The Black Line

News from this weekend was all good and not all pool related. There were three events on all of them gave Piranhas success!

First up was Senior Fenland League over at Whittlesey where we swam against many of the great and good across the east. We’d picked a strong team to rack up the points with the aim of getting enough points (of all teams swimming in both heats) to get in to the top six and therefore the A final. Mission accomplished when we got third in our heat, which proved to be the tougher draw by a country mile and fourth overall. It was a great all round team performance, which for me was exemplified by everyone stepping up when it mattered.

Our junior girls team, Emma Leslie, Mia Leech, Ava Lessing-Caller and Jess Mansfield was superb – as would be expected – winning both their races. Standout performances came from Jess, Mia, Henry Pearce and Emma for their race wins and as far as I’m concerned swim of the night was Ben Hassall’s 58.27 for 100 free – what a natural athlete that young man is!

Sunday morning for most of us was a quiet affair, wondering if the TV would work outside so that Andy Murray’s exploits could be enjoyed in the blazing sun. Not so for all Piranhas as four intrepid swimmers packed their kit bags again but this time put their trainers in too.

It was the BRJ Biathlon (swim/run) at Hinchingbrooke School where four of our girls proudly wore their club kit to compete at the event. Livvy Pearce, Havana Miller, Beatrice Pauley and Ava Lessing-Caller all proved they are dual sport super stars by not just competing but bringing home the prizes.

I’m told the official results are still not ready to be published but what we do know is that our girls swamped the pool, lapping others on the way and causing the organisers to question their decision that no swimmer could take thirty seconds out of a another swimmer on a 200m freestyle. It is evident that they can because our girls did!

Fast swims set them up for great overall times but little did their competitors know that these kids are dual clubbed with cycling clubs, tri clubs and athletics clubs! The legs did the talking bringing Livvy in as overall top girls, Ava as age group winner and Bea and Havana a few seconds behind. We look forward to celebrating the full results when we can. Thanks for competing as Piranhas and well done all of you!

Finally on Sunday afternoon Jess was in the Cambs team for the intercounty event at Luton where our county performed exceptionally well for second place behind Essex – another superb result. Jess is back to her best and seems to be PBing every time she steps up to race.

Summer training times were agreed at the Committee Meeting on Monday and we have managed to secure more pool time, which is great news.

Starting on Tuesday 23rd July and finishing on Tuesday 3rd September we have a schedule as follows;

Tuesday night 1930 to 2030 is for all those who normally train Tuesday’s at 1900

Tuesday night 2030 to 2130 and Thursday night 2000 to 2130 is for all other swimmers

Normal training resumes on Wednesday 4th September at 2000.

If I’m honest what I see right now is weary swimmers, who are looking forward to a break. The summer schedule is always light, on purpose, because young swimmers need to let themselves rest and because of that every swimming club I’ve ever come across reduces hours to break one season from another in the summer.

We often get asked two questions about this, which I will attempt to clarify;

Should my child keep working hard through the summer when we are on holiday? No, let them have a break/reduced hours and enjoy other things so they come back refreshed and raring to go. If they love the pool and you have one where you are holidaying let them play, mess around and enjoy being in the water. Maintaining a feel for the water (as bizarre as it might sound) is really good for them – training day in, day out is not necessary!

Why do I have to pay the same fees during the summer? Because we operate standing orders we maintain the same level all year. Your total costs including term and holiday are averaged out to get to your monthly fees. A few years ago we tried doing it differently and it was so difficult to administer (and several parents tried to cheat the system) so we had to move to this method. It helps you with cash flow and it helps us with workload – we are all volunteers after all and most importantly we don’t want to have to ban kids from training because the fees are four months in arrears.

I guess the last Blackline of the year will come after JFL on Saturday and the Cambs Open on Sunday when we hope to end the season with our winning ways.