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Hitchin swimmers finish 3rd in first 2017 Peanuts event

peanutleague17Hitchin Swimming Club hosted Round One of the Peanuts League Division 2 for the 2017 season on Saturday May 6.

Drawn against teams from Broxbourne, Buntingford, Cheshunt, Stevenage and Watford, Hitchin’s younger swimmers, aged from 9 to 12, got the chance to experience competing in a team event.

The noise from the enthusiastic spectating group of parents, added to the cheering from the swimmers for their team-mates, made it a challenging event for the officials and especially the starter, who could not always make himself heard!

Initially the home team struggled against the visiting teams until the 9-year-old girls’ relay squad of Charlotte Brakenbury, Jemima Cross, Hannah Lovelock and Isabel Matfield gave Hitchin their first win in the 4x25m freestyle relay.

The girls then made it a double by winning the 4x25m special relay.

Jemima also comfortably added a 2nd in her 25m breaststroke individual event.



peanutleague17 2The 9-year-old boys were not far behind with their relay squad of Robin Kausar, Joseph Lee, Luca Menon and Michael Teobold managing 2nd in both of their relay events.

Robin impressed with his additional individual win in the 25m breaststroke.

Hitchin’s strong Under 13 girls’ squad of Ashleigh Cooper, Freya Harwood, Olivia Matfield and Lucy Storey formed a solid foundation for the team with their impressive double freestyle and medley relay wins by significant distances.

This was supported by first places for Ashleigh (50m freestyle), Freya (50m butterfly) and a strong swim by Lucy to gain herself an individual runner-up spot (50m breaststroke).

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East of England Regional Swimming Championships

eastregionalsHitchin Swimming Club had their largest ever representation at the East of England Regional Swimming Championships over the first bank holiday weekend in May.

This event attracts swimmers from Watford to Ipswich, some of whom only two weeks before were competing at British Nationals for places to represent team GB at European and World competitions.

 Hitchin’s 15-strong team of senior swimmers competed in 36 events over the weekend.

The club’s main success came in the butterfly events with Hannah Currell making the 200m finals in a club record of 2.36.24 and Alec Burchell the 50m finals with a personal best of 26.62. 

Mark Evens achieved a European Down Syndrome record in the 400m freestyle in a time of 5.35.06. 

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Herts ASA - Sam Gamble and Alex Evens

sam and alexHitchin Swimming Club’s Sam Gamble and Alex Evens starred at the Herts ASA County Championships 2017, held at Borehamwood.

Sam, 18, excelled in the boys’ 100m back with a personal best (PB) time of 1:00.11, qualifying for the finals, where he smashed his earlier time, going under the minute in 59.99 to win the silver medal.

He also shone in the 200m IM, finishing sixth just outside his PB time in 2:18.95; and in the 100m breaststroke he was 13th in 1:12.75.

Alex, 18, won silver in the 100m freestyle in a time of 54.20, just outside his PB. He also made the finals of the 100m fly, finishing fifth in 1:00.80.

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Paul Pearce Disability Award - Mark Evens

markevens1Mark Evens, of Hitchin Swimming Club, has shown great commitment and determination in both his training and competitions, during a year which has seen him become Down Syndrome World Record holder in four different events.

Throughout the year, Mark has competed regularly for his club at open meets, making improvements in his personal best times in all events. 

The last two months of 2016 were particularly amazing.  At the East Region Winter Short Course Championships at the start of November, Mark took 4½ seconds off his PB to set his first world record in the 200m freestyle.  The previous record, set by an Australian swimmer, had stood for more than four years.

markevens2Just two weeks later, Mark smashed the 400m freestyle world record after knocking 18 secs off his PB, and then the following week, he took a further 3 secs off his 200m time to break his own record.

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3 Golds for Jude Gould at the Luton Autumn Meet

jude gouldHitchin swimmers won a haul of medals with several personal best times in the Autumn Meet at Luton.

Star swimmer was 14-year-old Jude Gould, who claimed gold in the 50m free, 100m free, 200m free and 50m fly, and also took bronze in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.

Alfie Warnock struck gold in the 13 yrs 50m fly and 100m fly, while Harry Jones took gold in the open age group 200m fly.

Alex Evens won gold in the open age group 100m free as well as silver in the 100 fly and bronze in the 400 free. Younger brother Adam took gold in the 14yrs 400 free, silver in 100 free and bronze in the 50 fly.

Daniel English took silver in the 14yrs 1500 free, Alec Burchell claimed bronze in the open age group 100m and 200m freestyle, and Jack Emerson took bronze in the open age group 200m backstroke.

Owen Gallagher continued Hitchin Swimming Club’s success with silver in the 14yrs 50 fly. Sonja Lowdon took silver medals in the 14yrs 50m and 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 200 breaststroke. Jasmine Brakenbury took silver in the 11yrs 400m free and bronze in the 200m free.

Daria Teobald took bronze in the 13 yrs 50 fly while Jessica Drury was the youngest medallist with bronze in the 9yrs 50m breaststroke.

Most Hitchin swimmers recorded personal best times and particular mention goes to Abigail Wright, Ashleigh Cooper, Adam Evens, Ben Carroll, Daria Teobald, Edward Pipe, Josh Carroll, Jude Gould and Owen Gallagher, who set PBs in all their races.



Superb swim from Freya Harwood at the Terry Davies Meet.

freya harwood july16A number of Hitchin swimmers attended ‘The Terry Davies Alternative Nationals’ at Watford over one weekend.

Superb swimming came from Freya Harwood, 11, who collected 2nd place in the 50m back in a time of 40.62, third spot in the 50m free with a new personal best (PB) time of 32.31.

Freya also knocked more than eight seconds off her PB in the 100m fly, finishing 3rd in 1:23.54. She set another PB time of 1:11.81 in the 100m free to achieve 3rd in her age group, a great achievement.

Another top Hitchin swimmer, Jack Emerson, 15, took gold in the 100m back in a time 1:06.65 just missing out on a PB time. Jack also swam an outstanding 50m back race, finishing 2nd in a time of 31.04. He also took 2nd place in the 200m back in 2:25.79.

Overall Hitchin swimmers achieved a total of 32 top medal places in 28 events. Winners included Aidan Wood, 11, Lucy Brett, 15, Vicky Brakenbury, 14, Daria Teobald, 12, Matteo Lo Biundo, 12, Emily Cairncross, 10, Hannah Currrell, 16, Daniel English, 13, Alec Burchell, 17, Ashleigh Cooper, 11, Jamie Brackston, 14, Lucy King, 12, and Laney Laws-Randell, 11.


ASA East Regionals June 2016

asa eastregionals june 2016Five of Hitchin Swimming Club’s swimmers competed at the ASA East Region Championships at the Luton Inspire pool over the bank holiday weekend.

All swimmers competing were aged 14 and under. Qualifying times for the championship are tough and the standard of swimming over the weekend was very high.

However, it was a successful weekend with the five swimmers competing in a total of 14 events recording some fast times including eight personal bests and six club records.

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Luton Open Meet 2016

jude luton 16Hitchin Swimming Club competed against a number of local clubs and some of the top clubs from the London area in a top-class open meet at the Inspire Pool in Luton.

This event was designed to attract swimmers trying hard to improve their national rankings in the hope that they will be eligible for their own national competitions in the summer.  Although final rankings are not taken until the end of May, Hitchin Swimming Club are hopeful that four swimmers will be going to their respective nationals in the summer: Alec Burchell (Scotland), Daniel English and Matthew McPherson (Wales) and Rebecca Scott (Belgium).

At the Luton meet top 10 places were achieved by Adam Evens (14 yrs 400m free), Alec Burchell (16/over 50m fly), Alfie Warnock (13 yrs 50m fly, 100m free), Ashleigh Cooper (12 yrs 50m breast, 200IM, 50/100m free), Daniel English (14 yrs 400m free, 200m fly), Hannah Currell (16/over 200m fly), Harry Jones (16/over 100m fly), Jasmine Brakenbury (11 yrs 50m breast, 100m free), Jayke Smith (15 yrs 200m free), Jude Gould (14 yrs 50/100/200 free), Megan Jones (12 yrs 50m breast), Oliver Owen (14 yrs 50m free) and Sonja Lowdon (14 yrs 50/100/200m breast).

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Stevenage Development Meet News

oliviamayfield2A NUMBER of Hitchin Swimming Club’s younger swimmers attended the Stevenage Swimming Club Invitational Development Meet. 

Between them they won 11 gold, five silver and eight bronze medals and many more personal best times were achieved. 

For many of the swimmers, this was their first experience of racing.  It was a very enjoyable event with great team spirit.

In the girls’ events, Olivia Matfield, 11, collected gold in the 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle.  She also shone in the 100m individual medley (IM), winning silver. 

Rachel Young, 13, won gold in the 100m IM while one of the club’s youngest swimmers, Elle Maguire, took gold in the 50m freestyle.

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East Region Long Course Swimming Championship

east region lc 2016HITCHIN Swimming Club sent its largest senior squad in recent times of 10 swimmers to the 15yrs and Over East Region Swimming Championships held in the University of East Anglia’s 50m pool in Norwich. 

The squad consisted of Philippa Amos, Alec Burchell, Hannah Currell, Jack Emerson, Alex Evens, Sam Gamble, Harry Jones, Matt McPherson, Martin Russell-Rogers and Rebecca Scott.

This year’s event followed the British Olympic trials in Glasgow, and a number of swimmers performing there also competed in this East Region event.  The East region attracts the large national clubs of Hatfield, Ipswich and Peterborough, so the competition for top places was extremely high.

Just to qualify for this championship is a challenge in itself as most of the events have only 24 places available in each age category of 15yrs, 16yrs and 17yrs and over.

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Record for Sam Gamble at High Wycombe Open

Sam GambleHitchin’s Sam Gamble, 16, was on top form in the 50m pool at the High Wycombe Open Meet.

He won golds in both his events, smashing the club’s long course record in the 100m backstroke in 1:02.27 after powering out in front and leading all the way. His second gold was in a closely-fought 50m free, which he narrowly won in another LC personal best (PB) time of 25.30.

Lucy Brett, 15, had strong swims, taking third places in the 50m back, 100m free and the 100m back in her age group.

Matteo Lo Biundo, 12, excelled in the 50m fly, winning gold in a new long-course PB time of 33.27. He added silvers in the 50m free (30.48), the 100m free and the 100m fly (1:20.60) and bronze in the 50m back.

Jayke Smith, 14, had a fantastic swim in the 100m free taking gold with a LC personal best time of 1:00.38. She also won silver with a LC PB time of 27.78 in the 50m free and bronze in the 50m back.

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Lucy Brett and Francesca Green fundraising for Breast Cancer Care

lucyandfrancescaLucy Brett and Francesca Green, both 15 and active members of Hitchin Swimming Club, have decided not to take part in a swimming open meet on May 14-15 – and instead swap their swimming costumes for trainers and bras to take part in a challenge of a different kind!

They will be walking at midnight through London taking part in this year’s Moonwalk fundraiser in aid of breast cancer

If you would like to support Lucy and Francesca and help boost their fundraising for this very good cause, please donate to  then click onto ‘sponsor a walker’ and help them achieve their target of raising at least £200 each.

“Thanks in advance for your kind donations - your donation will really help someone,” said the two girls.



peanuts league 2016Peanuts League 1 2016

Hitchin Swimming Club’s youngsters took part in the first round of the Peanut League on Saturday, many taking part in their first competition.

Special congratulations must go to Elle Maguire, Dominic Wright, Isabel Bygrave, Alex Carirncross, Jessica Drury, Marco LoBiundo, Rosie Smith and Rory Jenkins on their fantastic efforts.

The girls’ under 12s relay team of Freya Harwood, Jasmine Brakenbury, Laney Laws-Randall and Olivia Matfield had a brilliant night, taking first place in the freestyle and medley relay races.

The girls’ under 13s team of Ashleigh Cooper, Lucy King, Ella Chapman and Catalina Granger, also took first place in their freestyle event.

The boys’ under 14s freestyle relay team of Matteo LoBiundo, Louis Diamond, Lorimer Jenkins and Ben Street swam a close race and finished in second position.

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rachel youngHarlow Penguins Open - Rachel Young wins 3 Gold Medals

A SMALL contingency of Hitchin swimmers competed in the Harlow Penguins Open Meet and performed well, setting a number of personal best (PB) times.

Rachel Young, 13, collected a great medal tally including three golds. She smashed her 50m fly best time by over 5 seconds, collecting gold in her age group in 39.25.

Rachel secured another gold in her age group in the 50m free with a PB time of 33.40. Then it was third time lucky for Rachel, who also won gold in the 100m IM, knocking over 10 seconds off her personal best time with a fantastic 1:24.42.

In the 50m back, Rachel just missed out on a top position by less then a second, taking 4th with a PB time of 42.86. And in the 50m breast, she again smashed her PB time by over 5 seconds, taking 4th place in her age group in 46.44.

Adam Evens, 13, struck gold in three events with PBs in all: the 50m free (31.08), 50m fly (35.97) and 100m IM (1:21.38).

Mark Evens, 19, swam a very quick 50m free, less than a second outside his PB time, for bronze.

Megan Jones, 11, had a clean sweep of podium positions: gold in the 50m breast in 46.31, silver in the 100m IM (1:34.33) and bronzes in the 50m back (42.34) and 50m fly (42.45).

Josh Carroll, 13, collect bronze in the 50m breast in 49.33.

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 alecburchell 300A Small contingent of Hitchin swimmers competed against a number of top UK club simmers at the Basildon Long Course Open Meet.

Meeting the challenging qualifying times to compete in the meet was the first achievement.

The stand out performance came from Alec Burchell (pictured left), who took silver in the 50m Fly with a new Long Course personal best (PB) time of 27.76. Alec also had good solid swims in the 100m and 200m Free just missing the top 10 in the open age group.

Other individual highlights came from: Daniel English, 13, 6th place in his 100m fly age group, setting a new PB Long Course time of 1:12.16; Daria Teobald, 12, made the top 10 in her age group in the 100m breast; and Freya Harwood, 11, recorded Long Course PBs in the 50m fly, 39.03 and 100m free 1:15.15  

Glenn Harrison, 13, shaved off over a second of his 50m back PB with a time of 34.44, but his best performance came from his superb 100m free, where he set a new LC PB with 1:05.12

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ashleigh cooper2

HITCHIN Swimming Club is celebrating after a number of its swimmers gained medals and set new personal best times at the Potters Bar Swimming Club Open Meet held at the The Venue, Borehamwood, over the weekend.

Competing against 17 other clubs, there were some outstanding individual performances.

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Congratulations to the following players who have been selected for the "East Angels" U14 Girls Inter-Regional team.  We are very pleased to welcome team sponsors KWL Logistics and thank them for their kind support. 

  1. Ella Bright (Colchester)
  2. Eloise Bailey (Modernians)
  3. Eda Colliver (Modernians)
  4. Paige Flower (Suffolk Coastal Torpedoes)
  5. Anna Leeson (Watford)
  6. Ciara Nicholson (Chelmsford)
  7. Miranda Edwards (City of Cambridge/Hitchin)
  8. Eve Poole (TeamIpswich)
  9. Isabel Wyatt (Colchester)
  10. Felicity Massie (Hitchin)
  11. Faye Poole (TeamIpswich)
  12. Holly Evans (Suffolk Coastal Torpedoes)
  13. Sophie Johnson (Suffolk Coastal Torpedoes)

The U14 Girls Inter-Regional Championship takes place on 5th-6th December at Walsall Gala Baths.  Best wishes to the East Angels, coaches Chris Cawood & Brian Poole, and all their parents & supporters. 

National Arena Swimming League 2015

harry jones

The National Arena Swimming League started this month with Hitchin Swimming Club competing in the London Region Division One at Braintree Swimming Centre in Essex.

A full squad made the coach journey with team spirit and hopes high.

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Cambridge Grand Prix Qualifiers 2015

alfie warnock

Hitchin swimming club took a small number of its top swimmers to the Cambridge Grand Prix level 2 Regional and National Qualifier, to show off their competitive edge.

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Basildon 2015

adam and mark evens

HITCHIN swimmers competed against a number of national rivals at Basildon’s 25m pool, but did not disappoint with many of them making top six places in their events.

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British Summer Championships

sam gamble

TOP swimmers and stars of the future took centre stage at the premier swimming event of the summer – the British Summer Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Hitchin Swimming Club’s Sam Gamble took part in this invitation-only event along with some of the country’s most talented performers.

Sam swam a very quick 50m free, long course, in a time of 25.45secs gaining him a new club record and placing him 20th in the country.

This is an outstanding achievement for Sam and the club.











Swim Wales Summer Open Meet


DURING the summer holidays, Hitchin swimmer Daniel English, 12, took part in the Swim Wales Summer Open Meet (formally known as the Welsh Nationals) held in Swansea.






Duck and Dash Aquathlon

TWENTY Hitchin Swimming Club members took part in the Duck and Dash Aquathlon


East Angels are UK Water Polo Champions

CONGRATULATIONS to the magnificent East Angels who were crowned the 2014 UK Inter-Regional Water Polo Champions in Liverpool at the weekend - the first Championship victory since the East Region was set up almost a decade ago.


Thirty-Nine Swimmers head to Biggleswade Open Meet 

Thirty-Nine Hitchin Swimmers took part in Biggleswade Open Meet over two days at the weekend.

Hitchin Swimming Club Awards 2014

Hitchin Swimming clubs annual awards evening. 

Josh Wins Four Medals

Hitchin Swimming Club achieved some impressive personal bests at Luton Open Meet.

Record Breakers at Biggleswade Open Meet

Hitchin swimmers returned some incredible results at the Biggleswade 15th Open Meet.

Boys Participate in Charity Swim

Four members of Hitchin Swimming Club took part in a 50m swimming relay to raise money for the Marie Curie Nursing Service.

Super Siblings! 

Thirty-six of Hitchin Swimming Club’s younger and less experienced swimmers competed in the Harlow Penguins Junior Development Meet. 

Record Breaker Mark Evens

Mark Evens heads to Southhampton to compete in the Disability Sports Event South East Regional Championships.

Mid Beds Open Meet


Hitchin Swimming Club competed against 26 other clubs at the Mid Beds Open Meet. One of the swimmers was golden girl Francesca Green.

Peanuts League Competition 


Hitchin Swimming Club’s under 13s were in action at the weekend competing in round one of the annual Peanuts League competition. Including Ollie Owen.

New Club Record at British Nationals


Hitchin Swimming Club’s Jack Burchell set new club records at the British Nationals in Sheffield.

Hitchin Swimming Club Fast and Furious

A number of swimmers represented Hitchin Swimming Club at the Team Luton Swimming Club Fast and Furious Sprint Meet.

Hitchin swimmers were involved in some extremely close races, producing personal bests (PBs) in a number of events as they competed places in the finals.

Callum Chivers Swims Lake Coniston


On a beautiful summer’s day, Callum Chivers, of Hitchin Swimming Club, took fourth place at the 22nd Open Water Swim along Lake Coniston.

Peanuts Round Three


Star performers, Hitchin’s 11-year-old boys’ relay team. The team was made up of:

Daniel English, Ollie Owen, Glenn Harrison and Adam Evens

Hitchin Swimmers Gain Success at Potters Bar


Golden girl Alex Moor.

Callum Chivers Defeats Windermere


David Cook 50 Years of Devotion

Dave Cook, 78, has devoted almost 50 years to Hitchin Swimming Club. He joined the club as a swimmer in 1957, volunteered for the chairman role in the late 1950’s and has been at the heart of many facets of the club over the years.

Paul Pearce Disability Award


Mark wins the Paul Pearce Disability Award for all his amazing achievements.

Gold Medal and Champiobship Winner


Champions swimmer Alec Burchell and Gold medal winner Alex Moor.

Success for Hitchin Swimming Club at Zonals


Alec Burchell, Alex Evens, Sam Gamble and Martin Russell-Rogers  all qualified to take part in the ASA’s  Zonal meet for Central England, when they competed at Corby Pool.

Mark Evens Youth Disability Swimming Championships


Mark Evens, 17, of Hitchin Swimming Club, represented the Eastern Region at the National Junior and Youth Disability Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. 

Hertfordshire County Championships


Hitchin swimmer Sam Gamble picked up a hat-trick of gold medals at the Hertfordshire County Championships.


Wycombe Open Meet


Record breaker Rebecca Scott

Martin Russell-Rogers goes to Belguim

Hitchin swimmer Martin Russell-Rogers competed in the Seraing International Grand Prix for swimming in Belgium.

Personal Bests at Herts County Long Distance Champs


Three Hitchin swimmers competed at the Herts County Long Distance Championships and all set new personal best times.

Hitchin Swimming Club Heads to Regionals


Inspirational swimming at Inspire Sports Village.

Callum Chivers and James Douglas at Colwick


BLDSA Colwick Park Championship 2014.

Winner Lucia Czornyj at Peanuts


Hitchin Swimming Club youngsters put in some impressive performances in round 2 of the Hertfordshire Peanuts League.