Josh Parker has continued his Club Record breaking run this season by taking down the Boys 9/10 years 100m Freestyle record in 1.09.37. This breaks the record which has stood to Chris Watkinson since 1997. Fast swimming Josh!
Lee Peterson recently travelled to Sheffield to compete in the Swim England National Masters Championships. The championships are the biggest short course competition in the domestic Masters calendar. It attracts competitors from all regions of Great Britain and competition is extremely fierce. Lee was competing in the 45-49 age group. At the end of the three-day competition, Lee walked away with five gold medals (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke, 100m IM, 200m Freestyle) and two silvers (200m IM and the 50m Breaststroke). All seven swims were East Region Masters records.
2019 has been a rewarding year for Lee, which has included gold medals in the 100m Breaststroke at both the Summer and Winter Essex County Championships. On reflecting on his achievements, Lee jokingly replied “I’m not getting older, I’m just becoming a classic.”
Head coach Erica said, “Lee strives to always do better than the swim before and his hard work and dedication to swimming is still paying off. “
Congratulations to the six swimmers who competed at the Regional Youth Championships in Luton, with two, Samuel Rennie and Morgan Foster, making multiple finals. Samuel achieved fifth place in both his finals, in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Morgan finished fifth in the 200m Individual Medley and seventh in the 50m Freestyle. He also finished eighth in the 200m Butterfly and swam in the 50m Backstroke, 50m and 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke.
Charles Rennie and Lee Peterson competed in the 50m Breaststroke in the Open age group, with Charles also swimming the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and Lee the 100m Breaststroke. Charlie Boden competed in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly whilst the only female to qualify, Nancy Neave, competed in the 15 years age group in the 50m and 100m Butterfly, and 50m Freestyle, placing in the top 20 in each of her events.
Sophie Clerkin swam at the Irish Nationals in the summer, winning bronze medals in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle. This is a great achievement at a National competition, congratulations to Sophie on your swims. Sophie also broke the club record for the 13/14 Girls 50m Breaststroke at the Essex Winter Championships in October, posting a time of 35.48.
Ten swimmers from BBSC spent their Bank Holiday weekend in Norwich, at the East Region Age Group Championships. Sophie Clerkin competed in six events, making four finals, with her best finish a fourth place in the 50m Freestyle, agonisingly close to a medal. She also made the finals of the 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke. Thomas Underdown had a packed schedule, swimming in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Breaststroke and the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke.
In the 50m Breaststroke there were strong swims from Hollie Heighes and Ella Greatbach, both 11 year olds swimming in the mixed 11/12 age group. They finished 2nd and 3rd fastest 11 year olds in the field. Marcie Aley competed in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke, whilst Finley Petts and Sophie Ball swam the 50m Butterfly, and Collin Okusaga and Sophie O’Rorke competed in the 50m Freestyle. Harry Rose finished as third fastest 11 year old in the mixed 11/12 age group 50m Backstroke.
Well done everyone for stepping up to Regional level and racing against the best swimmers from across the whole East region.
STOP PRESS! Josh broke the 50m Free record again at the Arena League gala on 9th November, setting a time of 30.66!
Josh Parker has broken the Boys 9/10 years 50m Freestyle club record twice in a week. On 7th October at Club Championships he swam 31.70, breaking the record of A. Pearson from 2002, which stood at 31.96. On 12th October at the Arena League in Becontree, Josh smashed the record again with a 31.19. Fantastic swimming Josh!
A group of BBSC swimmers took to Norwich for the East Region Open Water Championships in July. This was the first time BBSC has entered an event like this, it was a lovely day in the sun with some amazing results!
The girls category was extremely competitive this year. Representing Braintree were Kathryn Edwards and Sophie Ball swimming 1K as well as Rosie Henn swimming 2k. Sophie Ball achieved 4th place in the county and 6th place in the region for this event. Kathryn Edwards achieved 6th place in the county and 13th place in the region for her swim. Rosie Henn achieved a 3rd place award in the county and a 4th place in the region overall for her 2k swim. The girls were very happy with their efforts!
Representing the boys were Charles Rennie, Samuel Rennie and Matthew Pack. All the boys competed in the 2k event with some impressive results. Charles Rennie achieved a 1st place award in both the county and the region in his age group. Samuel Rennie achieved a 1st place award in the county and 4th in the region for his swim. Matthew Pack achieved a 3rd place award in the county and 6th in the region overall. With some impressive swims, this meet was a huge success and a great experience!