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Herts ASA County Championships 2016 Presentation Evening

Six Hoddesdon swimmers were invited to the Herts ASA County Championships Presentation Evening on Wednesday 10th February 2016.

During the event awards were presented to those swimmers who finished the County Championships within the first 8 places in their respective age group and to the first 3 classified in the Championships (Open age group) and Junior Championships (15yrs and under age group).

Hoddesdon SC came 3rd in the Girls Top Club Championship and was represented on the night by Libby Dunford, Lily Merrett and Georgie Pryor.

Libby Dunford (13) won the Girls 13yrs Age Group Championship and also achieved 1st place in the Junior Championship in the 50 Fly and 50 Free. In the Junior Championship she also came 2nd in the 100 Fly and 3rd in the 100 Free.

Lily Merrett (13) came joint 3rd in the Girls 13yrs Age Group Championship and won Bronze in the 50 Fly Junior Championship.

Georgie Pryor (17) won Championships Gold Medals and Trophies in the 100 IM, 50 Fly, 50 Back, 100 Free and 100 Fly. She also came 2nd in the 50 Free and 100 Back.

In the Boys section invited to the Presentation Evening were Chris Smith, Marco Tontodonati and Matteo Tontodonati.

Chris Smith (20) achieved Championships Silver Medals in his two favourite events, the 50 Breast and 100 Breast.

Marco Tontodonati (13) won the Boys 13yrs Age Group Championship.

Matteo Tontodonati (15) won Bronze Junior Championship Medals in the 50 Back and 100 Back and achieved 8th place in the Boys 15yrs Age Group Championship.

Coach Manuela Teti said "The Presentation Evening was shining with the Hoddesdon colours blue, red and white. We are so proud of all our swimmers that attended Counties this year and we know that many more have the potential to qualify in 2017; keep up the hard work everybody and, most of all, enjoy your journey!"

Posted on 14th February

Herts ASA County Championships 2016

 

As a result of changes to the British Swimming Structure, Hertfordshire ASA County Championships were moved to January and February, commencing on January 23rd and finishing on Sunday 7th February. The qualifying times and method of qualifying also changed this year, as did the programme of events, which was branded a “New Dawn” by the organisers. Despite the many changes to the competition, Hoddesdon swimmers proved themselves up to the challenge, and all of us at Hoddesdon Swimming Club should be proud of their achievements.

Several swimmers who qualified for the Championships were unable to take part due to illness or injury, and we wish Kayleigh Perry, Amy Bishop, Lucy Hinks and Ben Hunt a speedy recovery.

For those swimmers who were able to take part a fantastic three weeks of swimming fast was ahead of us with many Personal Best times (PBs) smashed and a very large quantity of medals won by the Hoddesdon Team.

The first weekend was dedicated to 100 sprints, the second to 50 sprints and 200m events and the third to long distance events. This year, it was decided to swim finals for all 50 and 100 events, so any swimmers making the final did exceptionally well, making them one of the fastest 8 swimmers in the County in their Age Group. In addition, there was a final for the fastest eight swimmers across all age groups, called the Championship Final.

 

Libby Dunford (13) had an excellent County Championships, with no fewer than 10 gold medals across all distances and events and achieving 11 Regional Qualifying Times. Libby won gold in the 100 Butterfly (Heat 1.08.98 and Final 1.08.97), 100 Backstroke (Heat 1.11.44 and Final 1.10.95) 100 Freestyle (Heat 1.02.33 and Final 1.02.55) and 100 IM (Heat 1.12.53 and Final 1.11.42), and in the 50 Free (Heat 28.64 and Final  28.49), 50 Butterfly (Heat 30.80 and Final 31.00) and Backstroke (Heat 32.98 and Final 32.71) . She also won Gold in the 200 Free (2.16.24) and 400 Free (4.47.03) and 200 IM (2.34.38). She achieved Silver in the 200 Backstroke (2.32.05) and was 4th in the 50 Breast final (37.67) and 800 Freestyle (9.55.98).

Georgie Pryor (17) competed in her last Hertfordshire County Championships as she will be leaving for University in September. She was competing in the 16+ age category, and won 8 Gold and 3 silver medals. Gold medals were achieved in the 100 Butterfly - Heat 1st 1.04.24 Championship Final 1st (1.02.86),  16+ Final 1st (1.04.11), 100 Freestyle Heat 1st (58.14), Championship Final 1st (58.21) and 16+ Final 1st (59.27). She also won the 100 IM - Heat 1st (1.06.63) and Final 1st (1.06.60). She came second in the 100 Backstroke Heat (1.04.61) and 2nd in the Championship Final (1.05.63) and 16+ Final (1.07.08). In the 50m events, Georgie achieved Golds again in the 50 Backstroke - Heat 1st (29.56) and Final  1st (29.72); 1st 50 Fly Heat (28.00) and Final (28.14), and 2nd 50 Free Heat (27.24) and Final (27.04). We wish her well with her future studies and sporting endeavours.

Grace Harvey (17) attended the Championships as part of her preparation for the British Para-Swimming Trials in Glasgow in April. Grace, who competes in the SM7, S7 and SB6 categories, is on the British Swimming Podium Potential Programme and attended to work on her 200 IM, where she holds the British Record, and her 100 Backstroke. Grace swam 1.32.14 in the 100 Backstroke and 3.19.47 in the 200 IM. She declared herself very happy with both results.

Chris Smith (20), a student at Hertfordshire University, competed in his favoured 100 and 50 Breaststroke Events. Chris came second in the 50 Breaststroke Heat (30.82) and won the Final (30.69), came second in the 100 Breaststroke Heat (1.07.92) and Championship Final (1.07.08) and won the 16+ final in a time of 1.08.85.

Marco Tontodonati (13) also achieved 11 Regional qualifying times during the Championships and three Gold medals 100 Freestyle (Heat 3rd 1.05.53, Final 1st 1.04.14), 200 IM (2.40.71) 200 Freestyle (2.18.97), four Silver 100 IM (Heat 1st 1.14.52, Final 2nd 1.14.45) 200 Backstroke (2.36.58), 400 IM (5.44.52) and 400 Freestyle (4.57.10) and two Bronze medals in the 50 Freestyle (Heat 3rd 30.30, Final 3rd 29.81) and 100 Breaststroke (Heat 3rd 1.24.50 and Final 3rd 1.23.17). He also finished 4th in the 100 Backstroke (1.13.47) and 50 Backstroke (33.88) and 200 Breaststroke (3.04.38), 6th in the 50 Breast (39.56), 7th in the 50 Butterfly (35.25) and 9th in the 100 Butterfly (1.21.50).

Lily Merrett (13) competing in the same age group as team mate Libby, achieved no fewer than 14 Regional times over the 3 weekends, saving the best swim till the last day when she swam the gruelling 800 metres in a time of 9.43.74 to win the Gold medal. Lily also won silver medals in the 100 Butterfly (Heat 2nd, 1.09.81 and Final 2nd 1.09.55), 200 Butterfly (2.42.33) 50 Butterfly (Heat 2nd 31.71 and Final 2nd 31.74) and 50 Backstroke (Heat 2nd 33.14 and Final 2nd 33.31). She came 4th in the 100 Backstroke (1.13.10), 100 Freestyle (1.05.38), 200 Backstroke (2.38.72) 400 IM (5.29.30) and 400 Free (4.50.03), 5th in the 50 Free (29.66), 7th in the 200 Free (2.20.74) and 8th in the 50 Breaststroke (39.50)

Matteo Tontodonati (15) although struggling with a virus, achieved 3 Regional Times in his favoured Backstroke at 50, 100 and 200m and achieved three Bronze medals in the 100 Backstroke (Heat 3rd 1.05.51, Final 3rd 1.05.36) 100 IM (Heat 4th 1.08.06, Final 3rd1.07.09) and 50 Backstroke (Heat 3rd 30.63, Final 3rd 30.36). He also finished 4th in the 200 Backstroke (2.22.53), 6th in the 200 Breaststroke (2.51.01), 9th in the 100 Breaststroke (1.20.40), 400 IM (5.17.00), 50 Breaststroke (36.70) and 50 Butterfly (30.16), 11th in the 100 Freestyle (59.39), 200 IM (2.29.79) and 200 Freestyle (2.14.16), 13th in the 50 Freestyle (27.83) and 15th in the 100 Butterfly (1.09.11)

Ellie Godsave (14) achieved a Bronze medal and her Regional Qualifying time in the 50 Breaststroke (Heat 3rd 38.25, Final 3rd 38.40), and made the finals in both the 50 Freestyle (Heat 5th 29.77, Final 5th 29.85) and 100 IM (Heat 8th 1.15.45, Final 8th 1.14.57) She also finished 16th in the 50 Butterfly (34.05). All swims were Personal Best times.

Dominic McCarthy (14) qualified for 11 events this year, made 2 finals and achieved 10 Personal Best times across all events. He made the Final in the 50 Breast where he finished 7th (38.39) and the100 Breast 8th (1.24.89). He also finished 10th in the 200 Breaststroke (3.03.77), 11th in the 200 Backstroke (2.39.32) and 200 IM (2.42.09), 12th in the 50 Back (34.72) and 100 Back (1.13.53), 13th in the 100 IM (1.17.13), 16th 50 Freestyle (30.66), 17th 100 Freestyle (1.06.00) and 19th 50 Butterfly (35.14). Dominic showed how much potential he has to do very well in the future.

Ralph Davies (15) also qualified for 11 events and achieved Personal Best times in 10 of them, again achieving a place in the 50 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke Finals. He finished 7th in the 100 Breaststroke Final (1.20.10), having dipped under the 1.20.00 in the heats. He also finished 7th in the 50 Breaststroke final (35.84), 10th in the 100 IM (1.10.63) and 200 Breast (2.56.88), 13th in the 50 Butterfly (30.80), 14th in the 50 Freestyle (27.95), 16th in the 100 Backstroke (1.09.68), 100 Butterfly (1.09.63) and 100 Freestyle (1.01.52), 18th in the 50 Backstroke (32.53) and 19th in the 200 IM (2.33.27). Again Ralph is definitely one to watch for in the next couple of years.

Young talented swimmers in the form of Bella Parkus (11), Charlie Cole (12) and Molly Cobbold (10) achieved some great swims on their visits to the County Championships.

Bella qualified in 4 events and achieved Personal Best times in all 4. She finished 5th in the Backstroke (3.04.70), with a 9 second PB, and made the final of the 100 Backstroke with a swim in the Heat of 1.28.67, improving to 5th position in the Final (1.29.23). She also finished 8th in the 100 IM (1.31.04) and 15th in the 50 Freestyle (36.44)

Charlie qualified in the 100 Backstroke, where he finished 15th in a personal best time (1.27.68), 12th in the 50 Butterfly (38.48) and 9th in the 50 Freestyle (33.22), another PB.

Molly made her first appearance at Counties, but I am sure we will see many more from her in the future. She swam the 50 Backstroke in the 10/11 Age Group, finishing 10th (42.59), but was the fastest 10 year old in the competition.

 

  

On Sunday 7th February the Championships came to a close with a series of Age Group Relays. This provided a fabulous and exciting end to Counties and saw different swimmers in action. Despite illness and injury, the Hoddesdon Teams swam really well, and we are proud of all of them – Paul O’Doherty, Ryan Brewster, Scott Carpenter, Elias Baluch, Mollie Downes and Ellis Burroughs all swam really well alongside team mates Chris Smith, Matteo Tontodonati, Marco Tontodonati and Alex Tate, Libby Dunford and Lily Merrett.

Mary Wright, Head Coach said “This was a very successful Championships for those of our swimmers who achieved the County qualifying times. Although one of the smaller clubs in Hertfordshire, we have come away with an impressive number of medals, Regional Times and Personal Best times, and I am delighted for the swimmers who have put in so much hard work to achieve this result”.

Coach Manuela Teti said “We all approached Counties 2016 with curiosity and uncertainty as to what to expect from the new format. We believe that the new schedule of events proved much better than previous years and competition was very tough but exciting. Our swimmers not only were competitive with fast swims, but also showed excellent swimming skills in the water and perfect behaviour and team spirit on poolside. We are all very proud of all of them!”

 

Posted on 9th February

Herts Major League Rd 1

Hertfordshire Major League

Saturday 9th January 2016

Hemel Hempstead

 

Hoddesdon Team, somewhat hampered by illness and injury but with their Team Spirit still intact, travelled to Hemel Hempstead for the first round, where they were drawn against Hemel A and B, Potters Bar, Harpenden A and Costa B.

Hoddesdon finished a very comfortable 4th on the night with some great swims across the Age Groups. Our points score of 186 was boosted by the fact that every other Team in the gala lost points because of technical infringements (disqualifications) and the coaching Team are proud to say none of our swimmers were disqualified on the night, even in the relays!

Our youngest age groups deserve special recognition, as due to a strange cluster in birthdays, we have very few 11 year olds, so most of our swimmers in the under 12’s were swimming against competitors who were one, if not two years older than them! Imagine how good they are going to be next year – or even the year after that! They all deserve our praise and it was nice to welcome Tom Ahmed to the team – well done Tom, you swam really well! Also swimming well were Thomas Brown with a PB in the 50 Backstroke and Sam Reynolds with great PBs in the 50 Breaststroke and 50 Butterfly.

There were several new faces in the Team, and it was great to see Alexandra Heal and Emily Price achieving Personal Best Times. Alex Tate continues to show great improvement with two further PBs in his individual swims and Dougie Grayling achieved a 2.5 second PB on his debut swim in Division 1 – well done to all these swimmers.

First places were achieved by Amy Godsave in the Open 100 Free (59.35) 100 Butterfly (1.06.15); Lily Merrett in the U14 100 Fly (1.12.24) and 100 Backstroke (1.13.04); Chris Smith in the Open 100 Breaststroke (1.08.37), Matteo Tontodonati U16 Backstroke (1.07.16) and Libby Dunford U14 Freestyle (1.03.85) as well as the Open Girls Medley Relay of Carly Bays BK (34.16), Christie Bays BR (36.76) Amy  FL (29.40) Libby  (29.08) and U14 Girls Medley Relay of  Lily (34.18), Libby (39.81), Ezme Gladwell (35.15) and Ellie Godsave (31.42)

Second Places were secured by Matteo  U16 100 Butterfly (1.07.35); Libby Dunford U14 100 Breaststroke (1.23.56); Marco Tontodonati U14 100 Butterfly (1.19.37) a huge 5 second PB for him; Christie Bays Open 100 Breaststroke (1.21.22), the Girls Open Relay Team of Amy Godsave (27.15), Libby Dunford (29.66), Ezme Gladwell (30.63) and Carly Bays (29.05) ; the Boys Open Medley Relay team of Ben Hunt (30.56)Chris Smith (30.65), Matteo (30.67) and Ryan Brewster (26.71) and the Girls U14 14 Freestyle Relay of Libby (29.62), Lily (30.21), Ezme (30.83), and Ellie (30.80).

Third places were awarded to Carly for the Open 100 Backstroke (1.11.09) and Marco for the U14 100 Backstroke (1.18.03)

Very Creditable fourth places went to Ryan Brewster (Open 100 Freestyle); Bella Parkus (Under 12 Backstroke); Lily  (U16 Butterfly); Alex Tate (U14 100 Freestyle) and Libby (U16 Breaststroke) as well as the following relay teams:

Boys U16 Medley Relay of Matteo, Ralph, Marco and Alex

Boys U14 Freestyle Relay of Marco, Alex, Charlie Cole, and Dougie Grayling

Boys Open Freestyle Relay of Chris, Ben, Ralph and Ryan

And

The squadron relay of Chris, Amy, Matteo, Ezme, Marco, Libby, Sam Reynolds and Ellie Bostock

Well done to all those swimmers who took part. Keep working hard in your sessions and enjoy your swimming. The Coaching Team are proud of all of you for displaying such positive behaviour throughout the Gala and look forward to seeing you race in the next Round on 5th March.

 

Full set of results available here.

 

 

 

Posted on 10th January

National Para-Swimming Championships Dec 2015

Grace and Lottie

An impressive 25 records were broken at the National Para-Swimming Championships 2015 in Manchester, where over 300 competitors took part.  Hoddesdon Swimming Club’s Grace Harvey and Charlotte (Lottie) Mills travelled to the International Competition Pool for the competition which was held over the weekend of 12-13th December, 2015.

Janet Warrington, Hoddesdon’s Disability Swimming Head Coach said “we were all very excited about the competition knowing that Eleanor Simmonds, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Thomas Hamer and Sascha Kindred would be at the competition.  Grace is now on the ‘World-Class Podium Potential Programme’ and this competition was important for her to swim well in front of the British-Para Swimming Coaches.  Lottie who is on the England Talent Programme also needed to perform well in front of the England Talent Development Coaches.  The pressure was on and both girls stepped up to the challenge and we are very proud of them.”

Grace Harvey (classification S7, SB6, SM7), and on the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme, competed in seven events finishing 1st in all seven bringing home seven gold medals.  Grace also broke another British Record this time for the 50m Backstroke (S7) which was the split time at the turn of her 100m Backstroke event!  Final race details are as follows: 100m Freestyle (1:17.02); 100m Breaststroke (1:58.07); a person best time for the 50m Freestyle (35.85); 200m Individual Medley (3:20.03); 100m Backstroke (1:34.59); 50m Butterfly (42.20); and finally the 400m Freestyle (5:47.91). 

Grace swimming the 400m Freestyle

Janet said “The British Para-Swimming Coaches thought Grace raced well, and they told her they are looking forward to working with her at their Swim Camp in January.  Grace will now be working hard in and out of the pool on technique and strength and are looking forward to what 2016 will bring.”

Lottie Mills (Classification S8, SB7, SM8) competed in five events, her best result was in the 100m Backstroke where she finished in 5th place with a new personal best of eleven seconds (2:03.39); in the following events Lottie finished in 7th place: 100m Freestyle pb of five seconds (1:44.58); 50m Freestyle (45.15); 400m Freestyle (7:44.36) with an eighteen seconds personal best.

Lottie at the start of her 400m Freestyle

Janet said “Lottie was reclassified last year, which means the competition is a lot tougher for her.  I am very pleased with Lottie’s attitude and determination.  Her improvements were noticed by the England Talent Development Coaches who were very pleased and she smashed her times coming home with a stack of personal best times!”

Lee Dorman Disability Coach travelled with Janet as part of his coach development and said “It has been a brilliant opportunity to come to the National Para-Swimming Competition.  We sat with the East Region Team and the camaraderie was great.  Watching World and British Records being broken is very exciting and it just makes you understand why you are coaching.

Hoddesdon Team
Janet Warrington and Lee Dorman - Coaches
Grace Harvey and Lottie Mills - Para-Swimmers

Posted on 29th December

National Arena League 2015 Round 3

Arena League Round 3

The last Round saw a return to Harlow LeisureZone. Although not regarded by swimmers as a particularly “fast” pool, this was made up for by the fact that the Gala ran efficiently and speedily through to see us all on our way home by 9pm.

Our swimmers showed their famous Hoddesdon Team Spirit, supporting one another all the way through the Gala, and it was great to see our older swimmers setting a great example to the younger ones, with their positive attitude towards competition.

There were some great swims from the Open Age Group, with 1st places for David Kelleway in the 200 IM (2.11.00), Georgie Pryor in the 100 Butterfly (1.00.95) and 100 Backstroke (1.02.67) Chris Smith in the 100 Breaststroke (1.06.27) and Amy Godsave in the 100 Freestyle(58.65) with the Open Ladies Medley Team of Georgie Pryor(28.91), Carly Bays (37.88), Amy Godsave (28.89) and Lucy Charles (27.67) also finishing first in a time of 2.03.35.

The Open Ladies 6 x 50m Freestyle relay was also exciting, with Hoddesdon finishing second with a time of 2.50.47 (Amy 27.58, Lucy 27.55, Carly 29.48, Libby 28.94, Lily 30.30, Georgie 26.62)

Third places were achieved by Lucy Charles (2.24.07) in the 200 Individual Medley, the boys Open medley relay team of Ben Hunt (29.85), Chris Smith (30.27), Reece Barclay (27.74) and Ryan Brewster (26.51) Libby Dunford in the U14 100 Freestyle (1.03.17) and the U14 Freestyle Relay Team of  Ellie Godsave (30.65), Lily Merett (30.65), Ezme Gladwell (31.09) Libby Dunford (31.22)

Arena League has double age banding. This is not a problem for the largest Clubs in the Region, who can all field a full team in every age group, but for small clubs like ours it is a mixed blessing. It allows us to compete by joining age groups together to make a Team, but some years it means our swimmers are swimming against much older competitors. For example in the 15 and under age group we had only 4 swimmers, all of whom were 14. They have been swimming against swimmers who are 15. In our youngest age group, the under 12’s, we have 9 and 10  and one 11 year old making up the Team. They have been swimming against 11 year olds! Our swimmers also had to cope with multiple swims instead of two or three, but they did this with a fantastic positive attitude and I am proud of every swimmer who took part in the League this season.

Next year we will be swimming in the First division against more comparable clubs and most of our swimmers will be in the top part of their age group, so there is much to look forward to!

Well done to all the swimmers who took part, all the coaching team who supported them, the officials who supported the swimmers and the Club, all those who helped with the hosting duties and last but not least, the parents who all got their children to the pools on time!

Mary Wright, Head Coach, Hoddesdon Team

 

Results available here

 

Posted on 13th December

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

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