County Champs 2018 – sprints and relays

Well done to the Bottisham swimmers who competed last Saturday at the last two sessions of the County Championships.

The individual events were the 50m freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. We had a great team consisting of Tashie, Mary B, Phoebe E, Luna, Ellen H, Justine, Holly, Ellen C, Yvonne, Anouk, Faith, Nick, Jack H, George, and Kieran. In the 50m free there were PBs for Mary B, Luna, Tashie, Ellen H, Justine, Kieran, George, Nick, Faith and Anouk; Anouk reached the final of the girls’ age 12 event and swam brilliantly to get 4th place, her (joint) highest finish in the championships and a new club record! Nick went sub-30 seconds for the first time in his race and finished 10th in his age group; Faith also got a club record and finished 13th overall.  In the 100m IM, Luna, Justine, George, Nick, Faith and Anouk all got PBs: Faith was the highest placed finisher in 5th, lowering her all-time girls’ record again, with Nick 6th – a matter of tenths away from Thomas M’s age group record! – and Anouk 7th. Congratulations all swimmers.

We were thrilled to be able to put a team forward for every single event in the County Relays, and everyone swam really well and did the club proud.  We didn’t win; but I bet we had the most fun of all the clubs there. Well done to all swimmers.  Thanks to everyone for turning out and braving the chaos of Parkside to support the club: thanks also to Fay and Sam for team managing, to Vinny, Trish, Emma and Patrick for judging, and to the fabulous Coach Karl. Let’s do it all again next year!

CoCSC Mini Meet 2018 Round 2

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Well done to the 15 12/u swimmers from BSC who took part in the Cambridge Mini-Meet last Saturday – a great event for getting used to galas. We had a great meet. Round of applause to all swimmers. The PB count was high as always:

3 PBs – Anna B, Lilla, Lucia, Rebekah, Cassidy

2 PBs – Livvy, Arwen, Evie, Lewis P

1 PB – Alex C, Phoebe E, Megan T, Anoushka, Emma

And congratulations to our medallists:

Anna B – Gold, 50 breast, Bronze, 200 free (age 11)
Lilla – Silver, 50 back, bronze 50 breast (age 8/u)
Phoebe E – Bronze 50 back and bronze 50 fly (age 10)
Lucia – in her first gala! – Bronze, 100 free and bronze 50 back (age 9)
Rebekah – Silver, 50 breast (age 10)
Lewis P – Bronze, 100 free (age 8/u)

What a great evening – thanks to all parents who came along, and particularly to Deryck and Paula for being poolside, Coach Karl, and to Nigel, Sam, Simon and Emma for officiating. Results are all on SCM, and you can find them online here. The next one will take place in June – date and races TBA.

Cambs County Champs 2018 – Sessions 6 & 7

Congratulations to all the swimmers who made it to this Saturday’s sessions at Parkside! The team was Anouk, Faith, Lauren, George, Luna, Nick, Kieran, Phoebe E, Ellen H, Leila, Ellen C, Ella G, Mary O, and Jack H.  Bottisham had another good day in the pool with 19 PBs, 7 finals, 4 Club Records including 2 all-time fastests, 3 county debuts and 1 regional time.

The girls’ races were the 100m breaststroke, 200m IM, 50m fly, 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Anouk and Faith swam all of the races, with Anouk getting 4 PBs and a new club record for age 11 50 fly. She swam in all three of the girls’ finals and over all the races she finished 7th, 6th, 5th, 7th and 5th respectively, a brilliant performance. Faith just lost out in the 100m breaststroke with 4th place but smashed the regional qualifying time and all-time club record; she came 9th, 5th (final), 6th and 11th in the other races, with 3 PBs overall and another all-time club record in the 50 fly too.

The boys’ races were the 100m fly, the 200m IM, the 100m freestyle and the 200m backstroke. Our other finalist of the day was Nick who managed 8th in the 100m freestyle final; he got PBs in all three of his races, coming 10th in the 200IM and 5th in the 200m backstroke with a new age 13 club record.

Congratulations also to new club record holder Ellen C who took the age 16 50 fly record with a great swim.

Huge well-dones to Ellen H, Phoebe E and Mary O who all swam their first county-level races yesterday: all got PBs in their races, and Phoebe even made the final of the 50m backstroke and came 7th in her age group (10-11)!

So the full list of PBs is as follows:

Anouk – 4; Faith and Nick – 3; Ella G 1, and 1 equalled!, and one each for Luna, Phoebe, Ellen H, Ellen C, Mary, Leila, and Kieran.

Well done everyone. Onwards to the next session on the 24 February, which is the 50 free and 100IM for both boys and girls, and then the relays.