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.
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!
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.
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!
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 – email@example.com. 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.