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Daplyn Trophy 2015

DAPLYN TROPHY 2015

 

On Saturday 5th December, Hoddesdon SC took part in the annual Daplyn Trophy Gala, a friendly event organised by Herts ASA.

Every year the gala combines competition and fun with races, dancing and enterteinment: this year we were delighted by a modern dance company whose dancers bravely performed their routines on the pool deck on a quite wet floor!

Hoddesdon SC fielded 2 girls teams: Hoddesdon A (Libby Dunford, Lily Merrett, Ellie Godsave and Mollie Downes) and Hoddesdon B (Ellis Burroughs, Lara Fahy. Isabel and Eleanor Short and Isabel Hinks). Unfortunately, due to ilness, injuries and Christmas commitments we were not able to filed a boys team, as initially planned.

The girls thouroughly enjoyed the evening, with convincing swims and delightful dance routines. Hoddesdon A came 8th, which is a very good placing considering that we had one swimmer less than required (at Daplyn there are 5 individual events per team and each swimmer is only allowed to swim one individual event). Swimmers in the Hoddesdon B team (13th) were much younger than the majority of the competition and we are proud of their efforts.

Points were awarded based on placings and swimming 10+ meters underwater at the start and turns (Technique Points) and our girls did well on this score.

Coach Manuela Teti said: "It was a nice evening where competition and fun were equally important. We hope that our girls enjoyed the experience and would like to thank them for swimming for their team in such a busy time of the year. A special thank you must go to our group of volunteers: Pam Bays, Peter Bays, Ann-Marie Keenan from Cheshunt, Jane Downes and Janet Warrington who for the night swapped her coach top with the Officials uniform and was in charge of assigning the Technique Points! Well done everybody!"

 

Full results are available here.

Posted on 7th December

3rd HODDESDON COUNTY QUALIFIER OPEN MEET

Hoddesdon SC 3rd County Qualifier

 21st and 22nd November 2015

The Venue, Borehamwood

 

The third County qualifier got under way in style, with a new British Record being set in the very first heat of the 200 Butterfly. Grace Harvey (17) broke the Short course record in a time of 3.33.88, an astonishing 50 second improvement on her short course time. The 200 Butterfly record (3.47.87) was held previously by M Short.

Grace was on fine form as she went on to break her own 200 Backstroke record by 10 seconds (3.13.69) Grace, who has recently been invited to join British Para Swimming’s Podium Potential Squad is also a British Record Holder Short Course in the 800 Freestyle(12.42.60), 100 Butterfly(1.38.67) and 200 IM(3.16.73) and Long Course in the 50 Backstroke (47.60), 200 Backstroke (3.19.77), 200 Butterfly (3.37.72) and 200 IM (3.17.78).

Alongside her Hoddesdon sessions, she continues to train with Pete Woodbridge at Team Luton, and this partnership has proved very successful for Grace, helping her to achieve her outstanding performances in the pool.

In a very well run meet, with some very good teams visiting to take part Hoddesdon swimmers rose to the occasion to achieve 65 Personal Best Times (PB’s), 28 Gold, 8 Silver and 12 Bronze medals and 44 County qualifying times and 12 Regional Qualifying Times.

Just starting out on their swimming journey were our 9 and 10 year olds, Molly Cobbold (9) had a great meet, 5 swims resulted in 4 Golds in the 50 Backstroke (42.03), 50 Butterfly (47.54), 100 IM (1.41.53) and 100 Backstroke (1.34.76) and 1 Silver Medal in the 100 Freestyle (1.26.20), Molly Hagan (9) Silver in the 100 Breaststroke (2.00.09) and a 7 second personal best (PB)in the 50 Backstroke Ellie Bostock (9) Gold in the 50 Freestyle (36.63) and Silver in the 50 Backstroke (46.91) Lily Rogers (9) achieved a 4 second PB to finish 4th in the 50 Breaststroke (59.56) and Daniel Ryan (9) with his first ever competitive swim achieved a time of 61.84 in the 50 Freestyle.

Bella Parkus (10) achieved Gold and a County Qualifying time (CQT) with a very nice swim in the 200 Backstroke (3.13.36), Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (43.68), 50 Butterfly (44.10)and 200 IM (3.21.83), 4th in the 50 Freestyle (37.91) Isobel Short (10) Achieved a 2 second PB in the 100 Freestyle, a 17 second PB in her favoured 200 Breaststroke (4.00.92), and a PB in the 50 Backstroke. Isobel Hinks, (10) just returning after breaking her wrist, still achieved a small PB in the 50 Backstroke, and her highest placing was 4th in the 200 IM (3.57.23) Jake Williamson (10) achieved a massive 15 second PB in his 100 Freestyle(1.46.66)and a further 2 second PB in his 50 Freestyle(47.18) , Reuben Chandisingh(10) achieved a PB in his 100 Freestyle (1.52.57)and a 5 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke (2.09.97), Sam Nouroozpour(10) achieved a 22 second PB on his 100 Breaststroke (2.23.44).

Eleven and 12 year olds attending the Open Meet were Catherine Ryan (11) who improved upon her time in the 50 Freestyle, Ellis Burroughs (12) who achieved a PB in the 50 Back (40.9), Lauren Chandisingh (12) 100 Breaststroke (1.53.99) and 50 Free (39.66), Libby Dunford (12) achieved 5 Golds out of 6 swims (the 5th being time Trial only as she was too fast to compete) These events were the 200 Backstroke (2.32.72), 50 Butterfly (31.48) 100 Breast (1.25.48), 200 IM (2.35.04) and 50 Breaststroke (38.53) , Molly Downes (12) swam some excellent PB’s, 100 Freestyle (1.21.13), 50 Freestyle (36.62)50 Butterfly (40.91)200IM (3.23.63), Lara Fahy who also swam some excellent PB’s 100 Freestyle (1.23.11)200 Back (3.18.04)200 Free (2.53.06)100 IM (1.40.61) and100 Backstroke (1.39.44), Lily Merrett (12) Bronze in the 200 Butterfly(2.40.72) Silver in the 200 Breast (3.10.68), Gold in the 100 IM (1.15.47), Charlie Cole (11)best achievement was a 26 second PB in the 200 Backstroke to finish 4th(3.11.45) , Elias Baluch Bronze in the 100 Breaststroke (1.50.18) and a PB in the 100 IM (1.33.77) (12), Scott Carpenter (12) achieved  PB”s in the 50 Breaststroke (47.40), the 200 Breast (3.40.55)and the 100 IM (1.33.77) Daniel Nouroozpour (12) swam a 13 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke (2.05.78) and PB in the 200 Free (3.30.83), Alex Tate (12) Gold in the 100 Breaststroke (1.33.38), Bronze in the 100 Freestyle (1.10.23) and a further PB and CQT in the 50 Freestyle (32.20), Marco Tontodonati (12), had an outstanding meet, coming away with 5 Golds and a Silver: Gold 200 Backstroke (2.37.73), Gold 200 IM (2.47.22), Gold 50 Breast (40.92), Gold 50 Back (34.72)  Gold 100 IM (1.18.46) and Silver 50 Freestyle (30.70)

Thirteen and 14 year olds Ezme Gladwell (13) only just returning after a lengthy spell out of the pool through injury did exceptionally well, managing a Bronze and a PB in the 50 Free (31.03) and PB’s in the 100 Free (1.08.00), 50 Back (36.33)and the 100 IM (1.21.24), Kayleigh Perry (13)  claimed Silver in the 200 Backstroke (2.39.91)5th in the 100 Freestyle (1.07.54) and 4th in the 50 Freestyle (31.04) and 6th in the 200 Freestyle (2.24.81), Rhys Dolan (13) had his best result in the 200 Breaststroke (3.43.49), a Personal Best time. Ciaran Fahy (13), achieved a 3 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.28.05), a 21 second PB in the 200 Backstroke (3.49.94), a 6 second PB in the 200 IM (3.55.90) and a 17 second PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.47.07) and a 1 second PB on the 50 Backstroke (50.45). Dominic McCarthy (13) also had a great meet with a Bronze in the 200 Backstroke (2.44.69) and in the 200 Breaststroke (3.10.36) and PB’s in the 200 Freestyle (2.28.70), 100 Freestyle (1.08.34), 50 Freestyle (31.13) and 100 IM (1.19.65). Jessica Callaghan (14) swam a PB in the 50 Backstroke (34.30) which gave her a Bronze medal and finished 7th in a personal best time in the 100 Free (1.07.50) Ralph Davies (14) achieved Gold in the 200 Backstroke (2.35.81), Gold in the 200 Breaststroke (2.58.50), a Bronze in the 100 Freestyle (1.01.46) a 7 second PB in the 200 IM (2.33.94) and a 2 second PB in the 200 Freestyle (2.17.15), Matteo Tontodonati (14) claimed a total of 6 medals:  Gold in the 200 Butterfly (2.42.23), 50 Breaststroke (38.03), 50 Backstroke (30.49) and 100 IM (1.11.61), Silver in the 50 Freestyle (28.05) and 200 IM (2.28.10) and Bronze in the 200 Freestyle (2.15.41).

Fifteen and over swimmers were Emily Price (16) 50 Freestyle (34.04) and 100 Freestyle (1.12.59), Carly Bays (16) 100 Freestyle (1.04.00) 6th, 100 Fly (1.11.76) 4th, 50 Fly (32.23) 4th, and Christie Bays (19) Gold 100 Breast (1.19.22) and Gold in the 50 Breast (37.07)Ryan Brewster (16) achieved PB’s in the 200 IM (2.29.48) and 50 Breaststroke (36.18) 200 Freestyle (2.11.28) and 100 IM (1.09.83), Harry Williams (17)6th in the 50 Freestyle (27.18) and 7th 100 Freestyle (58.77)  and Matthew Williams (19)who achieved Gold in the 100 Free(53.98)Gold in the 50 Freestyle (24.84) and Gold in the 100 Butterfly (1.00.29)

Borehamwood was a little cooler than usual, and it was great to see our swimmers keeping warm with their Hoddesdon tracksuit bottoms, pool shoes or trainers and socks and hoodies, all of which contributed to their great performances in the pool.

Mary Wright said “ I was delighted with the swimmers’ performances over the weekend. It was great to see the swimmers who take on board the advice given by the Coaches being rewarded in the pool.  We look forward to seeing many more great swims as the season progresses and hope the swimmers will continue to work on their skills to reinforce their great performances! “

Andrew Woodhouse said  “Our younger swimmers did exceptionally well at this meet, where there were plenty of good swimmers to compete against. They have made a great start and we look forward to watching them develop”

 

Posted on 26th November

Arena League 2015- Round 2

ARENA LEAGUE 2015 – ROUND 2

 

On Saturday 14th November 2015, the Hoddesdon Team competed in the 2nd Round of the National Arena Swimming League 2015, London League. The gala took place at Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfiled and saw our swimmers compete against some of the top swimmers in the Country. The gala took much longer than expected due to a malfunctioning of the electronic timing system, which eventually stopped working completely meaning that many races had to be timed manually.

Teams taking part in the gala were Enfield Swim Squad, Romford SC, Chelsea and Westminster SC, TeamIpswich, Hatfield SC, Basildon and Phoenix Sc, Costa SC and Hoddesdon SC. Final gala results were: 1st TeamIpswich (301pts), Hatfield (288pts), Chelsea and Westminster (258pts), Basildon and Phoenix (243pts), Romford (232pts), Enfield Swim Squad (192pts), CoSta (191pts), Hoddesdon (95pts).

Competition is very tough this year, considering that we are in the Premier League against some of the biggest clubs in the London and East Region areas: in addition to that, many of our swimmers are at the youngest end of their age group, competing in many cases against swimmers one year or more older. Nonetheless, they all raised up to the challenge and gave their races their best shot, to support the Team.

Eleven Individual Personal Best times (PBs) were achieved by Bella Parkus, Sam Reynolds, Matteo Tontodonati, Libby Dunford, Marco Tontodonati, Isabel Short, Jessica Callaghan, Catherine Ryan and Kayleigh Perry. In the relays 28 PBs were also achieved.

The Coaching Team are all very proud of their dedicated swimmers who are working extremely well and hard in the pool, both on their technical and speed skills.

Last round of the League will take place on Saturday 12th December 2015 (venue and time TBC).

Well done Team Hoddesdon!

Full set of results can be found here.

Posted on 16th November

Disability Development

Hoddesdon Swimming Club hosted three separate events to help develop knowledge, opportunity and awareness for Disability Swimming over two weekends.

  

  

  • Sunday 25th October 2015 - Disabiilty Development Day 1 at The John Warner Sports Centre which included Teacher Training, Practical Opportunities to observe, teach and coach people with a disability finishing with a demonstration swim.

 

  • Saturday 31st October 2015 - Hoddesdon Swimming Club hosted the Special Olympics Eastern Regional Competition where 116 athletes with a learning disability took part in swimming races at HSV, Hatfield.

  • Sunday 1st November 2015 - Disabilty Development Day 2 at The Laura Trott Leisure Centre Cheshunt where Grace Harvey (Multi British Record Holder) met with the participates swam demonstration swims.
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Full pdf Report can be downloaded here.

Posted on 14th November

ASA ER Winter SC Championships

         

Chris Smith, Georgie Pryor, Amy Godsave

 

A Team of 7 swimmers from Hoddesdon qualified and competed at this prestigious event, and all the swimmers who competed had excellent swims. This event has a single qualifying time and is open to only the fastest swimmers in the Region, unlike the Summer Regional event, which has different qualifiying times for different ages.

Lily Merrett and Libby Dunford qualified in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle at just 12 years of age, and both achieved personal best times in both events. Lily swam the 50 Backstroke in a time of  33.14, 84th out of 111 and one of only 4 of the 12 year olds qualified to compete in this event. Libby Dunford, her team mate finished 46th with a time of 32.27 this made her the fastest 12 year old in the competition.

In the 50 Freestyle, Lily finished 116 out of 154 with an excellent PB of  29.41,  finishing 3rd fastest in her age group in the region. Libby Dunford, again with an excellent PB of 28.11 finished 37th overall and fastest in her age group. Both girls gained from the experience, and I am sure we will see lots more of them  at future winter regional events.

 

Ben Hunt (16 years) was visiting Winter Regionals for the first time this year and from his performances there are clearly more to come in the future. He competed in the 100 Backstroke where he improved his PB by one second to achieve a time of 1.03.52 to finish 41st out of 58 qualifiers. He also competed in the 50 Backstroke where he showed how much his skills have improved to break the 30 second barrier and swim 29.82 and finish 48th out of 70 qualifiers.

 

Amy Godsave (16 years) who trains with Lisa Bates on the London Aquatics Performance Programme as well as with Hoddesdon SC, competed in the 100 IM (1.08.39), 9th in heats, the 100 Freestyle (57.08) 2nd in heats, 50 Butterfly (29.19) 6th in heats, and 50 Freestyle (26.69) 5th in heats. Amy, who was still recovering after 3 weeks of illness, competed in the 50 and 100m Freestyle finals, improving her times in the 50 (26.61) and swimming 57.19 for the 100 to claim Silver Medals in both Events. The 100m Freestyle time booked her place at the Winter National Short Course Championships in December, and Amy should be very proud of this achievements at such a young age.

 

Grace Harvey (17 years), recently back from her AASE swim camp and additionally her British Disability Podium Potential swim camp, had some good, solid swims. Grace who competes in the multi classification categories of S7, SM7 and SB6, competed in the 200 IM, where she holds the British Record. Her swim of 3.21.80 gave her 631 British Disability Points (BDP). In the 50 Freestyle, she finished in a time of 37.15 and 650 BDP and then 5.52.37 to give her the highest BDP score of the day of 671. She completed her swims with 1.32.83 in the 100 Backstroke, 527 BDP. She achieved silver medals in all 4 events and can look forward with confidence to the Disability Nationals in Manchester in a few weeks’ time.

 

Georgina Pryor (17 years) who trains with Lisa Bates on the London Aquatics Performance Programme, was back in her Hoddesdon hat for these Championships. Georgina showed herself to be in fine form, her under water  work was outstanding and contributed to her many successes. Georgina finished 1st in both heats (1.01.35) and final (1.00.30) of the 100 Butterfly, 1st in both heats (27.28) and final of the 50 Butterfly (27.02);  1st in the heats (28.94) and final (28.58) of the 50 Backstroke and 1st in both heats (26.36) and final (26.13) of the 50 Freestyle. She also finished 2nd in the 100 Backstroke heats (1.02.55) and 3rd in the 100 Backstroke final (1.02.54), having only swum the 100 Butterfly final 5 minutes before the start of the 100 Backstroke! She achieved Winter National times in the 50 and 100 Butterfly, 50 and 100 Backstroke, and 50 Freestyle. Goergina can also claim Club Records for the 50 fly, back and free and 100 butterfly.

 

Chris Smith (19 years) competed in all three of his favoured Breaststroke events – the 200, 100 and 50 metres. In his first event the 100 Breaststroke, Chris swam a lifetime PB of 1.05.40, over 2 seconds faster than his entry time which placed him 3rd going in to final.  In an extremely exciting final Chris shaved a further .35 off his heat time (1.05.05) and finished second just 4 hundredths of a second ahead of Brandon Nabarro of Putteridge to claim the Silver medal and a place at the Winter National Short Course Competition in Sheffield in December.

He followed this with an excellent swim in the 200 Breaststroke (2.30.03) 9th and 30.54 in the 50 Breaststroke to finish 5th overall in the Heats. He improved this time to 30.37 in the final, to finish 5th but with a new PB time and Club Record for the 50 Breaststroke.

 

 

Posted on 9th November

HODDESDON SC MALLORCA SWIM CAMP 2015

Please click here for report.

 

Posted on 4th November

Cheshunt Open Meet 2015

Cheshunt Open Meet 31st October 2015

 

21 swimmers attended the Cheshunt Open Meet at the Leisure Zone in Harlow, and the swimmers overall showed some excellent improvement, achieving 14 First places, 12 Second places, and 11 Third places throughout the day.

 

There were some excellent swims from our youngest swimmers, all aged 9 years old, some of whom were competing for the first time in an open meet.

Ellie Bostock achieved a 6 second PB(Personal Best) in the 50 Backstroke (48.76) to finish 6th overall, and was third in the 50 Freestyle (38.17), another PB. Molly Hagan finished 3rd in the 50 Breaststroke (55.63), 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.58.72), a new PB for her and 17th in the 50 Freestyle (48.89).

Tom Bishop finished 11th in the 50 Backstroke (51.56), 17th in the 50 Freestyle (47.38), 4th in the 50 Breaststroke (58.76) and 6th in the 100 Freestyle (1.45.39)

Sam Nouroozpour, aged 10, completed the 50 Freestyle in a time of 49.06, a new PB for him.

It was lovely to see these young swimmers in action and they all show great promise for the future.

 

Bella Parkus, also aged 10, competed in 4 events and came away with a First in the 100 Backstroke (1.32.33), a 4 second PB and County Qualifying Time (CQT), Second in the 50 Butterfly (45.50) and third in the 100 Freestyle (1.24.91). She also took on the 400 Freestyle event and claimed a third place with a 17 second PB (6.28.07).

 

Catherine Ryan and Charlie Cole, both aged 11, both had a successful meet. Catherine, who is also quite new to competition, achieved a 6 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (37.21) and we look forward to seeing more of her at competitions in the future! Charlie achieved an excellent PB of 3 seconds in the 100 Backstroke (1.29.53) to give him his CQT and second place. He finished 6th in the 50 Breaststroke (51.44) also a new PB.  A 4th place in the 100 Freestyle (1.18.27) finished his day’s swims and this 9second PB also gave him his CQT.

 

Twelve year olds swimming at this meet were Dougie Grayling, Daniel Nouroozpour, Mollie Downes, Lily Merrett, Libby Dunford and Marco Tontodonati. Daniel achieved a 3 second PB in the 50 Breaststroke (58.15) to finish 10th and a 1 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.38.04) to finish 11th. Dougie did an excellent 2 second PB in the 50 Backstroke (50.89) to finish 10th and was inside his entry times on both the 100 Breaststroke (1.55.18) and 50 Freestyle (40.60).Lily showed good form and technique in the 100 Breaststroke (1.27.81) to achieve 1st Place, a PB of 7 seconds and a CQT. She also won the 50 Freestyle(29.89) a new PB and improved CQT. Libby finished 1st in the 100 IM (1.13.82) improving her CQT, 1st in the 50 Breaststroke (39.58) and 1st in the 100 Freestyle (1.04.09). Mollie swam an excellent 100 Butterfly (1.35.36) to finish 3rd and achieve a 9 second PB. She also swam a new PB in the 50 Freestyle (37.09). She achieved a 1 second improvement on her entry time in the 100 IM (1.36.06) and was on her PB in the 50 Fly (42.51). Marco swam a massive 7 second PB in the 100 Butterfly(1.27.74) to gain second place and improve his CQT. He followed this with a 9 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke (1.29.22) to claim first place, and a CQT. In the evening session Marco achieved 2nd place in a CQT of 1.08.19 and 6th place in the 50 fly in 38.05 (PB, CQT).

Benjamin Williamson, Ezme Gladwell and Rhys Dolan all aged 13 put in some solid performances. Benjamin achieved 3rd place in the 400 Freestyle (5.10.02) a 9 second PB. He was a second inside his entry time on the 100 Breastsroke (1.33.76) finishing 4th and he achieved 5th in the 50 Freestyle (32.01) with a new PB. In the evening session he finished 1st in the 100 IM (1.21.35) and 4th in the 50 Butterfly (36.25). Ezme showed a welcome return to the competition pool after her broken thumb, and achieved some excellent results: a 3 second PB in the 100IM (1.20.28) to finish 2nd, a third place in the 100 Backstroke (1.20.27) and 3rd and a 1 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.08.21). Rhys achieved a 20 second PB in the 400 Freestyle (5.52.05) to finish 7th, a result which will no doubt help him with his favourite Triathlon events. He also finished 6th in the 50 Backstroke (37.94), and 7th in the 50 Freestyle (35.25).

Ralph Davies (14), Matteo Tontodonati (14), Jessica Callaghan (14) Emily Price (15) and Ryan Brewster (16) all competed at this meet and all had successful swims. Emily was second in the 100 IM (1.23.74), a 1 second PB, first in the 50 Breaststroke (44.21) and 5th in the 100 Freestyle (1.13.20). Jessica was 2nd in the 50 Backstroke (35.55) and 4th in the 50 Freestyle (31.11). Matteo was 1st in the 100 Butterfly (1.10.82), 1st in the 100 Breaststroke (1.24.44), 1st in the 50 Butterfly (31.58) and 2nd in the 50 Breaststroke (39.33). Ralph was 2nd in the 400 Freestyle (4.57.88) with a 1 second PB, 2nd in the 100 Backstroke (1.13.24) and 1st in both the 50 Breaststroke (36.80), improving his CQT and 100 Freestyle (1.01.51) again improving his PB and CQT. Ryan achieved an excellent PB in his 100 Breaststroke (1.17.26) to finish 2nd and just .11 outside his CQT. He improved his PB in the 50 Freestyle (27.06) to finish 3rd. He also finished 2nd in the 100 IM (1.10.02), 6th in the 50 Butterfly (31.32) and 3rd in the 50 Breaststroke (37.07) and 3rd in the 100 Freestyle (59.11)

 

Well done to all the swimmers who took part in this Open Meet. There were some very encouraging improvements overall, and I would like to thank the Coaches, Swimmers and Parents for all their hard work to make this possible.

Posted on 1st November

BSSC 7th Autumn Open Meet

BSSC 7th AUTUMN OPEN MEET

Five Hoddesdon swimmers travelled to The Venue, Borehamwood, to attend the Bishop’s Stortford SC 7th Autumn Open Meet on the weekend of 17th & 18th October 2015. This was a Level 2 meet and, in line with the New Swimming Competition Scheme, ages were as at 31st December 2015.

On Saturday, Matteo Tontodonati (14) swam the 50 back (31.64) and 100 IM (1.11.27) to win Gold. He also came 2nd in the 400 free in a time of 4.48.81, 3rd in the 200 free (2.13.85, PB) and 4th in the 50 fly (31.72).

Lucy Hinks (12) and Marco Tontodonati (12) swam on both days of the meet.

Lucy’s Saturday race was the 200 back, where she came 6th (2.48.78), whilst on Sunday morning she swam the 100 IM (1.23.19, PB, 8th) and 100 back (1.20.64, 9th).

Marco achieved 2nd place in the 50 breast (42.68, PB). He also came 4th in the 50 back (36.67, PB), 6th in the 200 free (2.26.28, PB) and 100 back (1.18.07, PB) and 10th in the 400 free (5.15.25, PB).

Lily Merrett (12) swam on Sunday morning, achieving Silver in the 100 back (1.13.59) and 6th place in the 200 free (2.24.59, PB).

Ben Hunt, in the 15 & over age group, swam the 200 back (2.25.20, 5th) and 100 free (59.85, 12th).

Coach Manuela Teti said: “Our swimmers showed good skills in the water and this is a very good starting point at the beginning of the season to build their fitness and racing skills up. Well done and keep up the hard work!” 

Posted on 23rd October

Harpenden Legacy Meet

Harpenden Open Meet

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October

 

16 swimmers travelled to Harpenden over the weekend to take part in Harpenden’s Legacy Meet at the Venue in Borehamwood.

Unusually for us we had considerably more boys than girls at this meet, with 11 boys and only 5 girls! The meet was highly competitive with many swimmers setting their sights on county qualifying times.

 

Matteo Tontodonati and Ralph Davies competed in the 14 years age group, Matteo achieving a time of 5.20.48 for the 400 IM and achieving a Gold medal.

Ralph Davies achieved Gold Medals in the 50 Freestyle (28.22) and 50 Butterfly (31.79), both Personal Bests (PB’s) and County Qualifying Times (CQT’s) and 200 Freestyle (2.20.44) (PB)  He also competed in the 100 Backstroke 4th(1.15.29) the 200 IM 4th(2.44.15) Benjamin Williamson, Rhys Dolan and Ciaran Fahy were all competing in the 13 years age group. Benjamin finished the 400IM in a time of 5.56.70, a PB and this swim gave him a Bronze medal. He also achieved PB’s in the 50 Breaststroke 4th(42.69), 50 Backstroke 7th(37.97) 100 IM 5th(1.20.49) and 200 Freestyle 4th(2.27.52) Rhys achieved a Bronze medal in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1.20.36. He achieved a PB time of 3.09.05 in the 200 IM(6th) , and another PB in the 100 Freestyle 6th (1.16.68). He achieved a further Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (39.19) and a time of 1.32.24 in the 100 IM. His final swim in the 200 Freestyle was a further PB 6th(2.53.13) Ciaran achieved a 1 second PB in his 50 Freestyle (9th44.05), 2.27.38 (4th)in the 100 Breast, and a 7 second PB in the 50 Butterfly 10th(54.21),

showing much improvement in his fly technique.

Marco Tontodonati, Elias Baluch, Dougie Grayling, Ellis Burroughs, Lara Fahy, Mollie Downes and Lauren Chandisingh were all competing in the 12 year old age group.

Marco came only to do the 400 IM, where he achieved a silver medal with a time of 6.11.41. Elias competed in the 50 Freestyle – unofficial time 36.71, due to a technical infringement, 100 Breaststroke 8th(1.50.35), a PB, and 50 Butterfly 5th (43.09). He did a 3 second PB in the Backstroke 6th (41.55) and a 1 second PB in the 100 IM,11th (1.35.11). Dougie did a 3 second PB in the 50 Breaststroke 7th (51.15) and a PB in the 200 Backstroke 5th(3.52.89).  His 50 Freestyle was a 4 second PB 11th(40.48) and an 8 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke 9th(1.54.95) underlined Dougie’s excellent improvements in both technique and stamina.

Ellis also had some good swims achieving a PB in the 100 Backstroke 8th(1.31.80) and a 7 second PB in the 100 Freestyle 13th(1.23.09). She achieved a further 1second PB in the 50 Backstroke (6th) and a time of 1.39.30 in the 100 IM (14th). Ellis showed some excellent technique and it was great to see her competing! Lara continued to show fantastic improvements in her times, achieving a 4 second PB in the 50 Backstroke 9th (45.53), a 10 second PB on the 100IM 16th(1.40.07) and a 25 second PB on her 200 Freestyle 6th(2.57.37) Mollie who had only competed recently in these events, reinforced her PB’s with some very good swims: 100 IM 9th(1.34.27), 200 Freestyle 8th(3.05.79), 50 Freestyle (37.38) and 50 Fly (42.23) Lauren achieved a 7 second PB in her 100 IM,10th (1.40.15) and a massive 16 second PB in her 200 Breaststroke 7th(4.00.88).

Jake Williamson, Reuben Chandisingh and Bella Parkus were in the 10 year old age group. Jake competed in just two races, the 50 Breaststroke 5th(1.15.78) and the 50 Backstroke 9th (56.55), where he achieved a 9 second PB. Reuben achieved an 8 second PB in the 50 freestyle ,7th (47.86). He also recorded a time in the 100 Breaststroke of 2.06.71. Bella recorded a time of 43.33 in the 50 Backstroke, and this swim was rewarded with a Silver medal. She also achieved a 19 second PB in the 200 Freestyle (3.07.88) to achieve a Bronze medal, and a 20 second PB in the 200 Breaststroke 5th(4.09.76). She achieved a further PB in the 50 Freestyle 4th (37.79) followed by another good swim in the 100 Breaststroke 5th(1.54.49).

Sid Parkus a 9 year old swimmer, competed in the 50 Freestyle where he finished 7th andachieved a Personal Best time of 47.09.

 

Andrew and Mary both agreed it was great to see the swimmers’ technique and skills improving as the new season starts. The swimmers were very well behaved, a credit to their parents, and competed in a relaxed but very focused manner. Well done all those swimmers who took part!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 8th October

7th Hoddesdon Open Meet

7th Hoddesdon Open Meet

Saturday 19th September 2015

 

I would like to start this report by mentioning all the people who made this meet possible:

Manuela Teti for her impeccable organization and time and effort to make this a truly excellent meet

The Volunteers without whom the meet would not run at all – Chris and Helen Tate on the door, the Stewards and Marshalls, the AOE operators and results team and the refreshments team.

The Officials who again are volunteers and who give up their free time to make the Open Meet fair to all competitors, and allow us to achieve our Licensing; Jackie Harvey for organizing all the officials.

Swimmers and Parents for supporting the meet, as without your support our Club would not continue to flourish

Coaches all the work you have done to help our swimmers become better and faster swimmers.

The meet ran very smoothly, and there were some excellent swims throughout the day across all age groups. Over half the swims were personal bests, and considering this meet is very early in the season this was an excellent result.

Ellie Bostock, Molly Cobbold, Lily Rogers, and Sid Parkus all competed in the 9 years category. Their best results were Ellie Bostock1st 50 Freestyle (38.37), Molly Cobbold 1st 50 Butterfly (48.11) and 1st in Backstroke (44.28), Sid Parkus  3rd 50 Breaststroke (1.02.80) and 4th 50 Freestyle (46.95) and Lily Rogers, making her debut in competition who took 14th place in the 50 Freestyle (50.55). Well done to all these young swimmers and we look forward to seeing more of you in the future!

In the 10 year old age group Bella Parkus, Isobel Short, Sam Reynolds, Sam Nouroozpoor and Jake Williamson all competed.

Their best results were Sam Reynolds 1st 100  Breaststroke (1.50.51), and 3rd 100 IM (1.41.33) Sam Nouroozpour who was 15th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.10.31), Jake Williamson 17th 50 Freestyle (49.87) Bella Parkus who was 1st 100 IM (1.35.28), 1st in 50 Backstroke (43.62), 2nd in 50 Butterfly (43.14) 2nd in 200 Freestyle (3.10.26) and Isobel Short  who finished 3rd in 100 Freestyle (1.42.46) and 5th in the 50 Breaststroke (54.05).

There were only two 11 year old swimmers from Hoddesdon taking part in the meet, Charlie Cole and Max Amos. Charlie finished 1st in the 200 Freestyle (2.52.94), 1st in the 50 Backstroke (41.68) and 2nd in the 100 IM (1.32.52). Max took over in the evening session, having his best result in the 100 Backstroke (2.02.33) where he came 3rd.

The 12 year old age group was well represented by Lara Fahy, Mollie Downes, Anthony Rollo, Ethan Biggs, Scott Carpenter, Marco Tontodonati, Elias Baluch, and Dougie Grayling.

Overall, this group showed massive improvements in times and must all be congratulated for their hard work and effort which has resulted in these improvements.  Lara Fahy achieved a massive 52 second Personal Best in her 200 I M to finish 6th (3.31.79) and followed this with PB’s in the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle, where she finished 7th (2.59.42). Mollie Downes finished 5th in the 50 Butterfly (43.17), and achieved PB’s in the 100 and 200 Freestyle. Anthony Rollo achieved his best result in the 200 Freestyle with a personal best time, a PB and a 3rd place (3.32.45). Dougie Grayling  achieved a 9 second PB on the 100 Breaststroke (1.52.17) to finish 9th, and he achieved 9th in the 50 Backstroke with a further PB (52.03). He also did PB’s in the 50 freestyle and 50 Breaststroke. Elias Baluch finished 5th in the 50 fly (41.38), achieved a 3 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke and finished 4th in the 100 IM (1.34.67), a new PB time. He also PB’d in the 50 Breaststroke (51.12) and 100 Freestyle (1.25.95). Ethan Biggs  a member of the Triathlon Club, achieved a good PB in the 200 Freestyle to finish 4th in his age group (4.15.45). Scott Carpenter, also a member of the Triathlon Club, showed that hard work and patience do pay off achieving some excellent results; A 7 second PB in the 200 Freestyle to finish 2nd (2.59.99), a 10 second PB on the 100 Breaststroke to finish 3rd, a 2 second PB in the 100 IM (1.34.22)to finish 3rd, 2nd in the 200 IM (3.25.28) a 7 second PB, PB in the 50 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle rounded off the meet for Scott.  Marco Tontodonati continued to show improvement across all areas of swimming: 4 second PB in 200 Freestyle (2.32.12), PB and 2nd in the 50 Fly (38.77), 3rd in the 50 Freestyle (32.63), and1st in the 100 Backstroke (1.20.54).

The 13 year olds attending this meet were Ciaran Fahy, Rhys Dolan, Benjamin Willamson, Dominic McCarthy, Eleanor Short, Abby Morgan and Kay Perry.

Ciaran Fahy achieved a 3 second PB in the 200 Freestyle (3.14.65) to finish 2nd in his age group, he achieved a 3 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke, and a 5 second PB in the 100 IM to finish 5th in a time of 1.55.94. Rhys Dolan, also a member of the Triathlon club, came 1st in the 200 Freestyle (2.45.20) 2nd in the 50 Fly (42.63), 5th in the 100 Breast (1.42.95) a PB, and 2nd in the 50 Backstroke (38.05).

Benjamin Williamson achieved a 7 second PB in the 200 Freestyle (2.27.90), a 2 second PB in the 50 Butterfly(36.64) to finish 1st in his age group, a 2 second PB in the 100 Breaststroke(1.32.69) to finish 3rd, and a 2 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.09.79) to finish 3rd. Dominic McCarthy achieved a 3 second PB in the 200 freestyle (2.31.93), a second place in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1.31.39, 1st in the 100 IM(1.21.50), 3rd in the 50 Free (32.38) and 4th in the 100 Freestyle with a PB of 1.10.69.Eleanor Short who, due to a knee injury, withdrew after the 50 Free achieved a PB in this event . with a time of 37.71 to finish 9th in her age group. Abby Morgan came 4th in the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 46.29. Kay Perry had a very good day with many good swims, 2nd in the 50 Free (31.03), a PB, 2nd in the 50 Breast (42.52), 3rd in the 100 Freestyle with a new PB of 1.06.3, and 200 Freestyle (2.23.35) also a PB and 1st place. Kay also came second in the 100 IM(1.17.76).

14 year old competitors were Alex Heal, Jessica Callaghan, Ralph Davies and MatteoTontodonati. Alex, who is relatively new to competition, swam some good PB’s finishing 4th in the 50 Breast (46.24), achieved a 3 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (34.94), and 5th in the 50 Butterfly (41.99). Jessica Callaghan was 4th in the in the 50 Freestyle (31.11), 3rd in the 100 Backstroke (1.18.52), 3rd in the 50 Breaststroke (45.08) 1st in the 50 Butterfly (35.91) and 2nd in the 50 Backstroke (36.05). Ralph Davies came 1st in the 50 Breaststroke (38.22), 2nd in the 100 Backstroke (1.13.72)and achieved a time of 1.03.13 in the 100 Freestyle. MatteoTontodonati achieved 1st in a new PB of 1.24.88 in the 100 Breaststroke, and also came 1st in the 200 IM(2.32.23). He was 2nd in the 50 Breaststroke (40.14) and achieved a time in the 100 Backstroke of 1.08.33 and.31.21, a new PB in the 50 Backstroke.

Older swimmers supporting this meet were Chris Smith (19), Becky Freestone (17), Ryan Brewster (16), Ben Hunt (16) and Georgie Pryor (17). Most swims were time trials, but Becki Freestone came 1st in the 50 Breaststroke (40.15) 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke (1.26.48) and 3rd in the 50 Freestyle (30.91). Ben Hunt came 1st in the 100 Backstroke with a small PB time of 1.04.58,  and 2nd in the 200 IM(2.28.97), whilst Ryan  was 4th in the 50 Fly (31.81), a PB,  2nd in the 100 Breast (1.21.81),  2nd in the 100 IM (1.12.32) and 3rd in the 200 IM(2.35.97), 2nd in the 50 Freestyle (27.48) and 3rd in the 50 Breaststroke(38.10).

Well done to all those swimmers who took part.

Looking forward to a fantastic season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 24th September

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