Plymouth Keeps Club Crown As Ruta Rules
Apr 23, 2012 - Craig Lord
For the fourth time in five years, Plymouth Leander Swimming emerged from a weekend battle in Sheffield club champions of England & Wales.
At the 43rd National Arena League Final, the club kept Hatfield at bay by 50 points for the crown, its swimmers setting eight meet records in the bargain, Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, in the world top 10 this year over 100m breaststroke with a 1:07.30 effort at the Olympic test event in London last month, playing a part in four of those marks, while also winning her the top prize in her age-group and the Top Overall Athlete prize.
The record setters:
Of the eight Top Athlete Awards across the age groups and overall, Plymouth took five: Tegan Drew, Dani Baker and Jack Smith won one a piece, Meilutyte taking two of her own.
Plymouth Leander runs a successful scholarship programme with Plymouth College for swimmers aged 11 to 18 and boasts an international line-up of talent.
You can read more about the programme run by coach Jon Rudd at the college website.