On Sat 22 April at 6:30, 25 STAMers gathered at the pool in Bishops Stortford to take on Ware, Hartham, Bishops Stortford, and a combined team from Hemel, Berkhamstead and Tring under the umbrella name Dacorum. There was very late good news for the 45+, discovering that their races were just one length, and some even later news for the 18+ discovering their relays were 2 lengths, but they took it well in their youthful stride. The races were fast and furious and quickly came one after another, we could have done with our officials slowing it down a little, but we did have a curry to get to! The atmosphere within the team, and encouragement of each other, was as always with STAM teams…. TERRIFIC and FUN! A third way through, Bishops Stortford had galloped into a large lead with Dacorum just ahead of STAM, and although we overtook Dacorum, by the last race we had a feeling that Bishops Stortford had an unassailable lead, so we declared the Mixed 12 x 25m Cannon, as “Winner Takes All” and we won with 1 second to spare (after 3 minutes of racing!). Congratulations to all swimmers, officials and helpers who took part, thank you, and I look forward to our next team gala on the 22nd July, where we go to Aylesbury to take on the might of clubs from the surrounding counties.