National Inter-Counties 2013

Hertfordshire finished in 12th place with 318 points. The entire squad swum well and the team spirit in the camp was generally excellent. There were two superb individual wins for the British Junior International, Martyn Walton, on both the 100m free (49.51) and the 100m backstroke (55.38). Martyn was then nominated by both coaches as Herts Male Swimmer of the meet.
Swimmers : Nathan Hughes, Ben Garratt, Mason Brand, Ben Harrison, Ben   Ransome, Harry Parker, Nathan Bentley, Max Ashworth, Harry   Ormerod, Martyn Walton, Greg Baxter, Nico Campbell, Caleb   Hughes – Ellie Mitchell, Leyla Manthorpe-Rizatepe, Elinah Philip, Laura   Copping, Megan Cook, Georgina Pryor, Robyn Brett, Amy Godsave,   Niahm Burns, Ellie Fogg, Faye Nugent, Katie Armitage, Jessica Jackson,   Charlotte Longden

Coaches:  Samir Ahmed (Hatfield), Lee Portingale (Hitchin)

Team Managers:  Caroline Holt, Colette Newman

Officials  Louise Hughes, Grant Chivers

President:  Chris Sage


Georgina Pryor of Hoddesdon collected the award for Herts Female swimmer of the meet after outstanding performances. Georgina’s 100m backstroke time of 1:02:20 was good enough to earn second spot, whilst her 100m fly time of 1:02:15 helped the team collect third position. Another swimmer finishing in the podium position was Britain’s International ,Caleb Hughes on the 100m fly, positing a time of 55:85. Katie Armitage also ranked highly on the 100m breaststroke (1:09:17) finishing second to the British Age Group Record Holder, Sophie Taylor.

The team of 27 swimmers & staff members assembled at Hitchin on Saturday afternoon to complete a training session before travelling up to stay in the Premier Inn, Chesterfield, who provided an excellent service and meals throughout our short stay.

Many thanks to all the team staff who done a first class job. Thanks also to Bryan Thompson for all his work behind the scenes and giving us such great support. Finally, the encouragement received on the day by Chris Sage our County President and Ian Mackenzie our East Region President along with his wife Sheila was hugely appreciated.

Full results can be viewed at : http://www.swimmingresults.org.uk/swimming/results/2013/nctd113/

Samir Ahmed