Welcome to Bottisham Swimming Club!

We are a friendly and competitive swimming club based just north of Cambridge, with about 100 swimmers aged between 7 and 20. We swim at Bottisham and Impington Village College pools, and at galas throughout the eastern region and beyond.

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Club Champs part V 1 Dec – Gala Report

Club champs came to a close yesterday evening at Bottisham with the 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 800m freestyle boys’ and girls’ races. And what brilliant races they were!

PBs: 34 of them! Only one swimmer managed a full house: well done Molly for a totally awesome 3 PBs in three very testing events. A toptastic two were grabbed by Tom M, Jacob, Josh V, Faith, Sophie, Ellen and Beth; and there was a whopping one each for Nick, Jack, Matt C, George, Kieran, Josh J, James B, Ella G, Yvonne, Luna, Anouk, Katie, Tara, Megan H, Hannah, Kathryn and Sasha.

200 fly
Boys: 12-13: Gold to Jacob; 16+ Gold to Thomas M
Girls: 12-13 Gold to Faith; 14-15: Gold to Molly, Silver to Ella G; 16+ Gold to Sophie, Silver to Yvonne.
Club champion for the boys is Thomas M; for the girls is Faith.  County times for them both.
Club records: Thomas M (16), Molly (15) and Sophie (17), and Faith (12) nicking Molly’s old one!

200 IM
Boys: 12-13: Gold to Nick, Silver to Jack, Bronze to Thomas C; 14-15: Gold to George; 16+: Gold to Thomas M, Silver to Kieran.
Girls: 10-11: Gold to Luna, Silver to Anouk, Bronze to Katie; 12-13: Gold to Faith; 14-15: Gold to Molly, Silver to Ellen, Bronze to Tara; 16+: Gold to Justine, Silver to Sophie.
Club champion for the boys is Thomas M; for the girls is Justine.
County times for Nick, George, Thomas M, Luna and Faith.
Club records: Thomas M (16), taking one that has stood for 5 years by 6 seconds; Anouk (9), lowering her own record set in October by 14 seconds, and Faith (12) hijacking another of Molly’s old records.

800 free
Boys: 12-13: Gold to Josh V, Silver to Jacob; 16+: Gold to Thomas M, Silver to Josh J and Bronze to James B.
Girls: 14-15: Gold to Molly, Silver to Ellen and Bronze to Beth; 16+ Gold to Kathryn, Silver to Yvonne and Bronze to Sophie.
Club champion is Thomas M for the boys, and Kathryn for the girls.
Club records: Josh V (12), Thomas M (16), Kathryn (16) and Sophie (17).

Thank you to all who helped out to make this last gala work: to Karl and Simon M for coaching, Alison and Fay for medals, Anne-Marie for marshalling, and our officials: Paula as ref, Carol as starter, Trish, Simon B, Vinny, Paul, Gordon, Patrick, David, and Sharon; swimmer-officials Ella, Tara and George; and also the McGowens, Shaws and Pearces from March.

Now, a correction to earlier stats – coach Karl reliably informs me I missed Lily and Josh J’s county times from last Saturday, and that Caitlin got 3 PBs and not 2 –  sorry! Well done!

Round up

Without the database I can’t reliably count the number of PBs swimmers have achieved over the course of the club champs but my guess would be well over 300. This is the most important way for us to measure the progress of individual swimmers and the club as a whole, and we can’t tell you how thrilled we are with the way you have swum. Well done to everyone – we hope you are as pleased as we are.

Nevertheless, if that’s not the case, and you don’t feel that club champs has worked for you this year or you haven’t performed to the best of your ability, please have a word with Karl about it and he will do his best to work with you to iron out any issues. If you haven’t liked the format or you have any constructive criticism or ideas for how to make things better next year, please let me know – chair@bottishamswimclub.org.uk. I want to hear!

Coach Karl has done the maths on the total county times and club records… (as those of you who follow on Facebook will already know…)

During club champs alone, swimmers achieved 77 county times – and we think there are 20 of you who have qualified in at least one event this year, an increase of over 50% on last year; and
there were 50 new club records achieved over the club champs period alone. I hope you will agree, this is really rather wonderful! It is a testament to swimmers’ hard work, and to the hard work and talent of coach Karl and his merry band of helpers.  Three cheers for you all.

Please check whether your swimmer has achieved any county times this year by comparing times on the ASA rankings database here (use ’12 months’) and the county qualifying times that you can access here – don’t forget age is at the end of next year, so a year (at least!) older than you are now. Then, if you qualify, come with us to swim at the County Championships – details are here! And don’t forget to order your hat!

Finally, don’t forget we will be presenting trophies for the first, second and third overall placed swimmers in each age group at the Christmas Party on the evening of Sunday 18 December.



County Championships Entries Open!

The county pack has finally been released – hooray! The Cambs County Championships will take place over two weekends -27/28/29 Jan at Parkside in Cambridge, and 25/26 February at Whittlesey Manor Leisure Centre . You’ll find the full schedule on page 5.

This is the most important event of the year for most of our swimmers, and all swimmers who have qualified for the County Championships in any event are expected and encouraged to compete. Qualifications times are here (they are indeed the same as this year), and on page 4 of the pack.

Please note you need to be looking at the time that relates to your age at the end of 2017 – that’s a year up from whatever age you’re swimming as in our club champs this year. Qualifying times must be achieved in a licensed gala since 1 Jan 2016 – so either at club champs, at an Open gala, or even at this year’s counties. You can check your swimmer’s best licensed times to see whether they qualify on the ASA database by clicking here. The times are checked so there is no opportunity to pull a fast one!

There is a tight timescale for this – please have your entry forms (page 7) on paper not by email please to Carol (via another coach if necessary) by end of training on Sunday 11 December. Please make cheques payable to Bottisham Swimming Club as we will do one bank transfer to the the promoter for all entries. Entries are £5.75 for each event.

Three more things:

  • If you’ve qualified for the county champs, don’t forget that you can order a named hat which also says ‘County Qualifier 2017’! Please complete the form here: 2016-named-hats-order-form and hand it to Astrid or a coach by next Wednesday, 7 December – the hats should arrive in time for the Counties.
  • County Relays are taking place on Sunday 29 January at Parkside, warm up from 4 and start at 5pm. Please keep the afternoon free as Karl will be selecting the best team across all age groups to swim against the other Cambs clubs. Training at Impington will be cancelled that evening and those not swimming are encouraged to come in Bottisham colours to Parkside to cheer on the team!
  • Doing our first licensed club championships is one of the reasons that we have so many kids qualified for counties this year. This has only been possible because we have had enough parents and swimmers volunteer to be trained as timekeepers or Judges to run the events. It’s essential that people keep stepping forward to train as officials so that we can do the same in future years and keep offering these opportunities to the kids. There will be judges’ and timekeepers’ courses running at the counties, and this also provides a great chance to get lots of poolside mentoring. Older swimmers are welcome too – minimum age is 14 to train for timekeeping and 15 for Judge Level 1, and it’s something really unusual for your UCAS form! There is no cost to you for training as the club will pay. Please consider stepping forward – this is a great way to get involved in the sport, and to help your club and your county provide the events that the kids need to progress. Drop me a line or catch me poolside if you’re ready to get involved.

Here it the pack for you to download and peruse at your leisure: 161129cambridgeshire-asa-county-champs-2017-final-approved