Welcome to Bottisham Swimming Club!

We are a friendly and competitive swimming club based just north of Cambridge, with about 100 swimmers aged between 8 and 21. We train at Bottisham and Impington Sports Centres, and compete at galas throughout the eastern region and beyond.

Our latest news appears below, or please click on the links for more information. Swimmers and parents please also check the board at Bottisham for latest news!

Gala Report – Session 2 (rescheduled) of the County Development Meet

Well done to all those who made it to Whittlesey for the rescheduled session 2 of the Cambridgeshire ASA County Development Meet! Freddy, Livvy, Anouk, Caitlin, Cassie, Nina, Yvonne, Ellen and Jenna attended under the watchful eye of Coach Alex, and Bottisham had a brilliant evening. PBs:

A thrilling 3 for Cassie;
A toptastic 2 each for Anouk, Livvy and Nina; and
A wonderful one each for Ellen C, Yvonne and Jenna.

There were also plenty of medals – so well done to

Jenna – who took bronze in the 100m freestyle;
Ellen – who took two silvers in the 100m IM and the 100m freestyle;
Caitlin – who took gold in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m IM;
Nina – who took gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 100m IM; and
Anouk – who took gold in the 100m IM, silver in the 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m freestyle; and
Yvonne – who got 3 gold medals in 200m backstroke, 100 IM and 100m freestyle.

Anouk managed to improve her club record in the 200m backstroke, and Yvonne took the 200m backstroke record in her age group too! Well done.

Well done to all swimmers, and a big thanks to Coach Alex, and officials David C, Emma M and Vinny. More good news for Bottisham: Vinny qualified as a Judge Level 1, and I qualified as a J2(s) (Starter), which means that if all else fails I can now legally referee our club champs under level 4 licensing conditions. Hooray!

Belated gala report: CoCSC Jeanne Barker Open

This was another great meet for Bottisham swimmers, as our small but perfectly formed team enjoyed two great days of racing under the careful eye of coach Karl. The PB count was huge:

Anouk – a stupendous 7;
Emily C, Thomas H and Nick – a fabulous 5;
Lauren – a fantastic 4;
Sasha – a thumping 3;
Yvonne and Chris – a tremendous 2; and
A wonderful 1 for Anna N.

There was a bit of bling too: congratulations to Lauren for her bronze in the 100 breaststroke, to Nick for his silver in 200 backstroke, and to Jacob for his silver in the 200 fly. And also to Anouk, who rather swept the board in the age 10 girls’ races: bronze in the 100 free; silvers in the 100 breast and 200 breast; and golds in 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 IM. I understand Vinny had to hire a pickup truck to get all the medals home. What a remarkable achievement!

Finally, the club records tumbled again: two for Nick in the age 13 boys’ category: 200 breaststroke and 200 backstroke; two for Thomas H in the 18+ boys’ category: 50 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke; and a huge 5 for Anouk: the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 back and the brilliant 50 backstroke record that had stood for (about) 8 years. Awesome work, swimmers!

Thanks to Coach Karl for being present and wise all weekend, and to Trish, Patrick and Vinny for being officials.

Cambridge BS/Cambridge News – we did it!

Thank you to all who voted for us to be shortlisted for the Cambridge Building Society and Cambridge News “Cash for the Community” giveaway – we got through, and we’re now guaranteed to get some money from the scheme!

Fifteen good causes are all in line for a portion of £12,000 – and how much we get depends on how many tokens we can collect.  Tokens will be published in the Cambridge News each day between Saturday 24 July and Saturday 19 August. You can read full details of the scheme and the other good causes involved here.

Please can you all have a think about how you can support us in collecting these tokens – perhaps you could spread the word to friends and family and set up collection points at work, at your local newsagent/post office, in the pub, at your local doctors’ surgery? We will also be collecting them at training sessions, of course!  The more tokens we collect, the more money we will receive towards our Impington Blocks fundraising project.

This is a fabulous opportunity – let’s go for it and see what we can do!