County Champs 2018
Tring Swimming Club has enjoyed its most successful ever County Championships over the last 3 weekends – fantastic results and well deserved after months of hard work and dedication from swimmers and parents throughout the club.
The club saw more swimmers qualifying for the championships, a very high rate of personal best swims, more finalists and a huge medal haul from Sam Pyefinch who dominated his age group with an outstanding 10 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronzes from the 16 events he competed in, culminating in becoming the overall County champion on the final weekend. Overall 16 swimmers competed in the championships, 14 of them swimming their best ever times with an excellent 56 personal bests across 101 races. 8 swimmers achieved the personal milestone of reaching a County Final, with Sam and Jacob Geller taking home medals.
The most exciting step forward for Tring was seeing the young athletes doing so well in their first experience at such a high level – Mia Boersma led the girls’ team with stunning performances in every one of her races, swimming a 1m04.82s 100m freestyle in her first ever County race, then blew her competitors away with a PB on 50m freestyle in 29.32s, reaching her first final in 7th place. With an outstanding start she turned in 2nd place at half way in the final, just to be edged out into 5th in the final few metres in a very close finish, swimming 29.18s. Rosie Cave showed what a promising future she has by shining in the toughest events in swimming – her 200m butterfly was excellent, taking 5s off her best time. All that despite a fire alarm going off mid-race, which lead to a very uncomfortable 10minutes freezing cold outside in her swimming costume after her race, a nasty shock! And in her 400m individual medley she showed that she is one of the best all-round swimmers in the area with a huge 17s PB, and looked technically excellent on all 4 strokes.
Two 10 year olds Morgan Slade and Sophie Bradley both reached finals in their first ever championships, Morgan looking fantastic on 100m backstroke in 1m26.62s coming 7th, and Sophie finishing 4th twice in 50m backstroke (40.16s) and 200m backstroke in 3m06.07s. Edie Hawtin (also 10) looked very promising with strong personal best swims on both breaststroke and backstroke, while another 10 year old, Rhys Jones, swam well on 100m backstroke in 1m29.29s. And a 5th 10 year old, Jacob Geller, had an outstanding championships with several personal bests in butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, reaching 2 finals and then swimming a very courageous 200m butterfly, taking nearly 30seconds off his personal best in 3m18.61s to win his first silver medal.
There were great performances from more experienced members of the team, with big breakthrough races from Marcia Billingham, Kiera Wharton, Isobel Geller and girls’ captain Molly Bradley. Marcia in particular attacked aggressively in both of her breaststroke races and won her heats by a big distance in 1.21.30s for 100m and 36.91s for 50m, both qualifying times for the East England Regional Championships in May. Kiera swam PBs in 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly, the latter qualifying for the final in 5th place, in which she improved again by nearly 1s to come 4th in 31.85s, narrowly missing out on a medal but qualifying again for Regionals. Isobel swam 6 PBs in races across various events, showing what an outstanding young athlete she is across all strokes, and with appearances in 2 finals and narrowly missing out on a medal in the 100 fly, Isobel has great potential for the future. Finally Molly raced very aggressively in 3 backstroke events, in particular leading the county on 200m backstroke at half way, as well as swimming personal bests in 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley.
But it was 13-year-old Sam Pyefinch who was the outstanding swimmer across all age groups throughout the county. From his first race, 100m backstroke, Sam qualified in first for the final, 1.5s ahead of the field, and then stormed to his first gold medal of the year in the final by 2s in 1m9.10s. This set the tone for the whole championships as Sam won golds in 100m butterfly, raced very intelligently to win 200m individual medley, narrowly missed the magic 1m mark winning gold in 100m freestyle in 1m00.09s, 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle in 27.1s – the latter ranking Sam 5th in the UK. Gold medals in 200m backstroke and 50m butterfly completed a gruelling 2 weekends before Sam finished the championships with 2 races that stood out as the races of the whole championships.
In the final of the 100m individual medley a tense final saw Sam’s rival pull away on the (3rd) breaststroke leg to nearly a body length lead – but in a thrilling freestyle finish Sam stormed back closing with every stroke but still trailed with 5metres to go. In the last stroke a brilliantly timed stretch for the wall gave him the gold medal by just 2 inches, testimony to so many hours of practice at a difficult skill at top speed.
In the final weekend despite a bad cold the overall boys’ 13-year-old county champion title was wrapped up in the 400m freestyle, again Sam just edging out a key rival by 0.5s in a tight finish, another thrilling race.
With more strong performances in the championship relay races on the final weekend, including a 6th place in the freestyle relay and 8th in the medley relay for the open girls team (Marcia Billingham, Mia Boersma, Molly Bradley and Brianna Mazey), Tring Swimming Club is making excellent progress as a team. With an exciting league season ahead there’s great momentum building within the club!
Tring wins Herts Trophy at London Aquatic Centre
Huge congratulations to Tring Swimming Club who competed at the Olympic pool in London on 24th June against seven other Herts teams (Broxbourne, Welwyn, Letchworth, Royston, Ware, Hertford and Buntingford) and won the trophy!
After losing out in 2nd very closely to Royston last year, the team was determined to fight for every point this year, and went into the gala knowing that a single disqualification across 49 races could cost the team very dearly.
Great leadership was demonstrated right at the start of the gala with a big win in the first race by Brianna Mazey, swimming 100m freestyle in 1m04s, followed by early wins by Chloe Woodruff (U16 50m butterfly 32.90s), Isobel Geller (U14 50m breaststroke 41.94s), Josh Frewin and Molly Bradley (Open 100m backstroke in 1m11.58 and 1m12.96) and Sam Pyefinch (U14 50m butterfly 31.81s) – all gave the team confidence and when Tring won four of the first round of eight relay races the team was starting to build a lead.
However as the second half of races began Ware Swimming Club fought back very strongly with a string of wins in the younger age groups, and it took some brilliant racing from the Tring team to stay with them. Cameron Winchcombe was outstanding in the Open 100m breaststroke, winning in 1m12.43 and 50m butterfly in 28.06s, while Marcia Billingham (U16 50m breaststroke 41.04s) and Amelia Owens (U12 50m freestyle 35.06s) both won their races, with fighting 2nd places from Chris Hughes, Chloe Woodruff, James Anderson and Rosie Cave keeping Tring in contention.
As the final round of relay races began Ware led by ten points but three wins by the girls’ teams and a brilliant last leg in the U16 boys’ relay by James Anderson (27.99s) gave Tring a 4th win leaving just two races to go.
The turning point came in the penultimate race, with Tring in 7th after the 2nd leg and Ware leading, Sam Pyefinch dived in for the butterfly leg. With a storming 50m in 30.89s Sam passed swimmer after swimmer and somehow managed to gain 5 places, and with a great 50m freestyle by James Inglis on the final leg, Tring pulled off what looked impossible.
The final Squadron race was close at first, but with remarkable PBs from all of the last five swimmers (Sam Pyefinch again in 29.05s, Molly Bradley in 29.07s, James Anderson in 27.96s, Brianna Mazey in 28.14s and Cameron Winchcombe again in 26.43s), the team pulled away to win convincingly.
The evening was rounded off by Brianna Mazey winning the one-off 200m individual medley race, stretching away on all four of her strokes with outstanding technique in a time of 2m39.85s.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented: “What a wonderful way for the Tring team to end the 2016/17 swimming season. Every single team member should be proud of their performance; not a single disqualification, coming from many months of hard work and dedication to their sport. Very well done!”
Peanuts Junior League – highlights from first two rounds
Strong performances from Tring during the first two rounds of Peanuts, the Herts Junior League, secured them second place on both occasions.
The first round saw 13 wins from Tring and an outstanding 6 new club records in the 47 races. With most points coming from the youngest age group (9-10 year olds), this is really promising for the future. The 9-year-old girls’ team stood out. Morgan Slade took 1second off the 9-year-old girls 25m backstroke club record; Talia Williams 0.6seconds off the 25m breaststroke record, and the relay teams of Morgan, Talia, Eva Doubler, Verity Billingham and Charlotte Matheson took a huge 3seconds off the medley relay and 4seconds off the freestyle relay club records.
Rhys Jones broke the 9- year-old boys’ club record taking 0.6seconds off in the 25m backstroke. There were also big wins in individual races by Charlie Mailey (freestyle/fly), Lili Doubler (freestyle), Edie Hawtin and Edward Larner (breaststroke), Sam Pyefinch (freestyle) and Kiera Wharton (butterfly). The night was finished with a thrilling win in the 8x25m squadron race; the best 8 swimmers from each age group raced and broke yet another club record in a fabulous time of 2m11.21. Swimmers of the night for round one were Morgan Slade (3 club records in 3 swims!) and Edward Larner.
Round 2 on 10th June was another exciting night, with a strong 2nd place achieved, behind a high quality Stevenage team. 13 more wins and 4 new club records. Again the 9-year-old girls’ team shone, with a new medley relay record, taking 2 more seconds off their 1st round record, and another win in the freestyle relay. Zak Simpson took a brilliant 2 seconds off the 9-year-old boys 25m breaststroke record – quite a feat! Also lovely to see 2 brothers breaking records, with Sam Pyefinch taking 2 seconds off the U13 boys 50m backstroke record in a time of 34.81s, and his younger brother Joseph breaking the 9-year-old 25m freestyle record in 18.03seconds.
Other promising wins came in several relays, with the 9-year-old boys’ team of Joseph, Zak Simpson, Ben Wilkinson and Rhys Jones winning both relays, while the 10-year-old boys’ team and 11-year-old girls’ team both won one each. Individual wins on the night were difficult given the strong opposition but a stunning swim by Zoe Hudson in the 10-year-old girls butterfly was the highlight, Zoe winning by 2.5seconds in a lightning fast 18.06secs.
Edie Hawtin repeated her first round achievement winning the U11 girls breaststroke, and Oban Oxley swam very strongly to win the U11 boys backstroke. Lovely to round the night off yet again with a squadron win; a very close race with Stevenage, and won with a storming fightback at the end by Isobel Geller and Sam Pyefinch. Swimmers of the night for round 2 were Zoe Hudson and Joseph Pyefinch.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented: “ The competition will be very tough in the Peanuts Division 2 winners gala on 8th July, but I’m delighted to see so many young Tring swimmers looking so strong and having made excellent progress already”.
Dacorum Schools Gala
Four swimmers from Tring Swimming Club took part in the Hertfordshire Primary Schools Inter-District swimming gala on 9th June, competing as part of the Dacorum district team.
Lucy Bee, Jacob Geller, Oliver Denton-Sparke and Alexander Stephenson were selected along with 30 other children out of 145 who attended the Dacorum swimming trials in April. They did their swimming club proud in a well-fought competition at Watford’s Woodside Leisure Centre. Teams from St. Albans, North District and Watford also took part. Dacorum came 3rd overall, and medalled in 14 out of 25 events.
Lucy got a bronze medal in the year 5 girls’ medley relay and came 5th in the individual 50m backstroke. Jacob achieved silver in the year 5 boys’ medley relay, and came 8th in his individual 50m breaststroke. Oliver claimed gold in the year 6 boys’ freestyle relay and was 7th in the individual 50m backstroke. Alexander was 10th year 5 boy in the 50m butterfly. In the age categories, Dacorum year 5 boys came 4th, as did year 6 boys, and the year 5 girls claimed victory!
Huge congratulations to Lucy, Jacob, Oliver and Alexander (pictured left to right) and the whole of the Dacorum team on their swimming success!
Regional Gold for Tring!
It was an outstanding weekend for 2 young Tring swimmers at the East Region Swimming Championships in Norwich – for Sam Pyefinch and Isobel Geller it was their first major championship in an Olympic-sized (50m) pool and both swimmers performed brilliantly at such a high level.
With around 40 of the best swimmers (14 years and under) in the whole of the East Region qualifying in each event, the competition to reach each final (top 8) was fierce and so Sam’s achievement of qualifying for 6 finals out of his 9 events in 3 different strokes shows what a top quality all-round swimmers he has become. This age group is particularly strong for both girls and boys this year and so every event was a huge battle to qualify
Isobel raced in 4 events, including the very tough 200m Butterfly event on the first day, coming a creditable 18th in her first attempt in a 50metre pool. But her best race was in the 50m Butterfly, where seeded 23rd she swam an outstanding personal best in a time of 33.62s coming 12th overall and just missing the final – but in coming 2nd out of all of the Hertfordshire county swimmers she put down a challenge for next year’s county championships and her time has now put her in the top 100 butterfly swimmers in the UK. With swims in 2 other strokes (25th in 50m Breaststroke and 48th in 50m Freestyle) Isobel also has great all-round talent and her very hard work in training is starting to give her the results she deserves.
With 6 finals Sam managed a very tough schedule with great calm and maturity and performed at an even higher level in pretty much every final. Outstanding swims included 50m Freestyle (4th) in which Sam broke the 30second mark for the first time with a big personal best in 29.69s, 50m Backstroke (4th) in 34.31s and 100m Butterfly (4th) in which Sam did a huge 2second PB in 1.12.72s and then another PB in 100m Freestyle (5th) in 1.06.13s.
But it was Sam’s best event of 50m Butterfly in which he excelled beyond all expectation. Seeded 3rd entering the competition Sam had an opportunity for a possible medal but his heat race was an unbelievable swim in which he took over 2seconds off his personal best in a time of 30.80s, and put him more than a second ahead of the rest of the competition going into the final. With a lot of pressure on him in the leader’s position in the final he stamped his authority all over the race with a fabulous dive and by the time he started swimming he was already ahead – by half way he was stretching his lead and blasted into the last 5metres with power and technique and finished perfectly on a full stroke, winning the gold medal by over a body length in another personal best of 30.45s. An amazing achievement and Tring’s first Regional Champion in many years, many congratulations to Sam! Sam’s final swim now ranks him 5th in the UK for 50m Butterfly and is a result of his fabulous approach to training – always working hard and always thinking about the way he swims and focused on perfecting his technique in every session.
Well done to both Sam and Isobel!!
Herts County Champs
It was an excellent start to the year for Tring Swimming Club at this year’s Herts County Championships weekends, with brilliant performances from 4 swimmers in particular – Sam Pyefinch, Isobel Geller, Kiera Wharton and Charlie Mailey, and a string of personal best swims and final qualifications from other members of the Tring team.
Last year Sam narrowly missed out on a gold medal with a very unlucky disqualification, but this year his outstanding training efforts led to his first gold medal in 100m backstroke on the first morning. A 1.5 second personal best in the heat was followed up just an hour later with an even faster time in the final to claim gold, a theme which Sam continued throughout the 3 weekends. Sam then claimed gold in 3 fabulous 50m sprint finals – in backstroke, freestyle and an outstanding 50m butterfly in which his 32.33sec time won the final by over 2 metres and makes Sam the 7th fastest butterflier in the country for his age. With his 3 silver medals (100 fly, 100 free and 100 IM), 3 bronzes (200 IM, 200 back and 400 IM), and the huge progress he has made in breaststroke (4th place in all 3 breaststroke events), this is a great sign for the future.
But the best race of the whole championships came in the final weekend when Sam battled it out with Alexander Williams of Watford over the first 58 lengths of the gruelling 1500m freestyle race – 2 excellent swimmers who were never more than half a second apart in the whole race, until Sam’s technique and excellent skills underwater off his turns edged him ahead in the final 50m to win the his 5th gold medal by just over a second.
Tring claimed 2 other medals with young butterfly swimmers Kiera Wharton and Charlie Mailey standing out as two of the most improved swimmers in the county. Charlie won silver in 100m butterfly showing great endurance and pushing the winner all the way in the last 25metres, and Kiera Wharton swam an outstanding 33.53seconds for a bronze medal in 50m butterfly, and just 0.2seconds away from the gold – that swim also qualifying Kiera for the regional championships for the first time.
But perhaps the most consistently excellent Tring swimmer throughout the championships was Isobel Geller, who raced 16 events over the 3 weekends, claiming 3 4th places, 4 5th places and 3 other final places. Isobel swam 18 personal bests and made huge progress, culminating in a tough final weekend in which she swam 5.30s in 400m freestyle, 6.08s in 400IM and then 11.20s in 800m freestyle – taking 10, 20 and 30 seconds off her personal bests respectively.
With personal best swims from Marcia Billingham, Molly Bradley, Oliver Denton-Sparke (all 200 backstroke), an excellent first county swim from Daisy Knight (PB in 200 Breaststroke), Charlie Mailey in a string of events, Brianna Mazey (a great Open final appearance in 100 Backstroke) and good swims from first-timer Amaya Stephenson, a great 5th place final 50m butterfly from Chloe Woodruff and a strong performance from our relay teams on the final day, the whole team showed what great talent there is in Tring. And now back to the training pool for more hard work!
Tring Swimming Club – Peanuts junior league round 1
Tring Swimming Club did incredibly well to achieve second place in the first round of the Peanuts junior league recently. It was a really exciting first weekend of the Peanuts League, and particularly nice to see such a strong team performance with every team member contributing to the result and 28 happy smiling faces throughout the evening.
The competition was tough with a very strong Hoddesdon team winning comfortably, and the other 5 teams being very close all evening. After 12 events Tring were in 6th place, but things began to turn with the first relay events in which the team’s strength started to come through. A special mention must go to the 9yo girls relay team of Nina Gething, Lucy Bee, Isabella Dolton and Charlie Mailey who broke the Club Record by more than a second in the 4x25m freestyle with a brilliant time of 1.19.64.
Exciting also to see a full 9yo boys team for the first time in many years, and with a quick time of 1.23.84 there is a great deal of potential for the future in this group. Once the 2nd round of individual events began Tring surged again with 2 fantastic individual Club Records (a rare achievement) by Charlie Mailey (25m backstroke in 21.71s) and Sam Pyefinch (25m butterfly in 15.72s) and some strong 2nds and 3rds from Daisy Knight (U11 breaststroke), Boys Captain Joe Judson (U13 freestyle), Lucy Bee (9yo breaststroke), Rosie Cave (U13 butterfly) and Lili Doubler (U11 backstroke). Galas are won and lost by how swimmers fight to gain single places and converting a 6th into a 5th is every bit as important as winning races; lots of examples of this fighting spirit were really pleasing to see. A particularly impressive 25m breaststroke in his debut gala by Edward Larner – when his goggles came off on his dive things didn’t look good but Edward brushed this off and stormed through to take 2nd place in a quick 27.43s, very well done Edward.
When the final round of relays began Tring were in a close fight for 3rd place with Cheshunt, but the strength in depth of the team really came through with a string of excellent relay races. With a fine win by the U13 boys freestyle team (Max Gething, Joe Judson, Sam Pyefinch and Oliver Denton-Sparke) in the penultimate event of the night, Tring moved into 2nd place overall for the first time and clinched overall 2nd place with a thrilling Squadron race at the end.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented: “Well done to everyone! I was particularly pleased to see the U13 boys and girls giving such fantastic support to the younger team members in their first gala – racing for your club can feel daunting first time round and just a pat on the back from your teammates means so much. All 28 team members were excellent, but the coaching team were unanimous in deciding that the Swimmers of the Night were Edward Larner and Lucy Bee – well done to you both and good luck for the next round in June!”
For the first time Tring Swimming Club had a full development team competing at the Chiltern League recently. So many of these young swimmers have made great progress just in the first two rounds. The club’s aim for this team is to develop as many swimmers as possible through racing, working as a team and competing as a team; where the team finishes in the league isn’t really the aim as there are so many more established non-development teams in the league. So, 6th place in the first 2 rounds is to be expected.
For many of Tring’s swimmers this was the first gala team that they’ve been part of, and so fun and mutual support is a very important part of this team. In the first round it was wonderful to hear the support, cheering and singing coming from Team Tring, so much louder than any other club.
In Round 1 the outstanding swims were from the very talented 10 and under girls who managed to win the Medley Relay and the Freestyle Relay, as well as Anna Birch winning 50 backstroke in 49.59s and Chloe Sharp winning 50 freestyle in 42.14s. Georgia Wilkinson was the other race winner and showed excellent technique at 50 backstroke in a time of 39.17s. It was great to see the new 10&U and 12&U boys team race for the first time also – James Monks swam very well doing 50 freestyle in a time of 45.77s, and Tim Fryer, Alexander Stephenson and Ethan Jones all got off to a great start in racing.
In Round 2, Anna and the 10&U freestyle relay team won again, including Charlie Mailey this time. A particular well done also to Amaya Stephenson, Daisy Knight and Oliver Denton-Sparke who have all swum up in the 12&U age group throughout, and all 3 have swum PBs in rounds 1 and 2. Other outstanding swims included Eleanor Terrett, 1.27.69 for 100 backstroke, a 9s PB by Alice Greville swimming 50 backstroke in 48.10 and 51.83 by Hannah-Grace Munday in 50 breaststroke, a 2s PB.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley was very proud of all the swimmers and commented: “Well done to everyone involved – everyone in this team has great potential and many will go on to become part of the Herts Major team in future. Thank you to team manager Sarah and all the poolside helpers – all involved have been a credit to the club”.
Swimmers of the Night for round 1 were Daisy Knight and James Monks, and for round 2 were Anna Birch and Alexander Stephenson.
Tring win again at Herts Major
Well done to Team Tring for another wonderful team performance at Hemel Hempstead in the Hertfordshire Major League on 5th March! As hosts for the event, Tring Swimming Club would like to thank all the parents and officials who worked so hard to make the evening run smoothly; the whole event was very professional and a credit to everyone at the club.
In the pool the Tring team achieved another milestone with a 2nd victory in 2 rounds, beating much tougher opposition this time in Bushey (by 11 points) and Hertsmere Flyers (by 34 points) – impressive progress since the autumn when Bushey beat Tring twice in the Arena League. The club is very proud of winning the first 2 rounds, something not achieved before and all built on a foundation of hard work by the club committee, parents and coaches, months of hard training and skill development in the pool, and most of all teamwork. As just a small example of the dedication it has taken, the team raced 55 relay takeovers on Saturday night – in training last Thursday the team repeated relay practice over and over again, and refused to finish the session until they had performed 55 perfect takeovers in a row.
16 event wins out of 49 races, and 5 more club records were broken after the 5 achieved in the first round;
- A fantastic 25m fly by Sam Pyefinch in 16.29s breaking the U12 club record – Sam also swam more than half a second faster than Nathan Gething’s club record U12 25m freestyle time in the freestyle relay
- Nathan stayed in the record books as part of our fantastic U14 boys freestyle relay team, as they took over a second off a record held by a team containing Cole James and James Chennells, both now very high level swimmers
- The U16 girls team broke their own record from round 1, swimming 57.1s in the freestyle relay, now an unbelievable 3s faster than last year’s record and getting faster all the time
- The Open Girls team, now including 2 Tring coaches, Lorna Wright and Jasmine Booth, broke the freestyle club record in a time of 56.59s, giving the U16 girls something to aim for in the final round
- Finally the Squadron team finished the night with a thrilling win by less than a body length, just holding Bushey off to take 2seconds off the club record in 1.53.12s
Swimmers of the Night:
- Sam Pyefinch for his club record swims, and a fantastic PB win in the U12 50 backstroke in 37.06s
- Rosie Cave and Jasmine Booth – Rosie swam a wonderful 5.5s PB to finish 2nd in the U14Girls backstroke, and leading off the winning U14 Girls medley relay team so strongly at a crucial stage of the gala. Jasmine returned for her first race in over a year and won the Girls Open 100 Breaststroke in 1.24.82s – many swimmers would have paced themselves without any racing practice, but Jasmine lead from the dive and put absolutely everything into it, holding on by less than a second in a brilliant race.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented: “The star of the night was the whole team – every single swimmer made a difference and supported each other all the way. Now onto the final round on April 2nd – our competitors will get tougher once again as we face a very strong Cheshunt team for the first time, as well as Bushey, Hertsmere and Verulam again, this time in the championship gala. Good luck Team Tring!”
Team Tring at Herts County Champs
Well done to all the Tring swimmers who performed so well over the 3 County Championship weekends. There were some great achievements and many complimentary comments from other clubs about both Tring’s swimming and behaviour around the pool. We all felt very proud of our team!
Firstly, huge congratulations to our 4 medallists. Sam Pyefinch was outstanding in his backstroke events, making enormous improvements to get a silver medal in the 50m and a bronze in the 200m, and then swam yet another PB in the 100 IM final for a well-deserved bronze. Overall 11 PBs in 12 events and 8 finals in his first county champs appearance.
Josh Weston also made great strides forward with 11 PBs in 12 events, 6 final swims and finished off with a fantastic bronze medal in the 400 IM on the final weekend, a tough event and fantastic time of 6.00.42 – very well done Josh. 6 PBs and 6 finals in 8 events for Isobel Geller was another excellent performance, and the most impressive swim over all 3 weekends was Isobel’s 200m Fly. For anyone who has done this event you’ll know how it feels after the first 50m, and the way Isobel fought back in the latter half of the race such that her final 25m was the same split as her first 25m was outstanding, and gave her a very well deserved silver medal.
The most exciting race of the 3 weekends was the 14yo girls 50 fly final – Chloe Woodruff qualified for the final with a lightning-fast time of 32.49s, a fraction short of the regional qualifying time of 32.45s. With a lot of pressure on the final with all 8 girls within 1.5 seconds of each other, Chloe raced beautifully and got all her skills just right with a time of 32.35s, for both a regional time and a bronze medal.
A very well done to all of our other finalists. Brianna Mazey came a very narrow 4th in 50m freestyle, Emma Killen 8th in 50m breaststroke, Nathan Gething 8th in 100m freestyle and Max Gething and Alice Weston both 7th in 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly respectively. First final appearances for many and I hope the experience was both fun and provided inspiration to aim for to go one better next year.
2 other swims were outstanding and worthy of mention. Very well done to Chris Hughes who took 3 seconds of his 100m fly PB in 1.16.83, and Finlay Miles with 2 excellent PBs in 100m and 50m breaststroke in which he narrowly missed the final.
Finally well done to everyone who raced in the relays on the final Sunday. Against pretty much exclusively 1st division competition we held our own in all events, with our 15yo girls team beating Watford, Potters Bar and Harpenden, and our 15yo boys beating Potters Bar and Cheshunt. 14 PBs in 32 swims was great to see and a particular well done to Katy Colwell who rocketed past most of the field with a new PB of 31.38s in 50m fly, very close to the regional time of 30.91.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented: “Overall I am immensely proud of our team, how hard they have worked and their progress. Tring was one of only 2 clubs out of 20 to increase our qualification numbers this year, more than doubling our entries from 38 last year to 83. Thank you to all our swimmers, coaches and parent helpers as it’s been a great team effort and we’re already looking forward to next year with so many promising young swimmers training hard in the pool”.
Victory for Tring!
Huge congratulations to Tring Swimming Club who achieved their first big win as a team in recent years at the first round of the Herts Major League recently. Tring finished first place overall in the gala by around 20 points, ahead of Verulam (who have beaten Tring in both Arena and Herts Major leagues in the last year) and Royston (who beat Tring in round 1 of Herts Major last year). Head Coach, Johnny Bradley, was delighted, and commented:
‘It was a great team effort built on 6 months of hard training, tough battles in the Arena League in the autumn, and some excellent team preparation. The relay team performances were outstanding. It was also a pleasure to be poolside with the team all night, with young and older swimmers supporting each other. Team spirit was outstanding and behaviour was excellent’.
Overall Team Tring achieved 39 PBs (11 individual, 28 relay) and at least 5 club records (a possible 6th by the U14 boys’ team to be confirmed). New club records are rare and deserve special praise for the teams who achieved such a great milestone:
- Chloe Woodruff, Emma Killin, Katy Colwell and Aliesha Mazey (Open Medley Relay) – 1.02.18 (Old Record 1.04.19)
- Molly Bradley, Emma Killin, Chloe Woodruff, Brianna Mazey (U16 Medley Relay) – 1.02.12 (Old Record 1.03.63)
- Katy Colwell, Lorna Wright, Aliesha Mazey, Chloe Woodruff (Open freestyle Relay) – 57.00 (Old Record 58.33)
- Chloe Woodruff, Emma Killin, Molly Bradley, Brianna Mazey (U16 Freestyle Relay) – 57.90 (Old Record 1.00.07)
- Isobel Geller, Max Gething, Marcia Billingham, Nathan Gething, Molly Bradley, Tom Meacock, Brianna Mazey, Tom Frewin (Squadron relay) – 1.55.00 (Old Record 1.55.25)
Swimmer of the night
There were so many fabulous performances that for once several swimmers were nominated:
- Nathan Gething for his HUGE U14 100m freestyle win and U16 100m freestyle PB, and 2 relay PBs leading the very strong U14 boys relay team
- Ed Birch for an outstanding 100m backstroke PB, swimming up in a tough U16 boys event
- The U12 Boys Team – well done to Cameron Miller, Oliver Denton-Sparke, Sam Pyefinch and Max Gething, who all swam brilliantly all night
- The U16 Girls team – a brilliant opening 100m freestyle PB from Brianna Mazey that gave the team confidence for the whole night, an excellent 100m Fly PB by Chloe Woodruff, 7 individual event wins, 5 relay PBs, Molly Bradley and Brianna Mazey in a thrilling Squadron Club Record, 2 U16 Club Records and Chloe Woodruff and Emma Killin in the Open Club Record relays – all by a team who is swimming up a year.
A huge well done to the team!
Arena League Round up
The Tring coaching team is delighted by the progress of all the swimmers across the 3 Arena League rounds, well done to everyone involved. It’s important to recognise the level of competition; Tring has been up against a number of very big clubs who are a division above them in the Herts Major League such as Cheshunt, Stevenage, Harpenden and Hertford, and clubs who beat them comfortably last year such as Verulam and Bushey.
In that context Tring’s progress as a team has been excellent. They were narrowly beaten by Bushey twice in rounds 2 and 3, and managed to beat Stevenage in round 2, losing to them in a tight battle in round 3. And given how many swimmers were competing in less favoured events to go for county times in round 3 there is clearly more improvement to make which is very exciting with the Herts Major League coming up in January.
Overall Tring came 13th out of 16 clubs after the final round. A few stats on how the team performed:
- Compared to 2014 Round 3 they were faster in 35 events, slower in only 15 events
- Times for the team improved from round 1 to round 2 to round 3
- As recently as March Tring narrowly beat Ware by just 10 points in Herts Major League round 3; in round 3 of the Arena League Tring beat them by 103 points.
- Including relays the team achieved 51 PBs in round 1, 38 in round 2 and 37 in round 3 – 126 PBs in total. It was noticeable how many swimmers swim faster in the Arena rounds compared to Open Meets; while the Arena league involves a big commitment from everyone involved, it has been a great environment through which the team has progressed and developed.
Swimmer of the night awards: –
- Round 1 – Molly Bradley and Thomas Monks
- Round 2 – Rosie Cave with an outstanding 100 fly, and Nathan Gething with a 1.03.96 100 Freestyle who won a thrilling race in the U14 age group
- Round 3 – Isobel Geller who showed what a fantastic racer she is in winning the U12 fly by a fraction of a second, and an excellent PB in 50m breaststroke, and Tom Meacock who achieved his first ever county time in breaking the 1.25 barrier in 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.24.83 – well done Tom, a remarkable achievement given what a short time he has been swimming competitively, and great potential for the future
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented ‘I’d like to highlight the teamwork shown throughout the 3 rounds and in particular the contribution by swimmers who swam in relays only. I feel strongly that swimming is at its best as a sport when you’re fighting together as a team, and every single swimmer is critical to the team’s success, whether racing in 5 events or 1. And often swimmers who swim relays only make the most progress.’ A huge well done to:
- Angus Miller – Angus had a PB of 37.00s for 50 Freestyle in September, and improved his time in every single round. Even better in round 3 he swam 50 fc 3 times, and progressed each swim, with times of 34.09s, then 33.78s, then 33.49s
- Lucy Cooper – Lucy has moved into Tring Squad 3 and settled in really well, and is now regularly swimming around 35s for 50fc, well done Lucy!
- Aliesha Mazey – Aliesha broke through the 33s barrier for 50fc earlier this year, and has been a fantastic member of the Open Girls team. She has changed her technique to a more sprint-style and made even better progress recently, breaking through 32s twice in round 3
- Our 9 year olds – Alice Weston, Daisy Knight and Oliver Denton-Sparke all made progress throughout the Arena League. Unfortunately 9 year olds can’t swim individual races but they all performed really well in the relay events and were great team members. Well done to Alice for her 2 recent county times in 50m freestyle and 50m fly.
Tring Coach is part of Elite
Tring Swimming Club is proud to announce that one of our coaches, Lisa Atkinson, has been selected for one of the two Development Coach positions on an Elite Training Camp, organised and paid for by British Swimming, to be held in Japan in December. The Camp will provide international training experience for swimmers highlighted as having Olympic potential for Tokyo 2020, and is taking place in the planned Olympic venue. This international opportunity gives Lisa the chance to learn from the very best and share all her new experience and learning with Tring’s swimmers and coaching team. Lisa is also Head Coach at Maxwell Swim Club (Aylesbury Vale’s performance club), and we feel very lucky to have her as part of our coaching team at Tring. She is Lead Coach at Tring for our after school sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
Congratulations to Lisa for getting the recognition she deserves.
Tring’s Club Champs
Well done to everyone involved in Tring Swimming Club’s ‘Club Champs’ last weekend! It was a wonderful 4 days of racing. Head coach Johnny Bradley was particularly impressed by the positive and supportive environment that the swimmers have created which makes the club feel so special.
The club recorded 412 PBs out of 567 swims (73%). 18 new county times were achieved, 3 club bests and one regional time.
It’s been great to see so many new, talented young swimmers starting to compete in recent months. Amongst the under 9’s Nina Gething was outstanding, winning freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, with Eva Doubler showing great promise coming 2nd in each, aged only 7. Eva then showed how good she is, swimming 24.12s for 25m fly, just beating Morgan Slade and Sophie Bradley, Sophie fighting back by narrowly winning the 50m fly. It was a delight to see Edie Hawtin, Naomi Thomas and Erin Cave swimming in their first races, with all 7 of the girls having such fun all weekend.
And a big welcome to the new boys who raced for the first time: Alexander Stephenson and Jacob Geller. They raced in a number of events, 50m breaststroke being particularly close-run, and James Monks swam well in freestyle and backstroke. With a number of other boys joining both Bronze and Silver Academy recently we are starting to build a stronger junior boys group, a major priority for us in terms of growing our competitive strength going forward.
The 9 year-old girls’ team looked fantastic across all 4 days, with Alice Weston and Charlie Mailey splitting the wins evenly, and Daisy Knight winning 50m backstroke with Anna Birch a narrow 2nd. Head Coach Johnny commented: “I was particularly impressed with the progress in technique this group have made, with Charlie and Daisy swimming excellent breaststroke, Alice and Chloe Sharp looking very promising on freestyle and backstroke, and Lili and Florence both swimming well.”
The 10-11 year-old group is also outstanding, and many congratulations to Isobel Geller who swept every single race across the 4 days, achieving 3 new county times to go with 3 earlier, including achieving one in all 4 strokes and the Individual Medley. It’s very important that all swimmers keep striving to improve across all 4 strokes as everyone progresses at different rates in each stroke, and even top Olympic swimmers switch to a new stroke beyond the age of 18. Isobel was pushed in various events by a group who are making very rapid progress – well done in particular to Hannah Knight who swam an excellent 3m35s 200m IM, Kiera Wharton who came within 0.44s of a county time on 50m freestyle (35.67s) and Nicole McKenna and Amaya Stephenson who are both swam well across all strokes. It will be exciting to see this group come together as a team in the Herts Major League and Chiltern League in the New Year.
In the boys group there was a 3-way battle between Josh Weston, Sam Pyefinch and Max Gething which was great to watch. All 3 achieved new county times with Sam now having hit 11, Josh 7 and Max 3 – and with the 3 of them complementing each other so well across the 4 strokes the boys are now a really strong team. Josh came out first in all the fly and breaststroke events, as well as the longer events such as 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and IM, and swam a really impressive 2m49s in 200m freestyle. Max won 50m backstroke with Sam close behind, and Sam was outstanding in 50m freestyle with a new PB of 34.24s. Well done all three of you!
12+ age group
There have been some fantastic improvements made in recent months:
- Chris Hughes has worked incredibly hard and deserved some outstanding performances. 12 months ago his PB for 50m fly was 53.44s, at the weekend he won in a brilliant 33.15s and is now ranked 8th in Hertfordshire for his age. He has done well working on all 4 strokes and achieved big improvements in 50m breaststroke in 44s and 50m freestyle in 31.65s.
- Congratulations to Brianna Mazey who swam 3 fantastic freestyle wins – firstly a 400m freestyle on Thursday in which her first 100m split was swum in 1m7s, coming in with 5m 1.56s, the fastest time swum by any current member. Brianna then followed that up on Saturday with 29.03s over 50m, achieving a regional qualifying time that unfortunately needs to be repeated at a higher level meet in order to qualify. And then again reached the top of the club rankings over 200m on Sunday with 2.22.01. With strong swims over all 4 strokes Brianna is in great form.
- Tom Meacock has broken through with some great swims in recent months and improved even further over the weekend, in particular a fantastic race with Nathan Gething over 50m freestyle in 29.17s. Tom also PB’d across all 4 strokes and has the potential to be our leading open swimmer over the next few years
- Mia Boersma has made huge progress in a short time and again is progressing across all 4 strokes. In particular a 32.12s over 50m freestyle (just outside the 32s county time), and Mia’s butterfly is very promising. Congratulations also to Mia (and Molly Bradley) for qualifying for the National ESSA schools finals on November 21st , a great opportunity to race at the London Aquatics Centre
- 5 other swimmers really stood out. Finlay Miles is making great progress in freestyle (32.31s in the 50m skins) and won a thrilling 50m breaststroke, edging out Michael Renkel and Tom Meacock in 39.96s. Well done to Eleanor Terrett who has worked really hard through injury recently and is a very promising butterflier. Great improvements too by Alicia Denton-Sparke and Daisy Knight – well done to both of you! And finally Marcia Billingham – definitely now a freestyler!!
Fantastic wins from Chloe Woodruff (200m IM, fly), Molly Bradley (back, 100m free), Emma Killen (breaststroke, 400IM – in the middle of a hectic weekend including Winter Regionals, well done Emma!) and Michael Renkel (all strokes) were great to see. Head Coach Johnny Bradley concludes: “With swimmers across the club making strong improvements it’s a really exciting time as we prepare for the remaining Arena League rounds and then the Herts Major and Chiltern Leagues in the new year. Our teams are getting better all the time and we are a long way ahead of where we were at the same time last year.”
Natalie Barry Open Meet – October 2015
The Natalie Barry Open Meet took place at Bletchley Leisure Centre last month and 14 swimmers from Tring Swimming Club competed. From a total of 53 swims we gained 20 first places, 9 second places, 7 third places and 30 PBs.
Brianna Mazey gained first place in all of her 7 swims. Other first places went to Marcia Billingham (3), Rosie Cave (2), Emma Killin (2), Josh Weston (2), Molly Bradley, Isobel Geller, Charlie Mailey and Alice Weston.
Stand out swims were from Marcia Billingham in the 100m freestyle, Charlie Mailey in the 50m breaststroke and Josh Weston in the 100m butterfly.
9-year-old Charlie Mailey was competing in her first Open Meet and gained a gold, silver and bronze medal from her three swims. Isobel Geller (10 years old) and Alice Weston (9 years old) also continued to show the tremendous progress they are making as swimmers.
A successful day for Tring Swimming Club, making Lead Coach, Steve Aldred, very happy!
Harpenden open meet and Arena League round 1
Some good progress for Tring Swimming Club swimmers at the Harpenden Open Meet at Borehamwood on 3rd and 4th October. 25 PBs out of 58 swims was a good step forward for a number of swimmers, so soon after many had done the same events in club time trials. 4 new county times were achieved: Molly Bradley gaining 2 (100 Back, 200 Back); Sam Pyefinch 1 in his first ever 100 Fly (1.38.97); and Chloe Woodruff demonstrating her outstanding butterfly with 1.18.07 for 100m.
A big milestone was achieved by Brianna Mazey, breaking through the 30 second barrier for 50 freestyle with a fantastic 29.98. Brianna has been improving rapidly over recent months and it was great to see her hard work lead to such an achievement. Well done Brianna! Other great swims by Rosie Cave (1.37) and Amaya Stephenson (1.54) in 100 Fly, Daisy Lang who swam 2 big PBs (3.33 200IM and 1.31 100 Fc), and Erin Deacon (4sec PB 50 Fc in 40s) made it a really positive weekend.
A sign of the progress we’re making at Tring is that we now have 11 swimmers with 40 PBs better than county qualifying times, already greater than last year’s 38.
Meanwhile at the first round of the national Arena League on 11th October, Tring Head Coach, Johnny Bradley, commented: “It was such an exciting team night and I was thrilled by how we swam, and in particular how we swam as a team. ”
Overall Tring came a creditable 7th against very tough opposition. To get ahead of any club in the Arena League is an achievement in itself, and three of the clubs competing are a division above Tring in the Herts League. A few highlights are as follows:
- 44 PBs – fantastic! In particular we PB’d in 27 of the 34 individual races
- Our 13-15 year-old boy group is very talented, and improving every day. They were all brilliant, swimming against huge 18 year-olds without any hesitation and achieving PBs throughout. A special mention to Thomas Monks and Tom Meacock who both achieved PBs in all 3 of their individual races
- Great progress in butterfly across the girls’ team: Isobel, Rosie, Chloe and Katy were outstanding and together with Mia are turning what was a team weakness into a big strength. Rosie’s 1.34 in U14 100 Fly was a particular highlight.
- The U12s – PBs for everyone and I was delighted to see our 3 9 year-olds (Alice, Ollie and Daisy) swim so well!
- 2 new county times were achieved – Max Gething 40.37 in 50 backstroke, and Finlay Miles with an excellent 2nd place in the U14 100 Breaststroke in 1.30.86
- Another 2nd place 100 Breaststroke came from Chloe Woodruff – 1.28.06 now makes her the 2nd fastest breaststroker in the club
- Mia Boersma showed what huge improvements she’s making all the time with a 7 second PB on 100 Freestyle, in 1.15.72, and Maria McCormack broke the 1.10 barrier with 1.09.34
- And finally Molly Bradley – a wonderful 2- second PB on her first 100m backstroke in 1.12.59, followed just 20 minutes later with an even better 1.11.55 – just half a second off a club record and a great breakthrough, well done!
Swimmers of the night were Molly Bradley and Thomas Monks. Well done Tring!
Medal Haul for Tring at Hoddesdon – Sept 2015
Earlier this month a number of swimmers from Tring Swimming Club took part in the Hoddesdon Open Meet at the Venue Leisure Centre in Borehamwood. Though it was an early season meet the swimmers gained a number of PBs and a haul of 47 medals, with Chloe Woodruff earning two speeding tickets.
Eleven gold medals were won by:
Molly Bradley – 100m backstroke
Isobel Geller – 50m breaststroke
Nathan Gething – 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle
Daisy Knight – 100m breaststroke
Sam Pyefinch -200m Individual Medley and 100m freestyle
Amaya Stephenson – 200m Individual Medley
Alice Weston – 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle
Chloe Woodruff – 200m Individual Medley
Sam Pyefinch gained medals in all but one of his 10 swims, Brianna Mazey gained medals in all her 7 swims, whilst Isobel Geller and Thomas Monks gained medals in all 4 of their swims.
On a day of excellent swimming by Tring swimming club, particular stand out swims were by Sam Pyefinch in the 200m Individual Medley, Josh Weston in the 100m Individual Medley and Daisy Knight in the 50m butterfly. Daisy belied her age and size by beating older and bigger girls through showing excellent technique and skills. Coach Steve Aldred commented: “It was really pleasing to see the skills progression being made by the younger swimmers. They were continually gaining on faster swimmers in their heats with their breakouts from their starts and turns. This of course is testament to the great work being done by the coaching team”.
Several of the Tring team achieved County times at the meet: Chloe Woodruff for 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke, Nathan Gething for 50m and 100m freestyle, Josh Weston for 100m breaststroke and Sam Pyefinch for 200m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley. Well done to all of them.
Finally, a special mention from coach Steve for Marcia Billingham, who though struggling with illness, swam throughout the day and did not pull out of any events. Steve says: “Though her illness caught up with her in her last two swims, earlier she gained three bronze medals and two PBs. With her continuing improvement in skills, especially her starts, I am sure when she swims free from illness, PBs and improved performance will come.”
Team Tring at Wycombe Meet – July 2015
Congratulations to Josh Weston and Isobel Geller from Tring Swimming Club who both secured their first County qualifying times at the Wycombe Long Course Open Meet recently.
Isobel swam an outstanding 41.55 seconds for 50m butterfly, a 5 second improvement on her entry time – a brilliant swim considering how much tougher it is to keep going at butterfly in a 50m pool. And a huge well done to Josh who managed to knock off 19 seconds in swimming 1.37.14 for 100m butterfly – again outstanding swimming to keep going in such a big pool.
The coaching team is delighted that we’re making such rapid progress in butterfly. As well as Josh and Isobel, Chris Hughes showed excellent technique in a recent club gala (Duel in the Pool), swimming 35.78 seconds for 50m fly, nearly a second below the county qualifying time and a 4 second PB. With recent big butterfly PBs from Brianna Mazey, Mia Boersma, Sam Pyefinch, Tom Monks, Molly Bradley, Nathan Gething, Tom Meacock, Cara Mitchell and Rosie Cave, it really feels we are turning a corner in technique throughout the club. Well done to all of you.
Elsewhere at Wycombe it was a good weekend for the younger swimmers. Isobel swam 5 other PBs, one in every event she raced, Alice Weston swam 2 PBs (50 fc/50 bk) out of 2 and Lorna Coull showed real promise with a 4 second 50 freestyle PB in 44.04 – great leg kick Lorna! There were 2 good 100 freestyle PBs – one from Joe Judson in 1.18.46 and one from Marcia Billingham who’s rapidly convincing herself she is a freestyler with 1.15.78.
For the older swimmers it was a tough weekend trying to get to grips with a long course pool. Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented “I’m really pleased with the experience gained from this meet, and the perseverance from the team”. Highlights were two freestyle PBs from Brianna (31.72 in 50m, 5.19.62 in 400m), and the achievement of getting through to the final for Chloe Woodruff – 4th place in a hard-fought 50m fly against a number of older swimmers.
Success at Round 3 of Peanuts
Tring Swimming Club was delighted to have made it into the ‘A final’ for the third round of the Peanuts League (the Hertfordshire league for swimmers under age 13). This meant that the team had already qualified with the top six teams out of twelve in Division Two. It also meant that the competition was tougher than ever this time with the teams fighting it out for the final league positions.
Despite the tough races, Team Tring secured ten first or second places from 47 events. Our event winners were Max Gething (Under 12 backstroke), Marcy Billingham (Under 13 breaststroke), Finlay Miles (Under 13 breaststroke), Isobel Geller (Under 11 fly), Nathan Gething (Under 13 fly and freestyle) and the Under 13 boys medley relay team of Max, Fin, Nathan and Joe Judson, who also set a new club best record for this event.
We have started a new Tring tradition in this series of galas by choosing a boy and girl ‘swimmer of the night’. This time the coaches selected Fin Miles, who set new personal best times in two events and was part of two very successful relay teams, and Annalise McKenna for her massive PB in 50m backstroke – evidence of greatly improved technique.
Other personal best times were achieved by: Lorna Coull (25m free), Charlie Montero (25m free), Max Gething (25m back), Marcy Billingham (50m breast), Alice Weston (25m free), Isobel Geller (25m fly), Joe Judson (25m free), Oliver Denton-Sparke (25m back), Hannah Knight (25m breast), Mia Boersma (25m fly), Sam Pyefinch (25m back) and Cara Mitchell (50m fly).
As ever the gala finished with an intensely exciting squadron relay, where our team finished third. All our swimmers waited poolside to hear the results. We finished fourth on the night, which meant that overall we also finished fourth out of the twelve teams in the division.
Given the calibre, not to mention size, of some of the other clubs in Division Two, this is a tremendous achievement across the three galas. Tring Swimming Club is VERY proud of the swimmers who represented us so well.
Team Tring is rebuilding its younger boys’ team and is offering a free trial to boys of any swimming standard aged between 7 and 10. This is a great opportunity to develop skills for life in a fun, highly technical team sport. Our swimmers develop outstanding levels of fitness and all love the experience of training, competing and winning as a team. Get in touch via www.tringswimmingclub.co.uk.
Tring Swimmers achieve at Aqua Vale
22 swimmers from Tring Swimming Club had a tough weekend of swimming at the Maxwell Open Meet at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury at the end of June. Competition from other clubs was very strong including the host club Maxwell, and other large clubs such as City of Oxford and Wycombe.
Tring swimmers performed really well and gained a total of 44 PBs from 63 swims. Particular mention should go to Brianna Mazey who achieved a silver and a bronze medal, and had six PBs from her nine swims. After what had been a really tough weekend of swimming for her she managed to gain a PB in the final event of the weekend, the 50m freestyle. Her best swim though was in the 200m breaststroke, where as well as taking second place in her age group with a massive PB, she displayed a technically perfect swim for that event. Molly Bradley and Katy Colwell also gained fantastic PBs in the 50m freestyle event. Both should soon be achieving under 30 seconds at this event. Well done also to Chloe Woodruff, who beat some tough competition to achieve a bronze medal position in the 50m fly.
From the boys Christopher Hughes showed what a rapidly improving swimmer he is. He gained a massive PB in the 200m Individual Medley event. Nathan Gething showed great strength and speed and achieved two bronze medal positions, in 100m freestyle and 50m fly age 12 category. Sam Pyefinch, who has been swimming with the club for less than a year, gained third place in the 10 year old boys 50m butterfly, behind two boys from Maxwell and Wycombe who have been in swimming clubs since they were 6 years old. He also displayed excellent swimming in the 200m backstroke and 100m Individual Medley. The 200m backstroke was his first attempt at this distance.
Other young swimmers experiencing their first 200m events were Amaya Stephenson (breaststroke), Alice Weston and Isobel Geller (freestyle). They all performed very well. This was a very good weekend for Tring swimming club and shows what a promising future lies ahead for the club.
PRS sponsors Tring Swimming Club
Tring Swimming Club is proud to announce a major sponsorship deal with local business, PRS Office Furniture and Envirologistics.
PRS Office Furniture is a family-run business with a passion for helping the local community. In business since 1999 PRS employs 65 local people (many of whom went to Tring School and even Tring Swimming Club!) and provides new office furniture and recycling services to a wide range of blue chip companies, as well as many smaller local firms. The company operates from its HQ in Pitstone and has its logistics hub in Dunstable.
Peter Kemp, MD and owner of PRS commented: “We have lots of young people working for us and seeing their energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Encouraging kids locally to get out and be active, in a team environment, doing a fantastic sport such as swimming is so important in this Xbox/Playstation era and I’m only too pleased to help. The club does a terrific job of making team sports great fun and rewarding all levels and I’m proud to be a tiny part of it”.
The support provided by PRS is essential in helping Tring Swimming club to provide quality coaching to its youngsters. Chairman Mike Billingham added: “We are delighted to be in partnership with a local business which believes in what we are trying to achieve at Tring Swimming Club. When young people channel their energy into a sport like swimming, it gives them a focus, and encourages them to strive to achieve their goals, as well as keeping them fit. They learn that working hard achieves results, whatever their personal goals, which is a good life lesson. And whether the youngsters go on to compete at regional or national level, or just want to keep fit, integrating a sport into your life is such a good thing to do at a young age, as youngsters who do this are much more likely to continue that healthy lifestyle into adult hood.”
Tring Swimming Club is a friendly club that caters for all levels of experience, from age 7 to adult, and aims to develop each swimmer to the best of his/her ability. Its professional coaches work with individuals on their goals, focusing on technique, performance improvement and fitness. New members are always welcome.
Team Tring battles on
After our super performance in round one, Team Tring headed to Stevenage for round two of the popular Peanuts league.
This time Team Tring had to battle with an incomplete team, but still managed 15 first or second places out of 47 events. Our winners were: Max Gething (u13 backstroke), Marcia Billingham (u13 breaststroke), Nathan Gething (u13 butterfly and freestyle) and the nine-year-old girls’ special medley relay team of Anna Birch, Daisy Knight, Lili Doubler and Alice Weston.
Special mentions must got to Sam Pyefinch and Max Gething who, due to reduced numbers in the boys’ team, swam nine and eight events respectively! They were our boy swimmers of the gala. In fact all the boys had to work very hard, with Josh Weston, Cameron Miller, Charlie Montero and Oliver Denton-Sparke all doing more than their fair share, and swimming in higher age groups. Coach Steve Aldred chose our youngest team member Lili Doubler as our girl swimmer of the gala, for her two super swims in the nine-year-old girls’ relay, and commented: “Team Tring worked so hard, and were unlucky to miss out on third place overall by such a narrow margin (one point!). Our young swimmers showed great determination throughout, culminating in a strong third placing in the squadron relay. Lovely to see the support shown by the older members of the squad too, who were there as poolside helpers. Thanks to Katy Colwell, Michael Renkel, Ed Birch and Brianna Mazey”.
Against the odds, many of the team managed to produce some excellent personal best times. A total of ten PBs were achieved during the evening from Charlie Montero, Olivia Thompson, Josh Weston, Alice Weston, Isobel Geller, Sam Pyefinch and Nathan Gething. A particular highlight was Nathan’s sub 30 second time of 29.79 in the 50m freestyle.
Tring’s performance in the first two rounds of the Peanuts League means that the team has made it to the ‘top 6’ final of division two. The final round of Peanuts in July will therefore be a tough one, competing against the other five top clubs. Bring it on!
PBs galore for Tring at Peanuts
24 swimmers from Tring swimming club aged 9-12 headed to Potters Bar for the first round of Peanuts, a very popular Hertfordshire Junior League. This year, Tring is placed in the second division.
The whole team performed really well, recording 21 first or second places out of 47 events, and finishing second overall out of six teams. Some of those who took part have only been at the club for a few months and were competing in their first gala. Well done to all of them.
Our winning swimmers were: Max Getting (U12 backstroke), Finlay Miles (U13 breaststroke), Isobel Geller (U11 butterfly), Alice Weston (9 years freestyle), Nathan Gething (U13 freestyle), and our U13 boys relay team (Nathan, Fin, Max and Josh Weston) who won both the medley and freestyle events.
A total of 19 PBs were achieved during the evening from Kiera Wharton, Sam Pyefinch, Olivia Thompson, Annalise McKenna, Finlay Miles, Alice Weston, Oliver Denton-Sparke, Isobel Geller, Josh Weston, Hannah Knight, Callum Davis, Mia Boersma, Frankie Lorimer, Nathan Gething, Daisy Knight, and Max Gething. Nathan Gething also achieved a club best time of 30.60 for his 50m freestyle.
Coach Steve Aldred commented: “I’m really proud of the team, particularly those who are new to galas, and just starting to see their hard training bear fruit for the first time. Olivia Thompson gets a special mention, as she came to the gala despite having felt unwell, and gave an excellent performance. Nathan Gething and Alice Weston also stood out with their outstanding races”.
Captains Katy Colwell and Michael Renkel, as well as team member Molly Bradley, were there to support the younger swimmers, and are great role models. All in all a fun team event and a terrific result for Tring. We look forward to round two in June!
Tring swimmers shine at CMK Spring Open Meet
A number of swimmers achieved big breakthrough performances at the Central Milton Keynes Spring Open Meet recently. The most pleasing were Emma Killen and Brianna Mazey (1.08.67) who burst through the 1minute 10seconds 100m Freestyle barrier for the first time, Emma in a particularly impressive 1.06.71. A fantastic weekend for Brianna with five PBs and her excellent backstroke and freestyle technique is now beginning to translate into very promising butterfly and breaststroke swims.
Three swimmers who have trained very hard recently made big leaps forward in a number of events, all achieving four PBs in four swims. Thomas Monks did a five second PB in 100m freestyle in 1.15.34, showing what a great future he has. Cara Mitchell also achieved four out of four, and looks really promising in both breaststroke and butterfly. Her 100m fly was a particularly good swim in a 16 second PB of 1.37.63, managing to surprise herself in such a tough event. Big steps forward also for Rosie Cave who managed a 10 second PB in 100m freestyle in 1.23.72.
The highlight of the weekend was the 100m freestyle event in which eight of our nine swimmers achieved a PB. Strong swims from Aliesha Mazey (1.13.40), Marcia Billingham (1.14.92), Ed Birch (1.18.05), Millie Farrance (1.25.71), Kiera Wharton (1.36.55), Daisy Lang (1.39.29), and Lauren Egan (1.46.14). All these swimmers made steps forward which put smiles on everyone’s faces for the rest of the day.
A successful weekend all round. Well done Team Tring!
Tring Tenacity Rewarded
A season’s hard work paid off when Tring swimming club came second in the Chiltern League Division 1 B final, securing their place in Division 1 next year. Only four points behind the winning club, this was a brilliant achievement, especially given that in two events they had to declare over age swimmers, meaning no points could be picked up.
All the swimmers, from the youngest to oldest, gave their very best. There were first place positions in 14 out of the 50 races for the following swimmers:
- Michael Renkel in the open boys 100m free and the 100m individual medley
- Hannah Knight in the girls 10 and under 50m breaststroke
- Charlie Montero in the boys 10 & under 50m breaststroke
- Aliesha Mazey in the open girls 100m breaststroke
- Alicia Denton-Sparke in the girls 12 and under 50m breaststroke
- Natasha Gething in the open girls 50m fly
- Frankie Lorimer in the girls 12 and under 50m fly
- Isobel Geller in the girls 10 and under 50m freestyle
- Brianna Mazey, Millie Farrance, Marcia Billingham and Darcy Lorimer in the girls 14 and under 4x25m medley relay
- Marcia Billingham in the open girls 100m backstroke
- Alice Weston, Hannah Knight, Amaya Stephenson and Isobel Geller in the girls 10 and under 4x25m freestyle relay
- Georgia Wilkinson, Alicia Denton-Sparke, Cara Mitchell and Frankie Lorimer in the girls 12 and under 4x25m freestyle relay
- Marcia Billingham, Millie Farrance, Darcy Lorimer and Brianna Mazey in the girls 14 and under 4x25m freestyle relay
Personal Best times were also achieved in 13 of the races by Michael Renkel (in two separate races), Hannah Knight, Charlie Montero, Brianna Mazey, Max Gething, Alicia Denton-Sparke, Frankie Lorimer, Isobel Geller, Cara Mitchell, Josh Weston, Millie Farrance and Nathan Gething.
Luton Level 1 Long Course Meet
Also this month, there were successes at the Luton Level 1 Long Course Meet. A lightning-fast 50m backstroke club best by Chloe Woodruff was enough to qualify for the East of England Regional Championships in May. Chloe’s time of 35.05 seconds was closely followed by Molly Bradley in a 36.07 PB, as both girls got to grips with the challenge of swimming in a 50m pool.
Another club best followed for Chloe in the 50m butterfly, in 32.82 seconds, the fifth improvement on her best time in this event in just five months, and the result of many hours of hard training.
A wonderful sprint by Emma Killen in the 50m breaststroke saw a third club best in the same weekend, in a time of 37.32 seconds. Emma has also been training hard and as well as being strong in all four strokes is an outstanding talent in breaststroke.
The focus now moves to the spring bank holiday when Chloe (50m and 200m butterfly, 50m backstroke) and Emma (50m and 100m breaststroke) go to Norwich to compete against the best in the East region. Good luck to both girls at the end of a brilliant season for them both!
Tring Success at Counties
Tring swimmers performed well at the County Championships this month, with 23 PBs achieved out of 37 swims. Six swims were also club best times. The biggest success of the championships was Emma Killen’s 50m breaststroke gold. Having turned in third position, she stormed to victory in a lightning second 25m, to become the 13 and under Herts County Champion.
Girls Club Captain, Katy Colwell, performed some outstanding sprints, in particular her 50m fly. Chloe Woodruff managed PBs in no less than six of her races, as well as a club best time in the 100m backstroke. She was also within a second of her PB in seven other swims in what was a gruelling schedule.
As ever the team support was phenomenal, helping each team member to perform to their best, and achieving nine sprint PBs in a row. This started with Nathan Gething’s PB in the 50m free, followed by five PBs in the 50m back by the girls’ team. Chloe Woodruff, Emma Killen and Molly Bradley then pushed each other to achieve a PB each in the 50m free.
Marcia Billingham and Molly Bradley both achieved PBs for the 100m and 200m backstroke, and Brianna Mazey achieved a PB in the 200m back.
Great to see three younger swimmers at such a big event: Joe Judson, Annalise McKenna and Max Gething, who all gained valuable experience and will swim in many big championships in the future.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley said: “It’s always exciting to see new club best times being set by the team, as this sets the bar even higher for everyone, and shows just what can be achieved with dedication and hard work”.
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Tring Swimming Club Spring Back
It was a close fought match at the last round of the Herts Major League at Stevenage, with an epic finale between East and West, as Tring eventually took first place by just one point over Royston. At halfway only 10 points separated the top 5 clubs, but Tring’s team spirit was obvious as every team member made a difference to the final result, which was only sealed by a thrilling win in the final event, the 8-leg Squadron relay.
In total Tring took 20 1st & 2nd place positions, a fitting testimony to the season’s hard work and commitment to training. Tring set the pace, with outstanding performances and PBs from club captain, Katy Colwell, in both the 100m Back at 1.15.37 and also 100m Fly in 1.16.32. Boys captain Michael Renkel then achieved a storming 1.03.6 PB in the 100m Free.
The girls team goes from strength to strength – 3 new club records were broken, one by the unstoppable U14 girls Free relay team who shattered their club record yet again, winning with an impressive clear lead. Followed by the U16 and Open girls teams, who also broke a club record each.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley said “I’m delighted to also see great progress in the boys team – the talent in the squad is really starting to show through. Special mentions to 3 boys who took on the tough challenge of swimming up an age group, ensuring Team Tring clinched first position, well done Peter Kenyon, Tom Monks and Ed Birch”.
Younger members of the U12 team also achieved some fantastic results, with wins for Max Gething (Back) and Joe Judson (Free), and PBs for Annalise McKenna (Breast) and Rosie Cave (Fly).
The climax to the night, the 8-leg Squadron, saw Tring going into the race a point behind Royston, the two clubs having swapped the lead 8 times during the evening. A thrilling race saw Royston, Ware and Tring neck and neck throughout, with Tring edging the other two clubs out by a second with a new club record 1.55.25, a memorable way to finish the season.
Well done to everyone, parents, officials, and swimmers – a fantastic team effort!
Tring Swimming Club surfs into January
A busy start to the year has kept Tring Swimming Club training hard through January. A 4th team position at the Herts Major League in Hitchin, saw 21 top 3 places, including 8 first, with three of the relay 4x25m teams achieved both firsts and club bests. Well done to Catriona Scott, Emma Killin, Katy Colwell and Maria McCormack in the under 16s Medley. Molly Bradley, Briannna Mazey, Chloe Woodruff and Emma Killin in the under 14s Free Relay and Molly Bradley, Emma Killin, Chloe Woodruff and Marcia Billingham in the under 14s Medley.
The Herts Major League event also produced some great PBs from Michael Renkel in the 15yrs and under 100m Fly, Nathan Gething in 13yrs and under 50m Fly, Sam Keil in the 15yrs and under Back and Charlie Montero in the 11yrs and under Free.
Next up was the individual Watford County Qualifier meet at Woodside Leisure Centre, with a high level of competition and last chance to gain county times. Winning performances from the Frewin brothers Josh and Tom, 16+yrs 200m Back and 16+yrs 100m Breast and IM respectively and also for Emma Killin 13yrs 50m Breast. In addition, there were some much improved PBs from Rosie Cave aged 11 100m Back, Millie Farrance aged 12 200m Breast, Nathan Gething aged 12 200m IM, Josh Weston aged 10 100m IM and Kiera Wharton aged 10 50m Back.
The Club was also like to congratulate Nathan Gething and Emma Killin on being selected for the Herts Junior Inter-county Team, which will compete at Luton Inspire Pool on 8th February.
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“Happy Season’s Meetings” at Tring Swimming Club
December saw a flurry of competition activity at Tring Swimming Club, as squad members worked hard towards PBs and County qualifying times.
First up was the Tring Closed Championships, where a staggering 458 swims achieved 268 PBs, 37 sub-county qualifying times and 1 regional time. Special mentions to everyone who swam a 400m, there were some impressive PBs. In addition, individuals from a wide age range, managed to improve PBs across all, or most, of their events – congratulations to; Molly Bradley, Rosie Cave, Alicia Denton-Sparke, Oliver Denton-Sparke, Christopher Hughes, Faith McNamara, Finlay Miles, Michael Renkel and Pippi Stangoe.
Tring Club Champs is a key social event, guaranteed to get Sportspace buzzing. Thanks to Aliesha for her iPoD, which made the warm-ups and breaks as popular as the swimming and also to Paul Mazey, for his impressive organisation and willing fleet of volunteers who made it all possible.
Tring Swimming Club were back in action for Round 3 at The National Arena League in Dagenham on 13th December. Fighting hard in Division 2, competition was tough and the team did well to finish 7th on 221 points, with only 3 points separating 5th-7th positions. However, leaders Cheshunt were a long way ahead on 356.
Dagenham produced 9 top 3 places and well done to everyone who took part. Tom Frewin gained 1st in both the Open 200IM and Open 100m Breast. 2nd positions were achieved by Emma Killlin (12-13 100m Breast), Josh Frewin (Open 100m Back) and Chloe Woodruff (12-13 100m Fly) and 3rds for Georgie Scott, Tom Frewin and the 12-13 Girls 4x50m Free Relay (Molly, Chloe, Marcia and Brianna). A special mention for Harrison Bullock’s 3rd in the 12-13 Boys 100m Back, also a 1.36s PB.
Tring Swimming Club will be back in action at the Watford County Qualifier on January 17th/18th 2015.
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