JFL C Final Newmarket – Gala Report

***UPDATE FROM SUZY -1 November 2018 ***

We have been informed by the Fenland League that we didn’t come second after all – WE WON!!!!! The winning team fielded ineligible swimmers in three events and were docked points as a result.  Congratulations team – hard work and fair play always win out! We’ll get the trophy and celebrate in style as soon as possible.


We may have been narrowly beaten into 2nd place overall, but the JFL C Final last night was still a night of ‘1st’s starting with the lovely Trish debuting as Starter.

With many swimmers away for half-term and one having to pull out at the last minute through illness – Lucia, we hope you are feeling better soon – six of our team swam all the races in their age group. Our swimmers achieved 23 PBs, a cracking 11 individual 1st places and eight 2nd places on an evening where every point counted. Our fantastic C Final team comprised:

Eddie, swimming all the events in his age group and his first ever cannon relay in this his first ever gala, and coming 1st in his 50 Back. What a star!

Lilla, who for the fifth time this year swam all the events in her age group, bagging 3 PBs and coming 1st twice for the second JFL running!

Lewis, who swam 2 PBs as he swam all the events in his age group.

Mya, who, also swimming all the events in her age group, grabbed a PB in her 50 Breast and a 1st place in her 50 Fly.

Alex, who, swam all the events in his age group for the second JFL running and brought another of Bottisham’s 1st places in his 50 Back.

Our two 11-year-old girls: Ellen, who swam all the events in her age group, coming 3rd in her 50 Free with goggles under her nose; and, Rebekah, who brilliantly swam up an age group, coming 2nd in two events and securing 2 PBs.

For the 12-year-old boys: Sam, who came 1st in his 50 Free and knocked three seconds off his 50 Breast, and Andrew.

Katie, who swam the PB of the night, slicing five seconds off her 100IM time to achieve her first of two 1st places some 10 seconds ahead of the 2nd place swimmer.

And our 13-year-olds at their last JFL: Ollie, with 2 PBs; Mary, swimming 2 PBs and coming 1st in her 50 Back; and, Team Captains Matthew, with 1 PB, and Luna, who swam 2 PBs to come 1st in both her individual events.

jfl_trophyThe cannon relay team stole the night with an exceptional first place – the first on-the-night 1st place Bottisham cannon relay swum at a JFL – to secure five of our brilliant 152 points.

A big thank you to Paula and Karen for helping on the door, to Rosa and David for shepherding swimmers poolside, to Simon for cheering, to Gordon, Deryck, Jamie, Patrick, Trish and Suzy for officiating, to Coaches Karl and Ciara, to Izzie and Livvy for handing out refreshments, to Guy for recording times, and finally to the rather brilliant announcer, Freddy M.

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 2018, 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, for donating raffle prizes and for being so willing to help out. Thank you to all the officials over the year, both the JFL parents and those whose swimmers are now too old for the JFL and especially Trish and Suzy for your support when hosting. But most of all, thank you to our JFL swimmers: you have swum superbly, and shown marvelous team spirit as you cheered and encouraged on your teammates, especially our now ‘too-old-for-the-JFL’ swimmers: Matthew, Luna, Anna I-K, Matteo, Ollie, Freddy M, Mary and Zavi.

Until next year…

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