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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?

Rotherham Metro July 2018

posted 17 Jul 2018, 15:16 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 23:37 ]

Thirteen Team Jorvik swimmers took part in the Rotherham Metro A/B Short Course Meet at Ponds Forge on 14/15 July 2018. This gala marked the end of the season and the apex of our training year. Once again our swimmers did us proud. Despite only being a small group we won a total of 43 medals.

The hard work in training over the season obviously paid off as there were lots of PBs with many of our swimmers almost completing a full set. Special mention must go to Jake and Callum who both broke the one minute barrier on the 100 free, both achieving a personal best of 59.49!

There were also lots of new qualifying times for the Yorkshire Championships and the North East Regional Championships over course of the weekend:
Aidan R (New Yorkshire Time: 200 IM, New NER Times: 100 Breast, 200 Breast) 
Amy (New Yorkshire Time: 100 free, New NER Time: 50 Breast)
Callum (New NER Times: 200 free, 100 Breast, 200 Breast)
Cormac (New Yorkshire Times: 50 Breast, 100 Breast)
Eleanor (New NER times: 400 free, 100 fly)
Emma P.D (New Yorkshire Time: 200 IM)
Jake (New NER Time: 100 Back)
Joan (New Yorkshire Time: 200 IM, New NER Time: 100 Back, 100 Free, 200 Back)
Laura (New Yorkshire Time: 200 IM)
Meredith (New NER Time: 200 IM)

All in all, it was a fantastic end to a superb 2017/18 season at Team Jorvik. All our swimmers have worked really hard and always given their best which has led to some super fast swimming. I think David summed it up at the end of the gala: “It’s been a great year – and next year we’re going to go even faster!”  We can’t wait David – watch this space!

Seaside Special July 2018

posted 15 Jul 2018, 01:41 by Team Jorvik

On a lovely summer's day in Bridlington, it seemed a shame for us to be sweltering inside the leisure complex.  However, it was well worth it for the fantastic swimming once again produced by our younger members - and the view out to sea from the spectators' gallery was the best you will ever find at a swimming gala!  And, as Charlotte found out later, the sea was actually pretty cold - the pool was much better for swimming in!

Pretty much everyone went home with a haul of medals and there were some awesome PBs.  It was great to see many huge improvements in the 100m events (mostly from our gala in March, only 4 months ago) - notably Ellie going 15 seconds faster in 100m Fly and 12 seconds in 100m Free, Freddie with 10 second PBs in 100m Free and 100m Back, and Emma knocking 17 seconds off her 200m IM time. And Aiden swam an incredible 4 seconds and 6 seconds faster in 50m Back and Free than he had done just a month ago at our Viking Sprints gala - great stuff!  There were also some new qualifying times for the Yorkshire Winter Competition: Freddie 50 Fly, Ellie 100 Back, Jess 50 Free and 50 Back.  Well done everyone :)

Jorvik Viking Sprints June 2018

posted 29 Jun 2018, 13:00 by Team Jorvik

With great anticipation, we looked forward to the best gala of the year - our very own Viking Sprints meet.  As always, it didn't disappoint.  Our awesome team of parent volunteers worked together as one big happy, friendly, efficient team and we all left at the end of the day felling justifiably proud of ourselves, if in need of a glass of wine or two!

On the swimming front, the kids were just as awesome - with countless PBs, medals and an incredible number of new Yorkshire qualifying times. Two of our swimmers won Top Boy awards: 9 year old Alex Tew and Zak Moorcroft in the 15+ age group; and we even finished as the 3rd highest team on total points scored.

With an amazing 22 of our swimmers achieving a full set of PBs, there were too many good performances to list individually. But special mention must go to two of our youngest swimmers: 8 year old Alice Sturgeon, who won an A grade silver medal for 50m Backstroke in the 9 year olds age group and also achieved a Yorkshire qualifying time; and Alex Tew, 9, who swam a full set of 5 Yorkshire Qualifying times and went home jangling with 3 gold and 2 silver medals.

Other swimmers gaining new Yorkshire QTs were: Ellie (100 IM), Libby (50 Back), Emma P-D (50 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Back), Jess B (50 Fly), Joan (50 Fly, 50 Breast), Freddie (50 Back, 50 Free), Jake (50 Fly)

The full set of results can be found here:

NER Long Course Championships May 2018

posted 9 May 2018, 08:48 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 29 May 2018, 00:37 ]

We had a record 14 swimmers with NER qualifying times this Spring: Joan, Alex M, Tom, Zak, Joe S, Eleanor, James, Jake, Callum, Laura, Amy, Meredith, Joe C and Aidan (the latter two swimmers achieving QTs for both the Open and the Age Group competitions).

The first weekend in May saw 9 of our squad competing at Ponds Forge in the Open Championships.  There were solid performances all round, with some great PBs swum by Joan (50m Back), Alex (50m Back), Jake (50m Back), Callum (50m & 100m Back) and Meredith (100m Fly).  The times achieved by Callum, Meredith and Aidan give them a very good chance of appearing on the qualifying lists for the Nationals when they are published at the end of this month.

The Age Group Championships were spread over the last two weekends in May and took place in Leeds.  On the first of these, Aidan came home with 2 hard-fought medals, both times impressively overcoming deficits to win Bronze in 100m Breast and Silver in 50m Breast.  Joe also qualified for the final in 50m Free and just missed out in 200m Free, finishing in a very creditable 11th place. They both finished the competition strongly: Joe achieved PBs in 400m Free and 50m Back, where he qualified in 7th place for the final (but elected not to swim again); Aidan qualified for the 200m Breast final, where he put in another great PB swim to finish in 4th place, narrowly missing out on another bronze medal.

Harrogate Spa Town Meet

posted 18 Apr 2018, 04:20 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 18 Apr 2018, 23:25 ]

A small group of eight Team Jorvik swimmers attended the Harrogate Spa Town Meet on 14 and 15 April 2018.

It was a hot weekend but our swimmers kept their cool with some fantastic swimming. Every single one of our swimmers medalled over the course of the weekend.

Aidan R (Silver - 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke; Bronze - 50  breaststroke, 400 freestyle). Alexander (Silver - 50 breaststroke, 100 backstroke). Charlotte (Gold - 50 freestyle; Bronze - 200 backstroke, 50 backstroke).  Cormac (Gold - 50 breaststroke; Bronze - 200 breaststroke). Elizabeth (Gold - 400 freestyle; Silver - 50 backstroke, 200 breaststroke). Ellie (Gold - 200 butterfly; Silver - 400 IM). Emma ( Gold - 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 50 backstroke ; Bronze - 50 backstroke). Jake (Gold - 400 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 backstroke; Bronze - 100 breaststroke).

Everyone PB''d over the weekend but Emma managed a full set - with some top swims she PB'd in 6 out of her 6 events. The largest PBs of the weekend went to Ellie and Cormac.  Ellie achieved a tremendous 34 second PB on her 200 backstroke and Cormac took an impressive 15 seconds off his 200 breaststroke.

All in all our swimmers demonstrated that when the heat is on Team Jorvik rises to the challenge.
squad at harrogate apr18

Coaches and Teachers wanted!

posted 9 Apr 2018, 06:48 by Team Jorvik

We are looking for enthusiastic teachers and coaches to join our team in both the teaching section (Jorvik Swim Academy) and competitive squads. All levels of experience are welcomed (including new, less experienced people): our head coach and supportive voluntary committee are committed to providing guidance and professional development. Both teachers and coaches are wanted, varied working hours throughout the week and weekends. We use several pools around York but most of our sessions are held at Archbishop Holgate's school. For more information please contact our head coach David on

Jorvik Spring Festival

posted 17 Mar 2018, 07:02 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 17 Mar 2018, 07:03 ]

Our Jorvik Spring Festival Gala on 11 March 2018 saw the first full long course competition of the season for many of our swimmers and the first long course gala held at Leeds in almost a year!  A total of 36 of our swimmers competed in the gala and a small army of parents acted as helpers to make sure it all ran smoothly.

For some younger swimmers this was their first ever gala and they did us proud. Ben Blake, Jessica Grant, Lilly Hazzard, Madison Pears and Alexander Tew all made their swimming debut in style. Medals were won by Ben B (1st 100 breaststroke), Jessica (1st 100 backstroke, 5th 100 freestyle), Maddison (5th 100 freestyle) and Alex (5th 100 freestyle). 

A total of 68 medals were won by our swimmers overall (25 1st, 16 2nd, 16 3rd, 4 4th, 7 5th). Speeding tickets were achieved by Aidan F (100 breaststroke) and Meredith (100 butterfly).

Many of our swimmers achieved personal bests with Ben G and Robbie both scoring a full set. Ben G pb'd in each of his four events and Robbie pb'd in all three of his events. 

New times were achieved by Libby, Emma B and Freddie as they took on the 200 freestyle for the first time. Maya, Robyn and Lento conquered the 200 IM. Emma B and Robyn achieved new times on the 100 backstroke, as did Freddie and Lento on the 100 breaststroke, while Robyn made it a hat-trick with a new time for the 100 freestyle as well.

Each and every one of our swimmers is to be commended for their hard work and good behaviour during the competition as we showcased our club at our gala. Their respect for officials and other swimmers as well as their genuine, enthusiastic support for their fellow Jorvik swimmers really does put the "team" in Team Jorvik.

We would like to thank all the parents who helped on the day and all those who helped to prepare for the gala and everyone who donated raffle prizes. With your help we were able to run a successful gala, not just for our swimmers but for all the other clubs who attended. Thank you. 

Yorkshire Championships Feb 2018

posted 28 Feb 2018, 14:43 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 00:39 ]

Yorkshires squad Feb18We had a record 21 swimmers with qualifying times for the Spring Yorkshire Swimming Championships, which just shows how far the Club has come over the last couple of years. Of those, only 14 chose to/were able to swim: Libby Anderson, Heidi Fothergill, Cormac Reilly, Aidan Fothergill, Joe Callin, Meredith Harness, Amy Bettles, Laura Bettles, Callum Tonkins, Aidan Reilly, Emma Pears-Dorland, Emily Hill, Alex Mosey and Joan Clayton.  The events were spread over three weekends in February.

The first weekend got off to a fantastic start with Meredith making the 100m Backstroke final, where she came 5th with a 1.5 second PB over the day, and then Aidan F, Joe and Callum all achieving good PBs in the 200m IM and Joe qualifying for the final, where he finished in 10th place. Saturday afternoon saw Aidan F win his first medal, a Bronze in 100m Breaststroke, while Aidan R swim a good PB in the same event.  Although not at his best, Joe collected another pennant by finishing 10th in the 400m Free final. On Sunday, Meredith swam well again in 100m Fly and 100m Breast and then put in a great PB swim in 400m IM, Amy & Laura finished just ahead of Meredith and with very similar times in 100m Breast, Joe was placed 6th in 200m Free and Callum came nail-bitingly close to a medal in 200m Back, finishing in 4th place. 

On the second Saturday, Amy swam a 4 second PB to earn herself an NER qualifying time in 200m Breaststroke. Later, Joe and Callum both swam great PBs and qualified for the finals, with Callum finishing 9th in a time 14 seconds faster than his entry time (Joe was unfortunately disqualified). Joe saved his best until last with a Silver medal in the 100m Free final.  Sunday brought three exciting finishes in finals: Meredith achieving a brilliant 4th place in 200m Backstroke with a 9 second improvement on the day, Callum clinching a Bronze medal in 100m Backstroke, and Aidan F clawing his way back to win Silver medal in 200m Breaststroke. There were also PB swims for Meredith in 100m Free and Aidan R in 200m Breast.

The third Saturday was Sprints Day, with all the 50m events taking place for all age groups.  The squad did themselves proud with many PB swims, those with 1 second+ improvements being: Joan in Backstroke, Aidan R in Breaststroke, Heidi in Breast and Back, Meredith in Breast, Aidan F in Fly and Back, Joe in Back.  New NER qualifying times were achieved by Joan (Back), Meredith (Breast), Laura (Breast), Aidan R (Breast), Aidan F (Fly and Back) and Joe (Back). Callum would undoubtedly have been challenging for a medal in Back was unfortunately unable to swim due to illness, but we still had 9 finalists: Meredith finishing in 8th in Back and a very unlucky 4th in Fly, just 0.01 second away from a Bronze medal; Joan was 8th in Back; Emily came 6th in Breast; Joe finished 6th but Aidan was disqualified in Fly; Joe won a superb Bronze in Free and was very close to another in Back with a fantastic swim, coming 4th by just 0.02 seconds; and Aidan successfully defended his title of Yorkshire Champion, taking the Gold in Breaststroke. 

Spring Festival Meet now full

posted 23 Jan 2018, 09:43 by Team Jorvik   [ updated 23 Jan 2018, 09:58 ]

Thanks to everyone for getting their entries in early.  As of 23rd January, the meet is now full.  Lane-filler swims might be available on the day if we get some withdrawals, but will be restricted to clubs already at the event.  We are looking forward to another great gala!  

We are still in need of officials, of any level (trainees welcome too).  Please contact us if you can help.

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