Welcome to Bottisham Swimming Club!

We are a friendly and competitive swimming club based just north of Cambridge, with about 100 swimmers aged between 8 and 21. We train at Bottisham and Impington Sports Centres, and compete at galas throughout the eastern region and beyond.

Our latest news appears below, or please click on the links for more information. Swimmers and parents please also check the board at Bottisham for latest news!

County Championship 2020 Report

Firstly, well done to all 12 swimmers below for making it to counties, it was a tough job to do with our limited pool time over summer and the new qualifying times coming out in November.

 

Here’s how everyone got on:

Darcy – )nly started with the club in September and qualified in two races already. She improved on both of these times and even qualified for the finals in 50m Fly, although due to poor layout of events she did not swim. Hope it was a great experience.

Josh – Our only long distance swimmer this year, qualifying in both 1500m and 800m. He came away with a Silver for the 1500 and swam a personal best also getting a club record in the 800m. Great work and thank you for representing the club in these events.

Katie – With just the one race the pressure was on to do well. She had a great swim with just under a second PB, also setting a new club record. Most importantly for her, she beat her older sisters time. Don’t rub it in too much.

Lilla – Rocked up with 6 races and smashed them all with new PB’s. Even making it into the final of 100m Breaststroke and now has the 200m Breaststroke club record. She proves size doesn’t matter.

Lucia – Another swimmer with 6 races…..another swimmer with 6 new PB’s. Some great times, taking off close to 4 seconds in 100m IM, 100m Back and 100 Free. Shows the stamina is coming along as well as her speed.

Matteo – Out of 6 races he got 4 PBs, getting into the finals for 100m Back, 50m Fly and 50m Back where he improved his times yet again. He also qualified for 50m breaststroke final but due to event layout did not swim. He got 3rd in the Fly taking a Bronze medal and was extremely close to 3rd in Backstroke. Great work for making the most finals from the club.

Mya –  Showing that she is a natural Breaststroker, qualifying in 50, 100 and 200m. Mya smashed her 200m time by 14 seconds and was extremely close to her 50 and 100. Well done with the full set.

Patrick – Getting to his first county meet, chipped away at his 50m free time with a new PB. Aiming to get into 27seconds by the end of the year.

Rebekah –  3 events of 50m in Back, Breast and Free and 3 new PB’s, which included a brilliant start using the backstroke ledge for the first time. Great sprinting.

Sam – Swam really well in his 50m Breast with a PB. Freestyle was just short of his time but will be under 31 very soon. Keep up the good work.

Oliver – Getting all PBs in his 3 races. Im sure he would of had more events to swim but unfortunately other meets clashed with his other sports (which he is also doing incredibly well).

Phoebe – Having the most qualifying times from the whole club with 8 swims was a very busy girl. She came away with 5 PBS in 100 and 200 IM, 100 Free, 50 Fly and 100 Back. She also improved her current Club Record in 100 Back. Phoebe your dedication is brilliant and sets a great example for everyone, keep it up.

 

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help run the counties, Im sure you know how important you are to keep these running. your time is really appreciated.

Now the new times are starting to sink in and with no pool problems this year (fingers crossed) let’s aim to get more of you all qualified for next year.

JFL ‘C’ Final – Gala Report

At the start of half-term, after a slightly a twitchy week of bumps and scraps with bicycles, email mayhem and swimmers having to pull out at the eleventh hour, our Bottisham team rose to the occasion of the JFL ‘C’ Final, with several boys swimming multiple events to ensure that there was a Bottisham swimmer in every event. Although narrowly beaten into 2nd place overall, our swimmers achieved 21 PBs, a brilliant eight individual 1st places and thirteen 2nd places on an evening where every point counted.

bsc-jfl4Our fantastic ‘C’ Final team comprised:

Dominic, who has been a real stalwart of the team this year and ended the season on a high by coming 2nd in his 50 Breast. Well done, Dominic!

Arthur, our JFL newbie swimming in his first gala at great speed to not only come 2nd in his 25 Fly, but a brilliant 1st place in his 50 Back, all for a plastic medal (sorry if it was an anticlimax!). Arthur, you are going to be a fantastic part of our 2020 team!

Emma, who, for the sixth time this year, swam all the events in her age group and also finished on a high by coming 1st in her 50 Breast. Emma, you are a star!

Our 10U boys: Freddie B, who swam two-out-of-two PBs, one while very carefully balancing goggles on his nose; and, Eddie, who also suffered from goggle trouble, swimming four events, including 50 Fly twice, timing his PB perfectly to come finish in 2nd place.

Our 10U girls: Izzie, who swam two very close races; and, Lilla, who swam with lightning speed to achieve a 1st place in her 50 Fly and a 2nd place in her 50 Free with a new PB.

Our 11U boys: Alec, who also swam four events, including 50 Back twice, one up an age group and came 2nd in his 50 Back; and, Lewis, who, recovering from an injured ankle, nobly stepped in at the very last minute to swim a PB in his 50 Free and the 11U boys leg of the relay.

Our 11U girls: Mya, who swam two brilliant PBs and gained a 1st place in her 50 Free and 2nd in her 50 Back; and, Lucia, who swam two terrific 2nd places.

For the 12U boys: the truly awesome Alex, who swam a staggering seven events, two up a year back-to-back with events is his own age group, including three PBs, timed to perfection to maximize on points.

Our three 12U girls: Ellen, who grabbed a PB in her 50 Free; Rebekah, who raced through the cut-off in her 50 Back and 100IM (perfect timing!) to two 1st places; and, Phoebe, who swam up a year in the 50 Fly and brought our relay team home in 3rd place.

For the 13U girls: Arwen, who bagged a PB in her 100IM.

bsc-jfl1And finally, our Team Captains, who have been consistently speedy this year, but managed (just) to stay eligible for the final: Katie, who swam 2PBs to two very close 2nd places; and, Sam who swam 3 PBs through two cut-offs, two 1st places and a 2nd place. Thank you both, not least for collecting our well-deserved trophy!

To all of you, well done. For supporting, encouraging and cheering each other on, and for swimming out-of-your-skins. We are very proud of you all!

A big thank you to Paula and Karen for marshaling, to Suzy, Emma L and Sam E for officiating, to Coach Karl for coaching, and to Freddy M for helping out poolside.

All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator.

As this is the last JFL report for 2019, I would like to say an enormous thank you to all the JFL parents, grandparents, siblings and carers for giving up your Saturday evenings this year to drive and support your swimmers, and for being willing to help out. Thank you to all the officials over the year, both the JFL parents and those whose swimmers are now far too old for the JFL. But most of all, thank you to all our 2019 JFL swimmers: you have swum with enthusiasm and increasing skill over the year, and shown tremendous team spirit, especially our now ‘too-old-for-the-JFL’ swimmers: Katie, Sam, Andrew, Arwen, Freya and Rachel.

Until next year…