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Evesham reach the PGL Final for the first time since 2015

On Saturday 4th May our swimmers travelled to Redditch Abbey Stadium to compete in the 4th Round of PGL. Potentially, just turning up to compete would secure the club its first appearance in the PGL final for 4 years but our swimmers excelled themselves once again against tough opposition.

On the evening our swimmers recorded 16 first place swims over 62 events and one Speeding Ticket recorded by Elif Aptula in the 50m Backstroke. There were a further 7 swims that were very close to recording a ‘speeding ticket’ (Sophie Walters 25m Fly, Jack Fallon-Williams 25m Back, Susie Gillett 25m Back, Scarlett Begley 50 Free, Joshua Hennessy 50m Fly, Matt James 50 Fly and Daniel Jones 100 IM.) Remember, although we do not score points for speeding tickets, swimmers should celebrate these achievements as a sign of the progress they are making. It has been a difficult year selecting a team for PGL because everyone is making such fantastic progress.

The final results for the gala were Pershore 172, Evesham 159, Haden Hill 139, Bromsgrove 122. We now qualify for the final on Saturday 8th June 2019 in 4th Place which is a fantastic achievement. The gala will be held at Gloucester GL1 and warm up starts at 1.30pm (not the usual 6pm). 52 swimmers that have competed over the 4 rounds are now eligible to swim in the final. Unfortunately, only 40 swimmers can be selected and this squad will be announced over the next week or so. The final standings in the table, for qualification, is as follows:

Position/Team       Cumulative Gala Points      League Points
1 Pershore              693                                          16
2 Redditch              671                                          14
3 Worcester           628                                          12
4 Evesham             617                                          12
5 Oldbury               657                                          11
6 Bromsgrove        610                                          11
7 Stourbridge        640                                          10
8 Haden Hill          544                                            9
9 Northgate            575                                           8
10 Cheltenham      524                                           7
11 Warley Wasps  494                                           6

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