Stevenage Development Meet - 12 March 2022
Well for many of our swimmers this was the very first time they competed and what a great night it was for Hertford- not only did we have the biggest team there even though we’re far from the biggest club, the swimmers achieved 15 Gold’s, 6 Silvers, 7 Bronze and 75 Personnel Bests (PB)!! which the swimmers should be very proud of.
Swimmers shouldn’t just focus on getting good results, but learning from the experience of competing and it was a pleaser to be there with them, although very busy! As a club we were also at another meet with our older swimmers so we were spread very thinly. Some swimmers we’re Disqualified- they treat every swimmer the same from Adam Peaty to the youngest swimmer, but this is to ensure that strokes are correct and swimmers don’t get an advantage by doing something wrong. For many of our swimmers haven’t been at the club very long and to only get a few DQ’s as we did, is a great achievement. For those who did, they should treat it as a learning experience and something to focus on when at training- the coaches and teachers will also focus on these.
For those who did win a medal, I would suggest that they put a sticker on the back with the date, the event and the time achieved as in years to come when they’re showing their Grand Children they'll be able to tell the whole story! As swimmers, they should also record their times- it’s a chance to learn how to handle data on a spreadsheets and as they get older, they’ll be expected to know these so they can train effectively.
There are two sets of results, one from Stevenage which will show the reasons for any DQ’s , and one from our own recording system called Hyek where all swims are recorded onto a database. These times will also get listed on our other system- Swim manager during the week. As this was a licensed meet, all results will be uploaded within a few days to the British Swimming Rankings, where all swims are recorded. You can search for all swims on https://www.swimmingresults.org/12months/ Make sure you set the Course to Short Course (25M) and the rest is hopefully self explanatory. I would suggest you first search by club, County and if feeling very brave as are some good swimmers out their- Region (East) then GB! Both my children when young, liked looking at times and gave them a sense of prospective as it’s a big wide world out there.
Unfortunately, the photo I took last night had a couple of swimmers without a T-shirt on (it doesn't have to be a Hertford one) which I didn't spot- which are against the rules. For those in D2- please bring your medals and shirts along to Haileybury on Monday night. For everyone else please arrive early at next weeks time trial.
We have finally finished the Swim England Hertfordshire 2022 County Championship which was swum over 4 weekends. It was a tough start with limited training opportunities over Christmas. We returned straight into the first weekend of the championship. Having to train back to fitness whilst also competing was extremely tough but all swimmers were fantastic.
It was great to have so many swimmers competing at county standard. A huge congratulation to; Ciaran, George, Matilda, Sadie, Isla, Joe, Lilianna, Ella, Katie, Nate, Olivia, Ellie, Georgie, Jack, Myles and Rex for making the consideration times to swim at the county championships.
It was difficult with only a championship final but also good to know that age group swimmers only had to perform once. We did have Joe make the championship final in 50m breaststroke which outperformed his ranking going into the event. Ciaran was a reserve for the 50m backstroke final again outperforming his entry ranking.
Many of the swimmers improved their performance during the events and set new personal bests. Given all the difficulties going into the championship this was fantastic to see. This has shown the progress these swimmers have made with limited pool time and good training attitude. Some of these times have meant that swimmers have already achieved regional qualifying times. Currently Joe, Lilianna and Matilda have achieved this. Well done to those three swimmers and keep working hard to get to where you deserve to be.
Age group finals didn’t take place but were awarded medals for places. There were some amazing swims which deserved medals, but the competition was strong. All those who attended deserve recognition but unfortunately the times dictate the finishing places. Those who achieved medals in their age groups were, Joe, Matilda, Lilianna and Sadie.
It is great to look back on what has been achieved but now it is time to look forward and keep working towards the next goals of regional swimming. Keep working hard and making strokes as efficient as possible so next year there will be even more swimmers attending the county championship.
What an amazing evening! Round 1 of Herts Major League and it was great to be back competing as a team. A fantastic team was selected and there were some outstanding swims. I can't name names as that would be the whole team. It finished with an electrifying squadron in which we were victorious. Provisional results for the gala are as follows;
6th Bushey 116 points
5th Verulam 120 points
4th Stevenage 136 points
3rd Watford 148 points
2nd HERTFORD 166 points
1st Hemel Hempstead 193 points
Well done to everyone who swam. You were amazing! Thank you to the families who spectated as you could be heard poolside. Keep up the training so we can be better in the next round. Round 2 is on 26th February.
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