The first round of the 2014 Sussex League championship saw Eastbourne Swimming Club drawn against Chichester Cormorants and Lewes Swimming Club at the Sovereign Centre.
Determined to ensure victory the Eastbourne boys and girls led from the start, dominating the pool in nearly every race in every age group.
After the first 10 events Eastbourne had taken eight first places and were already commanding a 30 point lead from second placed Chichester.
Throughout the next 20 events the squad were so strong that in many races Eastbourne swimmers were battling each other for first and second place.
Finlay Naylor and Najm Karkach went head to head in the 50m backstroke with Finlay just beating Najm to the finish.
While Lizzie Wright and Alice Greenland fought each other hard in the 100m breaststroke, neck and neck at 50m Lizzie started to pull away and just touched first ahead of Alice both of them leaving the rest of the field some 10 seconds behind.
At 40 events Eastbourne’s lead had increased by 80 points and, although there was little chance of them being beaten at this stage ,the Squad pushed still harder taking first in five of the remaining age group relays.
The final race of the evening, the mixed squadron relay, was as always, a thrilling end to a great competition.
Chichester chased hard but in the event Eastbourne couldn’t be beaten, finishing with a one second lead and an overall points tally of 453, 112 points ahead of second place Chichester.
A fantastic, determined performance from the Eastbourne squad hopefully to be repeated in March when they meet Beacon and Bognor Regis in round two of the Sussex League.
More swimming in Friday’s Eastbourne Herald