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Reports 2018

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, Bronte 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.

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11 Academy members make the grade


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 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).

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