Swimming report

SO Eastern Regional Swimming Competition
Special Olympics East Herts swimming squad travelled to Herts Sports Village in Hatfield for the Eastern Regional Swimming Competition held on Saturday 25th November 2017.
Twelve clubs took part in the competition travelling from all over the UK:  Bristol Sharks, Cheshire Penguins, SO East Herts, Electric Eels (Redditch), SO Enfield, Fareham Nomads (Portsmouth), Hastings & Rother, Orpington Sharks, SO Peterborough, Reading Cygnets, SO St Albans and Wycombe District.
Twelve East Herts swimmers took part in the competition bringing home 3 Maximum Effort Ribbons, 8 Gold, 10 Silver, 5 Bronze medals, three 4th place, three 5th place and one 7th place ribbon.
The swimming competition was opened with a coach (Laura Davies – SO St. Albans) an official (Rachel Callaghan – Hoddesdon SC) and an athlete (Luke Cooper – SO East Herts) by reading the SOGB oaths.
Josh Nowark and Thomas Naughton were competing for the first time and both came home with Maximum Effort Ribbons which are awarded to swimmers who ‘smash’ their entry times by more than 15%.  Josh ‘smashed’ his personal best time in the 100m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle and Thomas also broke his personal best time in the 50m Freestyle.
Gold medals were won by Harry Herbert (100m Freestyle), Matthew Philpott and James Hall (50m Freestyle), Thomas Naughton (25m Backstroke), Jacob Reeves and Thomas Naughton (25m Freestyle), Ruby Codiroli (25m Butterfly) and the SOEH ‘A’ 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay Team.
Silver medals were awarded to Marc Curtis (100m Freestyle), Jacob Reeves, Vinnie Gorry and Mitchell Wright (50m Freestyle), Jacob Reeves (25 Backstroke), Vinnie Gorry and Josh Nowak (25m Freestyle) and the SOEH ‘A’ 4 x 50m Relay Team.
Bronze medals were presented to Ruby Codiroli, Sam Sage, Luke Cooper (50m Freestyle), & (25m Backstroke), and Mitchell Wright (25m Freestyle).
Ribbons were presented for: 
4th place to Marc Curtis (50m Freestyle and 25m Backstroke) and James Hall (25m Freestyle).  
5th place to Ruby Codiroli (100m Freestyle) and Harry Herbert (50m Freestyle and 25m Freestyle).
7th place to Matthew Philpott (25m Freestyle).
SO East Herts, SO St. Albans and Hoddesdon SC jointly host the Eastern Regional Swimming Competition which is for athletes who have an intellectual disability.  Janet Warrington, Disability SDO for SO East Herts and Disability Head Coach for Hoddesdon SC said “without the volunteers this event would not be possible to be put on. We are so grateful for everyone who gives their time to make sure the 120 athletes can enjoy their swimming and compete, whether they are volunteers, officials, coaches, team managers or parents everyone plays their part to make sure it is a success.”

Posted on 7th December

13th Cheshunt Open Meet



Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in the Cheshunt Open Meet, held at the Leisurezone Harlow last Saturday. Many had just returned from a heavy week of training in Mallorca so it was fantastic to see so many rise to the challenge and swim Personal Best times. Well done too to the younger boys who all swam some brilliant PB’s and especially Oliver Tom, pictured below with his 3 Trophies for 1st in the 100 Backstroke, 1st in the 100 Freestyle and 3rd in the 50 Backstroke, all good PB’s. 
Trophies were awarded to, Abi Larkman, 1st 50 Backstroke, 50 Freestyle,  2nd 100 Breaststroke, Bella Parkus, 2nd 100 IM, 100 Freestyle and 3rd 50 Freestyle, Catherine Ryan, 1st 100 Freestyle, 2nd 50 Freestyle, 2nd 100 I M, ,  3rd 50 Backstroke,  Ciaran Fahy, 3rd 400 Freestyle, Dominic McCarthy, 2nd 50 Backstroke, 3rd 50 Butterfly, 3rd 50 Breaststroke, Dougie Grayling, 1st 100 Backstroke, 2nd 400 Freestyle, 3rd 100 I M,Ellis Burroughs, 3rd 50 Butterfly, Holly Morgan, 1st 50 Backstroke, and 50 Freestyle, 2nd 400 Freestyle, Lily Rogers, 2nd 50 Breaststroke, Lucy Hinks, 2nd 50 Backstroke, 3rd 100 I M, Maggie Wyper, 1st 50 Breaststroke, 2nd 100 Breastsroke, Mollie Downes, 1st, 100 Butterfly, 2nd 50 Butterfly; Ollie Bradley-Smith, 2nd 100 Backstroke, 3rd 100 I M.

Posted on 31st October

9th Hoddesdon Novice Meet
A huge well done to all Officials, Volunteers, Team Managers, Coaches and of course Swimmers who attended the 9th Hoddesdon Novice Meet on Saturday 16th September 2017.
Our swimmers produced 10 Gold medals, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze,  as well as 8 County Consideration times and no fewer than 45 Personal Best Times. 
A big well done to new competitors Georgia Winn, Rhys Miles, Tiffany Jones and Elise Moody who all swam really well in their debut meet.
Gold medallists were Abi Larkman ( 50 Freestyle,  100 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle) Catherine Ryan (50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke ) Bella Parkus (200 IM) Molly Hagan (100 Breaststroke, 50 Backstroke) Maggie Wyper (100 Breaststroke) and Louise Storey, competing in the S9 Multi Classification Category.
Silver medallists were Ellis Burroughs (200 Freestyle), Oliver Tom (200 Freestyle) and Bella Parkus (100 Freestyle)
Bronze medallists were Catherine Ryan (50 Butterfly), Oliver Tom (100 Backstroke), Rachael Carpenter (100 Breaststroke), Kaiden Dossetter (100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle) Ollie Bradley-Smith (100 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke) Bella Parkus (100 Backstroke).
It was great to see the swimmers working hard in the pool with time for some fun too!
Thanks to Bradley Woodhouse, Emma Warrington and Christie Bays for doing a great job with their feedback to swimmers and to Theresa Tom, Dan Bradley-Smith and Julie Storey in their roles as Team Managers.
A huge thank you to Anna Baker for co-ordinating it all so well,  and to Rachel Callaghan for providing so many officials which allowed trainee officials to be mentored and for the very smooth running of the meet.

Posted on 22nd September

Summer Round UP
Our swimmers have continued to be busy over the summer months and many had success in their chosen areas. Here is a brief round up in case you have missed anything!
In the East Region Open Water Championships, Ciaran (15) and Lara Fahy (13) both participated in the 800m events. Lara finished 11th in East Region and 2nd in Hertfordshire, and Ciaran finished 2nd in East Region and 1st in Hertfordshire.
Grace Harvey (19), after success in her A Levels has left us to join Manchester University and to attend the British Para-Swimming National Performance Centre in Manchester, under the supervision of Grahame Smith. We all wish her well in this new adventure and share her excitement for the future. She will be sharing university accommodation with Alice Tai and Hannah Russell. We look forward to hearing of her experiences when she returns in the holidays. Janet’s full reports on Grace’s first call up to swim for GBR in Berlin and her successes at the British summer Championships can be found on the website.
Libby Dunford (14) and Lily Merrett (14) both qualified for the English Summer Championships (Long Course), and both went to Sheffield at the beginning of August to participate. Session 3 saw Libby compete in the heats of the 50 Freestyle and Lily in the 100 Fly. Lily also qualified in the 400 free, 800 Free, 200 Fly, 50 Fly and 50 Back but was unable to participate due to a family holiday.
Libby achieved an excellent time of 28.45, and missed out on a place in the final by only 2/100ths of a second. After a very mixed season for Libby the coaching team were absolutely delighted with Libby’s performance and are sure she will be able to build on this success in the coming season.
Lily then took to the pool and completed her 100 Butterfly in a time of 1.06.44, leaving her in second place behind Kate Baxter of Southampton going in to the final. Lily swam an excellent 100 butterfly in the final that evening, remembering to work hard on all her skills and this really paid off as she touched the wall first with a time of 1.05.85. What a fab way to end the season! 
In the Storm the Lakes open water competition held at Redricks Lakes Ciaran and Lara Fahy, Meisha Trend-Evans, Izzy Short and Oliver Tom all took to the water.  Lara, Izzy and Oliver all achieved Silver medals in their respective age groups.
Many swimmers attended the Motivational Day on Friday 25th August, organized by Andrew and the coaching team. This was a brilliant way to start the season, emphasizing the importance of skills and technique as well as the importance of pre-pool warm ups and land training.
Abi Larkman (12) and Molly Cobbold (11) were both invited to swim for Hertfordshire in the Inter-County gala on 2nd September. Both swam really well, achieving PB’s and looking surprisingly fast after the summer break. Hertfordshire finished 4th overall. 
We also received news that both Lily Merrett and Libby Dunford had been invited to join the Beacon Programme at Basildon for the year 2017/8, and that Lily had been invited onto the Swim England National Pathway Programme: Phase 1, to be held over three dates before Christmas. We wish her luck with this.
Finally, our swimmers particiapated in the Serpentine swim on Saturday 16th September. Well done to all who took part. 
Full details to be found on the Club’s facebook feed.
Well done to everyone, a brilliant end/start to the season.  Right now there is a great atmosphere on poolside, with everybody working hard to achieve their goals. Keep up the good work, it is producing great results!
Mary, Andrew and the Coaching Team.

Posted on 21st September

Grace Harvey British Summer Champs 2017

They say it takes 10,000 hours or 10 years to reach excellence and that is how long GRACE Harvey, Para Swimmer has been working hard with Hoddesdon Swimming Club, showing pure dedication, determination and desire to improve and progress with her swimming with the goal to be selected by British Para Swimming to represent Great Britain at an International Meet.  This year she succeeded, representing GBR in Berlin in July showing she has leadership qualities as well as swimming skills. 

Grace joined Hoddesdon Swimming Club at the age of 8 years old telling her coach she wanted to swim in a Paralympics.  Janet Warrington, then Head Coach at Hoddesdon, said “okay!”- Truth being she knew nothing about the pathway or journey it would take them on.  Janet Warrington said “to be honest I was so excited to have someone with a disability in our programme; I just knew she would be a strong swimmer.  In fact, the first competition we did she got me in an arm lock on the floor!  She also used to hide behind the pillars – I used to call her my own ‘Norman Wisdom’. She definitely kept me on my toes – and would amuse the officials at my expense!” 

Grace has been on the world-class Podium Potential Programme since 2014 and now she is leaving Presdales School (Ware) to start her new adventure.

At the British Summer Championships 2017 in Sheffield where she competed in six events, reaching finals in four.

Grace finished 3rd place receiving the bronze medal in the 50m butterfly event scoring 537 disability points in a time of 41.58 seconds. 

Harvey finished in 6th place in the 400m freestyle scoring 680 points in a pb time of 5:39.93 and her best scoring swim was the 100m backstroke scoring 761 disability points in a pb time of 1 minutes 29.32 seconds, finishing in 8th place.  The 100m freestyle event she scored 740 points in a pb time of 1 minute 15.20 seconds finishing 8th.

On the final day of competition Grace unfortunately had an accident and had a bang to the head and swollen finger.  Despite this she swam the heats hitting her personal best times, however, made the wise decision to pull out of the finals that evening.  She finished in 12th place for the 200m Individual Medley scoring 631 points in a time of 3 minutes 16.27 seconds and finished 10th in the heats of the 50m, scoring 647 points in a time of 36.58 seconds.

Janet Warrington, Disability Head Coach, said “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to coach Grace.  She will be missed, however, as her home club she will return to train with Hoddesdon SC during the holidays.  The journey has had its ups and downs, however, this is when you see Grace at her best digging deep to make sure she reaches her goals.

I am excited about what the future holds for Grace and will be delighted if she reaches her dream to perform in a Paralympics.

I am also very excited for the future of Hoddesdon SC’s disability programme where we have eight potential future Para Swimmers waiting in the wings to make Grace proud!”

Posted on 4th August

2017 East Region Open Water Championships

Swimmers from Hoddesdon Swimming Club and Cheshunt Swimming Club travelled to Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre, Norwich on Sunday 16th July 2017 to take part in the 2017 East Region Open Water Championships.


Hoddesdon swimmers were brother and sister, Ciaran and Lara Fahy who were both competing in the 800m event.  Ciaran who is 15 years old, finished in a time of 13:09.55 and in the Boys 15/16 Age Group he finished 2nd in the East Region and 1st in Hertfordshire.

Lara who is 14 years old, finished in a time of 12:37.30 and in the Girls 13/14 Age Group she finished 11th in the East Region and 2nd in Hertfordshire.


Representing Cheshunt SC was Olivia Morey who was also competing in the 800m.  Aged 13 years old, Olivia finished just behind Lara in a time of 12:37.92 and in the Girls 13/14 Age Group finishing in 12th place in East Region and 3rd in Hertfordshire.


Cheshunt SC’s brother and sister, Zane and Rosie Batt competed in the 1500m event.  Zane aged 14 years finished in a time of 20:41.29 competing in the Boys 12-16 Age Group he finished 5th in the East Region and 1st in Hertfordshire.


Rosie aged 13 years finished in a time of 24:46.15 competing in the Girls 12-16 Age Group finished 39th in the East Region and 9th in Hertfordshire.


Janet Warrington, Coach, said “It was a pleasure to coach these swimmers I personally really enjoy Open water swimming, but I also know it isn’t for everyone.  I am very proud of our swimmers today.  The water temperature was 20.6 degrees centigrade so no one was allowed to wear a wetsuit, but that didn’t deter any of them.  I really hope more club swimmers will try open water swimming and next year we will see swimmers from Hoddesdon and Cheshunt competing in the 3000m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m events from our clubs.” 

pdf report

Posted on 3rd August

Great Performance from Grace Harvey in Berlin

Hoddesdon Swimming Club’s Para Swimmer, Grace Harvey (S7, SB6, SM7), travelled to Germany to represent Great Britain for the first time in the World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin 6-9th July 2017. Swimming in seven events she reached seven finals and finished 2nd place in five events, and achieved four personal best times.

Hoddesdon swimming club’s Disability Head Coach Janet Warrington said “Grace has had a brilliant meet and we are all very proud of her. To be honest because Grace was focussing on her exams leading up to this event, we were not sure if her swimming preparation was going to be good enough. We worked together to make sure there was a balance and Grace maintained her fitness in the water and we were concentrating on positive thinking, having said that the exams still had to come first. The fact that Grace has come back to the UK achieving four personal bests is fantastic.”

“The GB coach who was looking after Grace in Berlin sent me a message to say she was in a positive mood and had taken on a leadership role within the GB squad, this made me very proud.”

The five 2nd places were in the 200m backstroke (S7), 800m freestyle (S7), 400m freestyle (S7), 100m backstroke (S7) and 200m Individual Medley (SM7). Finishing 4th place in the 100m freestyle and 5th in the 100m breaststroke (SB6).

Personal Bests were achieved in the 200m backstroke (3:11.77 - 684 points); 50m backstroke (43.53 – 619 points); 100m backstroke (1:31.18 – 659 points) and 200m Individual Medley (3:14.16 – 700 points).

Grace, who is a pupil at Presdales School and resident of Stanstead Abbotts is now preparing for the British Swimming Nationals in Sheffield 25-30th July where she needs to impress the British Para Swimming coaches once again.

Full set of results can be found on the Internationale Deutshe Mesterschaften (IDM) website: http://www.idm-schwimmen.de/en/results/protokoll/.

Posted on 15th July

Hoddesdon SC Summer Sprint Meet
24TH JUNE 2017 
Harlow Leisurezone, Harlow
No fewer than 48 swimmers from Hoddesdon entered our open meet and despite the somewhat hot and sticky atmosphere, they performed well. They also behaved extremely well. The Coaching Team were very proud of them all, and although there were not quite as many PB’s (Personal Best Times) being swum as normal, this was due mostly to the fact that there had been many PB’s at club Championships, just a couple of weeks before and also a number at the Stevenage Meet the week before!
As a general rule, the Coaching Team do not recommend swimming the same event in an Open Meet more than once in 6 – 8 weeks, as swimmers don’t have time to make improvements that will result in faster times. However sometimes it is inevitable and I really enjoyed meeting many of our younger swimmers and watching them perform really well! Great potential for the future there!
Abi Larkman (12) best results were a Silver in the 50 Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100 IM and 100 Breaststroke. She achieved 5 County Consideration times and she also came 3rd in the skins competition!
Abi Rymer (14) who joined us after an absence in competitive swimming, had her best result in the 50 Butterfly where she finished 4th. She also assisted our Open Girls Medley team to a Bronze medal by swimming the backstroke leg for them!
Alex Tate (13) had his best results of the day in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke where he finished 4th.
Bella Parkus (12) finished 4th in the 50 Backstroke and 5th in the 100 Butterfly. She also made the Skins competition for finishing 7th in the 100 IM.
Catherine Ryan (13) won a Gold medal in the 50 Freestyle and a Bronze medal in the 50 Backstroke. She also achieved County consideration times in the 200 IM and 50 Freestyle.
Christopher Mulangala (10) swam a 7 second PB to finish 13th in the 50 Freestyle (48.12).
Cristiano Barone (11) achieved a 1 second PB to finish 13th in the 50 Freestyle (42.88) and he also finished 10th in the 50 Backstroke.
Daniel Nouroozpour (14) achieved an excellent 3 second PB in the 50 Freestyle to finish 12th and he also finished 8th in the 100 Backstroke.
Daniel Ryan (11) had his best results in the 100 IM where he came 6th and the 50 Backstroke, where he came 8th.
Dawson Whitelegg (11) finished 8th in the 50 Backstroke and 11th in both the 50 Freestyle and 50 Breaststroke.
Diara Zequiri (11) had her best result in the 50 Breaststroke where she finished 7th. She also finished 13th in the 50 Freestyle.
Dominic McCarthy (15) who was suffering with a chest infection, still managed two Silver medals in the 100 Breaststroke (1.16.60) and the 100 Butterfly (1.10.65). He also made the finals of the skins where he finished seventh.
Dougie Grayling (14) had his best results in the Breaststroke where he claimed a silver in the 100 Breaststroke and Bronze in the 50 Breaststroke. He also came 8th in the 50 free and 5th in the 100 Freestyle.
Ellis Burroughs (13) came 8th in the 100 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke and 9th in the 50 Breaststroke. Both the 100 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke were PB times.
Ezme Gladwell (14) achieved a 1 second PB in the 100 Freestyle to finish 3rd and claim a Bronze medal, and claimed two further Bronze medals in the 50 Butterfly and in the Open Medley relay where she swam 50 Freestyle.  She also finished 4th in the 50 freestyle, officially going under 30 seconds for the first time. She was also 4th in the 50 Backstroke. She achieved two County Consideration times.
Gabrielle Hunt (10) achieved a 2 second PB in the 50 Freestyle (52.58) and finished 7th in the 100 Breaststroke.
Harrison Odie (9) had his best result in the 50 Backstroke where he swam 4 seconds faster than his entry time to claim a gold Medal. He also came 4th in the 50 Butterfly, 6th in the 50 Freestyle, and 7th in the 50 Breaststroke.
Hayden Thornhill (10) came 5th in the 100 IM, 11th in the 50 Freestyle, 5th in the 100 Backstroke and 7th in the 50 Backstroke.
Holly Morgan (11) came away with 4 Silvers and two Bronze medals , 2nd places were in the 100 Freestyle, the 100 Butterfly,  50 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke and 3rd were in the 50 Butterfly and the 50 Backstroke, despite being slightly off her best times, Holly still came home with 6 medals and several County Qualifying and county consideration times.
Izzy Short (11) had her best results in the in 100 Breaststroke, and 100 backstroke where she came 4th. She was also 8th in the 100 Freestyle, 5th in the 50 Breaststroke and 7th in the 50 Backstroke,
Ishara Hettiarachchi (12) had her best result in the 50 Backstroke where she finished 12th. She also competed in the 50 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke and 100 freestyle.
Jack Renouf (10) claimed two Bronze medals in the 50 Butterfly and 50 Breaststroke. He also achieved a new PB in the 50 Freestyle (39.85)
Libby Dunford (14) picked up a Silver Medal in both the 50 Breaststroke and 200 IM and achieving County Qualifying times in both. She also came a close second in the final swim off of the Medley 50m Skins. 
Lily Merrett (14), Swam County qualifying times in all 4 events she entered, claiming Gold in the 200 IM, 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke and Silver in the 50 Freestyle.
Lily Rogers (11) swam in 6 events, with Bronze medals coming her way in both the 50 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke and achieving a County Consideration time in the 100 Breaststroke. She also competed in the 100 IM, 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly and achieved some good PB times.
Lucy Keens (11) swam in the 100 Freestyle where she swam a I second PB and in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle.
Maggie Wyper (14) swam well to receive a Bronze medal in the 50 Breaststroke and silver in the 100 Breaststroke . She achieved a county consideration time for the 50 Breast and was only just outside in the 100 Breaststroke. She also finished 8th in the 50 Freestyle.
Meisha Trend-Evans (10) had some good swims and PB’s to pick up medals in all four swims: a Silver in the 50 Freestyle, and 50 Butterfly, a Bronze in the 100 Breaststroke and in the100 Backstroke.  
Millicent Walker (10 years) swam in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle where she came 14th with a time of 49.26
Mollie Downes (13)  finished 10th in the 50 Freestyle and 7th in the 50 Butterfly
Molly Cobbold (11) had a vey good day, achieving Gold Medals in the 100IM, 100 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 50 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly and posting County Qualifying times in each event. She also came 7th in the Medley Skins too.
Molly Hagan (10) swam in 4 races,  claiming Gold in the in the 50 Backstroke and in the 100 Breaststroke and Silver in the 100 Backstroke. She also came 4th in the 100IM.
Oliver Tom (9) finished 7th in the 50 Freestyle with a new PB, 4th in the 100 Freestyle, 12th in the 50 Breaststroke and 7th in the 50 Backstroke.
Ollie Bradley-Smith (9) finished 10th in the 50 Freestyle, 5th in the 100 Freestyle and 8th in the 50 Backstroke in a new PB of 52.06
Rachael Carpenter (9) claimed three medals out of her 5 swims: Gold in the 50 Breaststroke, Silver medal in the 100 IM and Silver in the 100 Breaststroke. She also came 4th in the 100 Freestyle in a new PB time, 5th in the 50 Freestyle in a new PB time.
Rhys Dolan ( 14) picked up a Gold medal in the 100 Backstroke with a good PB, a Bronze medal in the 200 IM and in the 100 Freestyle in a new PB, came 5th in the 50 Freestyle 
Samuel Howard (10) finished 8th in the 100 Breaststroke and 5th in the 50 Breaststroke in a new PB time.
Sam Nouroozpour (12) finished 6th in the 100 IM, 10th in the 50 Freestyle and 5th in the 50 Butterfly, all Personal Best times.
Scott Carpenter (14) achieved a Silver in the 100 Butterfly, finished 4th in the 200 IM, 7th in the 50 Freestyle, 4th in the 100 Freestyle and  4th in the 50 Breaststroke.
Sophia Fiorentini (13) finished 9th in the  100 Freestyle, 9th in the 50 Breaststroke, 11th in the 50 Freestyle,  and 5th in the 100 Breaststroke.
William Clarke (9) also competed in the 50m Freestyle.
Those who stayed to the end to take part in the relays had lots of fun and 3 of the Teams were awarded Bronze medals!  The squad of swimmers selected were: 
Oliver Tom, Ollie Bradley Smith, Hayden Thornhill, and Daniel Ryan, and for the Girls ; Abi Rymer, Maggie Wyper, Lily Merrett, Ezme Gladwell, Lucy Keens, Abi Larkman, Molly Cobbold , Holly Morgan and Izzy Short.
Well done to all the swimmers on some fast swims and to all the parents who helped out – it was great to see some new faces on poolside!
Mary Wright
Head Coach

Posted on 4th July

East Region LC Championships

East Region Championships were split between two dates and two venues with the older swimmers aged 15 and over competing at Luton Inspire, Luton Bedfordshire on the 29th and 30th April and 1st May 2017, and the younger swimmers aged 11 to 14 attending the pool at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich.
7 Swimmers from Hoddesdon Swimming Club qualified for the Championships and every swimmer deserves to be acknowledged for all the hard work that led to achievement of the qualifying times. Dominic McCarthy (15), Libby Dunford (14), Lily Merrett (14), Abi Larkman (13), Catherine Ryan (13), Molly Cobbold (11) and Holly Morgan (11) all performed well and the Coaching Team were very proud of their performances.
Dominic, competing over the first weekend, qualified in the 50, 100 and 200 Breaststroke. His best result was in the 200 Breaststroke where he swam a 4 second PB to finish 11th in a time of 2.46.57. He also finished 23rd in the 100 Breaststroke (1.18.13) and 24th in the 50 Breaststroke (35.50) Dominic was very close to qualification in a number of other events and we look forward to watching his progress next year.
Lily qualified in multiple events, and had to select some of her best events due to the packed schedule. It is true to say that Lily was not on her best form this weekend, but showed true grit and determination to work through this and still finished with some results most swimmers would be very proud to achieve.
Lily swam well in both Butterfly and Backstroke events, making Finals in the 50 Butterfly (30.24) and 100 Butterfly (1.07.52) and 50 Backstroke (32.52) and 100 Backstroke (1.10.91). In the Finals she came 2nd in the 100 Butterfly (1.07.97), 3rd in the 50 Butterfly (29.99) and also came 5th in the 100 Backstroke (1.11.48) and 7th in the 50 Backstroke (33.19).  Lily came 5th in the 400 Freestyle (4.48.04), 14th in the 100 Freestyle (1.04.37), 15th in the 50 Free (29.43) and 22nd in the 200 Free (22nd).   
Libby  also qualified in multiple events, but chose fewer swims to enable her to concentrate on her favourites.
Libby qualified for finals in her favourite 50 Freestyle (28.30) and 100 Freestyle (1.03.47) as well as the 50 Backstroke (33.23) and 50 Butterfly (30.74). She finished 3rd in the 100 Freestyle (1.02.39) 4th in the 50 Freestyle (28.56) as well as 7th in the 50 Butterfly.  She also finished 12th in the 100 Butterfly and 21st in the 200 Freestyle.
Molly who at 11 was swimming in a double age group against swimmers mostly a year older than her, performed very well in her first Regional competition. She qualified in the 50 Butterfly where she swam a PB time of 34.48 to finish 22nd, the 100 Butterfly (1.20.01) where she finished 17th of 29, but 3rd of the 11 year olds and 50 Backstroke (36.58) where she finished 22nd of 30 swimmers, but 4th in the 11 year olds. 
Holly, Abi and Catherine all performed well in their events – Holly came 35th in the 50 Butterfly (35.38) – again swimming up a whole year, Abi finished 46th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.94 and Catherine finished 27th of 61 with a time of 30.39.
All our swimmers behaved extremely well throughout the competition and showed great potential for the future. The coaching team look forward to supporting them on their journey through swimming.
Mary Wright
Hoddesdon SC

Posted on 3rd July

Louise and Sam at the National Para Swimming Championships

Two Hoddesdon swimming club members travelled to Sunderland to compete in the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships 2017 funded by Swim England and delivered by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) the weekend of 24th - 25th June 2017.

The event provided young disabled swimmers with more competition experience and an opportunity to win medals against national rivals.  This year’s partnership between Swim England and EFDS increased the opportunity for youth talent development. Swimmers were aged between 10-16 year olds and from all over the UK.

Louise Storey aged 10 and a pupil at Manor Fields Primary School, Bishop’s Stortford qualified for four events 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke bringing home three bronze medals in the 50m and 100m Free and the 100m Breaststroke.


Sam Carter 10 years old and a pupil at St. Cross Catholic Primary School, Hoddesdon qualified for two events the 50m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke and also came home with a bronze medal in his 50m Freestyle.

Janet Warrington, Disability Swimming Head Coach for Hoddesdon swimming club said: 

“Louise and Sam have both done extremely well at this national event.  It was important to show ‘Swim England Para Swimming’ their skills and ability, however, I think it was more important to enjoy the event, make new friends and learn from the experience.” 

“They improved their personal best times, made new friends, have grown in confidence and learned some important lessons for future events.   I am very proud of them and very excited for the future.”

Full results can be found here



Posted on 28th June

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