JFL Round One Boston – Gala Report

The first Bottisham JFL team of 2020 took the long road to Boston for Round One on Saturday night. Thank you to every swimmer, sibling, parent, grandparent and carer for driving across the Fens to support the club. Rest assured, the 2021 draw is a little nearer.

It wouldn’t be the JFL if we weren’t drawn against tough competition and Saturday night was no exception as we embraced our familiar role as the underdog, swimming against hosts Boston, CoPs, First Strokes and West Norfolk. The evening was full of the usual JFL idiosyncrasies, including lane number confusion, a peppering of DQs (don’t worry if you were one, it happens to all the best swimmers) and some sweet victories.

Our valiant Round One team comprised:

Our one and only 9-year-old: Lucas, swimming all the events in his age group in his first gala, finishing second place in his 50 Free to achieve a new club record. What a fabulous first gala, Lucas. Welcome to the team!

Our 10Us: Zac, also swimming in his first gala to a triumphant third place in his 50 Breast; and Arthur, whose delight in swimming his 50 Fly faster than he’d ever swam it before (and faster than all the other teams as well) wasn’t diminished by being reminded that he hadn’t swum 50 Fly before. Well done, boys!

Our 11Us: also swimming all the events in his age group, dependable Freddie B, who secured 3 PBs and a third place in his 50 Breast; and JFL newbies, Sophia, swimming 2 PBs in her first gala, including a third place in her 50 Breast, and Darcey, who beat all the competition in her 50 Fly to a fabulous first place.

Our 12Us: the equally dependable Alec, swimming all the 12U events for the boys including 100IM for the first time and slicing 4 seconds off his 50 Fly PB; our fifth JFL newbie Emily, who swam a PB in her 50 Free; and Lucia, who sped through the 50 Breast cut-off with a 4 second PB to finish second, followed by a perfect first place swim in her 50 Fly. Love it!

And finally our 13Us: George, who swam 2 PBs in his first JFL and wins the prize for the most gentlemanly gesture, for accepting the charge of Lucia’s lollipop while she flew down the pool and for taking on the BSC goggle-trouble mantel in Lewis’s absence; JFL newbie Tan, who swam 2PBs including a very brilliant 50 Breast to finish in first place; our eighth newbie Hazel, who swam a 50 Free PB; Megan, who swam a PB in her 50 Back before drenching her Dad in her 100IM; and last but never least, Livia who swam a 2 second PB in her 50 Fly in a very close race.

Well done all or you. We are, as always, immensely proud of you all for swimming your own races and reminding us why it is the taking part that counts. Your team spirit made it worth the long drive.

A very big thank you to Emma L and Alex T for officiating, to Julie and Alex D for shepherding poolside and taking charge of the PB bag, to Karl for coaching and Freddy M for helping out.

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

We are due to host Round Two at Thetford. We are in touch with the Fenland League Committee about Covid-19 and we will keep you informed if any further decisions are made. In the meantime, stay safe.

County Championship 2020 Report

Firstly, well done to all 12 swimmers below for making it to counties, it was a tough job to do with our limited pool time over summer and the new qualifying times coming out in November.

 

Here’s how everyone got on:

Darcy – Only started with the club in September and qualified in two races already. She improved on both of these times and even qualified for the finals in 50m Fly, although due to poor layout of events she did not swim. Hope it was a great experience.

Josh – Our only long distance swimmer this year, qualifying in both 1500m and 800m. He came away with a Silver for the 1500 and swam a personal best also getting a club record in the 800m. Great work and thank you for representing the club in these events.

Katie – With just the one race the pressure was on to do well. She had a great swim with just under a second PB, also setting a new club record. Most importantly for her, she beat her older sisters time. Don’t rub it in too much.

Lilla – Rocked up with 6 races and smashed them all with new PB’s. Even making it into the final of 100m Breaststroke and now has the 200m Breaststroke club record. She proves size doesn’t matter.

Lucia – Another swimmer with 6 races…..another swimmer with 6 new PB’s. Some great times, taking off close to 4 seconds in 100m IM, 100m Back and 100 Free. Shows the stamina is coming along as well as her speed.

Matteo – Out of 6 races he got 4 PBs, getting into the finals for 100m Back, 50m Fly and 50m Back where he improved his times yet again. He also qualified for 50m breaststroke final but due to event layout did not swim. He got 3rd in the Fly taking a Bronze medal and was extremely close to 3rd in Backstroke. Great work for making the most finals from the club.

Mya –  Showing that she is a natural Breaststroker, qualifying in 50, 100 and 200m. Mya smashed her 200m time by 14 seconds and was extremely close to her 50 and 100. Well done with the full set.

Patrick – Getting to his first county meet, chipped away at his 50m free time with a new PB. Aiming to get into 27seconds by the end of the year.

Rebekah –  3 events of 50m in Back, Breast and Free and 3 new PB’s, which included a brilliant start using the backstroke ledge for the first time. Great sprinting.

Sam – Swam really well in his 50m Breast with a PB. Freestyle was just short of his time but will be under 31 very soon. Keep up the good work.

Oliver – Getting all PBs in his 3 races. Im sure he would of had more events to swim but unfortunately other meets clashed with his other sports (which he is also doing incredibly well).

Phoebe – Having the most qualifying times from the whole club with 8 swims was a very busy girl. She came away with 5 PBS in 100 and 200 IM, 100 Free, 50 Fly and 100 Back. She also improved her current Club Record in 100 Back. Phoebe your dedication is brilliant and sets a great example for everyone, keep it up.

 

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help run the counties, Im sure you know how important you are to keep these running. your time is really appreciated.

Now the new times are starting to sink in and with no pool problems this year (fingers crossed) let’s aim to get more of you all qualified for next year.