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The News
Changes to lead coaching team
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:41
Following the departure of Paul Mackie, who has for the last few years coached our Masters section, to Australia we have re-appraised the roles played by our senior coaching team.  With effect from Monday 27th March the Lead Coaches for the various training groups will be Tracey Stratford (Aquabears), Lauren Wilding (Sealions, Seals and Otters), Sarah Young (Junior and Development Squads), Alan Coldwell (County Squad), Oliver Waddington (Regional Squad) and Alan Doyle (Masters), all operating under the overall guidance of Head Coach Oliver.
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Hemel success at Maxwell (and Wycombe)
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:45
Twenty-two Hemel swimmers attended the Maxwell meet at Aylesbury last weekend and from just over 100 swims clocked an impressive 21 first places, 36 seconds and thirds, and 53 new personal best times.  17 summer regional qualifying times were set or bettered and 10 new Club records were set. To cap it all, Tony Gaines set a 5 second PB in the 200 fly to set a new age group club record and qualify for the World Masters Championships in Budapest in August; he's not the only one of our Masters to qualify, but he is the only one to qualify in this particularly gruelling event!  On a good day for the Gaines', younger son Sam set an 11 second PB in the 200 breast to smash the previous club age group record set six years ago by over 7 seconds.  Meanwhile at Wycombe, Jack Christie set a new open Club record in the 50 breast.
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3 competitions, 3 top 3 finishes - a good night!
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 27 February 2017 10:55
Almost 100 swimmers participated in three teams on Saturday night in three competitions and all finished in the top 3; a very good night for Hemel swimming!  Nine club records were broken, there were 99 top 3 finishes and 70 new personal best times despite many competing in events they have swum in the past month.  The Chilterns League Team finished second in their competition, and in the Herts Major League both A and B teams finished third in Divisions 1 and 2 respectively. 

Fielding this many swimmers is a significant exercise involving a lot of planning by the Lead Coaches - Oliver Waddington, Alan Doyle and Lauren Wilding - ably supported by over 25 poolside helpers across the three competitions, whilst being able to meet our obligations to provide suitably qualified officials for all three meets was quite an achievement.  Finally a word for the chauffeuring parents, many of whom had children competing at different locations and performed minor miracles to make certain that everyone was at the right place at the right time.

Full reports of each gala may be found here:

Chilterns League Herts Major A Herts Major B
 
Herts Major League 2017: Hemel A - round 2
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 27 February 2017 10:01
37 top 3 finishes including 10 first places out of 49 events secured Hemel A a strong 3rd place in the Division 1 gala, just 8 points behind the second placed team.  Despite many swimmers competing in the same events that they swam at Counties a month ago there were 25 PBs in 49 events and six new Club age group records, with herts major a rd2 2017 
Grace Cawley breaking an eight year old 50 breast record, Millie Herbert setting a new 100 breast record, Alice Fender setting new records in both the 100 free and breast, and Ashley Coombs and Sam Gaines breaking their existing records in the 100 free and 100 fly respectively.
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Chilterns League 2017 - round 1
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 27 February 2017 08:00

The first round of the Chilterns League took place at the weekend; for those unfamiliar with this competition every event has no faster than times which if exceeded result in a swimmer being disqualified making it great for slightly less experienced swimmers or swimmers who don't normally swim a particular stroke.  But it can also be a huge challenge for team selection, even more so on a night when we had two other teams in action, so apart from congratulating the team on finishing second with 8 first places, 15 second and third places and a quite magnificent 30 PBs in 50 races, chilterns 2017 rd1
we should also congratulate lead coach Lauren Wilding for her team selection. To cap a very successful night, Daniel Belsey set a new Club record for 8 year olds in the 50 free, smashing the old record by almost 2 seconds.

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Herts Major League 2017: Hemel B - round 2
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:12
The 30 swimmers and 8 adult helpers of Hemel Hempstead B travelled to Borehamwood to participate in the second round of the Division 2 Herts Major League. The team outperformed their swims in the previous round setting 2 new club records and 15 personal best times, with 39 top three finishes including 11 first places out of 49 events, finishing third overall on the night.  herts major b rd 2  2017 
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Counties 2017
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:03
After 3 weekends and 14 sessions of swimming the 2017 Hertfordshire County Championships have come to a close with some outstanding performances from Hemel swimmers. Particular congratulations to County Champions Jack Christie (50 free) and Alice Fender (800 free) and to Grace Cawley for a fantastic haul of 9 medals - 5 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.  Overall there were 10 gold medals, 23 silvers or bronzes, 15 new age group records and 129 personal best times. counties 2017 c
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Counties 2017 - weekend 3
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 06 February 2017 08:41
After 3 weekends and 14 sessions of swimming, the 2017 Herts County Championships drew to a close on Sunday with the long distance events before the noisiest session of them all; the relays!  And there was much to celebrate for Hemel. Alice Fender won the championship gold in the 800 free as well as taking silver in her age group in the 400 free with Grace Cawley winning her 5th gold medal of the competition in the 400 free setting a new age group club record in the process.  Georgia Purkis won bronze in the 400 free and Sam Gaines broke his own 400 IM age group record, breaking the 5 minute barrier in the process. Holly Robinson won bronze in both the 400 IM and 800 free, setting new age group records in both as well as smashing a 6 year old record in the 400 IM by over 7 seconds.

In the relays there were golds for the 12-13 girls medley team of Millie Anderton, Tilly Beckwith, Millie Herbert and Emily Young and the girls 14-15 free team of Izzy Anderton, Charlotte Hingston, Shona McKenna and Georgia Purkis who also took silver in the medley event. The boys open relay of Jack Christie, Joe Gillam, Josh Gaines and Jack Spence won silver in both their events, agonisingly losing out on gold by less than a second in both races in a quite fantastic finish to the competition.
 
Counties 2017 - weekend 2
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 30 January 2017 09:53
Another good weekend for Hemel swimmers in the second of three weekends of the 2017 Herts County Championships.  Grace Cawley continued her outstanding championships with golds in the 200 free (in a new club age group record time) and 200 breast, silvers in the 50 breast and 200 back and bronze in the 50 back. Jack Christie had a good weekend with gold and the overall championship title in the 50 free and silver in the 50 breast and Shona McKenna won gold in the 100 IM. There were silvers for Georgia Purkis (200 breast), Holly Robinson (200 back - breaking a seven year old club record) and Josh Gaines (200 back), and bronzes for Seyi Bankole (50 breast), Rebecca Sewell (50 back), Finn Guest (50 back), Holly Robinson (200 breast) and Mattias Morse (200 breast). Joseph Coldwell broke an eight year old age group record in the 200 breast, Sam Gaines beat his own age group record in the 200 fly and Heidi Gibbens set a new age group record for the 200 breast. Others who achieved top eight finishes were Millie Anderton, Tilly Beckwith, Elliott Davies, Jonny Farrow, Alice Fender, Millie Herbert, Charlotte Hingston, Henry Newbury-Kemp and Tilly Stratford.
 
Counties 2017 - weekend 1
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:52
There was lots of great racing; personal best times and new club age group records set on the first weekend of the 2017 Hertfordshire county championships. Full details will follow but the highlights were two gold medals for Grace Cawley in the 100 breast (in a new age group club record time) and 200 IM along with silver in the 100 back. There were silver medals for Holly Robinson (in a new age group club record time) and Shona McKenna in the 100 back and Alice Fender in the 200 IM, and bronze medals for Josh Gaines (100 back), Shona McKenna (100 free) and Jack Christie (100 breast).  The following also qualified to swim in the finals by finishing in the top eight of their age group - Millie Anderton, Seyi Bankole, Joe Coldwell, Jonny Farrow, Keelin McKenna, Mattias Morse, Henry Newbury-Kemp and Georgia Purkis. Heidi Gibbens knocked almost 5 seconds off the 25-29 age group record for 100 breast and new boy Joel Green knocked almost 4 seconds off the 16 yr old 100 back record.
 
Herts Major League 2017 - round 1
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 16 January 2017 14:38
Quick fire racing was the order of the day for both Hemel's A and B teams in the first round of Hertfordshire Major League. B team finished 5th on the night and A team were 3rd.

Stand out swims in the B team came from the Open Female squad (Ellen Fender, Hannah Bennett, Heidi Gibbens and Kira Doyle) winning both their relay events, with Hannah also setting a new age group and life-time best in winning the 100 back. Jonny Farrow (100 fly) and Charlotte Hinsgton (100 free) also won their individual events with new PBs.


herts major a rd 1 2017
Stand out swims in the A team came from Sam Gaines (100 fly) setting a new age group record in winning the event.  Other firsts came from Grace Crawley and Henry Newbury-Kemp (both 50 breast with PBs), Jack Spence and Ashley Coombs (both 100 free) and Holly Robinson (50 fly).  The u16 girls medley relay team (Izzy Anderton, Georgia Purkis, Leanne Abrey and Shona Mckenna) came first and the final squadron event had the whole team errupting to support with great edge of the seat racing.
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Hammerheads win Sharks Gala
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:55
Congratulations to Hammerheads who won the 2016 Sharks Gala.  Lying third after eight races they gradually pulled back the defecit helped by a string of four consecutive wins to be second after sixteen, and then pulled away to a relatively comfortable lead before the final 25 x 25 squadron where even finishing fourth didn't affect the final result.  Congratulations to Tilly Beckwith, Kieran Brevern, Mila Brooke, Mabel sharks 2016 - hammerheads
Coldwell, Ashley Coombs, Imogen Deadman, Chibikem Ezennia, Amarah Frazer Williams, Tony Gaines, Samuel Hawes, TaofeeqahIbrahim, Mia Maslen-Wollington, Mattias Morse, Svetlana Nanda, Ethan Ogden, Justin Patrick, Elsa Perrault, Amelie Perrault, Holly Robinson, Mia Smith, Freddie Turner, Sam Ward and Team Manager Tracey Stratford.
 
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