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.

County Champs 2018 – sprints and relays

Well done to the Bottisham swimmers who competed last Saturday at the last two sessions of the County Championships.

The individual events were the 50m freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. We had a great team consisting of Tashie, Mary B, Phoebe E, Luna, Ellen H, Justine, Holly, Ellen C, Yvonne, Anouk, Faith, Nick, Jack H, George, and Kieran. In the 50m free there were PBs for Mary B, Luna, Tashie, Ellen H, Justine, Kieran, George, Nick, Faith and Anouk; Anouk reached the final of the girls’ age 12 event and swam brilliantly to get 4th place, her (joint) highest finish in the championships and a new club record! Nick went sub-30 seconds for the first time in his race and finished 10th in his age group; Faith also got a club record and finished 13th overall.  In the 100m IM, Luna, Justine, George, Nick, Faith and Anouk all got PBs: Faith was the highest placed finisher in 5th, lowering her all-time girls’ record again, with Nick 6th – a matter of tenths away from Thomas M’s age group record! – and Anouk 7th. Congratulations all swimmers.

We were thrilled to be able to put a team forward for every single event in the County Relays, and everyone swam really well and did the club proud.  We didn’t win; but I bet we had the most fun of all the clubs there. Well done to all swimmers.  Thanks to everyone for turning out and braving the chaos of Parkside to support the club: thanks also to Fay and Sam for team managing, to Vinny, Trish, Emma and Patrick for judging, and to the fabulous Coach Karl. Let’s do it all again next year!

CoCSC Mini Meet 2018 Round 2

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Well done to the 15 12/u swimmers from BSC who took part in the Cambridge Mini-Meet last Saturday – a great event for getting used to galas. We had a great meet. Round of applause to all swimmers. The PB count was high as always:

3 PBs – Anna B, Lilla, Lucia, Rebekah, Cassidy

2 PBs – Livvy, Arwen, Evie, Lewis P

1 PB – Alex C, Phoebe E, Megan T, Anoushka, Emma

And congratulations to our medallists:

Anna B – Gold, 50 breast, Bronze, 200 free (age 11)
Lilla – Silver, 50 back, bronze 50 breast (age 8/u)
Phoebe E – Bronze 50 back and bronze 50 fly (age 10)
Lucia – in her first gala! – Bronze, 100 free and bronze 50 back (age 9)
Rebekah – Silver, 50 breast (age 10)
Lewis P – Bronze, 100 free (age 8/u)

What a great evening – thanks to all parents who came along, and particularly to Deryck and Paula for being poolside, Coach Karl, and to Nigel, Sam, Simon and Emma for officiating. Results are all on SCM, and you can find them online here. The next one will take place in June – date and races TBA.