SWIMMING: THERE was reason to be cheerful for Solihull Swimming Club at the weekend as they impressed in the first round of the Arena League.
The day was started in positive style as Becky Kamau won the Ladies Open 200metres individual medley.
Furthermore, each age group of the club won their respective single relay – and the 11 and 13-year-old girls won three of their four individual events as Laila Elfandi took first in fly and back.
Elizabeth Aston, Tasha Barguss and Abbie Llewelyn all won their races too while further up the ranks Catlin Hubbard took first in fly and free.
Not to be left out, the boys team also faired well as the 11-year-olds all won their individuals and relays.
Aurelio Lencioni, Reece Harvey, Owen Perkins were joined by Max Hitchman to win both their relays – and 13-year-old Ben Kelly won the backstroke race.
Oliver Rooney, Abdur Rahim and Sharif all won their fly races too.
With dozens of top three finishes throughout the races, Solihull Swimming Club led the way and won the gala – finishing on an impressive 244 points with second place Ledbury on 191 points.
At the Coventry and District Open meeting, 38 swimmers took part and came away with 85 medals – including 31 top three places and 122 personal best swims.
Pick of the bunch were Laila Elfandi. Aurelio Lencioni, Abigail Green, Sarah Warwood, Abigail Davis and Megan Nicklin who all scooped gold medals.
In what was one of the most successful months for the club, vice chair and treasurer of Solihull Swimming Club, Mike Beard, attended a ceremony in Birmingham to collect a BEM for his services to the club and ASA.