Bottisham swimmers had a wildly successful weekend with the junior team competing in Round 4 of the Junior Fenland League in Whittlesey on Saturday evening, and a select group swimming at the Jeanne Barker Open at Parkside on Sunday.
JFL Round 4
We had the highest total of PBs and first swims so far this year in a JFL: 36 PBs out of 44 races, and the lowest number of DQs (only 2). Congratulations particularly go to Tom who had an amazing meet, swimming 4/4 PBs, winning two races, going through 2 cut-offs (grrr!) and getting a county qualifying time* in his 50 freestyle! Big hearty back-slaps for excellent first galas/JFLs to Honey, Freddy, Dominic and Leila – we hope you enjoyed it and will come again. PB big-ups to Tom (4), Katie (3), Finn (3), Megan H (2), Joel (2), Honey (2), Alex (2), Nina (2), Ellen (2), Dom (2), Ben (2), Freddy (2), Leila (2), Emily (2), Ella (just missed county time in Fly!), Jacob, Caitlin, Matthew and Nicole. Well done to everyone. Not that it matters, but our points total is creeping up each time…
Thanks as always go to Coach Chris, Simon, Sharon, Tracy and Lauren for helping out. We couldn’t do it without you.
Jeanne Barker Open
On Sunday some of us spent the day, or part of it, at the Jeanne Barker Open meet at Parkside, run by CoCSC. It was a very high-level gala with many of the best clubs from the East and South East represented. Again, Bottisham swimmers performed brilliantly, with a raft of PBs and Thomas (whom we still count as one of our own even when he swims in a blue hat) wiping the floor with pretty much everyone in his races. Thomas acquired a ‘clank’ of medals, 3 new PBs (100 breast, 50 fly, 100 free) and 4 new Club Records (those three and the 50 free). It goes without saying that all those swims were also county qualifying times*. Well done Thomas! Also swimming were Pippa, who kindly helped run the show and came away with a brace of medals, James M who hasn’t trained for months due to exams but swam well and was lovely to have around as usual!; one PB each for Jordan (PB and county time* in the 200IM), Mary and Jacob; a tremendous 2 PBs for Hannah and Megan H; a fantastic 4 for Cassie; and a stupendous 6 for Faith, including 2 more county times* and a new club record in the 200IM. Well done everyone.
Big thanks go to Coach Karl who stayed with the swimmers all day, and Ashley for stepping in when needed, as always.
Times are on the database, if you’re able to access it (please bear with us if you’re not – we’re nearly there…) Have a good summer everyone!
*NB County times haven’t officially been announced yet but we expect them to be the same as last year.