There were two new regional times and 28 new or improved County qualifying time with over half the swims at Hemels Last Chance meet achieving PBs. Congratulations to Alfie Abrey, Fynn Archibald, Sam Hutchings, Mael Jegu, Harrison Newbury-Kemp, Luke Pestaille and Andy Swift on achieving their first County qualifying times of the season bringing the total number of County qualifiers this year to 58.
On the 18th/19th January 2014 Hemel Hempstead took 48 swimmers to the Watford County Qualifier gala at Woodside Leisure Centre. The swimmers produced a superb 73% of all swims being Personal Best times which is a fantastic effort from a long weekend of swimming.
The first round of Chilterns League saw Hemel finishing third with swimmers recording 72 PB's, one of the highest number of PB's in a single gala we can remember! Any number of swimmers could have been awarded the swimmer of the gala award but the nod finally went to Ajay Gill and Megan Stockford for their PBs and general attitude. Congratulations also to Megan, Amelie Perrault, Sam Warner, Lauren Herlock and Izzy Bushe on winning their individual events; there were simply too many second places to mention!
Congratulations to the 48 swimmers who turned out on Saturday evening for the annual 1500/800 time trial. There were 44 PB's or first time swims, 12 county qualifying times and both Tom Sherriff and Aimee Abrey swam under the regional qualification time in their respective events. But perhaps most noteworthy was the spirit of the evening with lots of very vocal support for those in the pool - it's not easy to maintain that level of enthusiasm for these events over nearly 3 hours of racing, but somehow we managed it!
11th January 2014 saw Hemel’s two teams make a very solid start to their 2014 campaign in the Herts Major Swimming League, the A team finished third in their Division One gala at Hitchin whilst the B Team matched that result in their Division Two Gala at Stevenage.
Nearly fifty swimmers along with many parents turned up at Sainsbury’s in Apsley on 15th December to pack customer’s bags of shopping to raise money for the club and the new starting blocks we are hoping to purchase soon. Everyone did an amazing job and the Apsley shoppers were extremely generous - we raised a stupendous £1,462.58!!! Our festive attire and Christmas spirit certainly charmed the customers and a huge thank you to all those that gave their time so near to Christmas to help the Club.
A massive thank you to Liz Sherriff who booked and arranged the whole day and we hope to repeat the success next year with more bag packers and parent volunteers.
Saturday 30th November saw the Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club Masters Team compete in the once a year Hertfordshire Senior League at Bishop’s Stortford School. The team is made up of swimmers ranging from 25 years old to over 60 years old.