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Halifax team gala

posted 16 Nov 2017, 09:09 by Team Jorvik

Tom and Antonia with our prizes
Along with 4 other teams, we were invited by Halifax Swimming Club to compete in a fun relay gala for the George Barraclough Memorial Bowl.  Despite not having a full squad, meaning that most swimmers had to race in age groups above their own, we finished in 3rd place overall, winning a plaque and a box of chocolates!  Most importantly, everyone had fun and showed fantastic team spirit, cheering each other on and embracing the challenge of swimming up.  Coaches and spectators alike provided very vocal support too.  Everyone went home exhausted but happy at the end of the evening! 

North East Region Age Group (SC) Championships

posted 30 Oct 2017, 12:44 by Team Jorvik

On 28th/29th October, our two 13 year old boys, Joe Callin and Aidan Fothergill, travelled to Sunderland for another excellent weekend of swimming.  Joe had qualified for 11 events altogether but chose to enter just 5, achieving PBs and top 10 finishes in 4 of these: 100m Free (4th), 400m IM (10th), 400m Free (8th) and 50m Free (7th).  Aidan continued his great form from last weekend, swimming almost identical times to the previous week in 50m and 100m Breaststroke to win Gold and Bronze medals respectively, then adding another Bronze in 200m Breaststroke with a 12 second PB, and finishing his NER campaign with a further brilliant PB in 100m IM to finish in 8th place.  Great stuff, well done boys!

South Axholme Sharks Halloween Gala

posted 30 Oct 2017, 12:44 by Team Jorvik

Libby, Heidi, Emma, Robbie, Cormac & Aidan R competed in the ever-popular Halloween gala in Beverley on Sunday.  Between them they achieved several PBs, the most notable being Cormac's 7 second improvement in 100m IM, which earned him a Speeding Ticket to match Libby's won in the same event.  Robbie and Aidan won Gold medals and Aidan also won a Silver medal.

Yorkshire Winter Competition: 13+ year olds

posted 23 Oct 2017, 14:59 by Team Jorvik

We had 13 swimmers in action for the second weekend of this competition: Rhiannon Wood, Zak Moorcroft, Joe Senior, James Ruxton, Elizabeth Blake, Emily Hill, Jake Rodway, Callum Tonkins, Aidan Reilly, Laura Bettles, Fay Clark, Meredith Harness and Aidan Fothergill (Joan Clayton, Tom Watkins-Hargan and Joe Callin also achieved qualifying times but chose not to compete).  It was a very successful weekend all round, with many excellent PB swims, 4 medals won and another 5 Top 10 finishes.

Callum won our first medal - clinching Silver in 50m Backstroke by swimming 1 second quicker than his previous best time.  He also came 6th in 100m Backstroke and swam 7 very impressive PBs over the weekend.

Meredith put in some fantastic performances, despite suffering with a shoulder injury, and achieved 5 Top 10 places out of the 6 events she chose to swim, including a brilliant Silver medal in 50m Fly.

Aidan F produced some amazing PBs in his 6 swims, winning Gold medals in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke - incredibly in the 50m event he was 2.5 seconds ahead of his nearest rival!

Jake, swimming in his first Yorkshires, swam some great PBs in his 6 events, culminating in a 4 second improvement in 100m Backstroke. James also produced fine swims in all 6 of his events, knocking off nearly 2 seconds in his 50m Backstroke. Joe S put in solid performances in all of his 9 events, the highlight being a 1 second PB in 50m Breaststroke.  Aidan R and Elizabeth both swam nice PBs in their Breaststroke events, and Fay made a good improvement in her 50m Backstroke.

It is great for everyone to see the rewards from all the hard work the kids are putting in in training.

Yorkshire Biathlon Championships

posted 18 Oct 2017, 06:25 by Team Jorvik

Team Jorvik swimmers Aidan and Heidi Fothergill and Lucy Gilbertson competed in the Yorkshire Region Modern Biathlon Championships on 15th October.  This competition is part of the Modern Pentathlon series and involves a timed run and swim, the distances varying by age, with the points for each section then being added together.  All three produced PBs in both their runs and swims, with Aidan winning the U14B category (1600m run & 100m swim), Heidi finishing 2nd in U12G (800m run & 50m swim) and Lucy coming 6th in U10G (also 800m run & 50m swim).  These great results mean that Aidan and Heidi qualify automatically for the British Biathlon competition in Solihull in November and the British Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace in March, with Lucy being highly likely to also achieve a qualifying place when the rankings list is published.

National County Team Championships

posted 18 Oct 2017, 06:07 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 18 Oct 2017, 06:08 ]

On 8th October, Team Jorvik's Joe Callin was part of the Yorkshire team that competed in the National County Team Championships Division 1.  Yorkshire won the competition by 21 points to retain their 2016 title.  Joe swam in 12/13 year old Boys' 100m Free, where he recorded a PB time of 59.01, and in the 12/13 Boys' 200m Mixed Medley Relay.  His selection for the Yorkshire county team was an amazing achievement - well done Joe!

Yorkshire Winter Competition: 9-12 year olds

posted 6 Oct 2017, 08:51 by Team Jorvik

The first weekend of the "Winter" Yorkshires saw 4 of our Juniors competing in 8 events.  First up on Saturday was Heidi, who achieved a 4 second PB in 100m Backstroke (1:24.78), followed by Libby swimming a 1 second PB in 50m Free (33.84), despite struggling with an ear infection.  On Sunday morning both girls were in action again in 50m Backstroke, with 2 more significant PB swims and both breaking the sub-40 second milestone for the first time (Heidi 38.81, Libby 39.12).  They were joined by Ellie in her first county competition, who also swam a PB in 50m Fly (57.53).  Sunday afternoon saw Heidi and Cormac in action in 50m Breaststroke - remarkably they had similar entry times and both swam 1.5 second PBs to finish in almost identical times (45.19/45.16!).  Ellie competing in 100m Backstroke wasn't quite able to match the huge PB she achieved in the YCBC gala 2 weeks ago, but still put in a solid swim to finish well under her entry time (1:45.18).

YCBC Autumn Extravaganza

posted 5 Oct 2017, 08:59 by Team Jorvik

In September a total of 27 swimmers from all of our competitive squads made the short journey over to Leeds for this all-weekend gala, where they had the opportunity to swim in all events from 50m to 200m in all strokes plus 100/200/400m IMs.  Many of them were pushed outside of their comfort zones by being entered either for events they had never attempted before or strokes they would not normally choose to swim!  In a testament to their characters and abilities, and to David's training methods, they weren't phased by this, gave it their all and came away having swum some great times and even won medals.

With so many huge PBs, it is hard to single out the best swims but Jake and Amy deserve a special mention for each achieving PBs/new times in all 9 of their races, with Callum close behind on 7 and Tom and Emma P-D with 6 each.  Congratulations to Jake and Joe S for swimming new NER qualifying times in 50m Back and 50m Free respectively.  And to the following to all won Gold medals: Joe S, Tom, Callum (2), Laura, and Joe C (2).

A very positive start to the season, which augers well for the forthcoming Yorkshire Winter Competition and NERs.

Sheffield City Sprints Gala

posted 6 Sep 2017, 03:21 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 6 Sep 2017, 04:47 ]

12 swimmers went to Ponds Forge in Sheffield on 26th August for the first gala of the season, despite it being in the summer holidays. It was a great afternoon and everyone performed fantastically well - there were some very fast swims, amazing PB’s, new Yorkshire qualifying times, improved Yorkshire qualifying times and 5 medals.

Out of 39 swims there were 27 PB’s, which is amazing. PB swim of the day belonged to Maximus, taking almost 5 seconds off his 100m Freestyle time.

Medals were awarded to:
Fay Clark – Gold in 100m Backstroke and 50m Backstroke
Aidan Reilly – Bronze in 100m Breaststroke
Cormac Reilly – Bronze in 100m Breaststroke
Maximus Mawle – Bronze in 50m Butterfly

New Yorkshire qualifying times:
9 year old Ellie – 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke
15 year old Elizabeth – 100m Breaststroke

Well done everyone!

Rotherham Metro July gala

posted 25 Jul 2017, 10:33 by Team Jorvik

Our Age Group and Senior Performance Squads had a fantastic end to the season at Ponds Forge on 15/16th July.  Over half of the team achieved PBs in all of their races, and non-PB swims amongst the rest of the squad were very few and far between.  Joan, Jake, Laura, Amy and Aidan F all clocked up improvements of more than 20 seconds.  Joe C, Laura, Elizabeth and Joe S all came home jangling with medals, while several others swimmers won 1 or 2 each. 3 swimmers achieved new qualifying times for the Yorkshire Winter Competition: Laura in 50m Fly and 100m Breast, Jake in 100m Back and Joan in 100m Free; and the two Joes achieved new NER qualifying times: Joe C in 200m IM and Joe S in 400m Free, 400m IM and 200m Fly.  Well done team!

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