Potters Bar Last Chance Dec 18

On Sunday 2nd Dec at The Venue pool the Potters Bar Last Chance qualifying meet was attended by 15 swimmers.

Issy Whitaker began the meet with a bronze in her first 200m IM 3:21.28, Abbie briers dropped almost 8 seconds in her bid to swim the event at Counties, recording 2:52.60, sub 3 minutes for the first time. Vicky Ayles gained 5th and then, for the boys, Lawson and George Gray both pocketed gold in 3:44.54 & 3:23.80 respectively.

Alex Kalverboer collected gold in his 100m fly as did George Thorne with brother Harry gaining bronze.

Chrissie Soulsby won the silver in her 50m Back (40.12), Ayles improved her best to 38.69 for 4th & George Thorne won silver in 32.18.

In the 200m Free events Briers & Lawson Gray (3:15.51 pb) took gold and Ayles Bronze with George Gray going pb for 4th in 3:03.64.

In the 50m Fly Lawson Gray, George Thorne and Harry Thorne all claimed silver medals before Eva Lawson stepped up again to take another silver in the 200m Breast with 4:10.26 (pb). This led to Alex Kalverboer reducing his best by over 4 seconds to come away with gold in 3:03.58 for his first Regional time for 2019.

In the 100m Breast it was bronze for Harry Thorne and then Alex Kalverboer improved his 50m Free time for silver in 31.47 alongside Pierce Philbin’s pb of 37.73.

George Thorne’s medal collection grew with victory in the 50m Free and then Ronan Philbin dropped his 100m Free by another 7 seconds for his first ever CCT in 1:18.90.

George Thorne’s 1:00.51 was good enough for Gold again in the 100m Free and Ronan Philbin took bronze in his 50m Breast.

There was a silver medal and pb for Harry Thorne in the 50m Breast as well in 34.56.

In the final event Alex Kalverboer lowered his 100m IM time to 1:18.04 for silver and George Thorne completed a great meet with yet another Gold in his 100m IM in 1:11.59.


At this manic time of the season it is great to see the swimmers having fun, swimming fast and setting themselves up with a great group of friends from other clubs as well.

Geoff Wood

Head Coach