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National Arena Swimming League: Premier Division of the London League A final

Regional Qualifier

13 December 2017
Colchester Swimming Club competed in the third round of the National Arena Swimming League at Inspire Luton Sports Village on Saturday 9 December 2017. Also taking their place in the Premier Division of the London League A final were Basildon & Phoenix, Camden Swiss Cottage, Chelsea & Westminster, Ealing, Hatfield, Hillingdon and TeamIpswich.

In a closely contested gala Hatfield just edged out TeamIpswich to take the spoils: 306 points to 303 points. Despite the very strong opposition, Colchester swimmers still performed very well and 10 personal best times were recorded on the night: Hayden Chamberlain (50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke), Keziah Cornish (50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke), Ellie Duley (100m Butterfly), Tom Grieve (100m Freestyle), Seren Page (50m Butterfly), Syd Roberts (100m Freestyle) and Zak Troman (50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly).

Other highlights on the night included the 13 years relay teams who were phenomenal. The girls won the Freestyle relay and came third in the Medley (Sophie Freeman, Lucy Morgan, Charlotte Norman, Charlotte Tree and Ciara Wookey). Not to be outdone the boys relay teams won the Freestyle relay and came second in the Medley (Naythan Aung, Kai Cheng, Alfie Francis, Syd Roberts and Louis Walker). Sophie Freeman continued her impressive form and gained first place in the 13 years 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.

“The swim of night came from Syd Roberts on his 100m Freestyle - he gained a 2 second PB, which he only achieved less than a month ago. He had some amazing splits in his relay swims; he had a brilliant night!!”, said Katie Holmes, assistant head coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Regional Qualifier

Katie continued: “It was a great achievement for the Club to make the division final and I’m exceptionally proud of all of our swimmers. It was a fantastic occasion and there was a great atmosphere thanks to some very vocal support. Good luck to Hatfield, TeamIpswich and Ealing who now go on to compete at the National Cup Final in April 2018.”

Colchester Swimming Club squad for the National Arena Swimming League: Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Kai Cheng, Jamie Coles, Keziah Cornish, Hayden Chamberlain, Nicole Chandler, Ellie Duley, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Rebecca Girolami, Tom Grieve, Abbie McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Nic Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Seren Page, Isaac Paget, Asma Parker, Spencer Prior, Syd Roberts, Evie Scott, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker and Ciara Wookey.

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Colchester dozen rise to the endurance challenge

Regional Qualifier

06 December 2017
On Saturday 2 December, 12 swimmers from Colchester SC competed in the Basildon & Phoenix Swimming Club 1500/800 County/Regional Qualifier. There were some outstanding individual performances at Basildon Sporting Village by both the girls and boys.

The girls performed brilliantly in the 800m Freestyle where Seren Page continued her fantastic recent form by winning gold in the 10 year age group with a personal best time of 11m19s. There was further success in the 13 year age group with Charlotte Tree winning the gold in 9m35s (as she also set a new PB) and Molly Redgrave collecting the bronze. Molly Grieve, Rebecca Girolami, Ana Victoria Anderson and Lucy Morgan also had strong swims.

In the afternoon the boys swam the gruelling 1500m Freestyle and picked-up a further three medals. Alfie Francis (12) won the gold in his age group by a staggering 40 seconds, Henry Proud (10) was awarded the bronze and Sam Whearty won a silver medal too. Syd Roberts and Owen Williams also put in great swims in the competitive 13 years age group.

Regional Qualifier

Charlotte Williams, who was the lead coach on the day, said: “All of our swimmers today have an awful lot to be proud of. These long distance races are a real test for swimmers: requiring strength, stamina, speed and technique. There’s also the mental challenge.”

Charlotte added: “We’ll be back here again in a couple of weeks attending Basildon Last Chance County Qualifier on 16/17 December as our swimmers aim to secure or improve their county and regional time in all strokes across 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m.”



Full results can be found on Basildon & Phoenix Swimming Club’s website here

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Colchester Autumn Sprint Meet

26 November 2017
On Sunday 26 November Colchester Swimming Club’s Autumn Sprint Open Meet was held at Leisure World. The day featured events in all strokes across 50m and 100m.

The Club was represented by over 80 swimmers who competed against swimmers from Chelmsford City, Clacton, Diss Otters, Felixstowe, Harwich Dovercourt & Parkeston Swimming Club, Leyton and Lincoln Vulcans.

There were some excellent individual performances with the Colchester squad amassing a staggering 165 county times and 10 regional times.

Katie Holmes, assistant head coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “A number of our swimmers will be representing the Club at the Essex Age Group Championships in the New Year but this meet presented the perfect opportunity for our swimmers to get their county and regional times or to record improved times.”

“There were some great swims by competitors of all ages and a large number of personal bests were recorded. However, the standout performers on the day were Saif Rahman, Eloise Smart, Jack McCarthy and Alfie Francis who all excelled,” she continued.

Saif Rahman recorded a sensational swim in the 100m Breaststroke, registering a 13 second PB and achieving a new county time. In a fantastic individual display at the meet he also secured PBs and achieved county times in both the 50m and 100m Backstroke.

Eloise Smart was arguably the pick of the girls and caught the eye with a thrilling swim when she registered a PB and set a new regional time in the 100m Freestyle.

Of the younger swimmers Jack McCarthy was in fine form, registering five PBs and hitting the county time standard in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

Alfie Francis also continued his great recent form by setting new PBs and improving on his regional times in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly.

Several other swimmers put in great performances achieving personal bests, many with new or improved county times, with coaches highlighting: Ana-Victoria Anderson (100m Breaststroke), Annie Bayliss (100m Butterfly), Alexandra Bell-Cobbold (100m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly), Georgia Bleck (50m Backstroke), Harrison Brook (100m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly), Ruby Chalmers (50m Backstroke), Hayden Chamberlain (100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle), Kai Cheng (100m Breaststroke), Zoe Clegg (50m Backstroke), Isobel Easteal (100m Butterfly), Isaac Farrugia (50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly), Massimo Girolami (50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle), Molly Grieve (50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke), Roisin Higgins (100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle), Bronte Jordan (100m Breaststroke), Hannah Karlsson (50m Freestyle), Suri McCrae (100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle), Hannah O'Malley (50m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly), Sadie Rowe (100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle), Naomi Sandercock (50m Breaststroke), Cole Scott (50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke), Alfie Smart (100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle), Lotti Talbot (100m Butterfly), Sophie Talbot (100m Butterfly), Zak Troman (50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly), Anjali Tuckwell (50m Backstroke), Henry Warner (50m Freestyle) and Samuel Whearty (50m Backstroke).

Others competing on behalf of the Club, with many achieving PBs were: Sophie Baker, Jasmin Bayliss, Samuel Bentley, Emilia Bilton, Joshua Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Alanna Brosnan, Jamie Coles, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, William Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Joseph Guild, Niamh Higgins, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Finlay Keating, Eoin Ledwidge, Olivia Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Robert Milburn, Ila Nicholson, Seren Page, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Anshma Rai, Molly Redgrave, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Alfie Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Samuel Toon, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Elliot Whitehouse, Charlotte Williams, Owen Williams and Molly Young.

This event could not have run without a huge task force of volunteers. The Club's Committee would like to thank all the parents, sponsors, officials, coaches and Leisure World staff who made the day possible.

Full results can be found here

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Swimmers make a splash at Colchester Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Sports

20 November 2017
Several members of Colchester Swimming Club have been recognised for their impressive performances throughout the year at Colchester Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

The event, which took place on Monday 20 November at The Weston Homes Community Stadium, was organised by Sport Colchester - the Colchester and District Sports Council.

Martha Duley was crowned ’Female Sports Personality’ of the year and Elinor Duley and Olivia Norman were both commended for their swimming achievements in the Under 18 female category.

Further acknowledgement came in the Under 14 female category, with Sophie Freeman winning the award and Lucy Morgan being commended. To cap a fantastic evening for Colchester Swimming Club, Sam Whearty was among a number of winners of The Bill Tucker (Under-18) Award.

Katie Holmes, assistant head coach at Colchester Swimming Club commented: “ Colchester Sports Personality of the Year Awards is Colchester’s most prestigious annual sporting awards, celebrating the tremendous achievements of the borough’s amateur sportsmen and women. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award. A special mention has to go to Martha Duley on being voted ’Female Sports Personality’: it’s a huge honour and rightly acknowledges the passion, dedication and commitment that she has shown throughout the year. ”

She concluded: “ To have so many of our gifted swimmers recognised in this forum by our community is very rewarding. We have a thriving club with talent coming through at every level and these swimmers are a great inspiration and role models to everyone at the club. ”

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Sophie Freeman wins prestigious trophy

Sophie

17 November 2017
Colchester Swimming Club’s Sophie Freeman has been awarded the illustrious Plaistow Ladies Trophy for “Outstanding Performance of the Year”.

The rose bowl Plaistow Trophy, which was presented at this year’s Essex County Amateur Swimming Association 2017 Annual Dinner and Dance at Rayleigh Golf & Country Club on Friday 17 November, caps a fantastic year for Sophie.

The judges noted that Sophie recently won gold and registered the second fastest British time for a 13 year old in the girls’ 50m butterfly at the British Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. At the same meet she also reached the final of the 100m and 200m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.

Sophie was also in medal-winning form at the Swim England ASA National Summer Meet earlier in the year. Competing in the 12-13 age group, Sophie won gold in the 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle. She also won silver in the 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke races.

Colchester Swimming Club’s assistant head coach Katie Holmes said: “To be recognised in this way is a huge achievement for Sophie. The Plaistow Trophy was donated by Plaistow Swimming Club, when the club dissolved in mid-1990’s and is awarded for outstanding performances in any one year. Sophie embodies everything that the trophy stands for and is a truly deserving winner.”

She added: “ Everyone at Colchester Swimming Club is very proud of Sophie and delighted that her phenomenal progress and recent achievements have been recognised. “

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Essex Senior Winter Championships 2017

Sophie

29 October 2017
The first long course championship meet of the season for Colchester swimmers came in the form of the Essex Senior Winter Championships. Held at Basildon#8217s 50m pool, Colchester Swimming Club took a strong team of seniors along with a number of qualifying younger swimmers. As an open age group event, it meant that awards were given to the top 3 swimmers in each event with finals being swum for the 50m and 100m sprints. The whole team performed magnificently throughout the long weekend.

Spencer Prior (18), Alex Tinnion (16) and Owen Williams (13) kicked off the weekend in the 400m freestyle with Spencer#8217s strong swim earning him 4th place in the open results. 15 year old Olivia Norman swam to her first silver in the 400IM with 13 year olds Ciara Wookey and Charlotte Tree challenging themselves in the same event with Tree swimming a fabulous 13 second PB. Olivia later added to her medals with a gold in the 200m butterfly. Abbie McCarthy took bronze with Charlotte Norman, Ciara Wookey, Molly Grieve and Alfie Francis all performing well in the gruelling event.

The first sprint race saw Tom Grieve and Nicholas Mitchell joined by some of the youngest qualifiers Alfie Francis (12), Louis Walker (12), along with 13 years olds Kai Cheng and Syd Roberts and Christopher Thompson (14) in the 50M breaststroke. All of the boys put in impressive performances with Tom Grieve booking himself a spot in the open final with a PB of 32.89secs and Nick making reserve. Nick later claimed an awesome bronze in the 200m event in the same discipline.

With finals being held for all 50m and 100m events, Colchester impressed with a number of swimmers making finals across a range of strokes: Spencer Prior, Tom Grieve, Nicholas Mitchell, Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman, Abbie McCarthy, Ellie Duley, Asma Parker, and Rebecca Girolami.

By the end of the weekend, Colchester’s swimmers had earned an impressive number of medals and Winter County Champion titles between them:

Olivia Norman (Gold 200 Fly, Silver 100 Fly, 400IM and 200IM)

Ellie Duley (Gold 100m Fly and 50m Fly, Bronze 50m Free)

Sophie Freeman (Gold 200 Free, Silver 50 Fly, Bronze 200m Backstroke and 50m Backstroke)

Spencer Prior (Silver 100 Fly, Bronze 200IM)

Nicholas Mitchell (Bronze 200m Breaststroke)

Abbie McCarthy (Bronze 200 Fly).

There were many other strong performances from Colchester Swimmers: Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Annie Bayliss, Molly Redgrave, Lucy Morgan, Zoe Clegg, Ana Victoria Anderson, Bronte Jordan and Anola Jordan.Colchester Swimming Club took a strong team to the first round of the National Arena Swim league at Becontree Leisure Centre. The club is in the Premier Division of the London area and was so expecting a difficult completion from some of the large local swim club

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A strong start to the National Arena Swimming League

15 October 2017
Colchester Swimming Club took a strong team to the first round of the National Arena Swim league at Becontree Leisure Centre. The club is in the Premier Division of the London area and was so expecting a difficult completion from some of the large local swim club

Olivia Norman and Spencer Prior both gave the club a solid start in the 200m individual medley with a 4th and 3rd place respectively, with Prior achieving a PB of 2.11.27.

The relays were next with a number of excellent performances. The boys U13 of Cheng, Francis, Aung and Walker achieved an excellent 2nd place in the Medley relay. Colchester didn’t have to wait long for their first victory as the girls under 13 team of, Morgan, Wookey, Freeman and Tree achieved an excellent time of 2.08.15 in the medley relay.

Individual success was now the order of the day with the swimmers ensuring that they performed well for the team and so the points continued to roll in for the club. The following swimmers all gained personal bests in their individual events, Keziah Cornish a 3sec Pb in the backstroke, Alfie Francis 1 sec in the Breaststroke, Seren Page a 2 sec Pb in the Butterfly, Sophie Baker a 1.5 sec Pb in the Breaststroke, Hayden Chamberlain, a 1 sec Pb in the Breaststroke, Isaac Pavey, a 1 sec Pb in the Freestyle, Nicholas Mitchell, a Pb in the Men’s open Breaststroke, Chris Ashdown in the Breaststroke and Thomas Grieve achieved the final personal best of the day with a 54.73 in the men’s 100m freestyle.

A number of swimmers also achieved top 3 placings with some outstanding swims against some of the top swimmers in the region. Ciara Wookey, (3rd Breaststroke) Olivia Norman, (3rd backstroke and 3rd butterfly) Elinor Duley, (1st Butterfly) Sophie Freeman, (1st and a personal best of 1.05.03 in the 100m backstroke and 1st Butterfly) Lucy Morgan, (3rd 100m freestyle)

The final placings were then decided by the relays and the Colchester swimmers ensured a strong finish. 9/11 girls 5th (Cornish, Baker, Page, Johnson), boys 9/11 boys 7th (McCarthy, Chamberlain, Pryke, Farrugia), 13Under girls 1st (Freeman, Wookey, Morgan, Tree) 13under Boys 2nd (Cheng, Francis, Walker, Aung), Girls under 15 3rd (Norman, Girolami, McCarthy, Parker) Boys Under 15 6th (Ashdown, Francis, Aung, Pavey), Ladies open 5th (Duley, Parker, Chandler, McCarthy, Girolami, Freeman) and finally the men’s open event 6th (Grieve, Coles, Mitchell, Pavey, Aung and Prior)

After the final race, the points were in and Colchester finished a credible 4th place behind Chelmsford, Ipswich and Hatfield. Head coach Michelle Young said, “I was extremely proud of all our swimmers, they gave their best in a highly completive environment and this puts the club in a strong position for the next round”

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Colchester achieve 2nd overall for the first time

Colchester Swimming Club went to the final sessions looking to achieve their best overall result ever in the county championships. The team lay in second place at the start of the weekend and needed a whole host of top 8 finishes to ensure a great result.

Results below represent different age groups.

1500m Freestyle — Alexander Williamson 5th and Thomas Grieve 3rd

400m IM — Mark Milburn 9th, Alex Williamson 4th, Spencer Prior 5th

400m freestyle — Sophie Freeman 1st, Charlotte Tree 2nd, Elinor Duley 4th, Martha Duley 1st

200m IM — Charlie Pryke 6th, Naythan Aung 3rd Olivia Norman 2nd, Abbie McCarthy 4th, Laura Stephens 1st , Martha Duley 2nd

200m Breaststroke — Jamie Coles 7th, Spencer Prior 4th, Anita Tien 2nd, Charlotte Norman 4th, Charlotte Tree 2nd, Ciara Wookey 3rd, Sophie Freeman 5th, Lucy Morgan 8th, Asma Parker 4th, Rebecca Girolami 6th

200m Backstroke — Olivia Norman 1st, Abbie McCarthy 7th, Laura Stephens 1st, Martha Duley 2nd, Charlotte Norman 1st, Sophie Freeman 1st, Lucy Morgan 2nd, Molly Redgrave 8th, Rebecca Girolami 8th

200m freestyle — Spencer Prior 8th

200m butterfly — Olivia Norman 1st, Abbie McCarthy 3rd, Elinor Duley 3rd, Laura Stephens 1st

100m Backstroke — Alex Tinnion 5th, Alex Williamson 8th, Charlotte Norman 1st, Anita Tien 8th, Sophie Freeman 2nd, Lucy Morgan 4th, Asma Parker 1st

100m Breaststroke — Olivia Norman 5th, Martha Duley 5th Charlie Pryke 7th, Naythan Aung 1st

100m Freestyle — Anita Tien 4th, Sophie Freeman 1st, Lucy Morgan 5th, Asma Parker 1st, Rebecca Girolami 4th, Olivia Norman 5th, Martha Duley 1st, Elinor Duley 3rd

100m Butterfly — Anita Tien 4th, Charlotte Norman 6th, Molly Grieve 8th, Sophie Freeman 1st, Ciara Wookey 6th, Lucy Morgan 8th, Asma Parker 1st, Isaac Pavey 8th, Spencer Prior 3rd

200m IM Relay girls over 15 – 1st place2….. Girls 10 / 14 — 1st place — A team — 6th — B team

200m boys 10/14 freestyle relay — 8th

All the individual results are then added together and the club continued their success with Asma Parker achieving 3rd place and Naythan Aung 2nd.

However 4 girls were crowned overall winners in their age groups, Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman, Elinor Duley and Martha Duley. Head coach Michelle Young was extremely proud of the whole squad of swimmers and was delighted with the clubs second place in the county standings. All swimmers are now back in training ready for either the regional championships or the local galas taking place across the county.

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Masters Valentines Meet

After a winter break from competitions the Colchester Masters Swimmers were back in action last weekend at the Sudbury Valentine Meet.

Determined not to be outdone by the younger club swimmers who were swimming at the County championships over the weekend, Katie Holmes, Val Standage, Simon Emm, Jason Cole and Rob Milburn built on success from last year, with the team coming second overall, recording some excellent individual performances.

 
Colchester Masters
 

Katie won swimmer of the meet, with four first places overall and a further six first and one second place in her age category, whilst Val managed five age category first places. In the men's events Simon was the best placed Colchester swimmer posting two overall first places and a further five age category places, Jason recorded good times in all his events managing three creditable third places, whilst Rob managed one overall first place and a further four first, and one third place in his age category.

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Swimmers perform well at the Olympic pool

Colchester swimming club took a huge squad of over 100 swimmers to the prestigious Essex County Championships at the London Olympic Pool. All swimmers had qualified during the season at various galas around the region and were ready to take on the best swimmers in Essex. In front of a crowd of over 2000 spectators the swimmers went through their warm up routine.

All events are 50m sprint events and with well over 1000 competitors it was going to be a busy day for officials and coaches. As this is a sprint competition all swimmers were aiming for a top 10 finish to qualify for the event final.

 
Colchester Team at the Olympic Pool
 

Results represent those Colchester swimmers who made county finals, their event and position.

10/11 boys, Charlie Pryke, 5th Breaststroke

13 boys, Naythan Aung —4th Breaststroke, 2nd backstroke, 4th fly. With these excellent results Naythan now lies in 2nd place in the overall combined competition.

16 boys, Jamie Coles 9th freestyle, 6th breaststroke, 9th butterfly, Alexander Tinnion 9th in the backstroke

17 boys, Thomas Grieve 5th freestyle, 8th breaststroke,7th fly, 7th backstroke

18 boys, Spencer Prior 10th butterfly

10/11 Girls, Keziah Cornish, 8th freestyle

12 girls, Charlotte Norman, 2nd Backstroke and Anita Tien 8th Backstroke, 1st Fly, 4th Freestyle and 3rd in the breaststroke. These results mean that Charlotte is 5th in age group with Anita 4th.

13 girls, Sophie Freeman, 2nd in backstroke, 1st in fly, 2nd in free and 7th in breaststroke. Lucy Morgan, 3rd in backstroke, 4th in freestyle and 9th in breaststroke. Molly Redgrave, 10th in backstroke and Ciara Wookey, 9th in fly and 2nd in breaststroke. These girls can now combine their results from other races and they see, Lucy in overall 6th place, Ciara in 4th place and Sophie leading the age group in 1st place

14 girls, Asma Parker, 1st backstroke, 1st fly, 3rd free and 5th in the breaststroke. Niamh Higgins, 4th fly and Rebecca Girolami, 8th freestyle and 2nd in the breaststroke. Rebecca now lies 7th in the age group with Asma in 3rd place

15 Girls, Olivia Norman, 5th in the freestyle, 7th breaststroke, 1st fly and 1st in the backstroke. Abbie McCarthy, 6th in fly, 4th in backstroke. Amber Jordan 10th in backstroke. With these results, Abbie lies in 6th place overall and Olivia is leading the age group.

16+ Girls, Martha Duley, 2nd freestyle, 7th breaststroke, 4th butterfly and 1st backstroke, Elinor Duley, 5th freestyle, 2nd fly and 8th backstroke. In their respective age groups this means both girls are leading the pack.

It was a fantastic day of swimming with all swimmers achieving a personal best in their various events. A huge amount of organising goes into this event and head coach, Michelle Young wanted to thank all the swimmers, timekeepers and pool side helpers for ensuring the team performed to their best. The club now looks forward to the final weekend at Basildon Sporting Village.

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Colchester record a first round victory

The mini league season started at Colchester Leisure world with the home town club in charge of the event. A huge group of swimmers and helpers arrived along with teams from Harwich, Maldon, Brentwood and Witham to ensure a smooth and prompt start.

This is a team event and all competitors are chosen on their times from previous galas or time trials and it is a great way for some of the clubs youngest swimmers to get their first taste of competition.

The event started very well for the home town club with Holly McCarthy claiming first place in the 50m backstroke and this was a catalyst for the rest of the squad. In event 2 Charlie Pryke swam a 3 second personal best in the 50 m backstroke, with Harry Proud then swimming a 5 second Pb in his back stroke age group.

In event 10 we saw Joe Cole drafted in as a late replacement to gain a superb 2nd place in the 50m fly. Seren Page also performed well for the club with another huge Pb of 5 seconds in the 50m breaststroke. James Tree continued the clubs winning ways with a first place in the 50m breaststroke and Eloise Smart stepped in as a late replacement and won the open age group backstroke. Sam Milburn swam a brilliant race to gain maximum points in the open boys back stroke and his brother Mark, smashed 2 seconds off his Pb in the 13 and under backstroke.

Zak Troman, Daniel Himswoth and Ana V Anderson all achieved first places and personal bests in their events. This especially important for Ana V who is just returning from injury and is training extremely hard to recover fitness.

In a very rare occurrence in this type of event nearly all the relay teams achieved a first place, which demonstrated a great team spirit throughout the event.

When all the results were added together, Colchester finished with 180 points just ahead of Harwich and Maldon. Other members of the squad were, Sam Horn, Luke Ledwidge, Hannah Karlson, Stanley Hobbs, Amy Johnson, Hayden Chamberlain, Molly Grieve, Ross Jordan, NurAyni VD Schyff, Alfie Francis, Roisin Higgins, Suri McGrae, Izzy Easteal, Harry Moonie, Daisy Himsworth, Sadie Rowe, Jack McCarthy, Massimo Girolami, Josh Bleck, Issac Farrujia, Sophie Baker, Henry Proud, Anola Jordan, Owen Williams, Annie Baylisis, Keziah Cornish, Georgia Bleck.

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Colchester Swim club ensure a great start to the County age group finals

The first three days of the Essex County Championships started with a bang and some excellent performances from the squad, ensuring the club finished in third place with 2 weekends to go.

All swimmers who take part in these championships have to ensure they achieve qualifying times throughout the year and so it is a strong competition, with the best swimmers from all over the county representing their clubs.

The competition started with the energy sapping girls 800m finals on the Friday night. There were some excellent performances from the girls with all swimming outstanding races. Charlotte Norman came 5th with her sister, Olivia, claiming 4th in the 15yr old race, Charlotte Tree also swam very well claiming a superb 4th place. However special mention must go to Martha Duley in the 18yr old age group who was crowned county champion and Sophie Freeman who started her impressive weekend, with a first place in the 13yr old category.

The girls 400m IM also proved an excellent race for the girls squads with Charlotte Norman and Anita Tien claiming 4th and 5th place, Sophie Freeman(1st) and team mates Ciara Wookey(3rd), Lucy Morgan and Charlotte Tree demonstrated the quality in the girls 13yr old category. An excellent swim from Olivia Norman claimed a very strong 2nd place in this tough event.

Next up was the boys 400m freestyle and Alexander Williamson, Thomas Grieve and Spencer Prior claimed top 8 finishes in the hotly contested 15 – 18 year old categories.

Competition now changed to the 100m sprint events and Head Coach Michelle Young knew the swimmers were in great form.

100m Breaststroke age groups : Anita Tien (4th 12yr old), Ciara Wookey (2nd 13yr old) and Rebecca Girolami (4th 14yr old). Boys 100m freestyle : Naythan Aung (5th). Girls 100m Backstroke : Olivia Norman (1st 15yr old), Abbie McCarthy (4th) and Martha Duley (1st 16yr)

The first session then finished with the relay teams taking centre stage and again the quality and depth of the club shone through with the 11/12 girls Medley team claiming 4th place and the boy’s freestyle team claiming 8th place.

The Sunday sessions began with the 200m races and the team continued from where they left off on the Saturday.

200m IM Boys (various age groups) : Alex Williamson (8th), Jamie Coles (10th), Thomas Grieve (6th) and Spencer prior (5th)

The girls 13yr old 200m freestyle was again great hunting ground for the squad and again Sophie Freeman showed her excellent form with a first place, with team mates Lucy Morgan (4th) and Charlotte Tree (6th).

Naythan Aung had an excellent race in the boys 13 year old 200m backstroke with a silver medal and the girls 100m butterfly swimmers also achieved some excellent results especially Olivia Norman and Abbie McCarthy securing 1st and 2nd place respectively.

Again the session finished with the relay swimmers and the boy's 15 yr. medley team secured an impressive 8th place and the girls 10 / 14 yr. old teams achieving a first place and an 8th place.

Charlotte Norman (3rd) and Ciara Wookey (4th) both swam well in their age groups in the 200IM but Sophie Freeman and Asma Parker swam sensational races to claim gold medals in their age groups. Martha Duley continued her excellent weekend with a first place in the 200 m freestyle to ensure she finished as top girl in her age category.

The boys 200m breaststroke (10/11) saw a very exciting race with Colchester swimmer Charlie Pryke claiming an impressive silver medal with a time of 3.30.25.

The final session of the weekend continued with some outstanding results in the swimmers different age categories.

200m butterfly saw Charlotte Norman gain a second place, a brilliant swim from Molly Grieve securing a great 6th spot, Sophie Freeman (1st) and Ciara Wookey (6th). Naythan Aung gained a first in the 100m Backstroke.

Girl's 15yr old+ freestyle team gained an excellent gold medal and the boy's 10 / 14 yr. old team secured 7th place.

Head coach Michelle Young said "I am really pleased to see the way the swimmers are taking the transition from the short course to the long course in their stride."

Next weekend sees the biggest squad ever assembled by the club descend on the Olympic pool for the 50m sprint events.

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