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.

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!