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Reports 2018

Talented trio selected for national development programme

22 September 2018
Congratulations to Alfie Francis, Charlotte Norman and Louis Walker who, following their great performances at this year’s Nationals, have been selected to attend Swim England’s National Development Programme for 2018.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, explained: “Swim England organises a series of development programmes that provide a pathway to support young swimmers in their quest to achieve senior international podium success.”

Michelle continued: “Swimmers are selected as a national cohort and have then been assigned to the National Development Programme in one of six areas across the country.”

The National Development Programme for Area 3 takes place in Peterborough on 22 September, 27 October and 1 December 2018.

Additionally, Alfie, Charlotte and Louis competed in Luton on Sunday 16 September to represent Essex in the Junior Inter-Counties team championships.

All three Colchester SC swimmers did well and Essex finished 2nd, just behind Suffolk. Alfie swam in 4x50m boys medley team and won the individual 100m breaststroke. Louis swam as part of the 4x50m mixed freestyle team and the 8x50m mixed freestyle, which came third. Finally, Charlotte was part of the winning 4x50m girls medley team.

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Relay success key to Mini League performance

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19 September 2018
On 8 September Colchester Swimming Club competed in the fourth round of the Essex Mini League at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre.

Southend took top spot (170 points) narrowly beating Rochford (166 points). Colchester came a close third (155 points) with Woodham Ferrers (92 points) and Romford (79 points) coming fourth and fifth respectively.

There were a number of notable impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. Josh Bleck (46.16) and Mark Milburn (36.28) won their 50m backstroke races, and Massimo Girolami (41.40) and Hannah O’ Malley (36.01) also came first in the 50m butterfly. However, as has been the pattern throughout this year’s Mini League tournament, it was the relay races that saw Colchester really hit form.

In the 4X1 medley relay Gaby Troman, Sophie Ryan, Freya Cowley and Isabella Stratton-Thomsett came first in the 9 year old girls’ race (1.33.72) and Jude Leigh, Seth Belshaw, Nik Baltsezak and George Scalan took the honours in the equivalent boys’ race (1.33.31).

The points continued to add up as the girls 6X1 butterfly relay team took first place in 15518 (Freya Cowley, Anjali Tuckwell, Sadie Rowe, Keziah Cornish, Nuha Van Der Schyff and Ana–Victoria Anderson).

Colchester also won both the girls and boys 9 years 4x1 free relay. The girl’s team (Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gaby Troman, Freya Cowley and Sophie Ryan) took the spoils in a time of 1.22.04, and the boys also came first in 1.2216 (Jude Leigh, Seth Belshaw, Nik Baltsezak and George Scalan).

Further relay success came in the girls 6X1 breaststroke (Sophie Ryan, Aila Manning, Sadie Rowe, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Anola Jordan and Ana–Victoria Anderson) who won in 2.11.85 and the girls 13&U 4x1 freestyle relay who registered a win in 1.03.47 (Amy Johnson, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Keziah Cornish and Hannah O’Malley).

One of the highlights of a competitive evening was the double-win in the 10&U 4x1 freestyle relay The girls (Gaby Troman, Aila Manning, Daisy Himsworth and Anjali Tuckwell) won their race in 1.15.85 and the boys won in a rapid 1.11.25 (Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse, Josh Bleck and Eoin Ledwidge).

Chloe Rudkin, Team Manager, said: “The team competed well and there was a good mix of impressive individual and team performances; particularly by our youngsters. Once again there was a fantastic atmosphere with team members and spectators cheering the swimmers on. Overall it was a very solid display so soon after returning from the summer break and I’m already looking forward to our final Mini League fixture at Clacton.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Ana–Victoria Anderson, Nik Baltsezak, Seth Belshaw, Josh Bleck, Harrison Brook, Hayden Chamberlain, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Freya Cowley, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Joseph Guild, Daisy Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Jude Leigh, Aila Manning, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Hannah O’Malley, Charlie Pryke, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Gaby Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff and Elliot Whitehouse.

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International medal success for Simon

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16 September 2018
Simon Emm, representing Colchester Swimming Club and Great Britain, at this year’s European Masters Championships in Slovenia has added to his international medal tally.

Simon competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, as well as the 400m and 800m freestyle at The Kranj swimming pool complex (3 – 7 September). Although initially struggling to achieve his target times he came into his own as this week progressed.

The undoubted highlight of his week was in the 200m butterfly where Simon added a European Bronze medal to his World Bronze medal from last year. Simon said: “It was a tough week and the competition was fierce. It was a real pleasure to be part of such a great occasion and I’m delighted to come away with a medal.”

Simon finished the week with the 3km and 5km open water races which took place on 8 – 9 September in Lake Bled where he came 13th and 16th respectively.

For the first time in its history the European Masters Championships welcomed the continent’s top Masters’ athletes in all five disciplines (water polo, diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and open water).

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Colchester sign-off season in style

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11 August 2018
Swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club were once again in superb shape as they came away with three silver medals at Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year.

Competing at The National Summer Meet, which took place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield between 31 July – 4 August, the squad put in a number of high–quality performances in this extremely competitive gala.

There were several highlights on day one which saw Sam Whearty take 15th place in the 100m freestyle MC and Alfie Francis, who was competing in his first national event, finish as the fastest 13 year old and take 13th place overall. Naythan Aung and Livi Norman, who had competed at this year’s British Summer Championships the week before, both made the finals of their events. Naythan finished 10th in the 100m breaststroke and recorded a new PB of 26.27 to finish 9th in the 50m freestyle and Livi finished 9th in the 400 IM with a season’s best time.

On day two Sam Whearty finished 17th in the 50m freestyle MC. Day three saw several other standout moments including Ellie Duley, who represented the Club at the recent British Summer Championships, finished 16th in the 50m backstroke. Naythan Aung, Livi Norman and Charlotte Norman all made the final of their 50m backstroke categories with strong swims. Charlotte finished in 8th place, Livi claimed 10th in her category with a PB and Naythan pulled out all the stops to win Colchester’s first medal of the meet with a silver–winning performance and a PB of 29.47.

The fourth day of competition saw further notable performances. Livi Norman made the final of the 200m butterfly and recorded another season’s best time but narrowly missed out on a medal to take 4th spot with a very determined swim. Rebecca Girolami, who was competing at her first nationals, and Naythan Aung both swam well in the 50m breaststroke. In the 100m backstroke Livi Norman came 12th in her age group and Asma Parker, another member of the squad who recently competed at the British Summer Championships, recorded a PB to finish 6th. Agonisingly, Charlotte Norman, just like her sister earlier in the day, came 4th despite recording a new PB with a very good performance. Colchester finally got that elusive second medal thanks to Ellie Duley who put in an astounding performance in the 100m freestyle final where she recorded a PB of 58:38 to take the silver medal.

On the final day Naythan Aung narrowly missed the 50m butterfly final to finish in 11th place. Asma Parker recorded a PB in the 200m backstroke heat and registered another PB to finish 7th in the final. However, the five day meet finished in dramatic style with Charlotte Norman registering a superb PB and taking the silver medal in the 200m backstroke with a breathtaking swim.

“To experience swimming at a national level competition is a massive learning curve for our younger swimmers and they all did the Club proud. I’m delighted that our season has finished on a high with some fantastic individual performances that are just reward for the early starts and the hours of training that these swimmers have put in.” concluded Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Colchester SC was represented by: Naythan Aung (50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 breast and 50 fly), Elinor Duley (100 free and 50 back), Alfie Francis (100 breast), Rebecca Girolami (50 breast), Charlotte Norman (50 back, 100 back and 200 back), Olivia Norman (50 back, 100 back, 200 fly and 400 IM), Asma Parker (100 back and 200 back) and Sam Whearty (50 free, 100 free, 400 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 IM).

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Open Water National Championships: an update

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10 August 2018
Following the recent report highlighting our swimmers’ excellent performances at The Open Water National Championships (29–30 July) the Club has received an update from Swim England.

The Open Water Manager has advised that regional results have been republished with 13/14 and 15/16 age groups instead of the original 13–16 age group.

This reclassification means that Charlotte Tree, who recorded a time of 43.04 in the 3km event, has been awarded the gold medal for the region in the 13/14 year old category.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Charlotte. She’s a very special talent and to win the regional gold medal at this prestigious event should fill her with confidence.”

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Open Water National Championships

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03 August 2018
Hot-on-the heels of the Club’s success at the British Summer Championships attention turned to the Swim England National Open Water Festival at Rother Valley in Sheffield on 29–30 July.

The Open Water National Championships brought together the country’s finest open water swimmers who competed for national honours in the Masters National Championships (Sunday 29 July) and the National Age Group Championships (Monday 30 July).

Following their success at the Regional Championships Rob Milburn and Simon Emm were first to go on the Sunday, competing in both the1.5km, and 3km events. With concerns over the swimmers safety due to high winds, the organisers decided to run one heat at a time. Rob, in the first heat dealt with the rough conditions well, and was lying in fourth position overall and winning his age category by two minutes Unfortunately at this point the race was cancelled. With winds reaching up to 40mph and with no guarantees that conditions would improve, the difficult decision was taken to abandon the remaining Masters’ races and the event was cancelled for only the second time in ten years Sadly, Simon did not get to swim.

On Monday it was the turn of both Charlotte Norman and Charlotte Tree, who had qualified for the event through their superb performances at the Regional Championships. Both displayed their prowess with very creditable performances.

Charlotte Norman was first off in the 2km event. The conditions were still tough and she used her determination and the experience learnt from last year’s race, to battle to forty fourth place overall, and a commendable nineteenth place in her age group, in a time of 28:51.

Charlotte Tree, was competing in the slightly longer 3km event, and with a strong field completed the course in 43.04, almost a minute faster than her qualifying time, to finish nineteenth in her age group.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Open-water swimming is a very different sport with a specific skillset and success in the pool doesn’t necessarily translate to the open water. Sadly the Masters National Championships were cancelled but Charlotte and Charlotte put in really good performances in very difficult conditions that they should be very proud of.“

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Dazzling display at British Summer Championships

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02 August 2018
Six Colchester SC swimmers competed against Britain’s best swimmers on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Summer Championships.

The Championships took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield from 24–29 July and Naythan Aung, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman and Asma Parker all represented Colchester Swimming Club at the prestigious event.

With the swimming competition period drawing to a close, the British Championships offered qualifiers the opportunity to compete at a high level event before taking a short recess to review and plan their future training programme with their coaches.

Fresh from her success at the Scottish Nationals Sophie Freeman got off to a great start producing a new best time in the 200m freestyle heats. In a closely-contested final Sophie achieved a new PB to take fourth place.

PBs continue to fall and Sophie took another two fourths off her best times in both the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle. However, with the medal podium in sight Sophie upped her game in the 200m and 50m butterfly. She took command from the start of both races to put in very determined swims and both British Championship titles whilst furthering her previous best times.

Sophie’s impressive display continued and she took fifth place in the 50m backstroke and fourth place in the 400m freestyle. Not put off by the 1500m freestyle she set yet another best to snatch the bronze medal and then finished on a high with a sparkling performance in the 100m butterfly for her third Championship gold medal.

Both Martha Duley and Ellie Duley displayed superb technical expertise and ability to raise their performance to a new level with PBs and finish in the top echelons of British swimming. Martha claimed ninth place in the 19 & overs 100m backstroke final, narrowly missed out on the 50m free and 200m backstroke finals and, after a tied time swim–off, produced a phenomenal 100m freestyle personal best, followed–up with a great performance in the 50m backstroke for that well–deserved podium silver place. Ellie continued to display great future potential claiming a fourth in the 50m butterfly final, just missing out on the final of the 50m free after an excellent display of sprinting ability, and securing a place in the 100m butterfly final at the end of the week, to finish 9th in the 17/18 age group.

To have qualified and competed in an event at this level is a significant achievement and Nathan Aung (100m backstroke) Olivier Norman (200m backstroke) and Asma Parker (50m butterfly and backstroke) all acquitted themselves exceptionally well, gaining valuable experience of high level competition with excellent performances to put them in good stead for future events.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “It has been a very successful Championship for the club. There is no magic formula for the results these athletes have achieved. They have embraced a seasoned period of regular hard training and their committed to it has been reflected in their superb portfolio of achievements Congratulations to them all.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added: “For a club of our size to have six swimmers compete at this level and finish 28th on the British Summer Championships medal table with three golds, one silver and two bronze medals is an outstanding result. We are exceptionally proud of all of our swimmers who represented the Club wonderfully.”

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Colchester’s red hot form continues

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31 July 2018
On 21 and 22 July, 27 members of Colchester SC competed at Basildon in the Level 3 End of Season LC Meet. Once again a number of PBs were recorded and medals won.

Elliot Whitehouse and Harrison Brook were particularly impressive in the 9 year old age category. Harrison recorded a number of notable PBs throughout the weekend and won gold in the 200m backstroke (3:24.82) and the 200m freestyle (3:00.26), as well as taking the silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 100m breaststroke. Elliot won medals in three backstroke races: taking the silver in the 200m and claiming bronze medals in both the 50m and 100m events. Elliot also registered a number of PBs throughout the weekend including a superb 7 second PB in the 100m freestyle.

The 10 year old boys were also in medal-winning from. Massimo Girolami recorded a number of PBs and won gold in the 400m freestyle (5:45.13), silver in the 200m IM, and bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as the 50m and 200m freestyle. In the 200m butterfly Jack McCarthy took the silver with an incredible performance (3:13.57).

Further medals came in the 11 year old girl category. Olivia Cartwright took silver in both the 50m and 200m backstroke, as well as bronze in the 100m backstroke. Additionally, Sadie Rowe won the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke. Both swimmers recorded PBs and secured county times. Rihanna Keep also swam well on her first gala coming first and second in her heats. Amy Johnson swam well in the 12 year old age group and got off to a cracking start with a whopping 16 second PB in the 400 freestyle.

Louis Walker was in superb form once again in the 13 year old category, winning two golds and two silvers. Louis’s gold medals came in the 50m Breaststroke (33.32) and 50m Butterfly (31.36), whereas the silvers came in the 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke. Antonio Girolami swam well throughout the weekend and recorded a number of PBs and Syd Roberts impressed with his 100m breaststroke in particular.

In the 14 Yrs/over age group, gold medals were won by Martha Duley in the 400m freestyle (4:29.17) and Molly Young in the 200m butterfly (2:30.99). Rebecca Girolami won silvers in the 50m freestyle, the 50m breaststroke and the 200m freestyle, and she came third in the 50m butterfly. Christopher Thompson gained a notable 11 second PB on his 200 breastroke as well as PBs in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

In the combined result - multi-disability category, Sam Whearty came first in the 50m Breaststroke (47.62) and 200m Backstroke (3:09.78), as well as coming second in the 100m backstroke.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “Due to technical issues the meet was held as a short course meet rather than the advertised long course meet but our swimmers still put in some amazing displays.”

Emma concluded: “It was great to see so many PBs recorded and county times being achieved before the season break.”

27 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Annie Bayliss, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Hayden Chamberlain, Martha Duley, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Joseph Guild, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Aila Manning, Jack McCarthy, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Evangeline Scott, Christopher Thompson, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Louis Walker, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse and Molly Young.

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Medals galore at Eastern Regional Open Water Championships

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27 July 2018
Almost 400 swimmers competed for honours at the Regional Open Water Championships (East region) on Sunday 22 July. Held in the Great Broad at Norwich’s Whitlingham Country Park, the races also doubled as the Essex County Championships.

Colchester Swimming Club had 13 swimmers competing across the four races (1km, 2km, 3km and 5km) and racked-up an impressive five regional, and twelve county medals. Following particularly impressive performances, Charlotte Tree and Charlotte Norman qualified for the National Open Water Championships for a second consecutive year.

In the 1km race Amy Milburn, in her first open water race, finished as the sixth fastest Essex swimmer in her age category, and Georgia Hinds-Dutton won the silver medal in her age category.

Charlotte Norman and Ruby Watson both swam the very competitive 2km event. In a nail-biting finish, with the top five places separated by only ten seconds, Charlotte came third in her age group by four tenths of a second and qualified for nationals. Ruby Watson finished a creditable sixteenth in her age group.

In the female 3km event, Charlotte Tree finished sixth overall and dominated her age group. Charlotte led from the start and won her category by two minutes to become Essex Champion and secure a place at the nationals as the top Essex swimmer. Katie Holmes, who was not far behind, won the gold medals in her category for both Essex and the Eastern region.

In the male 3km event Simon Emm pipped Rob Milburn at the finish by just one second; both taking gold medals for their age categories. Four minutes back Mark Milburn took fourth in his age category. Mark was followed in by Damian Navarrete who took second in his category and Connor Wilkin, having got tangled-up in one of the turning buoys, showed real determination to recover and finish fifth in his age category.

Ana Victoria Anderson took eleventh place overall in the female 5km event, winning the gold medal in her age category for Essex (finishing sixth in the region). Having recovered from his earlier 3km race, Simon Emm repeated his earlier feat to take both Regional and County gold medals in his age category and claim the overall men’s title for Essex. Recovering from a slow start, Isaac Pavey passed Rob Milburn in the last few hundred metres to take the gold medal, and finish as the fastest Essex male in his age category (and seventh in the region). Rob couldn’t quite match his 3km result but took the silver medal in his age category. However, Damian Navarrete went one better than his 3km event to win the bronze medal and Sam Milburn also took a silver medal in his age group.

The National Open Water Championships will take place at Rother Valley in Sheffield on 29 – 30 July.

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Sophie sparkles at Scottish Nationals

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24 July 2018
Sophie Freeman was in glittering form at this year’s Scottish National Open, winning gold in 100m butterfly, bronze in the 200m butterfly and silver in the relay team 4x100m IM (where Sophie swam the fly section).

In a hugely impressive display Sophie also made the A Final in the 50m butterfly (6th) and the 200m freestyle (10th). Additionally, she qualified for the B finals in 50m backstroke (1st), 200m backstroke (5th), the 50m freestyle (6th) and 100m freestyle (8th) and Sophie was also part of the team that narrowly missed out on a medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay (4th).

As well as the medals Sophie achieved a stunning five PBs: the 50m Freestyle (27.02), the 200m Freestyle (2:06.90), and the 50m Butterfly (27.92), the 100m Butterfly (1:01.20) and the 200m Butterfly (2:16.80).

Commenting on her scintillating display Sophie said: “Although I was the youngest in my finals, I felt quite relaxed. To come away with five PBs was completely unexpected, especially as the training ahead of nationals has been so tough.”

Sophie continued: “Competing in Glasgow provided me with the opportunity to experience being away from home and rooming with a team mate at a high level meet. It was great to have the support of East Regional team members and I am really proud of our relay success where we took the silver in the final race of the meet.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added “Sophie’s 100m and 200m fly swims were absolutely amazing and the last length of both races showed true strength of character. At 14 she was the youngest in the finals by a long way and was swimming against some really tough competitors at this meet. She shone like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

“The growth in Sophie is so obvious but she remains so humble. She is currently the fastest 14 year old on rankings and holds the Junior East Region long course record for 100m Butterfly. Sophie is an outstanding young lady with a huge future ahead of her.” concluded Michelle.

The Scottish National Open 2018 was held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow between 28 June – 1 July.

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Swimmer of the Month

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21 July 2018
The month’s winners of ’swimmer of the month’ are Angelica Mason and Harrison Brook.

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “Both Angelica and Harrison have been working really hard to improve their strokes. They have attended clinics and display good sportsmanship and always work with a smile on their faces.”

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National Inter–County Swimming Team Championships

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20 July 2018
Four Colchester SC swimmers have been picked to represent the Essex Swimming Team at this year’s National Inter-County Championships.

Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Charlotte Norman and Louis Walker have been rewarded for some remarkable times this year and will compete at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Sunday 7 October.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club said: “Swimmers were selected on GB rankings and all four of our swimmers are in fantastic form. The County Team Champs is a spectacular sight. More than 900 swimmers compete from English counties and Scottish and Welsh regions, with races going on in two pools at the same time.”

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Midsummer Madness

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06 July 2018
On Sunday 25 June over 70 Colchester SC swimmers competed in the Colchester 5th Midsummer Madness Open Meet against swimmers from Borough of Southend, Borough of Redbridge, Clacton SC, Halstead, Harwich DP, Runnymede and Stanway.

Colchester Swimming Club were in sensational form in the level 3 meet and won a staggering 194 medals (72 gold, 67 silver and 55 bronze), as well as recording a number of personal bests (PBs).

Once again the Club’s youngsters showed that there is a bright future with a number of swimmers putting in great performances in the 9 year old category having trained incredibly well. Sophie Ryan won gold in the 100m breaststroke (2:02.95) and 50m breaststroke (54.65), with Naomi Sandercock taking the silver in the 50m breaststroke. The boys also won a number of gold medals: Elliot Whitehouse came first in the 50m backstroke (44.11) and 50m freestyle (37.34), Alexander Cottrell won gold in the 100m backstroke (1:40.52) and Harrison Brook took the honours in both the 50m butterfly (43.55) and 50m breaststroke (49.27). A number of other top three finishes were also secured with Jude Yaghmour winning silver in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Harrison Brook taking the silver medal in both the 200m IM and 100m freestyle, and Alex Cottrell winning silver in the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, as well as collecting the bronze in the 200m IM.

There were also a number of medals in the 10 year old category, including Daisy Himsworth winning a bronze medal in the girls 200m freestyle. The swimmers particularly excelled in the 100m races. In the 100m breaststroke Massimo Girolami came first (1:45.07) with Jack McCarthy picking-up the bronze. Jack McCarthy took the gold in the 100m butterfly (1:27.44) and also won the silver in the 100m backstroke, where Eoin Ledwidge claimed bronze. In the 200m freestyle Massimo Girolami won gold (2:45.56 - PB) and Jack McCarthy took the silver. Massimo Girolami won further golds in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, as well as a silver in the 50m butterfly.

There were a number of other notable performances in the 200m freestyle with Zak Troman (2:27.01), Antonio Girolami (2:32.41 - PB), Owen Williams (2:27.91) and Captain, Thomas Grieve (2:02.32) all claiming gold in their respective age categories Additionally, Mark Milburn swam a PB of 2:21.45 to claim silver in the 13 year age group.

As well as their gold medal performances in the 200m freestyle, Zak Troman won five further gold medals (50m and 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke) and Antonio Girolami won three further golds (50m and 100m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly) and two silvers (50m and 100m freestyle). Owen Williams also won two further golds (100m backstroke and 200m IM) and a silver (50m butterfly).

The older girls also performed exceptionally well in the 200m freestyle with Colchester taking all three medals in the 13, 14 and 15 years and over categories. Georgia Bleck (2:28.60) came first, followed by Hannah O'Malley and Lotti Talbot for the 13 year olds. Lucy Morgan (2:20.03) took the honours for the 14 year olds, with Zoe Clegg and Lauren Himsworth taking silver and bronze respectively.

As well as taking gold in the 200m freestyle Lucy Morgan won two further golds (100m freestyle and 200m IM) and three silvers (100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke). Additionally, Zoe Clegg won two gold medals (100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle) and three further silvers (100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly) as well as a bronze (50m breaststroke).

Alfie Francis continued his fine recent from winning six golds (50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and the 200m IM) and a silver (50m freestyle) and Charlie Pryke won four golds (50m and 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m IM) as well as three silvers (50m and 100m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly).

Other swimmers that caught the eye included Molly Grieve, who recorded some great times and won a number of medals including gold in the 50m breaststroke (42.11) and 100m breaststroke (1:29.21). New club member Olivia Cartwright also won two gold medals in the 11 year old age group, winning the 50m backstroke (39.78) and 100m backstroke (1:22.43), and Alex Tinnion and Saif Rahman both secured double-gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Despite being one of the hottest days of the year, it was fantastic meet for our swimmers. It was particularly pleasing to see so many youngsters tackling the longer distances, as well as our teenagers enjoying the gala and competing in such great numbers. I would also like to thank all the Club members and their families, including the young officials, who helped to make the day possible.”

A full list of the results can be viewed here.

Representing Colchester SC were: Ana Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Olivia Cartwright, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, William Easteal, Daniel Few, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Niamh Higgins, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Olivia Horn, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Luke Kelly, Eoin Ledwidge, Luke Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Samuel Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Stanley Newson, Charlotte Norman, Hannah O'Malley, Asma Parker, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Joshua Ramsamy, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Alexander Tinnion, Samuel Toon, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Camille Viel, Henry Warner, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Jude Yaghmour.

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The Great East Swim

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03 July 2018
Colchester SC swimmers, masters, coaches and parents all took to the open water with thousands of other people in the Great East Swim, at Alton Water on Saturday 23 June 2018.

It is the tenth time the event has taken place with more than 2,000 swimmers taking part over a full range of swim distances from the beginner-focused Swim250 right through to the marathon 10KM distance.

In the half mile race 192 swimmers competed, including a number from Colchester Swimming Club. Charlotte Norman was fourth fastest overall (10m37s) ahead of Ana Victoria Anderson who came sixth. Niamh Higgins finished thirteenth, just two seconds ahead of Cole Scott in fourteenth place. Ruby Watson was not far behind them in a very respectable thirty-eighth place.

Club coach Katie Holmes finished fifth overall in the one mile race, wining her category in a time of 23m24s. Conor Wilken was just three minutes behind, taking fourth place in his category. A further six minutes behind Carolyn Hinds-Dutton was the first of the parents to finish, with Lorena Anderson and Sue Watson proving that whatever their children do, so can they.

In the two mile race, Jennie Stemp took the club honours finishing fourth overall, and first in her category, in a time of 49m38s. Emma Cook finished a few minutes later to come first in her category and Trevor Back, who finished just a few seconds later, took fourth in his age category. Stuart Mills and Wendy Martin finished a further five minutes later, taking third and fourth in their respective categories.

Julian Turner took on the 5KM distance finishing in 1h26m26s and taking second in his category.

In a repeat of last year’s 10KM marathon race Colchester SC took the top two places, Simon Emm finished first overall in an impressive 2h22m58s, with Rob Milburn finishing second.

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East Region Open-Water Development Camp

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25 June 2018
Charlotte Norman and Charlotte Tree attended a two-day Open-Water Development Camp, organised by the ASA, on 9–10 June.

The East Region camp included a pool skills session, a workshop and an open-water swim. Day one took place at Hertfordshire Sporting Village and swimmers learnt key open-water skills such as swimming on each other’s feet, rolling-over another swimmer’s legs to get the best line and how to efficiently swim around buoys. They also had land training and a lecture on open-water techniques and challenges. On the second day the swimmers were based at Stanborough Lakes where they practised their skills, before competing in a 2K race.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I am very proud that the girls were selected for this training camp, they have gained lots of skills for their up and coming regional national qualifying race on 22 July. The girls have been training hard over the longer distances in the pool and in the lake, we wish them luck for all their open-water events ahead.”

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Masters trio take on the country’s finest

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20 June 2018
Hundreds of the best Masters swimmers from across the country took part in the British Masters Championships in Plymouth from 8 – 10 June 2018.

The British Masters Championships are the highlight of the Masters swimming domestic calendar and 714 swimmers aged between 18 and 80 competed in 47 different individual events. Taking on the best swimmers from around the country, and representing Colchester Swimming Club at Plymouth Life Centre, were Simon Emm, James Heathcote and Katie Holmes.

Simon Emm won five medals in total and won both the 100m and 200m butterfly. Despite being second in the 50m butterfly and 1500m freestyle Simon also recorded Eastern Region records and personal bests in both events. He also came third in the 400m freestyle and rounded-off a successful weekend with a personal best in the 100m freestyle.

James Heathcote and Katie Holmes also competed admirably. James swam three personal best times securing bronze medals in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke and Katie won the 200m breaststroke comfortably. Against some very good competition, Katie also came second in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

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Junior Inter-Counties Team Championships 2018

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19 June 2018

Alfie Francis, Charlotte Norman, Charlie Pryke, Louis Walker have all been selected to represent the Essex Swimming Team at this year’s Junior Inter-Counties Team Championships.

The Championships, which is contested by 10 – 13 year olds, will be held at Inspire: Luton Sports Village on Sunday 16 September.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club said: “The Junior Inter-Counties Champs is always a fun, colourful and competitive event played out in front of a packed house. Selection was made using GB rankings for long course times and it is wonderful that four of our swimmers have been picked to represent Essex. The ongoing commitment that they have all made to their sport is really paying off.”

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Eight Colchester SC swimmers to compete at Swim England National Summer Meet

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18 June 2018

Eight members of Colchester Swimming Club have qualified to swim at The National Summer Meet: Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year. This year’s meet will take place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 31 July – 4 August and the very best swimmers at English affiliated clubs who haven’t qualified for the British Swimming Summer Championships are invited to compete.

“The Club is rightly very proud of this group of swimmers. They have bags of ability and it is a tremendous accomplishment to compete at this level. The Club is blessed to have so many marvellous swimmers and four of them will also be competing at the British Summer Champs,“ said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

The following swimmers will represent Colchester SC in Sheffield: Naythan Aung (50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 breast and 50 fly), Elinor Duley (100 free and 50 back), Alfie Francis (100 breast), Rebecca Girolami (50 breast), Charlotte Norman (50 back, 100 back and 200 back), Olivia Norman (50 back, 100 back, 200 fly and 400 IM), Asma Parker (100 back and 200 back) and Sam Whearty (50 free, 100 free, 400 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 IM).

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British Summer Championships: six of the best

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17 June 2018

Six Colchester SC swimmers will compete against Britain’s best swimmers on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Summer Championships.

The Championships will take place across six days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 24–29 July and Naythan Aung (100 back), Elinor Duley (50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly), Martha Duley (50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 100 back and 200 back), Sophie Freeman (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM), Olivia Norman (200 back) and Asma Parker (50 back and 50 fly) will all represent Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the pinnacle of the National events calendar and only the very best swimmers are invited to compete based on national rankings. For a club of our size to have six swimmers compete at this level is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of the swimmers and our coaches. We are exceptionally proud of them all. ”

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Sensational swimmers continue their medal-winning form

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16 June 2018

On 3 June 45 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club competed in the Braintree & Bocking Spring Festival. In a competitive meet, Colchester took home an impressive tally of 56 medals (13 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze) and registered a number of personal bests (PBs).

Alfie Francis led the way with an inspiring performance winning seven medals (5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) and duly being awarded the ’top boy award’.

Once again Colchester’s youngsters performed admirably. In the 9 year old age group, Harrison Brook took gold (49.40) in the 50m breaststroke and Alexander Cottrell claimed bronze (52.96). Harrison also won silver in both the 50m freestyle (38.35) and 50m butterfly (46.74), as well as winning bronze in the 50m backstroke (45.16) to cap a fine individual display. Anjali Tuckwell continued her good recent form by winning silver in the 50m butterfly (41.24) and Gabrielle Cornish secured bronze in the 50m breaststroke (54.61). For the 10 year olds Lyla Belshaw won bronze in the 100m breaststroke and Aila Manning achieved the county time with a 2 second PB in the 50m breaststroke (49.46).

The girls were once again in fantastic form in the 11 year old age group. Sadie Rowe took the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke (44.59) and bronze in 100m breaststroke (1:39.77). Evie Scott (100m backstroke) and Isobel Easteal (50m backstroke) were both awarded silver medals with times of 1:29.26 and 41.21 respectively. Amy Milburn registered a number of PBs (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke) including a massive 19 second PB in the 100m freestyle. Keziah Cornish flew the flag for the 12 year olds winning three further medals: silver in the 50m backstroke (35.87) and bronze in both the 200m IM (2:58.01) and 100m backstroke (1:19.16).

The Club’s 13 year olds competed particularly well. For the girls Molly Redgrave was especially impressive winning two gold and three silvers. Her gold medal winning performances came in the 100m backstroke (1:11.02) and 200m freestyle (2:18.37) and her silver medal swims came in the 200m IM (2:36.33), 100m butterfly (1:18.16) and the 50m backstroke (34.06). Alanna Brosnan took bronze (41.43) in the 50m breaststroke with a 2 second PB achieving the county time. Alanna also achieved the county time in the 50m backstroke, whereas Hannah O’Malley smashed her PB in the 200 IM by 6 seconds.

The boys dominated their events in the 13 year age group. In the 50m breaststroke Colchester secured a spectacular 1-2-3 with Alfie Francis claiming the gold medal (34.45) ahead of Kalaum Corani (35.76) and Mark Milburn (38.54). In the 100m breaststroke Alfie (1:15.75) stormed ahead of the field to another gold medal finish ahead of second place Kalaum (1:19.72). The gold medals kept coming with Mark Milburn registering an impressive performance in the 200m freestyle (2:22.47). In the 100m freestyle Alfie Francis (1:06.00) won gold with Daniel Himsworth (1:08.54) taking the bronze. Alfie also took the bronze medal (29.22) in the 50m freestyle In the 200m IM Kalaum Corani finished ahead of the pack to take first place (2:34.24) registering a 6 second PB and achieving the county time: George Wallace (2:50.98) won the bronze. In the 50m butterfly Alfie Francis (31.31) came home first ahead of Kalaum Corani (32.09) and Alfie claimed gold in the 100m butterfly (1:08.53) with Kalaum securing bronze, registering a 5 second PB and achieving the county time (1:13.07). Four further medals came in the backstroke In the 50m event, Alfie Francis (35.20) finished narrowly ahead of Mark Milburn (35.67) to take silver and bronze respectively: Mark swimming a 2 second PB improving on his county time. In the 100m backstroke George Wallace (1:17.85) took second place ahead of teammate William Easteal who won the bronze medal (1:19.42).

Joseph Guild caught the eye in the 14 year old age group with silver medal swims in the 50m freestyle (27.91) and 50m butterfly (32.13) Joseph also came third in 100m freestyle (1:07.59) and 200m IM (2:5129). Further bronze medals were won by Christopher Thompson in the 50m breaststroke (36.26) and 50m backstroke (34.67), as well as Owen Williams in the 100m butterfly (1:24.18). For the girls, Suranna Tuckwell took the silver in the 200m IM (2:58.56).

In the 15 years and over category, Club Captain Ana Victoria Anderson led the way with two golds and two silvers; winning the 200m IM (2:40.91) and 200m freestyle (2:22.39) and taking the silver in 100m butterfly (1:20.18) and 100m freestyle (1:06.54). Annie Bayliss won bronze in the 100m backstroke (1:16.62). For the boys Connor Wilken picked-up two silver medals, registering a 16 second PB in the 200m freestyle (2:20.08) and a 9 second PB (whilst achieving the county time) in the 100m backstroke (1:09.43). Connor also won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke (37.92), achieving the county time.

Chloe Rudkin, Colchester SC Coach, said “Alfie Francis’ performance was very impressive and being named ’top boy’ is a fantastic accolade. There were so many incredible swims and it was wonderful to see our members cheering on their teammates. The team spirit displayed by the whole squad helped make the meet really special.”

Representing Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Alfie Francis, Joseph Guild, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Hannah Karlsson, Aila Manning, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Stanley Newson, Hannah O’Malley, Joshua Ramsamy, Molly Redgrave, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Cole Scott, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Lucy Toms, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, George Wallace, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Jude Yaghmour.

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Swimmer of the Month

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12 June 2018

The winners of the latest ’swimmer of the month’ are Charlotte Norman and Elliot Whitehouse.

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “The coaches selected Elliot for his attendance, attitude, great listening skills, always working hard and with the biggest smile.”

Michelle added: “Charlotte won this accolade for attendance, attitude to training, good attention to detail on the skill sets, resulting in brilliant recent race results.”


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Colchester finish top of the medal table at the Junior Regional Championships

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31 May 2018

Following the Senior Regional Championships earlier this month, it was the turn of Colchester Swimming Club’s Junior swimmers to take centre stage at Inspire Luton Sports Village 50m pool.

The Championships, which took place over the Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 May), provided three days of intensive competition and finished with Colchester topping the medal table.

Day one saw a contingent of 18 club members’ rise to the occasion with some exemplary swims, resulting in 15 final placings. Surpassing her best times, and in a class of her own, Sophie Freeman secured four Championship titles (200m IM, 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle) taking command of each race in the early stages. Charlotte Norman proved a tough competitor with a series of excellent results throughout the day to conclude in a closely-contested 200m backstroke final by touching home for gold with a new personal best, having earlier taken bronze in the 200m IM. Louis Walker looked sharp in his 50m freestyle final where he won the silver medal (agonisingly just three hundredths of a second behind the winner). Nathan Aung secured a well-deserved bronze in his 100m backstroke, fifth in the 50m butterfly and eighth in the 50m freestyle. Alfie Francis swam a superb 200m breaststroke for silver and also came fourth in the 50m fly. Mark Milburn 200m IM and Syd Roberts 100m freestyle both estabished new best long course times with very determined swims in their events. Other final placings were achieved by Mark Millburn and Zak Troman in the 200m breaststroke and Molly Grieve in the 200m butterfly.

The second day of competition saw the Colchester team maintain their excellent performance. There were some very admirable performances by Molly Grieve, Ciara Wookey and Lucy Morgan in the demanding 400m IM event with Charlotte Tree taking seventh place, Charlotte Norman fourth and Sophie Freeman the gold medal. Zak Troman was in good form swimming inside his best to make the final of the 200m IM then further raised his game with another PB to take bronze in the final. He also took a sixth in the 400m IM. Nathan Aung produced some consistently good performances to make the 100m freestyle, 200m IM and 100m breaststroke final taking bronze in the latter. Charlotte Norman swam a PB in her heat of the 100m backstroke to make the final and then pulled-out another best time to snatch the gold medal. Syd Roberts produced a new best to make the final in the 200m backstroke along with Louis Walker (100m freestyle), Ciara Wookey (50m butterfly), and Alfie Francis (100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke where he took the silver medal).

But Sophie Freeman was a force to be reckoned with, bringing home a string of golds (400m freestyle, 400m IM, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly) with superb command of all strokes. There were also some other very creditable performances and personal bests achieved by Molly Redgrave, Mark Millburn, Hayden Chamberlain, Antonio Girolami, Charlie Pryke, Daniel Himswoth, Kalaum Corani, Eloise Smart, Ila Nicholson, Keziah Cornish: for some it was their first experience of competition at this level.

The third day again started well for Colchester. Charlotte Tree, Charlotte Norman and Sophie Freeman taking on the 800m freestyle (with Sophie winning gold and Charlotte Norman taking bronze) and concluded with another set of finalists.

Sophie Freeman won a further three gold medals (100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke), Charlotte Norman claimed silver in the 50m backstroke, Louis Walker won silver in the 50m breaststroke with Alfie Francis taking the bronze medal. Ciara Wookey made the final of 100m butterfly (5th) and 50m breaststroke (6th) and Zak Troman came 7th in the 100m butterfly final.

Sophie Freeman proved to be the golden girl of the Championships and, incredibly, she remained unbeaten in all her events over the three days of competition. Sophie took the top female swimmer award with Charlotte Norman taking the bronze award in the age group category. Both swimmers had displayed an exemplary approach in their training leading up to this competition.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Competing in an event at this level provided the team with the opportunity to assess their training and development and improve their national ranking prior to future selection. Each-and-every swimmer gave their best and represented the Club superbly. It was a real pleasure to witness such a dominant display with all members of the team exhibiting a determined and focused approach throughout the whole three days of competition.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “The whole squad’s performance was simply incredible. The coaching staff could not be prouder of all of our swimmers. We’re absolutely thrilled that after three days of intense competition Colchester SC finished top of the Luton medal table with 15 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club in Luton: Naythan Aung, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Antonio Girolami, Molly Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Charlie Pryke, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Eloise Smart, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker and Ciara Wookey.

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Gladiators emerge victorious

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30 May 2018

A friendly gala was held at Halstead Leisure Centre on Saturday 19 May between Halstead Swimming Club and Colchester Swimming Club. Each club was represented by two teams (The Gladiators and Warriors for Colchester, and Emperor and Pingu for Halstead) resulting in club mates swimming against each other in an effort to claim maximum points.

There was a fantastic atmosphere on the night with both swimmers and spectators making the most of the occasion. In the pool Colchester Gladiators were in astonishing form and triumphed in 36 of the 46 races

Emma Jordan, Team Manager of Colchester Warriors, said: “The Warriors came third overall but that didn’t dampen their spirits. All were buzzing with excitement and our young swimmers, who were new to galas, swam so well.”

Team Manager of Colchester Gladiators, Lee Troman, added: “It was a great occasion. Despite the friendly atmosphere The Gladiators came to win Each member of the team contributed to the team's success and there were some very impressive times recorded.”

Final standings:
1. Colchester Gladiators (166 points)
2. Halstead Emperor (128 points)
3. Colchester Warriors (91 points)
4. Halstead Pingu (70 points)

Colchester Gladiators: Lyla Belshaw, Seth Belshaw, Harrison Brook, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Roisin Higgins, Jack McCarthy, Ila Nicholson, Charlie Pryke, Sadie Rowe, George Scanlan, Evie Scott, Gabby Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Carys Westgarth and Elliot Whitehouse.

Colchester Warriors: Nik Baltsezak, Austin Brooks, Ava Brooks, Hayden Chamberlain, Alex Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, George Hayes, Amy Johnson, Hannah Karlson, Eoin Ledwidge, Holly McCarthy, Josh Ramsamy, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Jessica Thomas, Seb Tilley and Ralph Whitehouse.

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Norfolk County Masters Long Course Meet

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29 May 2018

On Saturday 19 May Colchester Masters competed at the Norfolk County Open long course meet.

The meet which was held at Norwich’s Sportspark pool saw Kat Marks, Simon Emm, Damian Navarrete and Rob Milburn take on swimmers from all over the Eastern region.

The team won an incredible 24 medals in total. Top swimmer was Simon Emm, who took five gold and two silver medals. Simon won the 200m butterfly overall and also set new Eastern region records in both the 400m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.

Damian Navarrete and Kat Marks both won three gold medals each amongst their haul of medals, while setting some personal best times. Additionally, Rob Milburn secured two gold medals, as well as winning the 200m breaststroke overall.

The next event for Colchester SC Masters is the 2018 British Masters Championships at Plymouth Life Centre in early June. Katie Holmes, James Heathcote and Simon Emm will be taking on the top Masters swimmers form around the country.

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Swim England East Region Inter County Swimming Competition 2018

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25 May 2018

Nine Colchester Swimming Club swimmers have been selected to represent the East Essex Team at the Inter County team competition at Sportspark, UEA, Norwich on 8 July.

Following their continued development throughout the year Naythan Aung, Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman, Rebecca Girolami, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Charlie Pryke and Ciara Wookey will all take their place alongside the Essex’s finest swimmers. Swimmers have been selected using long course times as of 13 May 2018 (age groups 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17+). Age as of 31 December 2018 from rankings.

“There is always a wonderful atmosphere at the Inter County galas as swimmers from competing clubs come together to represent their counties”, said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle added: “The Club has some tremendously talented swimmers and this recognition is very much deserved All nine swimmers have continued to work exceptionally hard and it’s wonderful to see their dedication reaping rewards.”

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East Swimming Long Course Championships 2018

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22 May 2018

13 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club made the grade to compete at this year’s Senior Regional Championships at UEA Sportspark Norwich.

The level 1 meet, which was held between 5-7 May, saw Colchester SC come away from the first weekend of this year’s regional championships having won 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The medal tally meant Colchester finished a creditable 8th place overall in the medal table.

Martha Duley (17 Yrs/Over) claimed two of Colchester’s three gold medals winning both the 100m backstroke (1:03.75) and 100m freestyle (58.29) events. She also took the silver in the 50m backstroke (30.06) and made the final of the 200m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Elinor Duley (17 Yrs/Over) won the 50m butterfly gold medal (27.95), a silver in the 100m butterfly (1:03.89) and a bronze in the 50m freestyle (27.05). Ellie also made the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle finals.

Olivia Norman (16 Yrs) won the silver medal (1:07.00) in the 100m backstroke.

Asma Parker (15 yrs) took the bronze in three events: 50m backstroke (31.28), 100m backstroke (1:08.02) and 200m backstroke (2:27.94). She also made the 100m freestyle, 200m IM and 50m butterfly finals.

Molly Young (15 Yrs) made the 100m and 200m butterfly final and Rebecca Girolami (15 Yrs) made the 50m and 100m breaststroke final.

Team Coach Katie Holmes, said: “As you would expect the standard was very high but the Club#8217s senior swimmers gave some fantastic performances. To come away with 10 regional championship medals is a marvellous achievement.“

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club in Norwich: Nicole Chandler, Jamie Coles, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Katie Holmes, Amber Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Nicholas Mitchell, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker and Molly Young.

Additionally, for the first time, a long distance event was added to the Regional Long Course Championships. The 1,500m event was held at Basildon on 19 May and in the 14 age group, Sophie Freeman took the gold medal with an incredible time of 17:41.17 and Charlotte Tree came a very respectable 4th (18.:54.72). Charlotte Norman secured 5th place with a commendable time of 19:19.96 in 13 yrs age group.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “All three girls swam their hearts out as they attempted to improve their national ranking. They each came away with new pbs and their spirited swims are just reward for the devotion to training.“

The Junior Regional Championships take place on 26-28 May at Inspire Luton Sports Village.

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Colchester dominates Essex Mini League meet

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21 May 2018

The third round of the Essex Mini League took place on 13 May at the Aqua Centre in Brentwood and Colchester Swimming Clubs’ youngsters were back to their best.

Colchester claimed top spot with a whopping 191 points comfortably beating Rochford (164), Harlow (124), Maldon (117) and Brentwood (112).

Hannah Karlson got the team off to the perfect start by winning the 50m backstroke (11&U) in 42.31. Two further first place finishes quickly followed with success coming in the 4X1 medley relay with Gabby Troman, Emi Bilton, Gabby Cornish and Naomi Sandercock taking the 9 year old girls’ race and Stanley Newson, Alex Cottrell, Elliot Whitehouse and Seth Belshaw taking the honours in the equivalent boys’ race.

Another double came in the 10&U 50m breaststroke with Roisin Higgins (50.31) and Eoin Ledwidge (50.25) both winning in fine style. The first places continued at pace and Annie Bayliss (36.75 in the girls open back 50m), Keziah Cornish (44.82 in the girls 13&U 50m breaststroke) and Dan Himsworth (42.62 in the boys 13&U 50m breaststroke) all secured winning times.

Amazingly the points kept stacking up with Mark Milburn (boys 13&U 50m backstroke - 36.37), Anjali Tuckwell (girls 10&U 25m butterfly - 18.06), Harrison Brook (boys 10&U 25m butterfly - 20.06), Paige Scott (girls 11&U 50m butterfly - 40.50) and Isaac Pavey (boys open 50m breaststroke - 38.88) all taking maximum points.

As in the previous rounds there were also a number of sensational relay races and watching Brontë Jordan and Isaac Pavey coming up from the rear to take maximum points was particularly impressive. Colchester SC took first place in girls 6X1 butterfly (1.48.62), 9 years 4X1 freestyle (1.19.75 girls; 1.18.25 boys), 6X1 breaststroke (2.08.43 girls; 2.01.94 boys) and 10&U 4X1 freestyle (1.13.25 girls; 1.11.00 boys). The night finished fittingly with Colchester taking first place in the mixed squad 10X1 freestyle relay (9, 10, 11, 13, open) in a time of 2.40.87.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The team was faultless. It was a magnificent meet with a number of fantastic individual and relay performances from both our younger and older squad members. The whole team performed amazingly and should be very confident going into our next fixture.”

The victorious Colchester SC squad featured: Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Seth Belshaw, Emi Bilton, Harrison Brook, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlson, Eoin Ledwidge, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Sam Milburn, Stanley Newson, Hannah O’Malley, Isaac Pavey, Henry Proud, Saif Rahman, Josh Ramsamy, Naomi Sandercock, Paige Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Gabby Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Elliot Whitehouse and Owen Williams.

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PBs and medals galore at Halstead

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Halstead April 2018

10 May 2018

On 15 April Colchester Swimming Club competed against a number of local swimming clubs at Halstead’s 9th Short Course Open Meet at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre. Once again the squad performed admirably both in terms of medals and achieving personal bests (pbs).

The club’s youngsters competed particularly well with Massimo Girolami taking the 9 year old top boy award. Massimo achieved 1st place in the 200m freestyle (with a 14 second pb) and 50m breaststroke, as well as 2nd place in the 100m IM, 50m freestyle (with a 15 second pb), 50m butterfly, and a 3rd place in the 50m backstroke. Alongside Massimo, Harrison Brook took the silver in the 50m breaststroke (pb) and bronze in the 100m IM (with a huge 21 second pb). Anjali Tuckwell took the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke (pb) and the bronze in the 100m IM and 50m butterfly (pb). She also achieved a pb in the 50m backstroke. Isaac Farrugia achieved a second place finish in the 50m and 100m butterfly and took third place in the 200m freestyle in the 10 year olds category.

The girls were in great form in the 11 year old age group. Sadie Rowe took the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke, the silver medal in the 50m butterfly (with a 6 second pb) and achieved a further pb in the 100m freestyle in her three races. Sophie Baker also claimed gold in the 200m freestyle (pb), silver in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and bronze in the 50m breaststroke, additionally she achieved pbs in 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke. Evie Scott was awarded the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle (with a 15 second pb) and recorded a pb in the 100m breaststroke. Isobel Easteal won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly and registered a pb in the 50m backstroke.

There was further success in the 12 year old category where Daniel Himsworth took the gold medal in the 50m backstroke (pb) and silver in the 50m freestyle. Felix Szpakowski won silver in the 200m freestyle (8 second pb) and took the bronze in the 100m butterfly (pb); he also registered further pbs in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Antonio Girolami came second in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and achieved further pbs in the 50m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle. Ruby Chalmers had a great meet winning bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and 50m freestyle; she also registered pbs in 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle.

Lotti Talbot took the gold medal in the 100m backstroke (pb) in the 13 year age category and picked-up a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke (pb); she also recorded two further pbs in the 50m and 100m butterfly. Hannah O’Malley won the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke (pb) and registered two further pbs in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke. George Wallace took the bronze medal in the 50m backstroke (pb) as well as recording pbs in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. William Easteal won bronze in both the 50m and 200m freestyle and achieved pbs in all four 50m disciplines.

All of the Club’s 14 year olds competed well. Christopher Thompson had an excellent meet taking the gold medal in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke with new pbs. He also won the silver medal in the 50m backstroke (pb) and recorded further pbs in 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m butterfly. Additionally, Joseph Guild had a great meet achieving first place in both the 50m backstroke (pb) and 50m freestyle (pb) as well as taking second place in the 100m backstroke (pb) and registering further pbs in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Sam Toon won the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and registered two further pbs in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Cole Scott won the gold medal in the 50m butterfly (pb) and recorded a further pb in the 50m freestyle. Owen Williams won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle and a silver in the 100m butterfly.

In the girls 15 year age group, Niamh Higgins had an excellent meet, winning the gold medal in the 50m (pb) and 100m butterfly, as well as the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle. Niamh also won silver in the 50m freestyle (pb) and 50m backstroke (pb). Sophie Talbot came second in the 100m backstroke and third in the 50m backstroke. Nuha Van Der Schyff took bronze in the 100m backstroke and recorded a pb in the 100m butterfly. Ruby Watson won the bronze medal in the 100m IM and recorded pbs in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

In the 16 plus category, Alexander Tinnion won gold in the 100m backstroke and bronze in both the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Isaac Pavey also won bronze in the 50m and 100m butterfly and registered two further pbs in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

Sue Watson, Team Manager on the day, said “There were a number of swimmers that caught the eye. The hard work that they are all putting in during their training sessions is certainly paying off. Massimo Girolami being named ’top boy’ was a wonderful achievement. It was also fantastic to see Christopher Thompson pick-up four medals and record a pb in each of his races and Niamh Higgins win four gold medals and two silver medals while smashing several pbs.”

The following swimmers also represented Colchester SC (pbs highlighted where achieved): Samuel Bentley, Georgia Bleck (50m backstroke and butterfly), Joshua Bleck (100m freestyle), Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish (50m freestyle and butterfly), Roisin Higgins (all four 50m disciplines), Daisy Himsworth (100m butterfly), Amy Johnson (50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke), Paige Scott (100m breaststroke), Lucy Toms (50m backstroke and freestyle, 100m breaststroke and butterfly), Suranna Tuckwell (50m and 100m backstroke) and Elliot Whitehouse (50m backstroke and freestyle and 200m freestyle).

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Swimmers shine at iconic London Aquatic Centre

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03 May 2018

A team of 29, mainly senior swimmers, from Colchester Swimming Club competed in a Level 1 National Qualifying Meet at the London Aquatic Centre on 14-15 April.

All of the swimmers were aiming to achieve or improve their regional championship qualifying times as well as enhance their positions within the ASA national rankings ahead of the summer championships.

Once again the squad excelled and over the weekend the swimmers achieved 34 personal best times (PBs), including 14 regional times. In addition to some exceptional times they also came away with 13 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Each member of the squad acquitted themselves very well, competing against swimmers from clubs throughout Essex, the London Region and from around the country. However, standout performances came from Zak Troman, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman and Charlotte Norman. Zak gained 5 new regional times and won 3 gold and 2 silver medals; Alfie set 3 PBs and 2 new regional times winning 4 silver and 1 bronze medal; Sophie continued her fine form, winning a further 4 gold medals; and Charlotte gained 3 impressive gold medals as well as swimming superb races in impressive PBs for her 100m back and fly.

Medals were also won by Asma Parker (2 gold, 1 bronze), Nick Mitchell (1 gold), Ciara Wookey (2 silver, 1 bronze), Olivia Norman (1 silver, 2 bronze), Jamie Coles (1 bronze), Rebecca Girolami (1 bronze) and Charlotte Tree (1 bronze).

Saif Rahman, Syd Roberts and Kalaum Corani all achieved regional times and other PBs were achieved by Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Keziah Cornish, Isaac Farrugia, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Anola Jordan, Molly Redgrave and Louis Walker.

Other swimmers who competed and performed very well at this high level meet were Annie Bayliss, Hayden Chamberlain, Nicole Chandler, Brontë Jordan, William Marsh, Lucy Morgan and Molly Young.

Team Coach Jeff Coles, said: “I was delighted with the team’s attitude to racing on the day and the swimmers’ commitment to give their best. What was exceptionally pleasing was to see the pleasure the swimmers derived from achieving some superb times which they regarded as far more important than actually winning medals. Each member of the squad showed a real desire to continually test themselves - both against a strong level of competition and the clock — which resulted in some incredible performances.”

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Colchester Masters strike gold

SoM March 2018

27 April 2018

Colchester swimmers were in action on Sunday 22 April at Newmarket Swimming Club’s 5th Masters Open Meet. Newmarket Swimming Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and hosted swimmers from around the region.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club at the meet were Damian Navarrete, Katie Holmes, Simon Emm, Sam Milburn, Rob Milburn and James Heathcote.

The team came home with 31 medals in total, 23 of which were gold. Colchester’s top swimmer was Damian, who carried on with his good form from earlier in the year, with five golds, two silvers and a bronze medal, across all the strokes. Simon Emm excelled once more in the butterfly and freestyle events, narrowly missing the regional record for the 100m butterfly, and scoring five gold medals from his five events. James also dominated his age group with some good times in preparation for the Norfolk masters meet next month.

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Swimmer of the month

SoM March 2018

17 April 2018

Each month we shine a light on two of our swimmers who have shown good attendance, sportsmanship, lane discipline, are motivated and show respect to the coaches and other swimmers.

The winners of the latest ’swimmer of the month’ were selected by the Club’s Captains and Vice Captains and have been revealed as Sadie Rowe (Young Potential) and Massimo Girolami (Young Potential).

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “Both swimmers have excelled in training, showing a very mature attitude to the tasks before them and have taken all of the skills of the training sets through to competitions producing some fabulous new personal best times”.

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Egg-splosive Easter action in Norwich

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09 April 2018

A team of 22 from Colchester Swimming Club spent the Easter weekend competing in the Norwich Long Course Open Meet in an effort to gain regional qualification and improve their national ranking.

In the breaststroke the boys swam brilliantly and picked up a number of medals. Massimo Girolami (10) claiming a gold (100m) and two bronze medals (50m and 200m), Zak Troman (11) winning a gold (200m) and a silver (100m) and Alfie Francis (13-14) taking a bronze in the 200m breaststroke.

A plethora of medals were won in the backstroke. Asma Parker (15-16) won silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m events and Keziah Cornish (12) took the silver (50m) and bronze (100m) in her age group. Martha Duley (17+) came first in both the 50m and 100m backstroke, as well as taking the bronze in the 200m race. In the 13-14 age group, Colchester took the gold and bronze medals due to fantastic swimming from Molly Redgrave and Lucy Morgan respectively In the boys 50m Zak Troman (11) claimed another bronze and Syd Roberts (13-14) took the silver. Syd also won the silver in the 100m event and a bronze in the 200m race.

Zak Troman (11) was amongst the medals again, this time winning the 50m butterfly boys event, and Syd Roberts (13-14) claimed his fourth medal with a silver medal. Alfie Francis secured his second bronze of the meet in the 100m butterfly. Following her success in the backstroke Asma Parker (15-16) secured another silver medal in the 50m butterfly. Elinor Duley (17+) claimed a golden double with victory in both the 50m and 100m races, and Molly Young won a silver in the gruelling 200m butterfly.

The freestyle also proved to be a fruitful event for Colchester SC. In the 100m girls race Martha and Elinor Duley (17+) came first and third to add to the medal tally; Elinor taking another gold medal in the 50m event. For the boys, Zak Troman (11) won gold in both the 200m and 400m events and Massimo Girolami took the bronze in the 50m sprint and gold in the 100m race.

Zak and Massimo also won gold in the 200m IM in their age group categories and Asma Parker capped a fine individual and team display by taking gold in the 15-16 age group 400m IM.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The team recorded some excellent results across the board; from the youngest swimmer in the ten year age group to the open category. The swimmers all performed very well and achieved a creditable bag of medals and final placings throughout the three days.”

Ian concluded: “There were a number of very determined swims and sparkling performances also came from Thomas Grieve, Louis Walker, Rebecca Girolami and Kai Cheng to take well deserved final placings and top seedings in their age group. Many members of the team rose to the occasion and swam inside their long course best to contribute to the Club achieving its final points result which saw Colchester finish in second place overall”.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Annie Bayliss, Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Kai Cheng, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, Samuel Whearty and Molly Young.

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Colchester celebrate St Patrick’s Day Meet in style

StPat Open Meet

06 April 2018

On Sunday 25 March Colchester Swimming Club’s St Patrick’s Day Meet was held at Leisure World. Colchester SC was represented by over 80 swimmers who competed against swimmers from Borough of Southend, Brentwood, Clacton, Colchester Phoenix, Dunmow Atlantis, Felixstowe, Harwich Dovercourt & Parkeston, Leighton Buzzard, Runnymeade and Stanway.

Emma Jordan, coach, said: “Once again there was some amazing swimming on display. However, for me the outstanding swimmer on the day was Tom Grieve. Tom has been working hard on his breaststroke in particular and boy did it show with gold medals in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke. He secured a massive 4 second pb on his 100m breaststroke and recorded a regional qualifier time of 1.10.42.”

Emma continued: ”There were also exceptional swims from Jamie Coles, who also recorded a regional time with a huge 3 sec pb, and Syd Roberts, who registered a 4 seconds pb on his 100m backstroke and is now tantalisingly close to breaking the one minute barrier for his 100m freestyle despite only being 13 years old.”

There were a number of other impressive displays throughout the day including Zac Troman, who won 10 gold medals in the 10 events in which he swam; Molly Young, who gained another gold medal and a further 2 secs pb on her 100m fly; Isobel Eastell who recorded an impressive 4 sec pb on her 100m fly; and Elliott Whitehouse, who was closely followed by Alexander Cottrell in 100m backstroke, who secured a pb to take the gold medal.

Further success came via Dan Himsworth in the 200m freestyle where he gained a wonderful 5 sec pb and registered a regional time, and Anjali Tuckwell clocked 42.41 for her 50m fly. Both swimmers taking home gold medals. There was also a gigantic pb (11 seconds) for Camille Viel in the 100m freestyle who also took 2 seconds of her best time in the 50m breaststroke.

Finally, the meet saw the very welcome return from injury for Kalaum Corani who gained a whopping 4 seconds pb on his 100m freestyle to take the silver and a fabulous swim in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 36.49. Anola Jordan, who has been unable to compete recently in butterfly, also took an enormous 5 seconds of her 50m fly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: ”It was another sensational meet for our swimmers. Their hard work and dedication is paying off. I would also like to thank the army of volunteers who helped to make the day possible.”

A full list of the results can be viewed here.

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Samuel Bentley, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Harrison Brook, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Daniel Few, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Harry Graydon, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Joseph Guild, George Hayes, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Olivia Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Suri McCrae, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Robert Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Stanley Newson, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Joshua Ramsamy, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Cole Scott, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Lottie Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Samuel Toon, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Molly Young.

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Huge medal haul at Robin Deal Memorial Meet

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02 April 2018

Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury on 10-11 March to compete in this year’s Robin Deal Memorial Meet against swimmers from Braintree, Co Cambridge, Felixstow, Hadleigh, Leiston, Sudbury and West Suffolk.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The Club had a sensational weekend winning a total of 223 medals (98 gold, 71 silver and 54 bronze). The confidence that the swimmers have gained from their recent success at the Essex Championships is clearly evident and the hunger and determination to make the qualification times again this year is shining through.”

The weekend started superbly for Colchester with a 1-2-3 in the boys’ 10 year old age group 400m IM. Zak Troman took the gold in a new PB of over 30 seconds with Isaac Farrugia and Jack McCarthy taking the silver and bronze. The event proved to be hugely successful for Colchester with Charlie Pryke (12) and Kai Cheng (13) also taking the gold medals in the next two races.

Clean sweeps continued to come and were achieved on a further eight occasions over the weekend. In the 50m Breaststroke Jack McCarthy took the gold in the 10 year old category with silver going to Joshua Bleck and the bronze to Isaac Farrugia and in the 12 year old category there was a 1-2-3 for Charlie Pryke, Antonio Girolami and Felix Szpakowski.

Further success came in the 15/16 age category for the boys in the 100m Backstroke with a 1-2-3 secured by Jamie Coles, Christopher Ashdown and Luke Ledwidge. There was another dominant Colchester display in the 200m Butterfly event with Ciara Wookey taking gold, ahead of Georgia Bleck (silver and 17 seconds PB) and Lottie Talbot (bronze) in the 13 year age group and a final clean sweep came in the 50m Butterfly boys 13 year age group with Alfie Francis finishing ahead of Saif Rahman and Mark Milburn (2 second PB).

There were a number of standout medal winning performances and the following swimmers all won five gold medals or more: Lucy Morgan (ten gold), Ciara Wookey (nine gold and three silver), Alfie Francis (eight gold and two silver), Massimo Girolami (seven gold and one silver), Jamie Coles (seven gold), Zak Troman (six gold), Sophie Baker (five gold, one silver and one bronze), Rebecca Girolami (five gold and two silver).

As well as a huge medal haul there were some sensational PBs achieved over the weekend. Henry Proud (6 seconds and a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke), Alfie Smart (3.5 seconds and silver medal in the 50m freestyle and 9 seconds and gold in the 100m freestyle), Lyla Belshaw (gold and 32 seconds in 400m IM), Daisy Himsworth (silver and 49 seconds in 400m IM), Elliot Whitehouse (40 seconds in 100m Freestyle), Daniel Himsworth (4 seconds and gold 100m backstroke), Sophie Talbot (23 seconds 200m butterfly), Antonio Girolami (14 seconds 200m breaststroke and bronze and 6 seconds 100m butterfly), Isaac Farrugia (silver and 27 seconds 400m freestyle and silver and 16 seconds 200m freestyle), Mark Milburn (silver and 30 second 400m freestyle), Amy Milburn (bronze and 15 seconds 200m backstroke and 5 seconds 50m butterfly), Brontë Jordan (11 seconds and gold 200m breaststroke) and Christopher Thompson (bronze and 13 seconds 200m IM).

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Christopher Ashdown, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Samuel Bentley, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Harrison Brook, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Harry Graydon, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, George Hayes, Niamh Higgins, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Eoin Ledwidge, Luke Ledwidge, Olivia Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Suri McCrae, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Stanley Newson, Charlotte Norman, Hannah O'Malley, Henry Proud, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Evangeline Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Elliot Whitehouse and Ciara Wookey.

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Colchester duo selected for World Class Development Day

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28 March 2018

Sophie Freeman and Livi Norman have been selected for Swim England East Region’s first World Class Development Day following a phenomenal year for both swimmers.

A total of 60 athletes have been handpicked for the course which takes place on 11 April at Hertfordshire University The day will incorporate four sessions for parents, athletes and coaches and will be delivered by staff from England Camps, GB Olympic Team Coaches as well as talks from a triple Olympic swimmer.

Sophie has made the sporting headlines on a number of occasions in recent months. Earlier this month she made the junior finals for both 50m and 100m butterfly (14-17 years age group) at the British Championships. She also qualified for the open age B final where she finished 7th despite being the youngest finalist at only 14. However, the most sensational accolade to date was when Sophie set a British record in the 13 year old age group with a time of 27.97 in the 50m butterfly in December.

Livi, who is one of the Vice Captains at Colchester Swimming Club, also competed at the British Championships having achieved the standard in six events. Livi qualified for the 200m backstroke final at British Summer Championships 2017 and won silver medals in the 200m IM and 400m IM at the Swim England Summer Meet 2017. She is also the reigning Essex Champion in the 50m and 100m fly, 50m and 100m backstroke and silver medallist in the 200m fly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “Swim England East Region are working closely with British Swimming’s World Class team to mirror the content that is delivered at the cutting edge of our sport.”

Michelle concluded: “I’m thrilled that two of the Club’s swimmers have been selected for this course. Sophie and Livi are both hugely talented and I am confident that they will greatly benefit from the World Class Development Day.”

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Youngsters show fighting spirit

Mini League Harlow 2018

21 March 2018

On 10 March Colchester Swimming Club swimmers travelled to Harlow for the second round of this year’s Essex Mini League. Despite a much depleted team, largely due to a scheduling clash with a gala at Sudbury, the swimmers performed really well and only finished 17 points behind the winning team from Witham.

In the third event of the night, the Girls 9yrs 4x1 Medley Relay, Gabby Troman, Angelica Mason, Naomi Sandercock and Leyla Corani recorded a time of 114.14 to finish 2nd. That result set the tone for a flurry of 2nd place finishes, including: Megan Palmer (Girls 10&U Back 50m), Josh Ramsamy (Boys 10&U Back 50m), Keara Hemsworth with a fantastic 5 second PB (Girls 13&U Free 100m) and Aila Manning (Girls 10&U Breast 50m).

George Wallace (Boys 13&U Free 100m) and Cole Scott (Boys Open Fly 50m) were both unfortunate to receive time faults for their sensational swims: George achieving a 5 second PB and Cole knocking an awesome 4 seconds of his previous best. However, it was Paige Scott (Girls 11&U Breast 50m) who registered Colchester’s opening victory of the night. Paige also won the Girls 11&U Fly 50m later that night.

As in the previous round there were a number of winning team performances in the relay races. First place was secured in both the Girls and Boys Open 4x2x1 Freestyle Relay, the Girls 6x1 Breaststroke Relay and the Girls 10&U 4x1 Free Relay (including Jessica Thomas, Angelica Mason and Aila Manning who were all competing in their first gala).

A number of individual performances also caught the eye, including Josh Ramsamy (Boys 10&U Free 50m), Amy Milburn (Girls 11&U Free 50m) and Kalaum Corani (Boys Open Back 50m) who all recorded PBs and maximum points. They were backed-up superbly by Sam Milburn (Boys Open Free 100m), Hayden Chamberlain (Boys 11&U Fly 50m), Anola Jordan (Girls Open Breast 50m) and Isaac Pavey (Boys Open Breast 50m).

At the end of the night Colchester finished a fighting third with 149 points, behind Witham (166 points) and Harlow (159 points) but comfortably ahead of South Woodham Ferrers (116 points).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The Mini League provides a great opportunity for our younger swimmers to get their first taste of competitive swimming and Aila, Jessica, Angelica and Josh all did extremely well. I’d also like to give a special mention to both Leyla Corani and Lyle Whearty who agreed to swim at the eleventh hour to ensure we were able to compete.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach, concluded: “It was a tremendous team effort under testing circumstances but the swimmers all represented the Club brilliantly and we remained competitive. Well done to everyone and my particular thanks to team Milburn and team Jordan whose whole family turned out to swim, judge and manage the team.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Allanah Brosnan, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Keara Hemsworth, Amy Johnson, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Aila Manning, Angelica Mason, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Rob Milburn, Sam Milburn, Megan Palmer, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Josh Ramsamy, Naomi Sandercock, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Jessica Thomas, Seb Tilley, Lucy Toms, Gabby Troman, George Wallace and Lyle Whearty.

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WATERPOLO: Colchester vs Hornchurch Seniors

Waterpolo: Colchester vs Hornchurch

20 March 2018

Colchester started the first quarter strongly but were guilty of missing numerous goal scoring opportunities. The Hornchurch goalkeeper Norman made plenty of saves and the frame of the goal was hit regularly. At the end of the first quarter Colchester led 3–2, with Hornchurch scoring 2 upon their rare foray into the Colchester area.

For the 2nd quarter Colchester were once again wasting scoring opportunities and it was not until halfway through the quarter that Colchester started to make those opportunities count and by the end of the quarter Colchester led 8–2.

In the 3rd quarter Hornchurch briefly threatened a comeback, but Colchester fielding a much younger team than their counterparts regained a strangle hold on the game to lead 12–4 by the end of the quarter.

In the 4th quarter Colchester shooting towards the deep end of the pool scored 3 goals in quick succession by Ben Chapman who was then rested so 14‑year old Adam Lecomber could have more game time. Adam will be pleased with his 2 goals scored tonight. One a cheeky lop into the far top corner of the net and the other following in on a rebound from a shot by his father and team Captain Simon Lecomber. With the older Hornchurch team tiring, Colchester ran out 18–5 winners.

2018 has seen 15‑year old Matthew Eaton acquit himself well in goal since taking over from the retired David Nicholson. But the player so far this year that has caught the eye is 17‑year old Ben Chapman. Who after playing regularly with the seniors for a couple of years now, is starting to look the part and has been the main goal scorer over the last few matches, including tonight’s match when he scored 6 goals. A good win by Colchester, but the score line could have been greater, if it was not for the Hornchurch goalkeeper making some good saves throughout the match and poor finishing in the early stages by Colchester.

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Essex Championships ends in style

Essex Champs 2018

17 March 2018

On 17/18 February Colchester Swimming Club competed in the final weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships at Basildon.

In the 400m IM 12 year’s age group Charlie Pryke came 6th with a new pb. Alfie Francis finished 4th with Mark Milburn in 8th place in the 13 years age group, both boys gaining new pbs. Kai Cheng came 4th in the 14 years age group with a new pb.

In the girls 400m freestyle, Charlotte Norman took the bronze medal in the 13 years age group, Sophie Freeman claimed another Essex title and the gold medal in the 14 years age group with Charlotte Tree coming in 5th position, all gaining new pbs. In the 15 years age group, Rebecca Girolami came 5th in a new pb, closely followed by Asma Parker in 7th place also gaining a new pb.

Elinor Duley became Essex champion in the 18/O 100m freestyle in a new pb. In the 15 year age group, Asma Parker claimed bronze with Rebecca Girolami and Molly Young coming in 5th and 6th with new pbs. In the 14 year age group Sophie Freeman finished in 1st place and took the gold medal in a new pb and Keziah Cornish finished in 8th position with a pb.

In the 100m breaststroke, Zak Troman claimed the bronze medal in the 10/11 year age group in a new pb. In the 12 year age group, Charlie Pryke also took bronze, finishing in 3rd place gaining a new pb. Alfie Francis and Louis Walker finished in 1st and 3rd place to take two further medals in the 100m breaststroke both gaining new pbs. In the 14 year age group, Naythan Aung became the Essex champion with a new pb.

In the boys 100m Backstroke, Isaac Pavey came 7th in the 16 years age group gaining a pb.

In the girls’ event, Charlotte Norman took the gold medal and title by winning the 13 years age group in a new pb, Sophie Freeman claimed a silver medal in the 14 years age group, also setting a new pb.

Asma Parker, Rebecca Girolami and Molly Young competed in the 15 years 200m IM, finishing in 2nd, 4th and 6th positions, with Rebecca and Molly gaining new pbs. Elinor Duley gained a pb and 1st place in the 18/O age group to claim another gold medal and Essex title.

In the 200m Freestyle, Zak Troman came 2nd to win the silver medal in the 10/11 year age group with a new pb. Alfie Francis finished in 4th position in the 13 year age group and Naythan Aung finished in 5th position, both gaining new pbs.

Nicholas Mitchell finished 2nd and claimed a silver medal in the Men’s 18/O 200m breaststroke gaining a new pb.

In the girls 200m backstroke, Charlotte Norman finished took the silver medal with a new pb in the 13 years age group. There was further success in the 14 year age group, with Sophie Freeman finishing in 2nd with Lucy Morgan in 7th with both girls gaining new pbs. Asma Parker also claimed silver and second place setting a new pb in the 15 year age group.

In the 18/O Men’s 100m Butterfly, Nic Mitchell finished in 8th position with a new pb.

In the 200m fly, Molly Young finished in 2nd position to claim the silver medal in the 15 year age group, setting a new pb. Olivia Norman and Abbie McCarthy finished 2nd and 6th in the 16 year age group and Elinor Duley set a new pb and finished in 1st place to take the Essex title and gold medal in the 18/O age group.

Zak Troman also competed in the 200m fly, finishing in 3rd place to claim a bronze medal in the 10/11 age group and in the 13 year age group, Alfie Francis finished in 5th place both; boys setting new pbs.

In the boys 200m IM, Zak Troman finished in 2nd place to claim the silver medal in the 10/11 year age group with a new pb Charlie Pryke finished in 8th position in the 12 year age group also with a pb. Alfie Francis took the bronze medal in the 13 year age group and in the 14 year age group Naythan Aung won silver with Kai Cheng finishing in 8th place, all three boys gaining new pbs.

In the girls 100m breaststroke, Elinor Duley finished in 4th position in the 18/O age group in a new pb. Rebecca Girolami and Asma Parker were in the 15 year age group and finished in 4th and 5th places, both girls setting new pbs.

Colchester swimmers also took part in a number of relays over the weekend. The 15yrs/over 200m Medley, ladies team consisted of Olivia Norman, Rebecca Girolami, Asma Parker and Elinor Duley who had a strong race finishing in 1st place and be crowned Essex champions. In the younger age group of 10/14, Charlotte Norman, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Lucy Morgan fought hard to gain the silver.

In the boys 10/14yrs 200m freestyle team, Syd Roberts, Kai Cheng, Naythan Aung and Louis Walker finished in a very close 2nd position to take the silver medal.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “This year the standard achieved by our swimmers was astonishing. Although those winning the medals and titles tend to grab the headlines it was so encouraging to see how well our younger swimmers coped with the occasion. No doubt a number of them will go on to win medals in time.”

Katie added: “Overall Colchester came second in the Top Club rankings with 1,176 points and we also topped the Top Female rankings with Elinor Duley (18/OV) and Sophie Freeman (14) having sensational championships.”

46 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Alexander Tinnion, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, Samuel Whearty, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Essex Masters Championships 2018

Essex Masters Champs 2018

12 March 2018
On Saturday 3 March, whilst the swimming club’s younger stars were competing up in Edinburgh, the older generations were taking on the best of Essex and some swimmers from the surrounding counties at Essex Masters Championships. This included some of the top swimmers who were unable to travel to Edinburgh due to the weather.

In a hectic one day schedule, Katie Holmes, Simon Emm, Damian Navarrete, James Heathcote and Rob Milburn all competed for Colchester at Basildon’s Sporting Village.

The team took home a total haul of thirty three medals, with Katie coming a close second in the overall female category with four golds, and one silver medal. The team backed-up their good form from two weeks ago with some great times across a wide variety of events. Simon and Rob matched each other result-for-result with two golds, two silvers and three bronze medals each. James secured a gold, four silver, and three bronze medals, and Damian shook-off the injury from two weeks ago with three silver, and three bronze medals.

Unofficial team manager and chief cheerleader Amy said she was impressed with how fast some of the Masters were, and that Simon’s 50m Butterfly was nearly as fast as his 50m Freestyle. She hoped that none of them would hurt their necks with so many medals.

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Colchester SC’s young guns selected for Swim England’s County training programme

SE County Training Programme

12 March 2018
Following this year’s Essex County Champs, Seren Page, Isaac Farrugia and Zak Troman have been selected for this year’s Swim England County Training Programme.

The training programme has been set-up by Swim England and Essex to help develop, reward and recognise the top 18 performing male and female swimmers in the 11 year old age group.

“This is an amazing opportunity for three of our talented young swimmers. The course will include pool sessions, land training and workshops on nutrition, lifestyle organisation and effective stroke technique” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle added: “The programme, which will run on three individual days, is part of the Swim England’s long-term athlete development pathway and will be held in Chelmsford. It aims to develop key skills that swimmers can take back to their own clubs and incorporated into our home programme.”

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Colchester swimmers compete on the national stage

Nationals March 2018

07 March 2018
Despite the horrendous weather Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman and Livi Norman made their way up to the Edinburgh International Meet to represent Colchester Swimming Club on the national stage.

The meet, which took place between 1-4 March at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and incorporated this year’s British Swimming Championships, saw Colchester’s awesome foursome take on international swimmers and Olympians ahead of Gold Coast 2018.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To have the opportunity to compete at national level and rub shoulders with these elite swimmers is a huge achievement. The girls all competed wonderfully and they should all be very proud of their achievements.”

Michelle added: “I know that many of our swimmers and their parents were cheering our girls on via the live stream.”

Ellie Duley, who qualified in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly, had good solid swims in the opening weekend of the summer champs qualifying window and recorded a top 20 finish in the 50m butterfly.

Martha Duley, who competed in six events, also performed well and narrowly missed out on the B final in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1.03.93.

Sophie Freeman, who qualified in seven events, made the junior finals for both 50m and 100m butterfly (14-17 years age group). She registered a PB in the 100m fly heats and qualified for the final finishing 4th overall with a PB of 1.02.37. Sophie also made the final of the 50m butterfly and finished 8th. However, Sophie’s outstanding performance came in the 200m fly where she recorded a great PB to take her into the open age B final where she finished 7th despite being the youngest finalist at only 14.

Livi Norman competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 200m butterfly and the 200m and 400m IM with a number of gutsy performances. The standout performance for Livi was her 50m backstroke where she achieved a time of 31.10; just two tenths off her PB.

Additionally, Laura Stephens, Plymouth Leander and Colchester SC member, continued her preparation for April’s Commonwealth Games in impressive style. Laura, who was untapered, had a very busy schedule with a total of 11 races (not including the 50 fly skins) and came 2nd in the 200 fly, establishing herself as the fastest English female swimmer for 200m butterfly.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Despite the extremely unpleasant weather it was a real pleasure to accompany Ellie, Martha, Sophie Freeman and Livi. The competition was a fantastic experience for our four girls and everyone connected with the Club is very proud of their performances.”

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East region open—water development camp

East Region Development Camp

06 March 2018
Charlotte Tree and Charlotte Norman have been invited to the East Region Open-Water Development Camp on 9/10 June.

The development camp, which is now in its third year, aims to provide open-water development to swimmers who qualified for the Swim England National Championships in 2017 in the 12 to 16 years age groups.

The two day camp includes a pool skills session, a workshop and an open-water swim: the pool-based day will take place at Hertfordshire Sporting Village and the lake-based day will be held at Stanborough Lakes.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “This is fantastic recognition for the hard work that Charlotte and Charlotte have put in. To be invited to regional camp is a huge achievement and demonstrates just how far they have both come.”

Michelle added: “Across the UK record numbers of swimmers are taking up open-water swimming and swimming in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans. It’s a very different sport with a specific skillset as it’s completely different to swimming in a pool due to the lack of lanes and less physical boundaries.”

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Sudbury Valentines Masters Meet

Masters Valentines Meet

02 March 2018
On Sunday 18 February, whilst the main club were competing at Basildon in the County championships, The Masters squad were in action at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury, racing against swimmers from around the region. This year there were no less than three British Records broken at the event (although sadly not by us)!

Damian Navarrete, Simon Emm, James Heathcote and Rob Milburn all posted some good results taking a medal haul of thirteen gold, and seven silver medals. There would have been more medals, but unfortunately Damian injured a muscle in his 100 Breaststroke race, but still finished in a new PB!

Simon continued to dominate his age group, but came up against a particularly strong Freestyle swimmer, that meant he had to make do with a couple of silver medals amongst his usual tally of golds.

James and Rob also put in some impressive swims, posting good times in preparation for the Essex Masters Championships at Basildon Sporting Village on Saturday 3 March.

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The CP Sport National Swimming Championships

Sam Whearty

26 February 2018
Samuel Whearty will be flying the flag for Colchester SC at this year’s CP Sport National Swimming Championships at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham.

This year the National Championships take place on Sunday 25 March 2018 and swimmers can enter a maximum of five events. Sam has elected to swim the 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The CP Sport National Swimming Championships are a friendly and competitive event that caters for the needs of all active cerebral palsy swimmers from club through to elite levels of ability. Sam is a wonderful competitor and continues to work hard to ensure he will have a tremendous Championships.”

If you would like to learn more about Cerebral Palsy Sport please visit www.cpsport.org.

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Swimmer of the month: February

Swimmer of the Month Feb18


















25 February 2018
The winners of the February ’swimmer of the month’ have been revealed as Keara Hemsworth (Young Potential) and Jack McCarthy (Potential).

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “We run the monthly award scheme to shine a light on two of our swimmers each month. All of the coaches have one vote for a boy and one vote for a girl. They can vote for anyone from any squad, any age, who they feel have shown good attendance, sportsmanship, lane discipline, are motivated and show respect to the coaches and other swimmers. This month Keara and Jack were our deserving winners as they shone out, embodying the qualities that the coaches are looking for. ”

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Colchester swimmers continue to shine at Essex Age Group Championships

Essex Champs 2018

20 February 2018
The second of the three Essex Age Group Championships weekends was held on 3/4 February and the Club’s swimmers continued to impress.

Day one saw a whopping 86 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club descend upon the London Aquatic Centre to compete in the sprint events.

In the 50m butterfly. Elinor Duley took the gold and Martha Duley took the silver as Colchester dominated the 18/O category and further success came in the 14 years age group with Sophie Freeman (1st ) and Ciara Wookey (4th); with Ciara setting a new PB. In the 15 years age group Colchester swimmers’ Asma Parker (2nd), Niamh Higgins (3rd) and Molly Young (4th) fought a hard race and all set new PBs. In the 16 years age group Olivia Norman (1st) had a great race and Abbie McCarthy (4th) finished closely behind her, both recording new PBs.

Spencer Prior was crowned Essex Champion in the men’s 18/O 50m fly and Tom Grieve finished 7th as both posted new PBs. In the younger age groups, both Naythan Aung (4th)and Syd Roberts (8th) set new PBs in the 14 years final and Alfie Francis continued his good form in the 13 years final as he took the Essex title and team mate Louis Walker finished in 8th position; both with new PBs. There was further reason to celebrate in the 10/11 year age group with Zak Troman claiming the bronze medal and setting a new PB in the process.

In the 50m freestyle Elinor Duley took the silver in a new PB and was closely followed by her sister Martha who finished in 3rd place to take home the bronze medal. Asma Parker finished 4th in the 15yrs age group final gaining a new PB while Rebecca Girolami finished in 9th position. Olivia Norman achieved another PB and finished 5th in the 16 year age group. Sophie Freeman became Essex Champion and Lucy Morgan finished 6th; both gaining new PBs in the 14 years age group. In the 13 years age group, Charlotte Norman finished in 8th position, setting a new PB and in the 10/11 year age group Seren Page finished in 6th position gaining a new PB.

In the boy’s 50m freestyle Louis Walker took the gold medal and Essex title in the 13 year age group and Alfie Francis finished in 7th place, both setting new PBs. Naythan Aung finished in 2nd place to take the silver in a new PB in the boys 14 year age group and Jamie Coles finished 9th in a new PB in the 17 years age group.

Martha Duley and Elinor Duley finished 1st and 5th respectively in the 18/O 50m backstroke. In the 16 year age group, Olivia Norman continued her good form to take the gold medal and finish in 1st place in a new PB of 29.65 with Abbie McCarthy, Brontë Jordan and Amber Jordan finishing in 5th, 7th and 8th all gaining new PBs. In the 15 years age group Asma Parker became Essex Champion and gained a new PB and in the 14 years age group, Sophie Freeman (2nd), Lucy Morgan (5th) and Molly Redgrave (6th) all gained new PBs. In the 13 year age group, Charlotte Norman finished in 3rd positionto take the bronze medal with another PB. Keziah Cornish claimed the silver medal in the 12 years age group and Seren Page finished in 8th position in the 10/11 year age group, with further PBs.

In the boys event, Isaac Pavey finished in 9th position in the 16 years age group setting a new PB. In the 14 years age group Naythan Aung (2nd) and Kai Cheng (7th) competed well. Louis Walker finished in 10th position in the 13 years age group and Zak Troman finished in 5th position in the 10/11 year age group. All of the boys gained new PBs.

In the 50m breaststroke, Olivia Norman finished in 8th position in the 16 years age group setting a new PB. Rebecca Girolami took the silver medal with Asma Parker in 8th in the 15 years age group, both girls getting PBs. In the 14 years age group Ciara Wookey finished in a very close 2nd place to take the silver medal with Sophie Freeman finishing in 4th, both gaining new PBs. In the 13 year age group Charlotte Norman finished in 8th position with a new PB.

Jamie Coles finished in 4th place in the 17 years age group of the 50m breaststroke. Naythan Aung finished in 7th position with a new PB in the 14 years age group. In the 13 year age group Alfie Francis took gold and the Essex title with Louis Walker taking 5th place and both boys getting PBs. Charlie Pryke and Hayden Chamberlain competed in the 12 year age group finishing 2nd and 4th gaining new PBs. In the 10/11 year age group Zak Troman finished in 2nd position to claim the silver medal in a new PB.

Day two saw the 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle at Basildon. In the 800m girl’s event, Sophie Baker was Colchester’s first swimmer competing in the 12 years age group, finishing in 17th place, in a new PB. In the 13 year age group, Charlotte Norman finished in 6th position and Molly Grieve finished in 19th place both setting new PBs. Sophie Freeman continued her brilliant form finishing in 1st place tot take the gold medal and Essex title, she was followed by team mates Charlotte Tree (3rd), Ciara Wookey (13th) and Molly Redgrave (16th) all girls gaining new PBs. In the 15 year age group Rebecca Girolami set a new PB finishing in 7th position. Olivia Norman took the bronze medal in the 16 years age group setting a new PB. Martha and Elinor Duley were competing in the 18/O age group, finishing in 3rd and 5th position, with Elinor setting a new PB.

In the boys 1500m event, Alfie Francis and Mark Milburn were competing in the 13 year age group with Alfie finishing in 6th place and Mark finishing in 8th position, both boys gaining new PBs.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “For some of our younger swimmers this was the first time they had competed at the iconic London Aquatic Centre. All of our swimmers were magnificent. There were many PBs set and medals won over the weekend and several of our swimmers are now Essex champions!”

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Jasmin Bayliss, Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Samuel Bentley, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Alanna Brosnan, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Joseph Guild, Niamh Higgins, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Olivia Horn, Samuel Horn, Amy Johnson, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Luke Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Suri McCrae, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Hannah O’Malley, Seren Page, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Spencer Prior, Henry Proud, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Anita Tien, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Samuel Toon, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Samuel Whearty, Katie White, Owen Williams, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Mini league opener goes down to the wire

19 February 2018
On 10 February the Essex Mini League season started at Colchester Leisure World with the home town club taking on Basildon, Canvey Island, Hornchurch and Saffron Seals.

The event started well for Colchester with Sadie Rowe and Isaac Farrugia both coming second in the 50m backstoke. However, it was the Boys 9yrs 4x1 Medley Relay Team, featuring Logan McCrae (competing in his first gala), Elliot Whitehouse, Harrison Brook and Alex Cottrell, that saw Colchester record their opening victory of the night.

Josh Bleck (Boys 10&U Back 50m), Mark Milburn (Boys 13&U Free 100m) and Harrison Brook (Boys 10&U Breast 50m) ensured the first places continued: with Harrison’s performance being even more incredible as he was competing in the 10 year age group despite still being 9.

There was further success in the relays, underlining the tremendous team spirit that has developed at the club. First place was secured in both the Girls and Boys Open 4X2X1 Freestyle Relay, the Girls 9YRS 4X1 Freestyle Relay (including Gabby Troman who was competing in her first gala), both the Girls and Boys 6X1 Breaststroke Relay (9yrs,10&U,11&U,13&U,2xOpen), the Boys 10&U 4X1 Freestyle Relay and both the Girls and Boys 13&U 4X1 Freestyle Relay.

Additionally, there were a number of fantastic individual displays which included Daisy Himsworth (Girls 10&U Free 50m), Olivia Vinter (Girls 11&U Free 50m), Joseph Guild (Boys Open Back 50m) and Antonio Girolami (Boys 13&U Breast 50m) who all recorded PBs and maximum points. Felix Szpakowski (Boys 13&U Back 50m), Lauren Himsworth (Girls Open Free 100m) and Kalaum Corani (BOYS Open Free 100m) all swam brilliantly to take the spoils in the respective events. They were backed up superbly by Massimo Girolami (BOYS 10&U Fly 25m) and Henry Proud (Boys 11&U Fly 50m).

The night came to a fitting close with Colchester victorious in the Mixed Squad 10X1 Free Relay (Boy & Girl 9,10,11,13,Open) which saw Gabby Cornish, Elliot Whitehouse, Sadie Rowe, Isaac Farrugia, Amy Johnson (who was returning from injury), Henry Proud, Georgia Bleck, Felix Szpakowski, Niamh Higgins and Isaac Pavey finish the night in style.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The Mini League provides the ideal development opportunity for swimmers to represent their club throughout the season. As a team event it is a great way for some of the club’s youngest swimmers to get their first taste of competition.”

“There were a number of great swims this evening. Amy and Mark Milburn were both on fire and it was lovely to see Niamh Higgins break the 40 second barrier in the last breaststroke race of the night with a great PB,” concluded Emma.

At the end of the night Basildon emerged victorious (176 points), with Colchester a close second (163 points).

A huge thank you to all the swimmers and helpers who ensured our home meet was such a success.

The Colchester SC squad featured: Emi Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Josh Bleck, Harrison Brook, Allanah Brosnan, Kalaum Corani, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Isaac Farrugia, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Joseph Guild, Niamh Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Logan McCrae, Suri McCrae, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Isaac Pavey, Henry Proud, Sadie Rowe, Alfie Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Gabby Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Olivia Vinter and Elliot Whitehouse.

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Introducing your Captains and Vice Captains for 2018

Club Captains

16 February 2018
Colchester Swimming Club has announced that Tom Grieve and Ana Victoria Anderson have been elected as this year’s Club Captains. Tom and Ana Victoria will be assisted by Nick Mitchell, Jamie Coles, Livi Norman and Abbie McCarthy, who have all been appointed Vice Captains.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone at our Club I would like to offer my congratulations to Tom, Ana Victoria, Nick, Jamie, Livi and Abbie. I wish them all every success for the year ahead.”

Steve continued: “At Colchester the position of Club Captain is viewed as a pivotal role within the club: representing the views of the swimmers and contributing to the development of the club. They are all fantastic role models and I am sure they will all do a great job supporting the Club and leading our swimmers by example.”

Commenting on his appointment, Tom Grieve said: “I am exceptionally proud to have been re-elected as Captain. It’s a role that I have thoroughly enjoyed and I will continue to encourage our squad to train hard and strive for both personal achievements and team accolades.”

Ana Victoria Anderson, added: “Our swimming club is one of the most successful and highly regarded clubs in the region. I look forward to working alongside our swimmers, coaches and the Committee in strengthening our team further.”

Colchester Swimming Club Committee would like to thank Just Rubber Tyres and Nindy’s Fish Bar for kindly sponsoring the Captains’ shirts.

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Colchester’s fab four earn a place at 2018 British Swimming Championships

British Champs Qualifiers

14 February 2018
A quartet of Colchester SC swimmers have earnt the right to impress on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Championships in Edinburgh.

Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman and Livi Norman will all represent Colchester Swimming Club at the Edinburgh International Meet in March to compete against the best swimmers in Britain.

Sophie Freeman (age 13) has qualified in seven events: the 50m,100m and 200m butterfly, the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 50m freestyle, whereas Livi Norman (age 15) has achieved the standard in six events: the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 200m butterfly and the 200m and 400m IM. Additionally, Ellie Duley (age 17) has qualified in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly and her sister, Martha Duley (age 18), will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the highlight of the National events calendar; this event will be used for selection trials for the British team for the European Junior Championships. I am so proud that Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman, Ellie Duley and Martha Duley have all achieved the exceptionally tough qualifying times to swim at the event and will be swimming alongside Olympic Champions and finalists such as Adam Peaty, James Guy, Chris Walker- Hebbon, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Jazz Carlin, Molly Renshaw and Chloe Tutton.”

“Everyone at the Club is rightly very proud of their achievement. I’m delighted to say that Laura Stephens, Plymouth Leander and Colchester SC member, will also be competing as she continues to gear up for her first-ever Commonwealth Games appearance“, concluded Michelle.

This year’s British Championships will be incorporated into the Edinburgh International Swim Meet 2018 and takes place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 1‒4 March 2018.

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Swimmers off to a flying start at Essex Age Group Championships

Regional Qualifier

12 February 2018
On 20/21 January over 50 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club competed in the first weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships at Basildon.

In what proved to be a fantastic weekend, swimmers who had registered qualification times throughout the year, took on the best that the rest of the County had to offer.

In the 400m IM Charlotte Norman (5.07.51) and Sophie Freeman (5.28.24) both secured PBs to finish 1st in their age groups. Also with top eight placings were Charlotte Tree (4th), Ciara Wookey (7th) and Zak Troman (3rd) who recorded a huge 17 second PB of 5.29.37.

The boys 100m freestyle saw some strong swims from Alfie Francis (3rd), who registered a 3 second PB of 1.02.64, and Louis Walker (5th). Naythan Aung (5th), competing in the 14yr age group, went under the 1 minute barrier for the first time in 59.86 and in the 18/o age group Spencer Prior (7th ) recorded a PB of 56.68.

Further success came in the girls 100m backstroke final where Olivia Norman (1st) secured a PB of 1.06.14 and Amber Jordan (8th) recorded a PB in the heats of 1.10.43.

In the boys 100m backstroke Naythan Aung swam a great race to claim 1st place in 1.07.17. Kai Cheng finished closely behind him in 3rd place in 1.08.48 and Syd Roberts also made the final coming 7th and gaining a PB of 1.11.18.

In the girls 200m butterfly 13yr age group Charlotte Norman secured a PB to come 1st in a time of 2.42.36 and Molly Grieve (5th) also registered a PB of 2.48.59. Sophie Freeman dominated her age group, finishing in 1st place in 2.20.90, with her closest competitor a massive 12 seconds behind her.

Sophie had further success in the girls 200m IM finishing 1st in 2.26.13, with Charlotte Norman coming 3rd in 2.36.43.

In the girls 200m free Molly Young took 7th place in the 15yr age group in 2.21.20 and Martha Duley won the 18/o age group in 2.11.92. In the 10/11yrs age group, despite a shoulder injury, Seren Page (4th) gained a 7 second PB in 2.37.63. Sophie Freeman (1st) had another strong race in the 14yrs age group with a PB of 2.07.97 and Charlotte Tree took 6th place with a PB of 2.18.45.

Charlie Pryke (1st) dominated his 200m breaststroke race in the 12yrs age group, going out very strong and managing to hold the fast pace he set in the first 100m with a huge pb. Zak Troman finished 2nd in the 10/11yrs age group also smashing his PB in the process! Alfie Francis had a really good race finishing 2nd in the 13yrs age group with Louis Walker and Mark Milburn finishing closely behind him in 4th and 6th respectively. In the girls event Rebecca Girolami (4th) gained a long course PB of 3.02.50.

The 200m backstroke saw Zak Troman (8th) gain a 17 second PB and Dan Himsworth also had a brilliant swim gaining a 15 second PB to finish in 7th place in the 13yrs age group. Naythan Aung came 2nd with a 4 second PB of 2.28.99, with Kai Cheng (6th) and Syd Roberts (8th) closely behind him, both gaining PBs.

In the 100m butterfly Jack McCarthy (5th), competing as a 10 year old in the tough 10/11 age category, finished just ahead of team mates Isaac Farrugia (6th) and Zak Troman (8th) , with all three swimmers gaining PBs. Alfie Francis took a further 2 seconds of his PB to finish 3rd in the 13yr age group. Naythan Aung (6th) and Kai Cheng (8th) also had strong swims and gained PBs. Not to be outdone the girls also had brilliant results with Olivia Norman finishing in 1st place in the 16yrs age group. Molly Young had a phenomenal swim to secure a place in the final where she finished in 3rd place, with Niamh Higgins finishing in 8th place, both gaining fantastic PBs.

Further success was found in the relays with the men’s 15/o team of Jamie Coles, Tom Grieve, Spencer Prior and Nic Mitchell finishing in 7th place. In the girls 10/14 freestyle relay Sophie Freeman, Ciara Wookey, Charlotte Tree and Lucy Morgan finished in 1st place. The women’s 15/O freestyle team of Olivia Norman, Rebecca Girolami, Abbie McCarthy and Ellie Duley finished in 5th position and the boys 10/14 medley team of Naythan Aung, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng and Louis Walker finished off the weekend with a really exciting race, just missing out on the top spot, finishing in 2nd place.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “It was a hugely successful meet for the Club with a number of our swimmers qualifying for finals and taking home medals. The coaches were also delighted to see our younger swimmers make the transition to racing in a long course pool so smoothly. We have a large number of talented swimmers coming through and the future of the Club looks very bright.”

The remaining Essex Age Group Championships will be held at London Aquatic Centre and Basildon during February.

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Niamh Higgins, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Seren Page, Asma Parker, Spencer Prior, Henry Proud, Charlie Pryke, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Sophie Talbot, Anita Tien, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Samuel Whearty, Katie White, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

For more information: Email press.secretary@colchesterswimming.com

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11 Academy members make the grade

Academy

13 January 2018
Colchester Swimming Club has welcomed 11 swimmers from the Academy into the Junior Squad: Seth Belshaw, George Hayes, Angelica Mason, Logan McCrea, Oliver Morgan, Stanley Newson, Joshua Ramsamy, Sophie Ryan, Jessica Thomas, Gabrielle Troman and Jude Yagamour.

Academy Manger, Donna Cowan, said: “Colchester Swimming Club Academy is dedicated to equipping young aspiring swimmers with the skill set necessary to potentially compete. I would like to offer my congratulations to all 11 of our Academy graduates and wish them every success at Club level. They have all worked phenomenally hard to achieve their goal and warrant their places in the Junior Squad.”

Stephanie Young, Academy and Colchester Swimming Club Coach, added: “Our aim at The Colchester Swimming Club Academy is to develop every swimmer to their full potential and coach them to improve their stroke and technique. This cohort have shown what can be done with focus and determination and I look forward to seeing their continued development at Club level.”

Enrolment into the Academy is by trial only and open to children between the ages of 5 and 10 years of age. If your child is keen for swimming to be their sport and improve their technique, please email academy.enquiries@colchesterswimming.com to arrange a trial.

Academy lessons are held at the Garrison pool on a Wednesday evening (5.45pm to 6.45pm) and a Friday evening (6.30pm to 7.30pm).

For more information: Email press.secretary@colchesterswimming.com

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