ProSwimwear’s very own Rob Holderness recently competed in the first round of the National Arena Swimming League! We had a chat with Rob to catch up on what the first round was like, and what is in store for round 2!
A Chat with Rob:
How did you find the first round?
It was good to be involved in a racing environment again. Street and District performed well with a 3rd place finish which is something to build on for the next round. I slept like a baby and woke up aching which brought back good memories.
Did you achieve everything you hoped?
I finished every race and didn’t embarrass myself, so I saw that as a win! I swam my goal times so I can’t complain. However, I was “accidentally” entered into the 100m freestyle as well. That event did not go well, so a special thank you to Paul Ritchie for that.
How are you feeling about the next round?
I’ve trained slightly more this time and with a round under my belt I should squeeze out a few faster times. The main thing for me is to help the team out and get back into racing.
Where and when is the second round taking place?
Round 2 is this Saturday the 9th of November and it’s being held at the Millfield pool which was my home for the vast majority of my swimming career. It’s also a 10-minute drive from my current house which is another win!
What events are in the next round?
There are 50 races in each round, the gala starts with the 200m individual medley for both the Men and Women, followed by relays for all age groups. The middle 30+ races are individual races consisting of 50/100’s in each stroke. The last block of events are once again relays with the highlight coming right at the end – the 6x50 men’s and women’s cannon!
What happens after the next round?
The results from the two rounds will be collated and then the A, B and C finals will be decided. The winner and sometimes runner up of the A final will move forwards to the National Final in April. The B final is for glory and the C final is important as the bottom two teams are relegated to the division below.
What have you been doing to prepare for the next round?
I have still been swimming at Huish Leisure centre in Langport. I did turn up to One Street and District training session (One more than last time).
A big thank you to our very own Rob – and the absolute best of luck in the second round of the National Arena Swimming League that is taking place at various locations around the country this weekend! Good luck to everyone competing, we will all be cheering you on!