Black Line – November

It has been another action packed couple of weeks, with the County Development Championships, the first round of mini-meet, dual clubbers competing in Leicester and we still have several events coming up.

County development championships

As a club we aim to get as many of our swimmers as possible qualifying for the County Championships (held in March) in as many events as possible. The county developments are a great opportunity to gain county qualifying times. We had 30 swimmers competing over the two day meet. The Saturday was held at Peterborough and from an organisation point of view was a lesson in what could go wrong did go wrong. This made for a long and slightly chaotic day. With no heat sheets it became a guessing game for John and me as to when our swimmers were going to race – we both have eye sight issues and only one of us has glasses! Sunday was surprisingly more organised given we were at Cambridge and ran very smoothly until the very last event when the flags gave up the ghost and dropped in the pool.

That said it was a tremendous weekend for the club with some outstanding swims, many pb’s and some amazing county qualifying swims. Our medal haul was really pretty impressive. After 2 days of competition Huntingdon topped the gold medals with 40 to Peterborough’s 39 and Cambridge’s 31. Overall (gold, silver and bronze medals) we came 3rd with a tally of 85.

G S B                                     Total
Huntingdon    40 28 17          Peterborough  114
Peterborough 39 49 26         Cambridge       92
Cambridge      31 28 33         Huntingdon      85
March             25 7 10            St Neots            62
St Neots          19 22 21         Wisbech            45
Bottisham       19 11 12         March                42
Wisbech          17 17 11          Bottisham         42
FStrokes         17 9 4             St Ives               40
St Ives             11 15 14        Ely                      33
Ely                    10 9 14         FStrokes            30
Chatteris          7 7 7             Chatteris            21

Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to our club captains whose help poolside was invaluable.

Mini-meet 1st round

The mini-meet series comprises four time-trials for 8-12 year olds with a points based award system. Swimmers must be aged 9 by the last mini-meet in April. The aim of the mini-meets is to give young swimmers added incentive to attend training sessions and to provide the ideal environment to gain valuable experience of Open Meets on a small scale and it also gives our coaches the opportunity to assess the progress of our swimmers. This is also a licensed meet and allows our swimmers an opportunity to gain licensed times.

Our swimmers were fantastic. From the fearless way they competed (many at their first competitive event) to their behaviour poolside. This was the most swimmers we have ever entered at mini-meet and also the least experienced. Warm up was a little chaotic but the swimmers soon settled down and all coped so well with the experience. Most of all they all had fun and enjoyed themselves. We couldn’t have asked for more as they all gave it everything. It was great to hear the cheers from the balcony and every parent should be so proud of what their child achieved. Well done to all of you.

I know as a parent it is sometimes difficult to gauge how well our child is progressing and we all tend to try and compare them with other swimmers. To this end I have asked John to draft a few paragraphs on his expectations and what he hopes they will achieve. I will email this in the next week or so. If you do have any concerns or questions please ask your child’s coach or email me and I will ensure that they reach the right person.

Thank you to all the parents who brought their children and supported them – welcome to the world of being a swim parent – hard seats, hot swimming pools and fabulously proud moments.

A big thank you must also go to Deana (drafted poolside at the last minute), Livi Pearce and Skie Wallace who looked after all the swimmers, calming nerves, making sure they knew what they were swimming and ensuring they were in the right place at the right time.

Dual-clubbers

As the rest of us were participating in the county developments our dual clubbers (Will, Emma & Henry) were taking part in a 3 day meet in Leicester. Once again they did not let us down with some great pb’s. They have all coped so well with the transition to Peterborough where to be honest the training regimes would be enough to finish me off let alone the higher level meets they are now taking part in. But they come from a “good stable” and it is the excellent start they have had at Huntingdon that is allowing them to transition so well. Great job guys we are all very proud of you.

Christmas Cracker

If you haven’t already signed up (sheet on the notice board) for our night of festive fun please do so quickly as the sheets will be taken down on Wednesday 26th November. We will not accept any more entries once the sheet has come down.

Save the date – Presentation Evening

Our annual presentation evening (disco/food/trophies/fun – you wouldn’t want to miss it) will be held on Friday 23rd January 2015. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

Trophies

Please ensure that all trophies are returned to the club before the Christmas break. Lorraine Harman is collecting the girls trophies and Kirsty Sewell is collecting the boys trophies.

Coventry

Sue is now taking entries for the Coventry meet – please check the notice board or ask Sue for an entry form.

Hampers for the Christmas cracker

If you haven’t yet brought in an item for the Christmas hampers please please please do! We are looking for luxury items for the hampers which we raffle at the Christmas cracker. Items to be given to me or Sue – big thank you to those of you who have already given generously.

I think that is probably enough from me for now. If you have any queries or questions please get in touch.