Cira Fletcher wins Gold in 16/17 years 50m Breaststroke at ASA Summer Nationals time of 33.98
In action at Nationals over the summer were Ellie Mitchell, Oliver Perry, Callum Davis and Daniel Chada who had all qualified in the top 24 for their respective races. On the opening day, Oliver got off to a great start with a PB of 59.05 in the 100 fly, coming 15th overall. He was in action later in the week in the 50m fly, reaching the final with an aggressive swim in 26.20, then improving on this time to 26.07, taking 6th in his first ever final.
Ellie Mitchell began her Champs with 100m back, taking fourth in the final with an impressive PB of 64.32. She swam 59.86 in the 100m free on day two and, continuing her strong week, qualified 7th for the 200m backstroke final and then took 6th in the final in a personal best time of 2:18.19. In 50m back, she set a PB in qualifying (30.50) and then secured 4th in the final with a further PB of 30.09. On the final day, she capped her week by qualifying for the 50m free final (27.41), then taking 6th in the final with a PB time of 26.92, her first time under the 27-second barrier.
Callum (15) and Daniel (14) were both swimming for the first time at National level. Callum recorded his second fastest time ever in 50m fly (28.00). Not to be outdone, Daniel swam an outstanding PB in 50m back (30.15), finishing 17th.
Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club’s Amy Young, 16, was in fine form at the recent Scottish Summer Meet at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, grabbing an impressive collection of three silvers and a bronze.
First up was the 800 freestyle: with no time to swim down from 200m fly heats, Amy swam a strong and consistent race to equal her PB (9:42.33) and take the silver medal. A focused and determined swim saw her narrowly miss out on silver in the 200 fly final, taking bronze in 2:30.19. These were followed by silver medals in 100m butterfly (67.00) and 50m butterfly in a personal best time of 30.21, with a particularly strong last 10m, plus 5th place in 400 freestyle.
“Amy has worked extremely hard all year”, commented head coach John Sargent. “This was a fitting end to the season and her medal haul is well deserved.”
The Open Water Championships were held in Whittlingham Lake, Norwich on Sunday the 18th of July. Kieran and Steven Raphy both competed in the first even of the day, the 3k race consisting of three laps of a 1000m course. The conditions were good with a water temperature of 20ºC and an air temperature of 16ºC. Kieran (swimming as an 18 year old) competed in the 17-19 age group. Kieran crossed the line in a sprint finish clocking a time of 40.31.60 this placed him 4th overall, 2nd in his age group in East Region and 1st in Hertfordshire. For Steven (15 years) it was his first 3k race, he was competing in the 13-16 age group. Steven swam strongly, finishing in 45.06.40, this placed him 8th in East Region and 3rd in Hertfordshire.
Isabella Renwick and Ellie Mitchell were selected by Hertfordshire ASA to join the county team on Sunday 5th July to compete in the annual inter counties east region Competition against Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Bedfordshire.
Isabella swam in the 11/12 age group and she was the youngest member of the Herts girls team, and will be able to swim in this age group next year as well. Izzy was very excited to compete for the county for the first time and she swam in the girls 50m freestyle relay team as well as swimming the breaststroke leg in a vey exciting mixed relay team. Ellie swam in the 13/14 age group competing as an individual in the 100M backstroke, she dominated this race from the starting blocks and turned into the final length with a convincing lead, she won the race in a 103.13 and it was a SC NQT for the winter champs. Ellie also swam the backstroke leg in her age group girls relay team and again in the age 17 and over medley team where she recorded a split of 29.84, which is a Pb. Her final swim was in her age group girls freestyle relay team where she swam the final leg in a nail biting finish to take the win from Essex who had entered the water first.
Both girls enjoyed the atmosphere of competing for the county and were captained by Jess Jackson from Hatfield and managed by Geoff Wood from Berkhamsted.
Daniel Chada, Amy Young & Cira Fletcher were also selected but were unable to swim.