Newmarket Open – gala report

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in the Newmarket Open last weekend in a final attempt to grab or improve those county times.  We had an amazing weekend’s swimming and finished as 5th best club – a fabulous achievement!

You can find the full results for all events here. Bottisham swimmers achieved 59 PBs – remarkable so soon after the massive PB count at club champs; 46 medals (wow!) and 8 new club records, including 5 new all-time fastest Bottisham girls’ swims…

PBs! – well done to the following…

Faith – who topped the PB leader-board this time with a stupendous six PBs;
Matteo, Phoebe E, George, Katie and Holly who each got a fantastic four;
Kieran, Ella G, Tashie and Anna N each got a thrilling three;
Luna, Thomas C, Anouk, Megan H, Yvonne, Patryk and Nick each got a toptastic two; and
Jack H, Emily, Ellen H, Molly, Tara, Milly, Sasha and Ollie achieved a wonderful one PB each.  Great work, all swimmers.


Topping the medals table as usual despite scoring only 2 PBs and being really quite tired was Anouk, who achieved five golds (including all the 50s), two silvers and three bronze and had a really good punt at the ‘Top Girl’ award.  Awesome!  Next was
Faith who got 2 golds, 6 silvers and a bronze;
George with a gold, 4 silvers and a bronze;
Nick with a gold and a silver;
Holly with a gold and two bronzes;
Ella G and Kieran each with a gold and a bronze;
Molly with a gold;
Jack with a silver and three bronze;
Emily and Mary O each with a silver;
Yvonne with three bronze;
Justine with two bronze; and
Thomas M with one bronze.

Club records!

Well done to Faith and Anouk! Faith took a new age 13 club record in 50 free, and new age 13 and all-time girls’ club records in 100 IM, 200 IM, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 breast; and Anouk’s two PBs got her club records in the age 10 100 breast and 200 back.  Faith beware, she’s about to start on your age 11s :-). Congratulations, girls!

All times are now on the database.

Thank you to all parents who helped out by officiating, being in the hall, or working the computers with Chris.  Your help is hugely appreciated – it makes us a popular club to have around.  So thank you!  And a special thank you to Coach Karl for giving up another weekend, and to Carol for covering training, as well as officiating at Newmarket in the morning.

Karl is going to do all the clever stuff with the county times.  The county pack is still not out but the races will be on Sat/Sun 13/14 January (Whittlesey), Sat 27 January (Parkside) and Sat 24 February (Parkside).  When I have more information, you shall have it! It looks like entries will need to be done super-quickly over the next couple of weeks, so do keep your eyes open for the email.

And for completeness… we now have our rightful JFL 2nd place trophy after an exchange took place at the weekend!  So well done again, JFL team, for that!


Club champs 2017 sessions 1 and 2 – report

We had a remarkable couple of nights of racing at BSC this week.  Here are the stats:

Over the first two sessions of club champs, swimmers achieved 137 personal bests and 27 club records, including 5 all-time fastest swims.  No, I can’t quite believe it either!  How amazing is that?

The full results of each event are attached below, and times are all on SCM. Forgive me for not going through all the PBs and medallists this time – there are too many for me to list, but that does not mean we don’t appreciate and celebrate them.  We do!  (We’re just very tired right now!)

Club records were achieved as follows:

100 free – Lewis P (aged 8); Thomas M (aged 17); Lilla (aged 8); Faith (aged 13)
800 free – Josh (13); Thomas M (17); Anouk (10); Kathryn (17); Lauren (18+)
200 breast – Jack H (13); Thomas M (17); Faith (13) – all-time fastest swim; Molly (16); Yvonne (17); Lauren (18+)
200 back – Nick (13); Thomas M (17) – all-time fastest swim; Anouk (10); Justine (17) – all-time fastest swim
100 fly – Faith (13) – all-time fastest swim; Mary O (16); Justine (17)
200 individual medley – Anouk (10); Faith (13) – all-time fastest swim; Molly (16); Justine (17); Lauren (18+).

Additionally, a brilliant group of swimmers achieved county qualifying times, which are hard to get in these longer events: so well done to Anouk, Faith, Justine, Lauren, Holly, George, Nick, Thomas M and Jack H.

I also want to recognise particularly Nick and Jack H for providing awesome entertainment in the 200m breaststroke with a finish that the ref had to determine by a single hundredth of a second, Faith and Justine for a brilliantly close final heat of the 200 IM, and Molly and Kathryn for taking the 800m freestyle down to the wire.  Remarkable stuff.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all helpers and officials – and particularly to our referees, Mark and Paula.  In a week during which our local colleagues at CoCSC have had to cancel their club champs due to lack of parental help, I feel very very privileged to work with the parents at Bottisham. (Yes, we’ll shortly be asking for help for the next three sessions… after the weekend!)

We go again on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday next week.  Keep up the amazing work!

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Gala news – Mini-Meet, New Year, Newmarket, Club Champs

Karl says: Well done to all the swimmers who took part in the Cambridge Mini Meet. The Meet wasn’t about the results, it was about swimmers seeing what competitions are like and enjoying themselves.

For those who didn’t get the results they wanted don’t worry. As you will learn even swimmers who have been competing for years get disappointed for not hitting a target, but if you keep trying and pushing yourselves one day it all comes together.

We did have some really good swims so let’s start with the PB’s:

Topping the leader board with 4 we have – Justin

Close behind with 3 we have – Anoushka, Freddy, Cassidy and Lilla

Coming away with a great 2 we have – Rebekah, Grace, Arwen, Madaline

Finishing with a brilliant 1 – Ithan, Alex, Sam, Livia, Katie, Megan, Andrew, Mya, Freya, Anouk.

We also had some medallists along the way to start off their collection:

Anouk got 3 Golds and a Silver; Lilla and Katie both got a Silver and 2 Bronze; Grace with a Silver and a Bronze; Freddy with 2 Bronze; Mya with a Silver, and Freya with a Bronze.

Anouk’s 100m free race was a new club record in age 10 – well done.

If anyone wants to talk to me about the gala or their results please see me ASAP. Remember it’s only the start of the journey.

Last but not least a big well done to those who are now qualified time keepers: Jamie, Ellen, Bethan and Sasha.  Thanks also to officials Sharon, Fay, Simon, Mary O, Suzy and Emma and to Sally as team manager.

In order to get some race practice and technique feedback, the training sessions on Wednesday 1 November for C and B squads will be a mini-gala, where we will be timing and providing feedback on swimmers’ racing. This will also enable us to get more of our timekeepers qualified!  Please will all junior coaches and qualified timekeepers consider attending if you can from 6pm – we need coaches to give feedback, and timekeepers to measure our new trainees against.  Many thanks.

I’ve had a response from the Gala organiser for our New Year meet on 7 January who says she looks forward to seeing us. So fingers crossed we’re all in – we have 51 swimmers signed up, which I think is a club record for anything other than Club Champs.  Awesome! Please pay if you haven’t yet done so – you’ll find an invoice on SCM.

I’ve got confirmed entries for Newmarket on 2/3 December – these will go out shortly via SCM to all those coming along.

We’ll be looking for officials and team managers to help out at both of these meets – more details to follow for those coming along.

The deadline for the first two sessions of club champs has now passed – we have 67 competing in at least one race on 8 or 9 November, which is wonderful. The deadline for sessions 3 and 4 on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November is next Monday, 30 October 2017; the final deadline for our Sprints and Celebration evening on Saturday 18 November is Saturday 4 November – please do sign up and join us!

Sharon will be looking for volunteers to help out on the evenings of club champs: positions available include warm-up marshalls, race marshalls, announcer, results runner; for the Newmarket evening, we’ll also be looking for people to help out on the door, with results recording and with the raffle.  Watch out for Sharon’s email or please do contact me by replying to this email if you’re happy to be involved and I will pass the message on.