JFL Round Four Peterborough – Gala Report

Sandwiched between Sessions 2 and 3 of the Jeanne Barker, Round Four of the Junior Fenland League saw Bottisham sail up to Peterborough-by-the-sea to swim against Boston, St Ives, St Neots and hosts Huntingdon. Swimming in the salt water, our team of fifteen swimmers achieved a flurry of PBs, including nine in the last ten events, three top-two places and another solid relay performance.

Our fabulous Round Four team comprised:

As our under 9s: stalwarts Dominic and Emma, who once again swam all the events in their age group. Dominic grabbed a PB in his 25 Fly, while Emma was awarded 3 dips in the PB bag as she swam to two second-place finishes. Well done, Emma!

Our 10Us: Eddie, who was a turn away from the PB of the night; Freddie, who swam a PB in his 50 Free and swam 50 Fly for the first time; Izzie, who also swam 50 Fly for the first time; and, Leah, who swam a 3 second PB in her 50 Breast.

Our 11Us: Lewis K, who managed a whole JFL without losing his goggles (is this a first?); Alec, the first of our joint-winners of PB-of-the-night with his 5 second PB in his 50 Breast; and swimming all the girls’ events, Anna, who not only grabbed a PB in her 50 Back, but equalled the PB-of-the-night in her 50 Breast when she beat Boston, no mean feat. Well done, Anna!

Our 12Us and 13Us shared the events for their two age groups. Our boys were: Joseph and Andrew, who both swam 1 PB, and Alex, who achieved our third second-place of the night. And for the girls: Soojung, swimming 1 PB, Livia, swimming 2PBs, and Rachel, who swam four-out-of-four PBs and equalled the 5 second PB-of-the-night for her 100IM.

Well done, everyone!

Big thank yous to Ciara who remained calm despite half our swimmers having a mental block about turns, to Deryck and Helen, for marshalling poolside and guarding the PB bag, to Freddy M for helping out poolside, and to Claire and James for donning whites and wisely resisting the invitation to referee.

All times are now on SCM, although these results are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. The provisional results have been posted on the Fenland League website and can be found here.

Round Five is at Thetford on 14th September. Email reminders will be sent over the next few weeks for those already signed up. We have a few spaces in the team, so watch out for emails to fill those gaps as well. We look set to qualify for the C Final on 19th October, hopefully at Newmarket. The team for the final will be selected from our fastest swimmers nearer the time. In the meantime, do please pencil in the date.

JFL Round Three Newmarket – Gala Report

Round Three of the Junior Fenland League was held on Saturday night, where Bottisham swam against hosts First Strokes, both Peterborough teams (Cops A and Cops B) and St Ives, all teams that are well and truly above us in the league and so provided formidable competition.

We had an enthusiastic team of swimmers, with three new to the JFL, four swimming all the events in their age group and two swimming up a year. Our swimmers held their own and raced their own races to achieve not only 25 PBs, but two top-two places and another four third-place finishes.

Our determined Round Three team comprised:

As our 9s: Emma, who, as our only girl in this category, yet again swam all the events in her age group, including a PB in her 50 Back.

Our 10Us: Lewis P, who swam a PB in his 50 Breast for the second JFL running; Eddie, who swam the PB of the night, knocking a tremendous 13 seconds off his 50 Fly, as well as another 5 seconds off his 50 Free and finished third in both events; and, the very smiley Leah, our first JFL newbie, who swam all the events in her age group, including the squadron relay, to earn 3 dips in the PB bag.

Our 11Us: Alec, who swam a brilliant 8 second PB in his 50 Free; Lewis K, who swam a PB in his 50 Breast, swam 50 Fly one-and-a-half times, and in true form lost his goggles diving in for the relay; Anoushka, who sliced 4 seconds off her 50 Free PB and finished third in both her events; and, Lucia, who swam a brilliant 9 second PB in her 50 Fly to finish a fantastic first place.

Our 12Us: Joseph, who stepped in at the last minute to swim all the events in his age group and grabbed 4 PBs; and, our other two JFL newbies swimming in their first gala, Soojung, swimming three-out-of-three PBs, and Jenny, who swam her first relay and a PB in her 50 Free, finishing in a superb second place.

And finally our 13Us: Andrew, who swam all the events in his age group and bagged 2 PBs; and our girls, both swimming up an age group, Livia, who sliced a super 6 seconds off her 50 Breast, and Ellen, who swam three-out-of-three PBs and drenched me twice in the process.

There was not only some great racing, but also some close races despite the really tough competition. We are so proud of you all!

A very big thank you to David and Beth for marshaling and supervising the PB bag, to Jamie for timekeeping, to Coach Ciara, and, to Freddy M for helping out poolside.

All times are now on SCM, although these results are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. The full results list has now been posted on the Fenland League website and can be found here.

Round Four is on 13th July when the opposition will be a bit more of a mixed bag. It’s competition weekend with the Jeanne Barker also happening, so we need to do a little bit of juggling to finalise the team. Please watch out for emails.

JFL Round Two Newmarket – Gala Report

Round Two of the Junior Fenland League was held on Saturday night, where Bottisham was host to Boston, Cops B, Deepings and Huntingdon Piranhas, all teams that finished well above us in the league last year, Boston being the 2018 league winners.

We had a full team of swimmers, with two new to the JFL. Despite the tough competition and the decreasing light levels, the team achieved eight top-two places and another seven third-place finishes, together with 24PBs.

Our terrific Round Two team comprised:

As our 9s: Dominic and Emma, our only swimmers in this category who consequently swam all the events in their age group for the second round running. They swam four top-three placings and 3PBs between them, with Dominic slicing 7 seconds off his 50 Free. Brilliant!

Our 10Us: Freddie B, our first JFL newbie, who swam a 4 second PB in his 50 Breast; Lewis P, who swam 1PB; Lilla, who finished a fantastic first place in her 50 Breast; and, Izzie, who swam 2PBs.

Our 11Us: Harry and Alec, who both swam just outside their PBs; and, Lucia and Mya, who both swam to a super second place, Lucia in her 50 Breast and Mya in her 50 Free.

Our 12Us: Daniel, who grabbed a PB in his 50 Free; Ithan, who swam the PB of the night, knocking a tremendous 25 seconds off his 100IM before swimming another PB in his 50 Breast; Evie M, our second JFL newbie, who swam three-out-of-three PBs; and, Cassidy, who swam two-out-of-two.

And finally our 13Us: Alex, swimming up an age group to achieve three-out-of-three PBs, including a brilliant 50 Back swim with a time that is faster than the 12U cut off; Andrew, who knocked a noteworthy 9 seconds off his 50 Breast; Arwen, who swam three-out-of-three PBs, coming second place in her 50 Back; and cool-as-a-cucumber Katie, who swam 2PBs to secure two first place finishes and is still just outside the cut-off times – oh yes!

It was good set of results given the very tough competition. We are proud of you all!

Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes and everyone who came and cheered the team on. A very big thank you to all our officials: Suzy, Nigel, Trish, Vinnie, Patrick and Angharad. Another big thank you to Julie and Pete for marshaling with the PB bag, to Paula and Leigh for manning the door and selling raffle tickets, to Guy for recording and to Coach Ciara. Final thank yous (and extra adjectives for coming even though you weren’t swimming) to the lovely Livia for assisting with the raffle and delivering rhubarb and custards, and the fabulous Freddy M for announcing.

All times are now on SCM, although these results are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. The full results list is on the Fenland League website and can be found here.

Round Three will be at Newmarket on 8th June against the two Peterborough Teams, First Strokes and St Ives. Might be another tough one…