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.

A’MAY’zing Spring Development Meet 2019

Well done to all swimmers who took part in the a’MAY’zing Spring Development Meet earlier this month.

It was a great weekend with a lot of PBs and medals. We had a handful of our experienced swimmers with our newer swimmers making up a majority of the group, we had some races scratched so there were some who unfortunately missed out but hopefully they come along to the next Meet.


We had 71 PBs, 13 medals and 2 club records out of the 101 races, brilliant work from all the swimmers.



7 PBs – Freddy M

5 PBs – Matteo

4 PBs – Ithan, Matthew, Sam, Alec

3 PBs – Phoebe, Katie, Jenny, Leah, Livia, Katherine

2 PBs – Anoushka, Eleanor, Freddie B, Mary Evie, Alex, Patryk, Lewis P, Olivia, Rachel, Andrew

1 PB – Izzie, Zubair, Maia



Matteo- GOLDs in 100m Back, 50m Fly & 50m Breast. SILVER in 100m Breast

Patryk – SILVER in 50m Free, BRONZE in 100m IM

Matthew – BRONZE in 50m Free

Phoebe – SILVER in 50m Free, BRONZE on 100m IM

Katie – GOLD in 50m Fly

Mary – BRONZE in 50m Back

Alex – SILVER 100m Back

Eleanor – BRONZE in 100m Back


Club Records:

Matteo – 100m Breaststroke, age 13

Phoebe – 100m Backstroke, age 12


Great swimming everyone.

Thank you to all the parent helpers and to Ciara for coaching Sunday.

Next up is the Jeanne Barker.

Cambridge Spring Open Report

Well done to all 21 swimmers who took part in the cambridge Open, we had such a great weekend of results. 

Two swimmers in particular went to the Open with one goal in mind, to get a Regional qualifying time. I am extremely pleased to say that both Phoebe and Matteo achieved this goal and qualified for 50m Backstroke, they both swam so well and really pushed for it, a big congratulations to you both.

Now on to the PB’s. Out of 64 races they came away with 44 PBs, with over half of them being 2’s faster or more. Here are the numbers:

1 PB for – Grace, Anna N, Matteo, Lewis P, Ithan and David

2 PB’s for – Anna I-k, Mya, Zubair, Rachel, Justin, Matthew, Freddie B and Alex

3 PBs for – Mauricio and Lilla

4 PBs for – Freya

5 PBs for – Phoebe

7 PBs – Patryk, topping the leader board 

There were some medals won which were particularly hard to win due to the meet being aimed for regional qualifiers so a lot of fast swimmers had entered. 

Lilla achieved Bronze in 100m Breaststroke

Matteo achieved Bronze in 50m Backstroke

Yvonne Achieved Bronze in 200m Medley

Phoebe achieved Gold in 50m Backstroke

Just when I thought the weekend couldn’t of gone any better I found out we had 10 new club records too….

Yvonne – 50m Fly, 100m Free, 200 Medley, 100m Backstroke

Phoebe – 100m and 50m Backstroke

Matteo – 50m Backstroke

Lilla  – 100m and 50m Breaststroke

Freddie B – 50m Breaststroke

Great work from everyone, in particular Patryk who had a full house of PB’s with all brilliant swims, Phoebe and Matteo for their Regional times and also to Yvonne one of our Uni swimmers who came back to compete.

Thank you Paula, Rachel and Sara for helping with the swimmers and to Youri for helping coach Friday.