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!

JFL Round Five Newmarket – Gala Report

Saturday night saw the last round of the JFL before Bottisham host the C Final next month. And what a fantastic team night it turned out to be! Three swimmers had to pull out at the last minute through injury or illness – we hope you are all on the mend soon – which meant some last minute shuffling, reshuffling and re-reshuffling of the team. Our swimmers rallied with several swimming all the events in their age group and others swimming up a year or two. We achieved 26 PBs, which is fabulous given that this gala was hot on the heels of the Nifty 50s last weekend, and eight first and second places, which is rather good given that we were racing against Boston and March from the top half of the league.

Our fantastic Round Five team comprised:

As our 9Us: Lewis P, who swam all the events in his age group, securing 2 PBs, and swam up a year to swim his first ever cannon relay; and, Lilla, who swam PBs in ALL the events in her age group, coming first twice.

Our 10Us: Coco, who grabbed a PB in her 50 Back; and Lucia, who swam 2 PBs, missing out on a first place by 0.05 seconds, and then squeaked her way through the rest of the gala with the last of Trish’s PB ducks! (Thank goodness they’ve all gone now!)

Our 11Us: Alex, who swam all the events in his age group to obtain 2 PBs and sliced 3 seconds off his 50 Breaststroke; Phoebe, who swam up TWO years in her 50 Back, and almost won, to secure one of her 2 PBs of the night, and who soaked the turn judge very effectively in her 50 Fly; Cassidy, who swam up a year for two races, and grabbed 2 PBs; and, Livia, who swam 50 Free twice and would have secured 2 PBs for them had she swam them in reverse order, and also swam another PB in her 50 Breaststroke while giggling at the team cheering her on!

Our 12U: Andrew, who swam all six events in his age group, swimming PBs in his IM, 50 Breaststroke and 50 Fly.

And finally our 13Us: Ollie, who smashed though the cut-offs for 50 Free and 50 Back to gain 3 PBs and two second-places; Freddy M, who drenched our timekeeper, Deryck, in his 50 Fly; and, Mary, who swam 3 PBs including a super IM before racing up to the other end of the pool to swim the final leg of the cannon relay.

It was a brilliant evening, with tremendous team spirit that saw EVERY swimmer (including a couple that weren’t even on the team: thank you Grace and Freddie B!) cheering and encouraging their teammates. We are proud of you all!

A big thank you to Paula and Sara for helping poolside, to Deryck and Sam for officiating (hope your hearing has recovered, Sam), and to Coach Ciara for all your encouragement.

All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator (apologies on behalf of the recorder, who has ‘corrected’ the spelling of some swimmers names).

The team for the Final on 20th October will be coming out soon.

Nifty Fifties Report

Hello and welcome to the start of 2018/19 season.

 

We have already dived straight in with our first competition last weekend at the Nifty 50’s….

 

We had 52 swimmers which is the most we have every taken to a competition. It was great to see and I hope we can continue to take lots of swimmers to future meets (without me having to pest everyone). It is very important for the swimmers to attend with their friends and have fun and It makes a huge difference to see how they are progressing, particularly the younger swimmers.

 

We had 124 PB’s including 13 new swims which is a great start after the summer holidays. There was some great swims with a lot of big improvements, the biggest of the day was Mya taking off 17.36 seconds in her IM.

 

Here is a list of how many each swimmer achieved:

5 PBs – Mauricio, Livia, Cassidy, Anna N, Mya, Freya

4 PBs – Evie, Tom C, Ethan, Katherine, Patryk, Rebekah, Zubair, Mary O, Maia, Chris, Megan

3 PBs – Mary B, Zavi, Phoebe, Livia

2 PBs – Anna B, Ruby, Nina, Matteo, Sam, Freddy, Lewis P, Millie, Joseph, Justine, Arwen, Lilla, Eleanor, Amy, Bethan, Anouk

1 PBs – Jack, Matthew, Ellen C, Alex, Tom H, Izzy, Lewis K, Freddy, Katie, Andrew

 

Between all the swimmers we had 30 top 6 place finishes within their age groups and all getting a medal.

Top 6 finishes

Alex – 3rdin Backstroke and 6thin Freestyle

Anouk – 1stplace in all events WOW!

Jack B – 6thin Backstroke

Lewis P – 5thin Freestyle and 6thin Backstroke

Lilla – 4thin IM and 5thin Breaststroke

Matteo – 2ndin Backstroke, 3rdin Breaststroke, 4thin Fly, 5thin IM and Freestyle

Nick – 2ndin Breaststroke, IM and Fly, 3rdin Backstroke and Freestyle

Patryk – 4thin Backstroke, 5thin Breaststroke and Fly, 6thin Freestyle and IM

Phoebe – 3rdin Backstroke

Tom C – 6thin IM

Tom H – 2ndin Breaststroke

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the day, It was great to have such a big number and for each of them to get feedback from Myself or Suzy.

Thank you to all the parent volunteers and Suzy for helping manage everyone’s swims and to the officials.

 

Next up we have our Club Championships, Invitations will be sent out in the very near future.

A reminder that parents evening is this Sunday. Please attend so you don’t miss important information, new swimmers and old.

Summer Training Schedule

Training changes:

Our summer schedule will operate from SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018 to THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2018.

Monday, IVC, A Squad – no change
Tuesday Open Water at MCP – no change
Wednesday, BVC – C, C+ and B3/4 -6-7pm; B1/2 and A – 7-8pm
Thursday, BVC – Land Training 7-8pm; those in C+ and B/A not attending land training swim 7-8pm; those attending land training swim 8-9pm.
Sunday, IVC – C, C+ and B3/4 -5-6pm; B1/2 and A – 6-7pm.

If you are unsure what sessions you should be attending, please speak to Karl.