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The News
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.


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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.
 
Luton Development Meet
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 12 December 2016 13:22
Fourty-three swimmers attended the Luton Development meet on Sunday as a last-chance County qualifier event.  There were almost 100 PBs of which half were either first time or improved County Consideration times and 7 regional qualifying times were set.  One Club age group record was set alongside 21 golds, 20 silvers and 33 bronzes in a highly succesful day of competition for Hemel swimmers.

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Arena 2016 - rd 3
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 12 December 2016 09:09
What a night in East London that was!  Half way through the competition Hemel lay joint second, 17 points behind first, but with only 18 points separating second from sixth it was nail-biting stuff.  In the end it was Hemel that held its nerve to finish a comfortable second, a place above our pre-competition seeding, and only 9 points behind first.  arena 2016 rd3
The team has improved in each of the three rounds of this year's competition, for which credit must go to the coaching team as well as the swimmers.  This round was the third fastest aggregate time posted by a Hemel team in the competition ever, beating a time set by the record-breaking 2015 team. There were four first places but the result was more a tribute to consistency with 16 second and third places. There were no fewer than 23 individual or relay lead leg PB's, a number of them significant improvements, which is a remarkable achievement coming toward the end of a hectic short-course season.  There were ten new or improved Regional QTs, one Club open record, 4 Club age group records and three Club competition records. Overall it was a huge step-up in effort with non-swimmers raising the roof in support of their team.

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November swimmers of the month
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:23
November's swimmers of the month are Louisa Wilson and Ernie Coldwell, both Sealions 2. Louisa was our top fundraiser in our Children in Need sponsored swim and has shown amazing enthusiasm since showing the club. Ernie has shown fantastic focus and dedication is his training and this has resulted in huge improvements in his technique and stamina. Congratulations to them both.

november 2016 swimmers of the month 
 
Club Champs - 400IM
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:54
The final round of this year's Club Champs concluded with the 400 IM and once again the value of running the event jointly with Watford SC was clear with a number of fantastic races helping swimmers achieve 22 new personal bests alongside 18 first time swims.  Alice Fender set a new open Club record, Sam Gaines a new age group record, and Kevin McKenna became the first Hemel male swimmer aged 50 or over to swim the event, just beating his target time.  Both Sam and Alice also set Summer Regional times along with Georgia Purkis and Mattias Morse.
 
Children in Need
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:28
We raised a magnificent £3,812.40 in support of Children in Need - £ 286.98 from the Cake Sale and £ 3,525.42 from the Sponsored Swim - which will go a long way in helping the lives of children across the UK. A massive thank you to all those swimmers who took part and raised money, all the helpers who supported them, (and to those who ate all the cakes!) and to Lauren Wilding for organising it. It was great to see the team spirit the event created. The swimmer who raised the most money was Louisa Wilson, and something is on its way to her in recognition.

 
Records update
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:48
With meets coming thick and fast at this time of year we're running a little behind on reporting them for which my apologies.  Last weekend, fourteen swimmers attended the Black Lion meet in Kent, in a new departure introduced by Head Coach Oliver travelling down by minibus and spending the weekend at a local venture centre unencumbered by parents!  You can read a blog of their adventures here.  With over 75 PBs it was a resounding success with special mention for Joe Coldwell who set new Club age group records in both the 50 and 100 breast.  The same weekend, but rather closer to home at St Albans, Holly Robinson also set new Club age group records in the 50 free and 100 and 200 back.
 
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