Newmarket Centenary Open 2018

Well done to all 30 swimmers from Sunday who took part in Newmarket’s Centenary Open, helping them celebrate running for 100 years.

It was great to have nearly a third of the club come along. We had some brilliant results and as it was only sprints it’s a great way to see what we need to work on for the future.

PBs: We achieved a brilliant 51 Pbs, which brings our total so far for 2018 to 210.

4 – Anna I-K; Phoebe E; Millie; Faith

3 – Lucia; Emily; Sam; Livvy; Patryk; Joseph; Sasha

2 – Alex; Lewis K; Grace S; Nick;

1 – Matthew; Jack H; Phoebe N; Megan T; Andrew; Josh

Medals and top six finishes:

Nick topped the tree with two golds in back and fly, a bronze in breaststroke and two fourths in free and IM; Faith got a gold in breaststroke, two silvers in fly and IM, a bronze in backstroke and a fourth in free; Phoebe E got a gold in her backstroke by two whole seconds(!) and fifth and sixth places in her free and IM; Jack got a silver in breaststroke and fifth in fly;

Lauren got a bronze in breaststroke in her last competitive swim (sob);

other top six finishers were Lewis K, Lucia, Tara (twice!) and Sasha.  Great work.

Club records

Faith continued to cement her place in the record books by lowered 3 all-time girls club records in 50 breast, 50 fly and 100 IM, and took the girls 50 back record for her first time ever!

This brings our total club records beaten for 2018 to 22.

Special mentions:

A special mention must go towards 4 swimmers for taking a huge chunk of their PB’s:

Lewis Kincaid, taking off 5 seconds in his 50m Back

Milly Robinson, taking off 5 seconds in her 50m Breast

Livia Marsden, taking off 7 seconds in her 100m IM

Phoebe Edwards, taking off 9 seconds in her 100m IM


Also, as I mentioned earlier this was Lauren Chapmans last race with the club and what a great way to end with a medal.



Thank you to all the team managers/ helpers for organising the swimmers in the hall and to all the officials for volunteering. We are back at Newmarket on the 7th April for the next competition.

Cambs County Champs 2018 – Sessions 6 & 7

Congratulations to all the swimmers who made it to this Saturday’s sessions at Parkside! The team was Anouk, Faith, Lauren, George, Luna, Nick, Kieran, Phoebe E, Ellen H, Leila, Ellen C, Ella G, Mary O, and Jack H.  Bottisham had another good day in the pool with 19 PBs, 7 finals, 4 Club Records including 2 all-time fastests, 3 county debuts and 1 regional time.

The girls’ races were the 100m breaststroke, 200m IM, 50m fly, 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Anouk and Faith swam all of the races, with Anouk getting 4 PBs and a new club record for age 11 50 fly. She swam in all three of the girls’ finals and over all the races she finished 7th, 6th, 5th, 7th and 5th respectively, a brilliant performance. Faith just lost out in the 100m breaststroke with 4th place but smashed the regional qualifying time and all-time club record; she came 9th, 5th (final), 6th and 11th in the other races, with 3 PBs overall and another all-time club record in the 50 fly too.

The boys’ races were the 100m fly, the 200m IM, the 100m freestyle and the 200m backstroke. Our other finalist of the day was Nick who managed 8th in the 100m freestyle final; he got PBs in all three of his races, coming 10th in the 200IM and 5th in the 200m backstroke with a new age 13 club record.

Congratulations also to new club record holder Ellen C who took the age 16 50 fly record with a great swim.

Huge well-dones to Ellen H, Phoebe E and Mary O who all swam their first county-level races yesterday: all got PBs in their races, and Phoebe even made the final of the 50m backstroke and came 7th in her age group (10-11)!

So the full list of PBs is as follows:

Anouk – 4; Faith and Nick – 3; Ella G 1, and 1 equalled!, and one each for Luna, Phoebe, Ellen H, Ellen C, Mary, Leila, and Kieran.

Well done everyone. Onwards to the next session on the 24 February, which is the 50 free and 100IM for both boys and girls, and then the relays.


County Champs 2018 – sessions 1-4

BSC just had a great weekend at Whittlesey for the County Champs – congratulations to all our swimmers, who all did remarkably well in this tough competition! The small but perfectly formed team was made up of Anouk, Leila, Faith, Lauren, Jack H, Nick, Kieran, Yvonne and Justine. It’s no mean feat to achieve county qualification, and we’re so proud of each and every swimmer who made the long journey into Fenland to swim these championships over a really long couple of days. Well done to all of you.

The first weekend of counties is always a bit of an odd affair, but the team got stuck in. Huge credit for some amazing performances, particularly from Leila, Lauren, Kieran and Yvonne all swimming in their first county champs here, and Justine for her brave 200 back against national-level competition! There were some amazing swims: Nick’s 50 fly final, Lauren’s 50 breast final, Faith’s 50 breast heat, Jack’s second race of three in the 50 breast, Anouk’s final of the 100 fly…. but the weekend really belonged to Nick this time, as you shall see.

PB congratulations go to Anouk and Lauren each with one, Jack and Faith each with two, and Nick with a fantastic four. The same swimmers also represented our county finalists: Nick swam in four finals (100 back, 50 back, 100 breast and 50 fly), Jack in two (50 and 100 breast), Faith in two (50 breast and 100 fly) and there was one each for Lauren (50 breast) and Anouk (100 fly).

The club records also tumbled: 6 went in total. Anouk improved her age 11 100 fly record in her final. Jack took the age 13 50 breast record with a brilliant swim in the swim-off for a place in the final, knocking nearly 2 seconds off a record that had stood since 2010, and more than that off his own PB! Faith improved her age 13 50 breast and 100 fly records with the fastest ever times swum by a BSC girl in each. And Nick shattered the age 13 50 and 100 back records that had stood since 2009, with a couple of truly remarkable swims!

In terms of medals – Nick achieved two silvers in the 100 backstroke and the 50 fly, and a bronze in the 50 backstroke; Faith achieved bronze in the 50 breaststroke.  This is already BSC’s best medal haul at Counties for a long while. Jack, Faith and Anouk together achieved a pile of 4th place finishes, showing there’s still room for more.

Finally, well done to Faith who achieved 2018 Regional Summer Championships qualification in her 50m breaststroke!  Nick and Jack are each just a smidgeon off regional standards too – remarkable achievements, all!

Thanks go to Trish and Patrick for judging and to Heather for poolside helping – also to all parents who were willing to do the long drive!

Full BSC results:

Boys 100 back – Nick 2nd
Girls 50 breast – Faith 3rd, Lauren 5th, Anouk 7th, Leila 15th
Girls 400 IM – Faith 4th
Boys 50 breast – Jack 4th, Nick 9th, Kieran 10th
Girls 200 fly – Faith 5th
Girls 100 fly – Anouk 4th, Faith 4th
Boys 100 breast – Jack 4th, Nick 5th
Boys 50 fly – Nick 2nd, Jack 8th
Girls 100 free – Faith 10th, Yvonne 14th, Anouk 16th,
Boys 200 breast – Nick 6th, Jack 7th
Girls 200 back – Justine 6th
Boys 50 back – Nick 3rd, Jack 9th