At the Peterborough Open Meet over the weekend 60 swimmers from St Ives Swimming Club participated against 16 other visiting Clubs and at the end of the weekend St Ives won the trophy for the top visiting club in the competition, with Norwich Swans in 2nd place and South Lincs in 3rd place. A manic and frenzied weekend saw the Club attain 148 lifetime best swims and take 24 Gold Medals, 23 Silver Medals and 12 Bronze Medals, 59 in total, almost a ratio of one per swimmer. Amy Chalmers broke the Club record for the 800 metres Freestyle swim in a time of 9 mins, 46 Seconds and 11 year old Bethan Endicott broke the County Record for the 50 metres Butterfly in a time of 33.06 seconds which was also a Club record, she also broke the Club Record for the 100 metres Butterfly in a time of 1.18 seconds, Gold medal placings went to Amy Chalmers, Cathy Thomson, Michael Lardner, James Quinn, Tom Davis, Jaz Dearnley, Evan Taylor, Fran Crocker, Amelia Darnell, and Georgia Newstead, Silver Medals to: Matt Hall, Bethan Endicott, Connie Newstead, Georgia Newstead, James Quinn, Maddie Todd, Mike Lardner, Fran Crocker, Ciera Norman, Rebecca Keene, and Tom Davis, Bronze Medal swims went to: Matt Hall, Emily Gallagher, Sam Wright, Luke Tunstall, Toby Everett and Georgia Spencer.
The Men's Open 4 x 50 Freestyle team of Fitt, 24.03, Olly Cook, 24.64, Tom Davis, 25.08 and Weatheritt, 23.28 swept away all opposition as they did in the Medley relay. Elliot Dickson, Lottie Flynn, Catty Whitworth, Rebecca Hime, Amy Chalmers, Luke Tunstall, Ed Bird, Ed Cochrane, Emily Gallagher, Evan Taylor, Olivia Smith, Joely Griggs, Daniel Moyses, Tiernan Stevenson, Ciera Norman, Connie Newstead, Georgia Newstead, Alice Turner, Harry Everett, Toby Everett, Rebecca Keene, Brandon MacDonald, Matthew Hall and Sophie Turner all swam with passion and took the 2nd and 3rd place positions including many lifetime best swims. An excellent season so far will culminate in the final round of the league on 10 December which will see St Ives competing in the A final.
A handful of St Ives SC swimmers took part in the ASA East Region Winter Championships at Luton over the weekend. The table below shows the 16 Clubs in the Region who won the medals and there were many other Clubs who participated and didn't feature in the medal table.
Co St Albans
Ollie Fitt won both the 100 backstroke in a time of 55.80 and the 50 Backstroke in 26.30 and took Silver in the 200 Backstroke in a blistering time of 2.01.37, superb preparation for the Winter National Championships at Sheffield in December on all his 3 Backstroke events which were all personal best time swims. Cathy Thomson, Fran Crocker, Mike Lardner, Emily Gallagher, Jazz Dearnley and Lucas Dove all swam excellently achieving many lifetime best swims and high rankings in the competition. A great weekend for St Ives finishing 6th in the final medal table, again ahead of many much larger clubs.
A team of 39 swimmers from St Ives Swimming Club travelled to Wellingborough on 08 October to compete in the first round of the Arena National Swimming League against Wellingborough, Lowestoft, Loughborough and Dereham, the premier competition in the National League Calendar. From the start St Ives swimmers dominated the event leading from the outset to the finish taking 15 Gold places, 18 Silver places and 9 Bronze places, 42 top 3 finishes from 50 events, a superb team average. The final results showed a great margin of victory by 35 points:
St Ives: 238
Outstanding swims from Andy Weatheritt who won the 100 Breaststroke by half a length in a time of 1.05, Amy Chalmers and Ciera Norman both won their 100 backstroke events, Ollie Fitt won both the 100 Individual Medley and the 100 freestyle events, James Quinn won the 100 Breaststroke, Lucas Dove won the 15 and under 100 freestyle in a time of 58 seconds, Cathy Thomson won the womens 100 freestyle in 1 min .07, Bethan Endicott won the 11 and under 50 backstroke, Maddie Todd won the girls 11 and under 50 breaststroke. Wins in the boys 15 and under Medley relay, the Mens and Womens freestyle and Medley relays sealed the 15 gold medal places. 16 year old Mike Lardner in his first competition for the club took silver in both the Mens 100 Butterfly and Backstroke events, Brandon Macdonald, Luke Tunstall, Georgia Newstead, Georgia Spencer, Ed Bird and Evan Taylor all took Silver Medals as did the girls 11 and under Medley and Freestyle teams of Olivia Smith, Maddie Todd, Bethan Endicott and Joely Griggs, the girls 13 and under Medley team of Ciera Norman, Connie Newstead, Lottie Flynn and Georgia Spencer, the boys 13 and under Medley Team of Ed Cochrane, James Quinn, Harry Everett, and Ed Bird, the boys 15 and under freestyle team of Matt Hall, Brandon MacDonald, Toby Everett, and Lucas Dove, the Girls 15 and Under Medley team of Georgia Newstead, Emily Gallagher, Cattie Whitworth and Rebecca Keene. Great swims by Daniel Moyses, Thomas Kilby, Emma Fitt, Tiernan Stevenson, Sophie Turner, Rebecca Hime, Fran Crocker and Tom Davis all swimming in the Gold, Silver and Bronze winning relay teams sealed a perfect evening with a well deserved victory for all the athletes. In 2015 St Ives won the first round by 20 points, in 2016 we again won the first round but by 35 points, showing the growing strength in depth of exceptional athletes at the Club.
St Ives 15 and Under Age Group Swimmers took Silver Medal Position at the Final round of the Anglian League at Boston on Saturday 24 September, and we finished in Second place overall in the League.
Cattie Whitworth, Georgia Newstead, Connie Newstead, Katie Warren, Emma Fitt, Sophie Turner, Becky Keene, Bethan Endicott, Lucas Dove,Brandon MacDonald, Toby Offord, Evan Taylor, Harry Everett, Matt Hall and James Quinn swam superbly against Boston A, Boston B, Wisbech, West Norfolk and Thetford to take Silver Position in the Final round of the Anglian League at Boston on Saturday 24 September. The swimmers took 10 Golds, 7 Silvers and 3 Bronze placings out of 31 events and won the the mixed cannon relay by 0.3 of a second in a nail-biting race at the end of the competition. Excellent results all around at the start of the season in preparation for the first round of the Arena National League on 08 October at Wellingborough.
This was the first event back into the swimming season after the summer recess and our 12 and unders swam at Aylesbury at the weekend, finishing second behind Bicester in the Milton Keynes Junior Swimming League.
James Quinn, Joe Short, Tom Lucas, Luke Tunstall, Thomas Kilby, Elliot Dickson, Olly McNeill, Joshua Marshall, Lottie Flynn, Georgia Spencer, Alice Turner, Ellie Collinge, Bethan Endicott, Joely Griggs, Ingrid Flynn, Olivia Smith, Millie Taylor, Keira Mavin, Daniel Moyses, Tiernan Stevenson, Connor Brookes, Harrison Greenwood, Janos Kadar, Anthony Prowse-Garcia, Ben Pope, Isabel Sharp, Anna Desborough, Grace Iddon and Rosie Brook all swam superbly through a very hard fought contest between St Ives and Bicester for the top spot with Bicester taking gold by only 3 points, an excellent start to the new swimming season by all the St Ives Juniors.
4th Brompton 173
5th Flitwick 137
6th Staines 104
Fran Crocker qualified for the ASA Welsh Nationals where she swam the 50m, 100m & 200m in both backstroke and freestyle events.
Great swims in the heats for all the Backstroke events and the 50m Freestyle secured places in the finals.
Fran just missed out on the medals swimming to two 4th places (50f/s & 100ba/s) and two fifth places (50ba/s & 200ba/s), despite achieving lifetime best in three of the finals.
Great swimming and medals next year!!
St Ives swimmers participated in high level competitions throughout the East Anglia Region over the weekend with great success, Andy Weatheritt, Ollie Fitt, Amy Chalmers and James Quinn were selected to represent their County in the coveted ASA East Region Inter-County Competition at the UEA Norwich Olympic pool on Sunday, and they did not disappoint, Andy Weatheritt won the 100 metres Freestyle, Ollie Fitt won the 100 metres Backstroke, both swimming in the senior competition and both swam in the 4 x 50 metres freestyle relay which they also won and the 4 x 50 metres Medley Relay in which they took silver, Andy also swam in the mixed 4 x 50 metres relay which again they won, Amy Chalmers swam in the 4 x 50 Freestyle relay and 12 year old James Quinn won the 13 and Under 100 metres breastroke and he also swam in both Medley and Freestyle relays.
A very high level of competition beteen Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk,Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, saw Cambridgeshire win the trophy for the first time in their history by a comfortable points margin, the final points were:
St Ives Swimming Club Junior Team Win in London
A team of 12 years and under St Ives Swimmers participated in the Milton Keynes Junior League competition at Staines in London and came away with an emphatic win, the final results were:
St Ives: 220
Flitwick Dolphins: 166
Brent Dolphins: 105
All swimmers swam excellently across the age ranges of 9/10/11 & 12 years to achieve a notable success against big clubs from London and surrounding counties. Joe Short, Lottie and Ingrid Flynn, Daniel Moyses, Connor Brookes, Joshua Marshall, Tiernan Stevenson, Antony Prowse Garcia, Janos Kadar, Isabel Sharp, Rosie Brooke, Alice Turner, Bethan Endicott, Elliot Dickson, Keira Mavin, Anna Desborough, Olivia Smith, James Quinn, Charlotte Dodge, Cleo Bailey, Millie Taylor, Oliver McNeill, Isobelle Moore, Grace Iddon, Ellie Collinge, Daniel Moore, Tom Lucas, Harrison Greenwood, Joely Griggs and Emily Cochrane all fought hard over 49 events to secure an outstanding victory, particularly as for quite a few swimmers this was their first competitive gala and with many parents travelling the distance the support from the balcony was extremely enthusiastic. An excellent night of swimming from the youngsters. Very proud club and coaches at the end of the night.
Great swimming and yet more PB's. Well done to the team!
There were 3 swimmers through the cut-off times so there will be some changes for the final round
Overall we finished in a clear 2nd position
Many thanks to Cathy and Dale for team managing the event
Great kids - well mannered, keen and supportive. The grown ups were fab too ;)
Attached is a copy of the times andplaces.
1st Boston A 144 points
2nd St Ives 130 points
3rd Wisbech 109 points
4th West Norfolk 100 points
5th Boston B 93 points
6th Thetford 73 points
The relay splits:
Brandon MacDonald 28.68
Amy Chalmers 28.82
Lucas Dove 26.86
Caterina Whitworth 29.75
James Quinn 32.46
Emma Fitt 32.83
It started with a win in the first race, then another in the next, then another. No one wanted to be the first to fail to win. Finally we won 22 out of 41 races. Each swimmer proving hard work pays off, showing off great improvements in technique and race skills [starts, turns and relay takeovers] since the last round in January. St. Ives took a clean sweep of the relays, winning all nine; demonstrating the strength and depth we have in the club.
Final Points -
191 St Ives
140 COPS Blue
93 COPS Yellow
92 St Neots