Best In Bristol – Report
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Having attended the Best in Bristol gala we came out with a very respectful 4th place. This was a tough gala with 100 metre swims for 11 and up and 50 metre swims for 9 year olds which was tough with swimmers taking part in their first gala so a special thank you goes to Finlay Morrow who had some last minute diving lessons to take part in this gala and is a swim school swimmer, well done Finlay and also Esme Maxwell-Banks being her first gala.
We had 23 PB’s on the night out of a possible 33 so that was outstanding, PB’s of the night go to Rory Maxwell with a 11.35sec pb for his 100 fly, Archie Watts 7.5sec pb in 100 breast and 3.77sec pb in 100 back, Rhian Hughes 9.8sec pb for 100 breast, Jake Weeks 4.73sec pb for 50 fly and Joey Brayley 3.3sec pb for 50 back.
We had 5 wins on the night and these were all for the 9 year old girls for their Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay, well done Laura Waters, Alysia Maestri, Esme Maxwell-Banks and Leonie Milne and for the 9 years 50m breast and 50m back Alysia and 50m free Laura.
Results for the night were:-
Severnside 299 Keysham 259 Southwold 257 Bristol Henleaze 210 Soundwell 159 Bristol North 137 Dursley 76
Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 January 2012 )
Cotswold R1 Report Saturday January 21st
Monday , 23rd January
This gala was the held at Brockworth Sports Centre and was the first of the Series of 5 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday May 19th. In the Series there are 20 clubs from the Gloucester and Somerset area. These galas are the designed to give good club swimmers and inexperienced swimmers the chance of taking part in competition galas. At the end of first 4 rounds of the Series the total number of gala points gained by each club is calculated. The 5th round of the Series consists of three finals. The top 8 clubs swim in the A Final, the middle 6 clubs in the B Final and the bottom 6 clubs in the C Final.
At the gala on Saturday we had 20 PB's from individual swims and relay lead off legs, 5 first places and 18 second places.
There were individual wins for Joe Hubble, Emily Harris, James Slaney and Rebecca Wheatcroft.
There was a relay win for Joe Hubble, Tom Pitt, Jake Weeks and Jasper Eddison
Individual second places for Jasper Eddison, Lara Coode(2) , Harry Bull, Phillipa Gamblin, Jono Dixon(2) ,Grace Caple, Keshan De Alwis(2) , Frankie McDowell, Emily Harris, Chris Woodman and Jamie Athay.
The Draft results for this gala were
Bristol Penguins 166 Points
Brockworth 130 Points
Bristol Henleaze 115 Points
Bristol North 98 Points
Please note to be eligible to swim in the finals swimmers must have swum in one of the first 4 rounds so in the next 3 rounds we may give different swimmers a chance to swim.
Cotswold Series 2012 Round 2 Feb. 25th. Report.
Monday, 27 February 2012
This gala was the held at Stratford Leisure Centre Stroud and was the second of the Series of 5 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday May 19th. In the Series there are 20 clubs from the Gloucester and Somerset area. These galas are the designed to give good club swimmers and inexperienced swimmers the chance of taking part in competition galas. At the end of first 4 rounds of the Series the total number of gala points gained by each club is calculated. The 5th round of the Series consists of three finals. The top 8 clubs swim in the A Final, the middle 6 clubs in the B Final and the bottom 6 clubs in the C Final.
At the gala on Saturday we had 13 PB's from individual swims, 6 first places and 10 second places.
There were individual wins for Joe Hubble, Will Darby, Frankie McDowell, Jono Dixon and Robbie McCleod.
There was a relay win for Danny Valentine, Robbie McCleod, Aaron Adorisio and Matthew Simmons.
Individual second places for Will Darby (2), Jamie Athay, Keshan De Alwis, Dan Hicks, May Bingham and Robbie McCleod
The Draft results for this gala were
Cwmbran Otters 157 Points
Clevedon 137 Points
Dursley Dolphins 116 Points
Bristol Henleaze 102 Points
Please note to be eligible to swim in the finals swimmers must have swum in one of the first 4 rounds so in the next 2 rounds we may give different swimmers a chance to swim.
Last Updated ( Monday, 27 February 2012 )
CHS vs. Bristol Henleaze - gala report
Saturday, 03 March 2012
Congratulations to all 36 swimmers who took part in our first ever gala against Clifton High School, and in particular to those swimmers who represented the club for the first time. We do appreciate the effort that all of our parents, swimmers and helpers made in getting to Clifton so promptly after school – not an easy thing to do!
Our swimmers clocked up a marvellous 42 PB’s and 11 times for events that they had not swum before. PB of the gala goes to Henry Sweet for taking over 14s off his previous time for 25m breaststroke – well done Henry! Several other swimmers also recorded large PB’s and they are:
25m freestyle: Ella Beavon (4s), Ioan Crow (7s), Anna Davis (5s)
25m backstroke: Joshua Jones (5s), Ella Hawkins (4s), Nell DeWinton (3s), Annie Sutton (4s), Anna Davis (6s)
25m breaststroke: Tilly DuBuisson (4s), Teya Cardinal (4s), Jake Weeks (3s)
25m butterfly: Rory Maxwell (4s)
The two teams were very evenly matched, with CHS winning the Yr 4 and Yr 5 races, but BHSC won the Yr6 races in such style that the overall result was a win for Bristol Henleaze. More important than the result is the opportunity this gala gave to so many of our younger swimmers to swim for the club. Points are as follows:
Yr 4: BHSC 94, CHS 108
Yr 5: BHSC 101, CHS 103
Yr 6: BHSC 143, CHS 60
Gala result: BHSC 338, CHS 271
Thank you to Diane Kingston and all of the other staff and senior pupils at Clifton High for hosting a very successful gala. All of your swimmers (some of whom are also Bristol Henleaze members and swam brilliantly!) were a credit to the school and should be very proud of their performances and behaviour.
A big thank you also goes to our helpers; Emily, Frankie, Sophie, Rosalie, Tamsin, Marco, Brian, Sandra and Richard for their hard work in getting the swimmers to the right place at the right time and to Curtis for lifeguarding.
Reflections from the Olympic Trials
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
I appreciate the support I have received from BHSC swimmers and parents alike, despite placing my self-motivation as one of my better attributes, no one can do anything challenging alone, and standing on the block in the Olympic pool, legs trembling, it was nice to know that I had a few people who believed in me! I thought if I wrote my thoughts regarding the Olympic trials down, some of you may find my feelings of use as I’m sure many of you have experienced similar.
For the first time in my life I did everything I could to prepare for a meet. I didn’t miss a single training session, I remained continuously aware of my hydration state, committed to a balanced and healthy diet, limited my treats, limited my late nights, and limited my lie in’s I suppose as well. Physiologically I was in shape to swim the fastest I had ever swam in my life, I was getting PB’s in training and hitting my target pace repeatedly like never before, but nothing, nothing whatsoever, can prepare you for the psychological challenge that is the Olympic trials. It comes around only every four years, and every time, so I’m told, never fails to be the most apprehensive, most challenging and most nerve-wracking 10 days of the swimming calendar. It’s the competition where dreams are achieved and dreams are shattered, the Olympic Games themselves, apparently, hold less tension.
Within my training regime there is a large focus on training the brain, I’ve got tougher, more resilient to pain, more confident and reached a greater understanding of what it takes to be the best. However, the nerves and the pressure I felt in my 100m freestyle heat are something I was not expecting. Sure I’ve swam county, regional, BUCS, national and British finals, but none of those experiences could thoroughly prepare me for London. Obviously I am disappointed with my result, but on reflection, and believe me I have thoroughly reflected, this happened for a reason. It was my first competition at so high a level, indeed perhaps for me to PB would have been a miracle! I now know that nerves, pressure and stress are all psychological challenges that I must learn to control and channel into positive energy during my swim in order to do myself justice when I stand up to race.
To be part of such an elite competition, to feel the hype, to revel in the challenge and mix with some of the most talented and driven people in the world is no ordinary experience. So much has changed since leaving BHSC and COB, and it’s all because I simply decided that I was going to commit, fully, to be the best I can be on a daily basis. I believe that anyone can do what I’m doing, those who want success enough and take pride in doing everything they do to the best of their ability will be the ones who reach their potential. I try to push target times and GB team selection criteria out of my mind, for what I really want to achieve is my limit, I want to reach the point where I have done everything possible to be the best I can be, and who knows where that could take me, the journey is not over yet. I mustn’t forget to enjoy the ride, because it’s probably going to be the best of my life.
Last Updated ( Friday, 16 March 2012 )
Top National Rankings for BHSC Swimmer
Friday, 16 March 2012
Congratulations to Alysia Maestri for her outstanding performance in the Gloucester Blocks. Her times mean that in the 10 year old age group she is ranked 1st in the country for 50m back and 100m IM. She is also ranked 2nd for the 50m breaststroke and 400m freestyle.
It is an incredible achievement for any swimmer to get a top national ranking, but the fact that Alysia has done so in such a wide range of strokes and distances is outstanding!
Well done Alysia
Cotswold Series 2012 Round 3 Report March 26th
Monday , 26th March
This gala was the held at Cheltenham Boys College and was the third of the Series of 5 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday May 19th. In the Series there are 20 clubs from the Gloucester and Somerset area. These galas are designed to give good club swimmers and inexperienced swimmers the chance of taking part in competition galas. At the end of first 4 rounds of the Series the total number of gala points gained by each club is calculated. The 5th round of the Series consists of three finals. The top 8 clubs swim in the A Final, the middle 6 clubs in the B Final and the bottom 6 clubs in the C Final.
At the gala on Saturday we were against two teams that reached the A Final last year so this was very hard round. In our team we had 5 swimmers that had never swum in a competitive gala for Bristol Henleaze before. We had 13 PB's from individual swims, 5 first places and 15 second places.
There were individual wins for Jacob White, Joe Hubble, Philippa Gamblin and Jono Dixon.
There was a relay win for Rebecca Wheatcroft, Martha Eustace, Charlotte Gale and Emily Gale.
Individual second places for Philippa Gamblin, Jess Kelly, Jono Dixon, Clemency Ursell, Rebecca Wheatcroft (2), Keshan De Alwis (2) and Robbie McCleod.
The Draft adjusted results for the three teams in this gala were
Cheltenham 163 Points
Wellington 148 Points
Bristol Henleaze 100 Points
Please note Round 4 is on Saturday 21st April and Bristol Henleaze is hosting this gala at Keynsham Leisure Centre. This is the final chance for swimmers who have not swum previously to be eligible to swim in the finals on Saturday 19th May.
New County Record and 5 national times for Abi!
Tuesday, 03 April 2012
BHSC and CoB swimmer Abi Bowring is having an outstanding season and has set a new Gloucester County record for swimmers of all ages in the 200m individual medley, in a time of 2:20.73 - the fastest in the country so far in 2012.
Having struggled with injury so much before Christmas, Abi's back on form winning a total of 14 county gold medals and gaining 5 national qualifying times.
She was recently featured in the Evening Post <click here> for details
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 April 2012 )
Cotswold R4, gala report April 21st
Monday , 23rd April
This gala was the held at Keynsham Leisure Centre and was the fourth of the Series of 5 galas, the final gala to be held on Saturday May 19th. In the Series there are 20 clubs from the Gloucester and Somerset area. These galas are the designed to give good club swimmers and inexperienced swimmers the chance of taking part in competition galas. At the end of first 4 rounds of the Series the total number of gala points gained by each club is calculated. The 5th round of the Series consists of three finals. The top 8 clubs swim in the A Final, the middle 6 clubs in the B Final and the bottom 6 clubs in the C Final.
In the gala our team had 11 PB's from individual swims, 7 first places and 8 second places.
There were individual wins for Jacob White (2), Jono Dixon (2) and Rebecca Wheatcroft
There was a relay wins for two of our teams:- The Girls open 4x2 Medley team of Clemency Ursell, Emily Harris, Frankie McDowell and Sophie MennellThe Boys 11/U 4X1 Freestyle team of Ben Badham, Tom Pitt, Jake Weeks and Jacob White.
Individual second places for Philippa Gamblin, Rebecca Wheatcroft, Frankie McDowell, Keshan De Alwis and Emily Harris.
The Draft results for the four teams in this gala were
Cirencester 147 Points
Cinderford 144 Points
Burham on Sea 123 Points
Bristol Henleaze 102 Points
Please note the Final Round is on Saturday 19th May venue and times to be arranged. For the final round we can only swim those swimmers who have swam in at least one of the first four rounds.
Bristol Henleaze hosted this gala and I would like to say a big Thank-you to all those that
who helped in the smooth running of the gala.
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 April 2012 )
Regional Championships 5th-7th May
Thursday, 10 May 2012
When one writes these reports one has to often put a positive spin on things, but in this instance I don't have to here.
Ten (7 swimming for Henleaze, 3 for COB) of our swimmers attended the Regional Youth Championships at the Life Centre Plymouth over the Bank Holiday weekend 5-7th May.
These took place in Plymouth's new 50m pool - if you thought Hengrove was impressive....their venue and the set up to me highlighted some of the failings of our new pool!!
Whilst the Championships were progressing there were appearances from the Elite GB diving team: impressive - most of the girls, and some mums were drooling over Tom!!
It is easy for old hats like me and those who have attended these championships over many years is to take this type of occasion forgranted. We must remember that it is a big event and for some their attendance is the pinnacle of their swimming to date: their sole aim and for some over a number of years. One parent commented to me 'how impressed (they) were with the whole thing.... it was a long way to go but they were glad (they) did'.
We must congratulate all those that qualified and attended.
Holly Tanner (watch that finish!!), Jono Dixon, Jess Hicks and Curtis O’Connor took part in one event and all did PB’s (17.7 sec for Curtis... I know!!) Well done to you: You did yourselves, your parents and Bristol Henleaze proud.
Marcus Gardiner finished 10th in the 50 free final in a PB and went sub 27 for the first time, 7th in the 200 breaststroke Final, 4th in the 100 breaststroke and 2nd in the 50 breaststroke. He went into the final 3rd and was lagging a bit 2/3rds down the pool but as the finish approached the leader was tying up (yes you do need stamina even in the 50's) and our swimmer was looking the stronger. It was Marcus's to win, and then in goes an extra stroke at the finish!!! Watch the video Marcus and learn for next time!!1.2 sec PB though! Plus a 1.7secPB in the 200IM.
Matt Eskell came 10th in the 50 back final. He went sub 27 in the 50 free. But better things were to come in the fly: 9th in the 100 (12 sec LC PB) and in the 50 fly a fantastic 27.77 for a 4th place, deserved more but...... we both walked away from these championships proud of our progress!
Matt Bray. Well Matt won three well deserved gongs, of the gold variety in the 50 and 100 free – 25.5 and 55.8 respectively and the 200 fly (3.75sec LC PB ) and 5th in the 100 fly although he and Alisdair did pay for their efforts in the 200! Well done Matt on a great weekend.
Alisdair Jones very well done to you. A graft to get that 6th in the 200 free – after the heat I was impressed with your determination! A bronze in the 50fly (1.2 sec LC PB) and 100 fly (5.3 sec LC PB) and a PB in the 200IM.
Abi Bowring swam on a time trial basis to try and get closer to a couple of NQT's (she has most) the 200 Back and 400IM (now that’s a real event LOL) taking just over 3secs off her LC time. I am sure a tapered Abi will achieve her aims in the age group Championships in June.
Jane Garry's last appearance for us at the regionals (?) was completed with a couple of PB's and her first regional final. I hope this is not the case and I do feel Jane, there is still much to do!!! However a 2.2 LC PB on her 50 breast and it looked good and a small PB in the 50 back, so well done Jane
So, as said, much for our swimmers and club to be proud of.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 May 2012 )
SW Regional Relays - Sunday May 20th - Report
Monday, 21 May 2012
Sunday 20th May 2012, Venue: Millfield Pool, Street, Somerset. Atmosphere: electric: Swimmers: ready for it!
Two teams from Bristol Henleaze entered the ASA SW Region Team Relays today (25m), the 9/10 yrs Girls and the 13/14 yrs Girls.
9/10 yr Girls: Laura Waters, Grace Caple, Oriana Munden & Alysia Maestri.
13/14 yr Girls: Morgane Shaban, Charlie Waters, Molly Huckle & Maddie Nairn.
The first event was the 9/10 yrs 200m Freestyle team with a total of 13 teams competing and the girls were going into heat 2 as the fastest, so no pressure there then girls. As ever it was all handled in a superbly calm way and the behaviour of all the swimmers throughout the day was impeccable. Great warm ups, no moaning and a good fighting spirit! They did not disappoint coming 1st in the heats 2s faster than their entry time. They were up again in Event 10 the 9/10 200m Medley and managed a fantastic 3rd place out of 13 teams, Oriana Munden heading off with the Back, Alysia Maestri with the Breaststroke, Laura Waters with Fly and Grace Caple with Free. Would it be possible to pull even more out of those engines to improve in the final......?
Event 6 saw the 13/14 yr girls in the 200m Medley with Morgane Shaban leading them off in the back, Maddie Nairn next with the Breaststroke, Charlie Waters with the Fly and then Molly Huckle finishing with the Free. They secured a good sharp 7th place out of 11 teams which having gone in as 10th was a good result, they were in the final!
Event 14 saw the girls up again in the 200m Freestyle team and finished a respectable 8th place out of 11 teams, improving on their entry time and making it into another final!
The finals were as exciting as expected with the 9/10 yr Girls taking GOLD in the 200m Freestyle final with a time of 2.21.11, still faster than their entry time and after all the racing and hanging around they should be thrilled and proud of their achievements today, and I think the parents were pretty happy too!
There was still more to come for the 9/10 yr Girls with SILVER in the 200m Medley final finishing in 2.43.44, faster than their time in the heats and an improved placing. WELL DONE.
The 13/14 yr Girls 200m Medley final saw the older girls finishing 8th with a time of 2.23.45 and then a 7th place in the 200m Freestyle final with 2.05.82, so an improvement by a place, well done girls it was a tough final but all of you gave it 110%.
There were lots of PB’s when reviewing the splits and also some yummy cakes as a treat at the end! Keep up the hard work at training and you can all improve even further (is that possible) ABSOLUTELY J
Cotswold Series 2012 C Final Gala 19th May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
This gala was the held at Easton Leisure Centre and was the C Final. In the Series there are 20 clubs from the Gloucester and Somerset area. These galas are the designed to give good club swimmers and inexperienced swimmers the chance of taking part in competition galas. At the end of first 4 rounds of the Series the total number of gala points gained by each club is calculated. The 5th round of the Series consists of three finals. The top 8 clubs swim in the A Final, the middle 6 clubs in the B Final and the bottom 6 clubs in the C Final. Bristol Henleaze swam 50 different swimmers over this series of galas.
The rules of this series of gala meant we could not select any of our 54 swimmers that had swum in the Division 1 National Arena galas in the last 2 years. A lot of the 20 clubs in the Cotswold league we swum against don’t have such exclusions when selecting Cotswold teams.
In the gala our team had 16 PB's from individual swims, 11 first places and 8 second places.
There were individual wins for Jacob White , Jono Dixon (2), Rebecca Wheatcroft (2), Emily Gale, Will Darby, Robbie McLeod (2), Joe Hubble and May Bingham
There was a relay wins for 6 of our teams:-
The Boys 11/U 4X1 Medley Team Ben Badham, Tom Pitt, Dan Hicks and Jacob White.
The Girls 13/U 4X1 Freestyle Team Charlotte Gale, Imogen Scobie, Jess Kelly and Rebecca Wheatcroft.
The Boys 13/U 4X1 Freestyle Team Danny Valentine, James Slaney, Aaron Adorisio and Robbie McLeod.
The Boys 11/U 4X1 Freestyle Team Joe Hubble, Tom Pitt, Ben Badham and Jacob White.
The Girls 13/U 4X1 Medley Team Emily Gale, Jess Kelly, Rebecca Wheatcroft and Imogen Scobie.
The Boys 13/U 4X1 Medley Team Robbie McLeod, Aaron Adorisio, Danny Valentine and Jamie Athay
A special mention should be made to Imogen Parsons, Emily Harris and Tom Pitt who covered for swimmers who were ill at very last moment.
The Draft results for the six teams in this gala were
Lydney 243 Points
Bristol Henleaze 219 Points
Cheddar Marlins 184 Points
Dursley Dolphins 180 Points
Bristol North 124 Points
Severnside Tritons 93 Points
I would like to say a big Thank-you to all those 50 swimmers that swam in this series of galas, parents and poolside helpers.