We are so pleased to be sharing our latest Babble newsletter with you all. If you’d like to contribute to future editions please do contact our Comms Team. Happy reading!
Congratulations to our 49 swimmers who have been accepted to race at the Swim England Hertfordshire County Championships 2022 that kick off on the 8th January. We are keeping everything crossed that the event will go ahead and you get your chance to compete (and get the hoodie!).
After a year away, the Swim England National Winter Championships returned to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge in December 2021. The 2021 event was the largest Winter Championships in recent history, with more than 1,600 swimmers competing across the three days. Six local BSSC members and two overseas BSSC members qualified for a total of 28 events.
With just two age categories (Open and 16 Yrs/Under), competition was fierce but the whole squad had a successful return to National level competition with many personal best times and good progression. William Godsell was 9th in the 16 Yrs/Under 50m Breaststroke final and our youngest two competitors, Kirsty Neill and Toby Godsell, racing in their first National competition achieved PBs and multiple top eight finishes for their age group.
BSSC members: Alex Catton, Callum Davis, Kirsty Neill, Millie Fields, Niamh James, Sami Zemzami
BSSC Overseas: Toby Godsell, William Godsell
Late 2021, five swimmers from the Hertfordshire and Essex High School competed at the Secondary Schools National Team Relay Championships at the London Aquatics Centre. This event is the longest running championship series organised by the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) and is open to secondary school aged swimmers from across England.
The H&E swimmers had qualified for the National event a month earlier at the East & South East Division championships, coming 2nd in the 4x50m Medley relay and 3rd in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay.
In a National competition dominated by the top English specialist swimming boarding schools, the swimmers, who are also all members of BSSC, gave excellent performances with the 4x50m freestyle team finishing 18th and the 4x50m medley team reaching the national final where they came 9th overall in a time of 2:14.81. It was a highly competitive final with only two hundredth of a second separating 7th to 9th places.
Divisional Intermediate Team members: Ella Greatbatch, Ellen Millar-Bond, Emma Fields, Kirsty Neill, Miriam Moukdad.
National Intermediate Team members: Catherine Clune, Ella Greatbatch, Ellen Millar-Bond, Emma Fields, Miriam Moukdad.
Wishing all our swimmers, families, volunteers, officials, coaches and supporters a happy and healthy Christmas & New Year! 2021 has been another tough year, but our swimmers have been amazingly resilient and successful. Well done everyone! We hope you enjoy your break.
Looking forward to seeing all our squads back at training from the morning of Monday 3rd Jan 2022.