At the start of half-term, after a slightly a twitchy week of bumps and scraps with bicycles, email mayhem and swimmers having to pull out at the eleventh hour, our Bottisham team rose to the occasion of the JFL ‘C’ Final, with several boys swimming multiple events to ensure that there was a Bottisham swimmer in every event. Although narrowly beaten into 2nd place overall, our swimmers achieved 21 PBs, a brilliant eight individual 1st places and thirteen 2nd places on an evening where every point counted.
Dominic, who has been a real stalwart of the team this year and ended the season on a high by coming 2nd in his 50 Breast. Well done, Dominic!
Arthur, our JFL newbie swimming in his first gala at great speed to not only come 2nd in his 25 Fly, but a brilliant 1st place in his 50 Back, all for a plastic medal (sorry if it was an anticlimax!). Arthur, you are going to be a fantastic part of our 2020 team!
Emma, who, for the sixth time this year, swam all the events in her age group and also finished on a high by coming 1st in her 50 Breast. Emma, you are a star!
Our 10U boys: Freddie B, who swam two-out-of-two PBs, one while very carefully balancing goggles on his nose; and, Eddie, who also suffered from goggle trouble, swimming four events, including 50 Fly twice, timing his PB perfectly to come finish in 2nd place.
Our 10U girls: Izzie, who swam two very close races; and, Lilla, who swam with lightning speed to achieve a 1st place in her 50 Fly and a 2nd place in her 50 Free with a new PB.
Our 11U boys: Alec, who also swam four events, including 50 Back twice, one up an age group and came 2nd in his 50 Back; and, Lewis, who, recovering from an injured ankle, nobly stepped in at the very last minute to swim a PB in his 50 Free and the 11U boys leg of the relay.
Our 11U girls: Mya, who swam two brilliant PBs and gained a 1st place in her 50 Free and 2nd in her 50 Back; and, Lucia, who swam two terrific 2nd places.
For the 12U boys: the truly awesome Alex, who swam a staggering seven events, two up a year back-to-back with events is his own age group, including three PBs, timed to perfection to maximize on points.
Our three 12U girls: Ellen, who grabbed a PB in her 50 Free; Rebekah, who raced through the cut-off in her 50 Back and 100IM (perfect timing!) to two 1st places; and, Phoebe, who swam up a year in the 50 Fly and brought our relay team home in 3rd place.
For the 13U girls: Arwen, who bagged a PB in her 100IM.
And finally, our Team Captains, who have been consistently speedy this year, but managed (just) to stay eligible for the final: Katie, who swam 2PBs to two very close 2nd places; and, Sam who swam 3 PBs through two cut-offs, two 1st places and a 2nd place. Thank you both, not least for collecting our well-deserved trophy!
To all of you, well done. For supporting, encouraging and cheering each other on, and for swimming out-of-your-skins. We are very proud of you all!
A big thank you to Paula and Karen for marshaling, to Suzy, Emma L and Sam E for officiating, to Coach Karl for coaching, and to Freddy M for helping out poolside.
All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator.
As this is the last JFL report for 2019, I would like to say an enormous thank you to all the JFL parents, grandparents, siblings and carers for giving up your Saturday evenings this year to drive and support your swimmers, and for being willing to help out. Thank you to all the officials over the year, both the JFL parents and those whose swimmers are now far too old for the JFL. But most of all, thank you to all our 2019 JFL swimmers: you have swum with enthusiasm and increasing skill over the year, and shown tremendous team spirit, especially our now ‘too-old-for-the-JFL’ swimmers: Katie, Sam, Andrew, Arwen, Freya and Rachel.
Until next year…