Hatfield looking towards Speedo final

PUBLISHED: 18:33 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Beijing-bound swimmer Richard Charlesworth will miss the Speedo League final

Beijing-bound swimmer Richard Charlesworth will miss the Speedo League final

DOMESTIC competition is very much at the forefront of Hatfield Swimming Club s thoughts, despite boasting a host of youth and full international competitors. May marks a busy month for the successful outfit, which includes the Speedo League Final in Sheff

DOMESTIC competition is very much at the forefront of Hatfield Swimming Club's thoughts, despite boasting a host of youth and full international competitors.

May marks a busy month for the successful outfit, which includes the Speedo League Final in Sheffield on the 11th and then their own UK Challenge meet at the University of Hertfordshire pool the following weekend.

Club coach Nick Juba said: "All our swimmers will be at the Speedo League Final except Richard Charlesworth (1,500m future Olympian), who will be in Australia."

The relatively small organisation has made the finals in the last five years and their crowning glory came in 2006 when they were national champions.

"We are a small club with around 200 members. We tend to pack a punch above our weight in British Swimming terms. We are not even the biggest club in Hertfordshire," said Juba.

"2006 was a really good peak. We were the best club in the Youth National Championships and won the National Speedo League.

"That was our pinnacle, but we suffered a little bit of a reaction in 2007."

This time around Juba is looking for his club to finish higher than fifth place at the final.

He added: "We have been pretty good in the last five years. We have come fifth, fifth, first and fifth, so this year I think if we can come third or fourth we would be pleased.


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