SEER Short Course Championships 2019

On the weekend of 1st-3rd November 2019, the SEER Short Course Championships 2019 took place at Basildon Sporting Village.

SC Regionals, also known as Winter Regionals, differ from the Long Course Championships as they run with an Open Age format: this means that athletes of all ages fall in the same category. Qualifying times for these champs are consequently very fast and hard to achieve.

Three Hertford SC swimmers qualified for this year’s regional competition: Joshua Holland (16), Joshua Trapp (18) and Neo Metz (19).

Joshua Holland started the championships competing in the 50 Free, which he swam in 25.26 which is a County Qualifying Time (CQT) and Summer Regional Qualifying time (RQT) (56th place). He then performed a personal best time (PB) in the 50 Fly (32th) in 26.77 (CQT, RQT), only 0.07 secs outside the Winter Nationals qualification time of 26.70! On the Sunday, Joshua swam the 100 Fly in 1.00.75 (42th, CQT, RQT) and finished his championships on a high with a fantastic PB in the 50 Breast, where he broke the 32 secs barrier, swimming in 31.65 (34th, CQT). 

Joshua Trapp’s first race also was the 50 Free, which he completed in 24.84 (33rd, CQT, RQT). Joshua touched wall in the 50 Fly in 26.66 coming 28th (CQT, RQT). The highlight for Joshua was the 50 back which he swam in 28.78 (43rd, PB, CQT) going for the first time ever under 29 secs. Joshua also swam a very good 100 Fly in 1.00.55 (PB, CQT, RQT, 37th) and 100 Free (55.76, County Consideration Time – CCT).

Neo Metz joined his two teammates on Sunday to perform in the 50 Breast: he touched wall in 32.61 (59th) which gives him a CQT. Neo impressed with a much improved stroke efficiency.

I am very proud of our swimmers’ achievements: their work is translating in better performances which, considering that we are at the very start of the swimming season, is very promising.

Keep up the good work!




Best wishes


SE East Regionals Age group

25th-27th May 2019, Norwich

Congratulations to Joe on his achievement at the Regionals!

The second weekend of SE East Region Summer Long Course Championships was held on Sat 25th to Mon 27th May 2019 in Norwich. The competition is reserved to Age Group Swimmers (ages: 11/12, 13, 14 yrs).


Joe Reynolds (14) qualified for two events. He started his experience at the Champs on the Sunday with the 100 breast, which he swam brilliantly to touch pad in 1.22.21, improving his time by 2 seconds in just two months. The powerful race allowed Joe to move up the rankings by an astonishing 13 places and claim a well deserved 23rd place.

On the Monday, Joe repeated his feat by swimming the 50 breast for the first time ever under 36 seconds: completing the race in 35.92 (19th), Joe not only achieved a LC PB, but beat his SC PB by nearly half a second.  

Over the past few months Joe has massively improved on the quality of his training, with high levels of engagement and will to push himself beyond his limits, and his accomplishments are the natural consequence of the smart and determined daily work that Joe commits to. Well done Joe!

Also well done to Joe’s biggest fan, George, whose support has been fantastic and delightful to watch!


Best wishes


Regionals 2019

Congratulations to Joshua Trapp, Joshua Holland and Neo Metz on their achievement at the Regionals!

Swim England East Region (SEER) Long Course Championships are run yearly over two May long weekends: the first (Youth - for 15 &Over) and the second (Age Group -  for 14 & Under) sets of competitions gather swimmers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The first weekend took place over the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend (4th to 6th May 2019) at Inspire Luton. 

Hertford Swimming Club fielded three Senior swimmers: Joshua Holland (16), Joshua Trapp (17&Over) and Neo Metz (17&Over).


Joshua Holland, warmed up for the Championships swimming the 100 fly in 1.01.13 (a 2-second improvement from just last month) to secure a place in the final, where he came 7th improving his morning time and touching the wall in 1.01.02. The following day Joshua swam brilliantly in the 50 free (26.02, PB) and 50 breast (32.98, PB and first time under 33 seconds): these two feats saw him finish 9th and first reserve in the final for both races. Joshua however was saving the best performances for the last day, which saw him race in the 50 fly. A convincing heat gained him 4th (27.32) to guarantee him a place in the final, which Joshua swam amazingly, fighting to the very last stroke: he confirmed his 4th place by swimming for the first time ever in under 27 seconds (26.92) and only 0.01 secs off the podium! Joshua, who is preparing for GCSEs, has been working consistently over the past few months, and his accomplishments show that passion, dedication and hard work are crucial drivers to improvement.


Joshua Trapp (17&Over) swam in the 50 free on Sunday 5th May to clock a personal best (PB) of 25.97 (42th): his dive and powerful underwater secured him a fast start to the race, advantage that he managed to maintain for the whole distance. The fine tuning of Joshua’s technical skills served him well in his second race, the 50 fly, which he swam in 27.34 (PB, 35th), 1 second faster than the time swum just one month ago, a massive improvement.


Neo Metz (17&Over), who was in the middle of his A-Level art exam, joined the team for the 50 breast: he swam a very smooth race, showing further improvements on his swimming efficiency, to finish in 34.15 (60th). Well done Neo!


Hertford SC Head Coach Manuela Teti said: “It has been an honour to spend three days of racing with the Senior Regional Qualifiers: these swimmers and all their teammates in the club have totally embraced the new training, taken on board difficult challenges, and put in a lot of hard work. I am so proud of them, of their will to improve and make themselves proud and am very much looking forward to the second weekend of Regionals (14&Under), which will take place at the end of May in Norwich”.



Congratulations to Joshua on his achievement at the Swim England SC Winter Nationals!

On Friday 14thDecember, Joshua Holland competed in the Swim England SC Winter Nationals 2018 at Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield.

Joshua (15yrs) qualified in the 100m Butterfly with a time of 1.00.30: he swam a powerful race to break the 1-minute barrier and touch home with a time of 59.61.

Highlights of his race were the improved underwater and turns work which allowed Joshua to ‘empty the tank’ in the second half of the race.

Great job Josh, well done!


Many thanks, Steve for your 13 years as Head Coach!

Counties 2019

Dear swimmers and parents,


The club needs to prepare to enter swimmers for the Swim England Hertfordshire County Championships held in January 2019. To qualify or be considered, swimmers must have achieved the published times at licensed meets/galas between 1st June 2018 and 28th November 2018.


There are two levels of entry: firstly, swimmers achieving the 'qualification time' will be entitled to swim regardless of the number of entrants who achieve the time; secondly, the County has a 'consideration time', which is a minimum time for a swimmer to be considered for entry, subject to a maximum number of swimmers in that particular event in the relevant age group. Please note, the number of swimmers varies by distance and age, therefore please read the entry terms and conditions for more details here.


For the first time this year, and to help clubs keep track of swimmers who have qualified or have achieved consideration times, Swim England Hertfordshire will publish an updated list at weekly intervals (see below). These updated lists will be placed on the Hertford SC website and our swimmers and parents are encouraged to check regularly, especially after licensed meets and galas. The uploading of updated lists will be publicised using the club's twitter account.


It is the swimmer and/or parent's responsibility to advise the club that they wish to enter the County Championships by contacting before Wednesday 28th November at the very latest.


If a swimmer achieves a new entry/faster time in the last round of Arena League on 8th December 2018, we will do our very best to use the new time. However, it is important to note that this cannot be guaranteed as such times will need to have been confirmed and uploaded to the ranking database before being checked and verified by the club and we cannot risk jeopardising entries by submitting incorrect information. We would therefore urge swimmers/parents to contact the meet manager as soon as any new time is achieved. Otherwise, the previous entry time will be submitted.


For any questions, please contact or

Congratulations to Joshua and Neo!

The SE East Region Short Course Winter Championships took place this weekend at Luton Sports Village.  There is one qualifying time for each event.


This year two of our swimmers, Joshua Trapp and Neo Metz achieved the tough qualifying times. Each competitor not only needs to commit hours of training but they also have to be supported by their Coaches, Club and family. This is a combined effort that everyone needs to be very proud of.


I spent many hours poolside with these two talented athletes and they achieved PBs in all of their swims which is a fantastic achievement.


Joshua Trapp

50 Freestyle - ranked 65th in the event and recorded 24.84, a massive PB and a new Club Record and finished 35th/115;

50 Butterfly – ranked 66th in the event and recorded 26.63, another huge PB and new Club Record and finished 16th/87 and

100 Freestyle – ranked 96th in the event and recorded 55.12, a 1.8 second PB and finished 51st/108.


Neo Metz

50 Breaststroke – ranked 57th  in the event and recorded 32.52, nearly half a second faster than he has swum this event before and finished in 58th/86.

Obituary Doris Robinson

Doris Robinson, one of Hertford Swimming Club’s longest standing Life Members, passed away on August 22nd, 2018.  The Committee were very sorry to hear this news and have extended our condolences to Doris’ family on behalf of the Club.


Doris, who was in her mid-nineties, taught at Hertford SC swim school in the 1970s and made a valuable contribution to Club life.  We are told that she had many fond memories of teaching at Hartham when it was still an open-air pool.


Our photo, by swimmer Matthew Haslam, shows Doris (left) with another HSC Life Member, Eileen Allen, in relaxed mood during a session at Hartham in 1972.

Congratulations, Josh!

Joshua Holland competed at the British Swimming Championships on Sunday in the 50 Butterfly. The top 24 swimmers in each age group are invited to compete. Josh was ranked 13th and competed on Sunday morning.  He recorded a time of 27.11, just outside his  PB and this placed him 13th overall.


Josh was back in Sheffield yesterday to compete in the Swim England National Championships 100 Butterfly. The next  twenty English swimmers are invited to this event. Josh was ranked 17th going into the event a swam an excellent heat swim in the morning recording 1:00:36 which placed him 8th and a place in the final that evening. This was also a Club Record by just 2/100 of a second. In the final Josh lowered the Club Record to 1:00:26 and this placed him 9th. A fantastic experience for Josh and some superb swims against quality opposition.  


It was a pleasure to support Josh in Sheffield.

Congratulations to Joe on his achievement at the SE East Region Age Group Championships!

Last weekend Joe Reynolds competed at the SE East Region Age Group Championships at Luton in the 13 year old age group.  This was Joe’s first experience of competing at a Regional event and also of racing in a Long Course pool.  He has progressed through our squad system and now trains with the Age Group squad and this is a major step-up for this young swimmer after making finals at this year’s County Championships.  Joe recorded an impressive 37.02 for the 50 Breaststroke which is much quicker than his previous Short Course time and this placed him in 10th place in the Region and second reserve for the impressive debut.


Thanks to Lee for being with Joe poolside.


Below is a write-up by Joe of his experience at this event


 "A few months ago I took part in an open meet in Potters Bar to try to get a qualifying regional time which I managed to successfully achieve with a time of 38.l5.  Leading up to the event I trained at the Luton pool which is a 50m pool just to feel what the pool was like, it felt weird at first but then it was ok. 

I felt a bit nervous the night before but I slept fine and tried not to think about it. I made sure I had plenty of porridge for breakfast to give me lots of energy. 

When I arrived at the pool there were lots of people from different clubs like 'Great Yarmouth' which is quite far away from Luton. Lee was there to support me which really helped my nerves as this was the first time I had taken part of the East Regional Championship. 

When I got called up for my race I was still a bit nervous. The race went by really quickly and I finished 2nd in my heat and 10th overall in the region. I was really pleased as I had been ranked 25th leading up to the event. My expected time for long course was about 39 seconds but I managed to achieve a 37.02 which I couldn't believe, I was really happy. 


It was a great experience and I will continue to work hard to achieve a county and regional qualifying time for next year. My goal is to make the final at both events. 

As a treat my mum bought me a regional hoodie and racing shorts followed by a visit to Burger King!"

Congratulations to Joshua Holland and Neo Metz on their achievements in the Swim England East Region 2018 Long Course Championships.

Joshua Holland and Neo Metz competed at Norwich over the Bank Holiday weekend in the Swim England East Region 2018 Long Course Championships.



Josh recorded a PB of 1.02.46 in the morning heats of the 15 Year Old 100 Butterfly which placed him 6th and into the final that evening.  In the final Josh lowered his heat time to record another PB of 1.01 85 and finished in 5th place.  At present this is fast enough for a place in the English Summer Nationals in Sheffield.



Josh was again in action in the morning heats in the 50 Freestyle and recorded a time of 26.61, another PB and placed him first reserve for the final.  Neo Metz competed in the afternoon in the 17 and over 50 Breaststroke.  This was Neo’s first experience of competing at a Regional Championships and recorded an excellent swim, winning his heat in a time of 33.04, just 0.04 slower than his best Short Course time and finished in 29th position, 27 places above his ranking.



Josh was back in the pool in the morning competing in has favoured event, the 50 Butterfly.  He was seeded second fastest and in his heat posted a time of 27.66 and safely through to the final as second fasted qualifier later in the afternoon.  In the final Josh improved upon his heat time and finished in 2nd place with at time of 27.20, just outside his PB.  Josh now has a full set of gold, silver and bronze medals in this event.  This time currently places Josh in the top 24 in his age group and a place at the British Summer Nationals.


School District Gala

Well done to all our swimmers who took part in the School District Gala. They all achieved some good swims and all of the individual races swam by Hertford swimmers got PB's.

Olivia Whyley was also there who had been called up as a reserve.


Katie - 50 back - 36.72

Zoe - 50 breast - 56.93

Nate - 50 fly - 45.95

Isla - 50 fly - 42.90

Olivia - 50 fly - 44.00

Katie - 50 free - 32.05.


Im afraid I didn't get the relay splits. Katie got gold for both of her races and Olivia and Zoe got bronze in the Medley relay. 

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The public will now vote in store during March and April 2018 on who should receive the awards. 


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£1000 received from our local county councillors

The committee are pleased to inform all members that we have been fortunate enough to receive monetary awards of £500 each from Councillors Bob Deering and Andrew Stevenson. The awards have been given via the Councillors Locality Budget. Their generosity will support the training provision we have in place for our coaches and teachers and we hope in turn benefit existing  and new members.

Joshua Holland - English National Winter Championships

At the at the English National Winter Swimming Championships in Sheffield Joshua was ceded in 12th place out of the 14 year olds going into the 50m Fly competition and 68th overall in the open age group. He produced a fantastic personal best time of 27.04 sec to came 2nd in his heat finishing 4th fastest 14 year old and 42nd overall in the open age group competition.

East Region Winter Championships

Joshua Trapp and Joshua Holland competed in their first East Region Winter Championships at UAE Sportspark, Norwich at the weekend. This competition is run as one open age group with a single qualifying time per event and this year was run long course. Both boys did exceptionally well to qualify.


Joshua Trapp posted 27.46 in the 50 Free and was place 90th  (the twentieth fastest 16 year old)  and Joshua Holland recorded 28.26 in the 50 Butterfly and was placed 48th ( the second fastest 14 year old).


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Joshua Holland – Swim England Summer National Championships

In May Joshua Holland aged 14 representing Hertford Swimming Club competed in the 50m Butterfly at the East Regional Long Course Championships held at the UEA Sportspark, Norwich.  Joshua finished in third place with a time that qualified him for the Swim England Summer National Championships held a Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield early August. 


The top twenty four in the country in each age group are invited to swim in the British Championships and the next twenty are invited to the Swim England Championships.


Joshua competed in the heats in the morning session and finished in joint second  place with a time of 27.78, a massive personal best and  this qualified him for a place in the final that afternoon.  In the final Joshua again lowered his time to 27.59 and finished in fifth place.  


This is a fantastic achievement for Joshua who trains six times a week mainly at Hartham Pool.  He is now ranked the eleventh fastest 14 year old in the country in the 50m Butterfly.


My experience in Sheffield by Joshua Holland -


At the ASA East Region Championships in May I achieved a national ranking in the 50m Butterfly which led to an invitation to compete in the 13/14 year old combined age group of the Swim England Summer National Meet. The meet was held on Sunday the 6th of August in the Ponds Forge international sports centre in Sheffield.

I went into the competition seeded 8th with a time of 28.37sec. I was extremely nervous and I didn't want to disappoint everyone at the club and my family who had been wishing me well. After an early start and a long warm up I swam a personal best of 27.78sec in my heat which put me in joint 2nd going into the final.

In the final I swam another personal best time of 27.59sec a 0.78sec improvement of my time going into the competition, gaining a very respectable 5th place finish in an tightly contested and extremely close final. I am very proud that in addition to coming 5th in the championships, my time puts me 11th for my age group in Great Britain. 

I have to say an enormous thank you to Steve, as the head coach he gave me great support in training before the event and at poolside in Sheffield. Also a big thank you to the club for organising the extra early morning training sessions for me in the lead up to Sheffield.

Ashley Ransome – Swim England Summer National Championships

Ashley Ransome also competed at the English Summer Nationals for the third year running in the women’s 17 and over 50m Breaststroke. In the heats, Ashley achieved the fastest heat swim of all competitors, swimming a 0.5 second personal best, which is no mean feat at the her age, qualifying her for the final the same evening. In the final, initially the scoreboard placed Ashley in 8th, but after an agonising wait, confirmation finally came to show that Ashley finished in the gold medal position and is the 2017 17+ 50m Breaststroke English National Champion.

Although Ashley was representing Staines SC where she trained whilst attending Royal Holloway University, she has been a member of Hertford SC since she was 7 which has helped her to achieve her long term goal in swimming. Ashley has commented that she would like to acknowledge the effort that Hertford SC has provided, especially head coach Steve Barber, has put into her swimming over the last 14 years and allowing her to train and compete for the club whilst at home. 

Ashley has now finished her degree and started work a couple of days after Nationals. She is still considering what to do next with her swimming.

Congratulations to Joshua Holland!

After his successful Regional Championships at Norwich Joshua has been invited to compete in the Swim England National Championships at Sheffield in early August in the 13/14 year age group 50 Butterfly.

He is ranked 30 in the UK and the top 24 compete at the British Championships and the next 20 English swimmers in the English Championships.  This is a massive step up for Joshua and is a fantastic reward for both Joshua and Hertford for the hard work that he put in over the past year.

Many congratulations on this achievement.

Ashley Ransome

Ashley Ransome has been invited to compete at the Swim England Summer Championships.  This is the third year running that Ashley has qualified for this competition and we wish her well in Sheffield.  Ashley spends a majority of her time training with Staines SC as she has away studying at Royal Holloway.