National Inter-Counties 2015

The weekend of 18/19 October saw our County team train and travel north to Sheffield for this years National County Team Championships. 24 swimmers from 8 clubs made the team.

Ismail Rahim

Berkhamstead

Mia Carter

Bishops Stortford

Ellie Mitchell

Bishops Stortford

Amy Young

Bishops Stortford

Dan Chada

Bishops Stortford

Lauren Stott

CoStA

Shannon Stott

CoStA

Sophie Payne

Hatfield

Molly Francis

Hatfield

Reese Housden

Hatfield

Tobi Laguda

Hatfield

Kate McQuaid

Hatfield

Ben Garratt

Hatfield

Nathan Hughes

Hatfield

Luke Turley

Hatfield

Harry Parker

Hatfield

Nathan Bentley

Hatfield

Oliver Perry

Hatfield

Ben Ransome

Hertford

Libby Dunford

Hoddesdon

Georgina Pryor

Hoddesdon

Amy Godsave

Hoddesdon

Jake Moxham

Royston

Abigail Green

Watford

Coaches Kevin Pickard and Ingrid Wilkes from Hatfield led the training session on the Saturday and were responsible for team selection and running the team during the competition. They were supported on the trip by Team Managers Bryan Thompson and Grant Chivers from Harpenden and Hitchin respectively. During the day, Grant worked poolside as an official on behalf of the County along with Louise Hughes from Hitchin while Bryan stayed up in the stands with the team. Special thanks has to go to Kate Burchell who did all the Team Manager running around before the event - chasing swimmers and sorting out the paperwork.

In the early stages of the competition the team were teetering around the relegation zone sitting between 14th & 16th as the table was being displayed but the team seemed to settle into a rhythm and we seemed to settle between 10th – 12th switching places almost every race as the differentials came into play.

The following individual top 6 finishes helped the team secure their mid table position

Reese Housden 5th 100 Breaststroke & 6th 100 Fly
Shannon Stott 6th 100 Fly
Georgina Pryor 6th 100 Back & 100 Fly
Tobi Laguda 6th 100 Free
Nathan Hughes 2nd in 100 Breaststroke & 4th 100 Backstroke
Luke Turley 2nd 100 Free
Ellie Mitchell 3rd 100 Backstroke

Backed up with some great relay results

2nd in the 14/15 year old 4x50 Medley
5th in the 12/13 year old 4x50 Medley

And

3rd in the final event – 6x50 Mixed Freestyle.

With the table not being updated in the pool hall for the last 3 events it was more difficult to keep track of where we were in the table – the last we saw was 10th which would have been a step forward on the last 2 years. The whole team were delighted when the results came in and we were in 8th place. 5 points off 7th place, 2 points clear of 9th and 4 points clear of 10th.

All in all a great weekend for Hertfordshire.

If we look through the archives this is the third time since 2010 that we have finished in the top 10 and is something we want to maintain. Our best ever finish was 5th in 2007 and we want to push ourselves hard to beat that. Looking forward, if we can turn top 6 finishes into top 3 finishes and move up in all the other events as well then who knows what we can do.