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Thursday 25th Rickmansworth Pool

5-6 E Claire

6-7 D Josie

5-7 C Josie

7-9 A and B Cat

Dear all

As we have come to the end of the swimming season, I thought I would give you a brief summary of how this season has gone.

Before I do, I would like to say a big thank you to swimmers, parents, coaches, committee and anyone else connected with Watford swimming club. You have made my first year a fun filled one and it has been/is a pleasure to be your Head coach.

The end of season Summer Nationals are upon us. Three Watford Swimmers have produced fantastic times to qualify for this years Event.

I Hope you'll join us in wishing Louis Hines, Harrison Lees & Erin O'Meara the best of luck over the next week in their quest for national recognition.

Louis is returning to Ponds Forge after narrowly missing out on a medal in the British Nationals last week.

Go Team Watford!!

 

The Watford County Qualifier 19th and 20th November 2016 is now full

Thank you to all the clubs that have entered our meet. This meet is now full and we will not be able to accept any other entries.

We will post an accepted entries list shortly.

I am sorry that we have had to disappoint a number of clubs who were hoping to come to this meet. Please look out for details of our next meet in March 2017.

If you have any questions please email

 

11 of our bravest swimmers took part in the Regional Open Water Championships this weekend, from some of our most experienced swimmers through to some first-timers!

Marcus, Shannon and Connor took part in the 3km event first of all. All 3 raced very well, with the boys in their first open water events. Conor finished in a respectable 11th place in his age group, Marcus in 10th place and Shannon in 12th place. Shannon also secured gold in her age group in the county, and Marcus secured qualification to the National Open Water event next week in Sheffield!

Our youngest swimmer, Jess, made her Open Water debut in the novice 800m event, and after a storming start, finished in 21st place, which placed her 4th in the 11/12 year old age group in the county - not bad for someone who is yet to actually turn 11 this year!

Fleur and James were next to take to the lake, in the tougher 1.5km event. Both were first-timers to this event, James in his first ever swim and Fleur stepping up a distance after taking part last year in the 800m. Both had fantastic starts and strong swims throughout to finish in 21st and 32nd, which placed them 5th (Fleur) and 8th (James) in the county.

The final event of the day saw our Open Water veterans, Harrison, Louis, Steven and Tori take part in the gruelling 5km event. The boys had a fantastic battle in their race, with Harrison finishing first out of the three, and Steven chasing Louis down into the finish, only to be beaten on the touch. The boys finished in 1st, 2nd and 6th place, claiming two golds and a silver in their County age groups in the process.

Tori had a strong swim in the girls heat, despite a small knock right at the start of the race, but she kept her pace throughout and finished in 4th place. This was enough to secure her a gold medal in her age group for the county too!

Overall some stunning results from our swimmers, and for some a fantastic end to what has been an incredible season. Well done all!

Preliminary reports from this last weekend show lots of great swims from our swimmers competing in the three seperate  Events.

Firstly our Peanuts A squad, somewhat depleted through injuries, showed great Team Spirit to secure the runners up position in the Finale of this years Event. Standing in 3rd position throughout the evening the Team pulled out all the stops and come the end of the relays, pipped COSTA to second place by a single point. Fantastic atmosphere and great support by the swimmers for their fellow Team mates. Well done to Hatfield for their win and to COSTA, Bishops Stortford, Potters Bar & Harpenden for providing such fantastic competition.

Our B Squad secured an overall 6th place in their first year in Division 2. A great series of swimming and cemented their position at this level. Onwards and upwards next year !!

Erin O'Meara & Ketan Rach swam for Hertfordshire at Norwich on Sunday in the Regional Inter County Championships. Both swam excellently and helped Herts finish 3rd Overall, just 5 points behind 2nd.

Finally we had our first session of Club Champs Sunday Afternoon. This encorporated all 50m Sprints and the 100m IM. Swimmers of all ages competed and some for their very first time. Again we had some fantastic swims and lots of great PB's.

Our special guest swimmer Kelvin Jones competed in the 50m Backstroke. He led out for the first 25m but lack of recent race experience told and he was beaten to the pads for 3rd Place in a time i'm sure he was very pleased with (30.51). Plenty of video analysis will be made available for him to tweak his last 25m and if anyone has a spare pair of Jammers to donate(waist size roughly 34-36inches) for Kelvins next swim,  the Club and spectators on mass would be most grateful. ;-)

This wednesday sees the continuation of Club Champs (Session 2) so we will see you there.

 

Following the email confirming our summer closure ( 8th August until the 22nd August ). Please find detailed below the sessions that will run for each squad between the 22nd August and the 5th September.

Please ensure you read this as it contains  amendments to what was communicated before.

Evening swimming as normal until 5th August
No Luton on the 7th August A to join B at Woodside 4-6 pm
Last Morning swim at Rickmansworth Friday 22nd July and last morning swim at Woodside Wednesday 3rd August.

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