ASA East Region Youths Luton 2015


Six Hoddesdon swimmers travelled to inspire Luton Long Course 50m pool to compete in the ASA East Region Championships over the bank holiday weekend 2-4th May 2015. 

Chris Smith (19), Christie Bays (19), Georgie Pryor (17), Amy Godsave (16), Ben Hunt (15) and Carly Bays (15) all qualified for the prestigious event competing against the very best swimmers in the Region.

Georgie Pryor broke her own 50m Butterfly Record (27.50), won two gold medals (50m and 100m Butterfly (1.01.58)), 4th places in the 200m Individual Medley Final (2:25.89), 100m Freestyle (59.77), 100m (1:06.78) and 50m Backstroke (30.98).

Amy Godsave equalled the 50m Freestyle Junior Record (26.57), won three gold medals in the 50m Free, 100m Free (58.19) and 50m Butterfly (28.89)).

Mary Wright said “we are all so proud of the girls’ achievements between them they have won five gold medals and that means as a club we are 5th in the medal table!”

Chris Smith finished 4th place in the 100m Breaststroke Final (1:07.89), 8th place in the 50m Breaststroke Heats (30.90) and in the Final (31.42) and a 10th place in the 200m Breaststroke (2:36.50).

Ben Hunt who qualified for the Regionals for the first time this year with the 50m Backstroke finished 14th in the 16 year olds with a time of 31.17 a new LC personal best. 

Janet Warrington said “it was great to see Ben compete at the ASA East Region Championships and we know that next year many more events will follow.”

Christie Bays competed in the 50m (36.05) and 100m Breaststroke (1.20.45) and the 50m Butterfly (30.81) and younger sister Carly competed in the 50m Breaststroke (38.65), 100m Butterfly (1.11.87), 100m Freestyle (1.05.57) and the 50m Butterfly (31.00).  

Mary Wright said “both girls enjoyed  the competition and that was the most important thing.  Carly was 5th in the 50 Butterfly and 8th in the 50m Breaststroke which is a fantastic achievement and we know that she will continue to achieve great performances in the future.”

“We are now very excited about the Age Group ASA East Region Championships to be held in Norwich next May bank holiday.”

For a full set of results you can go to the ASA East Region website



Posted on 4th May

HTC Juniors brave the elements

Sunday saw the first event of the season for Hoddesdon Tri Club Juniors at the Basildon Aquathlon! Wet and windy it certainly was but this did not dampen the spirit of the juniors, each one putting in 100%. 

First up in Tri star 3 was Rhys Dolan (13th boy) and Paige Mangelshot (36th girl) competing for the first in this category.  The run course was altered which made for some heavy running and although the run was hard work for everyone their training kicked in helping them all to complete the event.

Next was Tri star 2 featuring Robin Kettle (13th), Scott Carpenter (15th), Sam Willis (28th), Ethan Biggs (32nd), Maggie Wyper (22nd) and Emma Quinn (43rd) all coming in muddy after completing the course.

Tri star 1 saw Katie Warburton (28th), Jack Markham (14th), Tommy Liddiard (22nd), Harry Eagle (25th), Fraser McCormack (31st) and Ryan Quinn (29th) completing their distances in great times.

Tri start competitor Rachael Carpenter (6th) didn't let the worsening conditions beat her as she too finished the course completing a fantastic afternoon of swimming and running.

For all the young ones to then stay behind to cheer on the older HTC competitors shows the club has real team spirit and the three youths were clapped and cheered right up to the line.

In the Youth category Sophie Biggs (6th), doing this event for the first time, blitzed the course.  Next was a strong favourite for the season, Hannah Bates (1st) coming home 5 minutes faster than her nearest female competitor.  Last but not least was Tom Willis (13th) now in a higher category and he too did not allow the course to beat him, coming home in a great time.

Peter Biggs (HTC Junior Coordinator) said "The Basildon Aquathlon was a great opener to the tri season for our junior team, in very tough weather conditions.  Their winter training certainly paid off, and there was a great team spirit."




Posted on 27th April

World famous Velopark plays host to first Hodd Tri Club Duathlon

Clubs from the Eastern Region converged on the Olympic park outside the Velodrome to watch Junior Triathletes compete against each other. Hosted by the adult section of Hoddesdon Tri Club there was plenty of action as well as the gusty conditions to contend with. Twenty seven HTC juniors all performed with great athleticism, showing lots of energy and technical skill to highlight how fast this club has developed over the past year.

Proceedings got under way with the youngest, but most enthusiastic, Tri start aged 8 all racing to take up a strong position and our three HTC triathletes showed their training paid off with Rachael Carpenter (4th), Willie Jenkins (4th) and Ben Willis (9th) all coming home in the top ten.

Tri star 1, 9-10 year olds saw the largest category with nine HTC members all finishing in the top 20; they were Anya Jenkins (9th), Katie Warburton (10th), Tommy Liddiard (9th), Jack Markham (14th), Fraser McCormack (15th), Harry Eagle (16th), Callum Madden (17th), Ben Vickers (18th) and Dawson Whitelegg (19th). For many this was their first experience and they really enjoyed the course.

Tri star 2, 11-12 year olds featured Elise Ainge (8th), Emma Quinn (9th), Sam Willis (6th) and Ethan Biggs (9th) all showing they have talent for this sport and will certainly make an impression this coming season.

Tri star 3 with ages 13 to 14 and Youth 15 to 16 joined together in support of each other which made for some great spectating. Not overwhelmed at the challenge ahead, each junior completed the extended course with a high standard of competitiveness with Agnes Brett (3rd), Marc Ainge (9th) and Rhys Dolan (10th) in Tri star 3 and Youth triathletes Hannah Bates (2nd), Sophie Biggs (3rd) and Jeremy Merlo (7th).

So all in all the day went extremely well with many attending clubs complimenting us on the organisation and success of the event.

Club Coach and Junior Coordinator, Peter Biggs commented “The Velopark Duathlon was a great success for the club, and was enjoyed by everyone.  A strong performance from all our team shows determination from the athletes and improving technique.”

Posted on 27th April

Amy Godsave shows potential at British Championships

Amy Godsave (15) qualified for the British Championships which this year took place at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London between 14th and 18th April, and attracted the very best British swimmers from all over the United Kingdom.

Amy who is a pupil at The Broxbourne School and who swims with Hoddesdon Swimming Club qualified for the British Championships in the 100 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle events in the 15/16 Age Group.

Day 1 saw Amy participating in the 100 Freestyle, where she finished 12th in her age group and with a new Long Course Personal Best time of 58.55. This swim also made her 36th fastest female in the United Kingdom at this event. For Amy this was valuable experience of swimming in a meet of exceptionally high standard.

On Day 4 Amy swam her 50 Freestyle Race in a time of 26.86, a new Personal best time, and one which earned her a much coveted place in the European Juniors Final that evening.  This time gave her an overall position of 26th fastest female in the 50 Freestyle event, and shows Amy’s potential for the future.

Mary Wright Head Coach said “The atmosphere for the finals was fantastic particularly as many swimmers and parents from Hoddesdon Swimming Club had travelled to the London Aquatics Centre to support Amy. Amy swam a further Personal Best Time in the final (26.74) and finished in 5th place. A remarkable achievement for Amy, especially as the finish was so close; places 2 to 5 were within 0.2 of a second of one another!” 

To make this occasion even more memorable for Amy and for those who made the journey to the Aquatic Centre there was an amazing finale, as the spectators watched and cheered Adam Peaty to his amazing World Record breaking swim in the 100 Breaststroke (57.92)


Posted on 25th April

Luton LC Open Meet - 11-12th April 2015


Chris Smith, Dominic McCarthy, Lily Merrett, Grace Harvey, Matteo Tontodonati, David Kelleway

Eight Swimmers from Hoddesdon SC took part in the Luton Open Meet over the weekend.

Grace Harvey (16) S7, SM7, SB6, had an excellent meet . She set a British Record in the 200 Butterfly in a time of 3.37.72 and broke her own British Record in the 200 Backstroke with a massive 6 second PB (3.19.77) which gave her 680 British Disability Points (BDP). She recorded a 20 second PB and 726 BDP in the 800 Freestyle with a time of 12.30.34.  She also swam in the 200 IM, where she finished in a time of 3.28.29.

Lily Merrett (12) who already has Regional Qualifying Times in all the events entered, improved upon her entry times in all 6 events. She finished 2nd in the 100 Backstroke with an eight second PB(1.14.25), the 50 Butterfly (32.06)  and the 50 Backstroke (34.48). she finished 3rd in the 100 freestyle (1.07.63) 4th in the 200 Freestyle (2.27.84) and 5th in the 200 Butterfly (2.46.24)

David Kelleway 21), now returning to Bath for his final term, was placed First in the 100 Butterfly (57.46), second in the 100 Freestyle (53.31) 4th in the 200 IM (2.12.67) and 5th in the 50 Freestyle (24.69)

Chris Smith (18) Competed in the 100 Breaststroke, finishing 3rd in a time of 1.10.00, and in the 50 Breaststroke, where he finished 4th in a time of 31.63, a new long course personal best time (PB).

Matteo Tontodonati (14) competed in only two events but achieved Regional qualifying times in both events – the 200 Individual Medley (2.32.86), 4th, and the 100 Freestyle (1.01.43) also finishing in 4th place in his age group.

Lily Merrett, Matteo Tontodonati, Ralph Davies

Ralph Davies (14) achieved a Regional Qualifying time in the 50 Freestyle (28.72) 7th, and finished 12th in the 100 Freestyle (1.03.88) and 13th in the 200 Freestyle (2.25.56)

Dominic McCarthy (13) came 12th in the 50 Backstroke (37.41) 12th in the 50 Breaststroke with a new PB (43.12) and 16th in the 100 Backstroke (1.25.36)

Marco Tontodonati (12) competed in the 200 Backstrokewhere he finished 8th in a new personal best of  2.54.01.

Janet Warrington said "We have had a great weekend of swimming, I am so proud!"



Posted on 21st April

Tape Trophy Gala 2015


On Saturday 18th April 2015 our younger swimmers took part in the Tape Trophy Gala, a friendly event in preparation for the upcoming Peanuts League, which will start in May.

Three first places were achieved by Bella Parkus (25 Free), Lucy Hinks (50 Back) and Marco Tontodonati (50 Free). In addition to this, our Hoddesdon swimmers touched base 2nd in 8 races and 3rd in 13.

An impressive 84 PBs (Personal Best times) were achieved, both in individual and relay events, which is even more impressive considering that quite a few swimmers had to race many events: it was a pleasure to see that all of them were happy to contribute showing a great team spirit.


Coach Manuela Teti said: "It was a very enjoyable evening of fun and team work, well done to all our swimmers!"


Click here for full results.

Posted on 20th April

Basildon Easter Long Course Meet


4th & 5th April 2015



On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2015, 11 Hoddesdon swimmers took part in the Basildon & Phoenix SC Easter Long Course Meet. Six Gold, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze medals were achieved, alongside 15 Regional Qualifying Times (RQT) and 22 Personal Best (PB) times.

Georgie Pryor (16) won Gold and achieved RQT in all her events: she swam the 50 free in a PB time of 27.60, the 100 back in 1.05.60 and the 200 IM in 2.25.71.

Amy Godsave (15) focused on the 50 fly, where she secured gold and a PB of 29.59 (RQT).

Amy Bishop (11) achieved Gold, RQT and PB in the 50 free (31.53), and Silver and PB in the 100 back (1.21.69).

Matteo Tontodonati (13) won Gold in the 200 free, in a time of 2.15.61 (RQT, PB) and Bronze in the 100 fly in 1.10.77 (RQT, PB). He also achieved a RQT in the 50 fly, where he came 4th in a PB time of 31.58. In the 50m events he achieved LC PBs and 4th places in the 50 back (33.00 RQT), and 50 free (28.81, RQT). He also swam the 50 breast in 42.58 (7th).

Chris Smith (18) swam his two favourite events securing medals and RQT in both: he came 2nd in the 100 breast in 1.11.02 and 3rd in the 50 breast in 31.86.

Ellie Godsave (12) achieved her first RQT in the 50 free in 30.62 (PB), which secured her a Silver Medal. She also won Bronze in the 100 free in a PB time of 1.07.75.

Libby Dunford (12), who was not feeling well, touched home 2nd in the 100 free with a RQT of 1.05.78, just on her PB time.

Dominic McCarthy (12), who is still dealing with chest problems, at his first Long Course open meet won Silver in the 200 back in a time of (3.01.78), came 4th in the 100 free (1.14.11), and 5th in the 50 back (37.87) and 50 breast (45.59). He also swam the 50 free in a PB time of 32.65 (7th) and 100 back in 1.26.90, where he came 10th.

Marco Tontodonati (11) won 3 Bronze Medals in the 50 free (33.30), 100 back (1.23.11, PB) and 50 back (39.06). Despite a persistent cough, on the Sunday he achieved long course PB times in the 200 free (2.40.46) coming 5th and 100 free (1.16.32, 8th). He also came 5th in the 200 breast (3.37.41).

Benjamin Williamson (13) came 5th in the 100 fly (1.29.58, PB), 7th in the 200 breast (3.33.05, PB), 9th in the 100 free (1.13.88), 13th in the 200 free (2.37.16, PB) and 14th in the 50 fly (39.54).

Ben Hunt (15) swam PB times of 31.22 in the 50 back (7th) and 27.92 in the 50 free (22nd). He also came 9th in the 100 back in a time of 1.08.20.

Ryan Brewster (15) swam various freestyle distances: he touched the wall in 4.55.65 in the 400 free (7th), 2.15.54 in the 200 free (PB, 17th) and 28.54 in the 50 free (PB, 28th).

Coach Manuela Teti said: “Once again our swimmers showed improvements in their racing skills. It was very pleasant to see how good their technique is across all strokes, especially in a Long Course meet. Well done everybody and keep up the good work!”

Posted on 8th April

Grace breaks 12 year old British Record in Glasgow

Grace Harvey, pupil at Presdales School in Ware travelled to Toll-Cross Glasgow to compete in the British Para Swimming International Meet with team mates Lottie Mills (S7, SB6, SM7), also a pupil at Presdales School in Ware and Gemma Bennett (S14) from Takeley, 26-29th March 2015. 

Grace achieved a new British Record in the 200m Individual Medley, it was Liz Johnson’s record and had stood since 2003 the new time was 3:23.32 – 568 BDP a 16 second LC pb.

Grace swam a 5 second pb in the 100m Freestyle (1:18.89 – 641 BDP); 7 second pb in the 100m Breaststroke (2:02.67 – 472 BDP). 

Both Lottie and Grace achieved personal bests in their 50m Freestyle races 49.12 and 36.16 respectively.

Gemma Bennett, who dual clubs with Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club who made the C Final and won in a time of 1:28.78.

Grace continued with a 4 second pb in the 100m Backstroke and a place in the B Final and another 4 second pb in the 50m Butterfly and a place in the A final.

In the Finals Grace swam the100m Backstroke achieving another 1 second pb 1:31.44 – 710 BDP, and the 50m Butterfly, she achieved another 2 second pb 41.19 – 553 BDP.

Grace finished her three day competition with the 400m Freestyle where she swam a fabulous race leading from the 50m and finishing in a time of 5:53.16.

Janet Warrington said “I am very proud of all three swimmers they have achieved some great performances, they are all working very hard and the hard work is paying off.”

Full set of results can be found here:-


Posted on 4th April

3rd Junior Dev Meet - Harlow

Written by Mary Wright

Ten Junior Swimmers attended this local development meet on Saturday 28th March 2015 at Harlow Leisure Zone for the 3rd Junior Development Meet. They were Bethany Dinmore, Caroline Johnson, Catherine Ryan, Ciaran Fahy, Dougie Grayling, Ellis Burroughs, Evie Grattan, Isabel Short, Lara Fahy and Laurenand Reuben Chandisingh. Evie Grattan also attended as her last open meet with Hoddesdon before joining her new Club. We all wish her well at Cheshunt.


The girls waiting for their races to begin!

Bethany Dinmore achieved a 3 second Personal Best Time (PB) in her 50 Freestyle (47.83) and a 3 second PB in her 50 Breaststroke (1.03.25). The 50 Backstroke was the third and final event where she finished in 1.00.83

Caroline Johnson (12) swam in the 50 Freestyle (43.52), 50 Breaststroke (58.52) and 50 Butterfly (55.89), finishing 12th in the Free and Breast and 8th in the Butterfly.

Catherine Ryan (11), competing in her first Open Meet since joining Hoddesdon SC, achieved 11th place in the 50 Freestyle (43.89) and also competed in the 50 Breaststroke (1.14.53).

Ciaran Fahy (13) achieved 4th places in all 3 events, and recorded PB’s in all of them – 50 Backstroke (55.22), 50 Breaststroke (1.05.69) and 50 Freestyle (45.14)

Dougie Grayling (11) finished 10th in the 50 Backstroke in a new PB of 54.52, 10th in the 50 Breaststroke (54.81) and 9th in the 50 Freestyle (44.75)

Ellis Burroughs (11) finished 14th in the 100 IM with a 10 second PB time of 1.37.00, 6th in the 50 Freestyle (37.10) and 6th in the 50 Backstroke (44.46). Both Freestyle and Backstroke were also personal best times.

Isabel Short (9) finished 11th in the 50 Freestyle with a good PB of 45.60, 12th in the 50 Breaststroke (59.27) and 12th with a good PB in the 50 Backstroke (53.63)

Lara Fahy (11) achieved an 8 second PB in the 100 IM (1.50.69), finished 9th in the 50 Freestyle with a 3 second PB (40.75) and 10th in the 50 Backstroke with a 1 second PB (49.25).

Lauren Chandisingh (11) competed in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Breaststroke, coming 8th in the 50 Free with a 2 second PB (40.38) and 9th in the 50 Breaststroke (54.28), also a PB.

Reuben Chandisingh (9) achieved a 4 second PB in the 50 Breaststroke (59.83) to finish 9th in his age group, and finished 14th in the 50 Freestyle (55.78).

Well done to all those swimmers who took part in this Open Meet. It was a relaxed and enjoyable meet, ideal for our less experienced swimmers. It was great to see some of our newer members taking part, and to see lots of potential for the future. For some of our more experienced swimmers it was good to see their increased skill level and improvements in technique leading to many Personal Best times. 







Posted on 2nd April

Hertfordshire County Championships 2015

Report : written by Mary Wright Head Coach

Results on Herts ASA Website can be found here

HoddSC Full set of results can be found here

Sessions 2 to 6 of the County Championships were due to take place on the weekend of the 14th and 15th March, at the Venue, Borehamwood.

Due to technical issues with the pool, which resulted in the water temperature being too cold for the swimming competition, only Session 2 went ahead on the Saturday.  The Coaches felt that the cold water temperature had considerable effects on the swimmers’ performances, particularly the 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.

All other sessions went ahead as planned, except that the events missed on the Saturday afternoon and evening had to be fitted into the following weekend’s timetable. This made it a very long and tiring weekend for swimmers and officials, and our swimmers did remarkably well in the circumstances.

Throughout the weekends, our swimmers were a delight to Coach, both in and out of the water, and it was a pleasure to see them all getting the reward for all their hard work through Personal Best Times, Medals and Regional Times. Some of the older swimmers also picked up medals in the Elite Open Finals for the County.

Special mention must be made to the following people:

Bella Parkus, for her first ever appearance at Counties, aged 9. She swam a very nice 200 Backstroke in 3.29.24, just outside her personal best time, and finished 6th in the County. Well done Bella, we look forward to lots of years watching you compete in the future.

Grace Harvey , S7, SM7, SB6  showed her inner strength by competing in the 100 freestyle and 200 Breaststroke, and despite the very cold water, she achieved personal best times in both events. She achieved a Personal Best (PB) time in the 100 freestyle of 1.19.20 and a massive 52 second PB in the 200 Breast (4.04.53). Grace is travelling to Glasgow to take part in the British Para-swimming International Meet at the venue of last year’s Commonwealth Games. The event takes place 26th to 29th March 2015, and I am sure you will all join with me in wishing her “fast swimming” at this  extremely high level event.

Dominic McCarthy(12), Ezme Gladwell(12) and Ryan Brewster(15), all qualified in multiple events for Counties this year, but due to injuries and illnesses arrived at Counties in less than perfect form. Ezme still managed a large PB in her 100 Backstroke (1.20.10) and competed in multiple events only just outside her PB’s despite being unwell. Dominic not only had a knee injury, but topped it off with a cold, but still managed a small PB in his 50 Freestyle (31.96). Ryan has had considerable disruption to his training due to injury over the last few months, but still managed a PB in his 100 free (1.01.18) and 50 Free (28.10)

For these three I wish them a speedy recovery, and next year, who knows what they will achieve!

Rising stars in the 11Year Age Group at Counties this year were Lucy Hinks and Amy Bishop, were rewarded for all their hard work by some enormous PB’s and County Medals. Lucy swam the 50 Backstroke in a new PB (35.87) to claim a Silver medal and a Regional Qualifying Time. She also achieved an 8 second PB in her 100 Backstroke (1.17.40) and this swim gave Lucy her second medal, a Bronze.  She finished 5th in the 200 Backstroke with a massive 16 second PB and in the 200IM Lucy knocked a further eight seconds off her PB (3.02.12).

 Amy swam a one second PB to claim the gold medal in the 50 Freestyle (31.57). She finished 4th in the 100 IM (1.19.04) a 6 second PB and achieved a small PB in her 50 Backstroke (36.89) to claim 5th place. She finished 7th in the 50 Breaststroke (42.23), also a PB. She also took 3 seconds off her 100 Freestyle (1.10.55) and 6 seconds off her 200 Freestyle (2.38.91).   Amy and Lucy should be very proud of their performances.

Marco Tontodonati also competed in the 11 year old age group, where he swam multiple events.  He came 7th in the 50 Backstroke (37.62), 8th in 200 Free with a 7 second PB and 8th in 100 IM (1.23.77), a 2 second PB.  He also swam an excellent 26 second PB in the 400 Freestyle (5.33.71) an 8 second PB in the 200 IM (3.00.25) and a 3 second PB in the 200 Backstroke (2.53.55). He also swam a good 50 Breaststroke (45.82), and achieved small PB’s in the 50 Free (33.03) and 200 Breaststroke (3.29.98). Even though the weekends were so long the PB’s kept coming. Well done Marco !

Marco Tontodonati - 8th place BAGCATS (11yrs)

Rhys Dolan  (12) who is also an active member of  Hoddesdon Triathlon Club, participated in his favoured Backstroke events. He achieved a 3 second PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.20.26), and also achieved a PB in the 200 Backstroke (2.55.54). His 50 Backstroke also showed improvement over his entry time (37.24).

Competing in the 12 year old Girls age group were Ellie Godsave, Lily Merrett and Libby Dunford.  

Ellie has showed a welcome return to form recently and despite the cold water, smashed out a 2 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.06.31),

missing her  Regional time by only a fraction of a second., and finishing 4th in her Age Group. She also finished 4th in the 100IM with a 2 second PB time (1.18.34), 5th in the 50 Freestyle (31.32) and achieved PB’s in the 50 Butterfly (35.07) and an 8 second PB in the 200 Freestyle (2.28.00). Keep up the good work Ellie, it is paying off!

Lily has shown a spectacular improvement over the last year. Her results at Counties this year have reflected this and Lily should be very proud of her achievements. She achieved a further 2 Regional times during Counties in the 200 Freestyle (2.25.15) and 50 Freestyle (30.75) to give her a total of 9 Regional times for the East Region Championships in May 2015.  She won Gold in the 50 Backstroke with a 1 second PB (33.30), 5 silver medals in the 100 butterfly (1.14.34), 50 Fly (32.57), 50 Free (30.75), 200IM (2.41.48) and 100IM (1.16.82) and a Bronze in the 100 Backstroke (1.13.28). She also came 4th in the 200 backstroke (2.38.22), 7th in the 100 Freestyle (1.07.73) and 8th in the 200 Freestyle as well as competing in the 50 Breaststroke (42.88). Nearly every swim resulted in a Personal Best time.

Libby also had an excellent County Championships.  Of the Events swum at counties, Libby also has 9 Regional times to take forward to the East Region Championships. Of the 11 events swum at counties, Libby achieved 7 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a 5th place in the 100 Breaststroke (1.28.85) and 6th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.13.94) . Gold Medals were 100 Freestyle (1.05.38), 100 Backstroke (1.11.64) 50 Butterfly (32.27) 50 Freestyle (29.13) 200 Freestyle (2.19.92), 200 IM (2.39.42) and 100 IM (1.14.45). Silver medals were for the 50 Backstroke (33.70) and 200 Backstroke (2.34.01).

Libby Dunford 1st and Lily Merrett 3rd place BAGCATS (12yrs)

Ralph Davies (13) and Matteo Tontodonati (13) both competed in the 13 year old age group. 

Matteo has also made enormous progress this year, and after adding a further 3 Regional qualifying times at Counties to the two he has already achieved is looking good for the East Region Championships. He is now very close on a number other times, but if they don’t happen this year, next year they will. Matteo won a Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (32.01) and came 4th in the 200 Butterfly (2.49.14), 5th in the 100 IM (1.11.75), 100 backstroke (1.09.33)and 200 Backstroke (2.31.51) 6th in the 200IM(2.34.34) 200 Freestyle (2.15.17) 50 Freestyle (28.42) and 100 Butterfly (1.12.88). Matteo also came 7th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.03.42), a 5 second PB, and 8th in the 400 Free with a 16 second PB (4.50.21). He also achieved PB’s in the 100 Freestyle (1.03.51),50 Breaststroke (39.01) and 50 fly (32.18) and was on his PB in the 100 Breaststroke (1.26.02)

Ralph Davies swam in no fewer than 15 events in the County Championships this year. He had some fast swimmers in his age group to contend with, but  swam especially well on the second weekend where he achieved a Regional time in the 50 Backstroke  and 5th place (33.02) He came 6th in the 400IM with a 16 second PB (5.41.92) and seventh in the100 Butterfly (1.15.06) , 50 Breaststroke (38.76) and the 100 freestyle (1.02.30) where he came very close to his Regional Time. He was 8th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.07.01). He recorded Personal Best times in almost every event , which shows his incredible stamina, as the second weekend was very long. He swam notable PBs in the 100 IM (1.13.50), 100 Backstroke (1.12.33) 200 Backstroke (2.38.56) and an 8 second PB in the 400 Freestyle (4.58.20). New PB’s were also swum by Ralph in the 200IM (2.44.04), 100 Breaststroke (1.27.57), 200 Freestyle (2.21.38) and50 Freestyle (28.68). He recorded a time of 33.17 in the 50 Fly.

Kayleigh Perry and Jessica Callaghan competed in the 13 years Age Group.

Kay showed herself to be back on form and showing great promise for the future. She was able to add another Regional time to the 100 Backstroke she already has with a great swim in the 50 Backstroke (34.36) and 6th place in her Age group. She came 7th in the 100 Backstroke (1.14.00) and 200 Backstroke (2.40.16) where she was only 1 second off her Regional Time.  She was also within a second or two of her Regional Times for the 200IM (2.44.91), 50 Free (31.26) and 200 Freestyle (2.24.91). Kay also achieved PB’s in the 100 Freestyle (1.07.53) and 100 IM (1.17.02).

Jessica achieved Personal Best times in all her races, finishing 11th in the 50 Backstroke (35.04). She recorded a 2 second PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.16.35) and PB’s in the 50 Free (31.16), 100 IM (1.19.50) and 100 Freestyle (1.09.04). We look forward to seeing you in more events next year. Well done Jess.

 The 15 year old age group was represented by Carly Bays and Amy Godsave .

Carly  achieved a Bronze Medal iand a PB n the 200 IM (2.30.92), 4th in the 100 Butterfly  (1.08.21), and in the 50 Butterfly (31.46)  and was 7th in the 100 Freestyle (1.02.74). Carly also made the Open final of the 100 Butterfly where she swam a time of 1.08.68 to finish 8th.

Amy achieved Gold medals in the 100 freestyle (58.05), 100 Butterfly (1.05.44), 200 Freestyle (2.09.89), 50 Butterfly (29.36) and 50 Freestyle (26.95) in her age group, and also won the Open 100 Freestyle Final (58.01) and 50 Freestyle Final (26.71) gained a Bronze in the Open 100 Butterfly final (1.05.18) and came 4th in the 50 Butterfly final (29.58). Amy is preparing for the British Championships which are being held at the London Aquatics Centre in April, and I am sure you will all want to wish her “fast swimming” at this exciting event.

Amy Godsave

Georgie Pryor(16) Becky Freestone (16) and Christie Bays (19) all participated in the Senior events, but for various reasons were limited in the races they undertook.

Becky who had been on a National Netball weekend for the first weekend, popped in to do the 50 Breaststroke where she came 8th with a time of 38.29.

Christie despite her battle with health issues achieved a PB and Silver in the 100 Butterfly (1.08.05). She also won silver in the 50 Butterfly (31.26) and in the 50 Breaststroke (35.92), a second inside her entry time. A further Silver came in the 100 Breaststroke (1.18.17) where Christie made the final but was unable to compete.

Georgie, who was with her dual Club, London Aquatics Centre, in Edinburgh on the first weekend of Counties won gold in both the 50 Butterfly in her Age Group (28.52) and in the Open Final (28.05). She also achieved gold in the 200 Freestyle (2.07.60) and the 50 Backstroke Age Group (29.92) and Open final (30.23).

Georgie Pryor

Ben Hunt (15) achieved his first ever Regional time in the 50 Backstroke (30.52). He was less than a second off his Regional Time in the 100 Backstroke (1.06.09) and recorded PB’s in the 50 Fly (31.45), 200 Freestyle (2.14.53) and 50 Free (27.54).

Harry Williams (16), James Narengian (17) and Chris Smith (19) all participated in the Championships. Harry competed in the 50 Freestyle (27.09), 200 Freestyle (2.12.31) and his favoured 100 Freestyle (58.78)  where he achieved a PB.

It was very nice to see James competing for us again, having returned to participate in counties from the Royal Wolverhampton School where he boards and trains. James achieved many PB’s over the two weekends, coming 1st in his age group in the 400 Freestyle (4.32.48) and 100 Fly (1.04.22), 2nd in the 200 Freestyle (2.04.15) and 200 IM (2.23.00), 3rd in the 100 Breastsrtoke (1.12.23) and 4th in the 50 Breaststroke (32.90).We look forward to seeing him again soon.

Chris was unable to participate fully in the first weekend of counties due to illness, but managed a 2 second PB in the 200 Breaststroke (2.29.33)  to finish first in his Age Group. He also competed in the 50 Breaststroke where he finished 1st in his Age Group (31.23) and 2nd in the Open Final with a PB time of 30.96. In the 100 Breaststroke, Chris also finished 1st in his Age Group (1.08.78) and 2nd in the Open Final (1.07.94). He finished 4th in his Age Group with a 2 second PB in the 100 Butterfly (1.02.10) and 7th in the Open Final (1.02.35).

Mary Wright Head Coach said "We want to say a big well done to all the swimmers who took part in this year’s County Championships, keep working hard, because next year’s Championships start in January 2016 and will be Age as at 31st December 2016, it won’t be long before qualification for these will start!"

Janet Warrington said “We are very pleased with everyone's achievements this year, conditions were not the best, yet our swimmers continued to get personal best times and provide us with excellent performances.  We have six swimmers who will receive trophies tonight at the Presentation Evening (Wednesday 25th March and we wish them all the very best: Georgina Pryor, Amy Godsave, Chris Smith, Libby Dunford, Lily Merrett and Marco Tonotdonati.



Posted on 25th March

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