Coach happy as City of St Albans swimmers ‘exceed expectations’

The club after the second round of the Arena League meeting

The club after the second round of the Arena League meeting - Credit: Archant

City of St Albans Swimming Club (CoStA) “exceeded expectations” after the second round of the Arena National League at Hertfordshire Sports Village.

The club finished in seventh position in the London Premier Division gala last weekend, just one point behind nearest rivals Enfield Swim Squad.

However, CoStA swimmers produced some sterling performances, all of which pleased head coach Mike Cole.

He said: ““We achieved an excellent result in the first round and were hoping for something similar in the second.

“Our talented swimmers exceeded expectations, with an even better team performance against a very tough class of competition.”

The evening, which saw a flurry of personal best times, also saw Jessica Laitner take second place in the girls U15 breaststroke a feat also achieved by William Loveman in the boys’ event and Lauren Stott in the U13 butterfly.

Oscar Brice finished third in the boys 10/11 backstroke and Jessica Patrick was also third in the girls U13 backstroke.

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Twelve year-old Ella Chown swam up to achieve an impressive third place in the girls under 15 butterfly.

The final round for the London region takes place on December 12.

Premier Division Gala Two

Final Standings

Team Ipswich 301 points

Hatfield 285 points

Chelsea and Westminster 258 points

Basildon & Phoenix 243

Romford Town 232

Enfield Swim Squad 192

CoStA 191

Hoddesden 95