swimmers to the 2nd round of the Winter league on a very windy and stormy night.  As swimmers set out on route, the heavens opened followed by thunder and lightening with stories of being stuck in slow traffic on the Orwell bridge!! Not nice!

But what a night. Deben placed 1st or 2nd without fail in all the events with both boys and girl teams winning convincingly to ensure an overall win with 246 points. A superb effort, which saw some great times, a few surprise PB’s ( swimmers being surprised not the coaches) and some excellent racing against other swimmers from opposing teams.

Firstly many thanks to our great bunch of supportive parents for braving the weather to get the swimmers to the pool on time.  Secondly thanks to Mick Russell (time keeper), Kaye Souter (place judge) Podge (chief official), Richard Snelham & Sarah Elmer (Team Managers), and finally to our fantastic swimmers. Well done Stephen, who after a day of lifeguard training was able to get to the pool to see the majority of the action.

It was said quite a few times last night, as a club and as a group of swimmers,  from our 10 year olds to our 18 year olds,  that we have an amazing team spirit with swimmers supporting each other and having fun. It was clear to see that everyone had a great time with lots of laughing and joking along the way but still letting their swimming do the talking.

From 40 events there were 10PB’s! These were for Minnie Wayman 10 yrs (50FC in 35.56s), Jack Brammer 15yrs (100BF in 1:10.24), Rob Doig 14yrs (100BRS in 1:20.09), Harry Longbottom 13yrs (100BC in 1:15.35 and 100BF in 1:16.50), Lewis Moore 11 yrs (50FC in 30.62s), Annabelle Mace 15yrs (100fly in 1:11.72) and Abbie Webb 13yrs (100 fly in 1:16.46), Jenson Hoole 10 yrs (50BRS in 47.47s), Alexa Eliff 10 yrs (50BF in 40.37s)

Some extremely close races with Daniel Davies having a really strong second 25 on his 50 back to win. Annabelle Mace came from behind to take first place on both her 100 fly events. Nick Elmer clawed the lead back on his 100 back to take the touch in an extremely tense race. Caitlin Russell winning her 100 back showing that if you get the technique right, you can go into the final turn behind and come out a clear meter ahead.

Our senior girls relay medley team all swam fantastic legs with perfect takeovers with a brave final leg from Annabel Towns to get the touch ahead of Leiston. Well done to to Nadia Mason with a fantastic split of 32.78 in the junior 4 x 50 relay, but to also then finishing the final leg of the medley relay after hitting her head on the turn.

Well done Team Deben and roll on round three and the Counties!!


Congratulations to all the Winter league swimmers tonight – WE WON with 178 points – Fantastic!

The evening started well with Els Codgell winning the 200FC and Deben continued from there to produce some fantastic races throughout the evening where;

Tom Beagley finished his 200BRS with a 20m lead in a time of 2.44.26; a super fast last 25m from Hannah Taplin secured 1st in the 200BF with a county qualifying time of 3.14.11 and just missed 1st place in the 200BRS by 0.02s (now that’s close racing!). So the racing continued with Lewis Moore lapping the field in the 200BF with a County time of 2.53.92. Issy Wickens had a tight 200IM race where she took the lead during the BRS leg and kept it to the end in place of an injured Hannah Moore but who also I now understand was not 100% herself so well done Issy); Tom Beagley had another outing in the 200IM where he came back from 4th at the BC to BRS turn and was leading by some margin by the end of the BRS leg and held on to the end to win exciting stuff! Nick Elmer led from the front in the 200BRS and shortly after that both Lewis Moore and Issy Wickens finished their 2nd races with another big lead. Both our Jokers of Caitlin Russell (PB!) and Nick Elmer did the team proud by winning their races in style.

In total Deben won 19 races and came 2nd in 9 – It was really great to see such good racing, so many PB’s and fab team support.

Well done to the whole team – bring on round 2!

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