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.

Gala Report: Newmarket April Open 2018

We had a fabulous weekend at the Newmarket Open. Our small but perfectly formed band of swimmers got 33 PBs from 66 swims – not bad at all!

At the top of the PB tree we had Anouk, again, with seven – and it would have been more if a shoulder twinge hadn’t forced her withdrawal from a few races. Well done Anouk, and make sure you recover in good time for Regionals!
Yvonne and Jack B both came away with four PBs – what an achievement!
Rebekah, Nick and Patryk all achieved a brilliant three PBs; Matt, Faith, Arwen and junior coach Youri each got a terrific two; and there was one each for Emily, Mya and Luna – well done to all of you. A special mention to Phoebe E who did a great swim in her 50 back to come 6th in her age group, and to Jacob who just missed out on a medal in the 200 breast.

Our medal haul was fabulous: Nick got eight in all – golds in the 200IM, 50 back and 200 back, silvers in the 100 back, 50 fly and 100 IM, and bronze in the 50 breast and 50 free.  Faith got six – golds in the 100 fly and 100 IM, silvers in all of the breaststroke events and a bronze in the 50 fly.  Yvonne got three bronzes in 200 breast, 200 back and 400 IM; Jack B got a silver in the 200 breaststroke and Patryk got a bronze in the 200 breaststroke.  Excellent work!

New club records: one swimmer swept their age group this time…. congratulations to Yvonne, who took no less than six club records in the 18+ category – the 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100IM, 200IM and 400IM! That’s quite a legacy – well done.  Anouk set new age 11 records in the 50 free, 200 back, 100 IM and 200 IM; Faith lowered the club’s all-time girls’ 100 fly and 200 breast records each by another couple of seconds; and Nick set a new 50 back record at age 14.

Finally, two pieces of big news: congratulations to Nick for achieving his fourth regional qualifying time in the 50m backstroke with a lovely clean swim this time(!); and also congratulations to Youri for becoming the newest member of the sub-30 second 50m free club at last!

All results have been uploaded.

Thank you to all those parents who helped in the hall, to Vinny and Patrick who officiated all weekend, and to coaches Karl and Youri. The next gala is the West Suffolk May meet. See you poolside!

 

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.