It has been a superb summer of swimming for some of our top swimmers. We started at the National Open Water Festival on Sunday the 30th of July with our Masters swimmer Ian Murray, who won the 60-64 year National Open Water 1.5 k at Rother Country Park, Rotherham and followed it with the silver medal in the 3k. Brilliant swimming from a member of our Masters Squad, Membership Secretary AND club coach and qualified ASA Official. A man of many talents!!

This was swiftly followed by Tyler Watson’s success in the 13-year Boys 1.5k Open Water event, which Tyler had qualified for by finishing third at the East Region Open Water Championships on 16th July. Tyler came 16th out of 46 swimmers, a great achievement in a national event.  

The club is very proud of Tyler, who had only just recovered from the successful English Channel Relay Swim earlier in the month.  Along with his team-mates for that endeavour, he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

After the National Open Water Festival, attention turned to the pool, with four swimmers, Chris Murphy, Autumn Handscombe, Ed McFarland and James McFarland, competing in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea with CBSS Barracudas. Here are some highlights: Chris Murphy took the silver medal in the 100m butterfly and was 6th in the 200m. Autumn Handscombe was just squeezed out of the medals in 4th in the 14 year girls 50m backstroke. Ed McFarland took bronze in the 14 year boys 400m freestyle, was 6th in the 100m butterfly, 5th in the 200m freestyle, 7th in the 200m IM and 50m freestyle. Quite a week for Ed!

James McFarland has also had a busy time. He came 6th in the 100m butterfly and 8th in the 200m freestyle in Swansea, then dashed to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to take part in the English Summer Nationals, qualifying for the final of the 200m butterfly and finishing 7th.  

On the day that James swam in Sheffield, Imogen Lambert was already in her third event there, and had two gold medals in her pocket. Imogen had been in a training camp in Radovljica, Slovenia in mid-July, then competed in the Slovenia Telekom International Long Course Championships against swimmers from thirteen countries. She took gold in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke and silver in the 200m IM before making her way to Sheffield for the Nationals, where she had qualified for the girls’ 12-13 year 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events. The first of these was the 100m, and Imogen qualified fastest for the final and then delivered a perfectly-paced swim to take gold in the final.

The 200m was on the next day, and Imogen again qualified for the final. As in the 100m, she started the final steadily and was last at the 50m mark, before working her way through the field to what was in the end a clear victory and a second gold medal.  Two days later, Imogen was back for the 50m. She qualified in fifth for the final, but moved up two places in the final to take bronze.  Imogen was accompanied throughout by coach Louise King who gave her invaluable race assistance and support.

In recognition of these summer achievements, the club would like to announce that Ian Murray, Tyler Watson, James McFarland, Ed McFarland, Imogen Lambert, Autumn Handscombe and Chris Murphy are the club’s Swimmers of the Month for August.
Tyler Watson
Imogen Lambert