Gala Report – Session 2 (rescheduled) of the County Development Meet

Well done to all those who made it to Whittlesey for the rescheduled session 2 of the Cambridgeshire ASA County Development Meet! Freddy, Livvy, Anouk, Caitlin, Cassie, Nina, Yvonne, Ellen and Jenna attended under the watchful eye of Coach Alex, and Bottisham had a brilliant evening. PBs:

A thrilling 3 for Cassie;
A toptastic 2 each for Anouk, Livvy and Nina; and
A wonderful one each for Ellen C, Yvonne and Jenna.

There were also plenty of medals – so well done to

Jenna – who took bronze in the 100m freestyle;
Ellen – who took two silvers in the 100m IM and the 100m freestyle;
Caitlin – who took gold in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m IM;
Nina – who took gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 100m IM; and
Anouk – who took gold in the 100m IM, silver in the 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m freestyle; and
Yvonne – who got 3 gold medals in 200m backstroke, 100 IM and 100m freestyle.

Anouk managed to improve her club record in the 200m backstroke, and Yvonne took the 200m backstroke record in her age group too! Well done.

Well done to all swimmers, and a big thanks to Coach Alex, and officials David C, Emma M and Vinny. More good news for Bottisham: Vinny qualified as a Judge Level 1, and I qualified as a J2(s) (Starter), which means that if all else fails I can now legally referee our club champs under level 4 licensing conditions. Hooray!

Belated gala report: CoCSC Jeanne Barker Open

This was another great meet for Bottisham swimmers, as our small but perfectly formed team enjoyed two great days of racing under the careful eye of coach Karl. The PB count was huge:

Anouk – a stupendous 7;
Emily C, Thomas H and Nick – a fabulous 5;
Lauren – a fantastic 4;
Sasha – a thumping 3;
Yvonne and Chris – a tremendous 2; and
A wonderful 1 for Anna N.

There was a bit of bling too: congratulations to Lauren for her bronze in the 100 breaststroke, to Nick for his silver in 200 backstroke, and to Jacob for his silver in the 200 fly. And also to Anouk, who rather swept the board in the age 10 girls’ races: bronze in the 100 free; silvers in the 100 breast and 200 breast; and golds in 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 IM. I understand Vinny had to hire a pickup truck to get all the medals home. What a remarkable achievement!

Finally, the club records tumbled again: two for Nick in the age 13 boys’ category: 200 breaststroke and 200 backstroke; two for Thomas H in the 18+ boys’ category: 50 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke; and a huge 5 for Anouk: the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 back and the brilliant 50 backstroke record that had stood for (about) 8 years. Awesome work, swimmers!

Thanks to Coach Karl for being present and wise all weekend, and to Trish, Patrick and Vinny for being officials.

Gala Report – Senior Fenland League Round 1

We had a fun night out on Saturday as Bottisham hosted Round 1 of this year’s Senior Fenland League at Newmarket Leisure Centre.  We were drawn against Chatteris, March, First Strokes Godmanchester, and Diss Otters in this round.  There were a brilliant 22 PBs in the individual races, which is pretty awesome at the end of the season – well done to

3 pbs – Anouk – they keep on coming, well done!

2 pbs – Justin, Matthew C, Josh V and Thomas M;

and to all those who achieved 1 pb: Ellen C, Tom C, Ella G, Ellen H, Jack H, Tom H, Nina, Anna I-K, Jacob, Faith and Luna.

We won 11 of the 47 races – so well done to our winners Thomas M (4), Anouk (3), Faith (2), Josh V (1) and the girls’ junior 100m free relay team of Anouk, Ellen H, Anna I-K and Luna. It’s rare for BSC to win a relay so that one was particularly sweet!

Finally, we had a magnificent 9 club records: Thomas M took all 4 he swam in the age 17 category – 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 100 IM; Faith got 3 in the age 13 category – 100 IM, 100 fly and 100 breast; and Anouk improved 2 in the age 10 category – 50 fly and 50 breast.

We came 4th in this round – not far off First Strokes in 3rd – which puts us comfortably in the B final (as usual). This will take place on the evening of Saturday 16 September, but we’re not yet sure where… Thanks to everyone who swam, and all the parents who helped out: coach Karl, Anne-Marie and Rob poolside, Paula refereeing, Sharon and Paul timekeeping, Trish judging, Mark on computers, and Carol and myself starting/finish judging; Sally V, Heather and Gordon on the door, Simon announcing, and Cathryn as the chief controller.  Thanks also to our kind helpers from Newmarket Chris B and Sophie, and to Dave Robinson from Mildenhall for refereeing. A great team effort and everything went really smoothly.