JFL Round Four Peterborough – Gala Report

Sandwiched between Sessions 2 and 3 of the Jeanne Barker, Round Four of the Junior Fenland League saw Bottisham sail up to Peterborough-by-the-sea to swim against Boston, St Ives, St Neots and hosts Huntingdon. Swimming in the salt water, our team of fifteen swimmers achieved a flurry of PBs, including nine in the last ten events, three top-two places and another solid relay performance.

Our fabulous Round Four team comprised:

As our under 9s: stalwarts Dominic and Emma, who once again swam all the events in their age group. Dominic grabbed a PB in his 25 Fly, while Emma was awarded 3 dips in the PB bag as she swam to two second-place finishes. Well done, Emma!

Our 10Us: Eddie, who was a turn away from the PB of the night; Freddie, who swam a PB in his 50 Free and swam 50 Fly for the first time; Izzie, who also swam 50 Fly for the first time; and, Leah, who swam a 3 second PB in her 50 Breast.

Our 11Us: Lewis K, who managed a whole JFL without losing his goggles (is this a first?); Alec, the first of our joint-winners of PB-of-the-night with his 5 second PB in his 50 Breast; and swimming all the girls’ events, Anna, who not only grabbed a PB in her 50 Back, but equalled the PB-of-the-night in her 50 Breast when she beat Boston, no mean feat. Well done, Anna!

Our 12Us and 13Us shared the events for their two age groups. Our boys were: Joseph and Andrew, who both swam 1 PB, and Alex, who achieved our third second-place of the night. And for the girls: Soojung, swimming 1 PB, Livia, swimming 2PBs, and Rachel, who swam four-out-of-four PBs and equalled the 5 second PB-of-the-night for her 100IM.

Well done, everyone!

Big thank yous to Ciara who remained calm despite half our swimmers having a mental block about turns, to Deryck and Helen, for marshalling poolside and guarding the PB bag, to Freddy M for helping out poolside, and to Claire and James for donning whites and wisely resisting the invitation to referee.

All times are now on SCM, although these results are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. The provisional results have been posted on the Fenland League website and can be found here.

Round Five is at Thetford on 14th September. Email reminders will be sent over the next few weeks for those already signed up. We have a few spaces in the team, so watch out for emails to fill those gaps as well. We look set to qualify for the C Final on 19th October, hopefully at Newmarket. The team for the final will be selected from our fastest swimmers nearer the time. In the meantime, do please pencil in the date.

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