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Winter Yorkshires qualifiers

posted 6 Oct 2021, 06:53 by Team Jorvik

Congratulations to our 17 swimmers who have achieved the qualifying standards to enter the Winter Yorkshire Swimming Competition, taking place over two weekends in October.  In the 13+ age group this weekend (9/10th) Heidi, Lewis, Libby, Freddie, Alex Taylor and Elizabeth will be swimming.  The 9-12 year old qualifiers, who will compete over 23rd/24th weekend are: Alex Tew, Millie, Alice, Carolina, Oliver, Joe F, Joshua, Dan T, Samantha, Bradley, Evelyn.  Good luck to everyone!

Festival of swimming medals

posted 22 Aug 2021, 08:26 by Team Jorvik

Congratulations to Alex Tew for his performance at the end of season Swim England North East (Yorkshire) Festival of Swimming meet.  Alex won a Bronze medal in 100m Free and a Silver in 200m Free, both with new PB times.  Well done Alex!

We held a gala!

posted 22 Aug 2021, 08:15 by Team Jorvik

We were proud to be among the first clubs to hold a Level 3 meet after Covid restrictions were lifted - our "annual" Jorvik Viking Sprints was held a month later than usual, on 24th July 2021 at John Charles Centre, Leeds.  There were still restrictions in place, including no spectators being allowed, and the timing system wasn't working properly, but that didn't dampen the swimmers' enthusiasm and everybody's delight and relief at being able to attend a gala again after 16 months.  For many swimmers this was their first gala.

Team Jorvik swimmers put in magnificent performances all round, with nearly all swims being PBs, a handful of new Yorkshire QTs being achieved and lots of medals won.  The coaches were very proud - well done everyone!

Swimming unaffected by tighter restrictions

posted 15 Oct 2020, 05:57 by Team Jorvik

As York is set to move to Tier 2 under the government's new categorisation system, we understand that "Youth Sport" such as swimming can still go ahead as currently.

Autumn term timetable

posted 12 Sept 2020, 08:26 by Team Jorvik

Thank you for bearing with us through all the last minute changes necessary to finalise the current timetable (this might still change again if we get positive news from the other school pools that we normally use).  The first week of the new timetable has seen our swimmers enthusiastically attending an increased number of sessions and some more swimmers have returned to training. We had a good attendance at our first Saturday morning session, but still have room for a few more Competitive and Performance swimmers next week!

Yorkshire Championships Feb 2020

posted 9 Feb 2020, 09:38 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 3 Mar 2020, 22:07 ]

Congratulations to all the Team Jorvik swimmers who swam at the Yorkshire Championships, as well as those who qualified but were unable to/chose not to swim.
The first two weekends covered all the events except the 50m sprints:

- Alex Tew achieved PBs in each of his 3 events. This included a massive 7.5 second PB in the 200m Back, giving him an 11th place finish, and a 2 second PB in the 100m Free which took him into the finals, where he finished in a fantastic 8th place and won a coveted Finalist pennant.

- After pulling out of the 200m Fly due to illness the first week, Ben Pateman achieved a 0.5 second PB in his 100m Fly on the second Saturday.
- Aidan Reilly put in some solid swims to finish 17th and 14th in the Open Age Group of the 100m and 200m Breast respectively

- After the excitement of getting the 1500m Yorkshire time in December, the disappointment of being rejected in January to the phone call at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon asking if she could get to Leeds for 3pm, Ellie Rowson also won a Finalist pennant by finishing 10th.

The Championships concluded for Team Jorvik with the 50m long course sprints at Ponds Forge.  Team Jorvik were brilliantly represented by Alex Tew, Heidi Fothergill, Olivia Mence, Aidan and Cormac Reilly - all competed strongly in their events achieving fantastic personal bests. Special mentions to Alex and Olivia who were so close to qualifying for the finals and Heidi who was less than one tenth of a second away from an NER qualifying time. All performances are testament to the hard work our swimmers put in and the marvellous coaching they receive.  

Thanks to coaches Jess (especially for taking the time out from her A-Level study) and Emma for giving the pep talks and to Fiona and Elaine for making sure all swimmers got to the start on time.

The following swimmers had also qualified: Libby Anderson, Freddie Fenwick, Amy Bettles, Laura Bettles, Jess Buckton

Scarborough Winter Open

posted 15 Dec 2019, 15:27 by Team Jorvik

Team Jorvik swimmers embarked on a 3-day festival of swimming in Scarborough this weekend and the results of their hard work in training this term has been clearly evidenced by the number of medals won by everyone.

On Friday evening, Ellie (gold), Robyn (bronze), Eleanor (gold) and Aidan (gold) started Team Jorvik’s medal count competing in the 1500 metres. All were swimming this event for the first time and ultimately finishing in times quicker than I can run! Ellie and Eleanor achieved Yorkshire qualifying times for their efforts.

The gala started in earnest on Saturday morning. Aidan (rested after an overnight stay in luxurious accommodation) scored silver in the 400m IM and Alex won gold in the 200m freestyle, carving over 2 seconds off his personal best. After a quick turnaround Alex (silver) was back in the pool competing in the 100m breaststroke, followed by Cormac (silver) and Aidan (gold). Not to be outdone Jess G also won gold with a PB swim. Taking on what can only be described as a muscle-sapping 200m butterfly was Ben P, making the event seem easy as he strolled away with gold. Who gave him the spinach? Then Imogen performed admirably in the 200m freestyle achieving a bronze medal in her first effort at this event. The boys stormed back into action in the 100m IM – Alex securing silver, Cormac achieving a PB which also earned him silver, followed by Ben P taking gold.  After a breather Jess resumed her day with the 100m butterfly - securing Team Jorvik’s first speeding ticket of the meet by smashing her PB by a mammoth 12 seconds! Ellie won silver with a great 5 second PB. Following suit for the boys was Alex, achieving a silver medal and taking a further second off his PB. Not to be outdone, Ben P led from the outset stroking off with gold, over a second off his PB and a new NER qualifying time.

Saturday afternoon opened with the girls’ 200m IM – an energy-sapping event for most. Taking on the challenge Jess took bronze with another amazing PB and Imogen secured her first time in the event. Scarlett made a huge 10 second improvement on her best time and Olivia, a new recruit in her first gala for Team Jorvik, achieved bronze with a PB.  The boys were back in the pool for the 50m Freestyle and made an instant splash: Alex, Ben B, Cormac and Aidan all securing silver medals. The girls followed suit: Olivia claiming a superb gold; Scarlett achieving our 2nd speeding ticket of the meet and Jess a worthy 4th place.  Brimming with confidence Alex achieved gold in the 200m breaststroke smashing his previous PB by 15 seconds. He was swiftly followed by Ben B nailing a silver in his first effort at this event. Experienced performers Cormac and Ben P won bronze medals but it was Aidan’s gold medal that stood out. The final event on Saturday afternoon was the girls’ 200m backstroke. Ellie achieved silver in her race before Oliva Mence finished off what had been a great day’s performance with a gold and new personal best.

Day 3 of this mammoth event started with the girls 400m freestyle – a perfect way to shake off the cobwebs. Robyn took on the mantle and achieved a brilliant silver medal, knocking off nearly 22 seconds from her previous PB. Cormac (gold), Aidan (bronze) and Ben P, this time just out of the medals, all achieved fabulous PB’s. The only girl to participate in the 200m breaststroke, Scarlett, continued the medal rush by taking silver and smashing her former PB by over 7 seconds. The girls’ 100m freestyle saw both Heidi and Libby enter the pool for their first races of the meet. In a closely fought race Heidi marched away with gold and superb new PB and Libby silver. This was subsequently followed by Olivia snatching gold and a new PB. The morning session was now in full flow and the boys’ 100m freestyle saw the youngest member of the team step into action: Joe F achieved a fabulous gold medal along with a new PB, snipping off over 4 seconds from his previous time. Ben B continued his great form by taking another gold and almost 5 seconds off his time, whilst Cormac and Aidan both took silver. A special mention here to Aiden S who secured our 3rd speeding ticket of the event, smashing his PB by just under 13 seconds. The 50m backstroke is a fast and furious event and contested by Libby (bronze) and Robyn, both of whom also achieved new PB’s. Olivia then followed up with a brilliant gold just missing out on her own best time. With the challenge laid down, Joe (bronze), Aiden S (silver), Ben B (silver) and Ben P (bronze) stepped up to the plate, the younger swimmers all achieving new PBs. With lunch on their minds the girls’ 100 IM was next up. Gold medals were eaten up by Heidi and Olivia, with Libby finishing 4th with a brilliant new PB. A special mention here to Scarlett who not only smashed through her previous best time but claimed our 4th speeding ticket of the competition.

The final session of this marathon event started with the boys’ 100m backstroke. Straight back in the pool were Aiden S and Ben B, both claiming gold and Ben achieving a 9 second PB. The girls swiftly followed with Heidi and Olivia continuing their gold winning ways and Robyn achieving bronze. Not to be ignored was Libby who was rewarded with a fine swim and our 5th speeding ticket. Next up was the 50m breaststroke. Golds were achieved by both Aidan and Cormac, with Ben B grabbing a further bronze and another PB. The girls followed: Libby (bronze) and Olivia (gold) with a PB swim. If the boys weren’t tired after a long day racing they would be shortly with the 200 IM to come. Cormac took a brilliant silver and smashed the 3-minute barrier. Meanwhile Aidan grabbed a bronze in a tightly fought race that anyone could have won in the last 50 metres. The final event of the day was the 50 metre butterfly – a tough race to finish off with. The girls went first with Libby grabbing silver and Heidi bronze. The day was finished off with Aiden S launching himself across the line to win a brilliant bronze.

It has been a brilliant event with medals and PBs galore. Members of Team Jorvik should be proud of themselves as we look forward to the next gala in January. Special mention to Callum for offering guidance all weekend to all our swimmers and to Team Manager Fiona. And without the input of the whole superb coaching team our swimmers wouldn’t be progressing as well as they are.

Report by Andrew Mence

Yorkshire Winter Competition

posted 15 Dec 2019, 13:54 by Team Jorvik

Team Jorvik's Winter Yorkshire's campaign got off to an awesome start. The first day of the 9-12 year olds competition saw almost 100% PBs, 3 Top 10 finishes for Will (100 IM, 50 Back, 100 Fly), 6 second PBs for Will, Alex & Zach in each of their 100 IM & 100 Fly swims, a 3.5 second PB for Ellie in 100 Back and a good swim by Joe (who was only just 9) in 50 Breast too. 50 Free was particularly exciting with the three 10 year old boys all in the same heat - Alex just out-touching Zach by 0.02 seconds! Unfortunately, Freddie was unable to participate due to a perforated ear drum.

Swim of the day on Day 2 was an incredible 10 second PB in 100m Breast from Zach, who also knocked 3.5 seconds off his 50m Fly time. More amazing swims also from Alex and Will with great PBs in all of their 4 events, and Will picking up another Finalist hat for his 8th place finish in 100m Breast. Good swimming too from Ellie and Aiden to round off an excellent weekend.

In the 13+ years competition a few weeks later, Aidan R put in an incredible swim to knock 3 seconds off his 100m Breaststroke time, finishing in 13th place in 16& Over, plus a PB in 50m Free too. Awesome PB also for Libby in 50m Free and PBs too for Heidi in 50m Back and Cormac in 50m Breast.

The final day saw more fantastic swimming from Aidan R, with great PBs in 100m Free, 200m IM and 50m Breast - thoroughly deserved results from all the hard work he’s been putting in during training sessions! A 2 second PB from Heidi in 100m Back and a PB from Jess in 50m Back rounded off a good weekend for our small senior squad.

Summer Nationals

posted 15 Dec 2019, 13:50 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 15 Dec 2019, 14:03 ]

Three of our swimmers qualified for the British Summer Championships this year, which took place at Tollcross, Glasgow. Aidan Fothergill competed in 100m Breast, where he climbed up the rankings with an incredible 12th place finish. Meredith Harness competed in 50m Fly (finishing in 23rd place) and 100m Fly (22nd), whilst Eleanor Cooper swam in 200m Fly (20th).

Aidan also competed the following week in the Swim England Summer Nationals at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, where he was joined by Callum Tonkins. Determined swims from earned Aidan a good PB and 6th place in the 200m Breaststroke final, and then a bronze medal in 50m Breaststroke. Very consistent swimming saw Callum qualify for and finish 9th in a very tight 50m Backstroke final, then take 16th place in 100m Back and finally 13th place in 200m Back with a nice PB.

Summer swimming arrangements

posted 20 Jul 2019, 10:01 by Team Jorvik

A reminder that the normal timetable continues until Friday 26th July (except that Tuesdays have now finished). The Summer timetable starts from Sunday 28th July and runs until Friday 31st August.  Full details have been emailed to all parents but a summary can be found on the Members' Area page.  Happy holidays everyone!

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