KNUTSFORD Vikings were assured of victory in their National Arena Swimming League opener only after the final race last weekend.

A victory in the concluding 4x50m freestyle relay ensured they collected enough points to finish ahead of City of Chester in a North West Minor Division fixture at Connah’s Quay.

“Every swimmer that represented the club did so with skill, determination and a desire to win,” said head coach Phil James.

“The competition was tough, and we were neck-and-neck with Chester throughout the gala.”

There had been important wins too during the meet’s closing stages for mixed under 11s and under 15s quartets, also in the 4x50m freestyle relay, to propel Knutsford up the standings.

They finished four points clear, and occupy top spot in the table ahead of next month’s second round at the same venue.

James said: “Excellent performances in those relay events made the different.

“It was a fantastic outcome, and I’d like to praise Vikings swimmers for achieving it with grace and a sporting attitude.

“The team spirit was wonderful to see, with every swimmer enjoying support from their teammates.”

Knutsford’s swimmers turn their attention next to the North Midlands ASA Championships and a second weekend of action at Macclesfield.

It provides an opportunity for those that didn’t compete last Saturday to stake a claim for a place in Vikings’ team when the National Arena League resumes on November 10.

“I know some were disappointed at missing out,” said James.

“Make no mistake; the door is open and if they train hard and post fast times.”


National Arena Swimming League

North West Minor Division

At Connah's Quay

Saturday, October 13

1. Knutsford Vikings 191pts

2. City of Chester 187

3. Nantwich Seals 151

4. Whitchurch 110

5. Sandbach Sharks 101

6. Ellesmere Port 91