Herts Major League Round 2 - Feb 20

Firstly a very big thank you to all the volunteers and officials for both teams.


Berkhamsted have put both a Club team and a joint team with Tring into this year’s Herts Swimming League.

In round 2 the Club team came a creditable 4th on the night to place themselves in with a fair chance of staying in the top Division when & if the final round takes place.


George Thorne set the first pb of the night for the BSC team lowering his 100m Free time to 58.60 in the second event.

Seren Diehl followed this with 2nd place in the U12 50m back in 39.54 and Izzy MacDonald dropped her 100m fly best to 1:19.82 in the u16 race. In the boys U16 event 13-year-old Fergus Reid also improved to 1:14.22 and then Eze Svichla-Fekete chopped over a second from his 100m Breast time.

Ava Bartlett dipped down to 50.78 in her U12 50m breast supported by a second place for Ollie Brandwood in the boys’ event with 48.51.

Abbie Briers slipped on the block at the start but fought hard to come back to 4th place in her U16 100m free followed by a 2 second improvement for Eric Batt, who had a busy night, in the boys’ 100m Free coming down to 1:09.75, immediately followed by the massive pb swum by Josie Reid who sliced an amazing 18 seconds from her 100m Fly posting 1:21.42. The Girls’ Open Medley team of Evie Watson, Izzy MacDonald & Issy Soulsby plus 14-year-old Lydia Wisely pocketed 3rd place. Lydia Wisely was up soon after to help Tamsin Moren, Alex Farnham & Abbie Briers to claim the victory in their U16 Medley. The U14 girls (Mia Maslen-Wollington, Kate Hopper, Caitie Walters and Josie Reid) took 2nd in the Free relay and then Nell Coster collected 3rd in the U12 50m Fly (40.48) whilst Austin Clements completed the event for the first time in 50.38.

Fergus Reid was then 2nd in the U16 Backstroke followed by Kate Hopper claiming the same spot for the girls U14 100m Free. In the same age group Ronan Philbin went pb in his free with 1:10.90 and the Alex Farnham also set new figures in her Open Fly with 1:28.41 and Martha Lyon, in the U12 50m Free closed on a sub 40 with 40.59 and the individual events closed with Batt’s second best time of the meet when he dropped to 1:19.00 in his own age group 100m backstroke.

The best placing in the second batch of relays was a second for the U16 girls with Abbie Briers and Tamsin Moren joined this time by Izzy MacDonald and Lara Coster backed up their win in the Medley relay with a second place in the Freestyle event.


Meanwhile for the Joint BSC/TSC team in the U12 50m Back, Emily Ing looked comfortable setting her pb of 54.55.

12 year old Luca Greene stepped up to swim as an U16 in the 100m fly and, totally unfazed dropped 7 seconds to go 1:37.39 after Edie Hawtin had, similarly, stepped up the age groups to set her own best with 1:32.41.

Katrina Dolton has made huge strides this year and improved yet again to go 1:26.24 in her U14 100m breast and the Daisy Laing sliced 3 seconds from her backstroke posting 1:26.36.

Masters swimmer, Andy Connell, answered the call from the club to step in and claimed an inspirational 3rd in the Open Backstroke touching the pads in 1:14.16 and then Ella Langdon, at the other end of the age spectrum came home 2 seconds faster than ever before in the 50m Breast with 59.08.

Destiny Carnell (1:16.29) and Phoebe Goss (40.96) both improved in the 100m Free & 50m Fly respectively with Goss cruising in more than 20 seconds faster than she had gone before.

Erin Deacon, Katrina Dolton, Tracy Van Deventer and young Morgan Slade came home a valiant 3rd in the open Medley relay, a result replicated by the U16 squad comprising Katrina Dolton again, Emily Joyce, Daisy Laing and Destiny Carnell.

Edie Hawtin was up again in the Open Breast dropping more time to post 1:33.19, then Ed Mayock went more than 20 seconds faster than his previous best for the men, clocking 1:34.12.

Alana Van Deventer improved in her U12 Fly posting 20.84 & William Bares completed his first 100m Back to put up an inaugural time of 1:44.56. and Oli Bennett, in his first ever gala went 1:27.61 in the U12 100m Free.

Another masters swimmer, Tracy Van Deventer dipped into the 1:17s for her 100m Fly with 1:17.98, the first of 3 successive pbs as she was followed by Yazeed Swarray-Deen in the 100m Fly and Maya McGregor who improved her 3-week-old best with 51.69. Katrina Dolton then won the U16 Breast just fractionally slower than her pb set earlier in the night. Ollie Broadwith (50m Free – 45.35); Taryn Schofield (100m Back -1:36.02) & Oli Bennett (100m Back – 1:45.01) were the final personal best swims on the night.

Although 6th on the night, the swimmers experienced a great night of swimming fun and go into the final round in good spirits.

The remainder of the 2 squads comprised: Ed Eastaff, Elliott Black, Jack Suthern, Jacob Alleyne, Calum Sanchez, Rocco Adatti, Noah Przygrodzki, Ollie Miles, Sophie Bradley, Issy Whitaker, Nat Costelloe, Lara Connell. Owen Strakosch, Chris Hughes, Euan Donald, Bella Seddon, Will Franklin, Pearce Clare, Riley Milne, Hugh Clare, Cole Moore & Pierce Philbin.


Geoff Wood

Head Coach

BSC Team
Joint Berkhamsted & Tring Team