The news

Matt Sets a Training Distance Club Record

Tue 15/Aug/2017

Whilst not an official record it's such a feat that it deserves mention. On the first session back after the two week training break, Matt Steere swam first with Top Squad and then carried on for his normal Masters training session. Both squads were having a go at the Olympic Set where you swim every pool based event at the Olympics. 800 FS / 400 IM / 200 Fly / 200 BC / 200 BS / 200 FS 400 FS / 200 IM / 100 Fly / 100 BC / 100 BS / 100 FS 66 FS (should be 50 of course) 1500 FS The 1500m swim (45 lengths) at the end is shoulder aching. The set is 4.566km long so twice through is 9.133km. In order to make this up to 10k Matt put in a bonus 26 lengths (866m) between the sets. Also, as Top Squad start at the deep end and Masters the shallow end he then put in another 100m to get to the other end totalling out his distance at 10.1k. The first time through the Olympic set he completed it in 1 hour 10 minutes. The second time was 1 hour 20 minutes.

A Trio of Races for Billy at The Nationals

Wed 09/Aug/2017

Our third national qualifier was Billy Birchmore who swam three events in the last two days of he championship. First event of the day was the 200m Freestyle. Even though Billy was still recovering from a bug he managed to swim the first half of the race at a good pace but sadly faded in the second half. Under the circumstances though still a good race which brought Billy a 21st place overall. The next event of the day was the 100m fly where after a super first 50 the flu kicked in again. Billy finished the race 14th. After a good nights sleep Billy came back for the last event of the season the following day determined to give it his best. After a well paced race Billy finished 14th and sadly just missed the final by 0.2. Well done Billy for making us proud again.

Clio sets New Club Record at The Nationals

Sun 06/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Clio Bacon from Top Squad who on Thursday swam at the ASA National Championships. Clio qualified for the 50 Freestyle and put in a great time of 27.89 which qualified her 5th fastest for the afternoons final. After some rest Clio was announced to the pool and the audience watching the live stream on the internet along with the other competitors for the final. Clio held her seeded place and finished in 5th place improving on her time in 27.73 which is a new PB and a new club record! A great swim Clio. We have the videos from the live feed which will be up shortly.

Some more photos are here

Amie and Cara take 3rd in Guildford

Sat 05/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Amie and Cara Gould of Silver Squad who competed in the third and final race of Phoenix Aquathlon series on Friday at Guildford Lido. Amie had to swim 150 metres followed by a 1.5km run and Cara had to swim 200 metres followed by a 2km run. Amie finished 3rd from 26 and Cara also finished 3rd from 11. Well done girls and good luck for the Chantilly Castle Triathlon in France later this month

Ben races in the 5k at The Nationals

Tue 01/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Ben Strover of Top Squad who on Monday raced in the Open Water Nationals. Ben was in the very long distance race at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield. With the water temperature dropping wetsuits were compulsory. The advantage to a wetsuit is you swim faster, the disadvantage is that it rubs the back of the neck, especially on a 5k race. With swimmers physically very close together open water swimmers are likely to face contact, especially at the hectic start with everyone trying to get on the racing line for the first turn. This race was no different, especially with all swimmers being roughly the same top ability, Ben finished 14 in age group category and 21st overall in 1 hour and 16.96 seconds. Considering the race was about an hour, six swimmers posted times of 1 hour and 0 minutes and either 14, 15 or 16 seconds . An incredibly close race indeed. An excellent swim Ben.

Medals and Records at Basildon

Mon 24/Jul/2017

Congratulations to many of our swimmers who competed in the Basildon long course meet this weekend setting records, winning medals and achieving those all important PBs. Billy Birchmore was once again on top form at the open. Billy beat European Records in 50m and 200m back, 400m free and a world record in the 200m back! Ellie Harden won Gold in the 14yrs 100m Backstroke in 1.10:57 beating her own long course club record for the event. Jessica Herbert won Gold in the 13yrs 200m Free, Silver in the 100m and 200m Back and Bronze in the 100m Fly. Clio Bacon won the Gold in the 14yrs 50m Free and Sophia O'Neill won the Bronze in the 11yrs 200m Free. A wonderful finish to the season.

Full results

Charlton Lido

Sat 22/Jul/2017

For a change of scenery at the end of the season Platinum and Top squads headed to Charlton Lido on Friday evening for a one off special training session. The 50m pool is heated to 24 degrees which slightly takes your breath away initially but the swimmers soon warmed up after a few hundred metres. It's a great venue and made a nice change to train outdoors. The pool is open all year round so perhaps a November session.

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Jack Petchey Awards Evening

Thu 13/Jul/2017

On Tuesday 1th of July a number of our Jack Petchey swimmers attended the awards evening at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Once again congratulations to Hannah Strover (Sept 16), Lucia Tammaro (Oct 16), Nam Nguven (Nov 16), Rebecca Kearney (Jan 17), Amie Lawrence (Feb 17), Kaci Baverstock (Mar 17), Sophia O'Neill (Apr 17), Abby Leeves (May 17) and Leah Collier (Jun 17).

Final Weekend of the London Youth Games.

Mon 10/Jul/2017

The London Youth games run from November through to July and this final weekend covered every sport imaginable. Athletes are selected in their sports to compete for their borough and the finals are held at Crystal Palace. The whole park and its facilities are packed with young athletes. Whilst not a club event there are a number of our swimmers in action. On Saturday Sophia O’Neill, Aimee Lawrence, Callum Baronti and Ben Strover were selected for swimming. All swam a freestyle relay, a medley relay, and an individual 50M. All our swimmers swam some very exciting races resulting in some lovely medals. The girls in the morning picked up Gold in the Freestyle relay, Bronze in Medley relay and missing out by one place on their individuals, and Gold in the team event. The boys picked up Bronze for the team, Ben got a Gold for the Medley relay, Silver in Freestyle relay and a Bronze in the individual. Overall Team results were - Mini Team - Overall Borough Champions Girls Sr/Jr - Overall Borough Champions Male Sr/Jr - 3rd Place Borough We of course had some happy swimmers in the Borough of Bromley. On Sunday was the Aquathlon and Zoe White and Justin Strover were selected to compete. The swim was 300m, through to transition and then a 2km run. Both performed amazingly well and are predicted high ranking positions but due to an admin error, half of team Bromley, including Zoe and Justin, had to compete as non scoring athletes, so the exact positions aren't yet known. A great event with a great atmosphere. Congratulations to all our swimmers on some great swims.

The Festival of Endurance

Mon 10/Jul/2017

On Sunday Matt Steere and Steve Morris (Silver Thurs Coach) from Masters Squad competed at the picturesque Hever Castle in the Festival of Endurance. With a menu of events on offer Matt entered the aquathlon and Steve entered the long distance swim. Matt won his event finishing first overall and therefore first in age group. He completed the 1.9km swim in 24:09 and the 10k run in 45:44. With 3:01 spent in transition Matt's overall time was 1:12:55 Steve finished the 3.8km swim in 55:40 which placed him 2nd overall but winning his age group. Congratulations to our two open waters swimmers on another weekends great results.

Beachfield Top 40

Mon 10/Jul/2017

On Saturday 8th July a team of over 40 swimmers entered the Beachfield Open at Medway Park. This event has always been very popular amongst our swimmers who this year once again exceeded expectation. Our swimmers represented our club with around 250 races represented swum. The vibe on poolside was competitive and friendly and we performed fantastically well in and out of the pool making the Club proud. Congratulations to all swimmers who participated in the event swimming well and achieving numerous huge personal bests along with winning many medals and have of course having a good time. Well done to our stars of the day who achieved Top Swimmer: Thomas Herbert, Thomas Barrett, Noah Sauders, Billy Birchmore and Jessica Herbert. A great team effort shows in the final scores with our Girls team finishing 3rd overall, Boys came 4th and scores combined achieved a superb 3rd place on the day. Last but not least thank you to all parents, officials and coaches and everyone who helped in making this day extremely enjoyable and successful.

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2017-18 Club Captains

Sun 02/Jul/2017

Congratulations to Lilli Cutajar and Ben Strover who were awarded Captains and to Rachel Langdown and Nam Nguyen who were awarded Vice Captains this afternoon at the Summer Barbeque. Lead on.