JFL Round Three Newmarket – Gala Report

Round 3 of the JFL was hosted by First Strokes at Newmarket on Saturday night, with Bottisham in a tough draw, competing against First Strokes, March and two teams from Peterborough. For the first time this season we had a full team of swimmers, namely: Lewis P, Lewis K, Alex, Joseph, Andrew, Sam, Zavi, Matthew, Lilla, Coco, Grace, Evie, Livia, Cassidy, Ellen, Arwen and Katie. We had one swimmer in their first JFL and two swimming in their first gala.

A big thank you to Katie and Ellen for stepping in to swim at very short notice!

It was a great night of swimming. Four of our girls, Katie, Arwen, Ellen and Cassidy, were swimming up an age group. Three of our youngest swimmers, Lewis P, Lilla and Lewis K, swam all of the races in their age group, Lilla taking a super second place in her 50m breaststroke.

From the full 44 individual swims, we had a tremendous 32 PBs as follows:

A tremendous three PBs for Zavi in his first gala, for Ellen (who chopped 5 seconds off her backstroke time), and for Lewis P and Arwen (who both sliced 5 seconds off their freestyle times), Arwen swimming the IM for the first time.

A terrific two PBs for Lewis K (who took 4 seconds off his 50m breastroke time), Joseph (who took 5 seconds off his backstroke time and 4 seconds off his 50m freestyle), Andrew (who took 4 seconds off his IM time), Coco (swimming in her first gala and finishing in a rather tremendous 3rd place with her 50m freestyle), Evie (who took 4 seconds off her backstroke time), Cassidy (swimming her first IM), Matthew and Alex. Two PBs also for Sam who swam a fantastic freestyle race to finish in first place and is now within a second of the cut-off time.

A wonderful one PB each for Grace and Katie. Katie’s backstroke time sees her smoothly sailing through the cut-off for her age group.

Super swimming all of you: well done!

A huge thank you to Gordon, Jamie and Deryck for officiating.

A very big thank you to Paula and Fay for helping out poolside, and of course to Coach Karl.

All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. Round Four is at Whittlesey on 14th July. Invitations went out a couple of weeks ago. Reminders are on their way to those who are yet to reply. It’s a busy time of year, so we would really appreciate a prompt response: thank you!

JFL Round Two Newmarket – Gala Report

Round 2 of the JFL was hosted by Bottisham at Newmarket, competing against teams from Mildenhall, First Strokes, St Neots and Peterborough. Our team of 15 swimmers, including two swimming in their first JFL, were Lilla, Anoushka, Mya, Cassidy, Phoebe E, Katie, Freya, Luna, Anna I-K, Lewis K, Ithan, Justin, Sam, Alex, Matthew and Matteo. Thank you to Freya and Anna I-K for stepping in to swim at very short notice!

From 38 individual swims, we had a fantastic 21 PBs resulting in Bottisham finishing in an absolutely brilliant 3rd place on the night. So, to the PBs:

A tremendous three PBs for Matteo: some very exciting swimming that nearly caused Mary to fall into the pool, gave him a first place and a 3 second PB in his freestyle, racing through the cut-off time. Another 3 seconds fell off his 100m IM time and he took a cracking 4 seconds off his fly time to finish in second place. Brilliant swimming, Matteo!

Also swimming a tremendous three PBs was Lilla, our youngest member of the JFL team, who again swam all the events in her age group, coming first in her 25m butterfly and slicing 3 seconds off her breaststroke time to come second … fantastic swimming Lilla!

A terrific two PBs for Mya (who swan 50m fly for the first time), Cassidy (swimming in her first JFL), Alex (who swam a brilliant IM for the first time) and Katie (who chopped a whopping 9 seconds off her 100 IM time and came first in two of her races: absolutely fantastic!).

A simply wonderful one PB each for Anoushka, Phoebe E, Ithan, Matthew and Luna (who has now swum through the cut off for 50 back).

A final mention to Lewis K who, despite hurting himself, swam 50m breaststroke without goggles and made sure that Bottisham could still race in the relay: thank you Lewis for showing such great team spirit.

Fantastic swimming all of you: well done!

A huge thank you to Suzy for refereeing and to Trish, Gordon, Jamie, Gareth and Sam for officiating.

A very big thank you to Paula and Karen for helping on the door and selling raffle tickets for a truly amazing raffle (thanks to all who donated). Another very big thank you to Fay for helping out poolside aided by Mary and Faith, to Guy for helping out in the box and of course to Coach Ciara.

My last thank you to Freddy, who was really rather brilliant at announcing, and to all the parents, siblings and grandparents who cheered on and made the evening a success.

All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. Round Three is at Newmarket on 9th June. Invitations will be going out soon, so please check your emails.

JFL Round One Newmarket – Gala Report

We started the 2018 JFL season on Saturday at Newmarket, competing against teams from Deepings, Huntingdon, Mildenhall and Thetford. Our team of 15 swimmers, including several swimming in their first JFL, were Lilla, Mady, Grace S, Amy, Livia, Megan, Esme, Freya, Katie, Lewis K, Ithan, Andrew, Sam, Freddy and Ollie. A special mention to the four swimmers who swam up an age group: Katie, Freya, Megan and Esme. Well done girls!

From 38 individual swims, we had a fantastic 25 PBs:

A tremendous three PBs for Lilla, our youngest member of the JFL team, who swam all the events in her age group, coming first in her 50m breaststroke and second in all her other races … absolutely brilliant!

A terrific two PBs for Lewis K (who also swam all the events in his age group, swimming his 50m breaststroke without goggles, and setting PBs in both backstroke and free: fantastic!), Grace (who sliced a whopping 13 seconds off her fly time and came second in her breaststroke with a superb 6 second PB: awesome!), Amy, Megan and Esme (all first time JFL swimmers), Livia (who knocked an amazing 6 seconds off her fly time), Katie (who came second in both her races, swimming up an age group), Freya and Ollie.

A wonderful one PB for Mady and Ithan (both first time JFL swimmers), Sam and Andrew.

Fantastic swimming all of you: well done!

A huge thank you to Jamie Kincaid for timekeeping, to Karen Kincaid and Mary O’Neill for helping out poolside and keeping hold of the now seriously depleted PB Bag, and of course to Coach Karl and Coach Ciara.

All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. We will be hosting Round Two at Newmarket on April 21st. Invitations will be going out shortly, so please check your emails.