City of St Albans Spring Open Meet
19 swimmers made the journey to St Albans on Sunday 26th March, to participate in the Costa Open Meet, held at Westminster Lodge pool. This showed much commitment from our swimmers and parents as this was Mothering Sunday, or Mothers’ Day, traditionally a day for families to get together. Those who made the journey to St Albans had a great day of swimming, with Hoddesdon winning 14 Gold, 6 Silver and 11 Bronze medals, and 44 Personal Best Times (PB’s). As it was Age on day, swimmers were swimming out of their usual Age Groups, but this seemed an advantage to many of our swimmers!
It was great to see our junior swimmers in action, some very early in their swimming career. They all did exceptionally well, and we look forward to seeing lots more of them in the future.
Daniel Kanu (10) achieved Personal Best times in his two races, where he finished 8th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.58.99) and 14th in the 50 Freestyle  (44.08)
Daniel Ryan (10) achieved a PB in the 50 Freestyle (46.54) where he finished 17th and 14th and 15th respectively in the 50 Backstroke (51.72) and 50 Breaststroke (59.73).
Gabrielle Hunt (10) achieved Personal Bests in all 4 of her races, competing in the 200 Freestyle (4.23.19), 4th in her Age Group, 100 Breaststroke (2.17.17) 7th and she came 11th in both the 50 Backstroke (1.03.86) and 50 Freestyle (54.38)
Katie Warburton (10) came 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (4.18.18), 8th in the 100 Breaststroke (2.43.97) and 10th in the 50 Freestyle (51.61), also a PB.
Lily Rogers (10) swam in 3 races and achieved Personal Best times in all three, as well as two Gold and 1 Bronze medal. 1st 50 Breaststroke (47.27), 1st 50 Butterfly (43.57) and 3rd 100 Freestyle (1.26.05)
Molly Hagan (10) achieved a Gold medal in the 100 Breaststroke (1.42.63) and 4th in the 50 Backstroke (42.50). Both swims were Personal Bests.
Alessia Fiorentini (11) achieved PB’s in 3 out of her 4 events, finishing 9th in the 50 Breaststroke (51.93), 10th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.52.95) and 14th in both the 50 Backstroke (44.72) and 50 Freestyle (39.40)
Bella Parkus (11) swam in 3 events and achieved huge PB’s in all three, as well as a Silver medal in the 200 Freestyle (2.31.95) and Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (37.96). She also came 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.37.51). Well done Bella excellent results to match your excellent training!
Holly Morgan (11) competed in 5 events, achieved 2 PB’s and a medal in every event. She claimed Gold in the 100 Butterfly (1.22.47) and 50 Butterfly (37.30), Silver in the 50 Backstroke (37.41) and 50 Freestyle (32.83), and Bronze in the 100 Freestyle (1.14.31)
Ishara Hettiarachchi (11)  finished 11th in the 50 Freestyle (37.56) and 19th in the 50 Breaststroke (52.39)
Izzy Short (11) achieved 4 PB’s out of her 6 swims, finishing 6th in the 50 Breaststroke (48.83) and 100 Backstroke (1.32.70), 7th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.42.79) , 9th in the 100 Freestyle (1.24.96), 11th in the 50 Backstroke (42.87) and 13th in the 50 Freestyle (39.03). Well done Izzy, your dedication and hard work is paying off!
Lucy Keens (11) , achieved an excellent PB in the 200 Freestyle (3.23.56) where she came 7th in her age group. She also came 15th in the 50 Backstroke (49.73) and 18th in the 50 Freestyle (44.41)
Abi Larkman (12) swam in 3 races, achieving PB’s in all three and 2 Golds and 1 Silver medal. She was 1st in the 100 Breaststroke (1.29.03) and 50 Freestyle (31.14) and was 2nd in the 100 Freestyle (1.08.20). Again this reflects how hard Abi has been working , so well done!
Alex Tate (13) swam a PB in the 50 Breastsroke (36.04) to finish 3rd and claim a Bronze medal. He won a further Bronze in the 100 Breaststroke (1.31.79). He also came 4th in the 50 Freestyle (30.50) and 5th in both the 50 Backstroke (36.04) and 100 Freestyle (1.08.78)
Catherine Ryan (13) is also being rewarded for her hard work with 1 Silver, 4 Bronze medals and 3 PB’s from her 6 events. She won Silver in the 100 Backstroke (1.21.11), and Bronze medals in the 50 Freestyle (30.78), 100 Breaststroke (1.33.53), 200 Individual Medley (2.53.28) and 50 Butterfly (34.48). She also came 4th in the 50 Backstroke (36.20).
Mollie Downes (13) swam a 10 second Personal Best time in the 200 freestyle (2.38.06) to finish 4th. She also won a Bronze medal in the 100 Butterfly (1.23.38)
Sophia Fiorentini (13) swam in 4 races and achieved 4 Personal best times, coming 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.44.29), 5th in the 50 Breaststroke (48.15), 6th in the 100 Freestyle (1.22.41) and 7th in the 50 Freestyle (37.11)
Dominic McCarthy (14) achieved 4 Gold medals from his 4 swims, finishing first in his age group in the 200 Individual Medley (2.26.09), 100 Freestyle (1.00.24), 50 Butterfly (30.21) and 50 freestyle (27.22). All 4 swims were Personal Best times.
Lily Merrett (14) won gold medals in her two events, the 200 Freestyle (2.13.65) and 50 Freestyle (29.37)
Libby Dunford (14) claimed Gold in the 50 Backstroke (31.72) in a personal best time, and Silver in the 200 Freestyle (2.18.11)
Mary Wright, Head Coach of Hoddesdon Swimming club said: “ I was very impressed with the high standard shown within every age group of Hoddesdon swimmers, which is an indication of how well the Club is developing. We have multiple medallists in every age group, and this is down to the hard work and determination of the swimmers and the hard work and talent of the coaching team”

Posted on 28th March

Watford Regional Qualifier
Bella and Sid with their medals after a successful weekend!
13 swimmers from Hoddesdon Swimming Club attended this two day open meet, held at the Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford.  The swimmers showed they were on very good form coming away with 38 PB’s spread across all swimmers, 13 gold medals, 5 silver and 4 Bronze medals and 11 Regional Qualifying times.
Holly Morgan (11) swam in only 3 races due to illness, claiming Bronze in the 50 Backstroke (39.33) 4th in the 200 IM (3.00.11) and 5th in the 100 Freestyle (1.15.46).
Molly Cobbold (11) had a very successful weekend, coming home with 4 Gold medals in the 400 Freestyle (5.33.73), 50 Backstroke (36.89), 100 Backstroke (1.19.79) and 50 Butterfly (35.49), also a RQT. She also won Silver in the 200 Freestyle (2.39.65) and Bronze in the 200 IM (2.59.23) and 100 Freestyle (1.14.41)
Meisha Trend- Evans (11) attended the first session of the meet and achieved a 4 second PB in the 200 Breaststroke (3.51.09) to finish 6th, and a 6 second PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.35.06) to finish 10th. She also came 12th in the 50 Breaststroke (51.41)
Izzy Short (12) achieved a PB in the 200 Breaststroke (3.34.77) to finish 5th and achieved a 7 second PB in the 100 Backstoke (1.30.66) to finish 12th. She also finished 10th in the 50 Breaststroke (48.00)
Brother and Sister Sid Parkus (11) and Bella Parkus (12) both had a successful weekend of swimming, with Sid winning Gold in the 200 Backstoke (3.17.63) and coming 7th in the 50 Freestyle (38.79). Bella claimed a Silver in the gruelling 400 Individual Medley (6.09.97), 7th in the 100 Backstroke (1.21.96). All swims were personal best times.
Catherine Ryan (13) continued to show improvement across all events, her most exciting being the 50 Freestyle (30.25), where she achieved her first Regional Qualifying Time and came 5th.  She came 9th in the 50 Butterfly (35.20), 11th in the 50 Backstroke (36.48), 12th in the 200 Freestyle (2.36.46), 14th in the 100 Backstroke (1.22.10) and 50 Breaststroke (43.39) and 18th in the 100 Freestyle (1.12.02)
Abi Larkman (13) swam in 4 races and achieved 4 Personal Best times (PB’s).
She finished 8th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.12.07), 8th in the 50 Breaststroke (41.72), 9th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.29.53) and 20th in the 50 Butterfly (38.81)
Lara Fahy (14) was 8th in the 400 Freestyle (5.26.89), 24th in the 100 Freestyle (1.16.34) and achieved a 3 second PB in the 200 IM (3.05.98) to finish 19th.
Libby Dunford (14) competed in the final session of the meet, taking home Gold in the 100 Butterfly (1.08.27) and the 50 Freestyle (28.58). Both swims were RQT’s, and the Butterfly a short course PB.
Lily Merrett (14) competed in 5 events over the weekend, achieving 4 Gold medals and 1 silver and 5 RQT’s. Lily won the 200 IM (2.28.68), 100 Freestyle (1.02.68), 200 Butterfly (2.28.58) and 50 Butterfly (29.74) and claimed a Silver in the 50 Backstroke (32.60)
Mollie Downes (14) achieved PB’s in all three races over the weekend. She finished 15th in the 50 Butterfly (35.62), 21st in the 100 Freestyle (1.13.28) and 25th in the 50 Backstroke (39.52)
Dominic McCarthy (15) swam a 6 second Personal Best time (PB) in the 200 Breaststroke (2.43.60) to win Gold in his age group and achieve a Regional Qualifying time (RQT). He won a second Gold in the 50 Breaststroke (34.46), also a RQT. He also claimed two silver medals in the 200 IM ( 2.26.63) and 100 Breaststroke (1.15.63)  and the 100 Breaststroke gave him a third RQT. Dominic also gained a Bronze in the 50 Freestyle (27.41), came 4th in the 50 Butterfly (30.63) and 100 Freestyle (1.00.63) , 5th in the 50 Backstroke (32.52) and 6th in the 200 Freestyle (2.12.60)
Ezme Gladwell (15) came 8th in the 50 Backstroke (35.47) and 10th in the 100 Freestyle (1.07.65)
Mary Wright, Head coach of Hoddesdon Swimming club said: “ I am very proud of the progress the swimmers have made so far this season.  They have worked hard in the training pool and deserve the success they are experiencing.Their skill levels and technique continue to improve which should enable them to realize their full potential as they progress. The Coaching Team look forward to seeing this happen”

Posted on 28th March

Special Olympics Eastern Aquatics Team - NSG17
Special Olympics Eastern Aquatics Team – NSG17
Thirty members of the Special Olympics have been selected to represent the Eastern Aquatics Team to compete in the National Summer Games (NSG17) to be held in Sheffield.  
Saturday 18th March 2017 saw the team travel to Newmarket to take part in a Regional Training session in preparation for the Games.
Throughout the year and every year Special Olympics GB athletes have the opportunity to take part in single-sport and multi-sport competitions locally and regionally all across Great Britain.
Every four years athletes also have the chance to compete in our National Games as well as in European and World Summer and Winter Games.
The Special Olympics competition programme is non elite and is open to all abilities thanks to an inclusive divisioning system which offers athletes with intellectual (learning disabilities) the opportunity to compete among those with similar ability.  
Any Special Olympics athlete from the age of eight has the opportunity to take part in local, regional, national and international level Special Olympics competitions in a variety of 26 sports.
SO East Herts works in partnership with Hoddesdon SC and Disabilty Head Coach Janet Warrington has been appointed the role of Head Coach for the Eastern Team which is made up of five branches: SO East Herts, SO Essex, SO Norfolk, SO Peterborough and SO St. Albans.
The NSG17 Sheffield will be held in Sheffield 7-12th August 2017.  This is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities with around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities will come together from across the country.  They will be supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 750 volunteers, 150 officials and over 5,000 family & friends.
As a branch SO East Herts is sending 55 members: 25 male and 12 female athletes together with 11 volunteer coaches and 5 volunteer head coaches and 2 management who will oversee the entire Eastern Team who will attend the Sheffield Games.  SO East Herts members will be taking part in eight different sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Boccia, Football, Golf, Netball, and Tennis.
Janet Warrington Head Coach for the SO Eastern Aquatics Team said “the National Summer Games is a brilliant experience for all of the athletes and the volunteers.  The athletes are able to compete on a level playing field, which is great, however just as important to them is the opportunity for them to develop their independence and self-help skills, socialise with their friends and make new friends.”
The Eastern Aquatics Team has 14 females and 16 males with 9 volunteer team coaches who support the Aquatics Team throughout the event.  The breakdown of athletes from each branch is:
SO East Herts – 4 athletes
SO Essex – 3 athletes
SO Norfolk – 5 athletes
SO Peterborough – 6 athletes
SO St. Albans – 12 athletes
The regional training started with ‘Team Bonding’ activities so that the athletes and volunteer coaches could meet and get to know each other.  This was followed by a land training and relaxation session before lunch.
After lunch the swimmers took part in a pool training session working on skills, race pace and relay practice.
More information about the Sheffield NSG17 can be found on the Special Olympics GB website: or by going direct to

Posted on 21st March

East Region Para-Swimming Event
A fantastic afternoon of swimming at the East Region Para-Swimming event at Newmarket yesterday.
The afternoon got off to a flying start with Grace Harvey winning gold in the 100m freestyle (1:19.17) and 400m freestyle (5:47.09) and silver in the 200m IM (3:10.96) and 100m breaststroke (1:49.56).
Louise Storey swam three PB’s in the 50m freestyle (56.84), 100m freestyle (2:04.79) and 100m backstroke (2:10.80) she also won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke (1:13.19).
The newly classified Sam Carter and Marlon Solomon swam in three events; Sam 50m freestyle (1:03.92) 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke (1:20.71). Marlon 50m Freestyle (1:19.39) 50m breaststroke (1:43.28) and 50m backstroke (1:13.00), both winning medals in the 50m backstroke, Marlon a silver medal and Sam a bronze medal.
Well done to all swimmers at a very well organised event.
To top the afternoon off both Janet and I won the raffle!
Report by Julie Storey

Posted on 21st March

Final Weekend of Hertfordshire County Championships
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017
The final weekend of the county Championships comprises the long distance events, with Lily Merrett (14) and Bella Parkus (12) taking part in the 400 Freestyle event, and Lily Merrett also competing in the 400 IM and 800 Freestyle events.
Bella Parkus (12) knocked 13 seconds off her best time to finish 8th (5.25.56) in the 400 Freestyle in her Agre Group.
Lily Merrett (14) although showing signs of tiredness after a grueling 3 weeks of competition, swam 4 seconds faster than her entry time to win the 400 Freestyle in her Age Group. She also picked up a Bronze Medal in the gruelling 400 Individual Medley (5.21.55)  In the 800 Freestyle she successfully  retained the Gold medal she won last year with a time of 9.31.27.
The afternoon was time for the relays and saw many Hoddesdon swimmers attending the Venue, at Borehamwood to take part. The atmosphere was electric and much excitement was  palpable as the teams were announced onto the poolside to take part in their swims. 
Mary Wright said: “Hoddesdon were proud of all their swimmers who behaved themselves impeccably on Poolside and were a pleasure to coach. Of the 32 swims 24 were Personal Best times, with every team swimming faster than their entry time.  What an excellent start to the season”
Our best results came in the Girls 14/15 Freestyle Relay, where our team of Lily Merrett (14) Lucy Hinks (14) Ezme Gladwell (15) and Libby Dunford (14) came 4th. The same Team achieved 5th in the Medley Relay.  The 12/13 Girls also swam well in their Freestyle Relay to finish 6th. This Team comprised of
Abi Larkman (13) 
Bella Parkus (12) Isabel Hinks (12) and Catherine Ryan (13).
Also taking part were Alessia Fiorentini (12), Amy Bishop (14) Izzy Short (12), Lara Fahy (14), Maggie Wyper (14) Mollie Downes 14) Sophia Fiorentini, (14) and the boys were Alex Tate (14), Ciaran Fahy (15), Daniel Nouroozpour (14), Dominic McCarthy (15), Dougie Grayling(14),  Ethan Biggs (14), Rhys Dolan (15) and Scott Carpenter, (15). Special mention must be made of Scott, who had his birthday on the day of relays but still turned up to participate. Well done Scott and Happy Birthday!


Posted on 9th February

Hertfordshire ASA County Championships 2017

Hertfordshire ASA County Championships 2017
Report by Head Coach Mary Wright


Weekend 1

The Hertfordshire County Championships are being held at “The Venue” Borehamwood, and have attracted  the most talented swimmers in the County. Despite some problems with entries to the competition, the swimmers competed at a high standard and it was excellent to see swimmers from all Clubs in the County competing for the very top positions.
Grace Harvey (19) one of the rising stars of British Para-swimming and who has her sights set on competing at Tokyo 2020, swam Personal Best Times in the 100 Butterfly ( 1.38.02) and 100 Backstroke (1.30.27) Grace swims as a S7, SM7, SB6 classification. She went on to swim the 200 IM in a time of 3.14.52, just outside her own British Record of 3.13.31 (converted time).  As these are “early season” swims for Grace they were very promising for the coming season.
Dominic McCarthy (15) started his County competition in style with  the 200 IM (HDW), where he achieved a 5 second PB (2.29.40) to finish 5th in his age group. He went on to swim a PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.00.21) which qualified him for the final, where he finished 7th in a time of 1.00.11. Dominic also swam  a good 100 Breaststroke in a time of 1.17.76, to finish 10th overall.
Mollie Downes (14) in her first appearance at Counties, swam a Personal Best of 1.23.38 in the 100 Butterfly. Mollie who had been suffering from a virus in the lead up to the competition, did extremely well to match her PB and we look forward to her 200 Butterfly next weekend.
Libby Dunford (14) achieved a season’s best in the 100 Butterfly (1.09.91) to finish 5th in the Final. Libby swam a season’s best in the heats of the 100 Backstroke to finish 5th, but improved her position to 4th in the final with a time of 1.11.90. Libby produced a further season’s best in the 100 free (1.02.23) to finish second behind team mate Lily. She achieved 4th in the final with a time of 1.03.00.
Lucy Hinks (14) competed  in the 100 Backstroke (1.14.65) finishing 12th overall  in a time jus outside her PB.
Lily Merrett (14) Produced a personal Best (PB) swim in the 100 Butterfly (1.06.20) to win the final and claim her first Gold of the Competition. Lily continued her good form in the 100 Backstroke swimming a PB of 1.09.43 in the heats and knocking another second off her time in the final (1.07.91) to claim her second Gold medal. Lily also finished second in the 200 IM (Heat Declared Winner – HDW) in a time of 2.32.96, just outside her PB but good enough for a Silver medal. She was back to Gold medal winning form in the 100 freestyle, swam 1.01.69 in the Heats, and again knocked another second off her time in the final (1.00.82) to claim the Gold medal.
Alex Tate (14) swam a season’s best time of 1.19.00 in the 100 Backstroke. He also swam in the 100 Breaststroke heats, where he finished 20th with a time of 1.27.80. 
Abi Larkman (13) managed a small PB, despite nerves, to finish 10th (1.29.71) in her age group. She swam an excellent 100 Freestyle (1.08.66), a 4 second PB  which made her 9th overall in her age group and 1st reserve for the final.
Bella Parkus (12) finished 8th in the 100 Backstroke heats in a time of 1.21.96. this 4 second PB was entitled her to swim in the 12 year old 100 backstroke final where she finished 8th in a time of 1.22.31. Bella achieved another massive 6 second PB in the 200 IM (HDW) with a time of 2.57.67, improving her overall position to 7th in her age group.
Ellie Bostock (11) swam a 4 second PB in the 100 Freestyle (1.18.01) to finish 12th overall in her age group.
Molly Cobbold (11) also swam a massive PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.18.82) to finish first in the Heats. She went on to drop another second in the Final to win Gold in a time of 1.17.72.
Holly Morgan (11)  also competing in the 100 Backstoke, finished 3rd after the heats with a time of  1.23.33, a massive 7 seconds off her previous time. She qualified for the final and knocked another second off her time (1.22.46) to claim a Bronze medal. A further Bronze medal came her way in the 200 IM (HDW) where her time of 3.02.48 was good enough to get her a second Bronze medal. In the 100 Freestyle, another huge  5 second PB took her into the final in 3rd place (1.14.73), where she knocked another two seconds off her time to claim her first Silver medal of the competition  (1.12.78). 
Well done to all those swimmers who took part, and we wish you all success for this weekend!
Assistant Head Coach Andrew Woodhouse said; "I am delighted to see how well our swimmers have performed this weekend. The skills on display were excellent and really helped to give them an advantage in the pool".
Weekend 2
The second weekend of the Hertfordshire County Championships were held at  “The Venue” in Borehamwood on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January and incorporated the 50m sprint events as well as the 200m events and 100 Individual Medley. It was an opportunity for some of our younger swimmers to shine and demonstrate a high level of skill and technique throughout the weekend. There were also some great performances from our older swimmers.
Ellie Bostock (11) overcame her injuries to swim in the 50 Butterfly (40.92) to finish 11th in her age group.
Molly Cobbold (11) She finished second after the heats of the 50 Butterfly (36.36) but went on to beat Holly Morgan for Gold in the Final (34.69). The effort rewarded both girls, as they both made Regional times a year early! Molly went on to win Gold in the 200 Backstroke (2.50.50) Molly finished her County challenge with a Bronze in the final of the 100 IM (1.22.53) and 6th in the 200 Freestyle with a personal best time of 2.44.06.
Molly Hagan (11) in her debut swim at the County Championships achieved a 2 second PB in the 50 Breaststroke (45.77) to finish 8th in her Age Group. This swim qualified her for the final where she shaved another second off her time (44.82) to finish 5th. Molly had an excellent swim in the 200 Breaststroke (3.38.50) where she knocked 17 seconds off her entry time to win her heat by half a length.  She finished 6th overall in this event.
Holly Morgan (11) swam a 13 second PB in the 200 Freestyle (2.39.29) to finish 3rd and claim a Bronze Medal. She finished first in the heats of the 50 Backstroke (38.50) and went on to win the final with a new PB time of 37.11. She also knocked a second off her 50 Freestyle time (33.45) and bettered this time in the final (33.34) to win another gold medal. In the 50 Butterfly she took 3 seconds off her entry time to finish 1st after the heats (35.63) and was narrowly beaten by team mate Molly Cobbold in the final (35.10) to finish with another Hoddesdon 1 and 2. Holly also achieved her first Regional Qualifying Time. As this is open to 11 and 12 year olds, she will have another year in the same age group to perfect this event! She also claimed Silver in the final of the 100 IM (1.22.33).
Meisha Trend-Evans (11) competing at the championships for the first time, achieved a 3 second PB in the 200 Breaststroke (3.55.85) to finish 13th in her Age Group.
Bella Parkus (12) finished 8th in the 200 Backstroke (2.53.54), a 3 second PB and 15th in the 200 Breaststroke with a personal best time of 3.32.71, She also achieved a 3 second PB in the 100 IM (1.23.43) to finish 12th in her age group.
Izzy Short (12) on her debut at Counties also knocked 6 seconds off her 200 Breaststroke time (3.35.41) to finish 17th in her age group.
Abi Larkman (13) Finished 13th with a PB in the 100 IM (1.21.80). She consolidated her time in the Breaststroke (42.95) to finish 19th in her age group. She also finished 19th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.14.99) and 50 Freestyle (32.36), a personal best time. 
Catherine Ryan (13) showed great potential in the 50 Backstroke (35.48), narrowly missing out on the final in her age group, but nailing a 2 second PB. She also achieved a PB in the 50 Freestyle (31.00) to finish 9th in her age group.
Mollie Downes (14) swam a 12 second PB in the grueling 200 Butterfly (3.01.79) to finish 11th in her age group.
Libby Dunford (14) finished 2nd with a Personal Best time in the 50 Backstroke (32.44) preliminaries. She converted this to a Silver medal in the final with a further PB (32.08) and a Regional qualifying time. Libby converted her first place after the heats of the 50 Freestyle (28.32) into a Gold medal in the final (28.29) with a very strong performance. She also picked up a Bronze medal in the 50 Butterfly (30.62) Libby  also finished 5th in the 200 Backstroke (2.34.61)  and 5th in the 200 Freestyle (2.17.42), a further Regional qualifying time. She was also 8th in the 100 IM (1.14.06) and 12th in the 50 Breaststroke (38.62).
Lucy Hinks (14) swam very close to her PB in the 50 Backstroke (34.77) to finish 13th in her age group.
Lily Merrett (14) was on excellent form over the weekend. In the 200 events she won Gold in the 200 Backstroke (2.26.54) and Freestyle (2.11.68) and Bronze in the 200 Butterfly (2.34.89). All were Regional Qualifying times. Lily continued to add to her collection of medals in the 50m sprint events. She claimed Gold in the 50 Backstroke (31.21), and 50 Butterfly (30.29), a Bronze in the 50 Freestyle (29.11) and Lily gained a silver in the 100 IM (1.11.03) .  She also finished 6th in the 50 Breaststroke (37.82) Again all were Regional Qualifying times.
Alex Tate (14) competed in the 50 Breaststroke, finishing 16th in a time of 39.76.
Dominic McCarthy (15) swam well in both the 200 Breaststroke (2.47.56) and 200 Backstroke (2.29.55) where he finished 6th in his age group in both events. Both swims were personal bests and take him very close to his Regional Qualifying Times. In the sprint events Dominic qualified for the final in the 50 Breaststroke (34.87) where he finished 7th achieving his Regional Qualifying Time. Dominic also qualified for the final of the 50 Butterfly (30.78) by finishing 8th in the heats. He went on to improve time and his placing to 6th in the Final (30.63) Dominic also swam a PB in the 50 Freestyle (27.59) to finish 10th overall.
Andrew Woodhouse, Assistant Head Coach said; "The amount of compliments we've had from other coaches about the quality of swims this weekend is amazing. It's a huge testament to the fantastic effort our swimmers have put in since the start of the season and they thoroughly deserve their rewards".



Posted on 6th February

Medals for Marlon
Congratulations to our Academy swimmer Marlon Solomon who swam in the Winchester CP (Cerebral Palsy Sport) Gala on Saturday 28th January 2017.
Marlon took gold in the 25m Freestyle and bronze in the 25m and 50m Backstroke, he was lucky enough to have his medals presented by a very familiar HoddSC face!

Posted on 31st January

National Arena League - Round 3
Beacontree Heath Leisure Centre
We were back at Beacontree for the final round and all those of us who used the coach left Hoddesdon at 4.45 in very good spirits, despite the miserable day!
By the time we arrived at the pool, everyone was buzzing and excited, ready for action! Paul O’Doherty kindly did a land based warm up with the swimmers, ably assisted by Dominic, in his new role as Boys Club Captain.
A huge thank you to all the Senior swimmers for supporting Team Hoddesdon, and finding the time out of their increasingly busy lives to come and swim for us. Lucy Charles and Reece Barclay, Kane Hagley King and Chris Smith, Ryan Brewster, Paul O’Doherty and Christie and Carly Bays all showed what great competitors they are with some excellent swims and great attitude.
We knew from the beginning that this would be tough for us this year, but I am absolutely delighted by the way the Team has stuck together and tried exceptionally hard, and I do feel that many swimmers have made brilliant progress in just a few months of competition. We have all enjoyed ourselves too and that is a really important part of it all!
Looking at the results sheet, the hard work and team spirit show through with no fewer than 18 individual PB’s and 28 Relay PB’s and NO DQ’s ! Our 5 season unbroken record is amazing!
Individual first Places were awarded to Lucy Charles Open 200 IM (2.23.22), and Open 100 Backstroke (1.07.36), Amy Godsave Open 100 Butterfly (1.06.21) and Open100 Freestyle (57.50), Lily Merrett 13/u 100 Backstroke (1.09.82), Libby Dunford 13/u 100 Butterfly (1.11.54) 13/u 100 Freestyle (1.02.98) and 15/u 100 Butterfly (1.09.46), Molly Cobbold 10 to 11 50 Butterfly (35.84)
And Team first places were achieved by Open Medley team of Carly Bays, Christie Bays, Lucy Charles and Amy Godsave, who were joined by Lily Merrett and Libby Dunford to win the 6 x 50 Squadron Relay. Also achieving a first place in the 13/u Medley relay were Lucy Hinks, Abi Larkman, Lily Merrett and Libby Dunford, and the 13/u Freestyle relay saw Lily Merrett, Abi Larkman, Catherine Ryan and Libby Dunford storm home to victory.
There were just two second places, both in Breaststroke. Chris Smith swam a season’s best in the Open age group for 100 Breaststroke (1.08.69) and Lily Merrett achieved the same position in the 13/u 100 Breaststroke (1.20.88), an excellent 2 second PB.
There was one third place on the night achieved by Reece Barclay in the Open 100 Freestyle. Reece, better known as a world class Triathlete, also swam an amazing 5 second PB time in the Open 200 IM (2.19.23) to finish fourth. Other 4th places were achieved by Molly Cobbold in the 10 to 11 50 Backstroke (39.41) Lily Merrett in the 16/u 100 Freestyle (1.02.69) and Christie Bays who came out of retirement to swim the Open Breaststroke in a very creditable 1.20.57.
The 9 to 11 girls Freestyle Relay Team of Holly Morgan, Isabel Hinks, Bella Parkus and Molly Cobbold also came 4th and the Medley Relay team which included Isabel Short came 5th. 
Individual 5th places were achieved by Paul O’Doherty in the Open 100 Butterfly (1.03.47) and Dominic McCarthy in the 15/u 100 Breaststroke (1.17.62). 
The Open Mens Medley team of Kane Hagley-King, Chris Smith, Paul O’Doherty and Ryan Brewster also achieved a 5th place.
Individual PB’s were achieved by Sid Parkus 10 to 11 50 Backstroke (45.94), Lily Merrett 13/u 100 Breaststroke (1.20.88), Alex Tate 13/u 100 Breaststroke (1.24.78) Lucy Hinks 15/u 100 Backstroke (1.13.86), Rhys Dolan 15/u 100 Backstroke (1.16.30) and 15/u 100 Freestyle (1.12.68) Molly Cobbold 10 to 11 50 Butterfly (35.84) Sam Reynolds 10 to 11 50 Butterfly (43.97) Lily Merrett 13/u 100 Backstroke (1.09.82) , Dominic McCarthy 15/u 100 Butterfly (1.12.58) and 15/u 100 Breaststroke (1.17.62) Kane Hagley-King Open 100 Backstroke (1.05.26) Isabel Short 10 to 11 50 Breaststroke (47.49) , Chris Smith Open 100 Breaststroke (1.08.69)(season’s best), Sam Nouroozpour 10 to 11 50 Freestyle (40.31).
Special mention must be made of Scott Carpenter who was definitely considered a Breaststroker until recently. He has taken a massive step up for the team and swum the 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly for the 13/u age group, recording a PB in the 100 Backstroke (1.27.35) and swimming the 100 Butterfly for the first time in competition in a time of 1.30.33. Well done Scott, and thank you!
Relay PB’s were achieved by Bella Parkus, Sam Nouroozpour (x 2), Lucy Hinks (x2), Libby Dunford ( x 2), Lily Merrett ( x 2), Scott Carpenter, Ellis Burroughs, Maggie Wyper (x 2), Dominic ( x 2), Rhys Dolan ( x 2), Ciaran Fahy ( x 2) and Dougie Grayling, Holly Morgan, Isabel Short, Sid Parkus, Catherine Ryan, Daniel Nouroozpour, Lucy Charles, Kane Hagley-King and last but by no means least, Jess Callaghan.
It is clear to see from the spread of PB’s and relay PB’s that this last round was a fantastic team effort, not always reflected in the results. We have a great team now, and as we continue to grow and build I am sure we will have much success in the future. Well done to each and every one of you who took part in this round and in the previous two rounds – you were all awesome!
I would also like to thank our loyal and reliable officials, Rachel Callaghan and Pam Bays as without them we would not be able to send our PB’s to Rankings, their unwavering support is much appreciated.
A huge thanks this year also to Derek Short, who has Team Managed extremely efficiently, taking most of the pressure off me, which has been much appreciated. Thanks also to Anna Baker and Eleanor Short for their help Stewarding and to my fellow coaches for all their hard work preparing the Team.
Lastly, a very big thank you to all you parents who have put your own lives on hold for the swimmers’ benefit. Your support and reliability this season has been appreciated, more than you can imagine!
Go Team Hoddesdon!!!

Posted on 13th December

ASA Winter Regionals
Hoddesdon Swimmers once again excelled in this prestigious competition, with swimmers showing a high level of skill which paid off in this Short Course event.  The meet was held at the Luton Inspire pool over the weekend of 4th 5th and 6th November, and was Open Age Group only, so all swimmers regardless of age swam together, and the fastest 8 made the final, which determined the medalists. The Multi Classification medallists were  determined by times swum in the Heats.
Friday 4th November saw Lily Merrett (13) competing in the 800 metres freestyle event. Lily entered with a  time of 9.43.24 and finished 12th overall with  a time of  9.28.44, making her the fastest 13 year old at this East Region competition.
Lily was joined by  Libby Dunford (13) on Saturday morning, where both girls swam the 50 Backstroke, and Libby swam the 100 IM. Libby posted a time of 32.81 and Lily a small PB of 32.11 in the Backstroke, andLibby completed the 100 IM in a time of 1.12.54
Libby and Lily were joined by Grace Harvey (18) for the afternoon session. Grace has the condition cerebral palsy, and swims with the classifications S7 SM7 and SB6. All three girls swam in the 100 Free and 50 Butterfly, all achieving excellent short course times.
Grace won a Silver medal in the 100 Freestyle, with a time of 1.16.27 and earned 726 British Disability Points (BDP) for her swim. Lily swam a PB of 1.01.15 to finish 4th in the 13 year old girls, and Libby 1.02.04, a season’s best and 5th in the 13 year old girls. Libby, who has had to miss training through illness, continued to show a welcome return to form in the 50 Butterfly, with a SC PB time of 30.23, placing her 2nd of the 13 year olds behind fellow team mate Lily, who swam a PB of 29.93. Grace won Gold in the 50 Butterfly with a time of 41.12, again a short course PB and a total of 625 BDP
Two swimmers from Hoddesdon attended the third day of competition at this year’s Winter Regionals. Grace Harvey (18) and Lily Merrett (13) once again competed in a selection of events, achieving multiple personal best times. 
Grace Harvey began the proceedings on Sunday, swimming the 200m Individual Medley - and what a race it was! After a magnificent swim, Grace finished in a time of 3:13.31, breaking the European record, which is currently held by Reykjavik (Iceland) when she broke the record in 1998 in a time of 3:14.83. Unfortunately because the ASA East Region Winter Championships were not sanctioned, Grace is unable to claim the official record.  However, it was an outstanding achievement indeed, and resulted in a further silver medal!  Still buzzing from her success, Grace then went on to swim an impressive 50m Freestyle in 36.02 to claim Bronze and 400m Freestyle in 5.45.84 to claim another silver medal. Pleased with her performance in the morning session, Grace then went on to swim the 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.31.56, which proved to be a great end to a wonderful day of swimming. 
Lily Merrett also started her morning in fine fashion, producing an excellent performance in the 50m Freestyle in a time of 28.47, smashing her entry time of 29.30. Lily then continued her successful morning, finishing 17th overall in the 100m Butterfly (1.07.56), before producing yet another personal best time in her 400m Freestyle (4.42.28).  Lily finished her swimming with 200m Freestyle, finishing in a time of 2.17.38.
Andrew Woodhouse Assistant Head Coach said “I am very proud of our swimmers. Their attitude has been excellent throughout the meet and they have been professional from start to finish. It’s always great to see when the hard work and training pays off.”
Janet Warrington, Disability Head Coach said “It has been a brilliant weekend of competition, Grace now needs to take the confidence from this meet to the Nationals in Manchester 10-11th December where she will have the chance of breaking the 200IM LC European Record which is 3:12.82 held by the Russian Tyumen broken in 2012.”

Posted on 16th November

National Arena League 2016 - Round 2
Saturday 12th November 2016
Beacontree Leisure Centre
Many swimmers travelled by coach to the Beacontree Leisure Centre and it was lovely to arrive at a Gala with the Team already in good spirits and ready to give their best. We always knew this season would be tough, and our 8th place overall confirmed that, but this by no means told the whole story. 
There were some excellent swims and excellent PB’s across all age groups and all strokes and we still maintain our unbroken record with no disqualifications – checking back, we have had no disqualifications since pre 2012 – my thanks to the coaches for their hard work and expertise as this is a major achievement.
Special thanks to all the Open swimmers who all attended to support Hoddesdon Team and who made a huge difference! Ian Wimpenny and Sam Hill our Masters swimmers drove all the way to Beacontree to participate in the 6 x 50m Freestyle Relay, and acquitted themselves in style with a 26.29 and 25.82 respectively. We really appreciate all our Senior swimmers for their hard work in and out of the pool. Paul O’Doherty Club Captain in 2011 was still leading by example, which was great to see.
The two first places on the night went to Lily Merrett in the 13/u 100 Butterfly (1.08.75), and Amy Godsave in the Open 100 Freestyle (57.54) Second places were awarded to Lily Merrett in the 200IM (2.29.48) Amy Godsave Open 100 Butterfly (1.06.18), Molly Cobbold 10 to 11 years 50 Butterfly (37.32) and Libby Dunford U13 100 Freestyle (1.04.01). Thirds were achieved by Lily Merrett U13 100 Breaststroke (1.23.15) Paul O’Doherty Open 100 Butterfly (1.03.15) and Libby Dunford U16 100 Butterfly (1.09.80). The 9 to 11 Girls Freestyle Team of Holly Morgan (34.37), Isabel Hinks (38.91), Molly Cobbold (36.77) and Bella Parkus (34.86) also came third.
The three 4th places were Sam Reynolds in the Boys 10 to 11 50 Breaststroke (47.27) and Chris Smith in the Open 100 Breaststroke (1.09.08) The under 14 Freestyle Relay Team of  Lily, Lucy Hinks, Amy Bishop and Libby also came 4th.
There were three 5th places, which went to Kane Hagley King in the Open 100 Backstroke (1.06.44) and the Girls 9 to 11 Medley Relay Team of Bella, Isabel Short, Molly and Isabel Hinks.  Also claiming 5th were the Girls Open 6 x 50m Freestyle swimmers of Amy G, Becky Freestone, Libby, Carly Bays, Lily and Hayley Warrington
On the boys side we had another bumper night of personal best times being swum. We had 13 Individual PB’s and 22 Relay PB’s overall. Worthy of special mention this time was Rhys Dolan, who having just missed out on Pb’s last time, achieved PB’s in every race he swam. Scott Carpenter did a massive 12 second PB in the 100 Backstroke and deserves to be rewarded for his great attitude throughout. Dominic also deserves a mention as he stepped up for the team to swim the 100 Butterfly, and swum a 26 second PB! Abi Larkman once again showed how determined she is buy taking on the 15/U 100m Breaststroke and obtaining a County Qualifying time with a time of 1.29.99. There were also excellent relay PB’s from boys and girls – Abi and Mollie Downes in the Breaststroke and Butterfly of the U14 Medley relay, new swimmers Sid Parkus and Tom Bishop in the 9 to 11 Medley and Freestyle relay, showing great potential, and Thomas Brown and Sam Reynolds also achieving PB’s.
Well done to all swimmers who displayed a mature attitude and worked so hard for the team. Thanks to all parents and swimmers for your support so far – just one more round to go!
Mary Wright
Head coach

Posted on 14th November

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