Runs from Monday 27th May – Sunday 2nd June
April 16-20 saw some of the biggest names in British swimming, including Adam Peaty, James Guy, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Freya Anderson head to Glasgow for the 2019 British Swimming Championships. Joining them this year were Dan Chada, Bryn Couser, Henry Baker and Isabella Renwick, all of whom are associated with Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club.
This event crowns the British Champions and is also the Team GB selection meet for the World Championships in Gwangju as well as the European Juniors, European Youth Olympic Festival, World Juniors and World University Games. Qualifying for these Championships is a huge deal, with typically only 50-70 British swimmers across all age groups meeting the qualifying standards for each event. Results are posted showing rankings in the 17 or 18 Yrs/Under (Women’s or Men’s Junior), 23 Yrs/Under (Transition) and Open categories.
Bryn celebrated his 17thbirthday in style by coming 36thin the Junior category (61stin the Open category) of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke with his 3rdbest long course time (1:08.55), in an event that saw the World Record holder Adam Peaty win in commanding style, clocking the fastest time in the world this year. The 200m Breaststroke heats were tough, with the final producing one of the best battles of the Championships between Commonwealth Games champion James Wilby, Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson, but Bryn dug deep to finish as the 18thfastest Junior in Britain (33rdOverall) with a PB of 2:25.25.
Two home grown swimmers, Izzy (Millfield School) and Cira (Nova Centurion SC) battled in the 50m Breaststroke alongside 50 of the top Breaststrokers in Britain, including the Commonwealth Games champion, and event winner, Sarah Vasey. Izzy came 28thin the Junior category (45thOverall) with a long course PB of 34.30 seconds, whilst Cira came 21stin the Transition category (23rdOverall) with a time of 33.21.
Dan swum a great long course PB (59.92) in the Men’s 100m Backstroke, that was won by Commonwealth Games medallist Luke Greenbank, and placed 28thin the Junior category (55thOverall).
Henry (who trains with BSM Marlins in Oman) swam his 2ndfastest long course Men’s 100m Freestyle (53.93) to finished 27thin the Junior category (55thOverall), in an event won by Duncan Scott in a new British Record of 47.87. He followed that great swim with another in the 50m Freestyle, seeing him place as the 28thJunior (58thOverall) in a time of 24.75, in an event won by the World medallist and European Champion Ben Proud.
Congratulations to them all for their outstanding performances!
On the weekend of 6/7 April 34 BSSC swimmers took part in the Robin Deal Memorial Meet at Sudbury, Suffolk. This was a chance for the 9-10-year olds to experience competitive swimming whilst the older swimmers were chasing Regional Qualifying times. Some of these swimmers are in the pool up to 8 times a week and their dedication paid off with some outstanding times, lots of PBs and plenty of medals.
Nineteen swimmers achieved 62 medals between them, with the 9 year olds being the most successful with 21 medals – Charles German (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze), Dylan Davenport (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze), Ethan David-Tostevin (3 Silver, 1 Bronze) and Zoe Opiyo (2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze).
Other medallists were: 10 yrs. Freya Hadnutt (1 Bronze), Hannah Robinson (1 Gold, 2 Silver), Leo Suo-Saunders (1 Silver, 4 Bronze); 11 yrs. George Grimwood (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze), Imogen Tang (1 Silver), Kirsty Neill (5 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Olivia Thomas-Austin (1 Bronze); 12 yrs. Alice Longman (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze), Amy Pinckney (1 Bronze), Grace Mason (2 Silver, 2 Bronze), Jakey Hayes (1 Bronze), Jessie Fields (1 Silver), Lauren Gore (2 Gold, 2 Silver); 13 yrs. Markus Webb (1 Silver); 15/16 yrs. James Gor (1 Bronze).
So many swimmers achieved PBs, but some were large enough that they definitely need a special mention (some have been rounded!): Charles (50m Fly 4 sec, 100m IM 14 sec), Dylan (50m Fly 4.5s), Zoe (100m Free 10s, 100m Breast 7.5s), Freya Hadnutt (50m Back 6.5s, 50m Fly 9.5s), Hannah (100m Breast 8s, 200m Breast 34.5s, 200m Free 7s), Beau Reilly (200m Free 20.5s), Jakey Hayes (200m Back 10s, 200m IM 14s), Kirsty Neill (200m Breast 13.5s), Emma Fields (100m Free 5s, 200m Free 5.5s), Grace (100m Back 11s, 10m Free 6s, 200m Back 17s, 200m IM 5.5s, 400m Free 25s), Jasmine Petit (100m IM 5.5s, 200m Breast 17s, 200m Free 9.5s) and Leanne Suo-Saunders (100m Breast 6s, 200m Free 6.5s).
Well done to all swimmers and congratulations to Alice Longman and Kirsty Neill for achieving new East Region qualification times and Grace Mason for reconfirming her 100m Fly regional time – good luck for the Swim England East Region Long Course Championships in May!
Congratulations to the following swimmers who have qualified for the 2019 Swim England East Region Long Course Championships being held over the two bank holiday weekends in May.
Mehdi El Mansar
Congratulations to the following swimmers who have currently have achieved consideration or qualifying time for Swim England Hertfordshire County Age Groups & Championships in 2019
Mehdi El Mansar
Olivia Thomas Austin
Whilst some of our older swimmers were in Edinburgh meeting Adam Peaty (!) on 16/17 March, the rest of the club and a veritable army of volunteers were welcoming swimmers from Hatfield, Brentwood, Newham & UEL, FS Godmanchester, Harpenden, and Chesham to our BSSC Spring Open Meet at Borehamwood.
Roughly 250 swimmers took part in 1350 swims, across 32 events, during 1.5 days of a superbly organised meet that ran like clockwork! We’ve never seen results posted so quickly (thanks Pam & Graham!), or a meet run so nicely to time. A big thanks must go to Pam Spratt for her organisational skills, and to all the visiting & local officials, coaches, back office organisers and volunteers without whom the meet would not have happened.
The entire squad from our 9-year olds at their first competitive meet, to the much more experienced older swimmers represented BSSC superbly and the team spirit throughout the weekend was exceptional. There were countless PBs and over 160 medals (48 gold!) won across all strokes, distances and ages.
The girls kicked off the medal collecting on Day 1 with a great 9 medal haul in the 200m Free, and the medals kept coming (full list below). Day 2 was opened with some beautiful demonstration swimming from Nellie, who smashed her PB by nearly 7 seconds in the 400 IM (5:20.68) in an East Region Qualifying time, accompanied by the sound of the whole squad joining Laure in her encouraging “yep”. Warm up dancing was on form both days, but on Day 2 we were treated to a very memorable Nellie & Ellie synchronised swimming demonstration!
Congratulations to everyone who achieved a goal over the two days, be it not being DQ’d in a stroke that previously proved tricky, improving a start or turn, matching or bettering a PB, winning a medal or reaching a regional time. We are already looking forward to seeing you do even better at our BSSC Long Course meet in Luton on Saturday 29 June.
Full Medal List:
Girls 200m Free– Gold Zoe (9yr) & Evie (13yr), Silver Tia (9yr), Imogen (11yr), Laura (14yr) & Nellie (15yr/O) and Bronze Olivia (11yr), Lilian (13yr), Eleanor (15yr/O).
Girls 100m IM– Gold Lauren (12) & Amy (15/O), Silver Zoe (9), and Bronze Meisha (12) & Sally (15/O).
Boys 100m Breast– Gold Ethan (9), Leo (10), Jago (12), Adam (14), & Tom (15/O), Silver Tain (10), Bronze Grigory (9).
Girls 100m Back– Gold Eliza (10), Jaymee (12), Evie (13), Laura (14) & Nellie (15/O), Silver Olivia T-A (11), Lauren (12) & Aoife (14), Bronze Bobbie (9), Megan (11), Elizabeth (12), Freya (13) & Eleanor (15/O).
Boys 50m Free– Gold Dylan (9) & Tom (15/O), Silver Adam (14), Bronze Ethan (9), Jago (12)
Girls 50m Fly– Gold Alice (12) & Issy (13), Silver Zoe (9), Bronze Jessie (12) & Evie (13)
Boys 200m IM– Gold Adam (14) & Tom (15/Over), Silver Beau (10) & Jago (12), Bronze Roman (12)
Girls 400m Free– Gold Amy P (12), Silver Issy (13) & Laura (14), Bronze Freya (13)
Boys 200m Back – Gold Jago (12)
Girls 200m Breast– Gold Kirsty (11), Silver Alice (12) & Nellie (15/Over), Bronze Olivia R (11), Lauren (12) & Hannah (15/O)
Boys 100m Free– Silver Leo (10), Bronze Charles (9), Jago (12), Sam (13), Adam (14)
Girls 100m Fly– Gold Grace (12) & Nellie (15/O), Silver Olivia R (11), Alice (12), Issy (13) & Eleanor (15/O)
Boys 50m Breast– Gold Adam (14), Silver Ethan (9) & Leo (10)
Girls 50m Back– Gold Zoe (9), Imogen (11), Jaymee (12), Freya (13), Silver Olivia T-A (11), Lauren (12), Evie (13), Nellie (15/O), Bronze Bobbie (9), Scarlett (10), Hannah (15/O)
Girls 400m IM– Gold Nellie (15/O)
Boys 200m Free– Silver James (14), Bronze Leo (10), George G (11), Jago (12), Adam (14)
Girls 200m Fly– Gold Grace (12), Silver Eleanor (15/O)
Boys 100m IM– Gold Jago (12), Silver Leo (10), Roman (12), David (13), Will (15/O), Bronze Seb (12),
Girls 100m Breast – Gold Lilian (13), Silver Kirsty (11), Issy (13), Hannah (15/O), Bronze Hannah R (10), Alice (12), Freya (13), Amy (15/O)
Boys 100m Back– Gold George G (11), Jago (12), Silver Ethan (9), Bronze Dylan (9), Beau (10), Oliver (11)
Girls 50m Free– Gold Imogen (11), Lilian (13), Bronze Alice (12), Issy (13), Nellie (15/O)
Boys 50m Fly– Silver Roman (12), James (14), Bronze David (13), Adam (14)
Girls 200m IM– Gold Alice (12) & Nellie (15/O), Silver Issy (13) & Eleanor (15/O), Bronze Kirsty (11), Meisha (12), Lilian (13), Amy (15/O)
Boys 400m Free– Gold Jago (12)
Girls 200m Back– Gold Nellie (15/O), Silver Eliza (10), Jaymee (12), Laura (14), Bronze Meisha (12), Freya (13) & Aoife (14)
Boys 200m Breast– Gold James (14), Bronze Roman (12) & Adam (14)
Girls 100m Free– Silver Imogen (11), Bronze Issy (13), Nellie (15/O)
Boys 100m Fly– Gold Will (15/O)
Girls 50m Breast– Gold Lilian (13) & Amy (15/O), Silver Zoe (9), Alice (12), Issy (13), Hannah (15/O), Bronze Kirsty (11), Lauren (12), Aoife (14)
Boys 50m Back– Gold Jago (12), Will (15/O), Silver Ethan (9), Leo (10), James (14), Bronze Dylan (9), Tain (10), George G (11), Fergal (12)