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.

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.