County Champs 2018
Tring Swimming Club has enjoyed its most successful ever County Championships over the last 3 weekends – fantastic results and well deserved after months of hard work and dedication from swimmers and parents throughout the club.
The club saw more swimmers qualifying for the championships, a very high rate of personal best swims, more finalists and a huge medal haul from Sam Pyefinch who dominated his age group with an outstanding 10 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronzes from the 16 events he competed in, culminating in becoming the overall County champion on the final weekend. Overall 16 swimmers competed in the championships, 14 of them swimming their best ever times with an excellent 56 personal bests across 101 races. 8 swimmers achieved the personal milestone of reaching a County Final, with Sam and Jacob Geller taking home medals.
The most exciting step forward for Tring was seeing the young athletes doing so well in their first experience at such a high level – Mia Boersma led the girls’ team with stunning performances in every one of her races, swimming a 1m04.82s 100m freestyle in her first ever County race, then blew her competitors away with a PB on 50m freestyle in 29.32s, reaching her first final in 7th place. With an outstanding start she turned in 2nd place at half way in the final, just to be edged out into 5th in the final few metres in a very close finish, swimming 29.18s. Rosie Cave showed what a promising future she has by shining in the toughest events in swimming – her 200m butterfly was excellent, taking 5s off her best time. All that despite a fire alarm going off mid-race, which lead to a very uncomfortable 10minutes freezing cold outside in her swimming costume after her race, a nasty shock! And in her 400m individual medley she showed that she is one of the best all-round swimmers in the area with a huge 17s PB, and looked technically excellent on all 4 strokes.
Two 10 year olds Morgan Slade and Sophie Bradley both reached finals in their first ever championships, Morgan looking fantastic on 100m backstroke in 1m26.62s coming 7th, and Sophie finishing 4th twice in 50m backstroke (40.16s) and 200m backstroke in 3m06.07s. Edie Hawtin (also 10) looked very promising with strong personal best swims on both breaststroke and backstroke, while another 10 year old, Rhys Jones, swam well on 100m backstroke in 1m29.29s. And a 5th 10 year old, Jacob Geller, had an outstanding championships with several personal bests in butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, reaching 2 finals and then swimming a very courageous 200m butterfly, taking nearly 30seconds off his personal best in 3m18.61s to win his first silver medal.
There were great performances from more experienced members of the team, with big breakthrough races from Marcia Billingham, Kiera Wharton, Isobel Geller and girls’ captain Molly Bradley. Marcia in particular attacked aggressively in both of her breaststroke races and won her heats by a big distance in 1.21.30s for 100m and 36.91s for 50m, both qualifying times for the East England Regional Championships in May. Kiera swam PBs in 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly, the latter qualifying for the final in 5th place, in which she improved again by nearly 1s to come 4th in 31.85s, narrowly missing out on a medal but qualifying again for Regionals. Isobel swam 6 PBs in races across various events, showing what an outstanding young athlete she is across all strokes, and with appearances in 2 finals and narrowly missing out on a medal in the 100 fly, Isobel has great potential for the future. Finally Molly raced very aggressively in 3 backstroke events, in particular leading the county on 200m backstroke at half way, as well as swimming personal bests in 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley.
But it was 13-year-old Sam Pyefinch who was the outstanding swimmer across all age groups throughout the county. From his first race, 100m backstroke, Sam qualified in first for the final, 1.5s ahead of the field, and then stormed to his first gold medal of the year in the final by 2s in 1m9.10s. This set the tone for the whole championships as Sam won golds in 100m butterfly, raced very intelligently to win 200m individual medley, narrowly missed the magic 1m mark winning gold in 100m freestyle in 1m00.09s, 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle in 27.1s – the latter ranking Sam 5th in the UK. Gold medals in 200m backstroke and 50m butterfly completed a gruelling 2 weekends before Sam finished the championships with 2 races that stood out as the races of the whole championships.
In the final of the 100m individual medley a tense final saw Sam’s rival pull away on the (3rd) breaststroke leg to nearly a body length lead – but in a thrilling freestyle finish Sam stormed back closing with every stroke but still trailed with 5metres to go. In the last stroke a brilliantly timed stretch for the wall gave him the gold medal by just 2 inches, testimony to so many hours of practice at a difficult skill at top speed.
In the final weekend despite a bad cold the overall boys’ 13-year-old county champion title was wrapped up in the 400m freestyle, again Sam just edging out a key rival by 0.5s in a tight finish, another thrilling race.
With more strong performances in the championship relay races on the final weekend, including a 6th place in the freestyle relay and 8th in the medley relay for the open girls team (Marcia Billingham, Mia Boersma, Molly Bradley and Brianna Mazey), Tring Swimming Club is making excellent progress as a team. With an exciting league season ahead there’s great momentum building within the club!
Click here to read the newspaper article from the Dacorum Gazette on the Clubs County performances
Tring wins Herts Trophy at London Aquatic Centre
Huge congratulations to Tring Swimming Club who competed at the Olympic pool in London on 24th June against seven other Herts teams (Broxbourne, Welwyn, Letchworth, Royston, Ware, Hertford and Buntingford) and won the trophy!
After losing out in 2nd very closely to Royston last year, the team was determined to fight for every point this year, and went into the gala knowing that a single disqualification across 49 races could cost the team very dearly.
Great leadership was demonstrated right at the start of the gala with a big win in the first race by Brianna Mazey, swimming 100m freestyle in 1m04s, followed by early wins by Chloe Woodruff (U16 50m butterfly 32.90s), Isobel Geller (U14 50m breaststroke 41.94s), Josh Frewin and Molly Bradley (Open 100m backstroke in 1m11.58 and 1m12.96) and Sam Pyefinch (U14 50m butterfly 31.81s) – all gave the team confidence and when Tring won four of the first round of eight relay races the team was starting to build a lead.
However as the second half of races began Ware Swimming Club fought back very strongly with a string of wins in the younger age groups, and it took some brilliant racing from the Tring team to stay with them. Cameron Winchcombe was outstanding in the Open 100m breaststroke, winning in 1m12.43 and 50m butterfly in 28.06s, while Marcia Billingham (U16 50m breaststroke 41.04s) and Amelia Owens (U12 50m freestyle 35.06s) both won their races, with fighting 2nd places from Chris Hughes, Chloe Woodruff, James Anderson and Rosie Cave keeping Tring in contention.
As the final round of relay races began Ware led by ten points but three wins by the girls’ teams and a brilliant last leg in the U16 boys’ relay by James Anderson (27.99s) gave Tring a 4th win leaving just two races to go.
The turning point came in the penultimate race, with Tring in 7th after the 2nd leg and Ware leading, Sam Pyefinch dived in for the butterfly leg. With a storming 50m in 30.89s Sam passed swimmer after swimmer and somehow managed to gain 5 places, and with a great 50m freestyle by James Inglis on the final leg, Tring pulled off what looked impossible.
The final Squadron race was close at first, but with remarkable PBs from all of the last five swimmers (Sam Pyefinch again in 29.05s, Molly Bradley in 29.07s, James Anderson in 27.96s, Brianna Mazey in 28.14s and Cameron Winchcombe again in 26.43s), the team pulled away to win convincingly.
The evening was rounded off by Brianna Mazey winning the one-off 200m individual medley race, stretching away on all four of her strokes with outstanding technique in a time of 2m39.85s.
Head Coach Johnny Bradley commented: “What a wonderful way for the Tring team to end the 2016/17 swimming season. Every single team member should be proud of their performance; not a single disqualification, coming from many months of hard work and dedication to their sport. Very well done!”
Sam wins Regional Gold Medal
Congratulations to Sam for winning Tring SC’s first Regional Gold medal for many years in the 50m Fly at East Regionals 2017
TSC Regionals Jun17
Dacorum Sports Awards 2016
Tring Swimming Club are proud to announce that Head Coach Johnny Bradley and Club Chairman Mike Billingham were highly commended at the recent Dacorum Sports Awards.
After such a successful year for the club, this recognition is highly deserved, and everyone at Tring Swimming Club would like to congratulate both Johnny and Mike.
For a copy of the Press Release from this weeks Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette please click on the link below.
TSC Dacorum awards Jun16
Dacorum WIN Hertfordshire Schools Inter-District Swimming Gala
TSC are pleased to announce that both Sam Pyefinch and Isobel Geller from Tring Swimming Club were part of the Dacorum team that ended a 15 year wait by winning the Hertfordshire Schools Inter-District Swimming Gala.
Dacorum won for the first time in 15 years, beating St Albans, North District, East District and Watford.
Scan from Gazette: TSC Dacorum win May16
Tring Victory – Herts Major League Division 2 Champions
A massive congratulations to Johnny and all the swimmers who raced at the Herts Major Round 3 final on Saturday. A hard earned victory on the night means Tring Swimming Club have won all 3 rounds, and are 2016 Division 2 Champions.
The results have been posted on the website, and a coaches report will follow shortly.
Also thanks to Ceri for managing the team and all Tring’s Officials and helpers.
County Champs Weekend 3
More Success for Tring.
Weekend 3 saw Tring winning another medal, with Josh taking the Bronze with an excellent 400m IM, swimming a 30 second PB and gaining his second Regional time. This brings the total number of medals won by TSC to 6.
Other highlights include Sam swimming in the 400m Free, finishing 4th with a 22 second PB, and in particular our TSC relay teams putting in a huge team effort for the club.
Many congratulations to all the swimmers involved over the last 3 weekends.
County Champs Weekend 1 & 2
Congratulations to all the swimmers who raced at the Herts County Championships over the last couple of weekends. It is a huge achievement to qualify for this event, and it was a pleasure to see 9 of our 14 swimmers qualifying in their heats and making the finals.
So far Tring have won 5 medals. A special congratulations to Sam, Isobel and Chloe.
In total there were 51 PBs out of 99 swims, and 24 finals out of 74 entries. Further highlights were a close 4th for Brianna in the 50 Free and Josh in the 100 IM.
We would like to wish all our swimmers good luck for the final weekend.
We welcome Marc to the Tring coaching team! Marc joins us from Thurrock Swimming Club, where he did some great work with junior squads, achieving numerous County qualifying times and coaching one athlete to a number of ASA all time Deaf swimmer records.
A level 2-qualified coach, Marc is looking forward to working towards his level 3. He also holds a BSc in coaching and physical education and an MSc in strength and conditioning.
Previously a competitive swimmer himself, Marc has an infectious passion for the sport and is totally committed to the goal of producing high quality athletes with exceptional technique in all four strokes.
Marc will work with Lisa Atkinson, Lead Coach for our after school sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. He also works as Assistant Head Coach and Lead Coach for the Performance Development Squad at Maxwell, Aylesbury, where Lisa is Head Coach.
Dacorum Sports Awards 2015
Tring Sports Club are proud to announce Charley Stevens has been awarded Runner up Junior Community Coach of the Year at this years Dacorum Sports Awards. Both the club and all the swimmers that have benefited from her knowledge and enthusiasm would wish to congratulate her and thank her for all her hard work and dedication.
At the same awards Mike Billingham was awarded Runner up in the Volunteer of the Year award. We are very pleased that Mike’s time and commitment to helping Tring Swimming Club grow and prosper has been recognised.
Tring Swimming Club’s AGM:
Dear Members (Swimmers and Parents)
You are all invited to our Annual General Meeting that will be held on the 24th of June at 7.30 at the squash club in Cow Lane, Tring. This is an ideal opportunity to get a brief review of our activities over the past year, an insight into the future and the chance to ask any questions you may have.
It is your club and we would like to encourage everyone to turn up. A lot of people dedicate their time to run the club – this is an ideal opportunity to show your support.
It will be short and sweet and there is a bar afterwards if you’d like to stay and chat. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Coaching Opportunities: we are continually looking to strengthen the coaching team. Opportunities exist for both experienced coaches and swimmers looking to take their first steps into coaching. Coaches can be involved for as little as a few hours a week. If you are interested in joining the coaching team please email the club on tringswimclub@gmail .com
Margaret Baker Trophy
I am greatly honoured and humbled to have received the Margaret Baker Trophy from Tring Swimming Club.
I am very proud to be a coach at the club and I really enjoy the day to day involvement. The club hit a really negative patch just after the summer break, through no fault of the committee and coaches who remained at the club.
Now we have a very stable coaching team led by Lisa and Johnny. They have given a lot of positivity to the swimmers and this is reflected to the younger swimmers I work with. I would also like to thank Lou, Corinne, Charley, Chloe, Hilary and Hayley for the coaching they do at the club. They are all a big part of the coaching team.
I would like to thank Mike for the support he has given me in my work to build up links with the local schools and the recruitment drive to bring new swimmers into the club. I would also like to thank the committee and many parents who have helped with this. This is a massive part of the future of the club going forward.
Once again thank you to you all. I look forward to a long and happy association with Tring Swimming club.