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February 2014

RBS supports Colchester swimmers

As part of their programme to support local charities and organisations, The Royal Bank of Scotland have made a payment of £250 to Colchester Swimming Club to support the development of competitive swimming in the area, following an application by Masters swimmer and volunteer coach Jason Cole, who works for RBS as an IT specialist.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Club, Chairman Tony Bush thanked Jason and RBS, "Whilst we are fortunate to receive some great support from our Club sponsors, Griffin Chapman, and our Academy sponsors, Jackson and Co, the ever-increasing costs of pool hire, transport to galas etc, make it more challenging to provide the facilities and opportunities to enjoy competitive swimming at a cost that is affordable to members and parents. We are a large Club with over 300 active members and run by a great team of volunteers, so I am sure all our members are very grateful to Jason for his efforts and the support of the RBS Community Cashback Scheme."
Tony Bush accepts a cheque from RBS for £250 from Jason Cole
Club Chairman, Tony Bush accepts a cheque from RBS for £250 from Jason Cole

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Jennifer gets her Blue!

Former Ladies Captain, Jennifer Redmond has been awarded her full Oxford Blue after competing in her second Varsity match against Cambridge and achieving the qualifying time in the 100m backstroke.

Having competed in the Varsity match last year, Jennifer was awarded a half-blue and was determined to gain her full Blue this year. Following some intensive training since October, including a week-long swim camp in a 50m pool in Spain in January, she has set 3 PBs in the 100m backstroke this year, gaining the qualifying time last month when competing in the BUCS long course championships in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Last Saturday saw Oxford host this year's match at their Rosenblatt Pool at the Oxford University Sports Centre in Iffley Road, Oxford (where Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile record 60 years ago!). In an annual event that started in 1891, Jennifer knocked another 0.82 seconds off her 100m backstroke PB to gain some valuable points for the Women's team as they beat Cambridge by just 47 to 43 points. With the Men dominating their events to beat Cambridge by 61 to 29, Oxford won the overall match by 108 to 62 points.
Head Coach, Michelle commented, "It is great to see one of our older swimmers still training hard, still getting PBs and still enjoying competitive swimming!"

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Colchester Swimming Club off to a winning start in Round 1 of the Essex Mini League 2014

A packed gallery of spectators filled Colchester Leisureworld last Saturday evening, as Colchester began their campaign to regain the Essex Mini League title they narrowly relinquished last year and took on a strong field of highly competitive clubs from across the county. League rules set fastest time limits for each event to give more swimmers the chance to compete in strokes or events for which they would not normally be selected and the Colchester swimmers responded to get 2014 off to a great start with a victory over their Essex rivals.

The final result was: 1st Colchester 168 points, 2nd Harlow 153, 3rd Romford 135, 4th Basildon 128 and 5th Witham 110.

With Colchester swimmers time-faulted for swimming too quickly in 3 of the first 4 events, including Abbie McCarthy who swam a 3 second PB in the opening 11 & Under 50m backstroke event, the team were struggling for points, with Ben Hardy claiming the only 5 points on the board with a great win in the 11 & Under boys 50m backstroke in a PB time of 41.90 seconds. The team quickly settled and began to build their points total, as Aimee Cade, (2 secs), Gabby Annis (4 secs), Daisy Jackaman, Alex Tinnion, Eddie Howard-Franks (3 secs), Charlotte Norman (2 secs), Sam Lemnell (1 sec) and Ruby Watson all swam PB times in their events, with Ruby winning her 11 & Under 50m breaststroke race in a time of 49.60 seconds.

With Colchester lying in 4th place after 12 events, Colchester's team spirit was excellent in the next series of relay events, as the Girls 9 years 4 x 25m breaststroke team of Esmae McGregor, Anola Jordan, Charlotte Tree and Olivia Horn all swam well to come home in 1st place, before the boys team of Ross Jordan, Kai Cheng, Edward Cox and Oscar Crofts took 2nd place in their breaststroke relay event. In the 4 x 2 x 25m freestyle relays, the Girls team of Phoebe Coles, Charlotte Holt, Brittany Lodge and Meg Adamson took 2nd place, before the Boys team of Rhys Collins, Tom Lo, Jamie Coles and Eddie Howard-Franks finished in 3rd place.

In the next series of individual events, there were great wins for Oliver Cox in the 11 & Under 50m freestyle (36.95), and for Sophie Lo (42.33) and Louis Martin (43.83) in the 13 & Under 50m breaststroke, while there were 2nd place finishes for Sam Lo and Ciara Wookey, swimming in her first race for the Club, and a great PB for Meg English swimming in her first gala. After 24 events Colchester were now in 2nd place at the half-way stage and the pressure was on to maintain the momentum as the spectators cheered on their teams.

Colchester proved unstoppable in the second half of the gala, with a great win in the next event for the Girls 6 x 25m butterfly Squadron relay team of Charlotte Norman, Molly White, Amber Jordan, Katie White, Meg Adamson and Phoebe Coles. There were further victories for David Purser in the 13 & Under 50m backstroke (37.40), Brittany Lodge in the 15 & Under 100m freestyle (1.11.00), Amber Jordan in the 11 & Under 50m butterfly (40.35) and the Girls 9 years 4 x 25m freestyle team of Esmae McGregor, Anola Jordan, Charlotte Tree and Olivia Horn. After 36 events Colchester had pulled level with leaders Harlow and the result rested on the final 12 events.

The team got off to a great start, with the Girls team of Ciara Wookey, Aimee Cade, Abbie McCarthy, Katie White, Brittany Lodge and Charlotte Holt and the Boys team of Ross Jordan, Sam Lemnell, Cameron Newton, Louis Martin, Tom Lo and Jamie Coles winning both the 6 x 25m breaststroke Squadron relay events. Great wins in PB times for Katie White (36.21) and Kirin Yeung (35.60) in the 13 & U 50m butterfly consolidated Colchester's lead, despite William Pestell being time-faulted after an amazing swim in the 10 & Under 25m butterfly. Victories for the Girls 13 & Under 4 x 25m freestyle relay team of Daisy Jackaman, Rhianna Preece, Sophie Lo and Katie White and the Boys 10 & Under 4 x 25m freestyle relay team of William Pestell, Sam Lo, Sam Lemnell and Gabby Annis ensured Colchester finished in 1st place on the night.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with the performance of the team. "We got off to a slow start as the swimmers swam even faster than I anticipated and the early time-faults left us behind the other teams. However, the team spirit was fantastic on the night and we have some very talented and hard-working young swimmers coming through the squads. I lost count of all the personal best swims and the support from all our volunteers, parents and spectators was inspiring."

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County Qualifiers 2014

ECASA Age Group Championships 2014 - Block A

Press Report - Colchester Swimmers smash records at County Championships

The opening sessions of the 2014 Essex ASA Age Group Championships at the Basildon pool proved to be yet another record breaking weekend for Colchester SC, as the Leisureworld based swimmers returned home with yet another record haul of medals, 3 County Championships Records, and numerous Regional and National qualifying times and Personal Best times. Colchester swimmers claimed a total of 32 medals last weekend - 10 Gold, 14 Silver and 8 Bronze - four more than last year's record total.

9 year old Ciara Wookey had an amazing debut at this level, taking Gold in the 50m freestyle final in a time of 35.78 seconds, as well as claiming Silver medals in the 200m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 200m IM. Team mate Charlotte Norman, also aged 9, made it a Colchester 1-2 in the 200m backstroke by winning Gold in the 200m backstroke in a time of 3:03.70, before taking Silver in the 200m butterfly and Bronze 200m IM. Also making their County debuts this year were Esmae MacGregor and Ross Jordan, who swam well in their events.

Colchester were dominant in the 10 years age group too, as Naythan Aung set a Championship Record in the final of the 50m backstroke to win Gold in a time of 34.97 seconds and was just outside the medals in 4 other finals. Team mate Finn Jeffrey took Silver in the 200m breaststroke, before finishing in the Bronze medal position in the final of the 100m IM and winning Bronze again in the 200m freestyle. In the Girls events, Asma Parker was unstoppable in her events, winning three Silver medals in the 200m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, before winning Gold in her last event of the weekend in the 200m IM in a great time of 2:51.06.

11 year old Olivia Norman was also in fine form, winning Silver medals in the 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke, before she too claimed the Gold medal in the 200m IM in a time of 2:43.10, edging out the Romford swimmer by just 0.01 seconds! In the 12 years age group Isabella Tanenbaum qualified for the final of the 50m freestyle and then improved her time to win Silver in 29.46 seconds, while Charlotte Atkinson qualified for the finals of all four of her events, just missing out on 2 medals. Team mate Jamie Coles matched her efforts and missed out on a medal by just 0.05 seconds in the 200m breaststroke.

In the 14 years age group, Martha Duley set a new Championship Record in the 200m backstroke to claim another Gold medal for Colchester in a great time of 2:19.01, won Bronze in the 100m butterfly and finished 4th in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 200m IM in a great weekend of swimming. In the same age group, Arran Francis won Bronze medals in both of his events, the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly, while Spencer Prior had some impressive swims and PBs as he qualified for 3 finals.

Colchester's 15 year old girls continued to dominate their age group in Essex. Ladies' Captain Kaythi Aung also set a Championship Record of 29.06 seconds to win Gold in the final of the 50m butterfly, to add to her Gold winning time of 1:05.46 in the final of the 100m backstroke, Silver medals in the 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 200m backstroke and Bronze in the 50m breaststroke. Philippa Davenall swam a superb 200m breaststroke time of 2:51.88 to beat Kaythi by 0.13 seconds and make it a Colchester 1-2 on the podium, before she dominated the 50m breaststroke final with another strong swim to finish 1.26 seconds ahead and take Gold in just 34.99 seconds. Team mate Chloe Rudkin just missed out on medals, finishing 4th in both the 50m and 200m breaststroke events, as Colchester dominated the finals.

17 year old Jarrod Bradfield grabbed Colchester's remaining medal, improving on his heat time to finish as the youngest medallist and claim Bronze in a time of 24.26 seconds in the final of the 17 years & Over 50m freestyle, while it was great to see 17 year old Matt Lemnell back in action and setting PBs in the 50m freestyle and backstroke events after a long absence with a serious knee injury.

Also competing this weekend, achieving finals and setting new PB times were:
Sophie Freeman, Molly White, Matthew and William Denny, William Pestell, Bronte Jordan, Eloise Sneddon, Myles English, Cameron Newton, Chris Ashdown, Daisy Jackaman, Katie White, David Purser, Meg Adamson, Ellie Duley, Kalya Aung, Rory Bennett, Thomas Grieve, Alex Tinnion, Brittany Lodge, Danielle Atkinson, Lucy Coates, Cameron Simpson, Alex Cole, James Buckingham, Jack Keane, Taylor Young, Emily Stephens, Sophie Howard, Robyn Wiggins and Elliot Bennett.

At the end of the first weekend the Team Points scores were: 1st Romford 1177, 2nd Borough of Redbridge 774, 3rd Chelmsford 769, 4th Colchester 648, 5th Basildon Phoenix 598, 6th Borough of Southend 351, 7th Borough of Waltham Forest 341, 8th Barking and Dagenham 278, 9th Thurrock 271, 10th Killerwhales 187.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted to be lying in 4th spot in the points table, "We have a record 62 swimmers qualifying this year and it was fantastic to see so many yellow Colchester hats in the finals and to beat last year's medal total at this stage of the Championships. However, what impressed me most was the determination of all our swimmers to compete and achieve the best times and finishes they could, which is why we had three different swimmers setting Championship Records. The team spirit poolside was amazing and we have some great young talented swimmers in the Club."

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ECASA Age Group Championships 2014 - Block B

Press Report - More Medal Success for Colchester at the Second Weekend of County Championships

Last weekend saw Colchester Swimming Club heading back down the A12 to Basildon for the second weekend of the 2014 Essex ASA Age Group Championships at the Basildon pool, returning home with a collection of new records and PBs on their way to another impressive 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. The total haul to 49 medals achieved so far in the competition is 5 more than last year's record breaking haul at this stage of the Championships.

Head Coach Michelle Young was once again impressed with her young team's performance and competitive attitude. "We had more swimmers qualifying this year for the second block of events and they had an excellent weekend, achieving some huge performances and personal bests to reach so many finals, achieve medal finishes and qualify for the Regional Championships after Easter. I can't wait for the final weekend of events in 2 weeks time to see if the team can rise to the challenge and exceed last year's record final total of 71 medals. The competition from the bigger Essex clubs is fierce, but our team spirit is fantastic and our swimmers deserve their success."

With no events in the 9 years category this weekend, it was 10 year old Naythan Aung who was the youngest Colchester swimmer to claim a medal. After finishing 5th in the 400m freestyle on Saturday he went on to claim a superb Bronze medal on Sunday in the gruelling 400m IM in a great time of 6:03.07, no doubt inspiring fellow 10 year old Asma Parker to Gold in the very next event. Having finished in the dreaded 4th spot in the 400m IM on Saturday, Asma came back strongly to win the Girls' 400m freestyle in a great time of 5:13.52, which was not only an impressive 25 seconds PB, but also a Regional Qualifying Time.

11 year old Olivia Norman continued her impressive form this year taking a deserved Bronze medal in the 400m IM in 5:40.53, before going on to dominate the 100m backstroke and set a Championship Record time of 1:11.03 in the final to claim Gold. She just missed out on another medal with a 4th place finish in the 400m freestyle in a very close race, despite a 13 second PB. In the same age group, Jack Bowyer just missed out on a medal in the 400m IM, achieving an 8 second PB despite swimming with a closed black eye from playing rugby!.

In the 12 years age group, Isabella Tanenbaum set a new 4 second PB to qualify for the final of the 100m backstroke, where she improved her time again to 1:11.00 to claim a great Bronze medal, just ahead of team mate Charlotte Atkinson in 4th place who also set a new PB. Jamie Coles won a Bronze medal in his final of the 100m breaststroke in yet another PB time of 1:23.00 and qualified for the final of the 100m freestyle. 13 year old Kalya Aung had a very busy weekend making several finals and taking home a deserved Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.

14 year old Spencer Prior made the final of the 100m backstroke, before he put in a superb 15 second PB swim in the 400m IM to claim a well deserved Silver medal. Team mate Martha Duley continued to add to her impressive medal collection in the Girls' 14 years age group, claiming Bronze in both the 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle, Silver in the 400m IM and then crowning her weekend with a Gold medal and a Championship Record in the final of the 100m backstroke in a new PB time of 1:05.19.

Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung once again led by example, as the 15 year old set a Championship Record time of 59.38 to claim Gold in the final of the 100m freestyle, won another Gold in the 100m butterfly in 1:06.52 and fought off a strong challenge from a Romford swimmer to claim a Silver in the 400m freestyle by just 0.08 seconds. To emphasise Colchester's depth of talent in this age group, Philippa Davenall claimed her third breaststroke Gold medal of this year's championships, winning the final of the 100m breaststroke in a superb time of 1:15.84, to add to her 50m and 200m titles, with team mate Chloe Rudkin also qualifying for the final.

With 15 year old Cameron Simpson finishing 4th in the final of the 100m butterfly and 17 year olds Sam Hobbins and Jarrod Bradfield making finals, where Jarrod won a Bronze in the 100m freestyle, Colchester's yellow hats were prominent in many of the weekend's finals.

Also qualifying and competing well this weekend were: Sophie Freeman, Finn Jeffrey, Eloise Sneddon, Bronte Jordan, Daisy Jackaman, Ellie Duley, Meg Adamson, Rory Bennett, Thomas Grieve, Brittany Lodge, Alex Cole, James Buckingham, Jack Keane, Matt Lemnell and Sophie Howard.

At the end of the second weekend the Team Points were: 1st Romford 1934, 2nd Borough of Redbridge 1397, 3rd Chelmsford 1303, 4th Basildon Phoenix 1032, 5th, Colchester 1002, 6th Borough of Southend 526, 7th Borough of Waltham Forest 517, 8th Barking and Dagenham 478, 9th Killerwhales 429. 10th Thurrock 385.

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March 2014

ECASA Age Group Championships 2014 - Block C

Press Report - Record medal haul as Colchester Swimmers achieve best ever finish at Essex County Championships

Records and Personal Bests tumbled once again as Colchester SC swimmers fought to retain 4th place in the Club points total at the final weekend of the Essex ASA Age Group Championships in the Basildon pool. With Basildon Phoenix ahead going into the last weekend, the two clubs changes places several times over the weekend, with Colchester clinching 4th spot in the final session, dominating the butterfly finals. Over the weekend, our swimmers added a staggering 33 medals to their overall total - 12 Gold, 13 Silver and 8 Bronze - taking the final medal haul to a record 82! In addition to a record medal and club points total, 4 swimmers returned home as Age Group County Champions - Ciara Wookey ( aged 9), Asma Parker (10), Olivia Norman(11) and Kaythi Aung(15).

Head Coach Michelle Young was full of praise for the swimmers and coaches, "Our swimmers qualified for numerous finals and achieved some massive PBs, as their competitive spirit was evident for all to see. The record medal tally and point total reflects the improving strength and depth of our young talent, which results from the hard work of the swimmers and efforts of our coaching staff. We had a record number of entries this year and I lost track of all the Regional qualifying times achieved this year. I can't ever remember having 4 County Champions in the past. The future of competitive swimming in Colchester looks bright, as we consolidated our position as one of the big five clubs in Essex."

In the final individual age group rankings, Ciara Wookey just edged team mate Charlotte Norman to take the 9 years County Champion title as Colchester achieved a 1-2 finish, while Asma Parker took the 10 years title by just 1 point, Olivia Norman made it a clean sweep for Colchester in the Girls' younger age groups by winning the 11 years County Champion title and 15 year old Kaythi Aung retained the County Champion title in her age group. There were some other great overall performances from Colchester: Nathan Aung finished 3rd and Finn Jeffrey 6th in the Boys 10 years age group; Sophie Freeman finished 7th in the Girls 10 years; Jack Bowyer 7th in the Boys 11 years; Jamie Coles 6th in the Boys 12 years; Spencer Prior 6th in the Boys 14 years; Martha Duley 2nd in the Girls 14 years; and Philippa Davenall 3rd in the Girls 15 years.

In the 9 years age group, Ciara Wookey and Charlotte Norman were outstanding all weekend, with Ciara taking Gold medals in the 100m IM in 1:17.70, 200m freestyle in 2:50.59 and the 50m butterfly in 39.95, with a Silver in the 50m backstroke. Team mate Charlotte took Silver to make it a Colchester 1-2 on the podium in the 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly, adding Bronze medals in the 100m IM and 50m backstroke to her collection.

10 year old Asma Parker had to battle hard for the County Champion title, setting some big PBs as she dominated the 200m freestyle to take Gold in 2:29.47 and won Silver medals in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. In the same age group team mate Sophie Freeman won a deserved Bronze on the 50m butterfly, having just turned 10 during the Championships and secured several Regional times. Naythan Aung also finished strongly, returning home with a Silver in the 200m backstroke and a Bronze in the 200m butterfly, while Finn Jeffrey secured Bronze in the 200m backstroke.

Olivia Norman set a Championship Record of 32.82 seconds to take Gold in the 50m backstroke and added a Gold in the 50m butterfly (34.31) and Silver in the 100m IM on her way to the 11 year old County Champion title, while Jack Bowyer won Silver medals in both the 200m IM and butterfly events. In the 12 years age group, Jamie Coles won a Bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke, while Isabella Tanenbaum swam a great PB in the heats, but missed out on a Silver medal in the 50m backstroke due to a faulty timing pad, despite a protest over the result.

13 year old Kalya Aung won a Silver in the 200m breaststroke to add to her medal collection, while Ellie Duley swam a massive PB time of 30.44 seconds to win Gold in the 50m butterfly. Older sister Martha Duley consolidated her place in the 14 years rankings with a Silver in the 800m freestyle and Bronze medals in the 100m IM and 50m butterfly, missing another Bronze in the 200m freestyle by just 0.01 seconds! In the same age group, Arran Francis swam a 5 second PB to win the 100m butterfly in a new time of 1:03.57, while Spencer Prior swam some great PBs to finish 6th in his age group rankings.

15 year old Ladies' Captain Kaythi Aung led by example to set a PB and Championship Record of 27.54 seconds to win Gold in the 50m freestyle, winning Gold in 3 further events: 100m IM (1:07.40); 200m IM (s:27.54); and 50m backstroke (30.37). Team mate Philippa Davenall made it a Colchester 1-2 finish to take Silver in the 100m IM and just missed out on a medal in the 200m IM by 0.12 seconds, while 17 year old Jarrod Bradfield won Silver in the 200m freestyle.

Also setting some impressive PBs and achieving finals this weekend were: Esmae MacGregor, Ross Jordan, Matthew Denny, William Denny, William Pestell, Bronte Jordan, Eloise Sneddon, Cameron Newton, Myles English, William Chapman, Daisy Jackaman, Katie White, David Purser, Adam Buckingham, Thomas Grieve, Rory Bennett, Ben Chapman, Chloe Rudkin, Lucy Coates, Alex Cole, James Buckingham, Alice Insull, Charlotte Marven, Jack Keane, Taylor Young, Sophie Howard, Robyn Wiggins, Sam Hobbins and Matt Lemnell.

The final Team Points scores were: 1st Romford 3190, 2nd Borough of Redbridge 2359, 3rd Chelmsford 2296, 4th Colchester 1842, 5th Basildon Phoenix 1808, 6th Borough of Waltham Forest 988, 7th Borough of Southend 856, 8th Barking and Dagenham 813, 9th Thurrock 790, 10th Killerwhales 730.

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Colchester swimmers shine at Halstead Open Meet

A huge team of 60 Colchester swimmers travelled to the Braintree Swimming Centre for the 5th Halstead SC Open Meet last Sunday and came home with a host of medals, PBs and Essex County Qualifying times. Colchester's top performer on the day was 12 year old Jamie Coles, who just missed out on the Top Boy trophy, finishing in 3rd place and 3 points behind the winner and returning home with 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medals from Colchester's total haul of 38 medals.

Assistant Coach Emma Jordan was delighted with the performances on the day, "Sunday was my first time as head coach for a gala and what a day I had! All of our young swimmers swam there hearts out and achieved some amazing PBs - we had so many children walking around poolside like Mr.T with all their medals jangling around there necks. I was so proud of all of the younger swimmers on Sunday - they were very well behaved and worked so hard."

In a busy weekend of swimming, some of the highlights included 10 year old Tara Bygrave, who achieved some amazing PBs: 8 seconds off her 50m butterfly, 7 seconds off her 50m breaststroke, 10 seconds off her 50m backstroke and 8 seconds off her 100m breaststroke times. Older sister Alexandra Bygrave (12) also did well, knocking 7 seconds off her 50 freestyle PB. 12 year old Amber Jordan chalked up some impressive PBs, knocking 5 seconds off her 100m backstroke, 16 seconds off the 100m butterfly and 10 seconds off her 100m freestyle times, with younger brother Ross (9) also swimming well and winning 2 medals.

10 year old Sam Lemnell had a great weekend, knocking 5 seconds off his 50m backstroke PB, 11 seconds off his 100 breaststroke time, 9 seconds off the 50m butterfly and 10 seconds off the 100m backstroke, while 11 year old Amelia Duley showed she can keep up with her older sisters, gaining huge PBs on all six of her events and achieving a fantastic time of 46.89 on her 50m breaststroke.

Those who also shone were 9 year old Anola Jordan, who set four new PBs, including 6 seconds off her 50m butterfly and 4 seconds off her 50m backstroke, achieving a 9 year old Essex qualifying time, while older sister Bronte Jordan also swam well to knock 5 seconds from her 50m butterfly time. Niamh Higgins (11) took 15 seconds off her 100m backstroke PB, 10 seconds off her 100m butterfly and broke the 40 second barrier in the 50m butterfly with a time of 39.20, while 11 year old Ana Victoria Anderson took 8 seconds off her 100m freestyle and a very impressive 19 seconds off her 100m breaststroke PB.

The largest PB of the weekend went to 10 year old Oscar Croft who somehow managed to take 23 seconds off his 50m butterfly PB, as well as achieving PBs in the 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle. Other notable PBs came from: 12 year old Abbie McCarthy with 8 seconds off her 100m butterfly; 10 year old Charlotte Tree with 9 seconds off her 200m freestyle and 6 seconds off her 100m IM times; Alexander Tinnion (13) with 7 seconds off the 200m freestyle; Aimee Cade (10) with 8 seconds off her 50m butterfly and 6 seconds off her 100m freestyle times; and Ruby Watson (11) with 8 seconds off her 100m freestyle time.

Also competing, winning medals and setting some great PBs were: Alex Cole, Anshma Rai, Ariana Toscano, Charlotte Atkinson, Christian Tilley, Chris Ashdown, Edward Li, Ella Dickson, Finlay Keating, Gabriella Toscano, Georgia Hinds-Dutton, Isaac Pavey, Jack Bowyer, Jess Hutton, Katie White, Katy Bates, Lucy Coates, Madison Young, Matt Lemnell, Meg Adamson, Megan English, Molly White, Oliver Cox, Oliver Hambleton, Olivia Horn, Phoebe Coles, Phoebe Crofts, Rhianna Preece, Rhys Collins, Samuel Horn, Sam Lo, Sam MacKinder, Samuel Milburn, Samuel Toon, Sophie Lo, Thomas Lo, Victoria Hopkins, William Chapman and William Darcy-Jones.

Full results are available at http://www.halsteadsc.co.uk/open-meets

Final Medal table

Name Gold Silver Bronze
Jamie Coles 5 2 3
Alex Cole 5    
Alex Tinnion 3 2 1
Jack Bowyer 2 1  
Charlotte Atkinson 1 1 1
Lucy Coates 1 1  
Phoebe Coles 1    
Isaac Pavey   1 1
Bronte Jordan     2
Sam Mackinder     2
Matt Lemnell     1
Ross Jordan     1

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New Colchester Swimming Club President

After 36 years' tireless work on the committee, Mike Coppin has decided to step down from his position as President of Colchester Swimming Club to spend more time with family and on other interests. During that time Mike was a founder member of the Supporters Section, and has been Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman and Fixture Secretary. 4 years ago Mike took over as President from the late and sadly missed Alan Harper and continued to draw on his long experience of swimming to offer his words of wisdom to his fellow committee members.

Mike's wife Norma, who is still an active committee member, as Swim 21 Co-ordinator, commented, "I cannot ever remember him being just a Committee member, he always worked at it! At the age of 75 he decided to let the younger ones continue the work to develop the Club. He is I know pleased to be part of a club that is now one of the top clubs in Essex".
Mike and Norma Coppin
Mike and Norma Coppin
New Club President Ian Johnson
New Club President - Ian Johnson
Colchester Chairman, Tony Bush was delighted when Assistant Head Coach Ian Johnson agreed to take over from Mike as Club President, "I would like to thank Mike on behalf of all our members for all the hard work and enthusiastic support Mike has given to the Club over the years. His shoes will be difficult to fill, but Ian has also been actively involved with the Club for many years. As a well-respected member of the coaching team with a wealth of knowledge of swimming, I am sure Ian will also continue to offer his calm and thoughtful guidance to the committee and Club".

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April 2014

Colchester swimmers shine at top level Basildon Long Course Easter Meet

A team of 19 Colchester swimmers spent their Easter weekend hunting for medals and PBs rather than Easter eggs at the top Level 1 Basildon Long Course Easter Meet. Taking on swimmers from across the country, the Colchester swimmers enjoyed a hugely successful weekend, returning home with 22 Gold, 19 Silver and 11 Bronze medals, as well as 19 Regional Qualifying times and a National Qualifying Time.

In the 9 years age group Ciara Wookey continued to shine in her first full season of competitive swimming, achieving 3 Regional times and winning 4 Gold medals in the 400m IM in 6:36.43 (RQT), 200m freestyle in 2:54.32, 200m breaststroke in 3:30.48 (RQT) and 200m backstroke in 3:04.23 (RQT). Team mate Charlotte Norman also had a good weekend, taking home a Gold medal in the 200m IM and 3 Silver medals in the 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 50m backstroke.

10 year old Finn Jeffrey enjoyed a successful weekend too, winning 4 Gold and 2 Silver medals in his events and achieving 3 Regional times. After getting off to a great start in his first event, winning Gold in the

200m IM in a Regional time of 2:59.82, Finn went on to take Gold in the 50m backstroke in 38.99 seconds, Gold in the 50m breaststroke in 46.39 seconds and Gold in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:35.97 (RQT), before setting another Regional time to take Silver in the 200m backstroke in 2:59.42.
Martha Duley - National Qualifier 200m Backstroke
Martha Duley - National Qualifier 200m backstroke

In the same age group Sophie Freeman won Gold in the 50m butterfly in 38.40 seconds and won 3 Bronze medals in the 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 400m freestyle, where she set a new PB of 5:48.87 to achieve a Regional time. There were some good swims too from Charlotte Tree and Molly White.

Colchester's 11 year also had a great weekend, with Olivia Norman winning 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. Her first Gold came in the 200m backstroke where she set a Regional time of 2:39.93, followed by Golds in the 100m backstroke in 1:14.60 (RQT) and in the 50m backstroke in 35.25 seconds. Jack Bowyer won 8 medals in his events – 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze – as well as setting a Regional time of 1:11.99 on his way to Gold in the 100m butterfly. His other Gold medal winning time was 31.82 seconds in the 50m butterfly. Team mate Chris Ashdown won Silver in the 200m backstroke, while Eloise Sneddon also put in some great performances in her events.

12 year old Isabella Tanenbaum also set a Regional time of 1:14.37 to win Silver in the 100m backstroke, before achieving another Regional time of 2:46.70 as she took Bronze in the 200m IM. Team mate Katie White just missed out on a medal in the 50m butterfly. In the 13 years age group, Ellie Duley won Gold in the 50m butterfly in a time of 31.72 seconds before taking Silver in the 50m freestyle and Bronze in the 100m butterfly. Thomas Grieve added to the medal haul with a great Silver medal in the 50m backstroke.

14 year old Martha Duley continued her great season, setting a National Qualifying time of 2:22.15 to win Gold in the 200m backstroke, which also qualifies her to enter the prestigious British Gas Manchester International Meet in June. As well as a Silver and Bronze medal, Martha picked up a further 5 Gold medals over the weekend, setting times of 2:15.03 in the 200m freestyle, 1:00.68 in the 100m freestyle, 28.27 in the 50m freestyle, 1:06.80 in the 100m backstroke, 2:31.32 in the 200m IM and 32.06 in the 50m backstroke - all Regional qualifying times. In the same age group, both Spencer Prior and Arran Francis each won 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.

15 year old Alex Cole set a new PB time of 5:13.63 in the Open Age group 400m IM, just missing out on a medal by 0.06 seconds but improving his existing Regional time in this tough event, while 16 year old Jack Keane swam well in the 50m freestyle.

Performance Squad coach Denise Young was pleased with the weekend, "I was really impressed with the overall standard of swimming over the weekend and the way our swimmers represented the Club. Their achievements reflect the excellent attitude of our swimmers, who always represent Colchester with pride."

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East Region Youth Championships 2014 Report

Great weekend for Colchester at the East Region Youth Championships

A team of 10 swimmers from Colchester SC qualified for this year's East Region Youth Championships (Age 15+) and made the long journey to Luton to compete at the Inspire Luton Sports Village 50m pool against swimmers from the 6 counties that make up East Region - Essex, Herts, Beds, Cambs, Norfolk and Suffolk. The swimmers made the most of their weekend, collecting 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, as well as numerous PBs and national qualifying times, as Colchester equalled their best result in recent years to finish 9th in the medal table, just one place behind top ranked Essex club Basildon and ahead of local rivals Chelmsford.

Assistant Head Coach Ian Johnson commented, "We had swimmers competing in every session of the Championships, including the finals, which made it a long but successful weekend. This was a great young team, who all gave their best and represented the Club with some very creditable performances, including two East Region Championship titles for Martha Duley. These Championships always provide a good benchmark of where swimmers are in their training schedule. Competing at this level in a long course 50m pool highlights where improvements need to be made and helps identify where the focus of the next few months hard training should be. A very successful and useful weekend's competition!"

15 year old Alex Cole got Colchester off to a good start, setting a new PB time of 18:02.32 in the gruelling 1500m FC to take a well deserved 6th place with a very well paced race in the 15/16 years age group. He then went on to record another best time of 4:36.35 in the 400m freestyle followed later by a very creditable performance in the 400m IM.

Alex joined Jarrod Bradfied, Martha Duley and Kaythi Aung in the inaugural 15/18 years 4x100m freestyle mixed team relay event, where the team produced some sparkling performances in a closely contested event to take the Silver medal. 17 year old Bradfield then went on to earn himself a place in the hotly contested final of the 17 & Over 100m freestyle, taking 7th place and with a good performance, while just missing the 50m freestyle final by 0.37 seconds.

15 year old team mate Martha Duley had a heavy weekend, competing in eleven events and qualifying for four finals, displaying her command of all strokes and distances from 50m through to 400 IM. The 15/16 years 200m backstroke final saw her at her best when, after losing her lead after one hundred metres, a combination of determined effort and excellent technique brought her through to regain her advantage in the last fifty metres to snatch the Gold medal in a National Qualifying Time of 2:22.17, which also qualifies her to compete in this year's prestigious British Gas International Meet in Manchester in June.

Martha Duley double regional Gold medallist
Martha Duley double Regional gold medallist
 
Silver Medal mixed 100m Freestyle relay team
Silver medal Relay team of (back, L to R) Jarrod Bradfield, Martha Duley, (Front L to R) Kaythi Aung and Alex Cole




She then took command of the final of the 100m backstroke from the very start to claim a second Gold in a time of 1:06.01, another qualifying time for the Nationals and International Meet. Martha went of to finish 3rd in 50m backstroke event, setting another PB of 31.79 seconds to guarantee her a place in all the backstroke events at both the Manchester International Meet and the National Championships in August. The last event of the whole Championships saw Martha take a second Bronze in the final of the 100m freestyle in a time of 1:00.16.

Alice Insull, Emily Stephens, Philippa Davenall, Chloe Rudkin, Spencer Prior and Cameron Simpson all represented the Club with some very creditable performances. Chloe, in the 15/16 years 100m breaststroke, and Cameron, in the 15/16 years 100m butterfly, both set new long course PBs, while 15 year old Philippa just missed qualification for the final of the 50m breaststroke by 0.13 seconds. Team mate Spencer Prior displayed great future potential with a very determined performance in the gruelling 400m IM to equal the PB he set just two weeks ago in the Basildon long course pool.

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May 2014

East Region BAGCATS (10-14 Years) Championships 2014 Report

Gold medal success for Colchester swimmers at East Region BAGCATS - Weekend 1

Colchester swimmers enjoyed a Golden weekend at 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. With 12 swimmers qualifying this year to compete against the best from 6 counties, Colchester got off to a great start, with the team returning home with 5 medals from the first weekend - 4 Gold and 1 Bronze - and the Club are lying in 7th place in the medal table.

Head Coach Michelle Young was full of praise for her young swimmers, "We had a great start to the championships, especially our 10 year olds, who were competing in their first Championships. As well as the medal success, we swam a lot of PBs and qualified for a lot of finals, where the swimmers put in some outstanding performances to swim even faster, which is all a coach can ask for and reflects the hard work they put into their training all year. We have some fantastic young talent and the future of competitive swimming in Colchester looks strong."

10 year old Naythan Aung (pictured right) was the top swimmer of the meet on day 1 of the championships, claiming a hat-trick of Gold medals. He got the team off to a fantastic start in his first event, setting a PB to qualify quickest for the final of the 100m backstroke and then swimming even faster to claim Gold in a PB time of 1:16.93. Not content with those efforts, Naythan also competed in the gruelling 400m IM in the same morning session, romping home to win Gold in a great time of 6:19.81, making his Gold in the final of the backstroke soon after even more impressive.

Returning to the pool for the afternoon session, Naythan completed his hat-trick by qualifying fastest for the final of the 200m backstroke, where he again swam quicker to win in a great time of 2:45.85.
 
Naythan Aung triple regional gold medallist
Finn Jeffery Regional gold and bronze medallist
 
Fellow 10 year old Finn Jeffrey (pictured left) also made a great debut at this level. After setting a PB time of 1:19.12 to qualify for the final of the 100m backstroke, Finn claimed a great Bonze medal to join his team mate Naythan on the podium, before also qualifying for the final of the 200m backstroke.

The next day, he made another final when he qualified 3rd fastest in the 200m breaststroke, but then led from the front and stormed through to take the Gold medal with a 7 second PB time of 3:17.46.

William Pestell, aged 10, also enjoyed a strong debut swimming a great 100m backstroke heat to join his team mates in the final, before swimming a great long course PB of 3:01.17 in the 200m backstroke, just missing out on the final.

Also making her debut was 10 year old Sophie Freeman, who swam a PB in the heats of the 200m IM to reach the final, where she swam another PB time of 3:02.07 to improve to 7th place. She then went on the set another 2 second PB in the heats of the 100m freestyle, before just missing out on a medal to finish 4th in the 400m freestyle, despite a great 18 second PB time of 5:30.40. Fellow debutant Ciara Wookey also impressed with a 16 second PB in the heats of the 200m IM, where she just missed a place in the 10 years final, before setting another long course PB in the 100m breaststroke.

In the 11 years age group, Olivia Norman set a 6 second PB in the heats of the 200m IM, before setting a new PB to qualify for the final of the 100m butterfly, where she again set a new PB of 1:16.74 to finish in 6th place. Norman followed up with a 6 second PB in the heats of the 400m freestyle, where Asma Parker also swam well. 12 year old Jack Bowyer swam a great 9 second PB in the 200m backstroke, while in the same age group, Isabella Tanenbaum and Charlotte Atkinson both swam PBs in the 200m IM and 100m freestyle, before Charlotte set another PB time to reach the final of the 100m butterfly, where she finished 5th.

13 year olds Kalya Aung and Ellie Duey also had a successful weekend, as Kalya swam a PB to qualify for the final of the 200m IM, made the final of the 100m butterfly and set a PB in the 100m breaststroke, while Ellie set a PB in both the 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke heats. They were then joined by 12 year olds Tanenbaum and Atkinson in the 4 x 100m 11/14 years freestyle relay, where the young team finished a very creditable 8th.

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More Success for Colchester at East Region British Age Group Championships

After a "golden" 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, for the second weekend of competition in the East Region British Age Group Championships, taking on the best swimmers from six counties. Colchester swimmers put in some more amazing performances to confirm the Club's Top 10 status in the Region with another 10 medals to take the final haul to 15 medals this year - 6 Gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze.

Head Coach, Michelle Young commented on the continued success, "This year was always going to be a challenge with so many of last year's medallists moving up to the older Youths Championships, but our young Colchester swimmers stepped up and performed brilliantly to swim some great PB times to reach finals and fight for medals. To see so many of our swimmers finishing in the top 10 of the Age Group awards was very pleasing, but a special mention has to go to our 10 year olds, who had amazing debuts at this level and pushed each other to some great performances."

Hoping to build on his 3 Gold medals from last weekend, 10 year old Naythan Aung was one of 3 Colchester swimmers who qualified for the final of the 200m IM, where he swam a 3 second PB in the final to secure a Silver medal, just 0.43 seconds ahead of team mate Finn Jeffrey who swam a 5 seconds PB to push him all the way and take the Bronze, with William Pestell also putting in a great gutsy 5 second PB to take 5th, after leading with 50m to go.

After finishing 5th in the final of the 200m freestyle, Naythan put in a great swim the in the final of the 100m to hold off the challenge from a Thurrock rival to take Gold in a time of 1:22.29. He then went on the claim a Bronze in the 400m freestyle, before he again held off a strong challenge to take Silver in the final of the 100m freestyle, just 0.21 seconds ahead of Finn Jeffrey, who swam a great race from an outside lane to take Bronze with a 3 second PB and join his team mate on the podium. Finn added another Gold medal to his collection of medals with a fantastic swim in the final of the 100m breaststroke, where he moved from 4th fastest in the heats to lead from the start and swim 5 seconds quicker to take his 2nd Gold of the Championships in a great time of 1:32.34.

In the same 10 year old age group, Sophie Freeman also put is some great swims to establish herself as a Top 10 swimmer in the Region, setting a new PB time in the 100m backstroke and another 8 second PB in the 200m backstroke, before qualifying for the final of the 200m freestyle. Team mate Ciara Wookey set a new PB in the 100m backstroke, before finishing 4th with a brave swim in the gruelling 400m IM, setting another PB in the 200m breaststroke and finishing off with a strong swim in the 200m backstroke.

In the 11 years age group Olivia Norman qualified for the final of the 100m backstroke, where she fought off a determined challenge to take a deserved Bronze medal by just 0.07 seconds, before setting a 10 second PB to finish 9th in the 400m IM, finishing 4th in the final of the 200m backstroke and setting another huge 8 second PB in the heats of the 200m freestyle. Team mate Asma Parker also set a new PB in the 200m freestyle in the same age group.

12 year old Jack Bowyer set a PB in the 200m IM, before setting another new PB time of 1:10.22 to qualify for the final of the 100m butterfly, where he swam a strong race to finish in 3rd place to return home with a great Bronze medal. Colchester's 12 year olds Charlotte Atkinson and Isabella Tanenbaum both qualified for the final of the 100m backstroke, with Tanenbaum again finishing within the National Qualifying Time to claim a deserved Bronze Medal and Atkinson coming come in 5th place. Charlotte went on to set another PB in the heats of the 200m backstroke.

Kalya Aung also enjoyed a good weekend in the 13 years age group with some consistent swimming to finish 10th in the 100m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m backstroke and 11th in the 200m freestyle with a great 3 second PB.

After last weekend's strong performance, there was another great performance from Colchester's young relay team of Olivia Norman, Isabella Tanenbaum, Charlotte Atkinson and Kalya Aung in the 11/14 years 4 x 200m freestyle, where they achieved a great 8th place finish

In the BAGCAT (British Age Group Categories) Championships' points tables the Colchester swimmers were ranked: Boys: Age 10 (26 competitors) Naythan Aung, 1st (1196 points), Finn Jeffrey, 3rd (1115); Age 11 (34 competitors) Jack Bowyer 21st (1107) Girls: Age 10 (37 competitors) Sophie Freeman, 7th (1366 points), Ciara Wookey 20th (869); Age 11 (42 competitors) Olivia Norman 7th (1853), Asma Parker 37th (394); Age 12 (43 competitors) Charlotte Atkinson 19th (1364), Isabella Tanenbaum 23rd (941); Age 13 (55 competitors) Kalya Aung 10th (2047), Ellie Duley 40th (534).

Final top 10 club standings were: 1st City of Peterborough 25 Gold medals, 2nd Hatfield 24, 3rd Teamipswich 16, 4th Chelmsford 11, 5th City of St Albans 10, 6th UEA Norwich 8, 7th Colchester 6, 8th Basildon Phoenix 4 (9 Silver), 9th Modernians 4 (6 Silver), 10th St Ives 4 (0 Silver).

PlaceTeamGoldSilverBronze
1City of Peterborough252119
2Hatfield24127
3teamipswich16149
4Chelmsford11114
5City of St Albans1031
6UEA Norwich81611
7Colchester627
8Basildon Phoenix494
9Modernians456
10St Ives4
11City of Cambridge242
12Norwich Swans236
13Bishops Stortford163
14Potters Bar125
15Team Luton124
16Watford SC123
17St Felix School12
18Thurrock112
18West Suffolk112
18Deben112

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Two more Colchester SC swimmers qualify for this year's National Championships

Martha Duley, Isabella Tanenbaum and Olivia Norman Qualifier for the Nationals
(L to R) Martha Duley, Isabella Tanenbaun and Olivia Norman
 
Two of Colchester's rising young stars, 11 year old Olivia Norman and 12 year old Isabella Tanenbaum, followed up their contribution to the success of the Junior Swimming League team last weekend, with a National Qualifying time each in the 12 & Under 100m backstroke at the Luton SC Open meet. Norman touched home in 1st place in a time of 1:12.15, just ahead of team mate Tanebaum in 2nd place in a time of 1:12.42.

They will join team mates Jarrod Bradfield, Kayhti Aung and Martha Duley at this year's Championships in Sheffield in July/August. Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted for the young swimmers but has hope for more, "We still have the East Region Age Group Championships coming up next month, so I am hopeful of more qualifying times for Sheffield!"

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Colchester Swimmers selected for East Inter-County Championships

Congratulations to Colchester Swimmers Olivia Norman, Jack Bowyer, Isabella Tanenbaum, Charlotte Atkinson, Kalya Aung, Martha Duley, Pip Davenall, Kaythi Aung and Jarrod Bradfield on their selection to represent the county at the East Inter-County Championships.

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Colchester Swimming Club win again - Essex Mini League Round 2

Colchester SC took a young team of 40 swimmers to compete in the next round of the Essex Mini League at Hornchurch at the weekend. The team consisting of mainly Junior and Intermediate level swimmers performed exceptionally well. In the 50 event Gala they came away with 20 First places and a host of 2nd and 3rd places apart from that. This resulted in the team winning the Gala from the other 4 teams:

COLCHESTER167
ROCHFORD152
CHELMSFORD148
HORNCHURCH138
BRENTWOOD100

Colchester's strength in depth showed in the Relay events where they won 10 of the 18 races, coming 2nd in 5 of the others.

In addition to this Colchester had 10 Individual winners on the night: Firstly 10 yr Aimee Cade powered her way to victory in the 33Mtr Backstroke in 30.31 and this was followed 2 races later by Rhianna Preece who won the 13yrs 100Mtr Freestyle in 1.18.07. Next came young Sam Lo who had a fine swim in winning the 11yr Boys 33Mtr Freestyle in 25.50. Soon after his elder sister Sophie Lo swam an excellent 66M Breaststroke to win the 13yr Girls event in 1.00.69. Not to be outdone brother Tom Lo swam the Open leg of the Breaststroke relay to help the family to a trio of victories.

Moving in to the second half of the Gala. Colchester's successes kept coming. With Louis Martin also swimming a fine 66Mtr Breaststroke to win in 1.04.88. Several Relay successes followed before Meg Wall-Peters swam her way to a fine victory in the 13yr Girls 66Mtr Backstroke in 51.75. This was quickly followed by team-mate Kirin Yeung who won the same event for the boys in 52.37. 3 fine swims followed by Charlotte Norman, William Denny and Naimh Higgins, who all won their races but due to the rules of the Gala they were Time Faulted as swimming too fast!

This gave Rochford a chance to close the gap on Colchester, but any fears were soon allayed when Colchester won both the Girls and Boys 6 x 33Mtr Breast Relays. After which a further 3 excellent victories from senior swimmers. Firstly Alex Tinnion powered his way to victory in the Boys 13yr 66Mtr Butterfly in 53.93, followed by Charlotte Atkinson aged 12 who swam the Open age group 66Mtr Breaststroke winning in 58.82 and lastly 13yr Jamie Coles also swimming in the Open Age Group winning his Breaststroke race in a fine 54.44.

A further two relay wins from the Girls and Boys 13yr teams put Colchester in a winning position that was confirmed just two races later when the Gala ended.

Jeff Coles, Team Manager, said he was delighted with the performance of every one of the swimmers. "We had several youngsters who were competing for the first time and they rose to the challenge superbly well. Technically we had some excellent swims with very good competitive starts and turns, which helped the youngsters achieve the results they did. They have all spent a lot of time working on these techniques, so it was good to see them enjoy the success their hard work deserved. They also displayed a fine team spirit as they all cheered their team-mates to a deserving victory, making both the club and the travelling parents very proud of them."

Also competing and taking part in the winning relay teams were: Molly Grieve, Lottie Talbot, Charlotte Norman, Eliza Robinson, Edward Cox, Mark Milburn, Kai Cheng, Felix Szpakowski, Oscar Crofts, Ben Chapman, Phoebe Coles, Eddie Howard-Franks, Olivia Horn, Sam Lemnell, Phoebe Crofts, Matthew Denny, William Denny, Danielle Atkinson, Meg Adamson, Tom Lo, Rory Bennett, Mandy Tang, Sam Toon, Sophie Talbot, Niamh Higgins, Luke Ledwidge, Ana Victoria Anderson, Ben Hardy

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Strong start for Colchester Swimming Club in Round 1 of the National Junior Swimming League 2014

After gaining promotion to Division 1 for the first time last year, the Colchester 12 & Under team travelled to Hornchurch for round 1 of the M11 Junior Swimming League to take on some of the best young talent in the area and compete for the chance to qualify for the national final. In a very close competition and having led the gala at one stage, Colchester SC finished in a very creditable position in 3rd place, ahead of Hatfield, one of the leading clubs in the country, and local rivals Chelmsford.

Colchester got off to a great start in the first series of relay events, with the Girls' 10 & Under medley relay team of Charlotte Tree, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Molly White winning their event and Colchester taking 3rd place in four of the other relays. 9 year olds Lottie Talbot, Grace Gardener, Mark Milburn and Daniel Himsworth got their first taste of competitive swimming in these relays, with Lottie and Grace helping team mates Anola Jordan and Charlotte Norman to 3rd place in the Girls' 9 years freestyle relay.

Lottie swam well again in the first individual event of the meet to take 3rd place in the Girls' 9 years 25m freestyle, before Ciara Wookey swam a good time of 46.54 seconds to win the 10 years 50m breaststroke. A great 2nd place from William Pestell in the Boys' 50m breaststroke was immediately followed by a win for Olivia Norman in the 11 & Under 50m backstroke in 33.38, as Colchester quickly established their right to compete at this level.

After a series of solid 4th and 5th place finishes, Sophie Freeman took 2nd place in the 10 years 50m backstroke, while team mate Naythan Aung won the Boys' event in a great time of 35.27. Olivia Norman followed with her 2nd win of the gala to dominate the 11 & Under 50m butterfly in a time of 34.83, before Isabella Tanenbaum finished 2nd in the 12 & Under 50m freestyle. Three more wins in quick succession for Charlotte Norman in the 9 years 25m backstroke (19.33) and both Sophie Freeman (37.79) and Naythan Aung (35.27 second PB), in the 10 years 50m butterfly, saw Colchester pushing for the lead in the competition.

Eloise Sneddon swam a great PB of 32.83 to finish 4th in the 11& Under 50m freestyle, before 9 year old Charlotte Norman got her 2nd win of the gala with a great swim in the 25m butterfly (18.46) and 10 year old Ciara Wookey swam a great PB time of 35.38 in the 50m freestyle for her 2nd win of the meet. After good 3rd place finishes from William Pestell in the 10 years 50m freestyle (PB) and Bronte Jordan in the 11 & Under 50m breaststroke, Isabella Tanenbaum came home in 1st place in the 12 & Under 50m backstroke in 34.19 for yet another Colchester victory.

As the gala moved into the final series of relay events, there was little between the leading teams, as both team mates and supporters cheered on Colchester's relay teams. The Girls' 10 year old team of Charlotte Tree, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Molly White achieved the double by winning the freestyle race and there were 3rd place finishes for the Boys 10 & Under freestyle relay team of Naythan Aung, Ross Jordan, Oscar Crofts and William Pestell, the Girls' 11 & Under medley team of Olivia Norman, Bronte Jordan, Asma Parker and Eloise Sneddon, and finally the Girls' 12 & Under freestyle team of Isabella Tanenbaum, Katie White, Eloise Sneddon and Olivia Norman. Also competing in the individual and relay events were: Chris Ashdown, Finn Jeffrey, Matthew Denny, Cameron Newton, Isaac Pavey, Kai Cheng and Adam Buckingham.

Head Coach, Michelle Young was delighted to see the team compete so well and consolidate their position in Division 1, "We have done a lot of development work over the last few years to set up an Academy and improve the coaching of our junior swimmers, so it is encouraging to see them challenging for success at this higher level and really enjoying their sport, especially those 9 year olds who swam in their first ever gala. We had a couple of disqualifications and still have some hard work ahead, as we have another tough round in 3 weeks time!"

In a close finish the final result was: 1st Kingston Royal, 264 points, 2nd Romford, 258, 3rd Colchester, 253, 4th Chelmsford, 243, 5th Thurrock, 227, 6th Harlow, 210, 7th Hatfield, 205, 8th Orpington, 87.

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June 2014

International experience for Martha and Kaythi at British Gas International Meet

Colchester swimmers Martha Duley and Kaythi Aung joined a host of world class swimmers in qualifying for this year's British Gas International Meet, which was held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. As well as GB swimming stars from all four home nations, who will be competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the meet attracted international entries from countries including Denmark and Ireland.

15 year old Martha swam in 3 events and was clearly not intimidated by the experience of being in the call room with stars like Lizzie Simmonds, swimming well to set a PB time of 31.78 seconds in her first event, the 50m backstroke, finishing in 18th place out of 21 swimmers despite having the slowest entry time. In her second event, Martha swam a great time in 1:06.63 in the 100m backstroke to finish in an agonising 9th place, just missing out on the final by 0.4 seconds. However, Martha went on the put in a great performance in the 200m backstroke to qualify for the final, where she swam quicker to finish in 6th place in an impressive time of 2:24.46.

Club Captain Kaythi Aung, 16, travelled to Manchester to compete in the 50m butterfly, where she clocked 29.96 seconds to finish in 18th place and was just outside her PB time, despite having just completed her GCSE exams and missed a lot of training in the lead up to the competition.

Head Coach Michelle Young commented, "It was great to see two Colchester hats at such a high level meet and I was impressed by the determination both Martha and Kaythi showed to put in the best performances they could and enjoy the experience. They are both a credit to Colchester Swimming Club and deserve their success. It was also a pleasure to see our Laura Stephens swimming so well at the meet, as she claimed 2 Gold and 1 Silver medals for Plymouth."

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Colchester swimmers dominate 2014 Open Meet

111 Colchester swimmers took part in this year's Colchester SC Midsummer Madness Open Meet at the Colchester Leisureworld pool last Sunday. With parents, spectators and team mates cheering them on, Colchester swimmers aged from 9 to 22 dominated most of the age groups, setting hundreds of personal best times and collecting a huge haul of medals and points for their Club.

In the Girls' events, Sophie Freeman dominated in her age group, winning 6 Gold medals on her way to finishing top 10 year old, while Asma Parker travelled home with a huge medal haul, not only finishing top in the 11 years age group, but also Top Girl of the meet. The 12 years category saw a close battle between 3 Colchester swimmers with Charlotte Atkinson winning 4 Gold medals on her way to finishing top girl in her age group, just ahead of Meg Wall-Peters and Isabella Tanenbaum.

Despite winning 6 Gold medals, Kayla Aung just missed out on top spot in the 13 year old age group to a Waltham Forest swimmer, as did Brittany Lodge on the 14 years category despite her haul of 8 medals. 15 year old Martha Duley warmed up with 5 Gold medals out of 5 events, as she claimed top girl in the 15 and Over age group before travelling to Manchester to take part in the prestigious British Gas International meet this week.

The Colchester boys had an equally successful day, as 12 year old Jack Bowyer had an amazing day of swimming, collecting 11 Gold medals on his way to finishing top in his age group and Top Boy of the meet. Chris Ashdown dominated the 11 years age group as he claimed 10 medals on the day and 10 year old Naythan Aung celebrated his success at becoming East Region champion last weekend with another 6 Gold medals on his way to finishing top in his age group, just ahead of team mate William Pestell. 9 year old Kai Cheng fought off some tough competition from 3 strong Waltham Forest swimmers to tie for top spot in his age group.

In the 13 years age group Colchester took the top 5 places, with Thomas Grieve finishing ahead of team mates Rory Bennett, Kirin Yeung, James Coles and Alexander Tinnion, while 15 year old Cameron Simpson fought off a strong challenge from veteran Kenny Dayman to take top spot in the 15 & Over category.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with both the swimming and smooth running of the meet, "Our swimmers once again put is some great performances throughout the day against tough competition from around the Region and it was great for the Club that so many other clubs travelled to Colchester to provide a great day of competitive swimming in the town. On behalf of all the swimmers and coaches, I would like to thank all the organisers, volunteers and officials who ensured we had a hugely successful meet."

Full results are available on the Colchester SC website; www.colchesterswimming.com/openmeetresults.shtml

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

9 years

Girls: Charlotte Norman 5 Silver
Boys: Kai Cheng 1 Gold, 3 Silver; Edward Cox 1 Silver; Ross Jordan 2 Bronze.

10 years

Girls: Sophie Freeman 7 Gold; Ciara Wookey 3 Silver, 2 Bronze.
Boys: Naythan Aung 6 Gold; William Pestell 1 Gold, 4 Silver.

11 years

Girls: Olivia Norman 6 Gold; Asma Parker 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze; Eloise Sneddon 4 Silver, 4 Bronze; Bronte Jordan 1 Silver, 2 Bronze.
Boys: Finn Jeffrey 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze; Chris Ashdown 3 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze; William Chapman 1 Silver, 2 Bronze.

12 years

Girls: Isabella Tanenbaum 4 Gold, 2 Silver; Charlotte Atkinson 4 Gold, 2 Silver; Meg Wall-Peters 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze; Anshma Rai 1 Gold, 1 Bronze; Katie White 1 Silver, 2 Bronze; Abbie McCarthy 1 Silver, 1 Bronze; Amber Jordan 1 Silver, 1 Bronze; Freya Nevard 1 Silver.
Boys: Jack Bowyer 11 Gold; Adam Buckingham 2 Silver, 3 Bronze; Louis Martin 2 Silver, 2 Bronze; Isaac Pavey 1 Silver 1 Bronze; Samuel Horn 1 Silver, 1 Bronze; Alexander Williamson 1 Silver 1 Bronze; Joseph Cole 1 Bronze; Samuel Milburn 1 Bronze.

13 years

Girls: Kalya Aung 6 Gold; Daisy Jackaman 2 Silver, 1 Bronze; Sophie Lo 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.
Boys: Thomas Grieve 7 Gold, 2 Silver; Rory Bennett 2 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze; Jamie Coles 2 Gold, 2 Bronze; Kirin Yeung 1 Silver, 3 Bronze; Alexander Tinnion 1 Silver, 3 Bronze.

14 years

Girls: Brittany Lodge 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze; Gabriella Toscano 2 Silver.

15 years & Over

Girls: Martha Duley 5 gold; Danielle Atkinson 1 Gold, 1 Bronze; Phoebe Coles 1 Silver, 2 Bronze.
Boys: Kenny Dayman 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze; Cameron Simpson 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze; Arran Francis 1 Gold, 2 Silver; Matt Lemnell 1 Silver; James Buckingham 1 Bronze.

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Colchester Midsummer Madness Open Meet success

Last Sunday saw Colchester SC host their annual Open Meet at Colchester Leisureworld, where swimmers from a record 12 clubs from across the Region enjoyed an excellent day of swimming competition in the Colchester pool. As the largest meet in Colchester in recent memory, the event proved to be so popular this year that entries were oversubscribed and had to be trimmed back by the organisers.

With the sun shining outside and the temperature and excitement rising in a Leisureworld pool packed with cheering spectators, 300 competitors swam a total of 1,619 individual swims in 7.5 hours of racing to win medals, try and set new PB times and win points for their club. The largest entry from a visiting club was Southend-on-Sea, who had 35 swimmers competing, and the smallest entry was from City of Cambridge, who had just 3 swimmers for their first visit to Colchester.

Also competing for the first time were Borough of Waltham Forest, whose 21 swimmers made the most of their trip up the A12, returning home with the Top Visiting Club trophy after finishing with 332 points, well clear of Halstead in 2nd place with 233.5 and Southend on 190 points.

The Top Boy award went to Colchester's own Jack Bowyer, competing in the 12 years age group to win an impressive 66 points, while Asma Parker made it a Colchester double winning the Top Girl award swimming in the 11 years age group with 52 points.

Thanks must go the referees, officials, coaches and numerous volunteers, who gave up their time to make the day a huge success, and to the organising committee, particularly Susan Cadogan, Jason Cole, Andrew and Louisa Davenall, Jeff Coles and Head Coach Michelle Young. The Club also appreciated the work of Leisureworld Manager Chris Ling and his staff, Jason Brown, Marc Driscoll and the lifeguard team, in preparing for and helping run the hugely successful event.

Final club points totals: 1) Colchester 1643, 2) Bo Waltham Forest 332, 3) Halstead 233.5, 4) Southend-on-Sea 190, 5) FirstStrokes 179.5, 6) Borough of Southend 153, 7) Harwich DP 150.5, 8) Clacton On Sea 79, 9) Chelmsford 40.5, 10) Maldon Shark 26, 11) Braintree 6, 12) Cambridge 0.

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Colchester SC Masters - Great East Swim Success

Thirteen members of the Colchester Masters squad took part in the Great East Swim at Alton Water on Saturday 21st June, swimming a variety of distances from 1 mile to 5km. For many this was their first taste of open water competition and there were some impressive performances.

Colchester Masters at the Great East Swim
(L to R) Carl Kick, Emma Cook, Mark Heptonstall, Hannah Stubbs, Jane Rattle and Alison Coleman
Seven swimmers took part in the 1 mile event and first out of the water for Colchester was Hannah Stubbs in an impressive 24 mins 16 seconds which put her in 21st place overall. She was closely followed by Mark Heptonstall who was just 1 second behind her and Jane Rattle who finished in 25 minutes and 33 seconds. In the 2 mile event Phil Jarvis overcame the loss of his goggles to finish in just under an hour (59:52) and Simon Emm achieved a fantastic 1:06:54 in the 5km event to finish in 5th place overall.

Three Colchester swimmers won their age group competitions, Mark Heptonstall in the 1 mile event (50-54), Simon Emm in the 5km (45-49) and Dan Wright in the 5km (35-39).

Other Colchester swimmers taking part in the 1 mile event were Emma Cook (25:58), Carl Kick (26:30), Alison Coleman (26:53) and Lou Allport (37:55). In the 2 mile event Greg Vickers finished in 1:06.48 and in the 5km Damian Navarrete achieved a time of 1:11.34 while Katie Sim finished in 1:25.22

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Colchester SC continue winning run!

Colchester SC competed in the next round of the Essex Mini league, looking to continue their 100% record in this season's events. 40 mainly Junior and Intermediate swimmers, supported by a few Senior teammates travelled to Saffron Walden full of optimism and good spirits. Their enthusiasm was well justified when they secured a resounding victory, winning the Gala by 35 points.

COLCHESTER186
SAFFRON WALDEN151
BASILDON141
ROCHFORD136
HORNCHURCH89

Once again Colchester's strength in depth showed in the Relay events where they won 11 of the 18 races, coming 2nd in 5 of the others.

In addition to this Colchester had 9 Individual winners on the night: Molly White got the individual races off to a flying start with a fine win in the 10yr 50m backstroke winning in 43.62. This was followed soon after by 17yr old Sophie Howard powering to 50m Fly victory in 35.06, a feat she repeated a little later with victory in the Open 50m Backstroke in 37.75. 13yr Old Kirin Yeung swam excellently to win the Open 50m Fly in 34.13.

These victories were followed by a superb run of 4 relay wins by the 9yr Girls and Boys followed immediately after by the Boys and Girls Open teams.

Next came a convincing swim by Myles English with a win in the 11 & Under age group 50m Free in 35.75. The Girls and then Boys 6 x 1 Fly relay teams saw the Colchester youngsters completely outclass the opposition with 2 superb victories.

Moving into the second half of the Meet, Colchester had more individual success with first Amber Jordan winning the girls Under 13 Backstroke in 39.00, followed by Brittany Lodge just edging victory in the Open 100m Freestyle in 1.09.18. Further relay victories followed before Alex Tinnion won the 13 & U Boys Fly in 38.25 and then Charlotte wrapped up the last of the individual victories with 43.06 win in the Open 50m Breaststroke. The evening ended on a high with yet another 2 Relay victories.

In addition to the individual winners the following swimmers were all part of the winning Relay teams:
Girls 9yr Freestyle, Breaststroke & Medley: Lotti Talbot, Holly Mccarthy, Esmae McGregor, Molly Grieve
Girls 10yr Freestyle: Aimee Cade, Meg English, Molly White, Charlotte Tree
Boys 9yr Breaststroke: Seb Tilley, Daniel Himsworth, Felix Szpakowski, Ross Jordan
Boys 13yr Freestyle: Kirin Yeung, Sam Horn, Louis Martin, Alex Williamson
Girls Open Freestyle: Charlotte Holt, Sophie Howard, Brittany Lodge, Martha Duley
Girls 6 x 1L Fly: Esmae McGregor, Charlotte Tree, Ruby Watson, Abbie McCarthy, Charlotte Holt, Martha Duley
Girls 6 x 1L Breaststroke: Esmae Mcgregor, Aimee cade, Amelia Duley, Abbie McCarthy, Brittany Lodge, Martha Duley
Boys6 x 1L Fly: Ross Jordan, William Pestell, Myles English, Kirin Yeung, Tom Grieves, Eddie Howard-Franks
Boys Open Freestyle: Jamie Coles, Alex Tinnion, Tom grieves, Eddie Howard-Franks
Boys 6 x 1L Breaststroke: Ross Jordan, William Pestell, Myles English, Louis Martin, Tom Grieves, Jamie Coles.

Jeff Coles, Team Manager, was once more delighted with the performance of each of the swimmers. "We had several youngsters who were competing for the first or second time and they rose to the challenge superbly well. Technically we reaped the reward for the hard training the swimmers have put in to their Starts and turns and it was in these two areas that we looked particularly impressive when compared to the other teams and this in turn helped the youngsters achieve the results they did. As always we urge the youngsters to enjoy these events and the cheering of team mates added to everyone's enjoyment."

Also competing and winning valuable individual race points during the evening were: Ruby Watson, Luke Ledwidge, Sam lemnell, Rhianna Preece, Alex Williamson, William Denny, Meg English, Sam Toon, Eddie Howard-Franks, Abbie McCarthy, Louis Martin, Sam Horn, Jamie Coles, Charlotte Tree, Oscar Crofts, Amelia Duley, Ben Hardy, Niamh Higgins, and Tom Grieves.

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Colchester swimmers make waves

Four Colchester swimmers took to the sea to swim the annual Clacton round the Pier swim on Sunday 15th June 2014.

The event is a charity swim supporting the RNLI where the competitors swim from Anglefield Breakwater to West Greensward which is an approximately 1200m Open Water Swim. There is a junior race (14-16 years olds) and a senior race (17 year olds and over). The field of 72 swimmers in their numbered bright yellow hats found the conditions were almost perfect; a water temperature at a very warm 17.5 degrees, light winds and calm conditions. The swimmers formed a line across the beach at 11.30 and with a single blast of the whistle were off to swim round the pier and back to the beach.

Seventeen year old Jarrod Bradfield was the first swimmer back to shore and sprinted to cross the finish line in a time of 15 minutes 7 seconds to win the Senior Men's event, making this an impressive first senior win to add to his four previous wins as a junior. Fellow Club member, fifteen year old Alex Cole made his open water debut at this event and finished a very creditable fourth overall, and third in the Junior Boy's race, in a time of 15 minutes 42 seconds.

Round the Pier Swimmers - Katie Sim, Alex Cole, Jarrod Bradfield and Katie Holmes
(L to R) Katie Sim, Alex Cole (15), Jarrod Bradfield (17) and Katie Holmes

Masters swimmers Katie Holmes and Katie Sim braved the sea and proved that the club's older swimmers are just as competitive as their younger counterparts. Holmes finished in 27th place in 19 minutes 40seconds and Sim finished in 35th place in 20 minutes 24 seconds.

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Colchester qualify for Winners Gala of the National Junior Swimming League 2014 for the first time

Colchester's Junior swimmers followed up their great performance in Round 1 with another fantastic nail-biting performance in Round 2 of the National Junior Swimming League (M11), held at the Barnet Copthall pool. After gaining promotion to Division 1 for the first time last season, Colchester missed 2nd place in the gala by just 3 points, but qualified for the Winners gala next month as the top placed Essex club, equalling the achievement of the older swimmers this season in reaching the Regional Final of the Arena National Swimming League for the first time.

Head Coach Michelle Young was proud of the way the whole Club responded to the challenge, "We were asked to host the gala at Barnet, so not only did the swimmers perform miracles in the pool in winning 11 of the 49 events, but their parents and Club officials responded to help organise and run the gala in what was a great team effort. We were lying ahead of Hatfield with just the last 2 relay events to go and the atmosphere poolside was amazing. I was delighted we beat them over the two rounds and to finish in 5th overall in our first season at this level in Division 1 was an incredible achievement for the swimmers, their coaches and supportive parents."

Colchester made a solid start in the first batch of eight relay events, with the Girls' 12 & Under medley relay team of Olivia Norman, Katie White, Charlotte Atkinson and Isabella Tanenbaum taking 2nd place in the opening event to show Colchester's intent. The Girls' 10 & Under medley team of Charlotte Tree, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Molly White came 3rd in their event, before the Boys team of Sam Lo, William Pestell, Naythan Aung and Oscar Crofts went one better to finish 2nd and the Girls' 11 & Under freestyle relay team of Olivia Norman, Bronte Jordan, Sophie Freeman and Eloise Sneddon claimed Colchester's first win of the gala.

With the first team events behind them, the focus shifted to individual performances against 7 other swimmers from the competing Clubs, starting with Esmae McGregor in the Girls' 9 years 25m freestyle, where she finished a strong 4th. 10 year old Ciara Wookey swam a PB to take 3rd in the 50m breaststroke, before 10 year old William Pestell won the Boys' breaststroke event and Olivia Norman won the 11 & Under 50m backstroke to make it 3 wins for Colchester after 13 events.

12 year old Charlotte Atkinson swam a PB to claim 2nd place in the 50m butterfly, while team mate Jack Bowyer did the same in the Boys' event. Three wins in quick succession came for Colchester, as the team continued to build their points total: Naythan Aung won the 10 years 50m backstroke; Olivia Norman won the 11 & Under 50m butterfly; and Isabella Tanenbaum took 1st place in the 12 & Under 50m freestyle. Further wins for Sophie Freeman and Naythan Aung in the 10 years 50m butterfly put Colchester in a strong position after 30 events behind the ever impressive Camden Swiss Cottage team.

In the final batch of individual races, there were wins for Charlotte Norman in the 9 years butterfly and Isabella Tanenbaum in the 12 & Under 50m backstroke, with 2nd place finishes for 12 year old Charlotte Atkinson with another strong swim in the 50m breaststroke, William Pestell with a PB in the 10 years 50m freestyle and Bronte Jordan with yet another PB in the 11 & Under 50m breaststroke.

As the tensions rose for the final series of relay events, Colchester swam strongly throughout to keep the pressure on the other teams. Esmae McGregor, Amber Jordan, Charlotte Norman and Lottie Talbot swam well to take 3rd in the 9 years medley relay, as did the Boys 10 & Under freestyle team of Naythan Aung, Ross Jordan, Oscar Crofts and William Pestell. The Girls' 11 & Under medley team of Sophie Freeman, Bronte Jordan, Olivia Norman and Eloise Sneddon took 2nd palce, while the 12 & Under Girls' freestyle team of Isabella Tanenbaum, Katie White, Eloise Sneddon and Charlotte Atkinson won the 47th event to set up a thrilling finale. Despite the best efforts of all the other relay swimmers, Edward Cox, Kai Cheng, Daniel Himsworth, Chris Ashdown, Cameron Newton, Finn Jeffrey, William Chapman and Isaac Pavey, Hatfield managed to creep ahead and take 2nd place on the night.

The final gala result was: 1st Camden Swiss Cottage (300 points), 2nd Hatfield (265), 3rd Colchester (262), 4th Kingston (223), 5th Thurrock (215), 6th Dulwich (207), 7th Cambridge (184), 8th Haringey (110).

The final league positions and qualifiers for the final were (in bold):

Division 1
Round 1 Round 2 Totals
Position Club Gala Points League Points Gala Points League Points Gala Points League Points
1 Camden Swiss Cottage 293 7 300 8 593 15
2 Barnet 327 8 234 5 561 13
3 RTW Monson 261 6 275 7 536 13
4 Kingston Royals 264 8 223 5 487 13
5 Colchester 253 6 262 6 515 12
6 Enfield Swim Squad A 293 7 300 8 593 15
7 Chelmsford 243 5 246 6 489 11
8 Romford 258 7 228 4 286 11
9 Hatfield 205 2 265 7 470 9
10 Thurrock 227 4 215 4 442 8
11 Dulwich Dolphins 238 5 207 2 445 7
12 Harlow 210 3 209.5 3 419.5 6
13 Cambridge 195.5 3 184 1 379.5 4
14 Haringey Aquatic 107 1 210 3 317 4
15 Halstead 124 2 173.5 2 297.5 4
16 Orpington Ojays 87 1 100 1 187 2

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July 2014

Five Colchester swimmers compete at National Championships

With Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung unable to compete after qualifying, a five Colchester swimmers competed in this year’s British Gas Age Group and Youth National Championships at the Ponds Forge International 50m pool in Sheffield from 30th July to 10th August at the end of another season of demanding training and successful competition.

Assistant Head Coach, Ian Johnson felt that the swimmers performed well, "Two young swimmers, Olivia Norman and Isabella Tanenbaum, gained their first taste of swimming at this level in the Age Group National Championships, while Martha Duley, Jarrod Bradfield and Laura Stephens displayed their ability in top level events, when they competed in the National Youth Championships. Swimming at the lower end of their age groups they competed in a total of eleven events against the country's top qualifiers producing some very creditable performances and displayed great future potential. They now have a period of rest during our three week summer break to reflect on their season performances and focus on their training strategy for the next season, which starts in 3 weeks on 1st September!"

In the Age Group Championships, 12 year olds Olivia Norman and Isabella Tanenbaum both qualified for and competed in the 100m backstroke, with Olivia setting a time of 1:13.37 to finish in 42nd place, just ahead of Isabella, who finished in 46th in a time of 1:13.98.

In the Youth Championships, Martha Duley’s first event was the 100m backstroke, where she swam well to finish in 30th place in the 15/16 years age group in a time of 1:07.57. Next came the 200m backstroke, where she swam another good time of 2:25.33 to finish in 32nd place. In her final event of the meet, the Open Age 50m backstroke, Martha swam a great length of the pool to finish in a time of 31.84 seconds, just 0.06 seconds outside her PB in a very positive finale to a great season of competition. Competing in the 17/18 years category, 17 year old Jarrod Bradfield swam a good time of 54.52 seconds to finish 49th in the 100m freestyle.

Fresh from competing for Great Britain in the Portuguese Open, where she won 3 individual Bronze medals and a team medley relay Gold, Colchester's 15 year old Laura Stephens, who now trains with England coach Jon Rudd after gaining a scholarship to Plymouth Leander this year, had a very heavy schedule of events. After a series of strong swims in the 15/16 years category, Laura swam the butterfly leg alongside London Olympic breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte in the 4 x 100m medley relay for Plymouth Leander A team, helping her team to Gold in her final event of the championships.

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Great Thames time for Rhianna

Rhianna Preece and Kerry-Anne Payne
Buoyed by her performances last year, Colchester SC's 13 year old Rhianna Preece, returned to the scene of her first ever Open Water swim last Sunday (13th July) and once again competed in the Henley Swim, following the course of the Henley Royal Regatta along the River Thames. Competing in the Junior Half Mile event in the Girls' 12-14 years age group, Rhianna swam a very impressive 10 minutes 9 seconds to take a deserved Bronze medal, finishing nearly 2 minutes quicker than last year.

Rhianna, who trains with Colchester in the Leisureworld pool, also had the opportunity to take part in a coaching session with Keri-Anne Payne, Olympic Silver medallist and two times World Champion in the 10km Open Water event, who competed in the Womens' Open Mile event.

A week later Rhianna completed in the ASA East Region Open Water Championship on Sunday 20 July at Whitlingham Country Park in Norwich, this also included the country championships. Rhianna (13) swam in the 12-16 yr old 1.5 km event finishing in a time of 24mins 23 this placed her 4th in Essex and 20th in the region. She was lucky enough to finish the race just a few minutes ahead of a torrential down pour and thunder storm.

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Colchester SC's winning run comes to an end in Round 4 Essex Mini League 2014

After winning the initial three rounds of the 2014 Essex Mini League, a team of mainly Junior and Intermediate squad swimmers travelled to Brentwood last Saturday, confident of success in Round 4. In another exciting and nail-biting finish, Colchester lost out to rivals Romford by just 2 points, but remain well-placed to win the 2014 title.

With Colchester swimmers time-faulted in 4 of the first 12 events for swimming too fast under the league rules and fastest time limits, the team struggled to build points as the gala got underway. 11 year old Luke Ledwidge got the team's first win of the night in the 50m backstroke with a PB time of 42.10 seconds, which was promptly followed by a win for the Girls' 9 & Under 4 x 25m medley relay team of Ruby Chalmers, Holly McCarthy, Esmae MacGregor and Scarlett Wicks. There were great wins too for Meg Wall-Peters, with an 8 second PB time of 1:12.00 in the 13 & Under 100m freestyle, and for Sam Lemnell in the 10 & Under 50m breaststroke, but despite some good 2nd place finishes for Meg English, Sam Lemnell and Meg Adamson, Colchester had just 33 points after 12 events.

With some determined swimming and a strong competitive team spirit, the young Colchester team fought back from the slow start to slowly build their points total, winning 14 of the 50 races and coming 2nd in 18. After a great 2nd place finish and PB time from Ana Victoria Anderson in the 11 & Under 50m breaststroke and another 2nd from Girls' 9 & Under 4 x 25m breaststroke relays team of Chalmers, McCarthy, MacGregor and Wicks, the Boys' 9 & Under team of Seb Tilley, Felix Szpakowski, Sam Jackaman and Ross Jordan overcame the disappointment of being time-faulted in their first race to win their breaststroke relay. Aimee Cade got Colchester's next win with a PB time of 39.72 in the 10 & Under 50m freestyle, and there were more PBs and 2nd place finishes from Sam, Tom and Sophie Lo as Colchester got into their stride, before Abbie McCarthy smashed her PB to win the 13 & Under 50m breaststroke in a time of 43.03.

Colchester maintained this momentum in the second half of the gala, edging closer to Romford, with wins from Amber Jordan in the 13 & Under 50m backstroke in a PB time of 37.81, the 9 & Under Girls' relay team in the 4 x 25m freestyle and Ross Jordan in the 10 & Under 25m butterfly. Strong swims and 2 place finishes for both the Girls' Squadron butterfly relay team of Esmae MacGregor, Charlotte Tree, Ana Anderson, Niamh Higgins, Meg Adamson and Charlotte Holt and the Boys' butterfly team of Ross Jordan, William Pestell, Ben Hardy, Kirin Yeung, Tom Lo and Tim Kwok, were followed by more 2nd places from the 11 & Under Girls' freestyle relay team of Amelia Duley, Ana Anderson, Katy Bates and Charlotte Tree, Meg Adamson in the 100m freestyle and the Boys' 9 & Under relay team in the 4 x 25m freestyle. There were some strong swims too from Finlay Keating, William Denny and Alex Tinnion.

In the final series of events, Ben Hardy got a great win in the 11 & Under 50m butterfly in a time of 40.53 and despite 3 wins in the last 4 races for both the 13 & Under Girls' and Boys' freestyle relay teams of Meg Wall-Peters, Niamh Higgins, Amber Jordan, Abbie McCarthy, Alex Williamson, Sam Horn, Louis Martin and Kirin Yeung, and for the 10 & Under Boys freestyle relay team of William Pestell, Sam Lemnell, Sam Jackaman and Sam Lo, Romford hung on to take the win.

Head Coach Michelle Young was not too disappointed by the result, "This was a tough gala and how can a coach be upset when swimmers perform beyond expectations and swim too fast on the night! Once again the team spirit was excellent and there were some great PB times as we approach the end of the season and our summer break."

The final result was: 1st Romford 174 points, 2nd Colchester 172, 3rd Harwich 134, 4th Hornchurch 129 and 5th Brentwood 106.

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Strong finish for Colchester in the Winners Gala of the National Junior Swimming League 2014

After qualifying for the Winners gala of the M11 League of the National Junior Swimming League for the first time in the Club's history, Colchester's junior 13 & under swimmers travelled to Enfield to take on some of the biggest Clubs in the London and East regions and returned home with a very successful 5th place finish.

Colchester again got off to a strong start in the first batch of eight relay events, with the Boys' 12 & Under medley relay team of Isaac Pavey, Finn Jeffrey, Jack Bowyer and Alex Williamson taking 2nd place and the Girls' 9 years freestyle relay team of Esmae McGregor, Anola Jordan, Charlotte Tree and Charlotte Norman finishing in 3rd. The Boys' 10 & Under medley team of Oscar Crofts, William Pestell, Naythan Aung and Sam Lo put in a great swim to take 2nd, before the Girls' 11 & Under freestyle team of Olivia Norman, Bronte Jordan, Sophie Freeman and Eloise Sneddon claimed some more valuable points with a 3rd place finish.

As the meet moved from relays to individual events, 9 year old Esmae McGregor got the team off to a great start in the opening 25m freestyle event, coming home in 3rd place, before Ciara Wookey set a PB in the 10 years 50m breaststroke race to claim 4th place and William Pestell finished 4th in the Boys' event. Colchester's first win of the meet came in the 11 & Under Girls' 50m backstroke, where Olivia Norman swam a great race to touch home in 1st place in a time of 33.35 seconds, adding 8 valuable points to the Colchester total.

12 year old Charlotte Atkinson again swam well to claim 3rd place in the Girls' 50m butterfly, while team mate Jack Bowyer swam a fabulous 1 second PB to take 1st place in the Boys' 50m butterfly in a time of 30.84 seconds. East Region 10 years' champion Naythan Aung once again showed his class to claim another win for Colchester in the Boys' 50m backstroke in a time of 34.98 seconds, with Olivia Norman setting another PB time in the Girls' 11 & Under 50m butterfly to finish in 2nd place and younger sister Charlotte Norman claiming 3rd in the 9 years 25m backstroke, with Kai Cheng finishing 4th in the Boys' 9 years backstroke race.

Sophie Freeman set a new PB to take 2nd place in the Girls' 10 years 50m butterfly, with Naythan Aung also setting a new PB time of 35.25 in the Boys' event to win his second event of the meet. With Charlotte Atkinson setting a PB to finish 3rd in the 12 & Under 50m breaststroke, Charlotte Norman again swimming well to take 3rd in the 9 years 25m butterfly and Jack Bowyer setting another PB to finish 2nd in the 12 & Under 50m backstroke, Colchester continued to build the team points total to lie in a strong position as the meet moved to the final series of relay events.

The competition in the final relays was fierce as all the teams fought for valuable points, but the Boys' 10 & Under team of Oscar Crofts, William Pestell, Naythan Aung and Sam Lo put in another great performance to take 3rd in the 4 x 25m freestyle event and the 12 & Under Girls' freestyle team of Isabella Tanenbaum, Katie White, Eloise Sneddon and Charlotte Atkinson fought off some strong challenges to come home in 2nd place. The other relay swimmers also put in some great performances as Edward Cox, Ross Jordan, Molly White, Daniel Himsworth, Cameron Newton, William Chapman and Myles English also added some valuable points to ensure Colchester finished in 5th place in the final.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with the result. "We knew this was going to be a tough meet at this level against 7 other quality teams, but our swimmers rose to the challenge and showed that we deserved to be there. We had some great individual and relay team performances on our way to finishing 5th in the final and 5th overall in the League and the number of PB swims showed that our swimmers pushed for every point they could win for the team. It was a great team performance and once again we showed why other Clubs admire our team spirit and improving performances."

The final meet result was: 1st Barnet (273 points), 2nd Camden Swiss Cottage (243), 3rd Kingston (225), 4th Romford (224), 5th Colchester (216), 6th RTW Monson (204), 7th Enfield (198.5), 8th Chelmsford (165.5).

The final league positions were: 1st Barnet (45 points), 2nd Camden Swiss Cottage (45 points), 3rd Kingston Royals (41 points), 4th Romford (37 points), 5th Colchester (36 points), 6th RTW Monson (32 points), 7th Enfield Swim Squad A (32 points), 8th Chelmsford (29 points), 9th Hatfield (23 points) and 10th Dulwich Dolphins (20 points).

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August 2014

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September 2014

Sudbury Michaelmas Open Meet

COLCHESTER Swimming Club EXCEL WITH A 250 MEDAL HAUL!

Colchester SC took a large team of over 70 swimmers to race at Sudbury's early season Open Meet. It was a strong team of Junior, Intermediate and Senior Swimmers, all intent on gaining personal best times after some hard stamina training sessions following the summer break. It was a long weekend's swimming for the youngsters, with many having up to 12 swims in the two days. Most of the swimmers were looking to achieve some Personal Best times (PBs) with some also looking to either achieve or improve County Qualifying times in readiness for the County Championships to be held in January.
The team spirit was very high, with swimmers eagerly cheering their team mates on in their races. 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 all focused and a credit to themselves and the Club.
The swimmers performances were truly outstanding with Colchester amassing a haul of over 250 Medals, amounting to nearly 50% of the available medals. In addition to this, their hard training also paid dividends with nearly 90% of all their swims achieving PBs. Added to which there were dozens of County Times achieved or improved upon.

The leading 3 Colchester swimmers in each Age Group were:

Boys
Medal WinnersGoldSilverBronzeTotal
9 Years
Kalaum Corani1214
Felix Szpakowski213
Mark Milburn22
10 Years
Will Pestell1010
Kai Cheng314
Ross Jordan33
11 Years
Finn Jeffery5110
Ben Hardy314
Gabriel Annis224
12 Years
Jack Bowyer437
Myles English3216
Louis Martin1315
13 Years
Jamie Coles9211
Alex Tinnion4127
Kirin Yeung1449
14 Years
Tom Grieve10111
Ben Chapman112
15 Years
Lawrence Chalk527
Cameron Simpson516
Spencer Prior213
Girls
Medal WinnersGoldSilverBronzeTotal
9 Years
Charlotte Norman55
Molly Grieve112
Jasmin Bayliss11
10 Years
Ciara Wookey7613
Sophie Freeman7411
Charlotte Tree156
11 Years
Asman Parker102113
Eloise Sneddon3519
Niamh Higgins112
12 Years
Olivia Norman4217
Amber Jordan235
Katie White2114
13 Years
Elinor Duley77
14 Years
Elizabeth French314
Sophie Lo134
Hannah Fifield224
15 Years
Martha Duley44
Lucy Coates11
Gabriella Toscano11

Other Medal Winners were: Daniel Himsworth (1B), Oscar Crofts (1B), Joe Cole (2G, 1B), William Chapman (1S, 1B), Sam Horn (1S, 1 B), Sam Milburn (1S), Oliver Cox (1S), Alex Cole (1G, 2B), Arran Francis (2S), Tim Kwok (2S), Molly White (1S, 2B), Ana-Victoria Anderson (1S), Ruby Watson (1B), Isabella Tanenbaum (2G, 1S), Bronte Jordan (2S, 1B), Abbie McCarthy (2S, 2B), Phoebe Coles (1B)

Team Managers, Denise Young & Jeff Coles, were delighted with the swimmers whole performance over the weekend. They commented that the swimmers attitude and determination to do their best is a good sign for the weeks and months ahead as the swimmers continue to apply themselves to their demanding training sessions. Most pleasing to see were the improvements being made in the swimmers techniques, which couples with improved stamina and strength will continue to ensure ever improving times for these youngsters.

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Colchester Water Polo player Ben Chapman competes at International Tournament

Ben Chapman, aged 14, is a keen swimmer and has been a member of Colchester Swimming Club for several years. Eighteen months ago he expressed an interest in joining the Colchester Water polo team where he found a natural enthusiasm and talent for the game. He was selected to join the Regional Training Centre in Basildon and following further training and games in the London League he was selected for the East Region Team to participate in a tournament held in Walsall. In January of this year he tried out for and obtained a place in the National Training Centre for GB Talent for his age group and he attended the training camps held in Cardiff every month. Following on from this success the coaches, this summer, took 14 members of the squad to Hungary to gain some international experience where they participated in a tournament against teams from Hungary and Israel. Ben had a fantastic time and gained a huge amount of experience. Also this summer Ben attended a National training camp held at Millfield School for a week of intense training and games. Ben on average, with his Swimming and Water polo, does 9 hours training a week as well as one weekend a month away with the National Training Squad. Ben’s training and enthusiasm for this sport is increasing and a huge congratulations and well done for his hard work and commitment should go to him. Ben would like to thank all his coaches for their support and help and a special thanks to Simon Lecomber from Colchester water polo club for his help and recommendation in putting his name forward to the GB talent squad.

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October 2014

Colchester back to winning ways in Round 5 Essex Mini League 2014

Despite losing their 100% record in the 2014 Essex Mini League, missing victory in the last round by just 2 points, a team of young Colchester swimmers travelled to Basildon last Saturday for their 5th and final round of competition. In yet another exciting finish, Colchester held off Chelmsford and Basildon to win the gala and put Colchester in a strong position to win the 2014 title, subject to the final outstanding galas in the county.

The result was closer than it might have been, as Colchester were time-faulted in 7 events for swimming too fast under the league rules and fastest time limits. The Girls' 9 & Under 4 x 25m medley relay team of Ruby Chalmers, Holly McCarthy, Molly Grieve and Chi Chi Bayliss got Colchester's first win of the night, while the Boys were time-faulted for swimming to fast.

Lottie Talbot swam a great PB to win the 10 & Under 50m backstroke in 44.93, with further wins coming from Bronte Jordan in the 13 & Under 100m freestyle (PB 1:13.13), Molly White in the 10 & Under 50m breaststroke (PB 50.13), Edward Cox in the same event (PB 50.93) and Niamh Higgins in the 11 & Under 50m breaststroke (PB 46.62), as Colchester began to amass points, with 2nd place finishes for Sam Lemnell, Louis Martin and Brittany Lodge.

The competition in the next batch of races proved to be a lot closer, but there were wins for the Open Boys' freestyle relay team of Elliott Bennett, Alex Williamson, Taylor Young and Nic Mitchell, with Meg English winning in the 10 & Under 50m freestyle in a PB of 39.75. Good team points also came from 2nd place finishes for the Girls' 9 & Under breaststroke relay team of Chalmers, McCarthy, Grieve and Bayliss, the Boys' team of Mark Milburn, Daniel Himsworth, Sebastian Tilley and Kalaum Corani and the Girls' Open freestyle relay team of Sophie Howard, Abbie McCarthy, Brittany Lodge and Katie White, as well as Abbie McCarthy, Katie White and Louis Martin in individual events.

A great win for the Girls' Squadron 6 x 25m butterfly relay team of Molly White, Esmae McGregor, Niamh Higgins, Katie White, Brittany Lodge and Sophie Howard was followed by three consecutive time faults and zero points, which put the Colchester team under pressure. Nic Mitchell swam a great 100m freestyle in the Boys' Open 100m freestyle in 1:06.19 to restore Colchester's winning ways, as his team mates then won 10 of the last 13 events to set up a great victory.

Ross Jordan won the 10 & Under 25m butterfly (PB 19.56) and Ana Victoria Anderson swam a 6 second PB to win the 11 & Under 50m butterfly in a great time of 39.91, while Amber Jordan (37.09) and Myles English (39.25) won the Girls' and Boys' 13 & Under 50m butterfly in the individual events. There were wins too for both the Squadron 6 x 25m breaststroke teams of Holly McCarthy, Molly White, Niamh Higgins, Abbie McCarthy, Sophie Howard, Brittany Lodge and Kalaum Corani, Ross Jordan, Gabriel Annis, Louis Martin, Elliott Bennett, Nic Mitchell.

Colchester won all four final 4 x 25m freestyle relay races to finish in style, coming home in 1st place in the 13 & Under Girls' (Bronte Jordan, Amber Jordan, Alex Bygrave, Katie White), 13 & Under Boys' (Alex Williamson, Myles English, Gabriel Annis, Louis Martin) 10 & Under Girls' (Molly White, Lottie Talbot, Esmae McGregor, Meg English) and 10 & Under Boys' (Edward Cox, Sam Bentley, Sam Lemnell, Ross Jordan).

Also swimming for Colchester were Luke Ledwidge, Finlay Keating, Kai Cheng, Joe Tilley, Georgia Hinds Dutton and Katy Bates.

Head Coach Michelle Young was pleased to see all training and squad development pay off, "This was a great Club effort on the night, with us also sending a team to the National Arena Swimming League, and the swimmers who stepped in to compete at Basildon contributed to a fine team performance. We had some great PB swims on the night and the team spirit was again excellent. We will have to wait to see if we have won the 2014 title, but I couldn't have asked from more in the 5 galas this year."

The final gala result was: 1st Colchester 172, 2nd Chelmsford 163, 3rd Basildon 147, 4th Braintree 115 and 5th Witham 112.

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ROUND 1 - NATIONAL ARENA SWIMMING LEAGUE 2014/15

Colchester Swimming Club got off to a solid start in the opening round of Division 1 of the London League of the National Arena Swimming League with a trip to the Harlow Leisurezone pool last Saturday. Drawn against some of the top clubs in the League, it proved to be a challenging night of swimming for Colchester, but the team put in some great performances to achieve a 5th place finish on the night.

Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung and fellow 16 year old, Cameron Simpson, got the first points on the board with strong performances against much older swimmers in the Open Age 200m IM events, which traditionally open the gala.

The first series of relay events proved successful for Colchester. In the 9/11 years age group the Girls' freestyle relay team of Eloise Sneddon, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Asma Parker fought to hold off a strong challenge from Essex rivals Romford to finish a very creditable 3rd, a feat that was then matched by the Boys' team of Ben Hardy, William Pestell, Cameron Newton and Naythan Aung.

After a strong swim from the Girls' 13 & Under medley relay team of Olivia Norman, Kalya Aung, Charlotte Atkinson and Isabella Tanenbaum to finish 5th, Colchester's first victory of the night came from the Boys' team of Alexander Tinnion, Jamie Coles, Jack Bowyer and Kirin Yeung, who produced a superb effort to take 1st in a close and exciting finish. Inspired by their team mates, the Girls' 15 & Under freestyle relay team of Martha Duley, Chloe Rudkin, Isabella Tanenbaum and Ellie Duley held off Teddington to take a deserved 2nd place. With the Boys' team of Arran Francis, Thomas Grieve, Rory Bennett and Spencer Prior finishing in 5th and the Open medley teams both finishing in 6th place, Colchester were lying in 5th place overall after 10 events, just 3 points behind Romford, as the meet moved into the individual swims.

Colchester's next win came in the very next event, as Asma Parker swam a great time of 34.47 seconds to win the Girls' 10/11 years backstroke by a clear margin, which was closely followed by another great swim from Naythan Aung to take 2nd place in the Boys' event. Jamie Coles set a PB time of 1:19.77 to take 3rd place in the Boys' 13 & Under breaststroke, before Martha Duley finished in 2nd place in the Girls' 15 & Under backstroke and Spencer Prior swam a great PB to take 5th in the Boys' event. Asma Parker produced another great swim to take 3rd place in the 10/11 years Girls butterfly, with Naythan Aung setting a PB in the Boys' event to equal her achievement. Arran Francis set a PB to take 3rd in the Boys 15 & Under butterfly, as Colchester established their 5th position on the leaderboard, just 4 points behind Chelsea & Westminster in a very close competition.

William Pestell set a massive 3.5 seconds PB to take 2nd on the Boys' 10/11 years breaststroke, before Colchester recorded a string of 4th place finishes from Jack Bowyer, Martha Duley, Arran Francis, Philippa Davenall and Eloise Sneddon. Making his debut in Arena League, Ben Hardy swam a superb race in the Boys 10/11 freestyle to secure Colchester's next win in a time of 33.62, before Spencer Prior swam a good PB to take another 4th place for Colchester in the 15 & Under breaststroke.

As the competition moved into the final series of relay events, Colchester got off to a great start in the 9/11 years medley relays, as the girls team of Parker, Wookey, Freeman and Sneddon took 3rd place, before the Boys' team of Aung, Pestell, Hardy and Newton swam a great race to take another 1st place for Colchester. In the 15 & Under medley relays the Girls' team of Martha Duley, Rudkin, Ellie Duley and Tanenbaum took a deserved 3rd place and the Boys' team of Bennett, Prior, Francis and Grieve took 4th place to secure a 5th place finish for Colchester on the night.

Other swimmers competing for Colchester and contributing to the points total were: Alice Insull, Laurence Chalk, and Matt Lemnell.

Head Coach Michelle Young was pleased with the performance, "The first division of the Arena League remains a very competitive event, but our small team of young Colchester swimmers rose to the challenge, as many of them had to swim up in older age groups, as well as their own, and produced some very commendable results against tough opposition. We achieved only 4 points less than last year in the round, which is a very pleasing result and very encouraging at such an early stage in the season."

Team results were: 1st TeamIpswich 318 points, 2nd Teddington 290, 3rd Romford 257, 4th Chelsea & Westminster 243, 5th Colchester 222, 6th Enfield 199, 7th Hoddesdon 151, 8th Watford 120.

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November 2014

Medal rush for Colchester Swimmers at the Essex County Junior/Senior Championships

A team of 19 Colchester SC swimmers competed in this year's new format Essex Junior/Senior Short Course Championships, held over 25m at Basildon Sporting Village last weekend, and came home with a total of 15 medals and a host of PB times! Swimmers competed either as Juniors (16 & Under) or Seniors (17 & Over), with medals awarded for both Junior and Senior age group categories. 18 of Colchester's young team swam in the Junior age group.

As well as the new format, this year's championships included swimmers from the new London Aquatic Centre Performance SC, established this year at the Stratford Olympic pool, with GB international Michael Gunning and 2014 Commonwealth Silver medallist and European Bronze medallist Aimee Willmott two of their swimmers competing at the Essex Championships for the first time.

15 year old Martha Duley won Colchester's only Gold medal of the meet, taking the Junior 100m backstroke title in a new PB time of 1:04.49, which also won her a Silver medal at Senior open age level. Martha added to her collection with 2 Silver medals in the 200m backstroke with another great time of 2:19.73, a Silver and Bronze in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:11.01 and a Bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Younger sister Ellie Duley (14) also had a very strong weekend, setting new PBs throughout the weekend and capping off her performance with a great Bronze medal ahead of Martha in the 50m butterfly in a time of 29.56 seconds, after finishing 4th in the final of the 50m backstroke behind Martha.

Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung was back on PB form, winning a Silver medal in both the Junior and Senior age groups in the 50m butterfly in a time of 29.00 seconds, before repeating the double medal winning feat in the 100m freestyle with a great time of 59.56 seconds. Kaythi also missed out on 2 more medals, finishing 4th in the 50m freestyle by just 0.06 seconds and in the 100m butterfly by 0.36 seconds.

The Colchester boys also returned to form, with 15 year old Arran Francis swimming a great PB time of 29.29 seconds in the final of the 50m backstroke to take a deserved Silver medal. 16 year old Cameron Simpson secured a great Bronze medal in the final of the 50m breaststroke in a time of 32.14 seconds, before claiming a second Bronze in the 100m breaststroke in another great time of 1:10.40.

15 year old Spencer Prior also enjoyed a great weekend of swimming, setting numerous PBs and finishing 5th in the gruelling 400m IM, before missing out on a medal in the 200m breaststroke by just 0.76 seconds. Colchester's only Senior swimmer competing, 18 year old Jack Howlett led by example swimming a great PB of 24.25 seconds in the heats of the 50m freestyle to qualify 2nd for the final, where he finished in an agonising 4th place in a tough final, after finishing 5th in the 100m freestyle in the same session.

There were many other strong performances from Colchester swimmers throughout the weekend. In the Girls' events Philippa Davenall (16), Chloe Rudkin (15), Kalya Aung (13) and Olivia Norman (12) all set some great times and finished highly in heats of their events. The Boys also performed well, with Laurence Chalk (16), James Buckingham (16), Nick Mitchell (15), Rory Bennett (14), Thomas Grieve (14), Alex Tinnion (13), Jamie Coles (13) and Jack Bowyer (12) all setting some great times and finishing highly in the 16 & Under age group events.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with a successful weekend of swimming, "For our young swimmers to win medals at both Junior and Senior level was a fantastic achievement and I was so proud so see all our swimmers set some great times and so many make the 50m Open Age finals. Our swimmers train hard during the season and as a coach all I can ask is that they are proud the wear the Colchester hat and compete at this high level to achieve their best possible performance. It was also a fantastic experience for all the team to compete against or watch fantastic role model GB swimmers like Aimee Wilmott and Michael Gunning in the pool."

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Tough Challenge for Colchester in Round 2 of Arena League

Round 2 of Division 1 of the London League of the National Arena Swimming League proved to be a tough challenge for both the swimmers and volunteers of Colchester SC, as Colchester were asked to host the gala away at the Harlow Leisurezone pool last Saturday. As expected, the swimming competition proved tough for Colchester's young team, who put in some great performances in the pool to finish in 5th place on the night against some top clubs and lie 9th overall in the League after 2 rounds.

Colchester Chair, Susan Cadogan, who led the team of volunteers, was delighted with the evening, "As ever I was impressed with the determination of our swimmers, whose team spirit was excellent, as they swam numerous PBs and fought for every point in the pool for their Club and team mates. I would also like to thank all the Colchester volunteers and officials, who gave up their time on the evening to carry out the many duties that enabled the gala to take place, including collating the race results from the officials and producing regular updates and the final result, announcing the races and results, collecting admission monies and selling programmes, organising a raffle, providing cooling refreshments for the officials and so much more. Thanks must go to Liz and Daryl Norman, Stuart Newton, Vicky Kirby, Sharon Freeman, Vanessa Pestell, Jane Rudkin, Sayeed Parker, Jason and Tracy Cole, Jeff and Phoebe Coles, Julie Duley, Debbie Grieve, Ian Johnson and Head Coach Michelle Young."

Ladies Captain Kaythi Aung once again led the team off in the first event, the Ladies 200m IM, collecting 3 points for the team, with fellow 16 year old Cameron Simpson winning 2 points in the Men's event. In the first series of relay events, the teams put in some strong performances, with the Boys' 9/11 freestyle team of Ben Hardy, William Pestell, Cameron Newton, Naythan Aung finishing in 4th, just 0.08 seconds behind Essex rivals Romford. The Girls' 13 & Under Medley team of Olivia Norman, Kalya Aung, Charlotte Atkinson and Isabella Tanenbaum turned the table in the next event, taking 3rd place, 0.16 ahead of Romford.

As the gala moved into the individual events, Asma Parker swam a great race to take 3rd in the Girls' 10/11 years backstroke, while 10 year old Naythan Aung set a PB to take 2nd place in the Boys' event. In the 13 & Under 100m breaststroke events, Kalya Aung kept up the pace with a great 2nd place in the Girls' race, while Jamie Coles flew down the first 50m and set a new PB time to take 2nd in the Boys' race. Spurred on by her team mates' efforts Martha Duley returned to form to take 2nd place in the 15 & Under 100m backstroke, behind GB swimmer Rebecca Sherwin, while Spencer Prior set another PB to take 4th in the Boys' event.

Colchester's only win of the night came from Asma Parker, who set a new PB time of 33.29 in the Girls' 10/11 years 50m butterfly to take 1st place by just 0.05 seconds, with Naythan Aung swimming well to take 4th in the Boys' race. Olivia Norman set a new PB to take 3rd place in the 13 & Under 100m backstroke, before Colchester secured a couple of 4th place finishes from Arran Francis in the Boys' 15 & Under 100m butterfly and from 15 year old Martha Duley swimming up in the Ladies Open 100m backstroke.

Colchester continued to build their points total, as a series of 5th place finishes followed from Ciara Wookey (PB) in the Girls' 10/11 years 50m breaststroke, William Pestell in the Boys' race, Charlotte Atkinson and Jack Bowyer in the 13 & Under 100m butterfly and Martha Duley and Arran Francis (PB) in the 15 & Under 100m freestyle. Eloise Sneddon set a PB to take 5th in the 10/11 years 50m freestyle, holding off Romford by 0.08 seconds, while Ben Hardy took 4th ahead of Romford in the Boys' race and Spencer Prior claimed another 5th place for Colchester in the 15 & Under 100m breaststroke in his second PB of the night.

The final series of relay races produced some great performances from Colchester, with the Girls' 9/11 years Medley team of Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Eloise Sneddon taking 4th place, just 0.06 seconds behind Romford, before the Boys' team of Aung, Pestell, Hardy and Newton improved to 2nd place in the Medley relay with a great swim. The Girls' 13 & Under team of Tanenbaum, Atkinson, Norman and Aung repeated their 3rd place finish in the freestyle relay, while the Boys' team of Kirin Yeung, Ben Hardy, Jack Bowyer and Jamie Coles swam strongly to take 6th in the their race The Girls' 15 & Under Medley team of Martha Duley, Chloe Rudkin, Ellie Duley and Isabella Tanenbaum added another 5th place finish for Colchester, before the Boys' team of Rory Bennett, Spencer Prior, Arran Francis and Thomas Grieve came home in 4th in their race.

Colchester finished off the night with two 6th place finishes in the Open Age 6 x 50 cannon freestyle relay races, as the young Ladies team of Philippa Davenall, Chloe Rudkin, Isabella Tanenbaum, Martha and Ellie Duley and Kaythi Aung put in a great performance, before the young Men's team repeated their success, led off by a great PB of 24.55 seconds from Jack Howlett, who handed over to Laurence Chalk, Arran Francis, Spencer Prior, Alex Cole and Cameron Simpson.

Team results were: 1st Teamipswich 317 points, 2nd Ealing 291, 3rd Camden Swiss Cottage 274, 4th Romford Town 247, 5th Colchester 199, 6th Hoddesdon 182, 7th Shiverers 159, 8th Harrow 128.

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December 2014

Winter Waterland of fun for Colchester Swimmers

The last training session for Colchester Swimming Club's younger swimmers was a fun filled evening for everyone. Swimmers were divided into teams in order to compete in a range of strokes and events. Teams were: Elves, Snowmen, Reindeers, Christmas puddings, Christmas Smurfs and Santa's Little Helpers.

Michelle and Santa's Little Helpers
Michelle finds some troublesome elves poolside!

Following a team parade around the pool, mascots and all, the swimmers began competing in a range of 25m, 50m and relay events. Some of the club's young Academy swimmers also joined in the fun, putting in some great swims despite being the first gala event for many of them.

Gold chocolate coins were awarded to the winner of each event with silver coins awarded 'on the spot' for good technical swims. A terrific evening of festive fun was had by all!

The final top three places were: 1st Place Snowmen, 2nd Place Christmas Puddings and 3rd Place Elves.

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A Winning Round 3 for Colchester Swimming Club National Arena Swimming League 2014/15

One of the coldest nights so far of 2014, saw the Colchester Swimming Club set off for Hertfordshire Sport Village for the third and final round of the National Arena Swimming League (Premier Division). Some strong competitors meant that it was set to be an exciting night of swimming where every point mattered.

Cameron Simpson and Philippa Davenall got the first points on the board in the open 200IM against some tough opposition. As the first set of relays got underway an early disqualification did not unbalance the team's sprit as they continued on to gain valuable points in each event. The first two girls' events saw the 9/11 freestyle relay team of Eloise Sneddon, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Niamh Higgins take 2nd and the girls' 13 and under medley relay team of Isabella Tanenbaum, Olivia Norman, Kalya Aung and Sneddon take a creditable 4th finishing just 0.64 seconds behind The City Of St Albans in the next lane.

The next two sets of relays saw both the boys' 13 & under medley relay team of Jamie Coles, Alex Tinnion, Jack Bowyer and Alex Williamson and the 15 & under girls' freestyle team of Martha Duley, Ellie Duley, Chloe Rudkin and Isabella Tanenbaum take strong 2nd places to add to the points table. The boys' 15 & under team of Spencer Prior, Arran Francis, Tom Grieve and Rory Bennett continued the good form securing 3rd place. The first set of relay events was completed with the ladies' and mens' open medley relays that saw a closely fought race for the top 3 spots in the ladies' event with the Colchester team of Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall, Ellie Duley and Kaythi Aung taking 3rd place just 0.02 seconds behind second place winners Enfield. The boys' team of Alex Cole, Simpson, Francis and Jack Howlett secured a deserved 5th place against some much older competition.

Colchester lay in 4th position as the individual races got underway. Eloise Sneddon was the first up setting a new PB and taking 3rd place in the girls' 10/11 backstroke closely followed by Naythan Aung securing the first win of the night in the same event for the boys. The boys continued to swim well with Jamie Coles taking 2nd place and setting a new PB in the boys 13 & under breaststroke in addition to a strong 100m freestyle swim later in the evening. Martha Duley was Colchester's next win of the night with an excellent 1st place in the girls' 15 & under backstroke.

The team's individual strengths continued to rack up points as Spencer Prior set a new PB in both the 15 & under back and breaststroke continuing to add to his great swims so far this season. The younger members of the team were keen to add to the team's points too with Sophie Freeman setting a 1.3 second PB for her 50m fly in a time of 34.04 and Nathan Aung also setting a PB in the same event for 11 & under boys. Olivia Norman completed a confident swim in the girls 13 & under backstroke taking 1st place in a good time and PB. Ellie Duley looked strong as she swam in the girls 15 & under 100m Fly setting a terrific 2-second PB securing a time of 1.06.40.

As the gala entered the mid-way point, Jack Howlett stepped up to swim the Men's Open 100m backstroke setting a good PB of 1.03.36. A series of strong finishes by Ciara Wookey (PB), William Pestell, Kalya Aung, Jack Bowyer (PB), and Martha Duley continued to see Colchester's points gain momentum. The final few individual events saw Arran Francis setting a new PB of 56.85 in the 15 & under freestyle and Ben Hardy in the 50m freestyle demonstrating just how much his recent squad move suited him. Isabella Tanenbaum also returned to form in a strong 100m freestyle race.

As the focus of the gala returned to the final series of relay events, there was everything to swim for. Colchester had edged their way to first place just 3 points ahead of Enfield. The girls' 9/11 medley replay team of Wookey, Freeman, Sneddon and Higgins kicked the relays back off swimming well and taking 3rd closely followed by a win for the boys' 9/11 medley relay of William Pestell, Hardy, Gabby Annis and Naythan Aung. This was shortly followed by another terrific win by the girls' 15 & under medley relay team of Martha Duley, Isabella Tanenbaum Ellie Duley and Kayla Aung and a deserved 3rd place taken by the 15 & under boys' medley relay team of Spencer Prior, Arran Francis, Rory Bennett and Tom Grieve.

As a result of their hard work and dedication Colchester finished in first place, much to the delight of their coaches and very enthusiastic supporters, by just ONE point with the next two teams drawing on 263 points. The final results were as follows:

  • Colchester 264 Points
  • Enfield 263 Points
  • City of St Albans 263 Points
  • Hoddesdon 233 Points
  • Watford 217 Points
  • Wandsworth 214 Points
  • Shiverers 202 Points
  • Borough of Harrow 140 Points

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Colchester have a 'Cracker' of a meet!

Last weekend (7th December) saw a large squad of 56 Colchester swimmers, aged between 9 and 18 years old, make their way to compete in the Braintree and Bocking Swimming Club's Christmas Cracker Meet. For some, this was their first open meet. The main reason for the team's attendance was for swimmers to gain County or Regional Championship Qualifying Times and to measure their improvement after 3 months of hard training. Colchester swimmers were determined to make a festive splash and they did just that!

The team spirit remained high throughout the day, with swimmers eagerly cheering their teammates on in their races, accompanied by a very noisy spectator gallery. Considering it was such a large team it was very 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.

A long day's swimming, lasting over 10 hours, was tremendously enjoyed by all with some swimmers competing in all 11 of the day's events.

Whilst a tremendous haul of medals were won, what was most pleasing was their attitude to their performance. All swimmers achieving at least one Personal Best Time (PBs) with many of them either achieving County Times or improving on already qualified times. A few even achieved East Region Qualifying times, which was good to see this early in the season and a well deserved reward for all of the technical and stamina work that they have been putting into their training over the past weeks.

A total of 114 medals were won on the day (Boys 69 & Girls 45) and by winning over 25% of all available awards, it ensured that Colchester were the Top Visiting 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 rest of the 2014/15 season.

In addition to the individual medal awards, pride of place went to Kirin Yeung, who swam in all 11 events gaining 7 medals and several other high placings to win the overall 'Top Boy of Meet Award'. A fine achievement and reward for all the hard training he has put in.

Final Medal Results

Boys
NameGoldSilverBronzeTotal
10Yr:
Oscar Crofts22
Kalaum Corani11
Ross Jordan11
11Yr:
Ben Hardy4228
William Pestell347
Cameron Newton224
12Yr:
Chris Ashdown2114
Alex Williamson112
Isaac Pavey123
Sam Horn11
13Yr:
Kirin Yeung2327
Jamie Coles3216
Alex Tinnion224
14Yr:
Tom Grieve55
15+Yr:
Jack Howlett415
Lawrence Chalk336
Alex Cole112
Nicholas Mitchell11
Girls
NameGoldSilverBronzeTotal
9Yr:
Charlotte Norman66
Molly Grieve11
10Yr:
Ciara Wookey246
Sophie Freeman415
Charlotte Tree11
11Yr:
Asma Parker213
Niamh Higgins33
Ruby Watson11
12Yr:
Olivia Norman4228
Ana Victoria Anderson224
Abbie McCarthy11
14Yr:
Brittany Lodge22
Hannah Fyfield11
Elizabeth French11
15+Yr:
Charlotte Marven11
Gabriella Toscano11

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