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!

Galas closing: Cambridge and Newmarket

Please note that the closing date for entries to the Newmarket gala on 8/9 April is THIS SUNDAY.  All details for that meet are here.

As a last-minute switch from Corby we are now hoping to go to the CoCSC Spring Open at Parkside on 24/25/26 March. Here you can swim the 50 breast/fly/back on the Friday night, and the other events are on the afternoons/early evenings of the Saturday and Sunday.  If you want to enter this gala you need to move quickly please – we need forms and cheques (made payable to Bottisham Swimming Club) by next Thursday, 16 February.  The entry pack is here. Please print the form on page 7 and complete it.  If you’re going to struggle to bring it to training in the next week for any reason, please email me with it and I will print it out for Carol (just this once!).  Please note that this is not a first come first served meet; there are qualifying entry times, so you need to be sure that your swimmer qualifies before putting the form in, and there is the risk that the slower swimmers will be rejected if the meet gets full. That said, it’s worth a go to swim at our big local pool, and if you qualify we’d love to have you along.


Any questions?

I’m going to be at Impington Sports Centre on Sunday between 4.45 and about 7.15, so if you’ve got any questions on any aspect of the club please come and have a chat. Thanks,


Gala Report – County Champs 2017, Weekend 1

Congratulations to everyone who swam in the first weekend of the Cambridgeshire ASA County Championships 2017 at Parkside this last weekend. Swimmers from BSC had a great meet, both individually and as a team in the relays.

Individual Swims

We had 19 individual swimmers take on at least one county-level race over the weekend, and BSC had a swimmer in every event bar one. We’re very proud of you all: Anouk, Luna, Mary B, Faith, Caitlin, Tashie, Milly S, Ella G, Holly, Ellen C, Justine, Pippa, Jack H, Nick, Josh V, Jacob, George, Josh J and Alex. Getting to the counties is a huge achievement, well done!

PBs: Mary B, Tashie, Josh J and Jack H managed to get a wonderful new personal best time on the big stage;
A tremendous two PBs each for: Jacob, Justine, Josh V, Ella G and George;
A thrilling three PBs for Anouk;
A fabulous four PBs each for Nick and Luna, and
A storming six PBs for Faith.

Finals: can you believe it, our swimmers made it to four finals! Anouk made the final for the age 11 50m fly; George made the final for the age 15 50m freestyle; and Faith made the finals in the age 13 50m fly, and the age 13/14 100m breaststroke. All swam brilliantly!

Top 10 finishes: we had top 10 placings in 10 events! Congratulations to Luna for coming 10th in 200IM age 12; Ella G for coming 9th in 50 fly age 15; Anouk for coming 7th in 50 fly age 11; George for three top ten finishes – 8th in 200IM (despite being really poorly) and in 50 free, and 9th in 100IM for age 15; and Faith got four – 9th in 100IM, 6th in 200 breaststroke, 5th in 50 fly…. and she came 2nd, winning BSC’s first county medal for a while, a silver, in her 100m breaststroke (albeit while wearing a blue hat…). Woo hoo!


Club records: we had loads of club records in the individual swims: 9, to be precise! So well done again to Anouk, who smashed Luna’s old 10yr 50 fly record; Luna, who smashed Faith’s 11yr 200IM record with her 8-second PB; Nick, who lowered his own 200 back age 12 record by another 4 seconds; Jacob, who took James M’s old 13yr 200 back record by a good 3 seconds; and Faith, who got 5, lowering 4 of her own records in age 12 50 fly, 200 breast, 50 free and 100 breast (with a 6 second PB), which is another all-time girls’ record, and also finally got the 100 IM record she’s been chasing for a while.


This year’s relays teams consisted of Livia, Ellen H, Anouk, Anna, Arwen, Freddie A, Andrew, Justin, Freddy M, Leila, Lilly, Luna, Caitlin, Nick, Jack H, Jacob, Tom C, Ella G, Nina, Milly S, Tashie, Ruby, George, Justine, Holly, Ellen C, Molly, Alex B, Keiran and Josh J. We had an absolute ball at the relays. From 19 races, we had only one DQ this year, and our teams beat their seed times (combined individual times) in 8 races – no mean feat! – so very well done in particular to the following teams:

Mixed Open Freestyle
Boys’ 11/u Freestyle
Girls’ 11/u Freestyle AND Medley
Girls 13/u Freestyle AND Medley
Girls’ 15/u Freestyle
Mixed Cannon Freestyle

Unfortunately a couple of our boys had to pull out of the relays due to illness – get well soon Samuel A and Thomas M, we missed you! However, Thomas M’s absence meant that we needed another senior swimmer to step in to the men’s Open team… and coach Karl took up the baton and got in the pool! This gave us all a chance to watch the master at work – an experience that those of us who were there will never forget. Well done Karl – 10 years out of competitive swimming, and you could never tell it had been that long… except maybe with the starts… and the turns….?

I’ve no idea how we did overall, because it was impossible to hear anything and the results aren’t up on the website, but I do know that we did not come last, again! So many clubs don’t enter any teams at all, and some enter just a few events – we got a team in for every event,  acquitted ourselves really well, and had a great time too. I hope you are all really proud of what you achieved.

Special well done’s go to Nick, Jack H and Jacob, for doubling up in the 13/u and the 15/u boys’ teams; to Ellen C, for holding it together admirably when the start gun malfunctioned; to Ruby and Anna B, who both swam quite remarkable breaststroke legs in their medley relays; to Alex for having a go at backstroke in the Open medley relay in Thomas M’s absence, and to Kieran who starred in the ‘broken lane rope’ saga!

And finally, you may know that first legs of relays can count as PBs and club records because it’s possible to get an accurate time between start and finish. We had one new club record set at the relays this year: in his second 50m backstroke leg, when representing the 15/u boys, Nick managed to smash through the age 12 club record of 10 years’ standing by more than half a second. Well done to Nick for his second club record of the counties so far!

Big thanks go to Cathryn for team-managing poolside, and to Pippa for being acting-head-coach while ours was in the pool. Also thank you to the officials who helped out during the weekend: Trish, David, Patrick and Vinny. Finally, I passed my Judge level 2 exam – hooray! I can now operate the gun at club champs, so watch out…