Hoddesdon County Qualifier Nov 19

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped poolside. 

14 swimmers at this meet for Berkhamsted SC.

Kate Hopper was the busiest with 8 events and Ezi Svichla-Fekete close behind with 7 races.

Meanwhile Mia Maslen Wollington and Alex Kalverboer both raced over the 1500m & 800m Free events plus a 400m event each. Both picked up 3 gold medals each as well

Maslen Wollington took on the 800m Free on Saturday slicing almost 26 seconds from her best in posting 11:38.95 and followed up with the 1500m (17 second pb) of 21:56.88 on Sunday. Her 400m free showed some fatigue but 5:32.60 was till good enough for gold.

Alex Kalverboer chopped a massive 40 seconds from his 800m free swim from lane 8, finishing quickly to clock 10:16.07. His 1500m was a superb swim as he was out on his own almost from the off, pounding out regular 50m splits to come home in 19:51.19.

Kate Hopper began by lowering her best to finish in 1:09.51 for her first gold of the meet. She also took gold in the 200 Free dropping to 2:38.21 and then finished off with the 200m IM, improving more than 30 seconds to just miss out on going sub 3 minutes with 3:00.35. The most exciting tussle, though, came in the 50m Breast where she lined up alongside team mate Lara Connell in lanes 7 & 8. The pair took the race to everybody else coming home first and second, both swimming pbs and were separated by just 7/100ths of a second as they lunged for the pads. Kate Hopper just came out on top with 43.30 against Lara Connell’s 43.37. Kate Hopper also picked up silver in the 200 Back and bronze from the 50m Back.

Lara Connell missed the Saturday due to illness but bounced back with 5 races on Saturday, starting with silver in the 50m Free where she took more than 2 seconds from her best in 33.18. She also took on the 1500m and went 30 seconds faster than ever before posting 22;37.04 for silver. PBs in both the 50 Breast and 200 IM led to further silver medals. Her 200 IM was the final event of the 5 races and showed her strength by lowering her best to 3:12.84.

Ezi Svichla-Fekete went pb in all of his swims bar one. His biggest improvement came with a near 15 second lowering in his final race, the 100m Breast where he won his heat comfortably. He also took 3.5 seconds off his 100m IM and improved his 50m Free, 50m Back, 100m Free & 100m Back as well.

Nell Coster was another with a 100% pb hit rate. She took gold in the 200m Breast, improving 8 seconds to clock 3:19.16, bronze in the 100m Back & 4th in the 50m Free with a storming heat win of 36.95 but her most impressive swim came from a 7 second drop in her 50m Fly to 40.97 for the silver medal.

Sister Lara Coster gained a top finish of 5th in the 100m back and also managed to set new times in her 200m back & 50m free as well.

Seren Diehl looked in serene form as she cleaned up in her 100m Back with a lovely smooth swim of 1:30.26 coming home with clear water to her chasers to take gold. She was 4th in her 50m Fly and then finished with bronze and a 17 second pb in the 100m Breast with 1:46.46.

Lydia Wisely was unwell for some of the meet but still came away with a stash of medals and best times. Gold in the 50m Back (pb 35.05) and 50m Fly (pb 34.16), silver in both the 100m Free and 100m Back and bronze in the 200m Back.

Issy Whitaker picked up two 4th place finishes when she improved her times in both the 50m Fly (39.60) & 100m Breast (1:39.54).

Alex Farnham is an infrequent competitor at Open meets but evidenced her improvement when steaming through the water in her 100m Free to go more than 23 seconds faster than previously in posting 1:14.86 to take victory and the gold medal. She also lowered her 50m Fly best to 36.27.

Owen Strakosch, gold in the 1500m Free with an impressive gun to pads heat win was the final distance swimmer for the club and the Gray brothers, Lawson & George also competed on the Saturday with George improving both his 200m Free and 50 breast times significantly.

Geoff Wood

Head Coach

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