JFL Round Two Newmarket – Gala Report

Round Two of the Junior Fenland League was held on Saturday night, where Bottisham was host to Boston, Cops B, Deepings and Huntingdon Piranhas, all teams that finished well above us in the league last year, Boston being the 2018 league winners.

We had a full team of swimmers, with two new to the JFL. Despite the tough competition and the decreasing light levels, the team achieved eight top-two places and another seven third-place finishes, together with 24PBs.

Our terrific Round Two team comprised:

As our 9s: Dominic and Emma, our only swimmers in this category who consequently swam all the events in their age group for the second round running. They swam four top-three placings and 3PBs between them, with Dominic slicing 7 seconds off his 50 Free. Brilliant!

Our 10Us: Freddie B, our first JFL newbie, who swam a 4 second PB in his 50 Breast; Lewis P, who swam 1PB; Lilla, who finished a fantastic first place in her 50 Breast; and, Izzie, who swam 2PBs.

Our 11Us: Harry and Alec, who both swam just outside their PBs; and, Lucia and Mya, who both swam to a super second place, Lucia in her 50 Breast and Mya in her 50 Free.

Our 12Us: Daniel, who grabbed a PB in his 50 Free; Ithan, who swam the PB of the night, knocking a tremendous 25 seconds off his 100IM before swimming another PB in his 50 Breast; Evie M, our second JFL newbie, who swam three-out-of-three PBs; and, Cassidy, who swam two-out-of-two.

And finally our 13Us: Alex, swimming up an age group to achieve three-out-of-three PBs, including a brilliant 50 Back swim with a time that is faster than the 12U cut off; Andrew, who knocked a noteworthy 9 seconds off his 50 Breast; Arwen, who swam three-out-of-three PBs, coming second place in her 50 Back; and cool-as-a-cucumber Katie, who swam 2PBs to secure two first place finishes and is still just outside the cut-off times – oh yes!

It was good set of results given the very tough competition. We are proud of you all!

Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes and everyone who came and cheered the team on. A very big thank you to all our officials: Suzy, Nigel, Trish, Vinnie, Patrick and Angharad. Another big thank you to Julie and Pete for marshaling with the PB bag, to Paula and Leigh for manning the door and selling raffle tickets, to Guy for recording and to Coach Ciara. Final thank yous (and extra adjectives for coming even though you weren’t swimming) to the lovely Livia for assisting with the raffle and delivering rhubarb and custards, and the fabulous Freddy M for announcing.

All times are now on SCM, although these results are still subject to scrutiny by the Adjudicator. The full results list is on the Fenland League website and can be found here.

Round Three will be at Newmarket on 8th June against the two Peterborough Teams, First Strokes and St Ives. Might be another tough one…

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