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Leeds New Year Meet 2019

posted 20 Jan 2019, 04:25 by Team Jorvik

Our first gala of 2019 was the City of Leeds New Year meet - had those post-Christmas morning sessions paid off or were the swimmers still recovering from an excess of chocolate over the festive period??  Well it was quite a mixed bag but some of our younger swimmers certainly impressed: Robyn and Aiden S looked as if they had been putting in extra training sessions instead of eating their Christmas dinner as they both smashed PB's (Aiden knocking off 17 seconds from his 50 Fly and Robyn 30 seconds from her 200m IM!); Alex T had similar huge improvements in 100m & 200m Free; and Jess G achieved a full set of PBs in her 5 events.
The following medals were won: 
Gold: Meredith 50 & 100 Fly, Eleanor 100 Fly, 200 Back & 400 Free, Aidan R 100 Breast, Callum 200 back, Jake 200 Back, Gareth 50 & 100 Free, Bethan 50 Fly & 50 Back, Joe C 50 Back, Laura 200 Back
Silver: Callum 400 IM, Jess B 200 Free, Joe C 100 & 200 Back, 200 Fly & 400 Free, Aidan R 200 Breast, Alex M 200 Back, Alex T 200 Free, Meredith 100 Back, Eleanor 50 Fly & 100 Back, Aidan F 100 Fly, Joan 200 Back
Bronze: Aidan R 200 & 400 IM, Jake 50 Free & 400 IM, Meredith 200 Free & 200 Fly, Joan 200 Free, Bethan 50 Free, 100 Fly & 100 Back, Laura 50 Back, Amy 400 IM, Alex T 50 Back & 100 Fly, Jess B 400 Free, Alex M 50 Back

Assistant Head Coach vacancy - applications invited

posted 2 Jan 2019, 05:23 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 2 Jan 2019, 05:25 ]

We have an exciting job opportunity for the right candidate!  Please see our published advert here.

Short course NER success

posted 7 Nov 2018, 10:14 by Team Jorvik

This year we had 19 swimmers with qualifying times for the winter Regional SC Championships - again a record number! But due to the competition being staged just two weeks
after the Yorkshire Winter Competition, and most of the swimmers going on the swim camp to Spain in between, David generally advised people not to enter. Thus it was that a small party of just seven swimmers made their way to Sheffield on the first week in November.

Bethan Endicott, in her first North East Regionals after moving from East of England region, qualified for 9 events altogether and won a complete set of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals - in the Age 13 50m Fly, 50m Back and 100m Fly respectively. Keke and Heidi also swam in the Age Group competition for the first time, putting in good performances.

In the Open competition (age 14+), all our competitors were breaststrokers: Emily, James, Aidan R & Aidan F! Between them they swam several PBs, Aidan F managed to achieve a Winter Nationals QT in 200m, and James made the best time improvement with a 3 second PB in 100m.

Again, much to celebrate and we look forward to seeing a bigger squad competing at the Long Course NERs in May.

Yorkshire Winter Competition - Upper Age Group

posted 31 Oct 2018, 03:35 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 08:58 ]

We had a record number of both qualifying swimmers and qualifying times for this competition, held on 20th/21st October at Ponds Forge - another example of the club going from strength to strength. Not everyone chose to enter all their events and some did not compete at all, but we still had a very strong presence.  It was not surprising then that we won our highest number of medals at a Yorkshire competition, with a number of other placings in the Top 10 ("Finalists") or very close to it.

Several of our squad swam PBs in all their events: Aidan F (9), Callum (7), Jake (6), Eleanor (6), Aidan R (3), Alex (2) and Cormac (2), with Joe S also deserving a mention with an impressive 8 out of 9 PB swims.

Callum kicked off the medal haul with an impressive swim to claim Silver in the 100m Backstroke. The next day he added a Bronze in the 50m Backstroke, with both swims being qualifying times for the Winter Nationals competition.

Also on Saturday morning Bethan won Silver in 50m Backstroke, then a great 50m Fly swim earned her Gold on Sunday. She also finished 8th in both 100m Backstroke and 100m Fly.

Aidan F earned the first of two Gold medals on Saturday afternoon winning the 50m Breaststroke, adding the second on Sunday morning in the 100m Breaststroke in a Nationals QT.

Meredith started the weekend with a 9th place in 50m Free, then claimed a Bronze medal in 100m Fly, before leaving the competition trailing in her wake in the 50m Fly on Sunday morning.  The latter swim was also a Nationals QT.

Joe C claimed 3 Top 10 finishes: 7th in 50m Free and 100m Back and 10th in 100m Fly; while Joe S was also 7th in 200m IM.

Fantastic performances all round.  We are very proud of all of you!

Billingham Autumn Meet – September 2018

posted 2 Oct 2018, 08:27 by Team Jorvik

September is a time for concentrating on technique and setting a benchmark for the rest of the season and a springboard for the coming year. Billingham Autumn Meet proved the perfect opportunity for Team Jorvik to do this in a fresh, new environment with some super-fast competition for our swimmers to pit themselves against.

Nonetheless, our swimmers had a very successful meet and scooped up a total of 27 medals between them. Alex M cleared the boards medalling in every single one of his four events (Silver - 200 IM, 50 back, 100 back, 100 free).  Medals were also won by Aidan F (Gold – 200 breast); Amy (Gold- 100 breast, 200 breast, Bronze – 50 breast); Callum (Gold – 100 back, 200 back, Silver – 50 back, Bronze – 200 free); Emma PD (Gold – 100 free, Silver – 200 free); Jake (Bronze – 200 back); Jess (Silver – 200 back); Joe C (Gold - 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, Silver – 100 fly, Bronze – 50 free, 200 fly); Laura (Gold – 50 free, Silver – 100 fly, 100 free, Bronze – 50 back, 200 back).

Of our younger swimmers Robyn stood out with PBs in each of her six events including an amazing 10 second PB in her 50 butterfly! She also attempted 100 fly for the first time earning a super new time. Aidan F, Callum and Jamie also each achieved a full set of PBs.

There were also some new qualifying times for the forthcoming Upper Age Group Winter Yorkshires and NERs. Jamie achieved his Yorkshire time with a smashing swim in the 50 fly while Cormac and Alex M gained new qualifying times in 50 back and 100 back respectively. Meanwhile Joe C clocked up another North East Regional qualifying time, this time in the 100 fly.

Some of our younger swimmers took the opportunity to tackle some of the longer events for the first time with Robbie tackling the 200 breast and 200 back and Alex T taking on the 200 free and 200 back, both swimming extremely well.

There was great excitement on Saturday as Callum qualified for the Skins event. In this event the fastest six swimmers from the 200IM heats compete on a given stroke determined by a coloured ball picked out of a hat. Callum did extremely well to qualify for this event. Unfortunately, he was knocked out after the first round which was breaststroke. However, he pocketed a nice sum of money for his trouble and provided much excitement for all of us spectators!  

Spring Yorkshire Championships info published

posted 18 Sep 2018, 01:39 by Team Jorvik

The Qualifying Times and Schedule for the Yorkshire Championships next February are now available on the YSA website.

Yorkshire Winter Competition - Lower Age Group

posted 18 Sep 2018, 01:35 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 01:36 ]

Nine of our younger swimmers had qualified for the 9-12 Age Group of the Yorkshire Swimming Association Winter Competition: Joe Neary-Lamond, Heidi Fothergill, Libby Anderson, Freddie Fenwick, James Taylor, Ellie Rowson, Alex Tew, Jessica Grant and Alice Sturgeon.  We also welcomed Keira Shaw (Keke) to our squad - Keke has recently joined Team Jorvik but had entered through her old club, City of Wakefield.  The squad all performed magnificently!  Between them they achieved 27 PBs from 35 swims, with some huge improvements in some of the races, notably Alex and Jess each taking of 12 seconds off their 100m Back times.  We had 4 "Top 10" placings: Alex finishing 8th in 100m IM and 6th in 100m Back, and Keke placed 7th in 100m Free and 5th in 50m Free.  Congratulations to Keke for achieving 3 NER qualifying times: in 50 & 100 Free and 50 Back, and also to Heidi who posted an NER QT for 50 Back.  Well done everyone!

Sheffield City Sprints August 2018

posted 30 Aug 2018, 12:37 by Team Jorvik

Fifteen Team Jorvik swimmers attended the Sheffield City Open Sprints on 25 August 2018.  A small, friendly, afternoon-only gala, it made a nice, relaxed early start to the new season. There were some great swims which, this early in the season, augur well for the coming swimming year.
In particular, we would like to congratulate our younger swimmers who achieved new Yorkshire Times for the Lower Age Group Winter Competition just in time for the 5
September deadline: Alice (50 Free,100 Free); Freddie (100 Free,100 Back); Heidi (50 Fly, 100 Back); James T (100 Breast).
Medals were won by Aidan R (Silver-50 Breast, Bronze-100 Breast), Cormac (Silver- 50 Breast, 100 Breast), Heidi (Bronze-100 Back) and Zach M-J (Gold-100 Free).
We look forward to the rest of the season and even more success from Team Jorvik!

New training timetable

posted 24 Aug 2018, 07:17 by Team Jorvik

Our full timetable starts again on Tuesday 28th August (see Members' Area for details).  David has emailed everyone with details of their group and the new schedule - please contact him if you haven't heard from him.

Summer Nationals 2018

posted 6 Aug 2018, 02:35 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 7 Aug 2018, 13:15 ]


For the first time in Team Jorvik’s history, three of our swimmers qualified for the National Summer Meets, which is an amazing achievement!  To explain how these competitions work: there is a qualifying period between March and May - the top 24 ranked swimmers in Great Britain in each event and age group are invited to compete in the British Summer Championships, then the next 20 English swimmers are invited to the Swim England Summer Meet. 15 year old Callum Tonkins qualified for 50m Backstroke at the British competition and 100m Backstroke at the English competition. Also at the English competition, Meredith Harness qualified for 50m and 100m Fly in the 15 year old category, while Aidan Fothergill, 14, qualified for 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke. These three were joined by Bethan Endicott, who has just joined Team Jorvik from St Ives – Bethan had qualified in the 12/13 years 50m Fly at the British Nationals and 100m Fly at the English Nationals. The meets both took place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

David was keen for the swimmers to enjoy the experience of their first National competition, which they certainly all did. But they also did themselves and the Club proud by each putting in immense performances. At the British Championships, Callum finished 21st in 50m Back (29.39) and Bethan was also 21st in 50m Fly (29.97). At the English Nationals, between them they swam 11 PBs and we had 6 finalists and two Bronze medals! Callum finished 14th in 100m Back (1:04.37); Meredith was 6th in 100m Fly (1:05.84) and won Bronze in 50m Fly (28.95), only 0.09 seconds behind Gold; Aidan won Bronze in 100m Breast (1:11.19), then came 8th in 200m Breast (2:38.36) and 6th in 50m Breast (32.63); Bethan finished 8th in 100m Fly (1:07.33).

It was evident that everyone at Team Jorvik is very proud of these young people, with most of the rest of the Club’s swimmers and parents watching the Live Streams, shouting their support, or following the results at home. Who knows – maybe we will have even more qualifiers next year?


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