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.

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County Champs 2018 – sessions 1-4

BSC just had a great weekend at Whittlesey for the County Champs – congratulations to all our swimmers, who all did remarkably well in this tough competition! The small but perfectly formed team was made up of Anouk, Leila, Faith, Lauren, Jack H, Nick, Kieran, Yvonne and Justine. It’s no mean feat to achieve county qualification, and we’re so proud of each and every swimmer who made the long journey into Fenland to swim these championships over a really long couple of days. Well done to all of you.

The first weekend of counties is always a bit of an odd affair, but the team got stuck in. Huge credit for some amazing performances, particularly from Leila, Lauren, Kieran and Yvonne all swimming in their first county champs here, and Justine for her brave 200 back against national-level competition! There were some amazing swims: Nick’s 50 fly final, Lauren’s 50 breast final, Faith’s 50 breast heat, Jack’s second race of three in the 50 breast, Anouk’s final of the 100 fly…. but the weekend really belonged to Nick this time, as you shall see.

PB congratulations go to Anouk and Lauren each with one, Jack and Faith each with two, and Nick with a fantastic four. The same swimmers also represented our county finalists: Nick swam in four finals (100 back, 50 back, 100 breast and 50 fly), Jack in two (50 and 100 breast), Faith in two (50 breast and 100 fly) and there was one each for Lauren (50 breast) and Anouk (100 fly).

The club records also tumbled: 6 went in total. Anouk improved her age 11 100 fly record in her final. Jack took the age 13 50 breast record with a brilliant swim in the swim-off for a place in the final, knocking nearly 2 seconds off a record that had stood since 2010, and more than that off his own PB! Faith improved her age 13 50 breast and 100 fly records with the fastest ever times swum by a BSC girl in each. And Nick shattered the age 13 50 and 100 back records that had stood since 2009, with a couple of truly remarkable swims!

In terms of medals – Nick achieved two silvers in the 100 backstroke and the 50 fly, and a bronze in the 50 backstroke; Faith achieved bronze in the 50 breaststroke.  This is already BSC’s best medal haul at Counties for a long while. Jack, Faith and Anouk together achieved a pile of 4th place finishes, showing there’s still room for more.

Finally, well done to Faith who achieved 2018 Regional Summer Championships qualification in her 50m breaststroke!  Nick and Jack are each just a smidgeon off regional standards too – remarkable achievements, all!

Thanks go to Trish and Patrick for judging and to Heather for poolside helping – also to all parents who were willing to do the long drive!

Full BSC results:

Boys 100 back – Nick 2nd
Girls 50 breast – Faith 3rd, Lauren 5th, Anouk 7th, Leila 15th
Girls 400 IM – Faith 4th
Boys 50 breast – Jack 4th, Nick 9th, Kieran 10th
Girls 200 fly – Faith 5th
Girls 100 fly – Anouk 4th, Faith 4th
Boys 100 breast – Jack 4th, Nick 5th
Boys 50 fly – Nick 2nd, Jack 8th
Girls 100 free – Faith 10th, Yvonne 14th, Anouk 16th,
Boys 200 breast – Nick 6th, Jack 7th
Girls 200 back – Justine 6th
Boys 50 back – Nick 3rd, Jack 9th

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BWFSC New Year Meet 2018

IMG_8643What a great start to the year.

On Sunday, we took an amazing 48 swimmers to the Olympic Pool (London Aquatics Centre).

It was a great day with such an amazing venue and good experience for everyone, especially the younger swimmers who some have never seen a 50m pool let alone swam in one. Well done for giving it a go even though it may have been scary.

We even managed to come away with a brilliant 21 Medals, 61 PB’s and 3 club records, I couldn’t ask for a better way to begin 2018. PB’s are really hard to get in a 50m pool.

Medals

Ella G – 2 Golds and 1 Silver

Anouk – 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze

Faith – 2 Silver and 2 Bronze

Nick – 2 Silver

George – 1 Silver and 2 Bronze

Chris – 1 Silver and 1 Bronze

Kieran – 1 Silver

Megan H – 1 Bronze

PB’s

5 – Cassidy

4 – Anna B

3 –  Amy, Arwen, Justin, Mya, Nick

2 –  Alex, Anna N, Eleanor, Freya, Joseph, Lewis K, Mady, Mary B, Matteo, Megan T, Millie R, Phoebe E, Tom C

1 – Andrew, Anouk, Chris, Faith, Gemma, Katie, Kieran, Livia, Megan H, Patryk, Youri

Club records

Anouk – 50m and 100m Fly, Age 11

Faith – 50m Fly, Age 13

Well done to everyone, we hope you enjoyed the experience, parents included. It may have a been an early start but I think it was worth it.

Thanks to the team managers, Land Coach Nathaniel, the parents who volunteered to be marshalls and officials, and Ciara for helping everything run smoothly.

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Countdown to Christmas

Just a reminder that we’re training as usual on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Land training will run on Thursday but will take place for both squads in the Studio rather than in the gymnasium.

We’re thrilled to report that our new coach, Ciara, is joining us this week for a gentle festive start to her work with BSC. Please make her welcome.

Finally, on behalf of the BSC committee, I’d like to wish all swimmers and parents a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2018. We’re back in the pool on Wednesday 3 January.  Enjoy your time away from the chlorine, but do try to keep some fitness, particularly if you’re coming to the Olympic pool with us on Sunday 7 January!