Latest News – 2019

TSC Long Distance Meet 6th and 13th October 2019

The first round of the Club Championships kicked off on the 6th of October with the 800m and 1500m freestyle.  15 swimmers took on the 800m race, with six swimmers doing it for the first time.  It all started off well with Louise Birmingham who secured first place in the 9-12-year-old category, shaving minutes off her seed time!  Alessandra Charlton got a good first time to come second and our youngest swimmer of the day, Katie Croft Baker came third, also with an impressive first time.
It was an 800m debut for Sofia Charlton, Sacha Livingstone and Olivia Bradley in the 13-year-old category.  Honey Valdiserri secured first place with a new PB and Sofia Charlton came second with an amazingly fast first time.  Sacha Livingstone, Olivia Bradley and Isabel Day’s times were very close, Sacha coming third and Izzy Day getting a massive new PB.
It was a close swim for Emily Evans and Tally SimmsEmily Evans shaved seconds off her time to come first and Tally Simms matched her PB to come second.  In the 15-year-old group, Lucy Block had a good swim too, matching her PB and coming first.  Abigail Hard matched her seed time for second place and Ella Bradley had a good first swim to come third.
Jacob North and Sam White were uncontested in their categories.  Both had impressive swims – Jacob North going sub 10 minutes for the first time by shaving masses off his entry time and Sam White also getting a new PB.
Four swimmers braved the 60 lengths of the 1500m.  Thirteen-year-old Martha Block led the charge, swimming her way to top spot with an amazing first time.  It was a first for Jack Norman too, who got a very respectable time, while Murray Wakefield shaved seconds off his already very fast PB.  Matthew Evans managed to take over a minute off his entry time.

The following weekend the swimmers were back for round two: the 400m free and 400m IM.  The evening kicked off with the 400m free.

Eleven-year-old Thomas Sackett was first up and took 9 seconds off his time.  Jack Norman had a very impressive swim, wowing the crowds and winning his heat.  In the 13-year-old category, George Pearson secured top spot by shaving 4 seconds off his entry time and Benjamin Mould matched his PB to come second.
Jacob North, Sam White and Matthew Evans were uncontested in their categories.  Jacob North and Matthew Evans shaved seconds off their times and it was a good swim from Sam White, pretty much matching his existing PB and getting the fastest time of the day.  Ben Rose took top spot in the 17+ category, closely followed by Josh Greig.
Our youngest swimmer of the day, Ruthie Galloway got top spot in the 7-9-year-old category, getting a very impressive and super-fast first time.  Freya Dodd proved that nothing can keep her down, as, after a goggle malfunction, she swam her way to the top spot in the eleven-year-old category.
Hattie Jolly had a good race, shaving four seconds off her entry time to get first place for the 12-year olds, while Alessandra Charlton, swimming a 400 for the first time, took second and Rune Fincken raced her way into third place.
It was Honey Valdiserri who came first for the 13-year olds and Olivia Bradley had a good first swim to come second.  Sofia Charlton shaved seconds off her entry time to take third, while Elle Weeks Pearson and Olivia Kidgell had well-paced swims; Olivia matching her PB almost exactly.
It was top spot for Emily Evans in the 14-year-old category.  With an apparent superhuman ability to pace herself, she managed to match her entry time exactly!  Saoirse Brady managed a 5 second PB to come second whilst Matilda Spiers had a good first swim to come third.
Tally Simms was top of the pops for the 15-year olds with Ella Bradley getting a PB to come second.  Mollie Palmer and Maya Camp swam well; Mollie Palmer getting a good first time to come third.  In the 16-year-old category, Lucy Day swam her way to top spot ahead of Evie Galloway, who got a good first time to come second.
Not for the faint hearted, the 400m IM starts with four lengths of fly, followed by four lengths of backstroke, four lengths of breaststroke and finally finishes with four lengths of freestyle.  We saw amazing new times for George Pearson and Jack Allman.  Both boys shaved seconds off their times to come first and second respectively.  Ben Mould matched his PB to come third.
In the uncontested 14, 15 and 16-year-old categories, Jacob North took 19 seconds off his time, Sam White took three seconds off his and I’m not sure what Matthew Evans had for dinner, but he took over 40 seconds off his PB!
Katie Croft Baker came first for the 11-year olds after a really good first swim.  Big well done to Jessica Tansley who took on the 400IM for the first time and Louise Birmingham came first for the 12-year olds with an absolutely massive new PB.  (So big, it would require complex sums to work it out.)
Honey Valdiserri also got a PB in her race to come first and it was first time racing for Sacha Livingstone, Isabel Day, Martha Block and Olivia KidgellSacha Livingstone had a brilliant race to come second, while Izzy Day got an impressive first time to come third, in an extremely exciting heat.
Good swims from Emily Evans, Maya Camp and Lucy BlockEmily Evans took first place in the 14-year-old category, while Lucy Block got a PB to come first for the 15-year olds.

Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to the coaches, officials and volunteers who kindly gave up their time to allow the Club Champs to go ahead.

Modernians Golden Eagle Meet Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019

Following hot on the heels of BBATT, TSC were back in action at the annual Golden Eagle gala hosted by Modernians at Bletchley Leisure Centre.

The first session started well after a 40 minute delay.  There were technical issues with the timing equipment and then only enough officials to run six lanes in session 1.  However, things finally got underway with the girls’ 400m freestyle.  Tally Simms had a brilliant swim, coming top place for the 15-year olds while Ella Bradley took ten seconds off of her entry time to take silver.
Sam White was the sole Thame entry in the 200m backstroke and took silver in the 15-age group, whilst Jack Allman and Murray Wakefield both took first place in the 100m butterfly for the 13 and 15 year olds respectively.
The girls’ 100IM saw Ruthie Galloway taking gold for the 10-year olds with Hattie Jolly second for the 12s.  Lucy Block and Alex Smith came 3rd and 4th in their category.
Jack Allman struck gold again in the 100m freestyle for the 13-year olds with Sam White taking silver and Murray Wakefield bronze in the 15-year-old category.  Matt Evans had a strong showing in a large field for the 17-year olds.
Ruthie Galloway led the charge in the 50m backstroke to add another gold to her collection, with Katie Croft-Baker taking bronze for the 11-year olds, as did Olivia Bradley in the 13-year-old category.  Hattie Jolly and Lucy Block took gold for the 12 and 15 year olds and there were good swims for Ella Bradley, Alex Smith and Tally Simms.
The boys’ 50m breaststroke saw three entries for Thame and three medals: gold for Sam White in the 15-year-old category and bronze for Jack Allman (13) and Matt Evans (17).

Session 2 kicked off with a gold for George Pearson in the 400IM, followed by gold for Katie Croft-Baker and Alex Smith in the 200m breaststroke.  Olivia Bradley collected bronze in the 13-year old category.
The boys 200m freestyle had a highly contested 13-year-old category for Thame with George Pearson taking gold just ahead of Jack Allman, and Josh Boddy and Jack Norman pushing hard but just missing the medals.  Sam White took gold for the 15-year olds.
Katie Croft-Baker and Ruthie Galloway added more medals to their collections with golds in the 200IM.  Mollie Palmer, Ella Bradley and Olivia Bradley were side by side in heat 2, which produced some very close racing, with Ella just getting the touch.  Alex Smith set a good pace for the 15-year olds, whilst Emily Evans took bronze in the 14-year-old category and Lucy Block a silver for the 15-year olds.
It was medals all round in the 13-year-old boys’ 100m breaststroke.  Jack Allman and Josh Boddy came second and third respectively with less than a second between them!  Sam White collected a gold for the 15-year olds and Matt Evans got a silver.
Ruthie Galloway and Katie Croft-Baker lined up, side-by-side in the 100m backstroke for a gold and silver in their age groups.  Alessandra and Sofia Charlton had strong swims in the large 12 and 13-year-old groups, with Sofia in a heat with three other Thame swimmers: Mollie Palmer (15), Esme Young (14) and Hattie Jolly (12).  Esme took the bragging rights in the heat, with Mollie collecting a bronze and Hattie a silver.  Tally Simms brought home a silver for the 15-year olds whilst Lucy Block sped to the finish for gold.
The boys’ 50m fly saw good swims from Josh Boddy and Matt Evans, with Jack Allman taking gold in the 13-year-old group.
The day ended with the girls’ 50m free.  A large contingent of Thame swimmers took on this fastest of races; Ruthie Galloway, Katie Croft-Baker, Sofia and Alessandra Charlton, Hattie Jolly, Olivia and Ella Bradley, Tally Simms, Alex Smith and Emily Evans, but all found PBs just out of reach.  Ruthie took gold in the 10-year-old group whilst Hattie bagged a silver.

Sunday began with Jake Priestnall leading the Thame line in the 400m Freestyle, along with Josh Grieg.  This was followed closely by the girls’ 200m backstroke in which Katie Croft-Baker added another silver in the 11-year old group.  Good swims followed from Sofia Charlton, Olivia Bradley and Maya Camp with Lucy Block taking silver for the 15-year olds.
The single heat of the boys 200m butterfly saw golds for George Pearson and Murray Wakefield, with George taking nearly 14 seconds off of his entry time!
The length of that single heat saw poor Maya Camp finish her 200m backstroke and line up almost immediately for the 100 fly!  She jumped out of the pool, ran around to marshalling and was diving straight back in to take a silver for the 15-year olds.  Hattie Jolly and Emily Evans also took silvers in the 12 and 14-year-old categories.
Murray Wakefield was the only Thame entry in the 100m IM where he took silver for the 15-year olds.  In contrast the girls’ 100m free saw the full Thame assault, with Katie Croft-Baker, Sofia and Alessandra Charlton, Hattie Jolly, Ella and Olivia Bradley, Alex Smith, Emily Evans and Lucy Block.  Strong fields and close racing produced two bronzes for Katie Croft-Baker and Hattie Jolly.
The boys 50m back saw all three Thame swimmers in the same heat.  Jack Allman was the first home and took gold, just ahead of Josh Grieg and Murray Wakefield, who collected silver in the 15-year-old category.
Ella and Olivia Bradley went head to head, indeed side-by-side, in the 50m breaststroke.  Ella got the touch just 0.3s ahead of Olivia to keep the big sister bragging rights.  Katie Croft-Baker and Alex Smith completed a quartet of Thame entries, with all four just outside the medals.

The final session of the weekend began with a single heat in the 400m IM, and a silver for Lucy BlockMatt Evans followed with the same placing in the 200m breaststroke.
The girls’ 200m freestyle followed for Alessandra Charlton, Alex Smith and Emily EvansAlessandra (12) and Alex (15) both grabbed bronzes.
Jack Allman and Josh Greig were up next in the 200m IM, with Jack taking gold for the 13-year olds.  The girls’ 100m breaststroke saw silvers for Katie Croft-Baker (11) and Alex Smith (15), and a gold in the 12-year-old category for Hattie Jolly.
The meet rounded off with the boys’ 50m free.  Jack Norman, Jack Allman, Josh Grieg and Matt Evans were the ones flying the Thame flag.  Solid swims all round with Jack Allman securing gold in the 13-year-old group.

Many thanks to our coaches Mark Simms, Damien Wakefield and Ian Blyth and to our wonderful team managers.

BBATT Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019

As the first gala of the season, BBATT is a good way to get back into the swing of things after the long summer break.  Thame swimmers were out in force for two days of racing, joining their friends from Bourne End, Didcot Barramundi, Aylesbury and Tring.
There was a high level of camaraderie amongst the swimmers and despite the tropical temperatures in the stands, the spectators were all rather cheerful, sat with their pens poised and highlighted printouts on their laps – or intricate spreadsheets in some cases.  There were home baked picnics, the peculiar arrival of a bucket and wayward water bottles and everyone was ready to cheer loudly in that embarrassing way only parents seem able to achieve.

Saturday kicked off with the boys’ 50m freestyle.  This event saw debut swims for Myles Fox and Kian Madden, Myles Fox winning the first gold medal of the day.  Zac Young got bronze and Thomas Sackett got a good time to get gold.  Hugo Pearson and Joseph White got big PBs in their races while in the 13-year-old category, George Pearson and Jack Allman both went sub 30 to get gold and silver respectively.  Jacob North got silver with a new PB and Sam White got 26.87 in his race to come 2nd for the 15-year olds.
Quite a few Thame girls took on the 50m breaststroke for the first time.  9-year-old Isabelle Weeks Pearson from fundamentals matched her PB and Jemima Tuxworth shaved 4 seconds off her time going sub 50 and getting the silver.  Ciara Varney also got a PB taking home the bronze.  Rennie Fincken and Lucy Evans had impressive swims, both getting a new PB and it was Katie Croft Baker who took gold for the 11-year olds.
12-year-old Rune Fincken got a huge PB for her swim, going sub 50 for the first time and Olivia Bradley got an impressive PB to come first in her category.  Jennifer Woolverton got a great time for her first attempt, Emily Evans came 3rd for the 14-year olds while Alex Smith got the fastest girls’ breaststroke time of the day for Thame: an amazing 38.99s, just missing out on the bronze.
Only Jacob North, Sam White, Callum Slater and Jake Priestnall took on the 200m backstroke.  Jacob North got gold for the 14-year-old boys and Sam White matched his PB to get silver for the 15-year olds.  Jake Priestnall was on fire, shaving 8 seconds off his time.
Race 4 was the 200m IM.  10-year-old Mia Bradley was the youngest Thame swimmer to have a go at this event and it was the first time for Elle Weeks-Pearson, Matilda Spiers and Rune FinckenKatie Croft Baker got a PB to come first for the 11-year olds and Freya Dodd got a huge PB to place 3rdHattie Jolly shaved 7 seconds off her time to come 2nd for the 12-year olds and birthday girl Alessandra Charlton, new to the category, shaved masses off her time.
Sofia Charlton also did very well, going sub 3 minutes for the first time and getting silver, while Olivia Bradley got bronze.  It was a good swim for Maya Camp while Louise Birmingham got a huge PB for her race.  Emily Evans won gold for the 14-year olds and Lucy Block got silver.
George Pearson got a time of 1:06.31 (wow!) in the boys’ 100m butterfly coming first in the 13-year-old category with Jack Allman hot on his heels to get silver.  Murray Wakefield had an impressive swim to come first in his category and Matthew Evans got a new PB.
The girls’ 100m backstroke saw Ruthie Galloway get a silver medal while Ciara Varney and Jemima Tuxworth both got big new PBs.  Katie Croft Baker came first for the 11-year olds and Hattie Jolly matched her PB to come 2ndIsabella Butler got a great new time, Sofia Charlton matched her PB to get silver and Esme Young and Izzy Day shaved seconds off their backstroke times.  Lucy Block came first for the 15-year olds while Tally Simms just missed out on bronze and Lucy Day came second in her category.  Great swims from Joanne Hewett and Evie Galloway.
In the boys’ 200m free, Thomas Sackett claimed his 2nd gold medal of the day coming first in the 11-year-old category.  Hugo Pearson and James Rampley also had good first swims.  Unbelievably, George Pearson shaved five seconds off his time to come first and Jack Allman matched his PB to get the silver.  Jack Norman got a huge PB in his race while Jacob North got silver for the 14-year-old boys.  Ben Mould, Dominic Loughran and Jake Priestnall had a brilliant race, all shaving seconds off their times and Sam White came 1st.

After lunch it was the girls’ 200m butterfly.  Large numbers of Thame swimmers collected by the side of the pool to support ten-year-old Ciara Varney who bravely took on the challenge.  There were loud cheers too for Emily Evans who smashed her race, coming first for the 14-year olds.
In the boys’ 100m breaststroke, George Blight, swimming this distance for the first time, came 1st for the 9-year olds while Thomas Sackett followed this up with another gold!  Kian Madden and Samuel Morley got good first times and Joseph White and Hugo Pearson both got PBs.  Jack Allman shaved 6 seconds off his time to win silver for the for the 13-year olds, Avi Josef got a huge PB and Dom Loughran and Ben Mould successfully took 1st and 2nd place.
It was also a fight for the finish for Sam White and Murray Wakefield, Sam getting gold and Murray coming in second for the silver.  Aidan Morley had a good swim too, getting a massive PB.  Matthew Evans swam a rather impressive 1:09.87 in his race, taking gold for the 16 + category and being the fastest at breaststroke in the competition.
There were 15 heats in the girls’ 100m freestyle.  Bethany Waters, Ayla Meier, Helena Sproat, Isabella Butler, Jessica Woolverton and Elizabeth Jelfs all swam this distance for the first time.  Bethany Waters got a cracking time for the 9-year olds and won gold.  Ruthie Galloway came second for the 10-year olds with Isabella Hook and Rennie Fincken both getting substantial new PBs.  Katie Croft Baker got silver for the 11-year olds and Holly North had a good swim to beat her seed time.
Hattie Jolly came 2nd in the massive 12-year-old category and Alessandra Charlton got a good PB, as did Jessica Tansley who shaved 9 seconds off her time! Freya Fox got a new PB and Rune Fincken was on fire, taking masses off her seed time.  Emily Laws also PBed after a very impressive swim.
Thame’s good fortune didn’t end there as Olivia Bradley and Sofia Charlton claimed gold and silver for the 13-year olds, closely followed by Elle Weeks-Pearson and Martha BlockEmily Evans got bronze for the 14-year olds just ahead of Honey Valdiserri and Siofra Sims and Juliana Browning managed to take huge chunks out of their seed times.  The 15-year-old category saw good swims for Ella Bradley and Tally Simms while Lucy Block and Abigail Hard went head to head for 1st and 2nd place.  Lucy Day had a good swim for 16+, winning bronze.
The boys’ 100m IM was an exciting round with George Blight getting silver for Thame in the 9-year-old category.  Samuel Morley got an astronomical new PB in the 12-year-old category with Hugo Pearson and Joseph White going head to head in their heat.  Jack Allman and George Pearson showed us how it’s done, smashing their entry times to come first and second.  Sam White also got silver for the 15-year olds and Louis Withers and Aidan Morley shaved seconds off their times.
The next event was the 200m breaststroke.  This was a first for Caitlin Way, Helena Sproat, Isabella Butler, Ella Bradley and Lucy Upson.  After having already swum the 200m butterfly, Ciara Varney was back for more.  It was 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Thame’s 10-year olds Jemima Tuxworth, Ciara Varney and Caitlin WayJemima Tuxworth got a cracking new time, going sub 4 minutes for the first time.
Katie Croft Baker got silver for the 11-year-old girls and Rune Fincken did it again, smashing her time out of the park…or pool.  Speedy Olivia Bradley got gold for the 13-year olds with an amazing new time and Louise Birmingham was out to impress, with a huge new PB, just missing out on bronze.
In the boys’ 50m backstroke Thomas Sackett snapped up another gold for his collection as did Jack Allman with a crazy fast time.  It was Kian Madden’s first attempt at the 50m back and both he and Samuel Morley got good times, Samuel Morley shaving masses off his time.  Jacob North had a good swim to get silver and Murray Wakefield just missed out on silver to come third.
Day 1 ended with the girls’ 50m butterfly.  It was a Thame takeover for the 10-year olds with Ruthie Galloway in 2nd and Mia Bradley in 3rd, followed by Lucy Evans, Isabella Hook, Ciara Varney, Jemima Tuxworth, Caitlin Way, Ayla Meier, Rennie Fincken and Helena Sproat.  Well done girls!  Isabella Davis swam the event for the first time to get a very respectable PB.
Hattie Jolly got the fastest girls’ butterfly time for Thame, winning her heat with a time of 33.16s and taking home the gold.  It was a first for Isabella Butler who got a great PB.  Maya Camp and Emily Vaughn had steady swims while Olivia Bradley got silver for the 13-year olds.  Lucy Upson did a great job of shaving seconds off her time and Lucy Block had a great swim too, coming 2nd for the 15-year-old girls.  Lucy Day and Evie Galloway went head to head in their heat coming 3rd and 4th respectively.

Day 2 began with the 50m freestyle.  This was a popular race with 18 heats in total.  Bethany Waters was the star of the show for the 9-year olds, getting gold for her race.  Ruthie Galloway claimed bronze for the 10-year olds just ahead of Mia Bradley and Lucy EvansCaitlin Way had a good swim with a new time, and it was first time for Ayla Meier, Jennifer Woolverton, Isabella Butler and Isabella Davis.
There were PBs for Freya Dodd and Katie Croft Baker who came 2nd and 3rd in their category.  Emma Park just missed out on bronze with her PB and Holly North got a good new time.  Hattie Jolly came 2nd in the 12-year-old category and Alessandra Charlton had a spectacular race getting a super-fast PB.  Olivia Bradley worked her magic to get silver for the 13-year olds while Sofia Charlton just missed out on third and Rosalind Chavasse got an impressive new PB for her collection.
Emily Evans had a good swim but just missed out on bronze and it was a race to the finish with Abigail Hard and Lucy Block going head to head in their heat, Abi getting the gold and Lucy getting the silver.  Mollie Palmer and Alex Smith got a joint placing for the 15-year olds, Mollie getting a new PB.
Jack Croft Baker took on the boys’ 50m breaststroke for the first time.  Thomas Sackett got another gold medal for the 11-year olds and George Pearson, Jack Allman and Joshua Boddy gave us a full house, getting gold, silver and bronze respectively, all going sub 40!  Dominic Loughran and Ben Mould kept the Thame streak going, winning gold and silver for the 14-year olds and Ruben Humphries got a huge PB in his race.
It was Sam White and Murray Wakefield who were top of the table for the 15-year olds and Matthew Evans got the fastest time for Thame in this event, coming 2nd.
In the 200m backstroke Katie Croft Baker bagged another medal coming silver with her PB.  Isabella Butler got a good first time and Sofia Charlton fought hard to get the bronze followed by PBs from Elle Weeks Pearson, Martha Block and huge PB for Sacha LivingstoneLucy Block had an incredible swim and was the fastest girl there!
Thomas Sackett was back to win his next gold medal in the 200m IM and it was first times for Jack Norman and Dominic LoughranGeorge Pearson took home the gold for the 13-year olds with a super-fast time and Josh Boddy had a great swim to bring home the silver.  Jacob North, Ben Mould and Dom Loughran got 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the 14-year-old category and Murray Wakefield was miles ahead in his category to win gold.
In the girls’ 100m fly, Mia Bradley sped her way to success to get gold for the 10-year olds.  Hattie Jolly added another silver to her collection and Freya Fox got a good PB.  Olivia Kidgell took on the 100 fly for the first time and Emily Evans smashed it, comfortably getting the gold.
The boys’ 100m backstroke saw Jack Allman and Josh Boddy in the top spots for the 13-year olds and Sam White got a PB to get silver.
Ruthie Galloway, Rune Fincken, Emily Laws, Saoirse Brady, Matilda Spiers and Emily Vaughn tackled the 200 free for the first time.  Ruthie Galloway raced ahead to get gold for the 10-year olds.  Freya Dodd was placed first in her category and Holly North smashed her PB.  There were also substantial PBs for the 13-year olds, Olivia Bradley and Sacha Livingstone coming 2nd and 3rdIzzy Day got a massive PB, just missing out on bronze, Louise Birmingham PBed again and there were good PBs for Mollie Palmer, Siofra Sims and Ella BradleyEmily Evans and Honey Valdiserri were top of the 14-year-old category while Lucy Block won gold for the 15-year olds and Abigail Hard placed 3rd.
The boys’ 200m fly was a fast race with George Pearson and Jack Allman coming first and second for the 13-year-old boys.  Jacob North and Ben Mould came 1st and 3rd in their category.
Keep going, we’re nearly there!

In the girls’ 100m breaststroke Bethany Waters, Emily Laws and Ruthie Galloway entered for the first time.  Bethany Waters raced ahead to get first in the 9-year-old category.  Jemima Tuxworth and Ruthie Galloway came first and second for the 10-year olds and Isabella Hook got a good new time.
Katie Croft Baker came 2nd in her category and Rune Fincken swam her socks off to get her PB.  Olivia Bradley came 2nd for the 13-year olds getting a huge PB and there were PBs for Louise Birmingham, Martha Block, Olivia Kidgell and Lucy UpsonEmily Evans got silver for the 14-year olds and Saoirse Brady and Siofra Sims got exactly the same time!
Hugo Pearson and Joseph White were on top form in the boys’ 100m free, both getting huge PBs.  George Pearson and Jack Allman took their favourite place at the top of the table and Josh Boddy and Jack Norman had great swims coming 4th and 5thJacob North set the pace in the 14-year-old category and Sam White and Murray Wakefield came in 2nd and 3rd for the 15-year olds.  17-year-old Ben Rose was the fastest Thame boy in this race with a time of 57.29! Fast!
Then for the girls’ 100m IM.  Bethany Waters took top spot for the 9-year olds while Lucy Evans took bronze, closely followed by Caitlin WayIsabella Butler, Isabella Hook and Ayla Meier all swam this race for the first time, and it was PBs for Rennie Fincken, Shreeya Parmar and Chloe Hard!
Sian Carrington had a steady swim while Emily Evans and Abigail Hard came second in the 14 and 15-year-old categories and Alex Smith swam a good time to get third.  Lucy Day also had a good swim to get bronze.
The 200m breaststroke saw some great new times.  It was a full house for Thame for the 13-year olds with Joshua Boddy in 1st, Jack Norman coming 2nd and Avi Josef coming 3rd.  This was followed by a great swim by Dom Loughran who came first by a long way for the 14-year olds and Matthew Evans doing his thing to come first in his category and to be the fastest boy in the event!
The girls’ 50m backstroke was a popular event but that didn’t stop our Thame girls.  It was first time racing for Ayla Meier, Isabelle Weeks Pearson, Isabella Davis and Jennifer WoolvertonBethany Waters kicked off with a gold and Ruthie Galloway followed on with a bronze for the 10-year olds.  Katie Croft Baker got silver for the 11-year olds in a huge category of 22!
There were 26 In the 12-year-old category, but Hattie Jolly kept her cool to get silver and a new PB.  Good swims for Joanne Hewett and Amira Matton who matched their entry time times and Sofia Charlton, Elle Weeks Pearson and Alessandra Charlton got good new PBs too.  Lucy Block got the fastest time of the day to come first for the 15-year olds.
And finally, the boys’ 50m butterfly saw top slots for George Pearson and Jack Allman and a 3rd and 4th placing for Jacob North and Ben MouldMurray Wakefield came 2nd going sub 30 and Louis Withers got a new PB, shaving nearly 2 seconds off his time.  In the 16+ category Josh Grieg and Ben Rose got new PBs, Ben Rose swimming the fastest 50 fly time of all Thame swimmers.

What a weekend!  As a consequence of everyone’s hard work, Thame boys came second in the team event and the girls came first, meaning overall, Thame won the trophy for best club!
Many thanks to everyone who gave up their time to volunteer.  As we always say, BBATT couldn’t run without you!  Thanks also to our coaches and wonderful officials, team managers and to Damien for the photos.

BBATT 400m Events 15th September 2019

 The new season has begun!  As is traditional, it all kicked off with the BBATT 400s on Sunday the 15th of September at Aquavale in Aylesbury.  The girls 400 IM was up first and saw new PBs for Elle Weeks-Pearson, Sian Carrington and Emily Evans, who also took gold in the 14-year-old category.  Elle also bagged a silver medal which is an amazing achievement for her first ever swim at this demanding event.

The 400m freestyle for the boys brought first time PBs for Thomas Sackett and Jack Norman, who took gold and silver in the 11 and 13-year-old categories respectively.  Heat 4 saw four Thame swimmers go head to head.  Jacob North took the win and the gold in the 14-year-old category, closely followed by Ben Mould, Jack Allman and Jake PriestnallJack took gold for the 13-year olds and Ben Mould won silver.  All swam times under five minutes with Ben, Jacob and Jake all getting new PBs.  Josh Greig and Sam White were in the last heat, both just missing PBs but Sam took the silver in the 15-year-old category.

The girls’ 400 Freestyle had a large number of Thame swimmers making their debut at this distance.  There were some huge PBs with a raft of medals.  Caira Varney landed silver for the 10-year-olds; Freya Dodd and Katie Croft-Baker made it a gold and silver in the 11-year-old category and Hattie Jolly got bronze for the 12-year olds.  The 13 years old category saw six Thame swimmers battle it out, Sofia Charlton taking silver with a massive debut PB.  She was closely followed by Isabel Day and Louise Birmingham, with Isabel pipping Louise by only 0.19 seconds to take the bronze.  Martha Block, Elle Weeks-Pearson and Olivia Kidgell all posted excellent PBs with Martha taking nearly a minute and a half off of her time!  Emily Evans took gold in the 14-year-old category with Honey Valdiserri hot on her heels to take silver.  Saiorse Brady, Freya Fox, Rune Fincken and Isabella Butler all posted really good debut PBs.

In the 15-year-old girls’ category it was once again Lucy Block showing the way.  Not only did she take gold but also posted the fastest female time of the day.  Abi Hard was chasing very close behind to take the silver medal with a new PB.  Tally Simms went under five minutes for the first time and there were good swims from Maya Camp and a first time outing for Sian Carrington.

The final event was the boys’ 400 IM.  Jack Allman took gold in the 13-year-old category, going over 30 seconds faster than his nearest rival and getting a new PB to boot.  Ben Mould knocked over a minute off of his PB to take silver in the 15-year-old category, whilst Murray Wakefield nearly matched his PB to take gold, just ahead of Sam White who got silver in the 16+ age group.

A great start to BBATT and let’s hope for more of the same next weekend!  Well done swimmers, especially those swimming a 400 for the first time!  Many thanks to coaches Mark Simms and Damien Wakefield and team manager Helen Birmingham.

Rotherham Metro SC Meet 6th-7th July 2019

For the season finale, 22 swimmers represented Thame at the Olympic pool in Sheffield. Ponds Forge has previously hosted the likes of Adam Peaty, Michael Phelps and our very own Lucy Block. This weekend Thame swimmers had the opportunity to swim in this fantastic venue. Thame swimmers did us all proud with 105 PBs out of 140 races and 43 medals including a staggering 13 Gold medals. Murray Wakefield got ‘A’ grade medals in every race and for the girls we saw PBs in every race for Katie Croft Baker, Sofia Charlton, Martha Block, Mia, Olivia and Ella Bradley.

There were so many achievements over the weekend, but here are some of the highlights.

Session one started with Boys 200m Freestyle. Jack Allman shaved 3.72 seconds off his PB and George Pearson also got a PB and a bronze medal!
There were big PBs in the Girls 100m Backstroke for Sofia and Alessandra Charlton with Sofia taking 11.37 seconds off her time!! The event also saw Lucy Block getting a Gold medal in the ‘A’ grade and Alessandra Charlton getting a Bronze in the ‘B’ grade.
In the 50m Butterfly, Murray Wakefield not only beat his seed time but also came top in his age category getting an ‘A’ grade Gold medal. Jack Allman’s 50 fly time of 30.01 puts him into 28th in GB for the 13 year old age category. This was followed by the 400m Freestyle saw an amazing 6.69 second PB for Honey Valdiserri.
The 100m IM was next with another fantastic win, an ‘A’ grade Gold medal and a PB for Murray Wakefield and Mathew Evans also did a fantastic swim, shaving 0.06 off his seed time and getting a ‘B’ grade silver medal.
The Girls 50m Freestyle added to the excitement with PBs for Mia Bradley, Katie Croft Baker, Saoirse Brady, Olivia Kidgell, Matilda Spiers, Martha Block, Alessandra Charlton, Sofia Charlton, Olivia Bradley, Alexandra Smith, Ella Bradley and Honey Valdiserri. Congratulations to Ella Bradley, who got a ‘B’ grade Bronze medal.
In the Boys 100m Backstroke we saw PBs from all the boys and an impressive ‘A’ grade Gold for Murray Wakefield and Bronze for Matthew Evans.
Session two continued the excitement with 200m IM and some incredible PBs from Mia Bradley (-20.04), Sofia Charlton (-19.78) and a staggering 29.45 seconds PB for Olivia Bradley (-29.45). There was also a Silver medal for Katie Croft Baker and Bronze medals for Alessandra Charlton and Alexandra Smith.
The next event was the 200m Breaststroke where yet again Murray Wakefield PB’s with a Gold medal in the ‘A’ class and George Pearson also got a PB and a Bronze medal in the ‘A’ class.
The team continued to get PB after PB with Katie Croft Baker knocking 5.37 seconds off her 100m Butterfly time. The 50m Breaststroke saw a Bronze medal for Lucy Block and lots more PBs. This was followed by a great 50m Backstroke for Sam White where he shaved another 0.52 seconds off his seed time.
The 200m Backstroke didn’t disappoint with a Bronze medal for Katie Croft Baker and a 20.26 second PB for Sofia Charlton. The final event of Day 1 was the 100m Freestyle where the team continued to shine with PBs from everyone and an ‘A’ class Gold for Murray Wakefield, Silver for George Pearson and Bronze for Jack Allman. Sam White also got a ‘B’ class Gold medal.
At the end of Day 1 the team were on a high and Murray Wakefield was in 2nd place for Top Boy due to his outstanding performance. After all this excitement, the team all celebrated at Pizza Hut which was also a good opportunity for the parents and coaches to catch-up.

Day 2 started well with another PB from Jack Allman in the 200m Backstroke. This was followed by a ‘B’ class Gold for Alexandra Smith, Silver for Olivia Bradley and Bronze for Alessandra Charlton.
George Pearson delivered yet again with an ‘A’ class Silver in the 400m Freestyle, knocking 4.34 seconds off his entry time. Thame continued to get medals and PBs with Alessandra Charlton getting Silver in the 50m Butterfly and Jack Allman and Murray Wakefield both getting ‘A’ class Gold for the 100m Butterfly.
The 200m Breaststroke continued our success with Katie Croft Baker dropping 8.77 seconds off her seed time and getting a ‘B’ class Gold medal. Alexandra Smith also did a fantastic swim dropping 9.03 seconds off her PB and getting a ‘B’ class Bronze.
In the 400m Breaststroke Jack Allman got a new PB and ‘B’ class Bronze and there was a ‘A’ class Bronze for Murray Wakefield and a ‘B’ class Gold medal for Sam White and more PBs for Joseph White and George Pearson.
On to the 100m Freestyle we saw a ‘B’ class Silver for Alessandra Charlton and ‘A’ class Bronze for Honey Valdeserri. Katie Croft Baker also took 12.95 seconds off her time.
The final session saw many of the swimmers head home to get ready for school but those who stayed on did a great job at representing the club. Jack Allman and Sam White both improved on their seed times and there were an ‘A’ class Silver for Murray Wakefield and Bronze for George Pearson.
Honey Valdeserri took ‘A’ class Bronze in the 200m Freestyle and Jack Allman got a ‘B’ class Silver in the 100m Backstroke followed by another ‘A’ class Gold for Murray Wakefield in the 200m Butterfly.
With only 3 more races to go Alessandra Charlton and Alexandra Smith both took ‘B’ class Bronze in the 50m Backstroke followed by a PB from Murray Wakefield in the the 50m Freestyle.
The final event of this exciting weekend was the 100m Backstroke and Thame showed that we have real stamina with Alessandra Charlton dropping 8.08 seconds off her seed time, followed by a 5.58 seconds PB and ‘B’ class Bronze for Katie Croft Baker and a ‘B’ class Bronze for Alexandra Smith.
As you can see this was a fantastic end to the season for Thame Swimming Club and an amazing experience for all. Special thanks to Ian Blyth, Damian Wakefield and Andy Kidgell for all their support and encouragement over the weekend.

Terry Davies Alternative Nationals – Watford  Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June 2019

It was a huge turnout for Thame over the weekend of the 22nd/23rd  of June.  Over 30 swimmers met at the Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford and as the season draws to a close, it was good to see so many PBs and medals: Thame swimmers really never cease to amaze!

Of course, there are far too many achievements to list but here are a few of the highlights.

Session one started with the 200IM.  Josh Boddy had an impressive swim shaving 1.07 off his seed time and coming fourth for the 13-year-old boys.  Murray Wakefield got the bronze medal in his category and Jacob North knocked 2.49 seconds off his time.
Only two girls swam the 100 breast:  Katie Croft Baker managed to drop 2.50 seconds off her seed time and Alexandra Smith also got a new PB and a bronze medal.
Jacob Pillinger was on fire, taking 16.27 (!!) seconds off his time and coming 6th in the 12-year-old boys’ category.  Murray Wakefield and George Nelson also got new PBs and Murray went home with the silver.
There were big PBs in the 100 back.  Hattie Jolly dropped 3.41 seconds off her seed time and got a bronze while Katie Livingstone took a whopping 12.83 seconds off her backstroke time to come 6th.
In the boys 100 back it was a race for third with Jacob North just pipping Murray Wakefield to the post, both beating their seed time, and Elliot Riley Brown got a PB and came second in his category.
In the 50 fly, Jacob Pillinger swam a 33.97 for the 12-year-old boys to come second and Jack Allman beat his seed time to come third.
Session two started with the girls’ 100 fly.  Hattie Jolly took 5.38 seconds off her entry time and got a silver medal.  Katie Livingstone also had an impressive swim taking 5.71 off her time and getting the bronze.
Jack Allman took silver in the boys’ 100 fly and Murray Wakefield got gold.  Jacob North dropped 6.58 off his time to come 6th.
Jacob Pillinger had another impressive swim in the 200 free coming first and Jack Allman managed to shave 3.98 seconds off his seed time.  Murray Wakefield came 3rd for the 14-year-old boys and Jacob North came fourth with a new PB.  Sam White got a new PB too, coming 2nd in his group.
In the 50 back, Hattie Jolly just dipped under the 36 second mark taking home the bronze and in the boys’ race, Jacob North and Elliot Riley Brown also came third.
The second day started bright and early with the 200m back.  Jack Allman got a great new time in the 13-year-old category and Sam White shaved 5.07 seconds off his entry.
Katie Croft Baker took 3.04 off her seed time and Isabel Day had an amazing swim taking an incredible 19.62 seconds off hers.  Never failing to impress, Lucy Block pretty much matched her entry time to come first and take home the gold.
In the boys’ 100 IM, Dom Loughran took 11.80 seconds off his seed time to come 3rd and it was nearly a Thame takeover in the 9-year-old girl category with Ruthie Galloway coming first followed by Mia Bradley in third and Lucy Evans in fourth.  All three girls got a new PB and Mia took 7.76 seconds off her time.
Alessandra Charlton, Louise Birmingham, Isabel Day, Hattie Jolly and Ella Bradley got huge new PBs and Olivia Bradley managed to shave 9.11 off her time.
In the girls’ 50 free, Ruthie Galloway managed another PB and took gold for the 9 year old girls.
I’m not sure what Jake Priestnall had in his sandwiches, but after lunch he took 7 seconds off his time to come 2nd in the 200m breast stroke!  Katie Croft Baker must have had her Weetabix too and dropped 6.32 off her entry time.   Lucy Block also had an impressive swim and came second for the 15-year-old girls, taking home the silver.
It was a big PB for Dom Loughran in the 100m free and Ruthie Galloway did it again, shaving 2.74 seconds off her entry time and getting another gold.  Mia Bradley followed this up with a 2.32 second PB and a bronze medal.
Eleven-year olds Alessandra Charlton and Katie Croft Baker had huge PBs, Katie taking over 7 seconds off her time.  Hattie Jolly got a big new PB, just missing out on 3rd and there were also great new times for Louise Birmingham, Olivia Kidgell and Martha Block, also in the twelve-year-old category.
Thirteen-year olds Olivia Bradley and Sofia Charlton both shaved significant chunks off their PBs too.
In the 50 breast stroke, Dom Loughran got an amazing time, swimming 4 seconds faster than ever before and Sam White got a PB and a silver medal in his category.
Ruthie Galloway came third in the girls’ race and Mia Bradley dropped 5.95 seconds off her entry time to come fifth.
As you can see, it was a very good weekend all round.  Special thanks to Iain Phillips, Ian Blyth, Mark Simms and Helen Birmingham for their help over the weekend.
This was the last gala for one of our swimmers.  I would like to wish Crystal Bogacki from 2+ good luck in whatever her plans are for the future.  We’ll miss you!

CMK Summer Meet June 2019

With CMK being a local gala for us you can always count on a good turnout by all groups.  It was a day to put gremlins behind them and the time to pull the PB’s out of the bag.  These guys did it with style!

It was a tough weekend for turns with a slippery shallow end wall and turns being a biggest problem for DQ’s.

This however did not cause too many problems for the swimmers and the PBS started off right from the start.  We saw both big and small babies and one swimmer that had a big worry with the 200 freestyle previously came through and ended with a huge smile on her face.

Some of the older swimmers that had not been able to hit new times for some time can be so proud of themselves, with new times on the rankings, so well done to you all.

A big well done goes to Lucy Block from making it through to the girls’ skins. Competing against girls older than herself, she was in for a tough ride, but she did herself and Thame swimming club proud by coming in third so well done Lucy!

A big thank you to the coaches, head coach Ian, Andy and Iain Phillips and team managers Annie and Lucy for helping put together a fantastic weekend for the swimmers.  Everybody is looking forward to this weekend coming with more pb’s and hopefully a few County Times ticked, so see you all at Watford.

South East Regional Championships May 2019

Thame swimmers were once again competing at the South East Regional Championships.  The 15-year age group and above were held on the 1st weekend in May.

Matthew Evans was competing in his first Spring Regional Championship.  In the 17 year age group, in the 200 breaststroke, he achieved a good PB and came 23rd.

In the 15 year age group Lucy Block swam the 200 IM finishing in 11th place. . Lucy also got to all three finals for the 200 back, 100 back and 50 back.  She came 6th in the 200, 3rd in the 50 and 2nd in the 100.  Lucy’s times for the 100 back and 200 back qualify her for the British Championships in Glasgow.  Lucy is the first Thame swimmer to achieve this high level as only the top 24 swimmers in Great Britain compete in each age group.

The following weekend Thame’s younger swimmers competed at the South East Regional Championships in the 14 years and under age group.

Emily Evans competed at her first Regional Championship.  She swam in the 100 and 200 fly finishing 24th in the 200 and 27th in the 100.  Both swims were PB’s.

Jack Allman also competed at his first Regional Championship.  He swam the 50 back (30th place), 100 fly (25th place), 200 fly (21st place) and 50 fly (21st.place). All Jack’s times were PB’s.

Finally, George Pearson swam in the 400 IM (12th place), 200 free (21st place), 400 free (7th place), 800 free (6th place), 100 fly (15th place). In the 200 fly he came 6th in the heats and in the final finished 4th.  All George’s times were PB’s.

Well done to all the above swimmers on achieving these excellent results.  It shows what hard work and good attendance can achieve.

Thame Development Gala Saturday 18 th May 2019

On Saturday the 18th of May, Thame hosted its second Development Gala. This was a club invitational meet open to swimmers from the ages of 8-12 and was the perfect opportunity for younger members of the club to get a taste of what a swimming gala is all about and to improve or obtain some race times. TSC were pleased to welcome Newport Pagnall, Barramundi, Witney and Bicester.
Thame swimmers did themselves proud, winning 42 medals between them and getting a massive amount of new PBs. Here are just a few of the highlights from the day. After the safety announcement we kicked off with the boys’ 50m backstroke. George Blight smashed his entry time to get silver in the 9-year-old boys’ category and James Rampley
also PBed, taking silver for the 12-year-old boys. Keir Loughran braved the 50m back for the first time and it was a fast-paced race for Hugo Pearson and Thomas Sackett who both shaved seconds off their entries.
Well done to Bethany Waters, Sadie Boulton, Charlotte Kidgell, Willow Blake, Emma Park, Isabelle Weeks Pearson, Jemima Tuxworth and Emily Laws who all swam the 50m breast stroke for the first time. Bethany Waters was a real star, as, after a major goggle malfunction, she still managed to swim the race and got the silver medal with less than 0.6 seconds between first and second place. Emma Park, who had also entered this race with no time came away with a silver medal in the 10-year-old category.
Caitlin Way and Ruthie Galloway both got a PB in their races, coming second and third respectively and Katie Croft Baker went sub 50 and got a silver medal for the 11-year-old girls.
It was a fast race for the 12-year olds with 8 Thame swimmers in the group. Martha Block and Sofia Charlton both got a new PB and came second and third and Jessica Tansley, Rune Fincken, Olivia Kidgell and Freya Fox went head to head in their heat, all getting a new PB.
George Blight was back again for the 50m fly, shaving nearly 20 seconds off his entry time and getting gold for the 9-year-old boys. Hugo Pearson also swam an impressive race coming first in his category and James Rampley beat his PB to take gold for the 12-year-old boys.
In the girls’ 50m backstroke, eight-year-old Bethany Waters got a huge PB going sub 50 for the first time and taking home the gold. Sadie Boulton, Isabelle Weeks Pearson and Charlotte Kidgell swam the 50 back for the first time and it was gold all the way for 9-year-old Mia Bradley who came first and got a new PB.
Holly North and Ciara Varney smashed their entry times, going sub 50 for the first time and special mention to Emily Laws who shaved nearly 6 seconds off her personal best.
Alessandra Charlton got a new PB in her race coming 2 nd in the 11-year-old category and it was a fast-paced swim for the 12-year olds, with Sofia Charlton, Martha Block and Jessica Tansley coming 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th in their category, all with new PBs.
In the 50m breast stroke George Blight did it again taking well over 20s off his seed time and getting gold for the 9-year-old boys. Keir Loughran swam the race for the first time getting his first ever breast stroke time and Joseph White got bronze in the 12-year-old category. Well done boys!
Bethany Waters, Ciara Varney, Isabella Hook, Rennie Fincken, Jemima Tuxworth and Emily Laws swam the 50m fly for the first time. Bethany Waters did it again and got an amazing PB and gold in her category.
Ruthie Galloway and Mia Bradley went head to head for the 9-year-old girls coming first and second respectively and it was Sofia Charlton who took the gold for the 12-year olds, going sub 40 for the first time. Special mention to Freya Fox, Martha Block and Rune Fincken who all got large PBs.
Next up was the boys’ 100IM. George Blight took well over 20s off his seed time to finish first for the 9-year olds and Joseph White and James Rampley got new PBs to come second and third in their category, taking silver and bronze respectively.
In the girls’ 100m IM, Bethany Waters went from no time to first in the 8-year-old girls’ category and it was huge PBs for Mia Bradley and Caitlin Way who both came first and third respectively. Great swims from Rennie Fincken and Ciara Varney. Ciara swam the 100 IM for the first time getting a great PB and coming third in the 10-year-old category. There were big PBs for Katie Croft Baker, Freya Dodd and Emily Laws and even more success for
Thame’s 12-year olds with Sofia Charlton, Martha Block, Louise Birmingham and Jessica Tansley coming 2nd , 3rd , 4th and 5th ; all girls shaving huge chunks off their times. There were massive new personal bests for 12-year olds Freya Fox, Olivia Kidgell, Rune Fincken and Rosalind Chavasse too; Rune and Rosalind got massive new PBs. Well done girls!
The last two races of the day were the boys’ and girls’ 50 free. It was more success for George Blight who got the silver and for Keir Loughran who swam the 50m free for the first time. Thomas Sackett also got a spectacular first time coming third for the 11-year olds and Joseph White and James Rampley pushed hard to get 3 rd and 4 th in their category.
Bethany Waters shaved over 7 seconds off her entry time in the girls’ 50m free getting another gold to add to her large collection. Charlotte Kidgell, Sadie Boulton, Willow Blake and Isabelle Weeks Pearson swam the race for the first time, all getting a good first PB. Mia Bradley won gold for the 9-year-old girls and Emma Park got gold for the 10-year olds.
Holly North and Jemima Tuxworth got good new PBs. It was Katie Croft Baker who took silver in the 11-year-old category, going sub 40 for her PB and Jessica Tansley took the silver for the 12-year old girls.
Special thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a huge success, including all the officials, team managers, coaches, technical people, cake makers and volunteers. Thank you to all the swimmers who gave up their time to help with marshalling and other jobs and to Jo Sackett, Alex Dodd and Phil Evans for organising everything.

See below for our impressive medal table and please let me know of any omissions or amendments.

Thame Development Gala Saturday 18 th May 2019

On Saturday the 18th of May, Thame hosted its second Development Gala. This was a club invitational meet open to swimmers from the ages of 8-12 and was the perfect opportunity for younger members of the club to get a taste of what a swimming gala is all about and to improve or obtain some race times. TSC were pleased to welcome Newport Pagnall, Barramundi, Witney and Bicester.
Thame swimmers did themselves proud, winning 42 medals between them and getting a massive amount of new PBs. Here are just a few of the highlights from the day. After the safety announcement we kicked off with the boys’ 50m backstroke. George Blight smashed his entry time to get silver in the 9-year-old boys’ category and James Rampley
also PBed, taking silver for the 12-year-old boys. Keir Loughran braved the 50m back for the first time and it was a fast-paced race for Hugo Pearson and Thomas Sackett who both shaved seconds off their entries.
Well done to Bethany Waters, Sadie Boulton, Charlotte Kidgell, Willow Blake, Emma Park, Isabelle Weeks Pearson, Jemima Tuxworth and Emily Laws who all swam the 50m breast stroke for the first time. Bethany Waters was a real star, as, after a major goggle malfunction, she still managed to swim the race and got the silver medal with less than 0.6 seconds between first and second place. Emma Park, who had also entered this race with no time came away with a silver medal in the 10-year-old category.
Caitlin Way and Ruthie Galloway both got a PB in their races, coming second and third respectively and Katie Croft Baker went sub 50 and got a silver medal for the 11-year-old girls.
It was a fast race for the 12-year olds with 8 Thame swimmers in the group. Martha Block and Sofia Charlton both got a new PB and came second and third and Jessica Tansley, Rune Fincken, Olivia Kidgell and Freya Fox went head to head in their heat, all getting a new PB.
George Blight was back again for the 50m fly, shaving nearly 20 seconds off his entry time and getting gold for the 9-year-old boys. Hugo Pearson also swam an impressive race coming first in his category and James Rampley beat his PB to take gold for the 12-year-old boys.
In the girls’ 50m backstroke, eight-year-old Bethany Waters got a huge PB going sub 50 for the first time and taking home the gold. Sadie Boulton, Isabelle Weeks Pearson and Charlotte Kidgell swam the 50 back for the first time and it was gold all the way for 9-year-old Mia Bradley who came first and got a new PB.
Holly North and Ciara Varney smashed their entry times, going sub 50 for the first time and special mention to Emily Laws who shaved nearly 6 seconds off her personal best.
Alessandra Charlton got a new PB in her race coming 2 nd in the 11-year-old category and it was a fast-paced swim for the 12-year olds, with Sofia Charlton, Martha Block and Jessica Tansley coming 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th in their category, all with new PBs.
In the 50m breast stroke George Blight did it again taking well over 20s off his seed time and getting gold for the 9-year-old boys. Keir Loughran swam the race for the first time getting his first ever breast stroke time and Joseph White got bronze in the 12-year-old category. Well done boys!
Bethany Waters, Ciara Varney, Isabella Hook, Rennie Fincken, Jemima Tuxworth and Emily Laws swam the 50m fly for the first time. Bethany Waters did it again and got an amazing PB and gold in her category.
Ruthie Galloway and Mia Bradley went head to head for the 9-year-old girls coming first and second respectively and it was Sofia Charlton who took the gold for the 12-year olds, going sub 40 for the first time. Special mention to Freya Fox, Martha Block and Rune Fincken who all got large PBs.
Next up was the boys’ 100IM. George Blight took well over 20s off his seed time to finish first for the 9-year olds and Joseph White and James Rampley got new PBs to come second and third in their category, taking silver and bronze respectively.
In the girls’ 100m IM, Bethany Waters went from no time to first in the 8-year-old girls’ category and it was huge PBs for Mia Bradley and Caitlin Way who both came first and third respectively. Great swims from Rennie Fincken and Ciara Varney. Ciara swam the 100 IM for the first time getting a great PB and coming third in the 10-year-old category. There were big PBs for Katie Croft Baker, Freya Dodd and Emily Laws and even more success for
Thame’s 12-year olds with Sofia Charlton, Martha Block, Louise Birmingham and Jessica Tansley coming 2nd , 3rd , 4th and 5th ; all girls shaving huge chunks off their times. There were massive new personal bests for 12-year olds Freya Fox, Olivia Kidgell, Rune Fincken and Rosalind Chavasse too; Rune and Rosalind got massive new PBs. Well done girls!
The last two races of the day were the boys’ and girls’ 50 free. It was more success for George Blight who got the silver and for Keir Loughran who swam the 50m free for the first time. Thomas Sackett also got a spectacular first time coming third for the 11-year olds and Joseph White and James Rampley pushed hard to get 3 rd and 4 th in their category.
Bethany Waters shaved over 7 seconds off her entry time in the girls’ 50m free getting another gold to add to her large collection. Charlotte Kidgell, Sadie Boulton, Willow Blake and Isabelle Weeks Pearson swam the race for the first time, all getting a good first PB. Mia Bradley won gold for the 9-year-old girls and Emma Park got gold for the 10-year olds.
Holly North and Jemima Tuxworth got good new PBs. It was Katie Croft Baker who took silver in the 11-year-old category, going sub 40 for her PB and Jessica Tansley took the silver for the 12-year old girls.
Special thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a huge success, including all the officials, team managers, coaches, technical people, cake makers and volunteers. Thank you to all the swimmers who gave up their time to help with marshalling and other jobs and to Jo Sackett, Alex Dodd and Phil Evans for organising everything.

See below for our impressive medal table and please let me know of any omissions or amendments.

Thame Development Gala Saturday 18 th May 2019

On Saturday the 18th of May, Thame hosted its second Development Gala. This was a club invitational meet open to swimmers from the ages of 8-12 and was the perfect opportunity for younger members of the club to get a taste of what a swimming gala is all about and to improve or obtain some race times. TSC were pleased to welcome Newport Pagnall, Barramundi, Witney and Bicester.
Thame swimmers did themselves proud, winning 42 medals between them and getting a massive amount of new PBs. Here are just a few of the highlights from the day. After the safety announcement we kicked off with the boys’ 50m backstroke. George Blight smashed his entry time to get silver in the 9-year-old boys’ category and James Rampley
also PBed, taking silver for the 12-year-old boys. Keir Loughran braved the 50m back for the first time and it was a fast-paced race for Hugo Pearson and Thomas Sackett who both shaved seconds off their entries.
Well done to Bethany Waters, Sadie Boulton, Charlotte Kidgell, Willow Blake, Emma Park, Isabelle Weeks Pearson, Jemima Tuxworth and Emily Laws who all swam the 50m breast stroke for the first time. Bethany Waters was a real star, as, after a major goggle malfunction, she still managed to swim the race and got the silver medal with less than 0.6 seconds between first and second place. Emma Park, who had also entered this race with no time came away with a silver medal in the 10-year-old category.
Caitlin Way and Ruthie Galloway both got a PB in their races, coming second and third respectively and Katie Croft Baker went sub 50 and got a silver medal for the 11-year-old girls.
It was a fast race for the 12-year olds with 8 Thame swimmers in the group. Martha Block and Sofia Charlton both got a new PB and came second and third and Jessica Tansley, Rune Fincken, Olivia Kidgell and Freya Fox went head to head in their heat, all getting a new PB.
George Blight was back again for the 50m fly, shaving nearly 20 seconds off his entry time and getting gold for the 9-year-old boys. Hugo Pearson also swam an impressive race coming first in his category and James Rampley beat his PB to take gold for the 12-year-old boys.
In the girls’ 50m backstroke, eight-year-old Bethany Waters got a huge PB going sub 50 for the first time and taking home the gold. Sadie Boulton, Isabelle Weeks Pearson and Charlotte Kidgell swam the 50 back for the first time and it was gold all the way for 9-year-old Mia Bradley who came first and got a new PB.
Holly North and Ciara Varney smashed their entry times, going sub 50 for the first time and special mention to Emily Laws who shaved nearly 6 seconds off her personal best.
Alessandra Charlton got a new PB in her race coming 2 nd in the 11-year-old category and it was a fast-paced swim for the 12-year olds, with Sofia Charlton, Martha Block and Jessica Tansley coming 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th in their category, all with new PBs.
In the 50m breast stroke George Blight did it again taking well over 20s off his seed time and getting gold for the 9-year-old boys. Keir Loughran swam the race for the first time getting his first ever breast stroke time and Joseph White got bronze in the 12-year-old category. Well done boys!
Bethany Waters, Ciara Varney, Isabella Hook, Rennie Fincken, Jemima Tuxworth and Emily Laws swam the 50m fly for the first time. Bethany Waters did it again and got an amazing PB and gold in her category.
Ruthie Galloway and Mia Bradley went head to head for the 9-year-old girls coming first and second respectively and it was Sofia Charlton who took the gold for the 12-year olds, going sub 40 for the first time. Special mention to Freya Fox, Martha Block and Rune Fincken who all got large PBs.
Next up was the boys’ 100IM. George Blight took well over 20s off his seed time to finish first for the 9-year olds and Joseph White and James Rampley got new PBs to come second and third in their category, taking silver and bronze respectively.
In the girls’ 100m IM, Bethany Waters went from no time to first in the 8-year-old girls’ category and it was huge PBs for Mia Bradley and Caitlin Way who both came first and third respectively. Great swims from Rennie Fincken and Ciara Varney. Ciara swam the 100 IM for the first time getting a great PB and coming third in the 10-year-old category. There were big PBs for Katie Croft Baker, Freya Dodd and Emily Laws and even more success for
Thame’s 12-year olds with Sofia Charlton, Martha Block, Louise Birmingham and Jessica Tansley coming 2nd , 3rd , 4th and 5th ; all girls shaving huge chunks off their times. There were massive new personal bests for 12-year olds Freya Fox, Olivia Kidgell, Rune Fincken and Rosalind Chavasse too; Rune and Rosalind got massive new PBs. Well done girls!
The last two races of the day were the boys’ and girls’ 50 free. It was more success for George Blight who got the silver and for Keir Loughran who swam the 50m free for the first time. Thomas Sackett also got a spectacular first time coming third for the 11-year olds and Joseph White and James Rampley pushed hard to get 3 rd and 4 th in their category.
Bethany Waters shaved over 7 seconds off her entry time in the girls’ 50m free getting another gold to add to her large collection. Charlotte Kidgell, Sadie Boulton, Willow Blake and Isabelle Weeks Pearson swam the race for the first time, all getting a good first PB. Mia Bradley won gold for the 9-year-old girls and Emma Park got gold for the 10-year olds.
Holly North and Jemima Tuxworth got good new PBs. It was Katie Croft Baker who took silver in the 11-year-old category, going sub 40 for her PB and Jessica Tansley took the silver for the 12-year old girls.
Special thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a huge success, including all the officials, team managers, coaches, technical people, cake makers and volunteers. Thank you to all the swimmers who gave up their time to help with marshalling and other jobs and to Jo Sackett, Alex Dodd and Phil Evans for organising everything.

See below for our impressive medal table and please let me know of any omissions or amendments.

Wycombe LC Sprint Meet Saturday 27th April

Wycombe Sprints is always a good meet on the Thame calendar.

Saturday saw 50+ Thame swimmers head to Wycombe for the Long Course meet. From our youngest fundamentals to our group 4 squad the blue army were there to dominate and they did not let us down. Swimming long course can be a daunting task and seem never ending but this did not put them off.

Being a sprint meet they only raced over the 50 and 100m distance. The majority of our swimmers entered all 4 strokes over both distances no easy task I can assure you. Moral poolside was high as always and it was so nice to see all our groups spurring each other along.

As the 2nd session drew to a close the points so far were announced and Thame were leading in the race for best visiting club. This I think really pushed them along going into the final session of the day. Hard training, pure grit and determination showed as the medal count grew along with the overall points standings.

As the day drew to a close a handful of swimmers, 3 coaches and 1 team manager stood with baited breath awaiting the final points count. It turned out to be a worth while wait as we were crowned top visiting club. Our 2 club captain’s went up to collect the trophy which will take pride of place In the cabinet. Not only did we come home with the title of top visiting club we also came away with a really good medal haul. Please see the medal table.

On behalf of all the swimmers and parents I would like to thank the coaches, head coach Ian, assessment head coach Mark and group 2 coach Iain for all there work on the day, team manager Helen for keeping all the swimmers in order and into their races in time. Also to the time keepers and officials from Thame Swimming Club that worked on the day.

It is so very important that all our swimmers get the chance to compete in as many galas as possible. Not just to represent the club but to show themselves that the hours spent training week in week out is all for a reason. They all work so hard throughout the year and it’s so good to see them become part of one big swimming family. So please keep a regular lookout for up coming meets and if your swimmer has a time get them signed up. If you feel unsure what events to enter please come and talk to their coaches who will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction.

To the parents. Thank you for taking time out of what we all know is a hectic life. To not only get your swimmers to training but to travel to the meets wherever they may be. If you feel like supporting Thame Swimming Club more then please think about becoming a time keeper, or team manager as these meets might never take place.

See you all at the next one.

Watford Regional Qualifier Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th March

On Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of March, 39 Thame swimmers, 4 coaches, two team managers and a group of devoted fans, arrived at the Woodside Leisure Centre to take part in the Watford Regional Qualifier.  Thame swimmers were up against 16 other clubs, including Amersham, Chesham, Watford and Tring.  Competition was fierce!

There were many ups, downs, PBs and medals but here are some of the highlights.

We kicked off at 1:50 with the boys’ 400 free.  There were some incredibly fast swims from Ben Mould and Jacob North, both taking huge chunks out of their PBs.  Jacob North came third in his category, taking home the bronze.

It was head to head for 14-year-old George Pearson and Jacob Pillinger in heat 4.  Jacob took a large chunk off his PB and ranked third overall in his age group.  George took a whopping 13.24 seconds (!!) off his entry time to come 1st.

Sam White also secured gold in his age group category, taking over a second off his entry time.

There were a lot of Thame girls swimming the 200IM.  One of our youngest swimmers, Ruthie Galloway got gold in the ten-year-old group after a very impressive swim.  Hattie Jolly took over 9 seconds off her entry time; Sacha Livingstone took nearly two seconds off hers and Lucy Block fought hard and came 2nd in the 15-year-old group.

Event three was the boys’ 200 butterfly.  Super Jack Allman easily secured gold in his category, after shaving a huge amount off his entry time and Murray Wakefield got a new PB and a gold medal in his group.  Well done boys!

Many of our swimmers PB’ed in the girls’ 100m free.  Ruthie Galloway matched her entry time to come 2ndAlesandra Charlton, Ella Bradley, Olivia Bradley and Isabel Day all took sizeable chunks out of their PBs.

It was head to head for Elleanor Weeks-Pearson and Sofia Charlton in a very exciting heat.  There was less than a fingernail between them, Elle touching the board at 1:13.18 and Sofia at 1:13.19!  Late entrant, Louise Birmingham took an impressive 4.9s off her time! Go Louise!

The boys’ 100m breaststroke saw Joshua Boddy shave 3s off his time to get a silver medal; Benjamin Mould got a sizeable PB; Jake Priestnall took over 2s off his entry time and Murray Wakefield had a very fast race, coming first in his heat and 2nd overall.

The girls’ 50m backstroke had 18 heats! Lots of PBs for our talented Thame girls.  Crystal Bogacki took a large chunk out of her PB and Olivia Bradley and Sofia Charlton went sub 40 for the first time in their races, both getting a fabulous new time.  It was a strong swim from Tally Simms who matched her entry time and Flora Kershaw who came 3rd in her heat.  Louise Birmingham also came 3rd in her heat and got a new PB.

Ruthie Galloway, swimming with girls sometimes two years older than her, took the silver in the ten-year-old category and Hattie Jolly matched her PB to get third.  In the final heat Lucy Block did her thing, taking home the gold.

The boys’ 50 butterfly kicked off with 2 PBs from Josh Boddy and Jacob PillingerJack Allman wowed the crowds with his super-fast fly to come in 1st and Murray Wakefield went sub 30 with his impressive swim, coming third in his category.

The 200m boys’ free saw George Pearson smash it, coming first in his heat, getting a new PB and a gold medal.  Jacob North placed third in the very fast 14-year-old boys’ group and Sam White also got bronze in his category.  Well done boys.

11-year-old Katie Croft Baker was the only Thame girl to swim the 200m breaststroke.  With Crystal Bogacki and Freya Dodd cheering her on from the side, the very determined Katie took…wait for it…14.02s off her time, getting an impressive new PB and coming 5th.

Jack Allman added to his growing medal collection by coming 2nd in the 100 free and getting a new PB.  Murray Wakefield came third in his heat and third in his category for another bronze.  You’re definitely going to need a bigger cabinet, boys!

In the girls’ 100m back, Katie Croft Baker did it again, shaving a huge chunk off her PB and coming 2nd in her heat.  Crystal Bogacki got a new PB and Elleanor Weeks Pearson and Isabel Day went head to head in their heat, both getting faster times.  Martha Block got a new PB, as did Louise Birmingham, who, as a late entrant, took 5.22 seconds off her entry time.

Lucy Block wowed the crowds with her impressive backstroke, coming first in her heat and first overall in her group.

The last race of the day was the girls’ 50m breaststroke.  Ruthie Galloway and Freya Dodd swimming in the same heat, both got sizeable PBs.  Freya knocked 3.71s off her time and Ruthie knocked 2.4 seconds off hers coming 3rd in her group.  Katie Croft Baker and Martha Block both swam sub 50 for their PBs.

Day 2 started early with the girls’ 400 free.  Maya Camp, Hazel Randall and Honey Valdiserri took on the challenge, each getting good times.

Murray Wakefield, Sam White and Matthew Evans went head to head in the 200IM.  After a fast-paced swim, Murray placed 4th and Sam 2nd in the very fast 15-year-old group.  Matthew Evans took nearly 2s off his entry time.

Emily Evans was the only girl to swim in the girls’ 200 fly.  It was a spectacular swim and Emily came 2nd in her heat and first overall.

There were some big PBs in the very exciting boys’ 100m free.  Jack Allman and Jake Priestnall were neck and neck in their heat, Jack coming in 2nd, closely followed by Jake who came in 3rdJack came 2nd in his group overall, getting himself a silver medal.

Elle Weeks Pearson, Olivia Bradley and Alex Smith all took massive chunks out of their entry times in the 100m breaststroke.  Alex Smith knocked 5.78s off her entry time!

The boys’ 50m backstroke was a hard round.  Jack Allman came 4th and Joshua Greig managed to PB despite a major goggle malfunction.

Ten-year-old Mia Bradley swam her little socks off in the 50m butterfly.  Just pipped to the post in her heat, she won gold in her age group.

Freya Dodd, who had been DQ’ed in the 100m breaststroke, came back fighting in the 50m fly, knocking 3.34s off her time.  Well done Freya!

Olivia Bradley and Elle Weeks Pearson knocked seconds off their entry times and Hattie Jolly, swimming against girls up to three years older than her, came 2nd in her heat and 4th overall in her age group category.

Murray Wakefield took on the 400IM after lunch, smashing his entry time and taking off 7.32 seconds.  He ranked first in his group, taking home the gold.

Strong swims from Hazel Randall, Honey Valdiserri and Abigail Hard in the 200 free.  Abi battled hard for second place in her heat and got a new PB, coming fifth overall.

Murray Wakefield, Elliiot Riley-Brown and Sam White were on top form in the boys’ 200m breaststroke and went head to head in heat 5.  Sam White placed 2nd in the 15-year-old group and Murray came 3rd to take home the bronze.

Elliot Riley-Brown took 2.16s off his entry time and came 4th in his group.

Maya Camp and Emily Evans took on the 100 fly.  Emily placed 2nd in the 14-year-old group and Maya took bronze for the 15-year olds.

Matthew Evans also won bronze in the boys’ 50m breaststroke.  He managed to take just over half a second off his entry time in a very fast heat.

The last race of the day was the 50m free, raced in 17 heats.  It had been a long weekend, but our girls were up to the challenge.

They were off to a good start when Mia Bradley came first in her heat and first overall, getting herself a new PB and a gold medal.  Freya Dodd followed this up by also getting a PB and Esme Shipley, who came just for the 50 free, smashed it, taking nearly 2s off her time.  Abi Hard swam a very exciting race, coming third in her heat and Ella Bradley and Hattie Jolly went head to head in heat 8, both taking seconds off their entry times and getting new PBs.

As you can see from this lengthy report, it was a very successful weekend for Thame.  A big well done to everyone who took part and special thanks to Annie Pearson, Ian Blythe, Mark Simms, Phil Evans and Damien Wakefield for their help and support over the weekend.

Please do check out the medal table below and thanks for reading.

ONB County Championships Jan – Feb 2019

What an awesome Counties TSC had this year – the highest number of accepted entries by individual swimmers in the Club’s history, with 24 swimmers qualifying for numerous events, plus all our wonderful relay teams; Team TSC is going from strength to strength!

ONB Counties kicked off with the 1500m events on Saturday 5th January whilst most of us were still digesting turkey and Christmas pudding!   Sam White and Lucy Block qualified for this event; the first time it has been run as a mixed gala – in previous years the boys only swam the 1500m and the girls the 800m.  The pair swam brilliantly, Sam coming 17th with a 9 second PB in the Mens Open and Lucy 10th in the Ladies Open both amongst tough opposition, for those who aren’t aware there are no age categories in the ONB County long-distance events.

The following weekend was the 800m event – again being run as a mixed swim.  Every TSC swimmer who took part in this event PB’d with no exceptions – what an achievement – so well done to all the girls who swam: Abi Hard, Hazel Randall, Tally Simms, Lucy B and Lizi Humphreys; Tally knocked 9 seconds off her entry time, whilst Lizi was our highest placed girl in a time of 9.39.21 coming 11th overall – well done to Lizi.

The boys were also on fire in the 800s – those who qualified were Sam White, Ben Mould, George Pearson and Jacob North; Jacob knocked a whopping 41 seconds off his entry time and Ben Mould was not far behind him taking 24 seconds of his PB – fantastic swimming.

Next up were the 400s, both freestyle and IM were swum on Sunday 20th January – the third weekend in a row for some of our county qualifiers.  Congratulations to all our swimmers – some really impressive PBs, too many to mention individually as Team TSC were there en-mass – but big shout outs to:

George Pearson, who took 7 seconds off his PB in the 400 Free to come in 1st and become County Champion in the 13 Year Age Group at this stroke and then cracked it again in the 400 IM by taking a further 19 seconds of his PB to finish 5th in his age group – absolutely amazing swimming!!!

Jacob Pillinger, who also PB’d in the 400 free – 13 year old age group and got a finalist medal for coming 5th.

Jo Hewett knocked an impressive 15 seconds off her PB in the 400 free and won Gold in the multi-disability category – very impressive Jo!

Lucy Block, managed a 14 second PB in the 400 IM to take 3rd in the 15 year old girls category – her backstroke definitely gave her a huge lead in this competitive field.

Abi Hard who despite major surgery on her shoulder last summer has come back fighting and had an amazing Counties – she got an impressive 6 second PB in her 400 Free – fantastic determination!

… and well done to our older boys, Sam White, Murray Wakefield, Josh Greig, Ben Rose and Elliot Riley-Brown who all took large chunks off of their 400 times too.

Counties then took a rest for a couple of weeks until the main Championships which are held over two weekends in February – 9th/10th and 16th/17th at the Aqua Vale in Aylesbury.  All the 50s, 100s and 200s are held over these weekends, so the galas are very busy and very exciting!!

For those who are unfamiliar with Counties, the 200 events are HDW (Heat Declared Winner) as at most galas, however the top 8 swimmers only from all age groups then swim in one final later in the day to ascertain who is crowned Open Champion of that stroke and who takes the title of Junior Champion (16 years and under).  All the 100s and 50s have finals for the top 8 swimmers in each age group – which are amazingly exciting, and again the top placed 3 swimmers over all the age groups can be crowned Open/Junior Champion as well.  All 8 swimmers in every final get a finalist medal, so well worth qualifying!

The main championships got off to a really strong start on day one for Team TSC with Jack Allman, George Pearson and Murray Wakefield all making it through to the 100 Fly final.  Jack through his sheer determination managed to pick up a bronze in the final …  Jack also made it through to the 50 free final – not bad for his first individual County Championship!!!

Also at her first individual Counties was Hattie Jolly, who made it comfortably through to the 50 fly final with a second off her PB.  She eventually ended up 7th in the final, knocking yet another half second off her qualifying time – fantastic swimming Hattie!

The Afternoon session saw the girls take on the 200 IM, TSC’s Hattie, Honey and Lucy B all shaved seconds off their entry times with good strong swims.  Not to be out-done the boys came out strong in the 200 Free – PBs were smashed by Sam Williams, Jack A, George Pearson – who also notched a brilliant 2nd place in the 13 year old boys, Jacob – who got an 8th place in his age group and Elliot R-B – who got a 2 second PB.

Jack did it again the next day making the 100 Back final, whilst Hattie Jolly, Lucy D and Lucy B enjoyed their 50 Back splash and dash all with PBs, and Hattie and Lucy B making it through to the finals later in the day.  George Pearson showed the crowd who’s the 13 year old king of 200 Fly by taking 1st place with Jack finishing 4th, and Murray also taking 4th in the 15 year old age group.

To round off the day Lucy B managed to get gold in the 200 Back, so is now first in the County for 15 year olds at this distance, along with qualifying for a place in the Open Final, whilst Matt Evans and Sam White swam an impressive 200 Breaststroke against very strong competition, with Sam ending up 6th in his age group.

So to Finals on day 2 of the main champs and Team TSC are again very well represented for such a small club against the other 15 Clubs.  Jack did himself proud in the 100 Back, got yet another small PB, and another finalist medal and so did Hattie in the 50 Back.   Lucy B managed to get bronze in her 50 Back final in the 15 year category, along with getting 6th in the Open Age Group 200 Back Final, which meant that she ended up with 3rd in the Junior County Championship and a place on the podium – a first for the Club.

The final weekend of the Championship and Thame were still going strong!  Emily Evans swum her favourite event the 100 fly and qualified for a place in the final.  After being DQ’d in her 100 fly, Hattie J bounced back like a trooper to get to the 50 free final – showing real determination, and Jack A got to yet another final – this time the 50 fly.

In the afternoon Josh Boddy swam a very strong 200 IM getting an impressive 4 second PB, followed by the dynamic duo, George P and Jack A who were at it again, finishing 5th and 8th in the boys 13 years 200 IM.  Is this success something to do with eating frozen peas – which apparently George likes to chomp on during a gala!  Maybe we should all try it?!

Jo Hewett was back on top form again getting 2nd in the 50 Free and an 11 second PB in her 200 Free, winning her gold and another very well deserved place on the podium.

The finals are electrifying and this penultimate day was no exception – each swimmer gets to walk on with their age group finalists and be announced to the crowd  – all our finalists swam amazingly, but the most exciting moment was Jack in the 50 fly, who was unfortunately pipped into 2nd place by a City of Oxford swimmer who won by a mere finger tip – an awesome swim Jack and a well deserved silver medal.

So to the last day of Counties Competition – the girls opened the proceedings with Jo Hewett in the 100 Back, and another convincing win for Jo, another podium finish and trophy – brilliant stuff!  Lucy B also swam well in her heat of the 100 Back with a new PB and qualified in 1st place for her finalGeorge and Jack both swum convincingly in the 100 Free heats coming in 3rd and 5th consecutively and making it comfortably to the finals, but the morning was owned by Murray Wakefield who went an impressive 59.28 in his 100 Free – the first time under a minute over that distance – congratulations Murray on an awesome swim!  But not to be outdone Jack then did it again 😊 got yet another PB and qualified for the 50 Back Final – what a Championship this lad has had!

The afternoon was also full of success; Emily Evans picked up a bronze in her 200 Fly in a new PB of 2.41.74, five seconds ahead of the swimmer in 4th place – well done Emily.  Sam Williams, who was also competing at his first Counties finished his weekend’s swimming on a high note with a 6 second PB on his 200 Back.  We say goodbye and good luck to Sam who is now off to pastures new.  Jack A and Elliot R-B also picked up finalist medals for their age group 200 Back events.

The final evening session saw our three finalists do themselves proud.  George came 6th in his 100 free age group final having shaved over 4 seconds off his entry time, Lucy B was in a thrilling 100 back final, but like Jack the day before was beaten by a mere finger tip into second place in the 15 year age category, but she did also get a third in the Junior Championship, so a podium finish to end the Counties.  Finally, to our Jack, who has won more bling than most, and tonight was no exception as he came in third in the 50 Back to win his final bronze of the meet.

Our commiserations go to Esme Young, who due to injury wasn’t able to attend Counties this year having qualified for 50 and 200 Back.  We wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you next year!

It truly was a fantastic meet for Team Thame, loads of Club Records were broken, lots of Regional Times were achieved, but most of all Team TSC united to cheer each other on, give praise when it was due and hugs in moments of disappointment and basically just be there for each other.  It was truly magical.

Huge thanks to Head Coach, Ian Blyth, who was there from dawn to dusk on every day of the County Championships, also big thanks to the rest of the coaching squad, Damian Wakefield and Mark Simms who coached and cheered all our swimmers on.  Thank you also to all our officials, who pitched up in their whites to work poolside, and also to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help with all our ONB designated jobs from marshalling to entry desk, to drinks monitor and medal table – we couldn’t have done it without you.

And finally a word on those wonderful relay teams ….. well done to all our relay squads, who competed in the Medley and Freestyle relays throughout the County Championships.  All the teams beat their entry times, some by huge margins, so new PBs were flying around (although unfortunately they don’t officially count in personal terms!).  The relays are great fun, very noisy, water everywhere with lots of cheering from the crowd – a real sight to behold!  Our best placing was the boys 13-14 Freestyle Relay team who came 5th in their age group and the Girls Open Freestyle Relay team who came 9th – well done to you all.  Below is a list of relay squads who competed – congratulations to you all:

Boys – 10/12 Age Group:  Sam Williams, Joe White, Hugo Pearson, Thomas Sackett

Girls – 10/12 Age Group:  Ruthie Galloway, Katie Croft-Baker, Alessandra Charlton, Hattie Jolly, Jessica Tawsley, Crystal Bogaki,

Boys – 13/14 Age Group:  Ben Mould, Jack Allman, Jacob North, George Pearson

Girls – 13/14 Age Group:  Isabel Day, Isabella Johnston, Emily Evans, Honey Valdiserri, Olivia Bradley, Ellie Weeks-Pearson.

Boys – U16 Age Group:  Jacob North, Sam White, Murray Wakefield, George Nelson, Jack Allman

Girls – U16 Age Group:  Lucy Day, Abi Hard, Emily Evans, Lucy Block, Alex Smith

Boys Open – Matt Evans, Ben Rose, Elliot Riley-Brown, Arran Parmar

Girls Open – Lizi Humphreys, Lucy Block, Abi Hard, Lucy Day, Emily Evans

WOW what a brilliant Counties Team Thame had – we came 10th overall as a Club, which is amazing against such huge competition.  I hope this inspires YOUR swimmer to train hard, compete hard and get those all important PBs to qualify for next year’s Championships!

Wycombe Duel Meet 16-17th February 2019

What a brilliant weekend. Thame visited Wycombe for the annual dual meet held at the Wycombe Leisure Centre.

Some 30 + swimmers from fundamentals through to group 3 arrived to take on the long course meet. Taking on 17 other clubs and for some their first ever gala and their first ever 50m pool. It seemed like nothing was going to Faze any of our swimmers as they were all very excited. I would say the biggest shock came as one of our fundamental swimmers 9 year old Rennie disappeared into the distance in her warm up and all we could see was a little white fundamentals hat at the other end of the pool. Nothing got in her way as she came back surrounded by bigger swimmers with the mind set of this is my Lane as much as it is yours so you can all wait. 2 Full sessions each day meant a lot of waiting around but the swimmers all kept busy with colouring and card games and lots of talking.

Louise Birmingham was very brave and took on the mighty 400 individual medley for the very first time and set a very respectable time, she now has something to aim at the next time she does it, so well done Louise.

Over the 2 days we saw pbs and medals in abundance and their faces lit up when they were told their times. It would be great to see a lot more from Thame swimming club at next year’s event. To get a long course time so early in the year is a must for all swimmers from fundamentals through to group 4 so please keep an eye out for future events.

Please see the weekends medal count.

A big thanks goes out to coaches Iain and Andy and to team manager Helen for controlling and making it a great fun weekend for all.