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Forthcoming Events

Sat Dec 10, 2016 @17:00
National Arena League 3/3
Sun Dec 11, 2016 @08:00
Team Luton Development Meet
Sat Dec 17, 2016 @08:00
Winter Nationals (25m)
Sun Dec 18, 2016 @17:30
Sharks Gala
Sun Dec 18, 2016 @17:45
Bargain bucket costume and equipment sale
Sat Jan 07, 2017 @17:00
Herts Major League 1/3
The News
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.
 
Club Champs - 800/1500
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 05 December 2016 11:28
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 800 and 1500m events held jointly with Watford SC.  Alice Fender set a new open record for the 800 free as well as breaking the old age group record for a 15 year old by over 30 seconds.  Georgia Purkis set a new age group record for 14 yr olds, improving her own record set only a month ago by nearly 8 seconds, and Grace Cawley set a new age group record for 10 yr olds, breaking a record previously set in 2010.  Both Alice and Georgia set Summer Regional qualifying times.
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So close for Alice
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 21 November 2016 08:54
The last chance national qualifier event at Guildford S.C. saw Alice Fender set a new Open Club record for the 200 free in the heats, only to break it once again in the finals.  Unfortunately for Alice she finished just 6 hundredths of a second off a national time.


 
Hemel swimmers make a splash for Pudsey
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 21 November 2016 08:34
Young swimmers from Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club took part in two events to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

On Tuesday during their training session, junior members had got baking and held a cake sale raising over £250. They didn’t stop there…… on Sunday over 70 members made a splash and took part in a sponsored swim. A total of 154,075 metres was swum by all the swimmers, including some of our very youngest Aquabears being just 7 years old.

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 Lauren Wilding, Development Coach at Hemel says “I am incredibly proud of all the swimmers and the hard work they put into both events, what an amazing achievement raising over £1,000 for a fantastic charity.”
 
Club Champs - 400 free
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:35
Congratulations to the 71 Hemel swimmers who participated in the first of our collaborative Club Championships with Watford SC and swam the 400 free.  Georgia Purkis broke her own age group Club record set just last weekend by a massive 5 seconds in an epic contest with Alice Fender which Alice just edged.  There were 42 personal best times and no fewer than 23 swimmers entered the event for the first time, gaining valuable experience at this distance.
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Arena 2016 - round 2
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 17:50
The Arena team showed great tenacity and fight throughout the second round of the competition at Luton, coming fifth on the night with many close finishes.  Despite a number of absences they actually swam faster than in the previous round, posting the fourth fastest time ever by a Hemel team, suggesting that there's still more to come in the last round.  Alice Fender won the 100 free, there were 17 other second and third places, 11 individual PBs and three Club age group records by Heidi Gibbens in the 100 breast and Sam Gaines in the 100 arena 2016 rd 2 2
fly and 200 IM (breaking his brother's record by 7 hundredths of a second!). Sam was also part of the boys u16 relay team along with Ashley Coombs, Jonny Farrow, Cameron Clark (in the free) and Joe Coldwell (medley) which set new Club Arena records in both their relays, breaking records previously set in 2008.  Other Club Arena records were set by Ashley, Georgia Purkis and Jack Christie.
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Swimmers of the month - October
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 07 November 2016 09:47
Octobers swimmers of the month are Matthew Morley from Sealions 1 and Isabella O'Leary from Seals. Both swimmers have joined the club fairly recently and have really stood out as they have adapted to training very well. Matthew and Isabella have both put in a lot of effort and have picked up training techniques that they previously wouldn't have come across. Congratulations to both swimmers.

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East Region Short Course Championships
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Monday, 07 November 2016 08:55
Congratulations to the 16 Hemel swimmers who qualified for the East Region Short Course Championships - an open competition for the very best swimmers in the region - and the five others who made up the relay teams.  Four open club records and nine age group records were broken, 26 personal best times were swum and Jack Spence and Jack Christie both made it through to finals. winter regionals 2016 1

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HHSC supports Children in Need
Written by Andrew Farrow   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:49
HHSC are holding a sponsored swim to raise money for Children in Need on Sunday 20th November. Each swimmer will be asked to swim for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on which group they swim in, and their lengths will be counted. There will be no normal training on this night; each training group will be given an allocated time slot to come and do their swim. These times will be on the notice board together with a volunteer sheet to help count lengths!

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We will also hold a bake sale on Tuesday 15th November, which we will need your cakes and biscuits for! These will need to be brought to the cafe for the start of training and we’re looking for some older swimmers to volunteer to help sell them.
 
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2017 County Championships – qualification process
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:47
Hemel Hempstead currently has over 60 swimmers with times within the consideration/ qualifying parameters for the different age groups at Hertfordshire County 2017 Championships next January/February. The qualifying times can be found here, and details of those swimmers who already have a consideration time can be found here (but please see below for what holding a consideration time means). The depth of swimmers within HHSC achieving consideration and/or qualifying times is great for the club in showing our strength.

The qualifying window for Counties is open until Wednesday 14th December, although we will be submitting entries a few days before then.  Hemel Hempstead’s last chance qualifying meet is the Team Luton Development meet on the 11th December, and our closing date for entries for this meet is Sunday 23rd October.  We expect swimmers to be attending to achieve necessary requirements ; this will be your last chance to advance your current times and to potentially secure any new opportunities for the 2017 Hertfordshire County Championships.
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