Luton Autumn Meet - Oct 19

Meanwhile at Luton the first day saw 33 swims, 25 pbs along with 14 swims inside County Consideration times (CCTs).

The day began with the girls’ 100m breast and pbs for Lucy Franklin & Sophie Davies swimming alongside each other and their own private battle followed by Lara Connell and the first County Consideration time of the meet in her own pb of 1:33.53.

In the Boys’ 100m Back Will Franklin took Gold in 1:50.97 (pb). Ezi Svichla-Fekete stormed home to win his heat in a pb of 1:27.98 & Alex Kalverboer claimed a CCT with 5th in 1:12.61.

Lara Connell’s 400m Free produced 6:00.77, Lydia Wisely went 5:37.15 and then Eva Lawson back from her studies at Millfield smashed her way under 5 minutes with 4:56.64, dropping 14 seconds for Gold and rewriting her own club record as well.

Zac Patel clocked a CCT of 1:02.28 for the 100m Fly (6th) before Sophie Davies reversed places with Will Franklin in the 50m Breast from earlier, both in pbs whilst Lara Connell won her heat from an outside lane in a pb of 45.08.

Will Franklin took a second medal from his two swims with silver in the 50m back, 51.41 (pb), Ezi Svichla-Fekete won his 50m Back heat again, dropping 5 seconds for a new pb of 39.62 and Alex Kalverboer pocketed another CCT with 33.57 for 5th (pb).

Lara Connell, mistook the false start rope for the 5m flags in her 200m IM and turned 10m early causing a disqualification but should be pleased with a swim which was 4 seconds quicker than ever before. Eva Lawson lowered her best by 9 seconds in claiming another Gold and slashing the Club Record down to 2:38.35, winning her heat comfortably.

Lara Connell, in a busy programme for her, and Mia Maslen-Wollington took the rare opportunity to compete in the 1500m Freestyle, picking up 4th and 3rd respectively, both will inside their previous bests and Mia taking the heat win by over 50 metres. Lara Connell posted 23:07.16 and Mia Maslen-Wollington 22:14.02.

Ciara McKenna swam the 200m Free along with Kate Hopper, Emma Hockney & Tamsin Moren. Kate Hopper lowered her best to 2:45.49 with an even paced swim, Emma Hockney dropped 5 seconds to 2:40.38 and Moren clocked a CCT with 2:29.38.

In the 100m Free Ezi Svichla-Fekete improved 4 seconds to 1:17.52 and Alex Kalverboer went 1:04.47 (pb) for yet another CCT. Zac Patel was the final swimmer and surprised himself with a bleep to pads heat win, destroying the rest of the heat with his underwater skills, posting 55.06 to improve more than 1.5 seconds.

Alex Kalverboer’s run of CCTs continued in the 50m Fly in 34.31 and Zac Patel showed what a force he is with the fastest swim of the day in 26.32 (pb & CQT) again winning the race with his skills around the start and turn.

And the day finished with the 50m Free for Ciara McKenna, Kate Hopper, Emma Hockney & Tamsin Moren. Kate Hopper’s face was a picture of amazement when she looked at the scoreboard to see a heat win in a 1.3 second pb of 31.94. Emma Hockney repeated the heat win with her own best of 31.37 and Tamsin Moren made it 3 pbs for the girls with 29.92.

Day 2 started with the 400m IM and Lara Connell swam in the same heat as Caitie Walters and they had a battle throughout separated by just 0.2 seconds at the end, on opposite sides of the pool. Both swam pbs with Caitie Walters just coming home on top with 6:36.76 to 6:36.98. Tamsin Moren and Eva Lawson were together in the next heat. Eva Lawson’s 5:53.90 was a first time inside 6 minutes and another club best whilst Tamsin Moren swam to her strengths to come through the field from 8th after the fly to win the heat, taking Gold and claim another CCT with 5:41.55, taking the win in the last 5m with perfect execution of her finish.

Alex Kalverboer returned to lop off 2.5 seconds from his 100m breast and yet another CCT of 1:24.55.

Ciara McKenna took 6th in her 100m Back, Kate Hopper trimmed another 5 seconds from her best in 1:23.02 and they were joined by Issy Soulsby. She is returning to form and set a new pb of 1:09.69 for her own CCT.

Alex Kalverboer was straight back in to post his first sub 5 minute 400 Free as he matures in respect of pacing events. His 4:58.07 was good for 4th place and Ezi Svichla-Fekete improved his 50m Breast to 48.51.

In the 50m Back Ciara McKenna went pb of 1:00.54 and there were pbs as well for Tamsin Moren (35.31 – CCT), Eva Lawson (34.91) and a CCT for Issy Soulsby in 32.62.

Kate Hopper is improving so quickly she has yet to find what she is capable of and in the 200m Back she lowered her week old personal best by 6 seconds to 3:06.74. Issy Soulsby was pleased to come away with her own bronze in 2:30.40, another CCT. Issy Soulsby stepped up again to place 3rd in a CCT of 2:30.40.

Eva Lawson’s huge programme of events finished with the 800m free and yet another victory in 10:13.00 knocking an amazing 56 seconds from her best. Tamsin Moren placed 4th in her age group with her own 10 second improvement, clocking 10:40.38.

Alex Kalverboer got his umpteenth 4th place in an impressive 200m Free with a CCT and pb of 2:20.18, dropping 7 seconds.

In the 100m Free Caitie Walters lowered her time to 1:16.59 whilst Emma Hockney & Tamsin Moren both finished with CCTs fractionally slower than their bests.

Alex Kalverboer’s appetite to swim faster resulted in a pb, CQT (County Qualifying time) and a further 4th place in the 200 Breast with 3:01.27,

Tamsin Moren’s rack of CCTs increased with a 35.43 for the 50m fly and Alex Kalverboer finished the meet with a flourish as he clocked his first sub 30 50m free, another 4th place in 29.95.

Finally, new club member, Fergus Reid competed in the Cheshunt Open and posted 4 pbs from 5 swims: 50 Back 31.19 (2nd); 50 Free 28.97 (3rd); 100 IM 1:15.21 (2nd) and 100 Free 1:04.32 (3rd) to round off an excellent weekend of competition.

Geoff Wood

Head Coach