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The first entries for the Worcester Open target meet were sent off on Monday. If you still haven't got your entry in we will look to make a secondary entry later this week so please pass any forms to Rob Barnsley or hand into the desk at Wyndley on Thursday. Cheques should be made payable to Boldmere SC.Close
It's Back - and it's Bigger and Better than Ever!
2014 Club Championships
Full details and an entry form for this year's Championships can be found on the Club Championships page HERE »
National Youth, Open and Multi Classification (MC) Championships
Congratulations to Boldmere`s Keira Shepherd who competed in the above MC Championships at Sheffield as an S8 classification in 50m and 100m Freestyle winning GOLD medals in each event with the highest British Disability points. Also competing were Alex Dolan in 50m and 200m Breaststroke & Steven Wilson in 100m Freestyle.
Our dual registered swimmers representing CoB were Luke Davies, Josh Winnicott, Bradley Lynch, Jake Dixon, Ben Stanford and Emma Smith and for RWS Alice Dearing.
There were some great times posted at the meet with Luke taking the GOLD in the 17/18 200m Breaststroke and BRONZE in the 100m Breaststroke, with Josh winning SILVER in 17/18 100m Breaststroke while Bradley won SILVER in 17/18 50m Freestyle and BRONZE in 100m Freestyle. Full results can be found on the Members' Page.
Welsh Summer National Championships
Congratulations to Boldmere swimmers Tully Kearney and Emily Gordon along with sister Harriet who was representing COB at the Welsh Nationals at Swansea .
Tully swam in 7 events with her 400 IM time of 5.31.79 breaking the WORLD RECORD for the S10 category.
Emily swam 2 seasons bests to come away with GOLD in 200m and SILVER in 100m Breaststroke events, Harriet competed in 12 events and her 400 IM was a gold medal win.
British Gas National Age Group Championships
Congratulations to 12 Year old Leo Karski, who was the sole representative of Boldmere at the Age Group Championships, having qualified in 7 events.
In just 4 days of competition Leo reached 6 finals, swam 16 PBs and broke 1 Club Record - and was awarded a silver medal in the 200 fly.
Our dual registered swimmers representing CoB were Lily Wood in 5 events setting 4 PBs, Alex Bartley in 3 events setting 3 PBs and Kate Davies in 4 events setting 1 PB.
July 250 Club Winners
CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff Lane and David Holder who are the July 250 Club winners - each wins £50!
British Gas Midland A.S.A. Age Group Champs 2014
Seven Age Group (10 - 14 Years) swimmers qualified and competed for Boldmere Swimming Clubs at the recent British Gas A.S.A Midland 2014 Age Group Championships at Coventry, which was spread over two weekends.
There were two championships debutants, 10-year-old Oliver Carless and 14-year-old Lauren Wilson along with previous qualifiers Ben Smith (11), Any Mee (12), Megan Holder (13), Georgina Dolan (14) and Leo Karski (12).
The stand out performance over the four days of the championships came from Leo who not only competed in 11 events (10/12 age group) but also won 7 medals setting PB's in all but one event - and that miss was only by 0.06 seconds!
His first medal came in the 200IM final where he finished second for silver with 2 second PB of 2.28.17. This was followed the next day with a 3 second PB of 2.12.54 in the 200m Freestyle to take the bronze. Prior to this final he has knocked 5 seconds off his 100m Backstroke time (straight heats) with a 1.13.00 to place 5th. In the afternoon he knocked a massive 11 seconds off his 200m Fly time in setting a time of 2.26.54 for second spot in the final.
At the start of the second weekend the PB's continued with a 4 second 200m Breaststroke new best time which preceded a bronze medal in the 100m Fly in a time of 1.07.85. In the afternoon session his 200m Backstroke best time tumbled by 6 seconds to 2.30.91 in the heats to qualify 4th fastest for the final. He then only went faster still to take the silver in a time of 2.28.68 both times notching him his first National Qualifying Time in this event.
Later in the evening he took in the 1500m Freestyle and slashed 20 seconds off his best time to set an 18.04.22 for another silver medal. On the final Sunday morning he picked up his 4th silver medal of the champs with 7 second PB time of 4.35.81 in the 400m Freestyle. His star performance came in his penultimate event, the 400IM, where he set yet another 20 second PB with 5.04.28 time to take the gold medal - neck and neck all the way with the second placed finisher they were some 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Finally in the 100m Freestyle he placed 4th just outside his PB.
For his fantastic efforts Leo came second in the 12-year-old BAGCATs (British Age Group Category) awards.
Ben Smith also had a busy championships competing in seven events; 100 and 200m Breast, 100 Fly, 200 Back, 200 Free and 100m Backstroke and Freestyle - setting 2 seconds PB's in both the latter races.
Competing in five events Megan Holder set three new best times. The first came in the 200m Backstroke where she was ceded 29th and slowest but with her PB time of 2.36.91 placed in a much-improved 10th spot. She also PB'd in the 100m Back with a 1.12.93 as well as knocking 3 seconds off her 200 Free time.
Championship first timer Oliver Carless swam an impressive and solid 100m Backstroke trimming 3 seconds off his PB touching the pads in a t ime of 1.23.15. Lauren Wilson competed in both 200 & 400 and was only just outside her PB in the longer distance but sliced 4 seconds off her 200 Fly time with a 2.28.21 time.
Anya Mee improved her 100m Backstroke best time down to 1.20.76 while Georgina Dolan competed in the 200 Freestyle. Both teamed up with Lauren Wilson and Megan to finish 14th out of 30 teams in the 10/14 age group 4 x 100 Freestyle relay.
2014 Midland Youth Championships, 3rd/4th May
Well done to the eight swimmers who represented Boldmere at this year's Midland Youth Championships at Corby over the weekend of 3rd/4th May. Joey Stanger, Steve Wilson, Ben Campbell, Katie Richardson, Emily Gordon, Alex Dolan, Morgan Harlow and Rachel Wilson competed in a total of thirty five events, producing 4 PBs, 4 CRs, 7 season's bests and 15 Finals appearances.
Special mentions go to: Junior Midland 100m Freestyle Champion Steve Wilson, whose winning swim saw him gain his first National Qualifying Time to go alongside a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle; to Alex Dolan, whose three Breaststroke swims were all club record breakers and included her second NQT in the 200m Breast; and to Joey Stanger who took silver in the 1500m Free in the 19 Yrs/Over age group.
For Ben and Rachel it was their first experience of competing at these championships whilst Morgan made the final of the 15/16yrs 200m Fly while Katie made the finals in all her swims in the 17/18 Years age group as did Emily in all three Breaststroke events.
Well done to everyone - and to Head Coach Ash Cox for being poolside in oppressively hot conditions for nearly 12 hours each day!
National Arena Swimming League Cup Final
NEW: Photo Slideshow »
Well done to all our swimmers, coaches, volunteers, officials and supporters who travelled to Cardiff for the club's 6th consecutive appearance at a National Arena Swimming League Final on Sunday 27th April.
After winning the West Midland region's Premier League back in December Boldmere were proudly representing the West Midlands, competing in the prestigious 45th Cup Final against the nine other regional league winners; Plymouth Leander, Stockport Metro, City of Leeds, Guilford, Hatfield, City of Peterborough, City of Salford, Preston and City of Liverpool.
While it was always going to be a tall order to finish higher than the predicted and final position of 10th place, it was a fantastic opportunity for all our swimmers, in the four age brackets 11/u, 13/u, 15/u and Open, to compete against the country's best teams. For some it was a chance to watch and and compete against GB internationals, the likes of Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro), Marco Loughran (Guildford), Antony James (Plymouth), Ben Proud (Plymouth) and even the reigning Olympic women's 100m Breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte!
There were some great performances with 21 PB's and 3 new club records, and top 5 finishes from; Lily Wood 11/u 50m Free (4th), Alice Dearing Open 100m Fly (5th), Archie Langston 13/u 100m Back (5th), Ben Stanford 15/u 100m Free (4th), Jake Dixon 15/u 100m Back (3rd) and 100m Fly (5th) and Bradley Lynch Open 100m Free 2nd behind Ben Proud.
Well done to all the other teams for a great day and especially Plymouth Leander for winning their 6th title.
Results and relay splits are on the Members' page. Full results can be seen on the link HERE and for those who tried to watch on the live stream which was affected by broadband issues you can now watch all the races and presentations on the link HERE.
A selection of photos from the day will follow soon.
Worcester Open 24/25/26th October 2014
This is a target meet for Junior Midland Senior & Junior, County, Inter Link and 14+ squads. If you are unsure if you should
enter or what times you should enter please discuss with your coach.
Rob Barnsley will be co-ordinating a club entry so please pass all completed entry forms and payment to Rob, or via one of the other squad reps Pete Purdy and Judy Kenyon, or hand in to the desks at Erdington and Wyndley on Sunday, Monday or Thursdays.
The deadline for club entries is Monday 1st September.
We will also be looking for volunteers poolside so if you can help as a chaperone or judging official please let us know.
Programme of Events
Derventio Excel Open 4th & 5th October 2014
This is a Target Meet for ALL Senior Midland squad only. Swimmers should look to enter on an individual basis after liaising with Ash about event choice. For entry pack information click HERE.
Junior League Regional Final, 13th September
The teamsheet for this gala at Wolverhampton is now available on the Members' page. Please confirm your availability as soon as possible.