On Sunday 8th September 2012 Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) descended on Blackpool for their Division B & C Swim Off Final.
We where up against some tough competition from the Division C League Leader Leyland Barracudas ‘B’ Squad, to whom we came 2nd in the League to.
From Division B where Garston and Garstang. We faced tough competition from Garston from the start, at the half way stage there was only a couple of points separating the 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots.

 Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) excelled not only in the individual races with notable swims from Harley Beentjes, Matthew Silvester, Kian Marjaei, James Wallwork and Sammy Briscoe for the boys. The girls also did exceptionally well thanks to Niamh Murray, Charlotte Meakin and Melissa Braddock.
Not only did Wigan swimmers achieve brilliant results with their Individual performances but continued to be fantastic during the Medley and Freestyle  relay events. The 9 year old Boys made it 2 wins out of 2, as did the 12 year old Girls. With 1 win out of 2 and a close 2nd where the 9 year old Girls and the 10 year old Boys teams.
The icing on the cake was the final event – the Mixed 1 Girl & 1 Boy from each age group 8×1 Mixed Freestyle Relay. The noise was deafening, Wigan Swimming Club (Wasp) took the lead from the word go, as soon as Melissa Braddock handed over the last leg to Harley Beentjes the roof was nearly taken off Palatine Pool!

Everyone involved, Coaches and Committee, are so proud of how Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) Swimmers conducted themselves throughout the morning. All swimmers should be immensely proud of what they have achieved today.
Not only did we achieve a 2nd place to Garston, we also achieved promotion into Division ‘B’ for the 2013 Micro League Season. To round off a brilliant morning of swims, Harley Beentjes was presented with the Top Boy award for the 2012 season.

The final points at the end of the gala looked like this:
1st – Garston 146
2nd – Wigan 138
3rd – Leyland ‘B’ 117
4th – Garstang 86

Congratulations to all Wigan Swimming Club (Wasps) Swimmers who had a helping hand in qualifying for the Division B & C Swim Off Final, and a massive Congratulations to all the Swimmers who helped us to gain promotion today. 🙂

Yours in Swimming

Elizabeth Jones
Head Coach