Harpednden Legacy Meet Oct 18

The weekend began with the Harpenden Legacy meet at the 10 lane 25m pool at Westminster Lodge in St Albans.

Undoubted performer of day 1 was Millie Harrison with 6 pbs from 7 swims but the Saturday sessions began with the Boys 400 IM where Alex Kalverboer, swimming the event for the first time clocked 6:10.97 for 2nd in his heat and bronze in the 12 years category in what was a County Consideration time. Owen Strakosch and Dan Chennells fought an intra-club battle on opposite sides of the pool in the same heat with Dan coming out on top in 5:21.35 (over 90 seconds pb and a further CCT) for bronze in his age with Owen’s 5:42.330 good enough for gold in his age group.

Harrison then began her pb haul with 1:38.76 in her 100m backstroke joined by Ciara McKenna who took bronze in the 16+, Charlotte Whittle (1:573.89) in her first Open Meet and first ever swim in the event and Izzy Sansom taking silver in the 16+ as well.

Another first time Open Meet swimmer, Ezi Svichla-Fekete sliced 23 seconds from his 100m Breast pb in 1:54.30 and Alex Kalverboer popped out another CCT and pb for silver in his age group with 1:31.24.

Harrison’s second successive pb came in the 200m IM when she improved just over 3 seconds to clock 3:28.91.

In the boys 100m Fly Alex Kalverboer looked fatigued towards the end of his race posting 1:31.08 whilst Owen Strakosch (Gold), Harrison Bullock (Silver) & Callum Bullock (Bronze) dominated the Open category.

Ciara McKenna took 4th in her 100m Free, Charlotte Whittle clocked 1:48.09 in yet another first-time swim, Harrison lopped off 8 seconds to post 1:21.63 before Izzy Sansom took 3rd in the Open Category again and Emma Hockney, with a superbly smooth swim finished 3rd in her heat and age recording her first ever CCT in 1:13.77, improving some 4 seconds from her previous best.

Ezekiel Svichla-Fekete chopped another 4.5 seconds from his 50m breast as he grew in confidence with 55.19, Pierce Philbin improved 2 seconds (51.87) after a wobbly start & brother Ronan sliced 4 seconds off in 48.64. Alex Kalverboer looked reinvigorated to record another CCT with 42.79 and then Dan Chennells (2nd, 36.58 pb), Callum Bullock (3rd, 38.89) and Harrison Bullock 95th, 40.72 pb) completed the first session of the meet.

Session 2 commenced with the 400m Free for the boys and both Alex Kalverboer and Owen Strakosch smashed their best times. Alex Kalverboer popped out another CCT with 5:29.53 for 6th place overall whilst Owen Strakosch got his first CCT of the year in 4:38.25. The pair had knocked off a combined 57 seconds from their previous best efforts.

Ciara McKenna was delighted to pick up another bronze in the Girls’ 100m IM, Charlotte Whittle set another first-time marker in 1:59.71 and Harrison’s 1:40.11 was also another pb. Emma Hockney’s swim was a little off her best but much better technically before Lydia Wisely clipped 0.8 from her pb with 1:23.15 for 4th behind Tamsin Moren’s silver medal CCT of 1:17.01.

Callum Bullock chipped away at his 200m Back time notching 2:31.92 for silver with Owen Strakosch just off his best after the 400m Free effort, for 4th.

Charlotte Whittle’s good day continued with a first effort at 200m Free clocking 3:54.86, Harrison dipped below 3 minues for the first time in 2:58.29 before a smooth swim from Hockney brought her a bronze medal and Izzy Sansom took gold in the Open Age category.

In the 50m Fly Ezakiel Svichla-Fekete completed a first-time swim (55.48), Ronan Philbin collected age group silver in a new pb of 43.95. The older boys showed the effects of accumulated fatigue and it was left to Dan Chennells to collect the only medal with 3rd just 0.1 seconds off his best ever.

Charlotte Whittle went 5:10.10 for her 200m breast, Harrison completed her final pb of the day in 3:37.24 while Tamsin Moren was the class of the field with 3:05.91 winning by nearly 30m in her heat.

The boys’ 50m Free saw Ezekiel Svichla-Fekete drop 1.2 seconds to 40.79 but that proved the only pb for the boys and the day ended with another pb for Whittle in the 50 Back (54.73), again, the only pb amongst the girls.

Day 2 at the Harpenden meet began with Abbie briers taking on the 400m Individual medley for the first time and coming home in a very respectable 6:29.15 but firmly believing she could have gone faster with a bit more experience. Tamsin Moren then stepped up to take bronze in the event dropping some 18 seconds to come home in 6:07.36 and another County Consideration time to add to her growing tally.

In the 100m Back Alex Kalverboer was 4th (1:16.57 pb & CCT), Harrison Bullock 5th, Dan Chennells 4th (108.15 pb & CCT), Callum Bullock 3rd & George Thorne 7th in another pb of 1:10.84.

The 200m IM saw Alex Kalverboer command another CCT and bronze in a 4 second pb of 2:51.54 whilst Dan Chennells dropped his best by a second to 2:29.83 for silver and Harrison Bullock picked up bronze with George Thorne taking a 5th place.

Lydia Wisely managed bronze in her 100m Fly and gold in her 50m fly while in the 100m Free Alex Kalverboer set yet another pb and CCT with 1:11.10, Callum Bullock was 5th, George Thorne 6th & Dan Chennells 3rd all just a shade outside their pbs.

For the Girls Tamsin Moren improved her CCT in the 50m breast to 39.12 and Emma Hockney posted 47.74.

Rising star Eva Lawson clocked a 5:37 dead for the 400m Free which is a County Qualifying time, alongside the gold medal and Abbie Briers was just 3 seconds shy of her own CCT in 5:29 when taking her age bronze.

Later George Thorne pocketed bronze in the 100m IM (1:09.98 pb) with the Bullock brothers claiming 4th & 5th in the Open Category.

Alex Kalverboer won another bronze in the 200m Free albeit just outside his entry time and Dan Chennells took silver in the same event posting a new pb of 2:07.36.

Eva Lawson claimed 50m Fly silver with Wisely setting the gold medal time of 35.26 (pb) and Ciara McKenna popped out a 4th place in a new Fly pb of 1:17.71.

In the 50m Free Emma Hockney won gold in yet another pb of 32.13 with Ciara McKenna lowering her recent pb yet again to 51.62

The final event, the Boys 50 Back saw gold go to Callum Bullock just 5/100ths outside his pb in 31.95 with brother Harrison coming home in Bronze medal position. The Boys made it 4 medals from 4 swims in the 50 Back with Dan Chennells 2nd (31.23) and George Thorne 3rd (32.47) in their age group as well.


Geoff Wood

Head Coach

Berkhamsted SC