22 April 2014

No training THIS Wednesday

Please be reminded that there will be no training at University of Nottingham pool THIS Wednesday 23rd April, as the pool is closed for repairs.

17 April 2014


Congratulations to Sarah and Tom
Married 14th April 2014

16 April 2014

Ben and Elly at British International Para-Swimming Champs

Bramcote swimmers Elly Blacknell and Ben Foulston are heading off to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow this weekend, to represent Nova Centurion in the British Para-Swimming International Meet. This meet, formerly known as the British International Disability Swimming Championships is one of the largest open competitions for disability swimming in the world. The event attracts swimmers from all over the world. Last year over 300 international competitors took part, representing over 20 countries. The entry field is huge again this year and includes Gold and Silver Paralympic medallists Oliver Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw (both also representing Nova).

You can watch the swimming on live stream which will be available on the British Para-Swimming Meet home page once the swimming starts on Friday 18th April.

Elly is competing on Friday and Saturday, all heats starts at 9am:
Friday 18th, Event 101 100m Free
Saturday 19th, Event 201 50m Free

Ben is competing on all 4 days:
Friday 18th, Event 102 100m Free
Saturday 19th, Event 202 50m Free, Event 204 200m IM
Sunday 20th April, Event 302 100m Back, Event 304 100m Fly
Monday 21st April, Event 404 400m Free

It will be a fantastic experience for both swimmers to take part in such a high level competition in the newly refurbished venue. Best of luck to both of of you from all at Bramcote SC!

12 April 2014

Easter Closures

10 April 2014

No training at Loughborough this Friday 11th April

Please be reminded that there is no training at Loughborough this Friday 11th April.
(see blog post of 10th February).

09 April 2014

Bramcote swimmers at Glasgow trials

Bramcote swimmers, James Bull, Natasha Hofton, Luke Howdle, Thomas (TJ) Howdle and Peter Tejes, will competing for Nova Centurion at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2014, which begin this Thursday 10th April at 9am. The competition will take place in the newly-refurbished Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the venue for the aquatics competitions during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games this summer. The British Champs form a crucial stage in the selection of teams for the Commonwealth Games and also serves as a selection meet for the European Junior Championships in Dordrecht in July. Natasha, James, TJ and Luke are all eligible to compete for England in the Commonwealth Games and James and TJ are also eligible for the European Juniors.

There is lots of information about the British Champs on the British Swimming website. In particular, you can keep track of how our swimmers are doing by watching the live stream. Heats all take place in the mornings, with semi-finals and finals and junior finals in the evenings of the same day or next day-here is the schedule. From Sunday to Tuesday, Sky Sports 2 will be screening the action from the evening sessions. Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also be covering the event, broadcasting all the final sessions from Friday onwards.

Here is a list of the heats in which Bramcote swimmers are competing. All going well, we will have representation in the evenings too.
Thursday 10th April
Event 103 200 Free: Natasha Hofton
Event 109 200 Breast: Peter Tejes
Friday 11th April
Event 201 200 Free: Luke Howdle
Event 203 100 Breast: Peter Tejes
Event 204 100 Back: Natasha Hofton
Saturday 12th April
Event 301 200 Fly: Thomas Howdle, James Bull, Luke Howdle
Sunday 13th April 
Event 401 200 Back: Natasha Hofton
Event 402 50 Breast: Peter Tejes
Event 406 100 Fly: Luke Howdle
Monday 14th April
Event 503 50 Back: Natasha Hofton

The very best of luck from all at Bramcote SC to our swimmers. We are all rooting for you!

04 April 2014

County Champs Final Day

Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships came to a close at Beechdale last Sunday 30th March, with the final events in the BAGCAT competition followed by the relay gala.
First up was the 50m Breaststroke. Then came the 100m IM, an event that often changes the final BAGCAT placings, especially in the younger age groups. 28 Bramcote swimmers took part in these final individual events and there were several great results.
Josh Harris won BRONZE in the 11/12yr 100IM (12yr club record) and in the girls 9/10yr girls 100IM Olivia Humphrey won SILVER with Summer Simpson winning BRONZE (9yr club record). Summer also achieved a new 9yr club record in the 50m Breast. The final medal of the morning went to Imogen Whiting, who took BRONZE in the 11/12yr 100IM. There were 3 other club record breaking swims: Lauren Anderson (12yr 50Br), Ryan Wilcox (11yr 50Br, 11yr 100IM). Well done swimmers!
Amazingly, there were personal bests for all swimmers in the girls 50m Breast and in the boys 100IM. A special well done to Chloe Pearson who achieved a personal best in the 50m Breast for the first time in a year, and an impressive 2.88sec at that. Other large pb's came from Merewyn Jones (9), Naomi Dilley (11) and Corey Minott (12). A full list of personal bests can be seen below.

Once all the individual events were completed, the final BAGCAT positions were published. The first 10 swimmers in each age group were presented with a trophy by our very own Luke Howdle. Luke was invited to present the trophies in his capacity as the top male swimmer at the Notts ASA Youth Counties earlier this year. 2 Bramcote swimmers finished the competition as overall County Champions- Summer Simpson (9) and Ryan Wilcox (11). 12 others were placed in the top ten (see below). Congratulations everyone! All were delighted to receive their trophies but the widest smile of all was from James Webster (13) as he went forward to be awarded his first trophy at Counties.

As Beechdale heated up in the sun, the crowds gathered for the grand finale-the relay gala. Bramcote SC had entered teams in every age group, with two teams in some age groups. The relays are highly competitive and had a chaotic feel but all swimmers did manage to make it to the blocks on time. Bramcote swimmers really gave everything. Even when they knew their medal chances were slim, they really went for it, gaining great experience. The 10/u boys (Tom, Ben, Joseph, Kynan) claimed Bronze in the freestyle relay-a lovely consolation prize for Ben Naish who had to withdraw from the BAGCAT competition due to injury. The 10/u girls (Chloe, Lilac, Olivia, Summer) won BRONZE in the medley relay and then went on to win the freestyle relay (Olivia, Summer, Yanna, Chloe). The 12/u boys (Josh, Corey, Michael, Ryan) won two enormous trophies for the freestyle and medley relays and the 12/u girls (Imogen, Naomi, Lauren, Hannah) won a bronze medal in the medley relay. All in all, an excellent haul for Bramcote swimmers.

Once again, many thanks to all our volunteers who sweated it out on poolside: Michelle, Sarah, Mel, Sarah, Lisa, Scott, Vicki, Mark, Geraldine, Suzanne, Derek and to Richard who took on the mammoth task of entering all the times on the club database. Full results and BAGCAT reports can be viewed on the Notts ASA website. And thank you to all parents who supported the swimmers throughout the competition.

So, that's it for another year.
Well done everyone!

9 year olds
Tom Brompton 2nd
Jasmine Bryan 7th
Merewyn Jones 10th
Summer Simpson 1st-COUNTY CHAMPION

10 year olds
Olivia Humphrey 2nd

11 year olds
Naomi Dilley 3rd

12 year olds
Lauren Anderson 8th
Joshua Harris 4th
Corey Minott 10th
Imogen Whiting 2nd

13 year olds
Ross Large 4th
James Webster 9th

14 year olds
Olivia Stafford 10th

9 year olds
Archie Cooper, Aidan Shaw, Jake Thornton, Martin Valtchanov, Connor Wilcox
Martha Jardine, Beth Roberts
10 year olds
Adam Bennett, Joseph Whitchurch, Kynan Wong
Ella Beard, Olvia Cresham-Fox, Yanna Mihaylova, Chloe Pearson, Lilac Vigor
11 year olds
Yousef Abu-Mraheel, Matthew Spalton, Kade Theakstone, Tom Webb, Ben Webster
12 year olds
Michael Arlachov, Evan-Ross Coggins
Matilda Boot, Hannah Burbanks
13 year olds
Nathan Davies, Ben Foulston
Elsie Boot, Jasmine Fahy
14 year olds
Joel Morley

Lauren Anderson (50Br, 100IM), Adam Bennett (50Br), Elsie Boot (50Br, 100IM), Tom Brompton (100IM), Nathan Davies (100IM), Naomi Dilley (50Br, 100IM), Josh Harris (50Br, 100IM), Olivia Humphrey (50Br, 100IM), Merewyn Jones (50Br), Ross Large (100IM), Yanna Mihaylova (50Br, 100IM), Corey Minott (100IM), Chloe Pearson (50Br, 100IM), Summer Simpson (50Br, 100IM), Matthew Spalton (100IM), Kade Theakston (100IM), Lilac Vigor (50Br), Ben Webster (100IM), James Webster (50Br, 100IM), Imogen Whiting (50Br, 100IM), Ryan Wilcox (50Br, 100IM), Madeline Wilkinson (50Br, 100IM), Kynan Wong (50Br, 100IM).

Sports Centre League Round 2

Division 1, Round 2 of the Sports Centre League took place at Water Meadows on Saturday 22nd March. Having finished 4th by a narrow margin in Round 1, the Bramcote SC team were determined to come back fighting and show the other clubs what they are made of. It was a great contest and although from the half way mark, it looked as if Sherwood would be winners, Bramcote swimmers never gave up. In the end we finished in second place, ahead of Worksop, Retford, Mansfield A and Newark.

Well done to swimmers who won individual events: Peter Tejes (Open), Ryan Wilcox (11/u) won 3 events apiece and Matt Anderson (15/u), won the 50m Fly and 100m Back. There were some great second and third places too, in total Bramcote were in the top 3 in 30 out of 45 events. Over the course of the evening, Bramcote swimmers earned 13 individual personal best times and no fewer than 8 club records. Records breakers are: Matt Anderson (15yr 25Bk, 15yr 50Fly, 15yr 100Bk) Tom Brompton (9yr 25Br), Ryan Wilcox (11yr 25Br, 11yr 50Bk, 11yr, 50Br), Peter Tejes (19/over 25Fly). Well done boys!

There was a great team spirit among the swimmers with lots of cheering for each other. The team spirit was especially evident in the relays- our relay teams were on form. We won 2 of the relays: our fantastic 9 year olds (Tom, Summer, Aidan, Merewyn) won the freestyle relay and the 11/13yr boys (Matthew S, Ryan, Josh, Ross) won the medley. We came second in 4 of the 5 other relays. In the final very exciting Cannon relay, with 20 swimmers going all out to win, Bramcote were neck and neck with Sherwood, sadly losing out on the touch to come second in spite of another record breaking time of 4:56.22.

Thanks to all our supporters and to coaches on poolside, Michelle and Di. Also thanks to our volunteer team managers and officials on the night: Sarah, Kerry, Geraldine, Scott, Ian and to Marc for taking splits. Thanks also to Fiona who does huge work behind the scenes in organising the team and volunteers.

All times have been entered on the club database (thanks Richard) and results will be on the website soon. Having moved from 4th in round 1 to 2nd in round 2, Bramcote will be aiming to go one better in Round 3, which takes place on 3rd May in Retford.
Go Bramcote!

02 April 2014

Land Training Cancelled - 6th April

There will be no land training at Bramcote this Sunday. All pool sessions are running to the usual schedule and land training is back on next week.

25 March 2014

Age Group Counties-Weekend 2

The second weekend of Notts ASA County Championships took place on the weekend 15th and 16th March at Beechdale Leisure Centre, with 42 Bramcote swimmers competing over the course of the 2 days. It was a weekend of drama and excitement, with many of the highs and lows that go hand in hand with a competition like this. The lows- disqualifications, missed times, feeling beaten, are all hard to take at the time. They can be viewed as gaining experience and learning how to cope with disappointment and how to put it behind you and look forward to the next race and next meet. Dealing with success is much easier- and many Bramcote swimmers did have cause for celebration over the weekend.

Three of our boys had a remarkable two days. Ryan Wilcox (11) came back from illness and 2 weeks off training to gain a full set of BAGCAT points and went to the top of the 11 year old boys table, where he now sits comfortably. Along the way he set 4 new club records and picked up 2 Midland times and a medal in the 200m Breast, a remarkable achievement, as most medals go to 12 year olds in the 11/12yr age band. Josh Harris (12) over the weekend won two county titles, set 4 club records and picked up another Midland time. Josh along with Ross Large (13) had the fullest of days on Saturday beginning with the 400IM in the morning session, where Ross got the Midland QT. Then in the next session came the 200Fly, followed by the 100m Free. Both did brilliant pb's in these events and qualified for finals in the Fly, with Josh winning the County title in his age group. As if that wasn't enough, the boys went on to swim the 1500m in the evening session, demonstrating excellent pacing, both doing huge pb's, and Ross winning a silver medal. What a day!
In the girls, 10 year old Olivia Humphrey and 12 year olds Lauren Anderson and Imogen Whiting were flying high with a stack of awards, finals and fantastic times, including a club record for Lauren on the 12 year 200m Breast and a county title for Imogen in the 11-12yr 100m Free. Olivia qualified for 3 finals (5 in total over the two weekends), showing what a good all-rounder she is. Summer Simpson (9) had a great weekend too. She set 3 new club records for 9 year old girls and is currently top of the 9 year girls BAGCAT table.

For many of our swimmers, the weekend brought achievements in the form of personal bests. Our 9 year old girls did some great times on the 200m Back- Summer, Jasmine, Ella, Martha and Beth all knocked chunks off their previous times and our 10 year olds Olivia H, Olivia C, Chloe and Yanna swam good pb's here too. Matthew Spalton (11) took over 25sec off his 400IM time and other great IM swims came in the 200m event for both boys and girls, particularly Merewyn, Jasmine, Beth, Tom, Ben W, Kynan, Connor and Jake. For Tom Brompton (9) his 200IM pb gave him a club record and he also set one in the 200Fly. The 200Fly was also a success for Joel Morley (14) who, with an impressive pb, qualified for the final and finished just outside the medals in 4th place. All personal bests are listed below. Well done everyone!

Thanks go to our volunteer coaches, team managers and officials who are invaluable to the running of the competition-Michelle, Dianne, Sarah P, Mel W, Lisa, Mel F, Shannon, Sam, Vicki, Geraldine, Suzanne, Scott and Mark.
All the times from the weekend's swimming have been entered on the database, thanks to Richard Brompton. Full results and BAGCAT reports can be viewed on the Notts ASA website.
The last two sessions of swimming take place this Sunday at Beechdale. In the morning session the final BAGCAT places will be decided, then it's on to an afternoon of hectic relay racing.

Go Bramcote!

Joshua Harris 10-12yr 200m Butterfly
Joshua Harris 10-12yr 200m Individual Medley
Imogen Whiting 10-12yr 100m Freestyle

Lauren Anderson SILVER 100m Breast
Ross Large BRONZE 1500m Free
Corey Minott SILVER 50m Free, BRONZE 100m Free
Imogen Whiting SILVER 400m Free, SILVER 100m Back, SILVER 200m Back
Olivia Humphrey SILVER 400m Free, BRONZE 200IM
Chloe Pearson BRONZE 400m Free
Ryan Wilcox SILVER 200m Breast
Josh Harris BRONZE 50m Free

Lauren Anderson (200IM)
Olivia Humphrey (200Bk, 200Fly)
Summer Simpson (200Bk)
Ross Large (200Fly)
Joel Morley (200Fly)
Imogen Whiting (200IM)
Ryan Wilcox (200IM)
James Webster (200Br)
Josh Harris (200Br)

Lauren Anderson (100Bk, 200Bk, 100Fr, 400Fr)
Naomi Dilley (200IM)
Josh Harris (200IM)
Ross Large (100Fr, 200IM, 400IM)
Corey Minott (100Fr)
Ryan Wilcox (400IM, 1500Fr)

Summer Simpson (9) 400Fr, 200Bk, 200IM
Tom Brompton (9) 200Fly, 200IM
Ryan Wilcox (11) 1500Fr, 200Br, 200IM, 400IM
Lauren Anderson (12) 100Br
Josh Harris (12) 1500Fr, 200Fly, 200Br, 200IM

Yousef Abu-Mraheel (200Br, 200Fly, 200IM), Lauren Anderson (100Fr, 100Bk, 200Bk), Michael Arlachov (100Fr, 200IM), Ella Beard (400Fr, 200Bk), Adam Bennett (200Br), Elly Blacknell (100Bk), Elsie Boot (100Br, 200IM), Matilda Boot (100Fr), Tom Brompton (200Fly, 200IM), Jasmine Bryan (400Fr, 200Bk, 200IM), Hannah Burbanks (100Fr), Evan-Ross Coggins (200Br, 200IM, 400IM), Olivia Cresham-Fox (200Bk), Archie Cooper (200Br), Nathan Davies (50Fr, 100Fr), Naomi Dilley (100Fr, 400Fr, 100Bk, 200Bk, 100Br, 200IM), Ben Foulston (200IM), Josh Harris (100Fr, 1500Fr), Martha Jardine (200Bk), Merewyn Jones (200IM), Ross Large (100Fr), Yanna Mihaylova (400Fr, 200Bk, 200Fly, 200IM), Chloe Pearson (200Bk, 200IM), Beth Roberts (200Bk, 200IM), Summer Simpson (400Fr, 200IM), Olivia Stafford (100Bk, 200Bk, 200IM), Matthew Spalton (50Fr, 400IM), Jake Thornton (50Fr, 200IM), Martin Valtchanov (200Br), Ben Webster (50Fr, 200IM), James Webster (50Fr, 100Fr, 200IM, 400IM), Joseph Whitchurch (50Fr, 200Br, 200IM), Imogen Whiting (100Br), Connor Wilcox (200Br, 200IM), Ryan Wilcox (50Fr),  Madeline Wilkinson (100Fr, 400Fr, 100Bk, 200Bk, 100Br), Kynan Wong (200Br, 200IM)

24 March 2014

Relay takeover session THIS Friday

In advance of the Age Groups County relay competition on Sunday, there will be a practice session for relay take-overs on this Friday 28th March at Bramcote Leisure Centre from 7-8pm.
Members of the relay teams for Sunday should make every effort to attend this session.

For those Intermediate and Senior Performance swimmers who are not taking part in the relay competition, training at Loughborough will be on as usual.

19 March 2014

18 March 2014

Elly is nominated for Post's Hero Award

Bramcote swimmer Elly Blacknell has been nominated for the Nottingham Post's Hero Award in the Child of Courage category.
Elly joined Bramcote last year and has gone from strength to strength, winning medals earlier this month in the DSE National Junior Championships (see blog of 3rd March).
Elly has been nominated for the courage and determination she has shown in facing a life threatening illness, a rare form of cancer. This resulted in her undergoing an operation to amputate her leg above the knee and withstanding almost a whole year of hospital treatment. While she was in hospital she was inspired by Paralympians competing in London 2012, particularly Richard Whitehead, who is Elly's hero. As soon as she was able, she began swimming again and joined us here at Bramcote.
It quickly became clear to Bramcote coaches that Elly has great potential and now she also swims with Nova, in pursuit of her Paralympic dream.
You can read the full report here.
Go Elly!

07 March 2014

First weekend of 2014 Age Group Counties

The 2014 Notts ASA County Champs are now in full swing and Bramcote swimmers got off to a great start. Days 1 and 2 took place at Water Meadows Leisure Centre in Mansfield on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd March. 41 Bramcote swimmers competed over the course of a very full two days and we saw the usual mixture of whoops of delight and tears of frustration. Spectators and swimmers alike were entertained with Midland QT's, club records, finals, medals and champions. The highlights of the weekend include the success of 12 year olds Lauren Anderson, Josh Harris and Imogen Whiting in becoming County Champions and medallists and 10 year old Olivia Humphrey's medals in two events. We saw some spectacular personal bests from 9 year olds Tom Brompton, Jasmine Bryan, Archie Cooper, Merewyn Jones, Beth Roberts, Aidan Shaw, Summer Simpson & Connor Wilcox, 10 year olds Yanna Mihaylova, Chloe Pearson, Lilac Vigor & Joseph Whitchurch and 11 year olds Naomi Dilley, Matthew Spalton & Kade Theakston. These achievements-and others from the weekend's swimming are listed below.

Spare a thought for Toby Cooper, Ben Naish, Mollie Stentiford and Ryan Wilcox who unfortunately missed out on all the excitement of the weekend as a result of sickness or injury. We wish them all speedy recoveries.

Although, each session had its share of thrills and emotion, it was a long weekend for those spectators who had to fight for a seat and then endured the heat and stuffiness of the venue in order to support their swimmers. Thank you all. Thanks also to all our volunteer coaches, team managers and officials on poolside- Michelle, Sarah, Dianne, Lisa, Bridget, Sarah, Mel, Vicki, Geraldine and Scott.

All times have been entered on the club database, a massive job undertaken by Richard Brompton. Thanks Richard.
Full results from the County Champs can be seen here. The BAGCAT reports are also available on this link but in looking at the current placings remember that there are still 3 days of individual events left. A lot can-and will change before the competition is over. There is a break from competition this weekend and we get back into it again at Beechdale on 15th March.

Go Bramcote!

Lauren Anderson 10-12yr 200m Breaststroke
Joshua Harris 10-12yr 100m Butterfly
Imogen Whiting 10-12yr 200m Freestyle

Lauren Anderson BRONZE 400m IM
Joshua Harris SILVER 200m Back, BRONZE 50m Fly
Olivia Humphrey SILVER 50m Free, SILVER 200m Free
Imogen Whiting SILVER 50m Back, BRONZE 50m Free, BRONZE 800m Free

Josh Harris (200Fr)
Olivia Humphrey (200Br)
Chloe Pearson (200Fr)

Lauren Anderson (200Fr, 200Br)
Naomi Dilley (200Br, 400IM)
Josh Harris (200Bk)
Ross Large (200Bk)
Corey Minott (200Fr)
James Webster (400Fr)

Lauren Anderson (12) 200Br
Tom Brompton (9) 200Bk, 400Fr
Josh Harris (12) 200Bk, 200Fr, 400Fr
Summer Simpson (9) 200Br

Yousef Abu-Mraheel (50Fly, 200Free), Lauren Anderson (50Fr, 50Bk, 100Fly), Michael Arlachov (100Bk), Ella Beard (200Fr), Elsie Boot (50Fr, 200Fr, 200Br), Matilda Boot (200Fr), Tom Brompton (50Bk), Jasmine Bryan (50Fr, 200Fr, 200Br), Evan-Ross Coggins (200Bk), Archie Cooper (200Fr, 50Bk, 200Bk), Olivia Cresham-Fox (200Br), Naomi Dilley (50Fr, 200Fr, 800Fr, 50Bk, 50Fly), Jasmine Fahy (200Fr), Josh Harris (400Fr, 50Bk, 100Bk, 50Fly), Olivia Humphrey (50Bk), Merewyn Jones (50Fr, 200Fr, 200Br, 50Fly), Ross Large (200Fr, 400Fr, 50Bk), Yanna Mihaylova (50Fr, 50Bk, 200Fr, 200Br), Corey Minott (400Fr, 200Bk, 50Fly), Joel Morley (200Fr), Chloe Pearson (50Bk, 50Fly, 400IM), Beth Roberts (200Br), Aidan Shaw (200Fr), Summer Simpson (50Fr, 200Fr, 50Bk), Matthew Spalton (200Fr, 200Bk), Olivia Stafford (50Bk), Kade Theakston (200Fr, 50Bk, 200Bk), Jake Thornton (200Fr), Lilac Vigor (200Br), Ben Webster (200Fr, 50Bk, 50Fly), James Webster (100Br, 50Bk, 100Bk, 200Bk, 50Fly), Joseph Whitchurch (200Fr, 200Bk), Imogen Whiting (50Fly), Connor Wilcox (200Fr, 50Bk, 200Bk, 50Fly), Madeline Wilkinson (200Fr, 200Br), Kynan Wong (50Bk, 50Fly).

03 March 2014

Elly and Ben shine at DSE National Junior Championships

The Disablity Sport Events National Junior and Youth Championships took place this weekend, 1st and 2nd March, at Ponds' Forge in Sheffield. Bramcote swimmers Ben Foulston (13) and Elly Blacknell (12) were competing in this short course event on behalf of East Midlands region in both individual and relay events.

It was Elly's first appearance at this event and she won 3 individual SILVER medals in her age group (10/13yr) and class (S9). Elly won medals in the 50m Free, 100m Free and 50m Back. Elly's fast swimming also led to some good personal best times in these 3 events and a pb in the 50m Breaststroke too. In addition, Elly gained another SILVER medal as part of the women's 4 x 100 freestyle relay team. Congratulations Elly!

Ben has had a very successful season so far. In the autumn, he competed in both the DSE National Short Course Championships and as a S10 para-swimmer in the Midland Short Course Championships and Central Zonal meet, bringing home a haul of medals and titles in a wide range of events. These successes resulted in Ben moving at the start of the year to the ASA England National Talent Programme (Para-Swimming) and he is working towards selection for the World Talent Programme. This has incentivised him in he has been training really hard at Mansfield Nova B squad. The training really paid off this weekend when he swam 6 individual events and won 4 SILVER (50Fr, 100Bk, 100Fly, 200IM) and 2 BRONZE (100Fr, 400Fr) in his age group (14/16) and class (S10/SM10), with personal bests in all 6 events. Great swimming Ben!

Results from the day can be seen here.

Elly and Ben will be in action again at the Notts ASA County Champs on 15th and 16th March.

Go Bramcote!

27 February 2014

Age Group Counties begin

A busy weekend of swimming lies ahead as the Notts ASA County Championships begin on Saturday. 50 Bramcote SC swimmers have entered for the competition, having successfully achieved the necessary qualification times over the last year. We are really looking forward to some fast swimming and an exciting competition, which goes on throughout March, culminating in the relay gala on 30th. Full details of the schedule, draft programmes and a link to live results can be found at the Notts ASA website. Good luck to all Bramcote swimmers taking part.

Please note that if any swimmer is unable to attend their event for any reason, you must withdraw by e-mailing withdraw@notts-swimming.co.uk in advance or by texting 07725 320970. Failure to withdraw will result in a £10 fine from Notts ASA. Please also let your coach know that you will not be competing.

We also wish the best of luck to Elly Blacknell and Ben Foulston who will be competing in the National Junior Disability Championships in Sheffield on 1st and 2nd March and to several of our Senior Nova swimmers who have gone to Bangor in Northern Ireland to compete in the Ulster International Meet.

Go Bramcote!

Youth Counties 2014

The 2014 Nottinghamshire ASA Youth and Senior County Championship took place on 15th and 16th February at Beechdale Leisure Centre. Bramcote SC was represented by 14 swimmers aged 15 and over, competing in individual events and relays.

It was an excellent weekend for Bramcote swimmers with plenty of trophies, medals, personal bests and club records. In total, Bramcote SC swimmers claimed no fewer than 12 County Titles- 10 individual and 2 relays. James, Sam, Luke, Peter and Natasha all won individual titles and the Mens Open age group relay teams triumphed in both the 4x100 Medley (Sam, Peter, James, Gregg) and 4x 100 Free (Peter, Luke, James, Sam) relays. These were exciting races against several strong teams from other clubs but we managed to successfully retain these two trophies for another year. Winning the freestyle trophy was particularly impressive as it was the last event of a very full weekend of competition for all members of the team, while some other teams had brought in fresh swimmers for the relays.

Well done to all our award winners (listed below) and also to Ben Harris who achieved a personal best in the 50Free, to Will Foster who gained a pb in the 200Free and to Vaughan Bryan who produced 5 pb's in 5 events (100Fr, 200Fr, 50Br, 100Br, 200Br). In addition, Gregg Tejes pulled out some great swims and went fast enough to qualify for Midland Championships in the 50m Free and 100m Free-congratulations!

What a fantastic weekend of swimming for the seniors. They have provided great inspiration for our younger swimmers ahead of the Age Group County Championships, which begin this weekend.

Here is a summary of the awards and finalists:

James Bull 100m Butterfly
Natasha Hofton 100m Freestyle (new club record)
Luke Howdle 200m Freestyle (new club record)
Luke Howdle 200m Butterfly (new club record)
Sam Pearson 400m IM
Peter Tejes 50m Breaststroke (new club record)
Peter Tejes 100m Breaststroke
Peter Tejes 200m Breaststroke (new club record)
Peter Tejes 100m IM (new club record)
Peter Tejes 200m IM (new club record)

Sam Pearson Silver 200m IM
Sam Pearson Bronze 100m Butterfly
James Bull Bronze 50m Butterfly
Peter Tejes Bronze 50m Freestyle

James Bull 50Br, 50Bk
Sam Pearson 50Fr, 50Br, 100Br
Greg Tejes 100Fr, 100IM
Peter Tejes 50Fly

17 February 2014

City of Derby (L3) Meet Entries

Anyone wishing to enter this meet must return their entry forms to your coach or Sarah Pearson by this Friday (21st February) so that our Club entry can be submitted.

Thank you.

14 February 2014

Youth Counties this weekend

Good luck to all our swimmers competing at Youth Counties on this Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th February.
We have 12 swimmers competing in individual events and several relay teams taking part.
Full details of entries and live results can be accessed from the Youth Counties webpage.
Go Bramcote!

Sports Centre League Round 1

The first round of the 2014 Sports Centre League Division 1 took place at Mansfield on 1st February. Bramcote were fourth in a competition with strong teams form North Nottinghamshire. Sherwood were clear winners but only 11 points separated Retford, Worksop and Bramcote. Mansfield were 5th and Newark 6th.

We had some good performances from Bramcote swimmers. We were in the top 3 in 22 of the 45 events and Imogen Whiting, Ryan Wilcox, Sam Pearson and Peter Tejes all won individual events. We performed very well in the relays, coming the top three in all of them. With it being our first time in Division 1 for a few years, the team were feeling their way a little but we did still see some great pb's. Well done to Sam who took over a second off his both his 100IM and 100m Back times and to Maddy Wilkinson who swimming up an age produced a good personal best on the 50m Fly. Ryan was a star- the only swimmer to win two events, with pb's in both. Other good pb's came form Lauren Anderson and Josh Harris on the 50Fly, Yousef Abu-Mraheel and Naomi Dilley on the 50m Breast and from Shannon Cresham-Fox and Immy on the 100m Back.

There was a fantastic team performance in the Cannon relay. With 20 swimmers doing 25m in quick succession, Bramcote were neck and neck with Sherwood, just missing out on the touch-but in a record time of 4:59.39. Well done team!

Many thanks to all our volunteers on poolside: Dianne as coach; Scott, Scott, Mark and Caitriona officiating; Mel and Geraldine team managing and Adam taking splits. And of course, thanks to all our supporters too.

All the times have been entered on the database (thanks Richard) and results will be on the website soon.

Round 2 is in Sutton on 22nd March.
Go Bramcote!