Watford Alternative Nationals Open Meet

June 28, 2014

Harpenden had 36 swimmers competing across 163 events at Watford's Open Meet. This was a good chance for swimmers to see what kind of end of season form they had, and also to post qualifying times for Hertfordshire County Championships 2015.


The swimmers raced well and came away with a huge clutch of medals as follows;


  • In the 200m IM, Juliet Merelie and Bradley Borland took silver in their respective age groups, and Joe Richardson took bronze.

  • Alice Richardson, John Telensky and Juliet claimed bronzes in the 100m breaststroke, whilst Elena Smart, Luke Temple and Matt Tester-Wilson all took silvers. Juliet also broke the 15 year old girls club record which has been standing since 2010.

  • John won bronze in the 100m butterfly, backed up with silver in the 50m event.

  • In the 200m freestyle, Juliet claimed our first gold medal of the meet in the 15 year old girls.

  • Matt broke the 12 year old boys 100m IM club record on his way to bronze in the 100m IM, only to have his record broken again by Joe Richardson as he took the silver.

  • In the 50m freestyle Joe and Juliet took silvers, with Alice and Millie Dixon taking bronzes.

  • The 200m breaststroke saw our second win, this time from Bradley, and Juliet claimed another silver and the 15 year old 200m breaststroke club record, breaking a time that has stood for 4 years.

  • Another gold came from Juliet in the 100m freestlye, with Phoebe taking bronze in the age group above.

  • Finally, in the 50m breaststroke Luka Wilson, Libby Trayling and Millie Salkeld all claimed silvers, whilst Bradley, Matt and Juliet all bagged golds.


Juliet also qualified for the skins competition after her performance in the 50m freestyle. This involved the 6 fastest swimmers racing off, and the slowest swimmer being eliminated each time. To make it harder, after the first race off the swimmers only had a 10 second warning and then the start signal; no 'take your marks'. Juliet swam tactically in the first couple of rounds before she had to start fighting hard for her place. She qualified 4th and came out 3rd, winning herself £20 in the process! Congratualtions Juliet!


The coaches were pleased to see some real progress across the board at this open meet, especially in terms of underwater work and turns. Clearly people have been listening, and now it's starting to show in the races! Keep up the good work.


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