JFL Round Five Newmarket – Gala Report

Saturday night saw the last round of the JFL before Bottisham host the C Final next month. And what a fantastic team night it turned out to be! Three swimmers had to pull out at the last minute through injury or illness – we hope you are all on the mend soon – which meant some last minute shuffling, reshuffling and re-reshuffling of the team. Our swimmers rallied with several swimming all the events in their age group and others swimming up a year or two. We achieved 26 PBs, which is fabulous given that this gala was hot on the heels of the Nifty 50s last weekend, and eight first and second places, which is rather good given that we were racing against Boston and March from the top half of the league.

Our fantastic Round Five team comprised:

As our 9Us: Lewis P, who swam all the events in his age group, securing 2 PBs, and swam up a year to swim his first ever cannon relay; and, Lilla, who swam PBs in ALL the events in her age group, coming first twice.

Our 10Us: Coco, who grabbed a PB in her 50 Back; and Lucia, who swam 2 PBs, missing out on a first place by 0.05 seconds, and then squeaked her way through the rest of the gala with the last of Trish’s PB ducks! (Thank goodness they’ve all gone now!)

Our 11Us: Alex, who swam all the events in his age group to obtain 2 PBs and sliced 3 seconds off his 50 Breaststroke; Phoebe, who swam up TWO years in her 50 Back, and almost won, to secure one of her 2 PBs of the night, and who soaked the turn judge very effectively in her 50 Fly; Cassidy, who swam up a year for two races, and grabbed 2 PBs; and, Livia, who swam 50 Free twice and would have secured 2 PBs for them had she swam them in reverse order, and also swam another PB in her 50 Breaststroke while giggling at the team cheering her on!

Our 12U: Andrew, who swam all six events in his age group, swimming PBs in his IM, 50 Breaststroke and 50 Fly.

And finally our 13Us: Ollie, who smashed though the cut-offs for 50 Free and 50 Back to gain 3 PBs and two second-places; Freddy M, who drenched our timekeeper, Deryck, in his 50 Fly; and, Mary, who swam 3 PBs including a super IM before racing up to the other end of the pool to swim the final leg of the cannon relay.

It was a brilliant evening, with tremendous team spirit that saw EVERY swimmer (including a couple that weren’t even on the team: thank you Grace and Freddie B!) cheering and encouraging their teammates. We are proud of you all!

A big thank you to Paula and Sara for helping poolside, to Deryck and Sam for officiating (hope your hearing has recovered, Sam), and to Coach Ciara for all your encouragement.

All times are now on SCM. Full results can be found here, although these are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator (apologies on behalf of the recorder, who has ‘corrected’ the spelling of some swimmers names).

The team for the Final on 20th October will be coming out soon.

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