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2013 Reports

January 2013

Ipswich Open Meet - 12/13th January

With the Xmas break over, a large team of 39 of Colchester's younger swimmers travelled to the Ipswich January Open Meet at Crown Pools last weekend to seek qualifying times for the Essex County Championships in February and March and to compete against top swimmers from Ipswich and across the Region.  In the 9 years age group, Mathew and William Denny both swam some great races and fantastic PBs to come home with 2 medals and 2 Essex times each to share the family honours, while Jessie Barrett swam a massive PB to secure an Essex time in the 50m butterfly.

10 year old Millie Lancaster also swam two great PBs in the 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke to qualify for this year's Essex Championships, while the ever impressive Olivia Norman achieved two Essex times and two Regional Qualifying times, including the gruelling 200m butterfly. In the Boys events, Christian Tuley secured an Essex time in the 50m backstroke and Chris Ashdown took 6 seconds off his best time to qualify for the 200m freestyle. In the 11 year old category Daisy Jackaman swam some great times to secure Essex times in the 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke and Isabella Tanenbaum swam well to secure her Essex time in the 50m butterfly, while David Purser led the way for the boys in that age group with three Essex times in his events. In the 12 years age group both Meg Adamson and Ellie Duley enjoyed a great meet with some excellent PBs and three Essex times apiece.

In the 14 years and above age groups Jack Keane swam a great PB to take second place and an Essex time in the 50m butterfly, Matthew Purser will join his younger brother at the county championships after a massive PB in the 50m freestyle, James Buckingham secured two great Essex times in the 50m freestyle and backstroke and Lucy Coates grabbed another two great Essex times in the 50m backstroke and freestyle events. The other swimmers competing and gaining some invaluable racing experience and PBs were: Catherine Blacklock, Adam Buckingham, Alex Bygrave, Alex and Joe Cole, Hayden Cowan, Amelia and Martha Duley, Sam Firth, Thomas Grieve, Elisha Henslick, Jessica Hutton, Amber and Bronte Jordan, Adam and Sophie Lecomber, Louis Martin, Rhianna Preece, Christian Tilley, Katie White and Madison and Taylor Young.

Joint Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with the performances, "This was a top level meet and gave our swimmers the chance to compete locally against some very experienced swimmers from around the Region. As this was the last chance to qualify for the Essex County Championships, it was important we put in a good performance to get as many qualifying times as possible and once again we will again be entering a large team in this year's county championships."

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Killerwhales Long Course Open Meet at Basildon - 19/20th January

A small team of five Colchester SC swimmers braved the weather to travel to the Basildon 50m pool to take on a high quality field of swimmers in the inaugural Killerwhales SC of Havering Level 1 Winter Long Course Open Meet. As well as gaining some great competition experience, they achieved some good performances and times, with a number of PBs. 12 year old Meg Adamson had her first taste of swimming in a Level 1 long course meet and put in some impressive and mature swims, with some great pacing in the longer pool. Competing in the 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle, Meg set PBs in all three events.

14 year old Cameron Simpson, set new best times in the 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly and swam well in the 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke. Jarrod Bradfield also got 2013 off to a great start in the 16 and over category, winning both the 100m freestyle in a great time of 54.74 seconds and the 50m freestyle, just missing out on National Qualifying Times, before swimming a good time in the 100m butterfly and finishing 2nd in the exciting Skins event. Charlie O'Connor (17) also showed a return to form and fitness with some great swims in the 100m freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly events, while 9 year old Matthew Denny swam a great time in his 200m IM, gaining some invaluable experience in the 50m pool.

Head Coach Michelle Young commented, "We had a couple of swimmers pull out through illness, but the swimmers who took part came away with some great experience of competing in a top level meet."

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ASA East Region Zonals at Corby - 26/27th January

A record 7 swimmers from Colchester SC qualified for this year's Central Zone Championships and travelled to the Corby International 50m pool last weekend to compete against the best talent from clubs across three regions: West Midlands, East Midlands and our own East Region. This shows just how much the Essex club has continued to develop in the last few years, as they came away with three medals - two Silver and one Bronze - and some great performances.

In the Girls' events the swimmers competed in 2 age groups: 14 & Under and 15 & Over. Making her debut at this level, 11 year old Kalya Aung warmed up with a great swim in the 100m breaststroke to finish in 31st place in the 14 & U age group. Kalya then swam a massive 5 second PB of 2:59.37 in the 200m breaststroke to break the 3 minute barrier and just miss out on a National Qualifying Time. She finished in a very respectable 25th place as the second placed 11 year old. 13 year old Martha Duley had a busy weekend, as she continues to develop and make great progress, qualifying for and competing in 5 events. She demonstrated her ability to compete at this level and swam close to her PBs all weekend, finishing 23rd in the 50m freestyle, 26th in the 100m freestyle, 33rd in the 200m freestyle, 17th in the 100m backstroke and 29th in the 200m backstroke.

Laura Stephens, also 13, qualified for 8 events, using the meet as an opportunity to improve her existing National Qualifying Times. She qualified for 6 finals and came away with a Silver medal in both the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke, where she swam a great PB, as well as just missing out on a medal in the 50m freestyle final. Laura finished 1st in the heats of the 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly, 2nd in the heats of the 50m backstroke and 4th in the 400m freestyle with another PB, withdrawing from the finals to conserve energy. Kaythi Aung, aged 14, nursing an ankle injury, not only showed great character to compete in 4 of the 7 events she qualified for, but also managed to qualify for 2 finals and win a well-deserved Bronze medal in the 50m butterfly in a great time of 30.60 seconds, finishing just behind team mate Laura. She also finished 5th in the final of the 50m freestyle, 10th in the 50m backstroke and 16th in the 100m butterfly. Swimming for the first time in the 15 & Over category, Ladies' Captain Emily Stephens, aged 15, competed in 3 events, finishing 25th in the 50m freestyle, 18th in the 200m freestyle and 24th in the 100m breaststroke.

In the Boys' 16 & Under events, 14 year old Cameron Simpson made his debut at this level and put in a great swim in the 200m butterfly to finish 19th in this gruelling event and take another 5 seconds off his long course PB he set only last week in Basildon. 16 year old Jarrod Bradfield also continued to demonstrate his ability as a sprinter and qualified for the finals of all 3 of his events, just missing out on a medal in the very competitive 50m freestyle by 23/100ths of a second (equalling his heat time of 25.39 seconds!) and finished 7th in the 50m butterfly and 8th in the 100m freestyle.

Joint Head Coach Ian Johnson was full of praise for the Colchester swimmers. "For those who meet the tough qualifying standards, the long course Central Zone Championships provide a quality platform to help individual swimmers assess their personal development. The team had a heavy programme, but acquitted themselves well with some very creditable performances at this early stage in the competition year. The event provided a very worthwhile experience and the focus now shifts to training for the Essex County Championships next month."

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Waterpolo: ASA East Region Academy Boys Inter-Regional Championship at Liverpool - 26/27th January

Training for this year’s competition, for players born in 1998 and later, started way back in July in an attempt to build on last year's successes. Overall over 40 boys came to sessions from across the Region. As in life, only the strong survive with the final 13 being selected in Luton in December. As a barometer the training proved that there are plenty of young men playing the game and, with an average of 30 players per session, fantastic parental interest and support. Our competition was made up of Wales, Scotland, North West Ravens and London. We opened against Scotland and were clearly the better side though our nerves created handling errors and poor shot selection which always allowed the Scots to stay close.

Having reached a 9-5 lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter we allowed Scotland to get within two by the start of the last period which turned out to be a tense goalless stalemate: East 9 Scotland 7. Against North West Ravens we were two goals down before we started to play. From then on there was never more than one it with East gaining the lead only once at the start of the 4th quarter which the North West answered with two of their own: East 6 North West 7. Wales proved to be the turning point with the boys finally settling down and we played some excellent counter attacking polo although our finishing did not match up. At half time we led comfortably 6-0. Wales got their act together in the second half but not enough to affect the final result: East 10 Wales 5. Our last game of the first day was against the mighty London side who had been destroying their opposition. We continued our good play and matched them in the first quarter before superior swimming speed and size coupled with relentless pressure resulted in our worst defeat, though not necessarily our worst performance: East 3 London 20.

Placed 3rd in the League meant that on Sunday East had two games to look forward to against our Celtic neighbours. Wales played much better from the off and we found it hard to get flowing. However, the boys showed resilience and better shooting to win comfortably: East 9 Wales 3. Scotland then beat Wales which made our last game the 3rd/4th play-off. Understandably everyone wanted to finish on a high. However, this was the 6th games in 24 hours and bodies quickly tired on both teams. East took a 4 goal lead at half time 6-2 which ought to have been enough but the Scots were not going to lie down so easily and as they crawled back we buckled a little though we were still winning by a goal as the bell went for the last 60 seconds. Exclusion! We were man down which we defended well though the shot from 6 metres skipped in by the post: East 6 Scotland 6.

It should have been enough on goal difference but FINA demands a shoot-out so penalties it was. Fortunately we had no 'pyschos' in the team. The players, some clearly nervous, we asked to volunteer and 5 good men stepped forward. Shot 1: East 1 Scotland (missed) 0. Shot 2: East 2 Scotland (shot saved) 0. Shot 3: East 3 Scotland (missed) 0. Game over and a very deserved and creditable 3rd making the East 98 boys the 8th best team in the country. James Warman was voted MVP for the East and was our top scorer. Cameron Baker deserves mention for his calm and determined captaincy of the side. Well done boys!

Team: Cameron Baker (Captain), Jake Gilbey, Michael Miller (GK) Alex Norcliffe, Jarryd Myburgh - Watford; James Warman, Peter Underwood Alec Humphries - Basildon; Sam Mackinder, Luca Del-Guidice - Colchester; Joseph Clark - Chelmsford; James Poole - Ipswich; Jake Rees-Bidder - Bedford Modern School.

Many thanks to Mike Chadwick (Basildon) for assisting with the training and being lead coach at the tournament. Last, and perhaps at this age group most importantly, a huge thanks to all the parents who having travelled the Region to make training were there in Liverpool to support the team.

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February 2013

Bishops' Stortford Long Course Meet at Basildon - 3rd February

Some of Colchester Swimming Club's youngest members had their first experience of swimming in an Olympic size pool at the Bishops Stortford Long Course meet on Sunday 3rd February. The youngest swimmers, aged just 9 and 10 years old, faced the challenge of the 50m pool at Basildon and produced some impressive swims gaining valuable experience and some well deserved personal best times. Nine year old Matthew Denny produced some mature swims to win a gold medal in the 50m butterfly, and silver medal finishes in the 50m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.

Christopher Ashdown and Millie Lancaster both won bronze medals for 50m backstroke in the ten years age group, with Christopher also winning a silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley. Eleven year old Charlotte Atkinson performed brilliantly and proved to be the swimmer of the day, winning gold medals in all four events she entered and achieved some outstanding personal best times. Charlotte won gold in the 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley. Eleven year old Jamie Coles swam some very competitive races to come away with a gold in the 50m breaststroke, Silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

In the fourteen year age group Cameron Simpson won Silver in the 200m Individual Medely and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, Alex Cole won bronze medals in the 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle. Charlotte McDonnell and Sam Mackinder both came away with a bronze medal in the 50m breaststoke with Sam going on to win silver in the 100m backstroke. Other swimmers who competed and achieved some great personal best finishes were Joshua Adjodha, Catherine Blacklock, Tara Bygrave, Joe Cole, Phoebe Coles, Phoebe Crofts, Sam Firth, Niamh Higgins, Sam Horn, Amber Jordan, Bronter Jordan, Tim Kwok, Adam Lecomber, Joe Mackinder, David Purser, Matthew Purser, Sam Toon, Ruby Watson and Katie White.

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Colchester Swimming Club Captains in Varsity Challenge

Two Colchester Swimming Club former Club Captains found themselves on opposing teams at the 2013 Swimming Varsity Match at Parkside Pools, Cambridge last Saturday, 9th February.

Tom Rootsey, who is studying medicine at Jesus College, was making his 5th appearance for Cambridge University and swam an excellent 100m backstroke in a time of 59.76 seconds. Jennifer Redmond, a 1st year Chemistry student at Worcester College, swam a PB of 1:09.44 in the women's 100m backstroke event in her debut appearance for the University of Oxford. Head Coach Michelle Young commented, "It is fantastic to see two great ambassadors for Colchester Swimming Club still competing at a high level at university and enjoying their sport." For the record, Oxford dominated throughout and won by 117 points to 63.

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Sudbury Masters Valentines Meet - 17th February

Colchester Swimming Club's Masters enjoyed a successful trip to Sudbury for the 18th Annual Masters and Senior Age Group Valentines Open Meet at Sudbury Leisure Centre. The Club was represented across a number of age bands used for Masters swimmers with swimmers ranging from their twenties upwards. Kenny Dayman swimming in the Senior category for swimmers aged 16 to 24 years took gold medals in the 50m and 100m butterfly and the 100m backstroke, silver for 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Swimming in the 45 to 49 year category, Jason Cole swam to a silver medal in the 50m freestyle, bronze in the 50m backstroke and just missed out on medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle events. Dina Thornton making her debut for the club winning gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events and silver medals in the 100m Individual Medley and 100m breaststroke. Martin Cram represented the club in the 55 to 59 year age group and won a gold in the 50m butterfly, and silver medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Val Standage competing in the 70 to 74 year age group proved once again that age is no barrier to competing and produced some superb swims to win gold medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.

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Essex Age Group Championships Block A at Basildon - 22nd/24th February

Once again Colchester SC swimmers enjoyed their most successful opening weekend ever in this year's Essex ASA Age Group Championships at the Basildon pool, breaking County Records, shattering Personal Best times and returning home with a record haul of medals - 14 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze. A record 62 Colchester swimmers have qualified for the Championships this year and the 41 competitors who swam this weekend qualified for 54 finals - a great all round team performance.

10 year old Charlie Hutchison picked up the first medal of the Championships for Colchester with a great swim in the in the 200m breaststroke to split two Chelmsford swimmers and take a Bronze medal. He enjoyed a great weekend, claiming Gold in both the 200m freestyle, in a time of 2:27.19, and in the 100m IM, in a time of 1:18.16, before winning Silver in the 50m backstroke. In an exciting final of the 50m butterfly, Jack Bowyer edged out Charlie by just 0.03 seconds to take Gold in a time of 34.14 seconds to make it a 1-2 finish for Colchester in the final event of the weekend. In the same age group, Olivia Norman added two Bronze medals to her trophy cabinet in the 50m breaststroke and 200m IM. In the 9 years age group, 5 swimmers got their first taste of competing in the Essex Championships and put in some great performances all weekend. Asma Parker claimed Silver medals in both the Girls' 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle finals and Naythan Aung edged out swimmers from Waltham Forest and Chelmsford by just 0.03 and 0.05 seconds to take a deserved Bronze medal in another exciting finish in the Boys' 50m butterfly final.

Laura Stephens once again showed her outstanding talent and future potential all weekend in the 13 years age Group, competing in 5 events, taking 5 Gold medals and shattering existing records to set 5 Event Best Times in an outstanding weekend of swimming. She took the County titles in the 100m butterfly (1:03.06), 200m IM ( 2:21.08), 50m breaststroke (35.83 seconds), 200m backstroke (2:18.87) and 50m freestyle (27.34 seconds). In the same age group, Martha Duley took a great Bronze medal in the 200m backstroke and Arran Francis continued his improvement this season to claim a Bronze medal in the Boys' 50m backstroke, before setting a great PB of 30.04 seconds in his final of the 50m butterfly to dominate the race and win a superb Gold medal.

Colchester also enjoyed great success in the 14 years category, with Kaythi Aung and Philippa Davenall dominating the Girls events all weekend. Kaythi set an Event Best Time of 28.87 in the final of the 50m butterfly to claim Gold ahead of Philippa, who took the Bronze medal. In their next event, Kaythi hung on to take Gold in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:52.13, with Philippa making it another Colchester 1-2 to take the Silver medal. Kaythi set another Event Best Time of 59.32 to take Gold and get under the minute in the final of the 100m freestyle and won Silver in the 200m backstroke, before the two Colchester swimmers again went head to head in their last event, the final of the 50m breaststroke. In another thrilling race Philippa took Gold in a great time of 36.28, with Kaythi securing Silver to make it yet another Colchester 1-2 finish. The ever impressive 16 year old Jarrod Bradfield showed his sprinting prowess with a fantastic start and superb PB of just 24.35 seconds to set another Event Best Time and win Gold for Colchester in the final of the 50m freestyle.

Also competing this weekend and putting in some strong swims and PB performances were: Matthew and William Denny, Fin Jeffrey, Millie Lancaster, Christopher Ashdown, Daisy Jackaman, Charlotte Atkinson, Isabella Tanenbaum, Jamie Coles, Isaac Pavey, Meg Adamson, Ellie Duley, Sophie Lo, Kalya Aung, Rory Bennett, Brittany Lodge, Spencer Prior, Chloe Rudkin, Charlotte McDonnell, Cameron Simpson, Alex Cole, Helena Wright, Jack Keane, Taylor Young, Emily Stephens, Alex Vipond, Joe Mackinder and Charlie O'Connor.

At the end of the first weekend the Team Points scores were: 1st Romford 1030, 2nd Chelmsford 830, 3rd Borough of Redbridge 686, 4th Colchester 653, 5th Basildon Phoenix 542, 6th Thurrock 481, 7th Borough of Waltham Forest 353, 8th Borough of Southend 324, 9th Braintree 323, 10th Killerwhales 265. Joint Head Coach Ian Johnson was proud of the swimmers' achievements, "This was an excellent team performance, as the swimmer's commitment and hard work in the training pool over the last few months paid dividends with some impressive results, great finishing and personal best times. The number of our swimmers who qualified and won medals at this high level shows the strength and depth of the talent we have coming through the Club's new coaching programme. Year on year we keep moving our performance forward."

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March 2013

Essex Age Group Championships Block B at Braintree - 9th/10th March

Colchester Swimming Club headed down the A120 to Braintree for the second weekend of the Essex ASA Age Group County Championships, setting new records and PBs on their way to another impressive 8 Gold, 7 Silver and 1 Bronze medals and taking their total haul to 44 medals so far in the competition.

Performance Squad Coach Denise Young was impressed with her team's competitive attitude. "We had a smaller team of just 23 swimmers competing this weekend, but they put in some huge performances and personal bests. We were once again up against some tough competition from the bigger clubs in Essex, but our team spirit was fantastic and our swimmers can all be proud of their achievements. With the final weekend of Championships coming up in two weeks in Basildon, we may even surpass last year's record achievements."

Naythan Aung was the only 9 year old Colchester swimmer competing this weekend, in the gruelling 200m butterfly, but he swam a superb last 50m to overtake the Redbridge swimmer and beat his PB by 19 seconds to claim a deserved Silver medal. In the 10 years category, Charlie Hutchison was Colchester's top swimmer of the weekend, bringing home 3 Gold medals and smashing his qualifying times. After setting a new Event Best Time of 2:44.80 to win the 200m butterfly by a clear 13 seconds, he went on to dominate the 400m freestyle and win in a great time of 5:04.90, which he followed up with another Gold in the 400m IM in a PB time of 5:50.47. Team mate Jack Bowyer made it a Colchester 1-2 in the tough 400m IM with another great swim to take the Silver medal. In the same age group, Olivia Norman put in a strong performance to take Silver in the 400m IM, before she fought off 3 Romford swimmers to win Gold in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:59.55 and take 19 seconds off her qualifying time. 11 year old Charlotte Atkinson claimed Silver in the final of the 100m backstroke and 12 year old Kalya Aung continued her good form to win a Bronze in the 100m breaststroke and then a Silver in the 100m butterfly.

Martha Duley responded to her recent selection for the England Talent Development Programme with a superb PB in the final of the 13 years 100m freestyle to win Gold in a time of 1:00.57, before she set another massive PB of 1:05.90 in the final of the 100m backstroke to achieve a National Qualifying Time and a Silver medal, just missing out on the touch to the Waltham Forest swimmer. 14 year olds Philippa Davenall and Kaythi Aung also justified their selection for the England Talent Programme, as Philippa swam a great race in the final of the 100m breaststroke to win Gold in a time of 1:19.33 and Kaythi won Gold in a the 400m IM in a time of 5:20.73 and then took a Silver in the final of the 100m backstroke. In the same age group Cameron Simpson just missed out on a medal in the final of the 100m breaststroke, despite a great fight back in the second 50m of the race to smash his entry time. 16 year old Jarrod Bradfield continued his great from with a fine swim in the 400m freestyle to add another Gold to his collection in a time of 4:09.68.

Also competing this weekend and putting in some strong swims and PB performances were: Millie Lancaster, Christopher Ashdown, Daisy Jackaman, Charlotte Atkinson, Brittany Lodge, Spencer Prior, Chloe Rudkin, Cameron Simpson, Charlie O'Connor, Arran Francis, Dan Few, Tim Tripp, Lucy Coates and Alice Insull. At the end of the second weekend the Team Points scores were: 1st Romford 2424, 2nd Chelmsford 1408, 3rd Borough of Redbridge 1329, 4th Colchester 1055, 5th Basildon Phoenix 1053, 6th Thurrock 786, 7th Borough of Waltham Forest 767, 8th Borough of Southend 746, 9th Braintree 608, 10th Killerwhales 559.

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Essex Mini League Round 2 at Rochford - 9th March

A small group of Colchester swimmers boarded the team bus for the 45 minute journey to Rochford to compete in the second round of the Essex Mini League, very aware of how close the first round had been with just a few points between first and third places. With the warm-up over the evening started with personal best finishes for Sophie Lecomber and Joel Wiggins in the 11 and under 50m backstroke.The 9 years and under breast stroke relay teams of Tara Bygrave, Charlotte Norman, Mary Robinson and Esmae McGregor, Finn Jeffery, Oscar Crofts, Sam Lo and William Denny finished in third and second places.

William Chapman swam to a personal best finish and second place in the 10 and under 50m backstroke, whilst Bronte Jordan swam a 3 second personal best in the same event. In the under 13 100m freestyle Ellie Duly smashed her previous personal best by a huge 7 seconnds and a well deserved first place with Rhys Collins narrowly missed out on a first place finish with a convincing second place in the boys event. Alex Cole swam a new personal best in the boys Open 50m butterfly to secure third place, Christian Tilley swam a new personal best in the boys 10 and under 50m breast stroke to take second place and Louis Martin won his 11 and under 50m breastroke with another personal best finish. The girls and boys open age group freestyle relay teams of Phoebe Coles, Charlotte Holt, Lucy Coates, Charlotte McDonnell, Alex Cole, Taylor Young, Matt Purser and Elliot Bennett both swam to convincing victories.

Phoebe Crofts finished second in the 10 and under 50m freestyle. In the 11 years and under 50m freestyle Meg Wall-Peters took first place with a new personal best and Hayden Cowan finished strongly in third place. Charlotte McDonnell finished third in the open 50m backstroke and Sophie Lo swam to a new personal best and a first place in the 13 and under 50m breastroke. The girls butterfly squadron relay team of Esmae McGregor, Amber Jordan, Sophie Lecomber, Ellie Duley, Charlotte Holt and Lucy Coates claimed another victory thanks to Ellie Duley snatching the lead on the fourth leg of the race.

The girls 11 and under freestyle relay team of Sophie Lecomber, Alex Bygrave, Meg Wall-Peters and Mia Nicholson placed third in a strong field of swimmers. Nicholas Mitchell swam to a 3 second personal best in the 13 and under 50m backstroke. In the open 100m freestyle Charlotte Holt placed second and Matt Purser powered his way to first place. Another win was recorded by the boys 9 and under freestyle relay team of Sam Lo, Finn Jeffery , Oscar Crofts and William Denny taking the club into the closing stages of the gala. Colchester increased the pressure on the other teams taking nothing lower than a third place finish in the final 12 events. Individual first place finishes went to Mia Nicholson in the 11 and under 50m butterfly and Brittany Lodge with a new personal best in the 13 and under event. William Denny (9) swam up an age group, only to be time faulted under the gala rules in the 10 and under 25m butterfly. Lucy Coates swam to second place in the open 50m breast stroke with third places going to David Purser in the 11 and under 50m butterfly, Rory Bennett in the 13 and under 50m butterfly and to Elliot Bennett in the open 50m breast stroke.

Colchester then dominated the final relays winning both the girls and boys breast stroke squadron relays with the teams of Tara Bygrave, Phoebe Crofts, Mia Nicholson, Brittany Lodge, Chatlotte Holt, Charlotte McDonnell, Finn Jeffery, William Chapman, Joel Wiggins, Nicholas Mitchell, Taylor Young and Elliot Bennett and winning the 13 and under freestyle relay with the team of Nicholas Mitchell, Rhys Collins, Ben Chapman and Rory Bennett. The 13 and under girls freestyle relay team of Brittany Lodge, Madison Young, Sophie Lo and Ellie Duley took second place a result which was also repeated by their team mates Amelia Duley, Amber Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Phoebe Crofts, Christian Tilley, William Chapman, Joe Cole and Matthew Denny in the 10 and under age group.

Colchester produced some strong finishes and some fantastic individual personal bests especially as a number of younger swimmers were competing in their very first competition. Colchester finished in second place just behind Harwich, ahead of hosts Rochford, Hornchurch and Basildon. The club is now looking forward to the third round.

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Colchester host first Junior Water polo tournament - 17th March

Sunday 17th March saw the first junior Waterpolo tournament hosted by Colchester. Last years Olympic Games has seen an increase in popularity in a sport that appeared to be dwindling. Colchester seized this opportunity and has guided many juniors through a development plan which has seen the club expand to over 50 members. We now have competitive senior teams, under 17 and 15 teams and now the under 13 team. We have players representing Essex and Eastern regions at various levels.

Under 13 Water Polo team
 
Action from the under 13 water polo

This tournament was for under 13's and attracted teams from Chelmsford, Ipswich and two teams from Basildon. The round robin tournament was well supported with the spectator's gallery verging on being full throughout the 3 hour event, with many parents and siblings cheering on their relatives and creating quite an atmosphere. The first game saw a tight affair between Colchester and Ipswich, just what was needed create a good atmosphere amongst the ample crowd, Colchester just proving to be to strong and beating their Suffolk rivals 2-1. Second in the pool were Chelmsford, taking on the pre tournament favourites Basildon first team. Basildon is the local water polo base and regional training centre and has far more pool time than any other local rivals. Chelmsford had no response to the power of Basildon and were thoroughly beaten 7-0.

Basildon's second team then got their first taste of action against Colchester and soon proved they were not there to play second fiddle to the first team as they overcame a Colchester team tiring after their excursions over Ipswich. Basildon ran out 5-2 winners. Ipswich then returned to action with a comprehensive 8-3 victory over Chelmsford, who were also glad to get a couple of goals. The two Basildon teams then competed and not surprisingly the first team just had too much to offer and won 7-1 and now seemed to be cruising towards the title. Colchester then turned in a dominant display over Chelmsford to run out 9-2 winners. Ipswich then returned to the water against Basildon first team and managed a good performance to worry the Basildon team a little for the first time in the tournament but could not close down their good work losing 5-2. Basildon second team then overcame Chelmsford 7-2.

Basildon first team did not have it all their own way against Colchester in the next match. As all teams were improving their play as the day progressed. But Basildon were just too strong as they sealed their title with a hard fought 6-2 victory. The final game saw Ipswich beat Basildon second team 5-2. Chelmsford were the only team unable to secure a victory all afternoon, despite this it was a thoroughly enjoyable time for all involved. Colchester came in a creditable 3rd place on goal difference. This was very encouraging as the team has only recently started to play competitive matches. The future looks good.

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Essex Age Group Championships Block C at Basildon - 22nd/24th March

A strong team of Colchester swimmers, parents and coaches braved the elements to travel to the Basildon pool last weekend for the final weekend of the Essex ASA Age Group Championships. Their efforts were rewarded with another incredible 27 medals (15 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 Bronze), taking this year's total to a staggering 71 medals (a record 37 Gold medals, with 21 Silver and 13 Bronze). As well as numerous personal bests and regional and national qualifying times, Colchester swimmers set six more Essex Championship records this weekend and the Colchester club repeated last year's record 4th place finish in the team points total, increasing the overall points total to another record of 1,736!

In the final individual age group rankings, Naythan Aung and Asma Parker both finished in 3rd place in the 9 years age group, while Olivia Norman was runner up in the 10 year old girls. Charlie Hutchison was the 10 year old Boys' Champion and Jack Bowyer finished in 3rd place out of 45 competitors in the same age group. Laura Stephens was the 13 year old Girls' Champion and team mate Martha Duley finished in 4th place in the same competitive age group. Kaythi Aung was 14 year old Girls' Champion, with Philippa Davenall in 4th, and Jarrod Bradfield also finished 4th overall in the Boys' 16 years age group.

Some of this year's County medallists and finalists
 
Commenting on the final weekend of competition, Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with the performance, "Almost every swimmer set new PBs and it was so impressive to watch their individual achievements from a coaching point of view. To have so many swimmers making finals is a testament to everyone's hard work and I am looking forward to taking them through to Regional Championships and beyond. A number of our more experienced swimmers have left for university, retired or moved to other aquatic disciplines, such as water polo, but we have some very exciting talented swimmers coming through in our junior ranks and we consolidated our position as one of the leading swimming clubs in Essex."

This weekend's medal winners included 9 year old Asma Parker, who won Silver in both the 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle, swimming a great PB to finish just half a second behind the winner, before she swam a superb 50m butterfly final to lead from the start and claim a deserved Gold medal in a time of 39.46 seconds. In the Boys' events, Naythan Aung had only just turned 9 in February, but dominated the 200m backstroke to win Gold in 2:52.69 before he claimed a Silver in the 50m freestyle. There were strong swims too from Finn Jeffrey and Matthew and William Denny.

Colchester's 10 year olds also enjoyed a great weekend, as Olivia Norman won Gold in the 50m backstroke in a time of 35.62 seconds, took Silver in the 100m IM and then rounded off her weekend by dominating the final of the 50m butterfly, leading from the start to bring home Gold in a time of 35.39 seconds. In the Boys' events, Charlie Hutchison added to his overall medal tally with 2 more Gold medals: the 200m IM in a time of 2:48.17 and the 50m freestyle in just 30.94 seconds. Team mates Mille Lancaster, Phoebe Crofts, Abbie McCarthy, Jack Bowyer, Chris Ashdown and William Chapman all confirmed Colchester's strength in this age group with some great swimming and PB times. 11 year old Charlotte Atkinson added another Bronze to her collection in the 50m backstroke final, while Jamie Coles just missed out on a medal in the final of the 50m breaststroke. Daisy Jackaman qualified for several finals and Isabella Tanenbaum, David Purser and Joel Wiggins all swam well to record some good times. Kalya Aung was close to a National Qualifying Time in the 200m breaststroke, where she won Silver in the 12 years age group, and there were some strong performances from Rory Bennett, Meg Adamson, Ellie Duley (qualifying for her first Essex final) and Emily Easton, who still represented Witham, but has just moved to Colchester, and started the weekend with an impressive PB in the 800m freestyle before taking Bronze in the final of the 50m butterfly.

Laura Stephens continued her impressive form, adding a further 6 Gold medals, 4 Event Best Times and numerous National Qualifying Times to her collection of achievements in the 13 years age group. After storming to Gold in the 800m freestyle on Friday evening with a superb record time of 9:12.62, she swam an unexpected NQT to win Gold in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:41.47 and set another record in the heats of the 50m backstroke in a time of 30.17 seconds before taking Gold in the final. Three more Gold medals and records came in the 100m IM (1:06.28), 200m freestyle (2:06.31) and the final of the 50m butterfly (28.98 seconds). Team mate Martha Duley showed the improved depth to her swimming, making several finals and taking a deserved Bronze in the final of the 50m backstroke to consolidate her position as another top swimmer in Essex in the same 13 years age group. Spencer Prior swam well all weekend and took 2 seconds off his PB to make the final of the 100m butterfly, while there were some great swims too from Arran Francis, Nick Mitchell and Brittany Lodge.

14 year old Kaythi Aung started her weekend with a superb record to win Gold in the final of the 50m freestyle, adding Silver in the 50m backstroke and 100IM and a Bronze in the 200m IM to return home with the Champion's trophy. Philippa Davenall secured a Bronze medal in the final of the 100m IM to add to her impressive 2013 Essex medal collection and there were great swims too from Lucy Coates, Cameron Simpson, Alex Cole, James Buckingham, Matthew Purser and Sam Mackinder. 15 year old Jack Keane qualified for the Regional Championships in the 50m butterfly, while Alice Insull qualified for the final of the 50m backstroke where she swam a superb PB, and Helena Wright and Charlotte Marven both swam well throughout the weekend. Jarrod Bradfield swam a controlled 200m freestyle to win Gold in a time of 1:57.40, before setting a record time of just 53.12 seconds to win Gold in an exciting final of the Boys 16 years 100m freestyle. Jarrod just missed out on his Gold hat-trick in the final of the 50m butterfly, as he was edged into Silver position by just 1/10th of a second in a thrilling finish. In the 17 years and over age group, Jennifer Redmond, Tim Tripp and Charlie O'Connor all made finals and there were some good swims from Paige Young and Dan Few.

The final Team Points scores were: 1st Romford 3654, 2nd Chelmsford 2240, 3rd Borough of Redbridge 1957, 4th Colchester 1736, 5th Basildon Phoenix 1568, 6th Thurrock 1207, 7th Borough of Waltham Forest 1189, 8th Borough of Southend 1112, 9th Braintree 956, 10th Killerwhales 741, 11th Epping Forest 436, 12th Brentwood 390.

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City of Norwich Easter Meet at UEA - 29th/31st March

A small team of 11 Colchester swimmers travelled up the A140 to the UEA Sportspark 50m pool over Easter to take on swimmers from as far afield as Dubai at the Level 1 City of Norwich SC Easter Meet and took the opportunity to set new Personal Bests and achieve Regional and National Qualifying times. In the 10 years age group, Jack Bowyer continued his fine form at the recent Essex County Championships, achieving some great PBs and claiming Gold in the 200m butterfly in a time of 3:12.08, Silver in the 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m IM, and Bronze in the 400m freestyle, where he swam an incredible 16 second PB.

Olivia Norman won Bronze in the 50m butterfly and gruelling 400m IM and swam more great PBs in the 100m and 200m freestyle events. 12 year old Ellie Duley also set two great PBs in the 50m butterfly and the 100m backstroke. Older sister Martha Duley, 13, showed why she has been selected for the England Talent Programme, swimming a superb 100m backstroke PB of 1:08.71 to finish in 3rd place and secure a National Qualifying Time, which she followed up with a Gold medal in the 50m backstroke with another PB of 33.36 seconds, to add to her Silver medal and Regional Qualifying Time in the 200m IM and more PBs in the 50m butterfly and 400m freestyle.

Spencer Prior continued his recent improved form to swim some great PBs, including the 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke, while in the same age group Laura Stephens added the 100m breaststroke to her collection of National Qualifying Times in a great time of 1:19.85, whilst improving her existing NQT's in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and taking the Gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle. Laura has now qualified for every event at this summer's National Championships, which is a fantastic all-round achievement. In the 14 years category, Cameron Simpson and Philippa Davenall both put in some great swims throughout the weekend, with Cameron achieving a best finish of 6th in the 200m breaststroke and Philippa coming 5th in the 50m breaststroke.

In the older age groups, 16 year old Jarrod Bradfield just missed his National Qualifying Time in the 100m freestyle, while 17 year old Charlie O'Connor squeezed inside the National Qualifying Time for the 50m freestyle by just 1/100th second in 24.69 seconds and 19 year old Jennifer Redmond returned from university to swim a great 100m backstroke to secure a Regional Qualifying Time, before celebrating with a 1 second PB in the 50m backstroke. Performance Coach, Denise Young was delighted with the outstanding performances, "This meet was all about aiming for some personal goals and experiencing top level competition in a long course 50m pool and our swimmers came away with some great personal best times and many qualifying times for the Regional and National Championships."

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Diana recognised after 20 years of working with Colchester SC young swimmers

Colchester SC's Diana Hunt has been teaching hundreds of aspiring Colchester swimmers for nearly 20 years, looking after the Club's Wednesday Improver's sessions at the Garrison pool as a volunteer coach. Last Wednesday saw her final session in charge and the Club recognised her invaluable contribution with a presentation of flowers and wine, as well an honorary Life Membership of the Club, by Chairperson Tony Bush and President Mike Coppin.

Parents, swimmers and volunteer helpers gathered round to share their appreciation (and the cakes!) for all her hard work and dedication to improving the skills and technique of swimmers, who hope to move into the Club's competitive squads and water polo teams.

Colchester resident Diana has been a competitive swimmer for longer than she cares to remember and still trains every week with the Club's Masters Squad. The good news is that Diana is still continuing her important work with the Club Life Saving section, helping youngsters who want to gain their Royal Life Saving Society qualification - anyone who is interested in learning these skills can find out more by going to our life saving page by clicking here. Many will remember the story of one of her young trainees, Phoebe Coles, helping to save the life of a young Belgian boy while on holiday in Turkey with her family as an 11 year old back in 2010.
 
Diana with her Life Saving trainees and Head Coach Michelle

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Laura joins World Class Podium Potential Programme

Colchester swimmer Laura Stephens was invited to compete at the British Gas International Swimming Meet at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, from 7th to 10th March 2013 and made it an event to remember! Four days of fantastic swimming and PBs resulted in her qualification for this summer's British Championships and possible invitation to compete in the European Youth Olympics to be held in Utrecht in the Netherlands in July. The icing on the cake came last Thursday, when Laura received a very nice surprise in the post - having caught the eye of Graham Bassi, British Swimming Development Programme Manager, Laura received a letter from British Swimming to confirm that she has been selected for the World Class Podium Potential Programme: "The focus of the programme is to support athletes who possess genuine and strong potential to make the Olympic team at 2016 Rio games and to medal at either those games or the 2020 games."

This honour is a first for the Club and raises the profile of Colchester SC, but more importantly is deserved recognition for all Laura's dedication and hard work in training, her focus and commitment to her sport, the excellent support and encouragement from our dedicated team of coaches and, last but not least, her support from her parents! Laura competed against World Champion and Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley (she swam in the same heat of the 400m IM!), "It was the most enjoyable swimming meet I've had so far and to be at the same meet as Grant Turner, Roberto Pavoni, Olympic medallist Michael Jamieson and Ellie Simmonds was a great experience. Buying lunch with Liam Tancock was fun too!"
 
Laura's lunch with Liam Tancock!

Laura competed in an incredible nine events over the four days and her full achievements are listed below:

Day 1

200m Individual Medley
Heat: swam 2:26.35, achieved 4th fastest 14 year old nationally
Final: 1st reserve for 16 and under final
50m backstroke
Heat swam 31.27 PB, achieved Girls 14 year old National Champion
Final: 2nd reserve 16 years and under final

Day 2

400m Individual Medley
Heat: swam 5:08.48, achieved 6th fastest 14 year old nationally and swimming against Hannah Miley, British Olympian
Final: 8th place in 16 Years and under final, swam 5:09.22
100m backstroke
Heat: swam 1:06.81, 2nd fastest 14year old nationally, placed 14th in 16 years and under group
50m Butterfly
Heat: swam 29.11 PB
Final: placed 5th in 16 years and under final, swam 28.95 PB, Girls 14 year old National Champion and qualification time for the British Gas Swimming Championships in June 2013 which is doubling as the trials for 2013 World Aquatics Championships

Day 3

200m Butterfly
Heat: swam 2:20.09 fastest 14 year old girl
Final: placed 5th in 16 years and under final, swam 2:19.PB, only 14 year old to swim in final and Girls 14 years old National Champion
50m Freestyle
Heat: swam 27.66 PB
Final: placed 10th in final, 2nd fastest 14 year old girl nationally.

Day 4

100m Butterfly
Heat: swam 1:03.24 PB
Final: swam 1:02.79 PB, placed 3rd in 16 years and under final, Girls 14 year National Champion
200m Backstroke
Heat: swam 2:22.54 PB, 13th in 16 years and under group and 2nd fastest 14 year old girl nationally.

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April 2013

Sudbury Spring Open Meet - 6th/7th April

A large team of 38 Colchester swimmers enjoyed a successful weekend of competition at the Sudbury Spring Open Meet at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, returning home with the Top Club trophy and a host of individual personal achievements. Performance coach Denise Young commented. "It was an excellent weekend of swimming and not only did we collect the Top Club Trophy, but many of our swimmers featured in the Top Boy and Top Girl awards. There were some fantastic personal bests and three of our swimmers achieved qualifying times for the Regional Age Group Championships in June. Our swimmers are reaping the benefits of all the hours of training they put in for 48 weeks of the year."

In the 9 years age group, Finn Jeffrey swam the PB of the meet, knocking a whole minute off his 200m breaststroke time to win Gold in a time of 3:43.41, winning all 6 of his entered events to take a deserved 2nd place overall in his age group, missing out on the Top Boy award by just 1 point. In the same age group Samuel Toon finished 4th overall, while Molly White finished a very creditable 5th in the Girls' events. Colchester dominated both the Girls' and Boys' 10 years age Group, with both Millie Lancaster and Christopher Ashdown winning the Top Girl and Top Boy Awards. Millie Lancaster swam a superb best time of 3:00.50 in the 200m backstroke to achieve a Regional Qualifying Time, taking Gold in all 6 of her events with some great PBs. Chris Ashdown won 6 of his 8 events with some great swims, including a massive 30 second PB of 6:08.29 in the 400m freestyle. William Chapman won Gold in the 100m IM in a great time of 1:34.13 on his way to claiming 3rd spot overall, with Naveena Khanna matching his efforts with another Gold and PB time of 1:45.58 in the 100m IM.

11 year old Isabella Tanenbaum secured 2nd place in her age group with a superb series of 5 Gold medals, achieving PBs in every single race she completed and team mate Isaac Pavey finished in 3rd place overall in the same age group, winning Gold in 4 of his events, including the 400m freestyle where he also took 30 seconds off his PB to win in 6:03.88. Kirin Young (12) took 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals on his way to bringing home the Top Boy award for his age group, along with 6 PB times. Nick Mitchell dominated the 13 years category to secure his Top Boy award, winning all 9 of the events he entered and achieving 8 PB times in a busy weekend of swimming. His best performance came in the 100m freestyle where he took 8 seconds off his entry time to come home in 1:07.58. Brittany Lodge claimed 3rd place overall in the same age group, bringing home 3 Gold and 3 Silver medals, missing out on the Top Girl award by just 3 points in a very close competition.

14 year old Chloe Rudkin swam a great PB of 1:21.08 to take Gold and secure a Regional Qualifying time, while Lucy Coates won a Gold medal in the 50m freestyle, in a PB time of 31.56 seconds, and 3 Silver medals to come 3rd overall in the same age group. 14 year old Cameron Simpson swam a great PB of 2:44.00 to achieve a Regional Qualifying time in the 200n breaststroke, just missing out on Gold on the touch in a thrilling race. Taylor Young took a Silver medal in the 200m backstroke and swam some good PB times to finish 3rd overall in the 15/16 years age group. Also competing and adding to Colchester's excellent team performance with some great swims and PBs were: Adam and James Buckingham, Ben Chapman, Alex and Joseph Cole, Oliver Cox, Emily Easton, Hannah Fifield, Alex Game, Oliver Hambleton, Niamh Higgins, Jack Keane, Esmae MacGregor, Sophie Marven, Hayden Milkins, Emily Stephens, Ariana and Gabriella Toscano, Ruby Watson, Bev Whitaker, Mollie White and Madison Young.

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Halstead Open Meet at Braintree - 14th April

46 Colchester swimmers travelled to the Braintree Swimming Centre for the 4th Halstead SC Open Meet last weekend to compete against 200 swimmers from 10 Clubs and came home with a host of medals, PBs and County and Regional Qualifying times. Colchester's top medal winners were Emily Easton (10 Medals), Jamie Coles (10), Rory Bennett (5), Kirin Yeung (5), Kenny Dayman (5), Finn Jeffrey (4) and Charlie Hutchison (4).

Junior Coach, Jeff Coles, was delighted with the swimmers' attitude, "Overall it was a great day, as our swimmers were a credit to the Club and gained their just rewards. It was particularly pleasing to have the younger swimmers (9/10 year old Juniors) asking if they had beaten their PBs rather than asking if they had won a medal, which goes to show they are developing the right attitude at this young age! Colchester's team showed a tremendous team spirit, with every swimmer being cheered on by Team mates which was good to see".

Swimming in the 11 years age group, Jamie Coles was Colchester's outstanding swimmer of the meet, taking the Top Boy of the Meet award and winning 9 Gold medals in the 200m freestyle (2:42.44), 100m breaststroke (1:33.28), 100m butterfly (1:32.67), 50m freestyle (33.08), 100m IM (1:24.46), 50m butterfly (37.81), 100m backstroke (1:23.88), 50m breaststroke (43.31) and 100m freestyle (1:17.58), as well as a Silver medal in the 50m backstroke, missing a 10th Gold by just 0.19 seconds on the touch. Six of those times were qualifying times for the 2014 Essex County Championships. 12 year old Emily Easton also secured 10 medals, taking Gold in the 200m freestyle (2:24.29), 100m butterfly (1:16.90), 100m IM (1:16.32) and 50m butterfly (33.82), as well as a further 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Emily also secured 3rd place in the overall Top Girl of the Meet award - another fine all round performance.

Rory Bennett (12) also enjoyed a successful day's competition, winning 4 Gold medals in the 50m backstroke (36.32), 50m freestyle (31.98), 100m IM (1:21.37) and 50m butterfly (36.13), as well as a Silver medal in the 50m breaststroke. In the same age group, Kirin Yeung won Gold in the 100m freestyle in 1:17.85, as well as 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, while the oldest member of the team (at 21!) Kenny Dayman won 4 Gold medals in the 50m backstroke (29.97), 50m freestyle (25.58), 50m butterfly (27.49) and 100m backstroke (1:05.70), as well as a Silver to add to his collection. There were many fine swims with lots of swimmers being awarded medals. Some of the notable swims were achieved by 10 year old Charlie Hutchinson, gaining two Regional Qualifying Times with superb PBs; 10 year old Jack Bowyer, who swam some great PBs and just edged out Charlie to take Gold in the 100m backstroke in a time of1:21.25 to make if a Colchester 1-2 in the event; and Martha & Ellie Duley, who again swam some good PBs. Colchester's other medal winners were: Charlotte Mc Donnell, Finn Jeffrey, Chris Ashdown, Louis Martin, Spencer Prior, Sam Mackinder and James Buckingham.

Also competing and setting some great PBs were: Molly White, Tara Bygrave, Niamh Higgins, Ana Vistoria Anderson, Amelia Duley, Meg Wall-Peters, Katie White, Jess Hutton, Prakriti Arora, Freya Nevard, Ariana Toscano, Sophie Lecomber, Daisy Jackaman, Alexandra Bygrave, Meg Adamson, Rhianna Preece, Hannah Fifield, Zoe Asbury, Elizabeth French, Elisha Henslick, Brittany Lodge, Gabriella Toscano, Phoebe Coles, Bev Whitaker, Joseph Cole, Adam Lecomber, Oliver Hambleton, Sam Horn, Adam Buckingham, Joel Wiggins, Rhys Collins, Alex Cole and Pranav Arora.

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National Junior Swimming League - Round 1 at Bexleyheath - 28th April

Last weekend Colchester SC's junior swimmers pulled off a shock win in Round 1 of this year's National Junior Swimming League, as they not only beat local Essex rivals London Borough of Redbridge, but also edged out one of the top clubs in the country, Hatfield, whose Head Coach has just been offered the role of Danish National Head Coach. The team made the long journey to Bexleyheath to compete against seven other clubs from the London and Kent area and came away deserved winners, coming home in 1st place in 14 of the 49 events.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was delighted with the team performance. "This was a wonderful, unexpected result, as we were swimming against several clubs for the first time in a strange pool. Beating Hatfield was the best part of the night, but winning the final cannon relay (8 swimmers) was a superb moment for the team, with all the swimmers supporting each other and celebrating their success. We had a few key swimmers missing and for some of the swimmers it was their first ever gala, while others had to swim up in older ages to cover the gaps, so I was very proud of the way they all stepped up and delivered some great performances."

The team got off to a great start, with the Girls' 12 & Under medley relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Ellie Duley, Emily Easton and Meg Adamson coming home in 1st place. The Boys' team of David Purser, Charlie Hutchison, Jamie Coles and Kirin Yeung followed with a strong 2nd place to set up an early lead in the competition. With the club having to field over-age swimmers in the 9yrs category and swimming for no points, the Girls' 11 & Under freestyle relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Meg Wall-Peters, Olivia Norman and Isabella Tanenbaum got Colchester back to winning ways. 9 year old Vivian Hopkins, swimming in her first gala, competed in the first individual event of the night and swam a great PB of 18.18 seconds in the 25m freestyle to take 2nd place, while Sam Toon, also 9 years old, finished strongly to take 4th place in the Boys' 25m freestyle in his first gala. After good 2nd place finishes from Millie Lancaster and Finn Jeffrey in the 10 years 25m breaststroke events, Charlotte Atkinson delivered 8 points for the team with a great win in the 11 & Under 50m backstroke, in a time of 37.09 seconds, closely followed by two more wins in the 12 & Under 50m butterfly for Ellie Duley (35.31) and Charlie Hutchison (35.22), who managed to swim an identical time to his 2nd place finish in the 11 & Under 50m butterfly!

Olivia Norman won the 10 years 50m backstroke in a time of 37.63 seconds, before Isabella Tanenbaum delivered another win for Colchester in the 11 & Under 50m butterfly in a time of 37.22 seconds, and Emily Easton continued her good form to win the 12 & Under 50m freestyle in a great time of 30.37 seconds. Nathan Aung won the 9 years 25m backstroke (18.59), before Olivia Norman and Isabella Tanenbaum delivered their second victories of the evening in the 10 years 50m butterfly (37.44) and 11 & Under 50m freestyle (32.13) respectively. Colchester's final individual win of the night came from Jamie Coles in the 12 & Under 50m breaststroke (43.41), while Chris Ashdown, Charlie Hutchison, Emily Easton, Nathan Aung, Charlotte Atkinson and Meg Adamson all added to the Colchester points total with some great 2nd place finishes.

With the competition on a knife edge going into the final series of 9 relay events, the whole team put in some great swims to gain valuable points, including Molly White and Naveena Khanna, also swimming in their first gala, Beth Jordan, Sam Lo, Matthew Denny, Louis Martin and Isaac Pavey. With Colchester finishing 2nd in three of the last five events and a win in the 12 & Under freestyle relay for the team of Easton, Duley, Tanenbaum and Adamson, it was fitting that the cannon freestyle relay team of Hopkins, Aung, Norman, Ashdown, Tanenbaum, Hutchison, Easton and Coles sealed the victory with a great win in the final event of the afternoon. The final result was: 1st Colchester, 292 points, 2nd Hatfield, 277, 3rd Orpington, 273, 4th Haringey, 225, 5th Dulwich, 201, 6th Hackney, 180, 7th Broomfield, 155, 8th Redbridge, 134.

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May 2013

ASA East Region Youth Championships at Luton - 4th/5th May

A small team of 5 older swimmers from Colchester SC made the long trip to Luton to compete in this year's East Region Youth Championships, which were held at the brand new Inspire Luton Sports Village 50m pool for the first time. Competing against swimmers from the 6 counties that make up East Region - Essex, Herts, Beds, Cambs, Norfolk and Suffolk - Colchester swimmers came home with 2 Bronze medals, a National Qualifying Time and some great personal performances.

Swimming in the 15/16 years age group, 16 year old Jarrod Bradfield returned home with 2 Bronze medals, swimming a superb 100m freestyle heat of 54.44 seconds to secure his NQT and a place in the final, where he swam another great time of 54.55 to take Bronze. His second Bronze came in the 50m freestyle, where he swam 25.44 seconds to qualify for the final and then swam a PB of 24.98, just missing Silver by 0.01 seconds on the touch in an exciting sprint finish. Jarrod also qualified for the final of the 200m freestyle, where he finished in 7th place, and finished 10th in the 50m butterfly and 17th in the 100m butterfly. Charlie O'Connor moved up to the 17 years and Open age group this year, but still made the final of the 50m freestyle as the youngest qualifier, where he swam even quicker to come home in 7th place in 25.27 seconds. Charlie finished in a very creditable 17th place in the 50m butterfly and 18th in the 50m breaststroke in a field of over 40 swimmers. Making his debut at this level was 15 year old Jack Keane, who competed in both the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly events and set Personal Bests with both swims.

Ladies Captain Emily Stephens just missed out on the final of the 15/16 years 50m butterfly. Despite setting a great PB of 31.21 seconds in her heat, the 16 year old tied in equal 9th place overall, but just lost out to the City of Peterborough swimmer in the swim-off for the place of first reserve for the final. Stephens set two more PBs in the 100m butterfly (11th place) and the 50m breaststroke (17th), and finished 15th in the 100m breaststroke. Competing in her 10th consecutive regional championships, Jennifer Redmond returned to swim in the 100m backstroke, where she finished in 10th place.

Joint Head Coach Ian Johnson was pleased with the overall performance, "Competing long course after the short course Essex Championships is always a tough call, but the team rose to the occasion and came away with some very creditable performances and a good base line from which to assess their state of progress for this period of the season. The Club is going through a transition period in this age group and our swimmers had a wide range of experience. Whilst we had Jack Keane competing in his first Regional Championships, Men's Vice-Captain Jarrod Bradfield delivered some great swims to medal and to achieve another National Qualifying Time and we had former Ladies Captain Jennifer Redmond taking a break from her studies at Oxford to compete in the Ladies Open Age backstroke."

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Essex Mini League Round 3 at Hornchurch - 11th May

Colchester SC travelled to Hornchurch for Round 3 of the Essex Mini League and the 2012 league champions secured a deserved win in the 33m Hornchurch Sports Centre pool last weekend.

Colchester Head Coach, Michelle Young was delighted with the result. "Mini League gives us a chance to give some young swimmers their first taste of team competition, while more experienced swimmers get the opportunity to try different events and strokes. Swimming in the longer 33m pool was a great challenge that they all rose to and I was really pleased with the result and the way all the swimmers handled the extra distance. As there are very few 33m pools around, I guess everyone swam a PB tonight!" After a shaky start in the first four relay events, Ana Victoria Anderson, swimming in her first competition, secured a 3rd place finish in the 10 & Under backstroke to get some points on the board, before Meg Adamson swam a superb race in the 13 & Under freestyle to secure Colchester's first win of the night. Matt Purser and Phoebe Crofts both grabbed 2nd place finishes in the Open butterfly and 10 & Under breaststroke, before the busy Finn Jeffrey secured the first of his two individual wins of the night in the 10 & Under breaststroke, closely followed by a win for David Purser in the 11 & Under breaststroke.

In his first Mini League appearance, Adam Lecomber swam a great freestyle race in the 10 & Under category to come home in 1st place and secure maximum points for the team. Finn Jeffrey took his second win of the night in the 11 & Under freestyle, before Colchester went on an amazing sequence of seven consecutive wins. The Girls' Squadron butterfly relay team of Esmae McGregor, Niamh Higgins, Mia Nicholson, Meg Adamson, Charlotte Holt and Lucy Coates just held off Hornchurch to take 1st place, followed by wins from both the Boys' team of Joe Cole, Finn Jeffrey, William Chapman and David Purser and the Girls' team of Meg Wall-Peters, Abbie McCarthy, Alex Bygrave, and Mia Nicholson in the 11 & Under freestyle relay events. The next four events saw wins for Sophie Marven and Ben Chapman in the 13 & Under backstroke and for Lucy Coates and Alex Cole in the Open age freestyle races. There were wins too for Niamh Higgins in the 10 & Under butterfly, Abbie McCarthy in the 11 & Under butterfly and for Kirin Yeung in the 13 & Under butterfly, as well as some great 2nd place finishes from Brittany Lodge, Rory Bennett and Charlotte Holt.

Five wins in the last six relay events saw Colchester pull clear of Harwich to win the gala: both the Girls' team of Tara Bygrave, Phoebe Crofts, Mia Nicholson, Sopie Lo, Charlotte Holt and Brittany Lodge and the Boys' team of Finn Jeffrey, William Chapman, David Purser, Rory Bennett, Pranav Arora (swimming in his first team gala) and Arran Francis in the breaststroke Squadron relays; the Boys' 13 & Under freestyle relay team of Ben Chapman, Kirin Yeung, Rhys Collins and Rory Bennett; both the Girls' team of Naveena Khanna, Niamh Higgins, Ana Victoria Anderson and Phoebe Crofts and the Boys' team of Adam Lecomber, Finn Jeffrey, Joe Cole and William Chapman in the 10 & Under freestyle relay events. There was some strong swimming too from Olivia Horn, Charlotte Norman, Oscar Crofts and Kai Chang (swimming in his 1st team gala), who all gained valuable points.

The final team points totals were: 1st Place Colchester, 167, 2nd Harwich, 136, 3rd Hornchurch, 133, 4th Rochford, 122, 5th Saffron Walden, 95.

National Junior Swimming League Round 2 at Braintree - 19th May

After a shock win in Round 1 of this year's National Junior Swimming League, Colchester Swimming Club's junior swimmers showed it was no fluke, as they travelled to the Braintree pool last weekend and dominated Round 2, winning 29 of the 49 events of the meet to consolidate their position and qualify for the winners final and a chance to gain promotion to Division 1.

Proud Colchester Head Coach, Michelle Young commented, "I don't think I have been prouder of a team's result and they all swam brilliantly. I can't recall a points' score like this with so many 1st places. The relays were amazing, the team cohesion was superb and they have never swum faster split times in the relays. Colchester organised the meet and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make Sunday's gala such a success: the outstanding swimmers, the officials and volunteers and Braintree Leisure Centre - what a great club we have."

Colchester got off to an impressive start with the Girls' team of Meg Adamson, Kalya Aung, Emily Easton and Ellie Duley and the Boys' team of David Purser, Rory Bennett, Charlie Hutchison and Kirin Yeung both coming home in 1st place in the opening 12 & Under Medley relay events. The 9 year old Girls' freestyle team of Molly White, Olivia Horn, Mary Robinson and Victoria Hopkins followed with a 3rd place finish, while the Boys' team of Oscar Crofts, Sam Lo, Sam Toon and Nathan Aung finished in 2nd place. Colchester then won the next four relay events to take a commanding lead after 8 events, as the 10 & Under Girls' Medley team (Asma Parker, Amelia Duley, Olivia Norman and Bronte Jordan), the Boys' 10 & Under Medley team (Matthew Denny, Finn Jeffrey, Chris Ashdown and William Chapman), the Girls' 11& Under freestyle team (Charlotte Atkinson, Olivia Norman, Meg Wall-Peters and Isabella Tanenbaum) and the Boys' 11 & Under freestyle team (Jack Bowyer, Isaac Pavey, Louis Martin and Charlie Hutchison) all put in superb performances.

As the evening moved into the individual events, Asma Parker swam a great PB to win the 10 years Girls' 50m Breaststroke in a time of 46.54 seconds, after some good swims in the 9 years 25m freestyle from Victoria Hopkins and Sam Lo. Charlotte Atkinson won the Girls' 11 & Under 50m backstroke (36.38), before Emily Easton (33.01) and Jack Bowyer (33.98) both won their 12 & Under 50m butterfly races. After Mary Robinson and Sam Toon both picked up more valuable points in the 9 years 25m breaststroke events to maintain their lead, Colchester swimmers then picked up five consecutive individual wins to the delight of their cheering supporters and team mates: Olivia Norman (10 years 50m backstroke - 37.27); Chris Ashdown (10 years 50m backstroke - 39.39 PB); Isabella Tanenbaum (11 & Under 50m butterfly - 37.54); Jack Bowyer (11 & Under 50m butterfly - 33.12 PB); and Emily Easton (12 & Under 50m freestyle - 30.77).

Kirin Yeung swam another great PB in the Boys' 12 & Under 50m freestyle to take 2nd place, before Colchester returned to their winning streak. Nathan Aung claimed a great win in the Boys' 9 years 25m backstroke in 17.88, closely followed by another win for Norman in the 10 years 50m butterfly in 37.64, Tanenbaum (32.13) and Hutchison (31.78) in the 11 & Under 50m freestyle and for Kalya Aung, who swam a fantastic race and PB to win the Girls' 12 & Under 50m breaststroke in a time of 38.02 seconds. Three more individual wins came from Nathan Aung in the Boys' 9 years 25m butterfly (16.87) and Asma Parker (34.82 PB) and William Chapman (37.46) in the 10 Years 50m freestyle, while some great PB swims from Jack Bowyer and David Purser, as well as some great racing from Meg Adamson, Charlotte Atkinson, Molly White, Rory Bennett and Chris Ashdown, added more points to Colchester's growing total.

With the Colchester relay teams picking up six wins, two 2nd place and one 3rd place finish in the last 9 events, including a great win in the final event for the cannon relay team of Hopkins, Norman, Nathan Aung, Ashdown, Tanenbaum, Easton, Hutchison and Bennett, victory was assured by a huge margin. The final result was: 1st Colchester (354 points), 2nd Orpington (269), 3rd Harlow (233), 4th Dulwich (228), 5th Cheshunt (197), 6th Broomfield Park-High Barnet (192), 7th Southend (159), 8th Dunmow (108).

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June 2013

ASA East Region BAGCAT Championships at Norwich - 1st/2nd June

Despite tougher entry times, a record 15 Colchester swimmers qualified for this year's East Region British Age Group Championships, which is held for swimmers in the 10-14 years categories over two consecutive weekends at the 50m pool at the Sportspark, UEA Norwich. The Colchester youngsters enjoyed the competition against the top competitors from 6 counties and came home with seven medals - 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze - and the Club are lying in 8th place after the first weekend of competition.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with her swimmers, "Just 5 swimmers competed last year and to have 15 qualify this year is a tremendous achievement for our swimmers, coaches, parents and supporters and a tribute to their dedication and hard work in training. It was a really good weekend and the swimmers were well supported by their parents and each other. We had a good range of qualifying swimmers from 10 to 14 and it was good to get a spread of medals across all ages. Our swimmers not only qualified for many finals, but also swam faster in the finals, which is really pleasing as a coach and bodes well for the future success of competitive swimming in Colchester." Making their debut at this level did not overawe Colchester's 10 year olds who had a successful first weekend of Regional competition. Olivia Norman swam a superb PB in the heats of the 200m butterfly, qualifying in 3rd place for the final and for the chance to swim the gruelling event twice in the same session. Setting yet another PB of 3:09.49, she held off a determined challenge on the last length to claim a deserved Bronze medal in this tough event. Millie Lancaster also enjoyed her debut at Norwich, swimming a great PB of 3:13.39 to finish in 24th place, while Chris Ashdown swam two great PB times to finish in 11th place in the 100m freestyle (1:25.49) and 16th in the 200m backstroke (3:02.12).

Day 2 brought an even better performance, as Norman set a fast pace in the heats to qualify 2nd for the final of the 100m butterfly, where she swam a gritty race to knock another incredible 5 seconds off her time to come home in 1:22.94 and add a Silver to her medal collection. In a busy weekend, she also finished 7th in the 400m freestyle and 14th in the 200m freestyle. In the 11 years age group, Charlotte Atkinson had an amazing weekend of swimming, setting a massive PB in the heats of the 100m freestyle to qualify in 2nd place for the final, only to better that time again to hold off the challenge of two Hatfield swimmers to claim a fantastic Silver medal in a time of 1:08.36 - a total of 5 seconds quicker than her previous best. The following day saw her return to smash her PB in the 200m freestyle, where she qualified 4th for the final and just missed out on another medal despite a great PB effort of 2:28.45. Charlie Hutchison also enjoyed a successful weekend, finishing 5th in the 400m IM in a PB time of 5:54.69, 11th in the 200m backstroke (PB of 2:50.22) and qualifying for the final of the 100m freestyle in 1:06.59, where he finished in 6th place.

Emily Easton had a hectic schedule in the 12 years age group, with her best performance coming in the 200m butterfly, where she set a 3 second PB to qualify 4th for the final and, despite another massive 4 second PB time of 2:45.42, just missed a medal by 0.2 seconds in an exciting fingertip finish. Easton put in maximum effort in every event, coming come 10th in the 100m butterfly, 15th in the 200m IM (PB), 17th in the 100m freestyle (PB) and 26th in the 200m freestyle. In the same age group, Kalya Aung swam a 7 second PB to qualify for the final of the 200m IM, where she finished in 8th place in another best time of 2:41.07, before finishing 13th in the 100m freestyle with a PB of 1:06.91. A great PB time of 1:14.11 saw her qualify 5th for the final of the 100m butterfly, where she had to withdraw through injury. In the 14 years age group, Laura Stephens came away with 3 Gold medals from 3 events in her last year at these championships. Despite swimming through illness, Stephens swam an Event Best time of 2:25.73 to qualify 1st for the final of the 200m IM, where she claimed Gold almost 6 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger. After withdrawing from the rest of the events on Day 1, Laura returned to the pool the next day to compete in her favoured 100m butterfly and, despite setting another Event Best Time of 1:02.73 in the heats and claiming Gold in the final by a massive 6 second margin, was disappointed to miss the qualifying time for this summer's British Championships by just 0.07 seconds. Her final medal came in the 200m freestyle, where she swam a good time of 2:10.50 in the heats and held off a determined challenge from Norwich and Hatfield swimmers to hang on for Gold.

Colchester's final medal came from 14 year old Kaythi Aung, who swam a great race and a 1 second PB in the final of the 100m butterfly to finish strongly and split two Hatfield swimmers to claim a deserved Bronze medal and join Laura on the podium. In a strong weekend of swimming she finished 12th in both the 200 IM and 100m freestyle and 20th in the 200m freestyle. In a strong age group, 14 year old Martha Duley also had a great weekend, qualifying for the final of the 200m IM in a PB time of 2:35.24 and finishing 6th, before swimming some great PBs to achieve 10th in the 100m freestyle, 11th in the 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle and 14th in the 200m freestyle. Pip Davenall swam PB times in her 3 events too, finishing in 25th in the 200m IM, and 38th in both the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle, while Cameron Simpson swam a PB to finish 15th in the Boys 400m IM, finished 15th in the 200m breaststroke and then swam a great 2.5 second PB to finish 36th in the 100m freestyle. In the final session of the weekend the Girls' 11/14 years 4 x 100m medley relay team of Duley, Davenall, Stephens and Easton all swam fantastic legs to challenge the best in the Region and despite holding off the challenge of Hatfield just lost out to Ipswich, coming home in a fantastic 4th place finish. A great weekend of swimming!!

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ASA East Region BAGCAT Championships at Norwich - 8th/9th June

After a successful start to this year's Championship last weekend, Colchester Swimming Club's top swimmers in the 10-14 years age group returned to the 50m pool at the Sportspark, UEA Norwich, to take on the best swimmers from six counties in the second weekend of competition in the East Region British Age Group Championships. After last year's record haul of 8 medals (4 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze) and the Club's best ever finish in the final medal table, Colchester completed an astonishing performance to confirm their impressive progress and growing reputation. With a final haul of 20 medals this year (9 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze) Colchester finished in 5th place overall and claimed the title of top Essex club.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was deservedly proud of the success, "Colchester swimmers performed brilliantly, with lots of PB times, National Qualifying Times, Event Best Times, medals and Age Group Top Swimmer awards. I have to make a special mention of Kalya Aung for gaining her National Qualifying Time in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events, to Martha Duley for gaining her 200m backstroke and improving her 100m backstroke National Times, Laura Stephens for taking the 14 years Girls' title and improving her National Qualifying Times and to Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall, Laura Stephens and Emily Easton, who swam so brilliantly in the 4 x 100m medley relay event that they have also gained qualification as a team to compete in the National Championships in Sheffield in July, where they will all join our Youth swimmers: Jarrod Bradfield, Charlie O'Connor and Heather Rodwell. Well done to all the swimmers and the coaching team."

East Region BAGCATS Medallists
 
In the Girls' 14 years age group, Laura Stephens added a further 3 Gold and 1 Silver to the 3 Gold medals she won last weekend, ensuring she secured the overall 14 years Girls title. Her first Gold of the weekend came in the final of the 100m backstroke, where she swam an Event Best Time of 1:05.66, with team mate Martha Duley holding off the challenge of an Ipswich swimmer to come home in 2nd place to take the Silver and make it a Colchester 1-2 on the podium. Stephens then set another EBT to take Gold in the 400m IM in a time of 5:06.85, taking 13 seconds off the previous record! Once again Duley joined her on the podium, holding off 2 Hatfield swimmers to take a great Bronze in the same event.

After snatching a Silver in the final of the 200m breaststroke, taking 7 seconds off her previous PB in the heats and final, Laura stormed to victory in the final of the 200m backstroke with yet another PB and EBT of 2:19.89, with Duley yet again making it a super Colchester 1-2 finish in the final, coming home to take a superb Silver medal with an 11 second PB and NQT time of 2:26.16. Stephens swam another PB in the heats of the 100m breaststroke to qualify for the final, where she finished 4th.

In the same very competitive age group, Kaythi Aung finished 10th in the 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke, while finishing 12th in both the 200m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, swimming PBs in every event to gain valuable extra FINA points for the Championships tables. Philippa Davenall finished 28th in the 100m backstroke, 24th in the 200m backstroke and 16th in the 100m breaststroke. Cameron Simpson had a busy weekend in the Boys' events in the same age group, finishing 15th in the 200m IM (3 second PB), 12th in the 100m breaststroke, 19th in the 100m butterfly and 18th in the 400m freestyle. The closest finish of the weekend came in the 12 year old Girls' 100m breaststroke final where Colchester's Kalya Aung fought back on the 2nd length to edge out Harpenden's Katialin Dang by just 2/100ths of a second to take a fantastic Gold medal and another NQT, to add to the one she achieved in the 200m breaststroke, where she finished 4th in the final just behind Dang. Emily Easton continued her good form to finish in 11th place in her first long course 400m IM and swam a 3 second PB in the 200m breaststroke, where she finished in 19th place.

11 year old Charlotte Atkinson won her second Silver medal of the Championships in the final of the 100m backstroke in a time of 1:16.41, taking a total of 5 seconds off her previous best time in the heats and final, while team mate Isabella Tanenbaum, competing at this level for the first time, set a great time of 1:16.78 to win Bronze in the same event and join Charlotte on the podium. In the Boys' 11 years events, Charlie Hutchison qualified fastest in the heats of the 100m butterfly, only to take another 2.5 seconds off his time in the final to come home in the Gold medal position in a time of 1:13.57. Hutchison went on to take 22 seconds off his 200m butterfly PB to qualify 2nd fastest for the final, where he hung on in a nail-biting finish to take the Gold medal from Hatflield's Hughes in a time of 2:44.48. Charlie completed a great weekend of swimming with 4th in the final of the 200m IM, 5th in the final of the 200m freestyle and 4th in the 400m freestyle. Jack Bowyer put in a strong performance to finish in 14th place in the 200m IM.

10 year old Olivia Norman added another Silver to her medals from the first weekend, with a superb 20 second PB of 6:09.16 in the gruelling 400m IM, also setting some more great PB times to finish 4th in the final of the 200m backstroke, 6th in the 100m backstroke, 14th in the 200m breaststroke and 18th in the 100m breaststroke. Team mate Millie Lancaster also set some great PB times to finish 20th in the 100m backstroke and 27th in the 200m backstroke in the same age group. After finishing 7th in the 4 x 200m freestyle and 6th in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay events this weekend, the Girls' team of Duley, Davenall, Easton and Stephens learned that their time from their 4 x 100m medley relay 4th place last weekend was good enough to take them through to compete in the relay event at the National Championships in Sheffield next month.

In the BAGCAT (British Age Group Categories) Championships' points tables the Colchester swimmers were ranked: Girls: Age 14 (64 competitors) Stephens, 1st (2724 points), Duley 3rd (2374), Kaythi Aung 16th (2138), Davenall, 25th (1901), Rudkin, 62nd (414); Age 12 (55 competitors) Easton 18th (1728), Kalya Aung 22nd (1476); Age 11 (41 competitors) Atkinson 14th (881), Tanenbaum 31st (433); Age 10 (49 competitors) Norman 5th (1557), Lancaster 30th (880); Boys: Age 14 (56 competitors) Simpson, 18th (1695); Age 11 (34 competitors) Hutchison 5th (1356), Bowyer 27th (265); Age 10 (29 competitors) Ashdown 24th (456).

Final top 10 club standings were: 1st City of Peterborough 22 Gold medals, 2nd Hatfield 21, 3rd Teamipswich 18, 4th UEA Norwich 12, 5th Colchester 9 (7 Silver), 6th Modernians 9 (6 Silver), 7th Chelmsford 7, 8th City of Cambridge 6, 9th West Suffolk 3, 10th Hoddesdon 3.

Final Medal positions table
PlaceTeamGoldSilverBronze
1City of Peterborough222219
2Hatfield211419
3teamipswich1858
4UEA Norwich12106
5Colchester974
6Modernians968
7Chelmsford784
8Co Cambridge6911
9West Suffolk354
10Hoddesdon321
11Team Luton 234
12Berkhamsted220
13St Ives202
14Gt Yarmouth201
15Norwich Swan200
16Basildon Phoenix132
17Thurrock126
18Potters Bar111
19Harlow Pen101
20City of St Albans055

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Essex County Relay Championships at Basildon - 15th June

Colchester Swimming Club sent an strong squad of 18 teams to this year's Essex County Relay Championships, held at the 50m pool at Basildon last weekend, and came home as County Champions in the Junior Age Group category after a superb display of competitive swimming and teamwork. The Club won an impressive 12 medals this year (4 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze), doubling the number of medals won last year.

With Colchester entering an "A" and a "B" team in many events, they dominated the Junior events, but still won medals in the 15 and Over age group, with Colchester teams competing against each other in some finals. Colchester Joint Head Coaches Ian Johnson and Michelle Young were both delighted with the achievements, "Rather than pick out individuals or teams, we would like to praise the whole squad, as they all stepped up on the day and delivered some amazing swims. Even though our A teams made finals, our B teams were still very competitive, creeping into the occasional final to take on their team mates. Colchester's teams certainly left their mark on the final rankings and displayed the Club's continued progression and broadening base of very able swimmers, with some very creditable performances across the board from the youngest age groups through to the youth teams, with excellent team spirit throughout on an enjoyable, hectic and exciting day."

Essex County Relay Champs Boys Team Photo 1
Essex County Relay Champs Girls Team Photo 2

Competing for Colchester were: Girls - Meg Adamson, Lucy Coates, Alice Insull, Katie Holmes, Emily Stephens, Robyn Wiggins, Olivia Norman, Jessie Barrett, Charlotte Atkinson, Isabella Tanenbaum, Sophie Freeman, Amelia Duley, Daisy Jackaman, Sophie Lo, Ellie Duley, Jessie Barrett, Beth Adamson, Millie Lancaster, Bronte Jordan, Eloise Sneddon, Philippa Davenall, Emily Easton, Chloe Rudkin, Martha Duley, Kalya Aung, Kaythi Aung and Laura Stephens; Boys - Jarrod Bradfiled, Tim Tripp, Dan Few, Matt Lemnell, James Buckingham, Arran Francis, Spencer Prior, Jack Bowyer, Cameron Simpson, Alex Cole, Kirin Yeung, Lewis Martin, David Purser, Thomas Grieve, Rory Bennett, Jamie Coles, Charlie Hutchison, William Denny, Joe Cole, Adam Lecomber, Joseph McGregor, Chris Ashdown, Finn Jeffrey, William Chapman, Nathan Aung, Nic Mitchell and Rhys Collins.

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British Swimming coaches come to Colchester

Colchester swimmers had two welcome guests at one of their training sessions at Leisureworld this week - Graham Bassi, British Swimming Development Programme Manager, and Mark Perry, British Swimming Development Coach. With Colchester's Jarrod Bradfield, Kaythi Aung, Philippa Davenall and Martha Duley now part of the England Talent Programme, and Laura Stephens on the British Swimming World Class Podium Potential Programme, Graham and Mark came along to inspect their training programme and observe a training session, to make sure the town's rising stars are receiving the best training and support possible.

After meeting with Joint Head Coaches, Michelle Young and Ian Johnson to review their training plans, they spent the whole session poolside, working with both swimmers and coaches to share their knowledge, experience and coaching expertise. It proved to be an enjoyable experience all round as everyone responded to this unique occasion in the history of the Club.

Michelle commented, "Ian and I recently attended a day's workshop with Laura at the British Swimming headquarters in Loughborough and, although Mark and Graham were here to check that we have a suitable programme in place, they were really supportive and their presence gave all the swimmers at the session a huge lift. As coaches, they couldn't resist getting fully involved, and it was great for both the swimmers and coaches to learn from them. Their only comment was that we need to be able to offer more pool time and longer sessions, and as coaches we are not going to disagree with that!"

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National Junior Swimming League Round 3 at Bexleyheath - 26th Jun

After setting the pace in the first 2 rounds of this year's National Junior Swimming League and winning both 2 events, Colchester Swimming Club's junior swimmers travelled once again to the Crooks Log pool in Bexleyheath, determined to finish the job and gain promotion to Division 1. Once again Colchester faced strong competition from Hatfield, Cambridge and some top London swimming clubs. Despite the Colchester team winning 16 of the 49 events, Hatfield won the gala and took the Division 2 title by just one point from Colchester. Both clubs gained promotion to Division 1 along with Cambridge and can challenge next year for the chance to qualify for the national final.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was delighted with yet another milestone in the Club's recent development, "Once again they all swam brilliantly and were not overawed by the occasion or pressure. Not only were there some incredible individual swims this year, but the whole team worked together and supported each other and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of competing against some of the top clubs in the country next year. We will have to continue to train hard to get even faster and focus on technique to avoid any disqualifications, as every point will count next year if we want to swim at that level."

Once again Colchester got off to a great start as the Girls' 12 & Under medley relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Kalya Aung, Emily Easton and Ellie Duley secured maximum points with a win in the first event of the meet. Colchester went on to win two more of the opening eight relay events, as both the Girls' 10 & Under medley relay team of Asma Parker, Millie Lancaster, Olivia Norman and Bronte Jordan and the Girls' 11 & Under freestyle relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Olivia Norman, Mia Nicholson and Isabella Tanenbaum won their events. With the Boys' relay teams gaining valuable points with two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd place in their races, Colchester were in a strong position after the opening events. As the meet moved into the individual events, 10 years olds Asma Parker (45.16 seconds) and Finn Jeffrey (47.64) both swam brilliantly to win their 50m breaststroke races, while Charlie Hutchison finished second in the 11 & Under 50m backstroke, as did Emily Easton in the 12 & Under 50m butterfly. Jack Bowyer stormed to Colchester's next victory in the Boys' 12 & Under 50m butterfly in a time of 33.05 seconds, which was quickly followed by wins in the 10 & Under 50m backstroke for both Olivia Norman (37.27) and Chris Ashdown (38.99). After a strong 2nd place finish for Isabella Tanenbaum in the 11 & Under 50m butterfly, Jack Bowyer (32.50) claimed his second victory of the meet in the Boys' race.

As the meet passed the half-way point, Naythan Aung swam strongly to win the 9 years 25m backstroke in 17.89 seconds to set up a great sequence of swims for Colchester, with Olivia Norman claiming yet another win in the 10 & Under 50m butterfly (36.78), Kalya Aung winning the 12 & Under 50m backstroke (36.86) and Chris Ashdown and Isabella Tanenbaum grabbing second place in their butterfly and freestyle events, before Charlie Hutchison took 3rd in the 50m freestyle. In the final series of individual races, Nathan Aung again swam superbly to win the 9 years 25m butterfly (16.90), Asma Parker won the Girls' 10 years 50m freestyle (33.52) and Kalya Aung claimed another victory in the Girls' 12 & Under 50m backstroke (34.29). Jack Bowyer and Rory Bennett also swam well to grab two more 3rd place finishes and valuable points for the Colchester team.

The final series of relay events proved to be tough for Colchester, with two teams disqualified as the chance of victory slipped away. The Girls' 10 & Under relay team of Parker, Lancaster, Jordan and Norman claimed Colchester's final victory of the meet in the 4 x 25m freestyle relay, with the other teams securing two 2nd place and three 3rd place finishes. Other swimmers competing for Colchester were: Victoria Hopkins, Olivia Horn, Mary Robinson, Mandy Tang, Oscar Crofts, Sam Lo, Sam Toon, Matt Denny, William Chapman, Louis Martin, Kirin Yeung and Jamie Coles.

The final gala result was: 1st Hatfield (328 points), 2nd Colchester (297) 3rd Dulwich (223), 4th Cambridge (200), 5th Orpington (183), 6th Haringey (170), 7th Harlow (168), 8th Erith (157). Final top six League placings were: 1st Hatfield (47 points), 2nd Colchester (46), 3rd Cambridge (41), 4th Dulwich (37), 5th Orpington (37), 6th Harlow (33).

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British Gas Championships at Ponds Forge - 26th-30th June

Two of Colchester's swimmers qualified for this year's British Gas Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, held last week, which doubled as the trials for the 2013 World Championships to be held in Barcelona at the end of July. Gaining the invaluable experience of competing with some of Team GB's rising stars, 14 year old Laura Stephens was the youngest competitor to qualify for her event and competed in the 50m butterfly, setting a new best time of 28.93 to finish in a very creditable 20th place. Meanwhile, Sargon Youseffi-Titchen, now 22, swam just outside his PB to finish in 39th place in a time of 30.77 seconds in the 50m breaststroke.

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July 2013

Colchester Open Meet - 7th July

With the sun shining outside and the temperature in Leisureworld rising, Colchester's rapidly improving squad of swimmers set a hot pace in the pool at last Sunday's 2013 Colchester Open, with parents, spectators and team mates cheering them on. With a number of Colchester's top swimmers away representing Essex in the East Region Inter-County Team Championship in Luton, records were hard to come by this year, but hundreds of personal best times were set, as swimmers, aged 9 to 17, from a number of clubs across the Region competed for the medals and trophies.

In the Girls' events, 10 year old Olivia Norman dominated in her age group, winning 5 Gold medals, while Isabella Tanenbaum claimed 6 Golds in the 11 years category. 12 year old Kalya Aung not only won every event she entered to collect an amazing haul of 9 Gold medals, but went home with the overall Best Girl trophy. Brittany Lodge claimed 5 Gold medals in the 13 years age group, Chloe Rudkin dominated the 14 year old category with 5 Golds and Ladies Captain Emily Stephens led by example in the 15 & Over age group to take home 6 Gold medals.

The Colchester boys had an equally successful day, with Finn Jeffrey and Myles English sharing the honours in the 9/10 years age group with 3 Gold medals each, while Jack Bowyer and Charlie Hutchison shared the wins in the 11 years category, with both boys taking home 5 Gold medals. Jack claimed the only record broken this year, setting a new Event Best Time of 32.69 seconds in the 50m butterfly. 12 year old Rory Bennett (pictured to the right) edged out Jack for the overall Top Boy trophy, as he dominated his age group, winning 8 Gold medals. 13 year old Nick Mitchell was the best Colchester swimmer in the 13 years category with 3 Gold medals, while Alex Cole set the pace in the 14 year olds with 4 Gold medals. Despite being pushed by Joe Mackinder, Jack Keane and Men's Captain Taylor Young, Matt Lemnell marked his return to competition, after a long absence recovering from injury, with 3 Gold medals in the 15 & Over competition. Joint Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with the high standards achieved by her swimmers, "Our swimmers achieved hundreds of p.b's across all the ages and it was great to see so many 9/10 year olds competing, as they are the future of the Club. They were all amazing and it was a really friendly meet. I'd like to thank Pearl and Greg Watcham, all the sponsors and the team of organisers, volunteers and officials, who made it a great day of swimming."
 
Best Boy Winner - Open Meet 2013

Colchester's Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners were:

NameGoldSilverBronze
Girls 9/10 Years
Olivia Norman51 
Asma Parker14 
Millie Lancaster 13
Sophie Freeman  2
Boys 9/10 Years
Finn Jeffery32 
Myles English311
Matthew Denny 21
Girls 11 Years
Isabella Tanenbaum6 1
Mia Nicholson212
Charlotte Atkinson 7 
Katie White 11
Abbie McCarthy  2
Meg Wall-Peters  1
Boys 11 Years
Charlie Hutchison54 
Jack Bowyer52 
Chris Ashdown 12
Christian Tilley 11
Louis Martin  4
Adam buckingham  1
Oliver Hambleton  1
Girls 12 Years
Kalya Aung9  
Ellie Duley151
Meg Adamson 32
Sophie Lo  2
Boys 12 Years
Rory Bennett81 
Jamie Coles124
Thomas Grieve11 
David Purser 21
Kirin Yeung 11
Girls 13 Years
Brittany Lodge52 
Zoe Asbury1 1
Hannah Fifield 11
Gabriella Toscano  3
Boys 13 Years
Nick Mitchell321
Rhys Collins2 1
Benjamin Chapman 2 
Girls 14 Years
Chloe Rudkin 5 1  
Lucy Coates26 
Phoebe Coles2 1
Ella Dickson11 
Danielle Atkinson  2
Boys 14 Years
Alex Cole4 1
James Buckingham22 
Arran Francis211
Thomas Lo 21
Spencer Prior 11
Girls 15+ Years
Emily Stephens6  
Alice Insull131
Charlotte Holt 1 
Boys 15+ Years
Matt Lemnell31 
Jack Keane222
Joe Mackinder22 
Taylor Young112
Sam Mackinder 22
Matthew Purser 11

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ASA East Inter-County Team Competition at Luton - 7th July

Eight of Colchester's top swimmers were selected to represent Essex across numerous events at the East Region Team Championships at Luton last weekend. Essex finished convincing winners, collecting 239 points to finish 28 points ahead of runners-up Cambridgeshire. Suffolk (197) were third, followed by Hertfordshire (144), Bedfordshire (131) and Norfolk (126). The Colchester swimmers were: Cameron Simpson, Charles O'Connor, Emily Easton, Jarrod Bradfield, Kaythi Aung, Laura Stephens, Martha Duley and Philippa Davenall.
 
The Essex team

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Triple Silver success for Colchester's Laura Stephens at the European Youth Olympics

Following her selection by British Swimming to join their World Class Podium Potential Programme, Colchester swimmer Laura Stephens took full advantage of her invitation to represent Great Britain for the first time at last week's European Youth Olympics in Utrecht in the Netherlands, with a series of amazing swimming performances.

Meeting up with her team mates at Heathrow to pick up her GB kit, Laura flew off with the team of 44 young athletes from nine sports, including athletics, cycling and gymnastics, following in the footsteps of established senior GB swimmers such as Ellen Gandy and Lizzie Simmonds. Her luggage home was a little heavier as she came back with 3 Silver medals, adding to Team GB's haul of 31 medals, as they finished in 2nd place behind the strong team from Russia.

 
Colchester swimmer Laura Stephens

On Tuesday, Day 1 of the swimming competition, Laura smashed her PB to qualify 3rd quickest for the final of the 200m butterfly in a new best time of 2:19.11. Undaunted by the pressure of her first final as a GB swimmer, Laura stepped up and set a new PB time of 2:17.24 to take the Silver medal ahead of Italy by just 0.03 seconds - Team GB's first medal of the Youth Olympics!

Day 3 saw Laura return to the pool for her favoured 100m butterfly and once again she delivered, swimming superbly to set a new PB of 1:02.37 to qualify for that evening's semi-final, where she cruised through into Friday's final.

The fourth and final day of the meet was set to be an enormous challenge, as Laura not only had to prepare for the 100m butterfly final, but had been selected to represent GB in the 50m freestyle and the 4 x 100m medley relay morning heats - a tough programme of events for even the most experienced swimmers! Laura set another PB of 28.03 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle, before setting a superb time of 1:02.27 on the fly leg of the medley relay to help the GB team qualify quickest for that evening's final.

Faced with the prospect of Laura competing in a semi final and possibly 3 finals in the same evening, the GB team manager made the decision to withdraw her from the 50m freestyle to focus on the butterfly and medley relay events.

Once again Laura stepped up and delivered for Team GB! Yet another PB of 1:02.22 saw her hold off swimmers from Ukraine and Italy to secure her second Silver medal in the final of the 100m butterfly. There was no time to celebrate, as just five races later she was back in the water swimming the butterfly leg in the final of the medley relay for Team GB in the last event of the meet. Incredibly, she swam even quicker, storming to a new time of 1:01.92 to help the GB team take a superb Silver medal.

Of the 31 medals won by Team GB at Utrecht, 16 came for the swimming team, showing there is a lot of young talent coming through for the future.

Laura surprised herself with her performances, "Coming into the week I was thinking that just to make a few finals would be good, but to get three Silver medals was fantastic. The fact that none of them were Gold means that I have something to work harder for in training! It was an amazing week: the fun of the opening and closing ceremonies and the chance to cheer on our athletes in other sports. The whole experience of competing in a multi-sport event like the Youth Olympics has made me even more determined to work hard over the next few years to be able to compete in the real thing!"

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Colchester win promotion to Division 1 of the National Junior Swimming League 2013

After setting the pace in the first 2 rounds of this year's National Junior Swimming League and winning both 2 events, Colchester Swimming Club's junior swimmers travelled once again to the Crook Log pool in Bexleyheath, determined to finish the job and gain promotion to Division 1. Once again Colchester faced strong competition from Hatfield, Cambridge and some top London swimming clubs. Despite the Colchester team winning 16 of the 49 events, Hatfield won the gala and took the Division 2 title by just one point from Colchester. Both clubs gained promotion to Division 1 along with Cambridge and can challenge next year for the chance to qualify for the national final.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was delighted with yet another milestone in the Club's recent development, "Once again they all swam brilliantly and were not overawed by the occasion or pressure. Not only were there some incredible individual swims this year, but the whole team worked together and supported each other and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of competing against some of the top clubs in the country next year. We will have to continue to train hard to get even faster and focus on technique to avoid any disqualifications, as every point will count next year if we want to swim at that level."

Once again Colchester got off to a great start as the Girls' 12 & Under medley relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Kalya Aung, Emily Easton and Ellie Duley secured maximum points with a win in the first event of the meet. Colchester went on to win two more of the opening eight relay events, as both the Girls' 10 & Under medley relay team of Asma Parker, Millie Lancaster, Olivia Norman and Bronte Jordan and the Girls' 11 & Under freestyle relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Olivia Norman, Mia Nicholson and Isabella Tanenbaum won their events. With the Boys' relay teams gaining valuable points with two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd place in their races, Colchester were in a strong position after the opening events.

As the meet moved into the individual events, 10 years olds Asma Parker (45.16 seconds) and Finn Jeffrey (47.64) both swam brilliantly to win their 50m breaststroke races, while Charlie Hutchison finished second in the 11 & Under 50m backstroke, as did Emily Easton in the 12 & Under 50m butterfly. Jack Bowyer stormed to Colchester's next victory in the Boys' 12 & Under 50m butterfly in a time of 33.05 seconds, which was quickly followed by wins in the 10 & Under 50m backstroke for both Olivia Norman (37.27) and Chris Ashdown (38.99). After a strong 2nd place finish for Isabella Tanenbaum in the 11 & Under 50m butterfly, Jack Bowyer (32.50) claimed his second victory of the meet in the Boys' race.

As the meet passed the half-way point, Naythan Aung swam strongly to win the 9 years 25m backstroke in 17.89 seconds to set up a great sequence of swims for Colchester, with Olivia Norman claiming yet another win in the 10 & Under 50m butterfly (36.78), Kalya Aung winning the 12 & Under 50m backstroke (36.86) and Chris Ashdown and Isabella Tanenbaum grabbing second place in their butterfly and freestyle events, before Charlie Hutchison took 3rd in the 50m freestyle. In the final series of individual races, Nathan Aung again swam superbly to win the 9 years 25m butterfly (16.90), Asma Parker won the Girls' 10 years 50m freestyle (33.52) and Kalya Aung claimed another victory in the Girls' 12 & Under 50m backstroke (34.29). Jack Bowyer and Rory Bennett also swam well to grab two more 3rd place finishes and valuable points for the Colchester team.

The final series of relay events proved to be tough for Colchester, with two teams disqualified as the chance of victory slipped away. The Girls' 10 & Under relay team of Parker, Lancaster, Jordan and Norman claimed Colchester's final victory of the meet in the 4 x 25m freestyle relay, with the other teams securing two 2nd place and three 3rd place finishes.

Other swimmers competing for Colchester were: Victoria Hopkins, Olivia Horn, Mary Robinson, Mandy Tang, Oscar Crofts, Sam Lo, Sam Toon, Matt Denny, William Chapman, Louis Martin, Kirin Yeung and Jamie Coles.

The final gala result was: 1st Hatfield ( 328 points), 2nd Colchester (297) 3rd Dulwich (223), 4th Cambridge (200), 5th Orpington (183), 6th Haringey (170), 7th Harlow (168), 8th Erith (157).

Final top six League placings were: 1st Hatfield (47 points), 2nd Colchester (46), 3rd Cambridge (41), 4th Dulwich (37), 5th Orpington (37), 6th Harlow (33).

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Rhianna's Open Water Swims

Rhianna by the riverside at Henley

 
Colchester's 12 year old Rhianna Preece swam in her first Open Water Swimming Event on Sunday 14 July in Henley-on-Thames as part of their Henley Mile Event, competing in the Junior Half Mile, which was specifically for 11-14 year olds. On a gloriously warm sunny day, the water temperature of the Thames was at 20.7 degrees, which was perfect for her first outdoor swim away from the swimming pool. Rhianna had a superb swim and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, completing the 800m distance in a great time of 11 minutes, 48 seconds, to finish 3rd in her category.

Buoyed by her experience, Rhianna competed in the second round of the SwimFest the following weekend, held in the Alexandra Lake at Lakeside Shopping Centre. With an early start at 8.00 am, the morning was overcast and cooler than the previous week, but fortunately the water temperature of 22 degrees was warmer than the air! Rhianna raced in the 750m event in the under 20's category and completed the distance in 11 minutes 16 seconds, finishing 1st overall in her age group. Delighted with her swim, Rhianna now plans to increase the distance to 1.5km for the next round of SwimFest in September!

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August 2013

There were no events to report in August.

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September 2013

There were no events to report in September.

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October 2013

Great start for Colchester in Arena League 2013 Round 1

After securing their place in the Premier Division of the London League of the National Arena Swimming League with a great series of performances last season, Colchester Swimming Club got off to a great start in this year's opening gala at the Basildon Sporting Village last Saturday. Faced with some tough competition in the top tier of the league, the team put in some great performances to finish in 4th place on the night.

Despite swimming against much older swimmers in the Ladies' and Men's Open Age 200m IM, 15 year olds Kaythi Aung and Cameron Simpson set a great example for the rest of the team by swimming some great times to finish 7th and 5th respectively and get some valuable points on the board for Colchester.

After the next series of 8 relay events, Colchester were 10 points behind Enfield and lying in 5th place, setting the scene for the battle between the two clubs for that 4th place on the night. The Boys' 9/11 years freestyle relay team on Jack Bowyer, Nathan Aung, Finn Jeffrey and Chris Ashdown swam superbly to take 3rd place in their race, while the Girls' 13 & Under Medley relay team of Charlotte Atkinson, Kalya Aung, Ellie Duley and Isabella Tanenbaum also took 3rd, just missing out on the touch for 2nd to the Camden Swiss Cottage team. The Girls' 15 & Under freestyle relay team of Kaythi Aung, Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall and Laura Stephens also swam superbly to finish in 2nd place, before the Boys' freestyle team of Jack Keane, Alex Cole, James Buckingham and Cameron Simpson just held off Teddington by 0.04 seconds to take 4th place and more valuable points for Colchester.

As the gala moved into the individual events, Colchester eased ahead of Enfield with some great performances. Olivia Norman and Chris Ashdown both swam superbly to take 2nd place in their 10/11 years 50m backstroke races, before Kalya Aung dominated the 13 & Under 100m breaststroke to win in a time of 1:21.55. Martha Duley held off a strong challenge from the Camden swimmer to take 3rd place in the 15 & U 100m backstroke, before 14 year old Laura Stephens swam a great time of 1:02.54 to take 1st place in the Ladies' Open age 100m butterfly, just ahead of the 22 year old Ealing swimmer.

In the 10/11 years 50m butterfly events 11 year old Olivia Norman swam a great race for 2nd place and Jack Bowyer's superb time of 33.06 seconds was enough to secure a win, before Laura Stephens also eased to victory in the 15 & Under 100m butterfly in a time of 1:03.75. Another strong swim and 4th place from Jack Keane in the Boys' 15 & Under 100m butterfly, meant Colchester increased their lead over Enfield to 9 points after 26 events.

There followed some more strong swims from the Colchester swimmers: Finn Jeffrey took 4th in the 10/11 years 50m backstroke; Kalya Aung 2nd and Jack Bowyer 3rd in the 13 & Under 100m butterfly; Kaythi Aung 2nd in the 15 & Under 100m freestyle; Jack Bowyer 4th in the 10/11 years 50m freestyle; Philippa Davenall 3rd and Cameron Simpson 2nd in the 15 & Under 100m breaststroke. Despite the Colchester team's efforts, Enfield had clawed their way back into the competition to set up a nail-biting finish, with both teams on 190 points going into the final series of relay events.

Victory for the Girls' 15 & Under medley relay team of Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall, Laura Stephens and Kaythi Aung, two superb 3rd place finishes for the Boys' 9/11 years medley relay team of Chris Ashdown, Finn Jeffrey, Jack Bowyer and Nathan Aung and the Girls' 13 & Under freestyle team of Kalya Aung, Ellie Duley, Charlotte Atkinson and Isabella Tanenbaum, together with three 5th place finishes, were enough to edge out Enfield to finish the gala in a very creditable 4th place overall.

Head Coach Ian Johnson was delighted, "This was an excellent team result at this stage of the season. I was really pleased how everyone in the team gave of their best and surpassed my expectations against some very strong competition. The number of consistent mid-range results added valuable points to the race wins and enabled us to secure a good fourth final position. This should give the swimmers some great confidence for the next 2 rounds."

Also securing some valuable points for Colchester were: Bronte Jordan, Sophie Freeman, Eloise Sneddon, Rory Bennett, Jamie Coles, Kirin Yeung, Thomas Grieve, Alice Insull, Chloe Rudkin, Robyn Wiggins, Rob Milburn and Kenny Dayman.

Team results: 1st Ealing 309 points, 2nd Teddington 302, 3rd Camden Swiss Cottage 280, 4th Colchester 226, 5th Enfield 221, 6th Hoddesdon 191, 7th Greenwich Royals 132, 8th Hemel Hempstead 120.

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November 2013

Strong 5th Place finish for Colchester in Essex Winter Long Course County Championships

A large team of 31 Colchester SC swimmers qualified to compete in this year's new format Essex Winter Long Course Championships, held in the 50m pool at Basildon Sporting Village last weekend. With many of Colchester's young swimmers competing in these Championships for the first time, the Colchester team finished in a very credible 5th place, returning home with a host of medals, County ASA awards for Top 3 finishes and numerous PB times.

New Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung (picture right : With Tom Baster ASA President) had an amazing weekend, achieving 2 National Qualifying Times in the both the 50m freestyle (27.91 seconds) and 50m butterfly (29.56), as well as six 1st place finishes. Competing in the 15 years age group, Kaythi won the 400m IM (5:27.80), 50m butterfly (qualifying for the Open Age final where she finished 5th), 50m backstroke (32.79, finishing 7th in the Open Age final), 200m backstroke (2:36.49), 200m IM (2:35.78) and 50m freestyle, finishing in 2nd place in the Open Age final. In a very busy schedule, she also competed in the 100m freestyle (3rd), 200m butterfly (4th), 200m freestyle (5th) and 50m breaststroke (5th).

In the same 15 years age group, Philippa Davenall secured another win for Colchester with a great time of 1:21.71 in the 100m breaststroke, after finishing 2nd in the 50m breaststroke (7th in the Open Age final), 3rd in the 200m IM and 4th in the 50m backstroke. In the 16 years age group, Charlotte Marven won the 50m backstroke in a time of 35.39 seconds.

 
Kaythi Aung with ASA President, Tom Baster

Swimming in the 14 years age group, Martha Duley also had a great weekend, winning the 200m backstroke in 2:28.98 and the 100m backstroke in 1:08.81, while finishing 2nd in the 50m backstroke, 3rd in the 400mIM, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke and 4th in the 50m butterfly, 200m IM, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke. In the same age group, Laura Stephens competed in the 800m freestyle, winning in a time of 9:31.57, while Chloe Rudkin finished 3rd in the 50m breaststroke.

Competing in the 10/11 years age group, 11 year old Olivia Norman was another Colchester star performer, with 4 wins in the 800m freestyle (11:11.49), 50m butterfly (36.22), 50m backstroke (36.93) and 100m backstroke (1:17.68), as well as finishing 2nd in the 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m IM, and 3rd in the 100m and 200m butterfly.

Swimming in the 12 years are group, Kalya Aung secured top 3 finishes in all her events, winning the 200m breaststroke (2:55.63) and 100m butterfly (1:12.62), as well as finishing 2nd in the 50m backstroke, 200m IM, 100m breaststroke and 50m and 100m freestyle, and 3rd in the 50m breaststroke. In the same age group, Isabella Tanenbaum came away with 3rd place in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, sharing 4th place in the 50m backstroke with team mate Charlotte Atkinson in an identical time of 36.02 seconds! 13 year old Ellie Duley also added to Colchester's points total, with a great 2nd place finish in the 50m freestyle and 3rd in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

There were also some great performances from Colchester in the Boys' competition, with 11 year old Jack Bowyer securing three wins in the 10/11 years 50m freestyle (32.28),100m butterfly (1:15.25) and 50m butterfly (32.52), as well as 2nd in the 200m IM and 200m freestyle and 3rd in the 50m backstroke. 12 year old Jamie Coles also had a successful weekend, taking 1st place in both the 50m breaststroke(40.04) and 50m butterfly (34.35), 2nd in the 200m breaststroke and 3rd in the 100m breaststroke, while team mate Rory Bennett finished in 3rd place in the 50m backstroke and just missed out on a top 3 finish in the 50m butterfly.

A number of the other boys just missed out on Top 3 placings, with 15 year olds Cameron Simpson coming 4th in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke, just ahead of team mate Jack Keane in 5th place, while Alex Cole finished 4th in the gruelling 1500m. 17 year old Jarrod Bradfield competed in 2 events, finishing 3rd in the 100m freestyle and 4th in the final of the 50m freestyle.

Other swimmers competing for Colchester across numerous events were: Danielle Atkinson, Bronte Jordan, Asma Parker, Katie White, Daisy Jackaman, Chris Ashdown, Myles English, Cameron Newton, Finn Jeffrey, Alexander Tinnion, Thomas Grieve, Nicholas Mitchell and James Buckingham.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with yet another successful weekend of swimming, "We had 31 swimmers qualify and enter this year, which is a big step forward from the small team of 14 last year. While it was fantastic to see Kaythi achieve National qualifying times so early in the season, competing over long course at this level was a good learning experience for our swimmers, most of whom were under 16. With 15 boys and 16 girls competing, we have a good depth of young talent coming through our squads, and all the hard work by the swimmers, coaches and, of course, our supportive parents and volunteers is beginning to pay off."

With 23 clubs competing, the final Top Club points table was: 1st Romford 1921, 2nd Redbridge 1878, 3rd Chelmsford 1424, 4th Basildon 1241, 5th Colchester 1160, 6th Killerwhales 960, 7th Southend 746, 8th Barking and Dagenham 562, 9th Waltham Forest 497, 10th Dunmow 427.

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Colchester reach Arena League Final for the first time

Following a great result in Round 1, the Colchester SC team set off for Harlow last Saturday to compete in the 2nd Round of Division 1 of the London League of the National Arena Swimming League, in what proved to be a tough draw. Hoping to build on their success in the first round, the young Colchester swimmers put in some great performances and came away with 2 wins, as well as four 2nd and an impressive eight 3rd place finishes. The team achieved 6th on the night, but the team performance in Round 1 at Basildon and the way the team fought for every point in Harlow moved Colchester into an impressive 8th place in the league table, ensuring their qualification for the Regional Final in Basildon on 14th December, for the first time in the Club's history.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was delighted with the way the team fought for every point, "Although we were up against some top class swimmers and only managed 2 wins on the night, we achieved more 3rd place finishes and everyone fought for every point, meaning we qualified for the final by just 12 gala points. It was an excellent team effort from all the swimmers against some of the top clubs in the country."

Kaythi Aung and Sam Hobbins collected the first points of the night in the opening Ladies' and Men's Open Age 200m IM events, before the first series of 4 x 50m relay events. The Boys' 9/11 years freestyle relay team of Myles English, Naythan Aung, Finn Jeffrey and Chris Ashdown held off a strong challenge from St Albans to take 3rd place, before the Girls' 13 & U team of Charlotte Atkinson, Kalya Aung, Ellie Duley and Isabella Tanenbaum also took 3rd spot in an incredibly close medley relay race, with less than a second splitting 2nd to 6th places! The Girls' 15 & Under team of Martha Duley, Kaythi Aung, Pip Davenall and Laura Stephens then grabbed a great 2nd place in the freestyle relay.

11 year old Olivia Norman swam a superb 10/11 years 50m backstroke race to dominate the first individual event of the night and secure a win for Colchester in a great time of 35.26 seconds. Her swim seemed to inspire her team mates in the next few events, with Chris Ashdown taking 3rd in the Boys' 10/11 years 50m backstroke, Kalya Aung swimming to 3rd place in the Girls' 13 & Under 100m breaststroke and Martha Duley taking a deserved 2nd place in the Girls' 15 & Under 100m backstroke. In the next Girls' event, Olivia returned to the pool and showed her potential to win her favoured 50m butterfly event in another fantastic time of 35.24 seconds. With Laura Stephens picking up an injury in the earlier relay, special mention must go to 14 year old Chloe Rudkin, who stepped up at the last minute for the Ladies' Open 100m butterfly to secure a point for the team.

There were more great individual performances, as Myles English took 3rd in the Boys' 10/11 years 50m butterfly, Finn Jeffrey took 3rd in the Boys' 10/11 years 50m breaststroke, Kalya Aung finished an impressive 2nd in the Girls' 13 & Under 100m butterfly, older sister Kaythi Aung swam under the minute (58.96 seconds) in the 100m freestyle to take another 2nd place for the team and Cameron Simpson held off a strong challenge from St Albans to finish 3rd in the Boys' 15 & Under 100m breaststroke.

The final series of relay events proved tough for the Colchester team, with two 4th place finishes for the Boys' 9/11 medley relay team of Myles English, Naythan Aung, Finn Jeffrey and Chris Ashdown and the Girls' 13 & Under freestyle relay team (by just 0.01 seconds!) of Charlotte Atkinson, Kalya Aung, Ellie Duley and Isabella Tanenbaum. A revised Girls' 15 & Under team of Martha Duley, Kaythi Aung, Pip Davenall and 12 year old Kalya Aung held off a strong challenge from the Gala winners, Hatfield, to take another 3rd place for the Colchester team in the medley relay.

Other swimmers competing for Colchester and contributing to the points total were: Bronte Jordan, Sophie Freeman, Eloise Sneddon, Rory Bennett, Jamie Coles, Kirin Yeung, Thomas Grieve, Jack Keane, Alex Cole, James Buckingham, Alice Insull, Robyn Wiggins and Tim Tripp.

Team results were: 1st Hatfield 316 points, 2nd Teddington 311, 3rd Chelsea and Westminster 296, 4th Hoddesdon 240, 5th City of St Albans 197, 6th Colchester 195, 7th Watford 169, 8th Hemel Hempstead 105.

League Positions after Round 2: Hatfield 36 points, TeamIpswich 35, Ealing 35, Teddington 34, Camden Swiss Cottage 32, Chelsea & Westminster 32, Romford 30, Colchester 28 (Top 8 qualify for the final)

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Colchester swimmers achieve times at Deben Open Meet

While their team mates were competing in the Essex County Winter Championships last weekend, a small team of Colchester swimmers travelled to the Deben SC Open Meet at Woodbridge to try and achieve qualifying times for next year's County Championships, returning home with some great PBs and Essex County qualifying times, as well as a great haul of medals.

Assistant Coach Karen Cade was delighted with the excellent results achieved by a largely inexperienced young team and commented, "This meet offered our swimmers an opportunity to gain competition experience, improve their PBs and hopefully achieve some County times. Once again there was a great team spirit, as the older swimmers were excellent in supporting the younger swimmers, who swam some amazing races, especially William Pestell, who gained two Essex County qualifying times in his very first Open meet!."

9 year old Sophie Freeman had a superb weekend, winning 8 Gold medals to dominate her age group, while Matthew Denny claimed 5 Gold medal wins in the Boys' 10 years age group. There were also Gold medal winning performances from 10 year old Eloise Sneddon, with 3 Gold medals and 2 Silvers, and 9 year old Ciara Wookey, who won a Gold and 3 Silvers. There were also some great Silver medals from 13 year old Brittany Lodge and 10 year olds William Denny (2) and William Pestell.

With one of the goals for the weekend to have more Colchester swimmers competing in more events at next spring's Essex County championships, the following swimmers were successful in qualifying for additional events: Mathew Denny - 200m IM, 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle; William Denny - 50m backstroke, 200m IM and 100m IM; William Pestell - 50m backstroke and 100m IM; Sophie Freeman - 50m breaststroke; Bronte Jordan - 100m breaststroke; Brittany Lodge - 50m breaststroke; Eloise Sneddon - 50m breaststroke.

The Colchester swimmers also achieved numerous PBs, and some of the biggest improvements were: Aimee Cade - 100m IM by 10.82 seconds; Matthew Denny - 200m IM by 9.76 seconds and 200m freestyle by 18.13 seconds; William Denny - 200m freestyle by 7 seconds; Bronte Jordan - 200m IM by 13 seconds and 100m backstroke by 13 seconds; Eloise Sneddon - 200m IM by 30 seconds; Meg Wall-Peters - 100m breaststroke by 8.07 sec. There was also some good swimming from Charlotte Tree, whose times were good for a 9 year old, but just missed out on the 10 years Essex times, Anola Jordan, Molly White and Rhys Collins.

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Records continue to fall at annual Colchester Club Champs

Once again the swimmers of Colchester SC have competed over all distances and events for club records, medals and personal bests at the Leisureworld pool in this year's Club Championships. Last Saturday night saw the presentation of the medals and trophies at the annual Presentation Evening, hosted by Chair Tony Bush.

Tony welcomed the honoured guests, Stuart Bennett from sponsors Griffin Chapman, Lisa McCarthy, Ray Allan and Club President Mike Coppin, and also thanked all the coaches, officials and volunteers, who put in many hours to organise and run the championships. He then congratulated the swimmers on yet another fantastic year of achievement for the Club in 2013, with swimmers competing in Essex Mini League, the National Arena Swimming League, the Varsity Match, the County, Regional, Zonal and National Championships, International meets and the European Youth Olympics, as well as many Open meets around the country to gain the necessary qualifying times.

Four swimmers set a total of 7 new Championship age group records this year: 14 year old Laura Stephens re-wrote the record books in a further 8 events; 12 year old Kalya Aung broke the 100m backstroke record; 15 year old Kaythi Aung set a new time in the 100m freestyle; and 11 year old Jack Bowyer set a new record in the 100m butterfly.

The Carol Hart Memorial Cup is awarded by the coaching team to recognise a swimmer's dedication and personal achievements and this year went to 10 year old Finn Jeffrey. The Gwen Allan Trophy, awarded to the Club's highest achiever, was once again collected by 14 year old Laura Stephens, who won 3 Silver Medals for Great Britain in this summer's European Youth Olympics. Laura also took home the Longman trophy for her success in the Girls' butterfly in the Club Championships, while The Neal Dixey Memorial Trophy for achievement in the breaststroke was awarded to Finn Jeffery.

Qualifying swimmers compete in 200m races across all four strokes - freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke - in a special 200m Championships to test their endurance, swimming for points based on their times compared to their age group national qualifying times. In the girls' competition the top three swimmers were Kalya Aung in 1st place, Martha Duley in 2nd place and Charlotte Atkinson in 3rd place. In the boys' competition, Cameron Simpson took 1st place for the 2nd year running, while Jamie Coles was 2nd and David Purser was 3rd.

Special awards are also made to the top swimmers in the combined 200 IM and 400 IM results, based on placing points, and the top overall swimmers were: in the Girls Senior competition, 1st Martha Duley, 2nd Philippa Davenall and joint 3rd Chloe Rudkin and Kalya Aung; in the Girls Junior competition, 1st Kalya Aung, 2nd Charlotte Atkinson and joint 3rd Ellie Duley and Olivia Norman; in the Boys Senior competition, 1st Cameron Simpson, 2nd Alex Cole, 3rd Spencer Prior; and in the Boys Junior competition, 1st Jack Bowyer, 2nd Chris Ashdown and joint 3rd Myles English and David Purser.

The strength and breadth of the new young talent coming through the Club was again on show, as the Junior & Intermediate squads competed in 50m sprints in all four strokes, plus the 100m IM, with the medals shared across a large number of competitors. The Girls' results were: in the 9 years and Under age group, Sophie Freeman claimed 4 Gold medals and 1 Silver; Ciara Wookey won 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze; Charlotte Norman 2 Silver and 2 Bronze; and Megan English 1 Bronze. In the 10 year old age group Eloise Sneddon won all 5 Gold medals; Molly White 2 Silver and 3 Bronze; Victoria Hopkins 2 Silver and 2 Bronze; and Niamh Higgins 1 Silver. In the 11 years and over age group the medals were shared by: Mia Nicholson 4 Gold and 1 Silver; Elisha Henslick 1 Gold, Silver and Bronze; Hannah Fifield 1 Silver and 1 Bronze; Meg Wal-Peters and Bronte Jordan 1 Silver apiece; Amber Jordan 2 Bronze; and Abbie McCarthy 1 Bronze.

The results in the Boys' competition were: in the 9 years and Under age group, Sam Lemnell won 3 Gold medals and 1 Silver; Ross Jordan won 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze; Oscar Crofts won 1 Gold and a Bronze; Sebastian Tilley and Edward Cox both won a Silver medal; and Sam Jackaman and Felix Szpakowski both took home a Bronze. In the 10 year old age group, Finn Jeffrey achieved 4 Gold medals and a Silver; Matthew Denny took 1 Gold and 4 Silver; William Denny won 4 Bronze; and Sam Lo also collected a Bronze medal. In the 11 years and over age group, Thierry Ajala won all 5 Gold medals; Adam Buckingham 3 Silver; Sam Horn a Silver and a Bronze; Louis Martin a Silver; and Sam Firth, William Chapman, Christian Tilley and Alexander Williamson took home a Bronze medal each.

All swimmers aged 8 and above can compete in the 11 & Under, 13 & Under and Open Age 100m races and 400m freestyle, while the Girls compete in the 800m freestyle and the Boys in the 1500m freestyle. Once again the swimmers put in some fantastic performances, not only breaking records, but also setting some impressive personal best times. For the girls, the Gold medal winners were Olivia Norman (7), Kayla Aung (5), Laura Stephens (3), Kaythi Aung, Martha Duley and Chloe Rudkin. The boys' Gold medals were shared by Jack Bowyer (7), Cameron Simpson (4), Rory Bennett (3), Chris Ashdown, Jamie Coles, Alex Cole and Jarrod Bradfield,

Head Coach Michelle Young was again delighted with the performances this year, "2013 has been another fantastic year of success the Club and we have some great new talent coming through from our squads and the new Academy. As a coach I was delighted for the swimmers, who have worked hard all year and set numerous PBs, Essex County qualifying times and Club Records."

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December 2013

Colchester has a "Cracker" of a meet!

Colchester SC took a large team of 56 swimmers to race at Braintree's Xmas Cracker Swim Meet. The Team was a mixture of senior swimmers as well as many younger ones - some of which were swimming in their first Open Meet.

A long day's swimming was tremendously enjoyed by all with many swimming up to 8 races in the day. A fine achievement considering some of them had been swimming the previous evening at the Finals of the London Arena League.

The team spirit was very high, with swimmers eagerly cheering their team mates on in their races, accompanied by a very noisy spectator gallery. Considering it was such a large team it was most pleasing to see how well these youngsters represented their Club in both performance and behaviour throughout the day – they were focused and a credit to themselves and the Club.

Whilst a tremendous haul of medals were won, what was most pleasing was their attitude to their performance. All swimmers achieving PBs with many of them either achieving County Times or improving on already qualified times . This was a good reward for all the technical and stamina work that they have been putting in to their training over the past weeks.

In total 80 medals were won on the day, and by winning over 20% of all available awards, it ensured that Colchester were the Top Club from the 13 Clubs that competed.

It was a real pleasure to see the delight our younger swimmers gained from their successes, as well as the valuable experience they gained of competing under race conditions. All of which will spur them on during the coming 2014 season.

Medal Winners

BoysGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Jamie Coles4228
Finn Jeffery43 7
Jack Bowyer4 4
Alex Cole22 4
Spencer Prior1315
Isaac Pavey11 2
Jack Keane11 2
Alex Tinnion1 12
Myles English112
Louis Martin112
William Chapman 2 2
Tom Grieve 112
Sam Horn 1 1
Rory Bennett  22
Cameron Newton  11
Alex Williamson  11
GirlsGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Eloise Sneddon4217
Charlotte Atkinson41 5
Katie White2125
Bronte Jordan2 2
Brittany Lodge2  2
Megan Adamson12  3
Sophie Freeman1146
Ciara Wookey 1 1
Phoebe Coles 1 1
Abbie McCarthy  11
Total35271880

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Colchester's Best Finish in the National Arena Swimming League

Colchester SC made club history last Saturday as they competed in the Regional final of the National Arena Swimming League for the first time. The team of young swimmers travelled to the 50m pool at the Basildon Sporting Village to take on the might of the London League and were not overawed by the occasion, returning home with 4 race wins and some fantastic performances to finish in eighth place in the League, their highest ever finish.

Ladies' Captain, Kaythi Aung competed in the opening event of the night, the Ladies' Open Age 200m IM, and swam a good time of 2.31.97, while 18 year old Sam Hobbins also added to Colchester's points total, taking on some of the country's top swimmers in the Men's event. The first series of relay events proved to be a tough introduction to swimming at this level, but the Girls' 15 & Under relay team of Kaythi Aung, Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall and Laura Stephens put in a strong performance to hold off Ealing to finish 3rd in their freestyle race.

Undaunted by the challenge, 11 year old Olivia Norman stepped up to the blocks for the first of the individual stroke events and swam a great 50m backstroke race to set a new PB of 35.80 seconds and secure a 2nd place finish in the 9/11 year age group to inspire her team mates. Chris Ashdown responded immediately in the Boys' 50m backstroke, fighting off a challenge from Ipswich to claim 4th place by just 0.04 seconds, again setting a new PB of 38.56. Next up was 12 year old Kalya Aung, who took a deserved 3rd place in the 13 & Under 100m breaststroke, before 14 year old Martha Duley claimed Colchester's first win of the night in the 15 & U 100m backstroke in a great time of 1:07.82.

14 year old Laura Stephens returned from injury to claim Colchester's second victory in the Ladies' Open Age 100m butterfly in a great time of 1:03.72. Sam Hobbins swam another PB in the Men's 100m butterfly, before Olivia Norman swam a strong PB in the 9/11 years 50m butterfly, inspiring Jack Bowyer to Colchester's third win in the Boys' event, dominating the race in a great PB time of 32.32 seconds. A very busy Kaythi Aung held off Teddington to take 4th in the 15 & Under 100m butterfly and there were some great PB times from Jack Keane, Finn Jeffrey, Bronte Jordan, Ellie Duley, Eloise Sneddon, Tom Grieve, Isabella Tanenbaum and Kenny Dayman, before 15 year old Philippa Davenall stepped up and swam a great race, showing guts and determination from the start to repeat a recent 5 second PB to take 3rd place in the 15 & Under 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:21.74.

In the final series of relay events, there were some great swims from Sophie Freeman, Naythan Aung, Rory Bennett, Kirin Yeung, Jamie Coles, Alex Cole, Cameron Simpson, Arran Francis, Chloe Rudkin, Robyn Wiggins, Emily Stephens and Jennifer Redmond, but the outstanding race of the night came from the Girls' 15 & Under relay team of Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall, Laura Stephens and Kaythi Aung, who dominated their medley race to secure Colchester's 4th win on the night, 2 seconds ahead of Ealing.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was impressed with the team effort on the night, "Having qualified in eighth place, the final was never about the result on the night. To qualify for the final was a major milestone for the Club and our swimmers were outstanding in the way they competed for every point and achieved some fantastic PBs. We only had 4 swimmers over the age of 16 available and many of our swimmers had to compete in older age groups, as well as their own, making it a busy schedule. Our young squad enjoyed the challenge of racing against some of the biggest and strongest clubs in the country and are coming together nicely as a team. I am sure the experience will spur them on to train even harder and improve next year."

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More Records Tumble at Colchester Sprint Championships

Having enjoyed the most successful year in the Club's history, Colchester Swimming Club swimmers enjoyed their annual 50m Sprint Championships at Colchester Leisureworld last weekend, as the Club held the final stage of this year's Club Championships.

To be eligible for a medal place, swimmers had to compete in all four strokes and the 100m Individual Medley, with 6 points awarded for 1st place down to 1 point for 6th in each event for each age group.

In the 12 and under category, Isabella Tanenbaum (29 points) held off the challenges from Charlotte Atkinson and Olivia Norman (Both 24 points) to take the Gold medal place, while Jamie Coles was top in the Boys' event, just three points ahead of team mate, Jack Bowyer. The 13/14 category proved to be just as close as Martha Duley took the Gold medal place, as Chloe Rudkin pushed her all the way to finish just 3 points behind. Nick Mitchell was top Boy in the same age group, 3 points ahead of Thomas Grieve, who just held off Tom Lo and Rory Bennett.

Ladies' Captain Kaythi Aung held off a strong challenge from Philippa Davenall in the Girls' 15 & Over events, as they set 4 new Sprint Championships' records. Kaythi set new records in the 50m butterfly (29.15 seconds) , 50m backstroke (30.40) and 50m freestyle (27.37), while Pip set a new best time in the 50m breaststroke in 36.48 seconds in some fantastic racing. Jarrod Bradfield was again top Boy in the 15 & Over age group, ahead of Kenny Dayman who had to hold off a strong challenge from Cameron Simpson.

Club Chairman, Tony Bush was proud of the swimmers' achievements this year, &Quot;Although we still have a couple of competitions to go before Christmas, including the Regional Final of the Arena National Swimming League next weekend, this was a chance for our top swimmers to celebrate their success and have some fun racing against each other in their home pool, and maybe get a few more qualifying times for the Essex County Championships next year! I would like to thank all the coaches, swimmers, parents, officials and volunteers for all their hard work this year, particularly Jackie Skinner, Susan Cadogan, Daryl Norman and Jeff Coles, who all stepped in at the last minute to run a very successful Sprint Championships this year."

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Medal Success for Martha at East Region Winter Championships

 
Despite a busy schedule of events for Colchester SC in December, two Colchester swimmers chose to compete in the East Region Winter Championship at the UEA Sportspark pool in Norwich last weekend.

14 year old England Talent swimmer Martha Duley made the most of her decision, returning home with a Bronze Medal in the 200m backstroke. After qualifying for the final in a great time of 2:26.78, Martha fought off a strong challenge from the Cambridge swimmer to take a deserved medal in the Junior age group.

In a busy weekend of swimming, Martha set a new PB of 32.51 seconds in the 50m backstroke to qualify for the final, where she finished 6th. She then went on to set a PB of 9:50.11 in the 800m freestyle, moving form 6th to 3rd in the last 200m of her heat and set yet another 2 second PB of 4:45.88 in the 400m freestyle. Martha finished a great weekend of swimming in style by qualifying for yet another final in the 100m backstroke.

Team mate Chloe Rudkin entered the 100m breaststroke and again the decision to compete paid off, as she set a new PB time of 1:25.56 to complete a successful weekend for the two Colchester swimmers.

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