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Colchester Mens Polo Team Compete at BWPL for first time ever
17 September 2022

Previously Colchester mens water polo team had participated in the play off for the 20022 British Water Polo League, despite winning all 3 games on the Saturday, they suffered 2 defeats on the Sunday and finished one place outside of qualification. However, Solihull pulled out and Colchester were promoted to compete in this year’s division 5. The team has grown in the past few years and participating in the BWPL is something all their junior members can now aspire to compete in.

The first weekend was hosted at Haberdasher’s boys school on the weekend of 17th and 18th of September and Colchester were drawn to play Avondale on the Saturday and Northampton on the Sunday. Colchester had previously beaten Avondale but suffered a heavy loss to Northampton in the play offs and were after revenge.

The first quarter against Avondale was a tight affair with both teams looking to take the early advantage. Avondale eventually scored first although Colchester were quick to reply through Adam Lecomber. Colchester conceded again and finally drew level right at the end of the quarter through Simon Lecomber.

The second quarter was just as tight although Colchester managed to secure a 5-4 lead at half time, thanks to goals from Adam Lecomber, Ethan Wyatt and Dan Eaton. There was never more than one goal between the sides as each battled for the upper hand. The final quarter began 7-7 after goals from Will Chapman and another screamer from Dan Eaton.

The final quarter was no different as end to end polo ensued as each team fought for the win. Avondale just had the upper hand as Colchester conceded on the counterattack while seeking that winning goal. Final quarter goals for Chapman and one each for the Lecomber’s were not enough to see Colchester to a winning result and the final score ended up 11-10 to Avondale. A result that could have gone either way. Adam Lecomber had a goal disallowed in the final seconds for pushing off a defender, which made the defeat even harder to take.

The Sunday saw Colchester return to Watford even more determined to secure their first win of the tournament. However, they were up against a Northampton team that had won 2 games the previous day including victory over Avondale. Colchester knew they had played well the day before and they just needed to do what they had the day before.

The game began at a fast pace as Colchester turned over Northampton’s attacks and were able to counter through Adam Lecomber who scored 2 in the first quarter, further goals by Ben Chapman and Simon Lecomber saw Colchester lead 4-2. However, Northampton fought back and won the second quarter 5-4. A further 2 goals for Adam Lecomber and two for Zac Beales saw Colchester lead 8-7 at half time.

Colchester were struggling with discipline as they fought to overcome Northants main attacking threat and although they were put under pressure, managed to overturn a number of attacks despite being a man down. Northampton did manage to get in front for the first time in the game and by end of the third quarter were leading 11-10. Goals came from Will Champan, Adam and Simon Lecomber.

The final quarter saw Colchester produce their best polo of the weekend. A total shut out in defence and a masterclass up front by Zach Beale and Adam Lecomber who both scored to leave the final score 13-12 to Colchester.

Colchester now travel to Sheffield on the 8th October for the next round of matches.


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Swim Wales Open Water Meet
25 June 2021

As competition restrictions begin to ease, Colchester Swimming Club swimmers, Charlotte Tree and Mark Milburn, travelled to South Wales to take part in the Swim Wales Open Water Meet on Saturday 19th June.

The meet at the Llandegfedd Lake, in Pontetpool, South Wales, was a selection race for the British Junior team for upcoming international races.

The race saw Boys and Girls from around the country covering an open water course around the reservoir of 5 KM or 7.5 KM depending on their age. Both Charlotte and Mark were competing in the 7.5KM races.

The field of swimmers for both races was incredibly strong, with many established open water racers taking part. Both Charlotte and Mark performed incredibly well in gruelling conditions that saw many swimmers abandon the race or not finish within the time limit, due to the cold water temperatures, and not being able to wear wetsuits.

Both races were dominated by a small group of swimmers from the start. The Colchester swimmers missed getting into the lead groups from the start, but held their respective positions well during the race. Charlotte came 20th in the Girls 16 to 17yo race, just sixteen minutes behind the winner. Mark came 11th in the Boys 16 to 17yo race, fifteen minutes behind the leading swimmers.

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Crucial co-sponsorship deal secured
18 April 2021

Swimmers and water polo players at Colchester Swimming Club are celebrating once again having secured an additional co-sponsor.

After a particularly difficult 12 months, the tide is slowly turning. Club members are beginning to return to training and Chelmsford-based Research & Development Advisors has agreed to co-sponsor the club.

Kevin Auchoybur, Managing Director at Research & Development Advisors, said: "It has been a particularly difficult year for everyone. We believe strongly that sport can help bring people together and our sponsorship of Colchester Swimming Club provides us with an ideal opportunity to play a small part in bringing the local community together again. As the club caters for swimmers and water polo players of all ages and ability we jumped at the chance to lend our support.

Kevin continued: "We were particularly impressed that the Sport England grant that the Club secured via its recent crowdfunding campaign has been used to provide free land training via Kai Fitness for its membership while they have been unable to train in the pool."

Matthew Rowe, Vice Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, who secured the sponsorship deal, added: "We are truly delighted that Research & Development Advisors have agreed to co-sponsor the Club and very much hope that this will be the start of a longstanding partnership. At our AGM in November it was clear that our priority was to work with local businesses and the wider community to raise finance and secure key partnerships. The support we have received has been truly wonderful."

Colchester Swimming Club is broad based and caters for all aspects of swimming from the 'learn to train' Academy through to Masters. Alongside competitive swimming and fitness training, the Club also has a growing water polo team.

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Colchester SC secure sponsorship
22 March 2021

Colchester Swimming Club are celebrating securing a new sponsor and, following the Government's recent announcement, are busy making preparations to return to the pool.

The DS Group, an award-winning full-service print, design and direct mail company based in Tendring, has agreed to co-sponsor the swimming club as it looks to provide much-needed financial assistance to grassroots sport.

Matthew Rowe, Vice Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, who led negotiations, said: "The last 12 months have been some of the toughest in the Club's 137-year history. The Club had just secured additional pool time and was on the brink of expanding our swimming and water polo squads across all age groups when the pandemic struck. Without the support of the wider community, firstly via our crowdfunding and then via our generous sponsors, the Club's future looked increasingly uncertain. For Allistair and the team at The DS Group to partner with our Club means the world to our members. On behalf of everyone at Colchester SC – thank you!"

Allistair Hunter, Managing Director at The DS Group, an employee-owned business, added: "When Matthew got in touch to highlight the sponsorship opportunity it presented us with an opportunity to give back to the local community. I was very impressed by the Club's energy and determination during their recent crowdfunding campaign and this partnership allows us to make a difference at grassroots level where it matters most."

Colchester Swimming Club is broad based and caters for all aspects of swimming from the 'learn to train' Academy through to Masters. Alongside competitive swimming and fitness training, the Club also has a growing water polo team.

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Colchester SC announce local sponsor
12 March 2021

Colchester Swimming Club has announced a new Club sponsor as it looks forward to returning to training once the current restrictions are lifted.

The news comes fresh on the back of the Club's successful crowdfunding campaign which saw it raise over £10,000. Now, Aquatronic Group Management plc, which is based in Copford, has agreed to co-sponsor the club.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: "All amateur sports clubs, along with many other community groups, are struggling in the face of the COVID pandemic and we are delighted to have secured sponsorship from AGM. For AGM to support our club in these desperate times is a massive boost, and helps us enormously and we look forward to the returning to the pool shortly and implementing our plan to expand and widen local participation, which we had to postpone last year due to the pandemic."

Tim Lister, Service Director of Aquatronic Group Management PLC, commented: "Colchester Swimming Club is a very well-organised and ambitious club that plays a vital role in the local community. When Hannah Dey, whose niece swims at the Club, told us of the opportunity to become a co-sponsor we had no hesitation. We are very keen to support our community and the co-sponsorship of Colchester SC allows us to make an impact at grassroots level."

Georgina Karlsson, Sponsorship Manager, concluded: "The club has been under increasing financial pressure during the last year. From everyone at Colchester SC we would like to give a huge thank you to AGM for co-sponsoring the Club."

Colchester Swimming Club is broad based and caters for all aspects of swimming from the 'learn to train' Academy through to Masters. Alongside competitive swimming and fitness training, the Club also has a growing water polo team.

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Colchester SC celebrates crowdfunding success
03 February 2021

Colchester Swimming Club members are celebrating having raised vital funds that will help secure its immediate future.

The Club set out initially to raise £5,000 and appealed directly to the people of Colchester to help it survive. In the end the Club smashed its crowdfunding target and raised a massive £10,405, including a £4,000 grant from Sport England.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The last year has been one of the most difficult periods in the Club’s long and illustrious history. With training disrupted for several months, and no competitive swimming since March, a significant hole has been made in the Club’s annual income. We are truly humbled by the support that our members and the wider community has shown.”

“To raise in excess of £10,000 and receive donations from 77 supporters is truly wonderful. The appeal has given us a much-needed lifeline and our swimmers and water polo players, right through from Academy to Masters, can’t wait to get back in the pool. On behalf of everyone at the Club I just want to say thank you", added Head Coach, Michelle Young.

Georgina Karlsson, Sponsorship Manager, who co-ordinated crowdfunding campaign on behalf of the Club, concluded: "The Club provides a wide range of benefits to people in the Colchester area and it is great that the wider community has recognised this. We continue to seek ongoing partnerships with local businesses and would be delighted to hear from any that would like to discuss potential sponsorship opportunities."

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Colchester Swimming Club Launches Crowd Funding Appeal
06 December 2020

Colchester Swimming Club has turned to crowdfunding in a bid to raise vital funds that will help keep it afloat.

The club, which was formed in 1884 and is an essential part of Colchester’s fabric, has been plunged into financial uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With training disrupted for several months, and no competitive swimming since March, a significant hole has been made in the Club’s annual income.

The Club is now appealing directly to the people of Colchester for money to help it survive. An initial  crowdfunding target of £5,000 has been set, with the hope of securing funding from Sport England.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: “When we celebrated our 135th anniversary last year we had no idea of the challenges that 2020 would bring. Crucially we have been unable to host swim meets, which are usually a significant source of income, to support the growth and development of the club. We are now appealing for help.”

Head Coach, Michelle Young added: “Over the years thousands of swimmers and water polo players have come through this Club benefiting from the health and social advantages, as well as the competition, that aquatic sports can bring. I hope the good people of Colchester are able to dig deep and secure the future of the Club. Every donation, however small, from the community and local businesses will help. Please give what you can."

The appeal is now live and ends on 17 January 2021.

To make a donation to Colchester Swimming Club’s crowdfunding appeal please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/colchester-swimming-club-covid-appeal

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Colchester finish fourth in Essex

12 March 2020
The Essex Age Group Championships 2020 came to a close on Sunday 1 March at Basildon Sporting Village as qualifying swimmers from across the county once again went head-to-head over the last weekend.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “We finished in a very creditable fourth position overall. Throughout the weekend the team spirit was there for all to see. It was fantastic to see so many different swimmers making finals, setting PBs, winning medals and supporting their teammates.”

Just as they had in the previous weekend of competition Colchester SC got off to a brilliant start and they excelled in the distance events.

The 1500m Freestyle saw three Colchester swimmers set blistering times to be crowned Essex Champions in their respective age groups: Massimo Girolami (19:19.23), Zak Troman (18:55.44) and Mark Milburn (17:37.43). There was further success as Alfie Francis (18:19.74) and Charlotte Tree (19:12.54) both won bronze medals as Colchester continued to rack-up the points and the medal count.

Over the course of the weekend there were a number of brilliant performances but one of the highlights came in the 200m IM which saw Colchester take gold, silver and bronze in the 16-year age group.

Ciara Wookey (2:35.51) took gold, with Charlotte Tree (2:36.40) and Molly Redgrave (2:36.57) taking silver and bronze in a closely-contested race that also saw Lucy Morgan take sixth spot. In the 17-year age group, Asma Parker took fifth place and Helen Thompson won bronze (3:36.05) in the Multi-Disability category.

The 400m IM brought further medal success as Ciara Wookey (5:30.92) became a double-medley Essex Champion and Charlotte Tree (5:32.87) added another silver to her individual collection. Gabrielle Cornish, Molly Grieve and Asma Parker all swam well and claimed top-eight finishes.

Ciara’s brilliant individual display continued as she won silver (1:21.83) in the 100m Breaststroke. Sadie Rowe also won silver (1:22.04) in the 13-year-old category with a fine swim to claim her first County medal and Helen Thompson won another bronze (3:36.05) in the 17-year-old, Multi-Disability category. There were top eight finishes for Angelica Mason, Charlotte Tree and Rebecca Girolami in their respective age groups.

In the 200m Breaststroke Ciara Wookey added another second-place finish (2:56.19) and was joined by Charlotte Tree on the podium as she won bronze (2:58.26). In the other age groups Sadie Rowe, Amy Johnson, Molly Grieve and Rebecca Girolami all secured fifth spot as Colchester demonstrated their strong breaststroke credentials.

There was further success for the girls in the relay events. In the Girls 200m Medley the 13/14-year-old team (Keziah Cornish, Sadie Rowe, Macey Watkins and Olivia Cartwright) battled brilliantly to hold-off strong competition to take bronze (2:15.34). In the 11/12 age group, fifth place was secured (Gabrielle Cornish, Angelica Mason, Anjali Tuckwell and Sophie Ryan) and the same group of girls also came seventh in the 200m Freestyle Team. The 15-year/over girls relay team (Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) finished fifth as they narrowly missed out on a medal despite swimming with great vigour.

The boys also performed admirably. In the 100m Backstroke Zak Troman's fine County Champs continued as he won silver (1:12.47) just ahead of Sandijs Cecins who finished in fourth spot. There were more valuable points for Mark Milburn as he finished in fifth place in the 15 year old age group. In the 16-year-old age group, Naythan Aung won silver (1:02.46) with a brilliant swim as he finished ahead of Kai Cheng (1:03.80) who finished third and Syd Roberts who came fifth. There was a similar story in the 200m Backstroke, with Zak winning silver (2:36.39) and Kai Cheng winning bronze (2:26.45) in their age groups, and there were top-eight finishes by Massimo Girolami, Mark Milburn and Syd Roberts.

The 100m Butterfly saw Colchester claim three further medals with Zak Troman (1:09.08), Alfie Francis (1:04.36) and Naythan Aung (1:00.70) all striking home to win silver. Again, there were a number of other swimmers who made the final throughout the age groups: Raul Shrestha, Sandijs Cecins, Mark Milburn, Kai Cheng all winning County flags. The gruelling 200m Butterfly saw four further top-eight finishes as Alfie Francis, Mark Milburn and Antonio Girolami all performed well in the 15-year age group and Kalaum Corani was placed for the 16-year olds with a strong performance.

The medal count continued to rise in the 200m Freestyle as Massimo Girolami (2:25.85) won bronze in the 12-year-old age group and Mark Milburn added to his personal haul with another bronze (2:09.65) for the 15-year olds. Additionally, Zak Troman, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng and William Pestell all won valuable points for themselves and the Club with top-eight places.

In the 200m IM, Zak Troman took bronze (2:35.96) as he finished ahead of Sandijs Cecins and there were further placings for Raul Shrestha and Massimo Girolami. Finally, the 15/over 200m Medley Team (Naythan Aung, William Pestell, Daryl Rands and Connor Wilken) put in a solid swim to take fifth spot.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said:

“Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed at this year's Essex Championships and represented the Club so well. I would like to give a special mention to Zak Troman and Mark Milburn who swam incredibly well throughout the Championships and won the prestigious Top Male trophies for their age groups. It is an amazing achievement and testament to the hard work they put in day-in-day-out in training. Everyone at the Club is rightfully very proud of them both. ”

Michelle concluded by thanking the coaches, officials and poolside helpers who gave up so much of their time to make the Championships such a success, as well as the parents for supporting the swimmers and the Club.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Freya Cowley, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Angelica Mason, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Arjun Parmar, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Archie Tebbutt, Christopher Thompson, Helen Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, George Wallace, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.

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Masterful county performances

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09 March 2020
On 7 March the 2020 Essex Masters Championships were held at Basildon Sporting Village.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club, and competing against the best Masters swimmers from across the county, were Katie Holmes, Daryl Rands, and Rob Milburn.

Katie finished second overall in the ladies’ event, taking an impressive medal haul of nine medals (five gold, three silver and one bronze), in her age category. In a thrilling 100m Breaststroke race she recovered from a slow start to narrowly miss taking the overall title, by just 0.14 of a second.

Daryl amassed eight medals (one gold, three silver and four bronze).

Like Katie, Daryl just missed winning the gold medal in several races by tenths of a second.

Rob won two golds, four silvers and a bronze medal in his seven events, posting personal best times in three of the events in the process.

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Water Polo: Colchester 15 — 8 Norwich

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02 March 2020
On Wednesday 19 February Colchester played Norwich at Leisure World.

Colchester set the pace straight from the whistle, with Matt Vinter shooting over after 20 seconds of the match. Norwich looked slow and Colchester soon capitalized on this, by racing into a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter and by the end of the first quarter Colchester were leading 6-0.

With such a healthy lead Colchester were able to keep changing the six outfield players regularly (from the nine available) and by the end of the second quarter Colchester were leading 11-2.

Due to a combination of Norwich slowly getting into the game, and Colchester not playing such high intensity Water Polo, the third quarter ended even at 3-3. Colchester still had a healthy lead of 14-5.

Norwich then changed their goalkeeper for the last quarter which enabled them to have their best quarter of the match. He was bigger than the previous goalkeeper and keeping in the shallow end enabled him to pull off numerous saves which resulted in Colchester scoring only one more goal.

Colchester won the match 15-8, with the Colchester goals coming from Simon Lecomber 4, Adam Lecomber 4, Will Chapman 3, Matt Vinter 3 and Mick Parkin 1.

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Medals galore at second weekend of Essex Age Group Championships

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02 March 2020
The second weekend of the Essex Age Group Championships 2020, held at Basildon Sporting Village between Friday 14 - Sunday 16 February, proved to be a thrilling occasion as Colchester SC swimmers once again took on the best swimmers across the county.

The weekend started in spectacular fashion for Colchester as they excelled in the 800m Freestyle, with all five swimmers winning medals.

Zak Troman (9:55.54) and Mark Milburn (9:14.80) both continued their brilliant Championships by winning gold in their respective age groups with superb swims and becoming Essex Champions. Massimo Girolami (10:13.62) and Alfie Francis (9:30.13) were also amongst the medals as they put in gritty performances to win silver and Charlotte Tree (10:07.56) continued to impress in the distance event as she won bronze.

The medal count continued to rise on Saturday and Sunday with a number of the female senior swimmers in particularly impressive form. Asma Parker and Ciara Wookey continued to set the standard making a number of finals in the 17+ and 16-year-old categories respectively.

In the 100m Butterfly both ladies won bronze medals with Asma (1:08.13) and Ciara (1:08.10) digging deep. Molly Grieve also fought hard in the 200m Butterfly to record a top-eight finish in the 15-year age group.

The Colchester girls were in inspiring form in the Backstroke. In the 100m race, Asma led the charge by winning silver (1:07.83) with another great swim. In the other age groups, Macey Watkins and Greta Goddard continued their progression with gutsy displays, and Molly Redgrave and Ciara Wookey also pulled-out the stops, as all four swimmers made finals in their respective age groups.

In the 200m Backstroke, Molly Redgrave (2:31.74) was rewarded for her hard work as she won bronze in the 16-year-old age group and Asma (2:30.14) recorded another third-place finish. Greta Goddard, Ciara Wookey and Gabrielle Cornish shone as they won highly- coveted pennants.

There was further reason to celebrate as Charlotte Tree and Asma Parker recorded top-eight places in the 200m Freestyle and Helen Thompson (1:48.45) won gold in both the 100m Butterfly Multi-Disability and 200m Freestyle Multi-Disability (3:16.58).

In a fitting finale to the girls day the 15 Yrs/Over 200m Medley Team (Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) held off a strong finish to take the silver medal (2:05.00).

For the boys, Mark Milburn was in inspirational form as his superb County Championships continued with a stunning IM double. Mark’s ability of all four strokes was clearly evident as he won the 200IM (2:22.34) and the 400IM (4:58.03) to take his third Essex title of the weekend.

The 400m IM proved to be particularly fruitful for Colchester SC as Massimo Girolami (5:41.37) and Zak Troman (5:20.56) also added to their individual medal tallies with two more silver medals. The good news kept coming as Corey Hare, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami and Kalaum Corani all won County pennants with impressive displays. The 200m IM saw a further five top-eight-finishes with Alfie Francis, Naythan Aung, Kalaum Corani, William Pestell and Daryl Rands all putting in very commendable displays.

Zak Troman’s fine weekend continued as he won another silver (2:36.26) in the gruelling 200m Butterfly with a real demonstration of determination and stamina.

In the 100m Breaststroke Mark Milburn (1:15.55) and Alfie Francis (1:15.62) were separated by a whisker in the 15-year age group as they took second and third spot, with Ronald Gavris also finishing in the top-eight. Massimo Girolami (1:29.59) and Zak Troman (1:21.42) added two further bronze medals as Colchester’s medal count continued to rise and Naythan Aung, Kalaum Corani and Sandijs Cecins all made finals with solid swims.

There was further success in the 200m Breaststroke with William Pestell (2:41.56), Mark Milburn (2:38.49) and Massimo Girolami (3:09.19) all powering to silver in their respective age groups and Zak Troman (2:56.59) and Alfie Francis (2:45.47) both winning bronze medals. Once again there were a number of other top eight finishes as Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami and Kalaum Corani all flew the flag for Colchester.

There were top eight finishes by the 11/12 Yrs Boys Relay team (Massimo Girolami, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Raul Shrestha) too, as they came sixth in both the 200m Medley (2:28.35) and 200m Freestyle (2:12.15)

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded:

“The strength and depth of our squad was really apparent over the weekend. The senior squad members repeatably made finals and showed what it takes to be successful at this level by raising the bar. To come away with so many medal winners, personal bests, as well as those all-important regional times should give everyone a lot of confidence going into the final weekend.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Nikitas Baltsezak, Keelan Barnett, Georgia Bleck, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Jesse Osayande, Asma Parker, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Sadie Rowe, Cole Scott, Raul Shrestha, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Christopher Thompson, Helen Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman, George Wallace, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse and Ciara Wookey.

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Captains have 2020 vision

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27 February 2020
Colchester Swimming Club has announced that Kai Cheng and Asma Parker have been elected as this year’s Club Captains. Kai and Asma will be assisted by Will Pestell, Charlotte Tree and Ciara Wookey, who have been appointed Vice Captains.

Head Coach, Michelle Young said: “The position of Club Captain is a key role within the Club and provides a crucial link between the coaches and the swimmers, with a particular emphasis on team spirit.

There were a number of high calibre applicants this year and I have every confidence that this year’s team will excel.”

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added:

“On behalf of everyone at our Club I would like to offer my congratulations to Asma, Charlotte, Ciara, Kai and Will. They were all very impressive during interview and their enthusiasm and fresh ideas shone through.”

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Masters seasons starts with a bang

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26 February 2020
On Sunday 16 February, Colchester SC Masters kicked-off their season at the 25th Masters & Senior Age Group Valentines Open Meet at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

Racing against swimmers from across the region Colchester SC took a squad of seven swimmers: Katie Holmes, Kat Marks, Ruby Watson, Lauren Himsworth, Damian Navarrete, Rob Milburn and Sam Milburn.

Katie Holmes was particularly impressive as she won the top female swimmer award, winning all ten of her races. Kat Marks also put in a dominant display as she managed five wins from five races. Lauren Himsworth picked up two silver and two bronze medals and Ruby Watson just missed out on a bronze medal in a very competitive age group.

In the men’s races Rob Milburn managed six gold medals, just missing out on the seventh in a tight 100m Freestyle race as he took second spot. Damian Navarrete dominated his three Breaststroke races, winning all three comfortably, with personal best times for both the 100m and the 200m events. Sam Milburn added a gold and a silver to the club medal haul, and posted some personal best times.

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Adam Lecomber selected for England

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18 February 2020
Colchester Waterpolo & Swimming Club is proud to announce that Adam Lecomber has been selected to represent England in the EU Nations Junior Mens Water Polo Tournament 2020.

A team of 13 will travel to Brno, Czech Republic, to compete in their first national tournament together. 15 national teams will compete over a four day period. England are in Group B and will face Belgium in their opening match on Thursday 9 April.

We wish Adam and the England team the best of luck.

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Essex Mini League opener goes down to the wire

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14 February 2020
On Saturday 8 February, Colchester Swimming Club hosted the opening round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Braintree swimming centre.

Canvey Island took top spot (179 points) narrowly beating Brentwood (169 points). Colchester came a close third (165 points) with Woodham (110 points) coming fourth.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager for Colchester SC, explained: “The Essex Mini League provides a framework for competition between 17 amateur swimming clubs within the county in a single division. Each club swims in five galas between February to October. It presents a great opportunity for swimmers to test themselves against the talented swimmers at other local clubs and perform as a team.”

The league meet started perfectly for Colchester with Isabella Stratton-Thomsett winning the 50m Backstroke (41.29) and Carys Westgarth winning the 50m Freestyle (38.16) in the 11&U category. In the 10&U category, Gaby Troman raced clear of the field in the 50m Breaststroke (52.35) and Seth Belshaw repeated the trick in the boys’ category (52.00), while Lukas Karlsson won the 50m Freestyle (40.38).

There were also some inspiring displays by some of the older swimmers. In the 13&U age group, Corey Hare was victorious the 100m Freestyle (1.10.63) and Keelan Barnett won the 50m Backstroke (38.09) as well as the 50m Butterfly (42.42). In the open age category, Felix Szpakowski (1.04.85) and Amy Johnson (1.08.53) both raced to victory in their 100m Freestyle races, and Holly McCarthy won the 50m Breaststroke (43.06).

Alongside some brilliant individual displays were some magnificent relay results. In the open 4X2X1 Freestyle the girls’ team (Amy Johnson, Holly McCarthy, Sophie Baker and Paige Scott) came home first in a time of 1.58.63 and the boys’ team (Daniel Himsworth, Felix Szpakowski, Antonio Girolami and Christopher Thompson) won in 1.47.91.

There were also maximum points in the 6X1 Butterfly relay (Emily Tuckwell, Isla Widdowson, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Paige Scott, Holly McCarthy and Amy Johnson) and the 6X1 Breaststroke relay (Anya Waterman, Evie Edwardson, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Sophie Baker, Holly McCarthy and Amy Johnson) as the girls finished comfortably ahead of the other teams, recording times of 1.46.38 and 2.05.50 respectively. In the boys’ 6X1 Breaststroke relay, the Colchester team (Austin Brook, Harry Griffiths, George Scanlan, Corey Hare, Antonio Girolami and Christopher Thompson) took the spoils with another solid performance as they came home in 2.03.85.

Colchester dominated the 4X1 Freestyle relays, with the 9 year olds (Joseph Stoker, Austin Brook, Jarad Rowe and Ralph Whitehouse) leading the charge in a brilliant time of 1.19.09. In the 10&U category both the girls (Amalie Bird, Gaby Troman, Evie Edwardson and Isla Widdowson) and the boys (Lukas Karlsson, Ralph Whitehouse, Seth Belshaw and Harry Griffiths) finished in first place, recording times of 1.10.66 and 1.15.22. The same feat was repeated in the 13&U category as the girls (Paige Scott, Daisy Himsworth, Camille Veil and Sophie Baker) touched home first in a time of 1.02.84 and the boys (Corey Hare, George Scanlan, Keelan Barnett and Sandijs Cecins,) swam to victory in 1.02.89.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “I cannot praise the squad enough, they swam their hearts out and there were no DQs. We were desperately unlucky with 11 time faults on the night; some of our swimmers were just too quick! The whole team performed amazingly well and should be very confident going into our next fixture on 9 May at Harlow Leisure Zone. I was very impressed by a number of our younger swimmers, particularly those who were swimming in the first competition; they handled the occasion brilliantly.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Sophie Baker, Keelan Barnett, Seth Belshaw, Amalie Bird, Emilia Bilton, Austin Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Alexander Cottrell, Evie Edwardson, Antonio Girolami, Hugo Goddard, Harry Griffiths, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Lukas Karlsson, Sophie Knevett, Holly McCarthy, Jarad Rowe, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Paige Scott, Joseph Stoker, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Christopher Thompson, Gabriella Troman, Emily Tuckwell, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Anya Waterman, Carys Westgarth, Ralph Whitehouse and Isla Widdowson.

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Fabulous freestylers fly the flag for Colchester

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10 February 2020
The second day of Essex Age Group Championships 2020, held at Basildon Sporting Village, saw Colchester SC swimmers go head-to-head against the county’s best freestyle swimmers.

In the 15 year age category of the 400m Freestyle, Mark Milburn swam sensationally to win a thrilling race and come home in first place (4:30.28) to become Essex County Champion. Alfie Francis finished in eighth place with a solid, gutsy performance.

The 400m Freestyle proved to be an excellent event for Colchester as Massimo Girolami put in a commanding performance to secure second place in the 12 year old age group. Zak Troman followed-up his fine County Champs form to add to his personal medal tally and win silver in the 13 year age group, and was closely followed by Sandijs Cecins who dug deep to take seventh spot. Of the girls, it was 16 year old Charlotte Tree who once again impressed with a powerful swim to finish in a very respectable fifth place.

Mark, Zak and Sandijs also registered further top eight places in the respective age groups in the 100m Freestyle as their recent training efforts clearly paid dividends. In the 16 year old age group of the same event, Naythan Aung and Kai Cheng fought hard for fifth and sixth place respectively. Further success came as Keziah Cornish showed real determination to take sixth pace in the 14 year old girls’ race and Asma Parker came seventh in the 17 years/over category.

There were also two top eight finishes for the 15 years/over 200m Freestyle relay teams. The men’s team (Naythan Aung, William Pestell, Daryl Rands and Connor Wilken) coming home in sixth and the women’s team (Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) taking seventh to make the finalists’ podium.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “It’s been a wonderful start to this year’s County Championships. To follow-up our success at the LAC with another strong team display is just reward for everyone’s efforts. Alongside Mark, Massi and Zak’s medal-winning swims there were a number of personal bests registered throughout the squad and the whole team should feel very proud of their achievements.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Keelan Barnett, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Arjun Parmar, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Raul Shrestha, Eloise Smart, Archie Tebbutt, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, George Wallace, Macey Watkins, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.

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Sprinters sparkle on opening day of County Champs

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08 February 2020
On Saturday 1 February over 70 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club, who had registered qualification times throughout the year, travelled to the London Aquatic Centre to compete against the finest swimmers in Essex.

The opening day of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships saw the club’s sprinters take centre stage and they didn’t disappoint as Colchester racked up an impressive total of 43 top 10 finishes; winning 11 County medals (3 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze).

Asma Parker led the charge as she won double gold in an extraordinary individual display. Asma held off stiff competition in the 17 years/over 50m Butterfly (29.43) to touch home in first place to become an Essex Champion and then capped a superb day as she set another blistering time in the 50m Backstroke (31.24), as well as claiming ninth spot in the 50m Freestyle.

Zak Troman was also crowned County champion as he flew off the blocks to win gold in the 13 year age group’s 50m Butterfly (30.46). Zak, who impressed throughout, was amongst the medals again as he battled hard to win bronze in the 50m Backstroke and later registered two fourth place finishes in 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke respectively.

In the 16 year old age group, Naythan Aung showed real grit and determination to win silver in the 16 Yrs 50m Backstroke and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke. Impressively, he also came fifth in the 50m Freestyle and sixth in the 50m Butterfly as he registered top 10 finishes in all four strokes. In the same age category, Ciara Wookey once again put in a stirring display as she held on to win bronze in the 50m Butterfly and further demonstrated her all-round ability by claiming fifth place in the 50m Breaststroke and sixth spot in the 50m Freestyle. Alfie Francis also impressed as he put in a notable swim to win silver in the 15 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and claim tenth place in the 50m Butterfly.

Of the younger swimmers it was Archie Tebbutt who caught the eye as he won silver in the 10/11year age group’s 50m Backstroke. Archie was also part of the 9/10 year old relay team (alongside teammates Nikitas Baltsezak, Jesse Osayande and Joseph Stoker) who took second place in both the 200m Freestyle (2:25.40) and the 200m Medley (2:50.88). The girls’ relay team also performed admirably (Sophie Knevett, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Emily Tuckwell and Anya Waterman) finishing in sixth spot in the 200m Medley (3:02.81) and eighth in the 200m Freestyle (2:42.13) to claim the highly- coveted pennants.

A number of other Colchester swimmers swam brilliantly to reach finals and secure top ten finishes: Nikitas Baltsezak (50m Breaststroke), Sandijs Cecins (50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly), Kai Cheng (50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke), Keziah Cornish (50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke), Freya Cowley (50m Breaststroke), Ronald Gavris (50m Breaststroke), Massimo Girolami (50m Breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50m Breaststroke), Greta Goddard (50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly), Molly Grieve (50m Breaststroke), Angelica Mason (50m Breaststroke), Lucy Morgan (50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle), Molly Redgrave (50m Backstroke), Syd Roberts (50m Backstroke), Sadie Rowe (50m Breaststroke), Charlotte Tree (50m Breaststroke) and George Wallace (50m Freestyle).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To win 11 medals on the first day of the Championships was a great start. All of the swimmers who made finals are to be congratulated but the whole squad performed magnificently and the coaching team are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them.”

The remaining Essex Age Group Championships will be held at Basildon during February.

The following swimmers achieved County qualification times throughout the year to also represent Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Sophie Baker, Keelan Barnett, Annie Bayliss, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Austin Brook, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, William Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Hugo Goddard, Harry Griffiths, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Holly McCarthy, Hannah O’Malley, Arjun Parmar, Daryl Rands, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Lucy Toms, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Macey Watkins, Carys Westgarth, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, and Molly Young.

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Colchester quintet selected for Performance Foundation Camp

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17 January 2020
Five Colchester SC swimmers have been selected to attend Swim England East Region’s Performance Foundation Camp in February.

The Performance Foundation Camp follows a pilot programme that ran in 2019 and includes two technically focused pool sessions per day, access to sports science and sports medicine professionals, as well as a parent talk.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I’m really pleased that Kai Cheng, Mark Milburn, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts and Charlotte Tree have been invited to attend. They are all talented, hardworking swimmers who have bags of ability.”

Michelle added: “Swimmers have been selected who are in the top 100 rankings nationally but didn’t qualify for the English or British Summer Nationals event. Selection was based on data from the national rankings department at the end of the national qualifying window in May 2019.”

The camps will be held on Monday 17 February (13/14 years) and Tuesday 18 February (15 years) and will be held at Stanground Academy, Peterborough.

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Huge medal haul for Colchester SC

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20 December 2019
On 7 December Colchester Swimming Club held its County Qualifier meet at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre. The final home meet of the calendar year saw a whopping 91 swimmers compete for Colchester SC on a highly competitive day, ranging from those doing their first galas to seasoned Masters.

21 different clubs were represented, as swimmers came from across the region attempting to gain or improve upon the required Essex county times ahead of the 31 December deadline.

On a thrilling day of racing, Colchester Swimming Club won a staggering 188 medals - 68 gold, 53 silver and 67 bronze - with the boys winning a total of 93 medals and the girls winning 95.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To see almost 100 of our swimmers competing at our home meet was an incredible sight. The medal count was absolutely phenomenal and I’m delighted that so many swimmers secured those all-important county times ahead of the Essex Champs, with some also securing regional times. I was really pleased to see such fantastic examples of team camaraderie displayed throughout the day too.”

Emma added: “It would be impossible to list everyone who swam well with so many PBs, technical improvements and well executed race plans but the three that caught my eye were Archie Tebbutt, Sandijs Cecins and Mark Milburn. Archie (9) won 7 golds as his great form continued and Sandijs (11) yet again impressed with 6 golds and 3 silvers and he smashed his personal bests on his 50m and 100m fly to gain regional times in both. Mark (14) also deserves a special mention as he won 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze and put in a spectacular swim on his 200m breaststroke to smash his pb and finish in 2:35.58.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “I would like to thank and congratulate all of the swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteers for putting on a brilliant meet. Good luck to all of our swimmers who will be competing at the Essex County Champs that start in February, you should be very proud of your achievements.”

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Colchester duo compete on the national stage

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16 December 2019
Asma Parker and Naythan Aung both set lifetime best times as they competed in this year’s Swim England National Winter Championships.

The Championships, which took place between 5 – 8 December 2019 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool, is the biggest English swimming meet of the winter months, with Britain’s top senior swimmers often involved. The short course championships features the full range of Olympic swimming events, as well as 50m competitions for breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: "It is a huge achievement to qualify and have the opportunity to test yourself at national level. I’m very proud that Asma and Naythan both qualified to swim the 50m Backstroke and delighted that they recorded personal best times of 29.32 and 27.01 respectively."

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National Arena Swimming League (London) – Premier Division: Round two

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21 November 2019
Colchester Swimming Club were in action at Becontree Heath, Dagenham as the second round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division took place on 9 November 2019.

On a highly competitive night the Colchester SC squad finish sixth with a number of hard fought displays to amass 181 points, just 2 points behind fifth place.

Ciara Wookey opened proceedings and gave her all in the 200m IM to achieve the regional qualification time and later claimed second place in the 100m Butterfly as her good form continued.

In the 50m Breaststroke Massimo Girolami held off strong competition to take maximum points and he put in a gritty display to take second place in the 50m Freestyle. Naythan Aung came third in the 100m Backstroke in a very close heat to record much-needed points and Jack McCarthy was in great form to claim another third place finish in the 50m Butterfly.

The 9/11 boys relay team (Jack McCarthy, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Massimo Girolami) gelled really well to take third place in both the 4x50m Medley relay and the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay.

Not to be outdone the boys 15/u Freestyle relay team (Syd Roberts, Kai Cheng, Alfie Francis and Naythan Aung) also swam well to take third spot.

Of the younger swimmers Gabby Cornish was on fire setting PBs in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle and Anjali Tuckwell’s effort shone through as she also swam really well in this tough gala.

Other performances that caught the coaches’ eye included Corey Hare who recorded a county time in the 100m Breaststroke and Zoe Clegg who stepped up to record a PB when a teammate fell ill in the 100m Freestyle. Charlotte Tree once again swam her heart out in the 100m Breaststroke and Connor Wilken swam a new PB in 100m Freestyle. Hayden Chamberlain really stepped up and swam amazingly in 15 yr old relay when he stepped in for Syd Roberts.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented:
“Points were hard to come by but the squad worked exceptionally hard to pull things back. Although I was disappointed with our placing, I cannot fault the effort.”

Michelle concluded: “Pleasingly no DQs were recorded but this is a tough competition. We really need everyone fully firing and on their A game in the all-important next round.”

After two rounds Colchester sit in 9th place in the league with 376 points. The third round will take place on 14 December and Colchester will be competing at Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.

Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Angelica Mason, Jack McCarthy, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.

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Colchester compete with the region’s best

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12 November 2019
Eight members of Colchester Swimming Club competed against the region’s best swimmers at Swim England’s East Region Short Course Championship on Friday 1 November – Sunday 3 November.

Held at Basildon Sporting Village the Championships saw a number of fine individual displays. Helen Thompson even broke two of her own Down Syndrome Junior World Records setting new lifetime bests in both the 400m Freestyle (6:47.59) and 200m Individual Medley (3:35.91) as she claimed double gold. She also won silver in the 200m Freestyle.

Asma Parker, who qualified to race in eight events, swam well throughout the Championships. She set a PB in the 50m Butterfly (29.25) but her standout swim came as she achieved a 50m Backstroke Winter national time with a PB (29.55) in her heat to make the final.

Ciara Wookey also qualified in eight events and pushed herself to new limits as she set PBs in the 100m Breaststroke (1:17.22), 200m Breaststroke (2:47.99), 200m Fly (2:25.51) and combined all four disciplines to excellent effect in the 200m Individual Medley (2:28.38).

Other personal best times were set by Alfie Francis (28.54 in 50m Butterfly), Rebecca Girolami (28.09 in 50m Freestyle), William Pestell (1:11.00 in 100m Breaststroke), Molly Redgrave (2:23.04 in 200m Backstroke) and Syd Roberts (1:03.04 in 100m Backstroke).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Inevitably the competition gets harder as swimmers progress and it is a considerable achievement simply to make the qualification time and compete at the Regional Short Course Championships. I was really proud of the way this group gave their all to represent the Club superbly.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Alfie Francis (50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Breaststroke), Asma Parker (50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Backstroke), William Pestell (50 Butterfly,100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke), Molly Redgrave (50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley), Syd Roberts (50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke), Helen Thompson (200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle) and CiaraWookey (50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Individual Medley, 400 Individual Medley).

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Masters win medals on the National stage

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06 November 2019
The Swim England Masters National Championships 2019, the highlight of the national Masters short course calendar, took place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 25 – 27 October.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club, and competing against the best Masters swimmers from around the country, were Katie Holmes, Simon Emm and Rob Milburn.

All three swimmers achieved some excellent results. Katie was by far the busiest swimmer with eight events spread across the weekend including the 400m, 800m and 1500m long distance Freestyle events, the 200m Fly, 200m IM, and the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events. Katie recorded an amazing six personal best times, and won silver in the 200m Breaststroke and bronze medals in both the 100m Breaststroke and the 400m Freestyle.

Simon choose to concentrate on his three specialist butterfly events and successfully retained his 200m fly national title, but unfortunately just missed out on a 50m medal as he was edged into fourth place.

Rob was also in great form as he won the bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke and achieved good times in his four events.

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Medals galore at Basildon

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06 November 2019
Swimmers from Colchester SC put in a great performance as they competed against 22 other clubs at this year’s Basildon & Phoenix Swimming Club Autumn County Qualifier. In total the team came away with 18 gold, 21 silver and 19 bronze medals, which was a reflection on the superb effort all swimmers put into the event.

The gala, which was held at Basildon Sporting Village on 26 - 27 October, saw a large team of 49 swimmers from Colchester all trying to gain or improve on their county times or in some cases striving for those very challenging regional times.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Whilst everyone was deserving of high praise for their swims against some stiff opposition, the standout swim for me was by Kalaum Corani who broke the one minute barrier on his 100m Freestyle setting a new PB of 59.58. Other good swims came from Gabrielle Cornish in her 200m IM which secured her another Essex Qualifier Time and young Amalie Bird who set new PBs on just about everything she swam in. Amy Johnson continued to impress in the pool, smashing times on her 200m Backstroke and Ronnie Gavris also swam well on his 50m Fly and 100m Breaststroke and Sandijs Cecins’ 50m Fly was amazing.”

Jeff Coles, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added: “The competition was stiff but the squad was up to the challenge and performed really well. Almost every swimmer achieved new PBs in at least one event – indeed some achieved them in every event they swam!”

There were a number of fantastic medal-winning performances across the age groups.

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  • Isabella Stratton-Thomsett: 50m Backstroke (gold 45.34), 50m Butterfly (silver), 200m Breaststroke (silver), 50m Freestyle (bronze), 50m Breaststroke (bronze) and 200m IM (bronze)
  • Olivia Cartwright: 200m Backstroke (silver)
  • Sadie Rowe: 100m Breaststroke (bronze)
  • Keziah Cornish: 50m Backstroke (gold 34.13), 100m Backstroke (gold 1:14.01) and 200m Backstroke (bronze)
  • Sophie Baker: 200m Breaststroke (bronze)
  • Molly Redgrave: 50m Backstroke (bronze) and 100m Backstroke (bronze)

Boys

  • Archie Tebbutt: 50m Backstroke (gold 40.12), 50m Butterfly (gold 40.10), 50m Freestyle (gold 35.06), 50m Breaststroke (silver), 100m Backstroke (silver) and 100m IM (silver)
  • Nikitas Baltsezak: 50m Breaststroke (gold 46.17), 100m Breaststroke (silver), 200m Breaststroke (silver), 200m IM (silver), 50m Butterfly (bronze) and 50m Freestyle (bronze)
  • Raul Shrestha; 100m Butterfly (gold 1:29.66) and 200m IM (bronze)
  • Sandijs Cecins: 50m Butterfly (gold 34.35), 100m Butterfly (gold 1:18.18), 100m Freestyle (gold 1:08.22), 50m Freestyle (silver) and 200m IM (silver)
  • Massimo Girolami; 400m Freestyle (gold 4:57.64), 400m IM (gold 5:50.45) and 200m Freestyle (silver)
  • Harrison Brook: 50m Butterfly (silver), 200m Butterfly (silver), 200m Breaststroke (silver), 100m IM (bronze) and 100m Butterfly (bronze)
  • Zak Troman: 50m Breaststroke (gold 38.49), 200m IM (gold 2:34.11) and 50m Backstroke (silver)
  • Arjun Parmar: 100m Butterfly (silver) and 400m Freestyle (bronze).
  • Corey Hare:100m Backstroke (silver), 100m IM (silver), 400m IM (silver), 200m Backstroke (bronze) and 200m Butterfly (bronze)
  • Kalaum Corani: 100m IM (gold 1:07.19), 100m Breaststroke (gold 1:14.04), 50m Breaststroke (silver) and 200m IM (bronze)
  • Alfie Francis: 50m Breaststroke (gold 32.98) and 400m Freestyle (bronze)
  • Antonio Girolami: 200m Breaststroke (bronze)

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Nikitas Baltsezak, Keelan Barnett, Annie Bayliss, Amalie Bird, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Evie Edwardson, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Ellie Knevett, Sophie Knevett, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Arjun Parmar, Molly Redgrave, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Archie Tebbutt, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Lucy Toms, Zak Troman, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Isabelle Watkins, Macey Watkins and Grace Weekes-Rolfe.

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Colchester take on Essex’s finest at Senior Winter Champs

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29 October 2019
Swimmers representing 30 different clubs competed at this year’s Essex Senior Winter Championships on 19-20 October.

Held at Basildon Sporting Village, Colchester SC were once again amongst the medals and registered numerous top 8 finishes. The strong collective performance meant that Colchester finished fourth in the ’Top Club’ league table.

Naythan Aung recorded a series of PBs in a fine individual display with the highlight seeing him produce a fantastic 50m Winter National backstroke time to take gold in 27.27. The 50m backstroke proved to be a very lucrative event for Colchester as Asma Parker also won gold in the Girls Open category to finish comfortably ahead of the competition and take top spot in 29.99. Ciara Wookey added to her recent impressive displays and showed real determination to win bronze in both the Girls Open 400m IM in 5:10.80 and the Girls Open 100m Butterfly in 1:06.31.

A number of other swimmers also caught the eye. Connor Wilken, who now seems to be back to his best following injury, produced multiple PBs and looked in great form in the freestyle races and Charlotte Tree, who had a number of good races, took special delight in breaking the 30 second barrier in her 50m Freestyle.

Alfie Francis demonstrated his strength across all of the strokes and Syd Roberts was in great spirits as he recorded PBs across the board to qualify for a number of finals. Molly Redgrave was particularly impressive in the 200m freestyle as her fitness shone through and she also registered strong performances in both freestyle and backstroke. Joseph Guild was in great form as he registered PBs in every 50m and 100m event he competed in.

The Club’s youngsters once again showed the squads strength in depth with Keziah Cornish swimming well in her backstroke races and the 50m freestyle and Sadie Rowe impressed in all three breaststroke races.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I’m delighted that Naythan, Asma and Ciara were rewarded with medals for their performances. The three of them have worked exceptionally hard and were outstanding throughout the weekend, swimming race after race and making finals.”

Michelle concluded: “We took a squad of 35 swimmers this year and the whole team handled the pressure well to put in a strong performance. There were lots of great times and a number our swimmers recorded top three finishes in their age groups with county and regional times being set along the way.&lrquo;

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Georgia Bleck, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Holly McCarthy, Asma Parker, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, George Wallace, Connor Wilken, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Team spirit shines through in Arena League

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18 October 2019
On Saturday 12 October 2019 Colchester Swimming Club competed in the opening round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield.

Despite stiff competition from some of the region’s strongest swimmers, Colchester SC put in a spirited display to record 12 top three finishes and finish in fourth place on the night with 195 points.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “It was a thoroughly solid team performance. A number of the team were competing alongside older, more experienced, swimmers and they really held their own. There were no DQs and the entire squad can take great pride in the effort that they put in.”

There were a number of impressive swims by the Club’s younger swimmers who recorded PBs of two seconds or more. In the 50m Breaststroke Massimo Girolami took maximum points to finish ahead of the competition in 40.55 and Angelica Mason swam beautifully to touch home in 42.73. Sandijs Cecins clocked 1:08.05 in the 100m Freestyle as he continues to impress and Sadie Rowe finished strongly to record 1:24.00 in the 100m Breaststroke. Macey Watkins, who was competing in her first gala for Colchester, also gained valuable points in the 100m Butterfly to finish in 1:20.89.

Of the older swimmers Ciara Wookey impressively swam the 100m Butterfly twice (as a 15/u and in the open category), registering a PB of 1:05.67 and taking third spot in the open category. Masters’ swimmer Daryl Rands also recorded a small PB in his first competitive gala for the club in the 100m Breaststroke registering a time of 1:11.77 as well as picking up points in the 100m Freestyle. However, celebration of the night went to Kai Cheng in the 100m Freestyle who couldn’t contain his joy when seeing he’d registered a PB of 57.06.

Throughout the night the amazing team spirit really shone through and this was particularly evident in the relays. The boys 9/11 relay team of Jack McCarthy, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Massimo Girolami were particularly impressive as they took second place in both the4 x 50m Freestyle Relay in 2:11.27 and the 4 x 50m Medley Relay in 1:54.49. The 4 x 50m Medley Relay proved to be a fruitful race as the Boys 15/u team of Naythan Aung, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng and Syd Roberts finished strongly to take second spot and help cement an impressive night for Colchester.

Michelle concluded: “The atmosphere tonight was electric at times and the noise was intense. It was great to see our supporters in the crowd, with their flags and red t-shirts, cheering us on and the swimmers poolside really getting behind their teammates. Bring on the next round on 9 November!”

The final results

    1. Camden Swiss Cottage (328)
    2. Hatfield (325)
    3. Hackney Aquatics (281)
    4. Colchester (195)
    5. Watford A (185)
    6. City of St. Albans (177)
    7. Anaconda (162)
    8. Enfield Swim Squad (135)

The next round will take place on Saturday 9 November at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Dagenham.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Corey Hare, Angelica Mason, Jack McCarthy, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse and Ciara Wookey.

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World records tumble in Thurrock

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14 October 2019
A squad of 35 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the Blackshots Leisure Centre in Grays on 5-6 October to compete in the Alan Mitchell Memorial County Qualifier.

This meet gave the swimmers a chance to gain or improve upon the required times for the Essex County Champs which are being held in early 2020.

The competition was tough but Colchester SC came away with a host of medals (17 gold, 22 silver and 24 bronze) and some really exceptional results. Encouragingly all the swimmers performed excellently with every swimmer managing to achieve either new PBs or gaining those all-important County Times.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Although there were a number of impressive performances throughout the weekend the standout swimmer of the meet was undoubtedly Helen Thompson who set a Junior T21 European record in the 100m freestyle. Incredibly she also smashed the Junior T21 World Record for the 200m freestyle by 10 seconds and then set a new Junior T21 World Record in the 400m IM by a staggering 50 seconds. It was simply incredible to watch.”

As well as Helen’s sensational achievements there were a number of gold medal winning performances.

In the 9 year old category, Archie Tebbutt won six stunning golds (50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke) as he continued to shine. Isabella Stratton-Thomsett was in incredible form as she won an extraordinary nine medals (gold in 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke).

In the 10/11 age group Sandijs Cecins won gold in impressive style in the 50m backstroke. Sandijs also won silver in the 200m IM, and bronze in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. Gabrielle Cornish finished well ahead of the pack as she won gold in the 100m butterfly and she also claimed silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

In the 14 years and over category, Charlotte Tree caught the eye as she won six medals (gold in the 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle and 400m IM, silver in the 200m IM and bronze in the 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke). Rebecca Girolami did the double to claim gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as silver in the 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Jeff Coles, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Once again our swimmers represented themselves and Colchester SC in exemplary fashion showing great teamwork and encouragement to one another. As well as Helen’s staggering performance, there were PBs galore and a host of county qualification times. Amy Johnson who was on fire as she set PBs in all six of her events, Camille Viel also set a number of improved times and George Wallace was very impressive in the 100m freestyle.”

Other swimmers representing Colchester SC: Sophie Baker (silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke), Annie Bayliss, Harrison Brook (silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 400m IM), Olivia Cartwright, Keziah Cornish (bronze in the 50m backstroke), Freya Cowley, Ronald Gavris (bronze in the 50m breaststroke), Antonio Girolami (silver in the 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle), Massimo Girolami (silver in the 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle), Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Molly Grieve (bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m breaststroke), Corey Hare (silver in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly, and bronze in the 200m backstroke), Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson (bronze in the 50m breaststroke), Hannah Karlsson, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Sadie Rowe, George Scanlan, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas (silver in the 400m IM), Gabriella Troman (silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 200m IM), Zak Troman (silver in the 200m breaststroke and 200m IM, and bronze in the 100m backstroke), Camille Viel, George Wallace and Elliot Whitehouse (bronze in the 200m backstroke).

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Swim England East Region Masters Championships

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01 October 2019
Masters swimmers from all over the Eastern Region were at Newmarket’s Abbeycroft Leisue Centre on Sunday 29 September, competing for regional titles.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club at the event were Katie Holmes, Daryl Rands, Jack Mantle and Rob Milburn. All four swimmers posted good times in their events and between them won an impressive 22 medals: 15 of which were gold.

Katie swam brilliantly to win seven of the eight events she entered and Daryl picked up four gold medals from his six events. Rob and Jack were also in great form and won two gold medals each.

The full results can be found here.

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Swim England Open Water National Masters Championships 2019

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06 September 2019
The Swim England Open Water National Masters Championships 2019 took place on Sunday 1 September at Nene Park in Peterborough and Colchester SC were represented by Katie Holmes, Rob Milburn and Simon Emm.

The Championships, based around a 1km lake course, attracted over 200 open water swimmers of various ages from across the country.

The 5km event was first up and the Colchester swimmers started brightly. Simon and Rob both winning their age groups to finish 5th and 7th place overall.

After a short rest the pair then returned to the water to compete in the 3km event: Simon finishing 2nd in his age group and 7th overall, with Rob managing a creditable 4th in his age group and 16th overall.

Katie was next to race in the Ladies 3km event, and not to be outshone by the men’s results, came 3rd in her age group, and 10th overall.

Completing a hat trick of events Simon and Rob then raced the 2km event, both again winning their age groups and coming 4th and 10th overall.

Katie then doubled up and returned to the water for the 2km event, looking strong and coming 2nd in her age group and 9th overall.

Overall a great day out for the Colchester trio who picked up four National Championship gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal.

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Championships, Championships and yet more Championships!

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08 August 2019
It has been a very busy fortnight for Colchester Swimming Club, we have been travelling up to Glasgow to compete in the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross with swimmers Elinor Duley and Naythan Aung. Elinor swam a super 50m butterfly race to make the final, where she finished 10th with an impressive time of 28.11 seconds. Elinor also swam in the 50m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, coming 14th in both and gaining a season’s best of 1.03.22 in the 100m butterfly. Naythan Aung swam and amazing 50m backstroke race, securing a new personal best time of 28.69.

It was then time to travel down to Sheffield for the Swim England National Summer Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Day One, saw four swimmers competing Ciara Wookey, Sam Whearty, Alfie Francis and Louis Walker. Sam Wheary swam in the first event, competing in the Multi Classification 100m freestyle, Louis Walker in the 50 freestyle. Louis was fast off the blocks, swam really strongly to secure at personal best time of 26.51 to finish joint 12th. Alfie Francis swam the first of his three qualifying events the 100m breaststroke, he swam a new personal best time of 1.13.85 and a place in the final. In the final he finished in 7th place. The last event of the morning was the 400 individual Medley, one of the toughest events in swimming Ciara Wookey swam brilliantly securing a new personal best time of 5.19.35 and 11th place.

Day Two Sam Whearty was back in action in the 200m Individual Medley and 50m freestyle, Alfie swam a really nice 200m breaststroke race and Ciara Wookey competed in the 100m butterfly, she swam a new personal best time to make that night’s final, where she broke her best time again and finished 7th with a new time of 1.05.92.

Day 3 was a rest day for the club and Day 4 saw 5 swimmers competing. Alfie Francis was competing over the shorter 50m distance in the breaststroke. Rebecca Girolami returning from a nasty injury to her ankle, also swam a lovely 50 m breaststroke. Louis Walker held his stroke beautifully in the 50 m breaststroke, blasting outing of the blocks he swam a determined race, securing a personal best time and a place in that night’s final. In the final he produced another personal best time of 33.18 and 8th place. It was a change of stroke then for Naythan Aung, he got a good start and held his beautiful stroke to produce another personal best time in the 100m backstroke event and another swim in the final. He finished in 10th place but went home happy with his new best time.

Day 5, final day and Ciara Wookey swam in her final race, the 50m butterfly, producing another good swim.

It was a complete change of venue for Monday’s Open Water Swimming National Age Group Swimming Championships, traveling to the lake of Thrybergh Country Park in Rotherham.

After a stormy night before, it was a relief to have a beautifully warm dry day for the swimmers. Colchester had Charlotte Tree representing them in the 3km swim. Charlotte finished in 20th place, first from the East Region, with a 3 minute improvement on last year’s time. Michelle Young Chief Coach of Colchester Swimming Club said “ It was a lovely end to a super fortnight of competition, I am really pleased that as a club we have been represented in a wide range of events, ages and across both sexes. The swimmers have all worked really hard and I am proud of all of them and look forward to next season and a new year of competitions”.

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Eastern Region Open Water Championships

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29 July 2019
The Eastern Region Open Water Championships were held at Whitlingham Country Park, in Norwich, on 21 July.

The event saw the top Open Water swimmers from around the Eastern region race against one another over 1km, 2km, 3km and 5km distances.

In total over 420 competitors of all ages took to Whitlingham Great Broad, competing for club honours, County titles, Regional titles, and for the age group swimmers to gain qualification for the National Open Water Championships.

Colchester Swimming Club won nineteen medals in total, and were represented by Georgie Hinds Dutton, Katie Holmes, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Rob Milburn, Andy Syrett, Charlotte Tree, Ruby Watson and Connor Wilkin.

The event started off with the 3km race, where Charlotte won the Essex title, came third in the region, and qualified for the Nationals. Connor also won the Essex title, and came third in the region for his age groups. Andy went one better with a first in Essex, and second in the region for his age group. Meanwhile both Katie and Rob won both County and Regional titles for their age groups.

With no Colchester swimmers taking part in the Novice 1km event, next up were the 2km swimmers. In a hotly-contested age group Amy managed a creditable fourth place in Essex. Meanwhile Georgie kept up the good run of results and came first in Essex for her age group, with Ruby also coming first in Essex, and third in the Region. Andy managed another good swim, and repeated his earlier result with a first in Essex, and second in the region.

The last event of the day was the 5km race where Mark and Rob Milburn competed against each other, with Rob just winning in a very close race. Each of them won their age groups for both Essex, and the Region in the process.

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Trio qualify again for British Summer Championships

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15 July 2019
Three Colchester swimmers have earned the right to compete against Britain’s best swimmers on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Summer Championships.

The Championships will take place across six days at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow from 23 – 28 July 2019 and Naythan Aung (50m backstoke), Elinor Duley (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly) and Martha Duley (50m backstroke and 100m backstroke) will all represent Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the pinnacle of the National events calendar and only the top ranked swimmers in each event are invited to compete. It is a tremendous achievement to qualify at this level once but I am particularly proud that all three have made the grade once again. Everyone at the Club will be cheering them on.”

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Six of the best: Swim England National Summer Meet

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15 July 2019
Six members of Colchester Swimming Club have qualified to swim at The National Summer Meet: Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year.

This year’s meet will take place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 31 July – 4 August and the very best swimmers at English affiliated clubs who haven’t qualified for the British Swimming Summer Championships are invited to compete at the English Nationals.

“It will be the first time competing at this level for a couple of our swimmers and they have worked exceptionally hard to make the cut. Those that are competing at this level again know how tough it is but they have valuable experience to draw upon. Individually and collectively they have a huge amount of talent and we are very proud of their achievements,” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

The following swimmers will represent Colchester SC in Sheffield: Naythan Aung (100m backstroke), Alfie Francis (50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50m breaststroke), Louis Walker (50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, Sam Whearty (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m IM) and Ciara Wookey (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 400m IM).

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Colchester strike Braintree bonanza

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20 June 2019
51 swimmers represented Colchester SC at the Braintree & Bocking Spring Festival Open Meet on Sunday 2 June.

The gala, which was held at Braintree Swimming and Fitness Centre, proved to be incredibly successful as Colchester racked-up a huge haul of 104 medals (35 gold, 42 silver and 27 bronze). Impressively, 20 different Colchester SC swimmers across the age groups won at least one gold, with several swimmers claiming multiple event wins. The impressive display means that numerous swimmers have already achieved the County qualification time and a large number of PBs were set.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “I was particularly impressed by our 9 and 10 year olds. Their technique, strength and stamina continue to improve and they are following the fantastic example set by our older swimmers.”

Michelle continued: “There were several triple gold medalists: Massimo Girolami, Sadie Rowe, Antonio Girolami and Kai Cheng. Gabriella Troman scooped four golds and Greta Goddard and Zoe Clegg both took home eight medals each. Ellie Knevett did really well at her first open and Ronnie Garvis made an amazing start to competitive swimming.”

9 Yrs Age Group

• Gabriella Troman: gold in the 200m IM, 100m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke

• Nikitas Baltsezak: gold in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m IM

• Carys Westgarth: gold in the 50m Butterfly, silver in the 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 50m Backstroke

• George Scanlan: silver in the 200m Freestyle

• Isabella Stratton-Thomsett: bronze in the 200m IM and 50m Freestyle

10 Yrs Age Group

• Gabrielle Cornish: gold in the 200m IM, silver in the 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, and bronze in the 50m Freestyle

• Lyle Whearty: gold in the 50m Backstroke and bronze in the 100m Breaststroke

• Anjali Tuckwell: gold in the 50m Butterfly

• Naomi Sandercock: silver in the 200m Freestyle

• Freya Cowley: bronze in the 200m IM and 200m Freestyle

11 Yrs Age Group

• Massimo Girolami: gold in the 200m Freestyle, 200m IM and 100m Freestyle, and silver in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly

• Jack McCarthy: gold in the 100m Butterfly, and silver in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke

• Aila Manning: silver in the 50m Breaststroke and bronze in the 200m IM

12 Yrs Age Group

• Sadie Rowe: gold in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m Backstroke

• Greta Goddard: gold in the 50m Backstroke, silver in the 200m IM, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle

• Olivia Cartwright: gold in the 100m Backstroke, silver in the 50m Backstroke, and bronze in the 200m IM

• Arjun Parmar: silver in the 100m Butterfly and bronze in the 200m Freestyle

• Paige Scott: silver in the 100m Breaststroke

• Alfie Smart: bronze in the 100m Breaststroke

13 Yrs Age Group

• Antonio Girolami: gold in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m IM, silver in the 200m Freestyle and bronze in the 50m Butterfly

• Ronald Gavris: gold in the 50m Backstroke, silver in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke

• Keziah Cornish: silver in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 100m Backstroke and 200m IM

• Sophie Baker: silver in the 100m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke

• Corey Hare: bronze in the 200m Freestyle

14 Yrs Age Group

• Kai Cheng: gold in the 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly

• George Wallace: gold in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, silver in the 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 50m Butterfly

• Louis Walker: gold in the 50m Freestyle, and silver in the 50m Backstroke, 200m IM, 200m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle

• Eloise Smart: gold in the 200m Freestyle and silver in the 50m Backstroke

• William Easteal: gold in the 50m Breaststroke

• Hannah O’Malley: silver in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke

• Lotti Talbot: silver in the 100m Backstroke

15 Yrs/Over Age Group

• Zoe Clegg: gold in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke, silver in the 200m IM, 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke

• Sam Whearty: gold in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke in the Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points

Other swimmers also representing Colchester SC: Seth Belshaw, Georgia Bleck, Alanna Brosnan, Leyla Corani, Isobel Easteal, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Hugo Goddard, Amy Johnson, Luke Kelly, Ellie Knevett, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Naomi Sandercock, Cole Scott, Jessica Thomas, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, Grace Weekes-Rolfe and Curtis Whearty.

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Zak selected for Essex Inter-Counties Team

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15 June 2019
Following some magnificent swimming displays throughout the season Zak Troman has been selected to represent the Essex Swimming Team at this year’s Junior Inter-Counties Team Championships. Selection was made using GB rankings for long course times.

The Championships, which is contested by 10 – 13 year olds, will be swum long course and held at Inspire: Luton Sports Village on Sunday 22 September.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club said: “Zak’s a hugely talented swimmer who has shown real dedication to his sport for a considerable period of time now and thoroughly deserves this recognition. It is wonderful achievement and promises to be a great day.“

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Mini League contest goes down to the wire

13 June 2019
The Colchester SC Mini League team was once again in action as a reduced squad competed in the fourth round at Basildon Sporting Village on 8 June.

In a nail-biting contest it was hosts Basildon (160 points) who emerged victorious just edging Colchester into second place (159 points). The Borough of Southend team (136 points) took third place and Clacton and Hornchurch tied for fourth spot (116 points).

There were a number of impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. Greta Goddard caught the eye as she finished ahead of the field in both the 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke and Nik Baltsezak was also a double winner, as he proved too strong from the opposition to take first place in the 50m breaststroke and 25m butterfly.

The butterfly proved to be a strong event throughout the night with Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Holly McCarthy and Hayden Chamberlain all taking maximum points as they powered home first. The first place finishes kept coming with Sandijs Cecins (50m backstroke), Bronte Jordan (100m freestyle) and Anola Jordan (50m breaststroke) all proving to be in winning form as the points tally continued to rack-up.

Bronte and Anola were also part of the successful girls open 4x2x1 freestyle relay. Alongside Georgia Bleck and Annie Bayliss they took first place in a time of 1.56.21 as their impressive night continued. There was further freestyle relay success for Colchester when Hugo Goddard, Sandijs Cecins, Lyle Whearty and Nik Baltsezak won the boys 11&U category in a smashing time of 1.08.03. The feat was repeated by the boys 10&U (Lyle Whearty, George Scanlan, Seth Belshaw and Nik Baltsezak) and 13&U (Alfie Smart, Corey Hare, Sandijs Cecins and Hayden Chamberlain) relay teams who won in 1.14.66 and 59.62 respectively as their hard work in training paid off. The final relay success came via the boys 6X1 breaststroke relay team (Eesa Parker, Nik Baltsezak, Sandijs Cecins, Corey Hare, George Wallace and Kalaum Corani) who raced home in 2.03.09 to secure maximum points.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “This was a very tricky gala with lots of people unable to swim. In the end we narrowly missed out but I am very proud of those swimmers who gave it their all with many swimming in higher age groups to fill the gaps. Some of our youngest swimmers are still adapting to the competitive swimming environment and Evie Rose Edwardson stepped into the youngest age group at last minute to compete in her first ever gala.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added: “A special mention must also go to the Bronte Jordan who after eight years swam her last race for Colchester. In a fitting end to her competitive swimming career I was delighted that she came first in the 100m freestyle. Over the years Bronte represented our club superbly and I’m really pleased that she is moving into teaching swimming.”

The final Mini League fixture takes place on in September at Woodham.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Nik Baltsezak, Annie Bayliss, Seth Belshaw, Georgia Bleck, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Evie Rose Edwardson, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Holly McCarthy, Eesa Parker, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Alfie Smart, Joseph Stoker, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Archie Tebbutt, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, George Wallace and Lyle Whearty.

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Swim England East Region Long Course Champs 2019

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12 June 2019
Hot-on-the heels of the Colchester Swimming Club’s recent success at the Senior East Region Long Course Champs there were further celebrations at the remaining long course championships events on 19 May (Luton) and 25-27 May (UEA Sportspark).

On 19 May it was the turn of the distance swimmers where Zak Troman, Mark Milburn and Charlotte Tree took on the region’s stamina kings and queens of the pool. All three competed commendably with Charlotte finishing in seventh spot in the 1500m Freestyle (19:21.49), Mark coming home in eighth place in his age group in the 800m Freestyle (9:41.82) and Zak powering home to take the silver medal 800m Freestyle (10:07.06) in the 12 year age category.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in Norwich, Zak and Mark were joined by 11 of the club’s other junior swimmers who had qualified for the region’s premier long course championships. Once again Zak was in red hot form and put in several sensational performances winning a further seven regional medals and setting a number of PBs. He blew away some of the region’s best swimmers to win four golds (1500m Freestyle (19:04.86), 100m Butterfly (1:11.10), 200m Butterfly (2:37.65) and 400m Individual Medley (5:32.19)), two silvers (200m Individual Medley (2:36.72) and 50m Butterfly (32.45)) and two bronze medals (200m Freestyle (2:21.01) and 400m Freestyle (4:56.29)). He also made the final and finished in fourth place in the 200m Breaststroke (3:02.62) and 200m Backstroke (2:39.68).

Alfie Francis was also in medal-winning form and set a number of PBs through the weekend. He raced to silver in the 100m Breaststroke (1:14.85), bronze in the 200m Breaststroke (2:45.54), fifth in the 50m Breaststroke final (34.05) and eighth in the 100m Freestyle (1:03.12). Alfie also qualified to race in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Louis Walker swam a fantastic race to take silver in a blistering 50m Freestyle final (26.64). Louis also made the regional qualification time in five further events: 100m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly.

Mark Milburn came fifth in the 400 Individual Medley (5:17.24) and seventh in the 200m Breaststroke final (2:52.40) with two solid swims. He also competed in four other events setting a number of PBs (400m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley).

Other squad members who competed admirably and shone with their efforts over the weekend included:

• Olivia Cartwright: 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke

• Keziah Cornish: 50m Backstroke

• Antonio Girolami: 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly

• Massimo Girolami: 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley

• Molly Grieve: 200m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, 400m Individual Medley

• Corey Hare: 200m Butterfly

• Jack McCarthy: 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly

• Sadie Rowe: 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke

• George Wallace: 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Zak’s commitment is exemplary and I am thrilled that his efforts got the results that he deserves. Despite recent injury Alfie also did very well and Louis’ freestyle final was over in a flash. I am very proud of all of the club’s swimmers who had qualified for this level 1 meet. Each-and-every swimmer gave their best and represented the Club superbly.”

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East Region Inter-County Swimming Team Championships

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06 June 2019
Six Colchester swimmers have been selected to represent East Essex at this year’s East Region Inter-County Championships at UEA Sportspark in Norwich on Sunday 7 July.

Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Alfie Francis, Zak Troman, Louis Walker and Ciara Wookey have been selected based on their rankings for long course times.

“All six of our swimmers have been in fantastic form. The Championships tend to be highly competitive and great fun with each team really wanting to win. It should be a wonderful occasion and its testament to the hard work and dedication that they all continue to put in,” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

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Huge points haul secures Essex Mini League win

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01 June 2019
The third round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Hornchurch Sports Centre took place on 11 May and once again there was a fantastic atmosphere.

Colchester led throughout the evening amassing an impressive 173 points to finish well clear of Southend (134 points) and Harwich (133 points). Hornchurch (119 points) and Clacton (107 points) took fourth and fifth spot respectively.

There were a number of amazing individual swims with 12 different swimmers (Sophie Baker, Alanna Brosnan, Gabby Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Corey Hare, Eoin Ledwidge, Sophie Ryan, Felix Szpakowski and Anjali Tuckwell) all taking maximum points in their events.

Colchester also excelled in the relay races; winning an impressive 10 events. The young guns shone as both the girls and the boys won their 4X1 freestyle relays in the 9 year old age groups. The girls team (Skye Farrow, Carys Westgarth, Gabriella Troman and Isabella Stratton-Thomsett ) racing home in 1.47.66 and the boys (Joseph Stoker, Jude Leigh, Jesse Osayande and Eesa Parker) touching in first in a creditable time of 1.46.68.

The evening came to a fitting finale when George Wallace managed to hold off Southend’s challenge in an extremely exciting finish in the cannon (a freestyle relay consisting of one swimmer of each sex from each age group) to secure a first place finish (Carys Westgarth, Freya Cowley, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Anola Jordan, Joseph Stoker, George Scanlan, Alex Cottrell, Hayden Chamberlain and George Wallace).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “We had some spectacular swims. It was a big night for several of our younger swimmers who had never raced before and they had a lot of fun. Jesse Osayande, Eesa Parker and Joseph Stoker were just amazing and represented the club superbly. Massimo Girolami had a terrific swim winning the boys under 13 3L freestyle and Corey Hare and Sophie Baker both looked particularly impressive. Once again we did extremely well in the relay races and the teamwork and attitude was first class throughout.”

The next Mini League fixture takes place on 8 June at Basildon Sporting Village.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Alanna Brosnan, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Freya Cowley, Skye Farrow, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Corey Hare, Anola Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Jude Leigh, Angelica Mason, Holly McCarthy, Jesse Osayande, Eesa Parker, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha, Joseph Stoker, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, George Wallace, Carys Westgarth and Lyle Whearty.

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Swimmer of the Month - April 2019

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15 May 2019
Sandijs Cecins and Helen Thompson are April’s 'swimmers of the month'.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester SC, said: “Since joining the squad Helen has worked so hard, achieved a World record and has applied herself to the new tasks and methods of training really well. She listens to instruction and always tries her very best and has produced some great pull sets.”

Michelle continued: “Sandijs is a joy to teach, his work ethic is amazing, he turns up smiling, works hard at every session and gets out smiling. He has produced some excellent times at competitions and listens and applies what he has been told. A very happy and positive young man. ”

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Norfolk County Masters Open Meet

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15 May 2019
On Saturday 11 May Colchester Swimming Club’s Masters took on some of the region’s best swimmers at the Norfolk County Masters Open Meet.

Held at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich, the event is one of the final preparation long course meets prior to the British Masters Championships 2019 and attracts swimmers from across the Eastern counties.

Representing Colchester were Katie Holmes, Jack Mantle and Rob Milburn who collectively won an impressive tally of 15 medals: Katie winning a remarkable eight medals (five gold, two silver and a bronze) in a variety of disciplines.

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Senior East Region Long Course Champs

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12 May 2019
15 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club qualified to compete at this year’s Senior East Region Long Course Champs at Inspire Luton Sports Village.

The level 1 meet, which was held between Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May, saw Colchester SC come away from the first weekend of this year’s regional championships having won 1 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The East Region long course championships held at the 50m competition pool at Luton represents an important event in the swimming calendar and provides swimmers the opportunity to evaluate and review their race fitness before the end of the season’s major events. Colchester SC’s team of swimmers who had qualified for this event rose to the occasion producing some excellent performances against a strong contingent of clubs from across the region.”

Ciara Wookey was on good form and displayed a determination and resilience that reflected in some excellent results throughout the three day competition. She took the bronze medal in her 100m butterfly with a one second PB but then narrowly missed a second bronze by point two of a second having swam two seconds inside her best. After a fourth place finish in the gruelling 400m IM she went on to PB again in the 200m breaststroke for eighth place and also finished eighth in the 100m event.

Naythan Aung looked very strong setting a number of new personal bests in his events. A very determined effort in the 50m backstroke saw him take the silver medal and he then went on to final in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle and produce further commendable swims in the 100m free and 100m and 50m breaststroke.

Martha Duley, although still recovering from injury, managed to display superb technical ability and snatch the silver medal in the 50m backstroke and finish ninth in the 50m free. However, she excelled with a very resolute effort in a closely contested 100m backstroke that saw her take the title gold in a nail biting finish.

Elinor Duley took two well deserved silver medals in both the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly. She narrowly missed a final place after an excellent performance in the 50m backstroke but she finished the three day event off in great style by taking another silver in the 50m butterfly.

Molly Redgrave displayed great future potential producing bests in both her 200m backstroke to finish sixth and in her 400m IM (tenth).

Syd Roberts set a new PB for sixth place in his 50m backstroke and finished ninth in his 200m backstoke.

Rebecca Girolami displayed great breaststroke technique to finish eighth in her 100m event and won the silver medal in the 50m.

Samuel Whearty took fifth place in his 100m freestyle multi disability category and set a new best time in his 400m freestyle to take third place. He then went on to produce another best for second in his 200IM.

Three days of hard competition at this level can take its toll on your performance but the team still managed to sparkle and support each other throughout the last session to snatch more final places.

Charlotte Tree took sixth in the gruelling 800m freestyle while Molly Redgrave and Ciara Wookey both swam inside their previous best times to final in the 200m IM; Ciara taking bronze and Molly finishing seventh, while Naythan Aung took two fifth places in 200m IM and 100m backstroke. Ciara completed the weekend events with a well deserved fourth in the 50m butterfly while Lucy Morgan produced a superb personal best in her final 100m backstroke event to finish the weekend on a high.

Other members of the team who competed in various other events and produced some very creditable performances were Molly Young, Kai Cheng, Thomas Grieve, Kalaum Corani, Saif Rahman.

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Masters’ medal joy

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11 May 2019
On Sunday 28 April Colchester SC’s Masters competed at the Newmarket Masters Meet 2019 at Newmarket Leisure Centre and won an impressive 29 medals between them across multiple events.

Standout performance of the day was Simon Emm, who dominated the butterfly and freestyle races to win five gold medals. Katie Holmes, who was in a very competitive age group, also had a great day to remember winning eight medals.

Further medals were secured by Rob Milburn and Lauren Himsworth, who both took six medals, and Ruby Watson who finished the meet with four medals.

The full results can be found on www.newmarketswimclub.co.uk/results

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Archie achieves fundraising goal

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07 May 2019
Young swimmer Archie Tebbutt, who recently joined the Junior Squad, has raised over £300 for Colchester Swimming Club by completing a ’keepie-uppie’ football challenge!

Archie, who competed as part of the 200m Medley Team and 200m Free Team at this year’s Essex Age Group Championships, set his heart on raising the much-needed funds as he wanted to give something back to the club that may help his club mates.

At the time of setting the challenge Archie could do 4 keepie-uppies in a row (juggling a football with any part of the body except the hands and arms) but set a very ambitious target of 35 and asked friends and family to sponsor him if he completed it.

Archie gave himself only 4 weeks to practice and complete the challenge and in the end smashed his target to record 83.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Club I would like to congratulate Archie on this fantastic achievement. I’m very impressed by Archie’s dedication and commitment in the pool but clearly he has a talent for football too. The Committee has suggested that we use the funds that Archie has raised to buy some parachutes and bungee training cords to help with our speed work.”

Archie said: “Lots of people give up their time to help us improve our swimming and I wanted to raise some money so that the Club could buy the kit that we need by doing a fun challenge.”

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Long course joy at LAC

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18 April 2019
On 13-14 April a squad of 25 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the London Aquatics Centre to compete at Newham & East London’s Level 1 National Qualifying Meet.

Despite extremely tough competition over the two days Colchester won an impressive 32 medals (10 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze). Additionally, many of the swimmers achieved PBs as they competed against some of the best club swimmers across England.

Team Manager, Jeff Coles, said: “The entire squad represented Colchester superbly and the team spirit throughout the weekend was exceptional. For the Club to win medals in all four strokes, as well as the individual medleys is very gratifying, especially when you look at the age-range of the swimmers too. Swimming at the Olympic Pool certainly excited the swimmers and they all performed at their very best, competing against some of the best swimmers from London, South of England and even a couple of international swimmers.“

Jeff continued: “Zak and Alfie were simply sensational, both continuing their recent extraordinary form but every swimmer that competed should feel very proud of their efforts. Some of our young swimmers really tested themselves against top-class swimmers and will have gained valuable experience ahead of the Regional Championships.“

In the 100m backstroke there was a Colchester one-two in the 15 year age group as Naythan Aung (1:04.04) held-off Syd Roberts’ challenge (1:08.12) to take gold. Both swimmers enjoyed further success in the backstroke with Naythan finishing third in the 50m backstroke (29.57) and Syd winning his second silver in the 200m backstroke (2:27.31). The medals continued to rack-up as Harrison Brook (1:29.13) won the bronze in the 100m backstroke in the 11 year age group and Molly Redgrave (1:13.69) also claimed bronze, finishing comfortably ahead of fourth spot, in the 15 year age category.

The breaststroke swimmers were in fantastic form too. 12 year old Zak Troman won an incredible triple gold, holding-off all challengers to take first place in the 50m (39.60), 100m (1:26.02) and 200m breaststroke (2:58.58). Harrison Brook added to his personal medal tally with silver in the 50m breaststroke (46.47) but went even better in the 200m breaststroke to win gold; six seconds ahead of his nearest rival (3:31.96). In the 50m breaststroke there was a second Colchester one-two, as Louis Walker (34.02) finished ahead of Alfie Francis (34.58) in the 14 years age group. Alfie added to his medal haul with silver in the 100m breaststroke (1:14.26), a distance that also saw 11 year old Massimo Girolami (1:38.70) take second place. In the 50m breaststroke, Naythan Aung won his third medal of the meet to take bronze (33.41), and there was also bronze medal success in the same event for Thomas Grieve (31.46) in 17+ age category and Rebecca Girolami (35.51) in the 16 years age group for the girls.

Zak and Alfie were back amongst the medals in the butterfly. Zak coming third in the 50m butterfly (32.93) and second in the 200m butterfly (2:47.42), and Alfie winning bronze in the 100m butterfly (1:05.99) and silver in the 200m butterfly (2:29.54).

Zak’s marvellous meet continued as he amassed further medals in the freestyle: winning gold in the 50m (30.47), silver in the 100m (1:05.79) and gold in the 200m (2:24.32) in a dominant display. Louis Walker won his second gold (26.54) in the 50m freestyle and in the 100m freestyle both Massimo Girolami (1:12.06 - bronze) and Alfie Francis (59.23 - silver) added to their medal hauls. In the punishing women’s open 1500m freestyle Charlotte Tree showed impressive stamina to win bronze in the 15 year age group (19:05.79).

In the 200m IM, Zak finished well clear of the next fastest swimmer to claim yet another gold (2:37.66) in his age group and Massimo Girolami won a further bronze (3:01.60). Finally, in the 400m IM Ciara Wookey (5:22.67) demonstrated a superb grasp of all four strokes to win silver in the 15 year age group.

Whilst not all swimmers medalled, they all achieved personal best times, including new or improved Regional Qualifying times.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace and Ciara Wookey.

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Helen breaks junior world record

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12 April 2019
Colchester Swimming Club’s Helen Thompson has set a new junior world record in 100m IM at this year’s European Down Syndrome Open.

The short course championships, which were held on 6-7 April at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton, attracted teams from across Europe and some of the best swimmers in the world.

Helen had a storming weekend, achieving six PBs and winning several medals: gold in 100m IM and 200m Breaststroke, silver in 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and in the team 200m Freestyle relay, and Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. However, the undoubted highlight of the meet came when Helen broke the junior world record in 100m IM in a sensational time of 1:43.52!

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester SC, said: “Helen recently joined us from Colchester Phoenix and has settled in superbly. Everyone at the Club is exceptionally proud of her. It is a magnificent achievement and testament to the hard work that Helen puts in and her competitive spirit.”

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Long course success at Luton

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05 April 2019
Colchester Swimming Club took a team of 19 senior swimmers to the Level 1 Team Luton Long Course Open Meet on 30-31 March 2019.

The two day competition, which took place in the 50m pool at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, saw swimmers attempt to either achieve or improve on their East Region Championships qualifying times. In addition some of the swimmers were looking to gain qualifying times for Summer National Championships now that the brief qualifying window has opened.

The level of competition was extremely high with over 450 swimmers representing 70 clubs from London, the South, the Midlands and the East of England regions. All of the swimmers acquitted themselves very well. Several PBs were achieved and it proved great experience for the swimmers.

Team Manager, Jeff Coles, said: “I was delighted with the swimmers’ attitude throughout the weekend. They were all very focussed and determined to perform at their maximum level. They picked up positive points as well as areas to work on from their races to now take back to their training programme and work on further with their coaches over the coming busy weeks.”

Jeff continued: “Throughout the weekend there was a really strong team spirit amongst the swimmers. It was fantastic to see the squad cheering on their teammates as they kept themselves focussed between races.”

Medals were achieved by:

Ellie Duley - Gold in 16+yrs 100m butterfly (1:05.14) and 50m freestyle (27.01). Bronze 100m freestyle (1:01.01)

Alfie Francis - Gold in 14yrs 100m breaststroke (1:14.70). Silver 200m IM (2:27.49) and 200m breaststroke (2:44.56). Bronze 100m butterfly (1:05.64) and 200m butterfly (2:31.90)

Ciara Wookey - Gold in 15yrs 100m butterfly (1:07.55). Silver 400m IM (5:27.34) and 200m IM (2:33.60).

Louis Walker - Gold in 14yrs 50m freestyle (26.74). Silver 50m breaststroke (34.11)

Nathan Aung - Silver in 15yrs 200m IM (2:26.65).

Molly Grieve - Bronze in 14yrs 200m butterfly (2:44.41)

Other team members who attended and swam excellently were: Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Keziah Cornish, Martha Duley, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Charlotte Tree and Molly Young.

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Colchester swimmers with the Midas touch

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03 April 2019
A squad of 39 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury on 6-7 April to compete in this year’s Robin Deal Memorial Meet.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The Club had a magnificent weekend. Personal bests were smashed, regional qualification times were achieved and there were a huge amount of medals. Swimmers were full of confidence and showed a real hunger and determination in their quest to continue to improve.”

Emma continued: “Swimmers throughout the age ranges won medals and with 20 different swimmers winning at least one gold medal it’s exceptionally hard to highlight individuals. However, Jack McCarthy made his fly look effortless, Alfie Francis broke the magic minute mark in the 100m freestyle and Sadie Rowe achieved the 200m breaststroke regional qualification time to complete the full breaststroke set. A special mention also has to go to Alex Tinnion who was competing in his last gala before joining the RAF who won an incredible five golds.”

Throughout the age ranges there was a lot to celebrate with gold medals galore. For the 9 year olds Gabriella Troman powered to gold in both the 50m Backstroke (43.98) and 50m Butterfly (46.36) and George Scanlan took first place in the 200m Individual Medley (3:52.15). In the 10 year old category Gabrielle Cornish took double-gold with impressive swims in the 50m Backstroke (40.98) and 100m Backstroke (1:28.59) and Massimo Girolami continued his recent great form to take top spot in the 50m Breaststroke (42.76).

Olivia Cartwright won a clean sweep of golds in the backstroke discipline in the 11 year old age group, taking first place in the 50m Backstroke (36.17), 100m Backstroke (1:18.64) and 200m Backstroke (2:41.00). Jack McCarthy made the 100m Butterfly (1:18.88) look easy in his win and Zak Troman won a staggering five golds as he took first spot in the 50m Breaststroke (39.61), 50m Freestyle (30.56), 100m Freestyle (1:06.13), 100m Individual Medley (1:18.11) and 200m Butterfly (2:39.15).

Further success came via 12 year olds Greta Goddard and Sadie Rowe. Greta holding-off stiff competition in the 50m Backstroke (36.07) and Sadie winning gold inside the regional qualification time in the 200m Breaststroke (3:08.13). The 13 year old boys were in sparkling form and Antonio Girolami won the 50m Breaststroke (38.20), 100m Breaststroke (1:24.38), 200m Breaststroke (2:56.00) and 100m Butterfly (1:13.66) in fine style. His success was matched by Corey Hare who took gold in both the 200m Individual Medley (2:51.13) and 400m Individual Medley (5:53.45) and Felix Szpakowski who won gold in the gruelling 200m Butterfly (2:54.62). Daniel Himsworth also caught the eye as he piled up the medals with six golds across the freestyle and backstroke events: 50m Freestyle (29.04), 100m Freestyle (1:03.30), 200m Freestyle (2:23.17), 50m Backstroke (33.70), 100m Backstroke (1:12.95) and 200m Backstroke (2:33.84).

In the 14 year age group, Anola Jordan held off all challengers to win the 200m Breaststroke (3:09.93) and Hannah O’Malley put in an impressive performance to take first place in the 100m Individual Medley (1:18.47). Alfie Francis claimed a magnificent seven golds, across a range of disciplines, as he set a number of PBs: 50m Breaststroke (33.58), 50m Freestyle (27.07), 100m Freestyle (59.51), 100m Individual Medley (1:07.45), 50m Butterfly (29.16), 100m Butterfly (1:04.71) and 200m Breaststroke (2:37.35).

There was further reason to celebrate in the 15/16 age group for the girls as Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez won both the 100m Freestyle (1:06.33) and 100m Individual Medley (1:15.5), Annie Bayliss claimed top spot in the 50m Breaststroke (38.42) and Bronte Jordan took double-gold in the 100m Breaststroke (1:24.97) and 200m Breaststroke (3:00.43).

Finally, in the 17+ boys age group, Alexander Tinnion took gold in the 50m Freestyle (26.63), 50m Butterfly (32.25), 50m Backstroke (30.59), 100m Backstroke (1:07.06) and 200m Backstroke (2:29.69) as his Colchester SC career came to a fitting close.

Colchester SC: Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Molly Grieve, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Hannah O’Malley, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Alexander Tinnion, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman and Anjali Tuckwell.

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Mini-League squad take second spot at Braintree

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03 April 2019
Colchester SC competed in the second round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Braintree Swimming Centre on 9 March.

In a closely-contested evening Braintree took top spot (171.5 points) narrowly edging Colchester into second place (159 points). Chelmsford came a close third (153.5 points) with Maldon (97 points) and Canvey (82 points) coming fourth and fifth respectively.

The meet got off to a great start for Colchester with both the girls and the boys winning their 4X1 medley relays in the 9 year old age groups. The girls team (Isla Widdowson, Skye Farrow, Gabriella Troman and Nabiela Van Der Schyff) racing home in 1.30.19 and the boys (Austin Brook, Archie Tebbutt, Jude Leigh and Ralph Whitehouse) touching in first in 1.30.62.

There were a number of impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. In the 10&U age group Raul Shrestha (50.06) held off strong competition in the 50m breaststroke and Nik Baltsezak (19.97) put in a very good swim to win the 25m butterfly.

Further success came in the open category with Cole Scott taking top spot in the boys open 50m backstroke (35.19). In the 100m freestyle Keziah Cornish raced clear of the field (1.09.75) and Felix Szpakowski (1.08.00) also touched in first for the boys. Felix continued his impressive evening by securing a win in the 13&U age category of the 50m fly (35.94) and in the same age group Nurayni Van Der Schyff (37.88) came home in first place in the 50m backstroke.

There were also some sensational relay performances throughout the age classifications as Colchester really turned on the style to bolster their points tally. In the open age category, there was double success in the 4X2X1 freestyle relay with the girls (Keziah Cornish, Annie Bayliss, Molly Young and Anola Jordan) winning in 1.58.62 and the boys (Mark Milburn, Kalaum Corani, Dan Himsworth and Cole Scott) taking first place in 1.49.50.

The impressive feat was replicated in the 6X1 breaststroke relay with both the girls’ team (Gabriella Troman, Sophie Ryan, Aila Manning, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Anola Jordan and Annie Bayliss) and boys’ team (Nik Baltsezak, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Felix Szpakowski, Mark Milburn and Kalaum Corani) demonstrating relay prowess to win in 2.07.94 and 2.01.34 respectively.

As the league meet came to a close the boys put in a couple of outstanding performances to secure maximum points in the 4X1 freestyle relay. Firstly, the 10 year olds (Jude Farrow, Nik Baltsezak, George Scanlan and Raul Shrestha) won their age group (1.14.82) and then the 13 year olds (Corey Hare, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain and Felix Szpakowski) touched in first (1.02.00).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The little ones as always swam exceptionally well despite their nerves on the night. Both the girls and boys relay teams in the nine year old age group put in terrific little swims, including Isla in her first mini league fixture. However, the outstanding swimmer of the night for me was Raul, swimming the 50m breaststroke which is not his event as rule but he totally smashed it. It was also lovely to see Anola back competing after injury and securing precious points for the team.”

The next Mini League fixture takes place on 11 May at Hornchurch Sports Centre.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Nik Baltsezak, Annie Bayliss, Austin Brook, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Keziah Cornish, Freya Cowley, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Corey Hare, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Anola Jordan, Jude Leigh, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Mark Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Raul Shrestha, Felix Szpakowski, Archie Tebbutt, Lucy Toms, Gabriella Troman, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Elliot Whitehouse, Ralph Whitehouse, Isla Widdowson and Molly Young.

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Duley sisters take on Britain’s elite

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01 April 2019
Ellie and Martha Duley have once again successfully qualified to represent Colchester Swimming Club on the national stage at the British Championships.

This year’s Championships take place at the Tollcross International Pool in Glasgow from 16 – 21 April 2019 and the sisters will compete against the best swimmers in Britain. Martha has qualified for 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, whereas Ellie will compete in the 50m and 100m Butterfly, as well as the 50m Freestyle.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the highlight of the National events calendar and attract the best swimmers from England, Wales and Scotland. Last year saw Adam Peaty claim the 50m and 100m Breaststroke double, while Freya Anderson and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor landed titles in the women’s events. I am so proud that Ellie and Martha have once again achieved the exceptionally tough qualifying times.“

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Swimmer of the Month - March 2019

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29 March 2019
The month’s winners of ’swimmer of the month’ are Angelica Mason (Potential) and Corey Hare (Performance).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester SC, said: “Angelica and Corey have been working very hard to improve their strokes. They are both really enthusiastic towards their training, have achieved some fantastic race results and always train with a smile on their faces. I was delighted that Corey’s hard work led to him achieving his 200m fly regional time and that Angelica smashed all of her PBs at our recent Open Meet.”

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Simon smashes British record and wins triple gold

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27 March 2019
Colchester Masters Swimmer Simon Emm has set a new British record in the 200m Butterfly at this year’s London Region Long Course Masters Regional and Open Championships.

The Championships, which were held on Sunday 24 March at the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford, saw Masters swimmers from across the London boroughs and the surrounding areas, race for honours in the iconic 50m Olympic pool.

Simon, who competes in the 50/54 year age group, started the gala in top form to take first place in the 100m Butterfly (1:04.92) and beat his own regional record by 0.5 seconds. The day got even better as he raced clear of the field to finish in a blistering time of 2:28.04 to beat the 200m Fly British record by 0.7 seconds and he also won gold in the 50m fly in 29.23 (narrowly missing out on his own regional record).

Simon said: “I am absolutely thrilled with my overall performance and to have set a new British record. The previous record, set in 2007, had been a target over the last couple of years but had just eluded me but I’ve finally done it!“

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Charlotte selected for East Region Open Water Development Camp

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27 March 2019
Charlotte Tree has been selected to attend a two-day Regional Open Water Camp on 1 and 16 June.

The East Region Open Water Development Camp aims to provide open water development to swimmers who qualified for the 2018 Swim England National Open Water Championships in the 12 to 16 years age groups.

The first day of the camp will be pool-based (Venue Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield) and the second day will be lake-based (Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City), with theory and land-training elements on both days.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I am very proud that Charlotte has been selected for this development camp. Last year Charlotte won the 14 year age group at the Swim England East Region Open Water Championships and went on to compete at Swim England’s National Open Water Festival at Rother Valley in Sheffield. She has been training hard over the longer distances in the pool and is looking forward to the open-water season.”

Charlotte said: “The number of people taking part in open water swimming is growing fast which is great to see. Im really looking forward to the development camp to learn new skills and to stretch myself and can’t wait to compete again this summer.”

This year’s East Open Water Championships will be held on Sunday 21 July at Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich and The Swim England Open Water National Age Group Championships will take place at Rother Valley Country Park on Monday 5 August.

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Swimmers shine in medal frenzy

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26 March 2019
On 16 and 17 March Colchester Swimming Club held its Regional Qualifier meet at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre. In an action-packed weekend of racing swimmers representing 18 different clubs competed in 30 different events.

Colchester SC won a staggering 181 medals (76 gold, 62 silver and 43 bronze) and a whopping 53 swimmers medalled. As well as some magnificent performances, which saw a number of regional times secured, there were some huge individual medal hauls including Alfie Francis (6 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Harrison Brook (2 gold, 9 silver), Corey Hare (4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze) and Massimo Girolami (8 gold, 1 silver). For the girls Ciara Wookey (5 gold), Charlotee Tree (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Olivia Cartwright (3 gold, 2 silver) and Molly Grieve (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) also caught the eye.

Corey and Olivia also had further reason to celebrate as they registered their first regional qualification times. Corey in the 200m Butterfly (2:59.83) and Olivia in the 50m Backstroke (35.86) and 200m Backstroke (2:40.94).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The whole squad performed exceptionally well against some very stiff competition from across the district. The swimming schedule is particularly full at the moment but with the East Region Championships fast-approaching our home meet provided an excellent opportunity for swimmers to really push for those times. I’m delighted to see that a number of swimmers smashed their PBs and made the qualification times. At the other end of the scale we had a number of swimmers competing for the very first time.”

Michelle concluded: “I would also like to thank our army of volunteers and the officials who helped to make the day such a success. A huge amount of collective effort goes into organising each gala but there was a wonderful atmosphere across the whole weekend and to see so many spectators wearing our supporters’ t-shirts really gave our swimmers a boost.”

89 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez, Sophie Baker, Nikitas Baltsezak, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Seth Belshaw, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Dexter Crisell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Rihanna Keep, Luke Kelly, Eoin Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Angelica Mason, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Robert Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Hannah O’Malley, Isaac Pavey, Saif Rahman, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Charlotte Tree, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Henry Warner, Carys Westgarth, Curtis Whearty, Lyle Whearty, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Isla Widdowson, Alexander Williamson, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Sam crowned National Junior Para-Swimming Champion

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06 March 2019
Sam Whearty, of Colchester SC, competed at the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships (2-3 March 2019) alongside over 100 young swimming hopefuls from across the country.

Held at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre, the national champs saw swimmers aged 10-18 years old compete in the short course gala, where Sam had qualified in five events: the 50m and 100m Freestyle, the 100m Backstroke, the 100m Breaststroke and the 200m IM.

In the end both the 50m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke went down to the final touch, with Sam winning silver medals in the 50m Freestyle (32.83 pb) and 100m Freestyle (1.15.33) and gold in the 100m Backstroke (1.23.67 pb).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Our congratulations to Sam; he had a wonderful Championships. He is a fantastic competitor and continues to work hard which has resulted in medal success at national level.”

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Youngsters shine in Essex Mini League opener

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28 February 2019
On 9 February Colchester Swimming Club hosted the opening round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Braintree swimming centre.

Braintree took top spot (158 points) narrowly beating Basildon (148 points). Colchester came a close third (137 points) with Clacton (123 points) and Hornchurch (105 points) coming fourth and fifth respectively.

There were a number of impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. Raul Shrestha (19.32) raced clear of the field in the 25m butterfly in the 10&U age group and in the 11&U category Massimo Girolami (42.28) won the 50m backstroke whilst Rihanna Keep (37.78) also came first in the 50m freestyle.

There were also some inspiring displays by some of the older swimmers. In the 13&U age group, Daniel Himsworth (41.34) won the 50m breaststroke, Hayden Chamberlain (35.82) came first in the 50m butterfly and Sophie Baker (39.34) raced clear to win the 50m backstroke . In the open age category, Cole Scott (38.72) and Anola Jordan (41.53) both won their 50m breaststroke races, and Cole had further reason to celebrate when he also won the 100m freestyle (1:04.66).

Throughout last year’s Mini League Colchester excelled in the relay races and once again they really turned on the style to bolster their points tally. In the open 4X2X1 freestyle (Cole Scott, Mark Milburn, Daniel Himsworth and George Wallace) came home first in a time of 1:47.15 and there was further success in the 4X1 freestyle as the team of 9 year olds (Dexter Crisell, Seth Belshaw, Jude Leigh and George Scanlan) took top spot in 1:17.53. The points continued to add up as the 6X1 breaststroke relay team (George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Cole Scott and Mark Milburn) powered ahead to record a time of 2:01.82.

The girls also shone in the relay races. The 6X1 butterfly relay team (Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Anjali Tuckwell, Daisy Himsworth, Paige Scott, Nuha Van Der Schyff and Hannah O’Malley) came home in first place in a time of 1:48.66 and in the 13&U age group the 4X1 freestyle relay (Isobel Easteal, Amy Johnson, Sophie Baker and Paige Scott) recorded a time of 1:02.18 to take first place.

A great evening came to close with a fitting finale as the mixed squad won the 10X1 freestyle relay in 2:42.19 (Gabriella Troman, George Scanlan, Anjali Tuckwell, Massimo Girolami, Rihanna Keep, Sandijs Cecins, Amy Johnson, Daniel Himsworth, Anola Jordan and George Wallace).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “We were desperately unlucky with a number of narrow time faults on the night. However, the whole team performed amazingly and should be very confident going into our next fixture on 9 March. I was particularly impressed by a number of our younger swimmers who were competing for the first time and handled the occasion brilliantly.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Seth Belshaw, Emi Bilton, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Dexter Crisell, Isobel Easteal, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Eoin Ledwidge, Jude Leigh, Angelica Mason, Mark Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Hannah O’Malley, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Nuha Van Der Schyff and George Wallace.

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County Champs concludes in medal frenzy

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26 February 2019
Colchester Swimming Club continued to add to their impressive medal tally as they competed in the third and final weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships at Basildon.

The weekend started strongly for Colchester SC with some great performances in the 800m freestyle. Zak Troman, who was in scintillating form throughout the Championships, powered home to win gold and claim the Essex title in the 12 year old category in a time of 10:10.00. There was further reason to celebrate in the 14 year age group with Alfie Francis winning the bronze medal and Mark Milburn coming home in fifth spot. Charlotte Tree continued her good form to claim the bronze medal in the girls 15 years age group.

The boys also impressed in the 400m IM. Zak Troman took the gold in style (5:34.26) to finish ahead of the chasing pack in the 12 year old boy category and Mark Milburn, Alfie Francis and Kalaum Corani all recorded top eight finishes to claim their pendants in their respective age groups.

There was further reason to celebrate in the breaststroke events. In the 10/11 year age group, Massimo Girolami won silver medals in both the 100m and 200m events, with Harrison Brook and Jack McCarthy both registering top eight finishes in the 200m breaststroke too. In the 15 year age group Kalaum Corani came eighth in the 100m breaststroke with Naythan AUNG holding-on to win bronze and later claim fifth spot in the 200m breaststroke. Thomas Grieve also made the final of the 17/over 100m breaststroke to record another top eight finish.

Zak Troman’s red-hot form continued and he won a remarkable double gold, racing ahead of the pack to win the 100m (1:25.15) and 200m (3:01.75). Remarkably, Alfie Francis mirrored that achievement winning in the 14 year age group events in (1:14.33) and (2:44.19). In the 100m breaststroke Louis Walker put in a fine display to take silver with Mark Milburn claiming seventh spot, but in the 200m breaststroke the positions were reversed as Mark fought hard to win silver.

Naythan Aung added to his personal medal haul by winning the silver medal in the 15 years/over 200m IM, where Kai Cheng took fifth place and in the Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points, Samuel Whearty won another silver to continue his fine Championships.

In the 200m butterfly, Zak Troman and Alfie Francis added to their medal collections by putting in bronze medal winning displays and Mark Milburn secured a very creditable sixth place.

Once again there was relay success for Colchester, where the 13/14 Yrs 200m medley team (Daniel Himsworth, Louis Walker, Alfie Francis and George Wallace) beat all other clubs by some distance to take the spoils in 2:03.10. The 11/12 years relay team (Zak Troman, Massimo Girolami, Jack McCarthy and Elliot Whitehouse) put in two fine performances to secure top eight finishes in both the 200m freestyle team and 200m medley team.

There was yet more medal glory with the girls doing particularly well in the 100m butterfly. Ellie Duley emerged victorious to take gold (1:04.66) in her age group, and Ciara Wookey and Asma Parker both took home bronze medals thanks to some gritty displays. In the 200m butterfly Ciara narrowly missed out on a further bronze to take fourth spot and Asma came sixth in her category.

In the backstroke, Asma added to her bourgeoning Championship medal haul by winning silver in both the 100m and 200m events. Lucy Morgan secured top eight finishes in both distances and Olivia Cartwright came seventh in the 12 year old age group in the 200m backstroke. There was also a seventh place finish for Rebecca Girolami in the 200m freestyle in the 16 years age group.

Finally, in the 15 /over 200m medley team relay (Lucy Morgan, Rebecca Girolami, Elinor Duley and Asma Parker) Colchester battled to a fourth place finish.

“It has been a very rewarding County Championships and there have been some real standout performances by a number of our swimmers. Although those winning the medals and titles tend to grab the headlines it has been really encouraging to see how well some of our younger swimmers coped with the occasion,” said Head Coach Michelle Young.

Michelle concluded: “Overall Colchester came fourth in the Top Club rankings with 754.5 points and Zak Troman also topped the Top Male rankings for the 12 year old having had a sensational championships.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Elinor Duley, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Jack McCarthy, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Massimo selected for Swim England’s County Talent Programme

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22 February 2019
Following this year’s Essex County Championships, Massimo Girolami has been selected for Swim England’s County Talent Programme.

The training programme has been set-up by Swim England and Essex to help develop, reward and recognise the top 24 performing swimmers (12 male and 12 female) in the 11 year old age group.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Massimo who had a fantastic County Champs. The course will include pool sessions, land training and workshops on nutrition, lifestyle organisation and effective stroke technique” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

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

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Sudbury Valentines Masters Meet

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20 February 2019
On Sunday 17 February, whilst the main club were competing at Basildon in the County Championships, The Masters squad were in action at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

Racing against swimmers from around the region Katie Holmes, Lauren Himsworth, Sam Milburn, Edward Corcos, Mark Evans, Simon Emm and Rob Milburn all posted some good results, taking a medal haul of sixteen gold, five silver, and four bronze medals between them.

Katie won the top female swimmer award: winning six gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal and achieving several personal best times in the process.

Rob put in some impressive swims, winning gold in all three breaststroke races, and achieving personal best times in both the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.

Meanwhile, Simon dominated the butterfly events again, winning the 50m, 100m and the 200m events overall: breaking two regional records in the process. The record for the 50m fly he put down to the advice of Rob’s daughter, Amy: “Just don’t breathe, it’s only 50m”. Swimming is the only sport where the coach honestly tells you not to breathe.

Edward, Lauren and Sam all took home gold medals, and Mark, in his first competition, managed two personal best times in his two races.

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Colchester champs perfectly at home in Olympic venue

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14 February 2019
The second of the three Essex Age Group Championships weekends took place on 2-3 February and Colchester Swimming Club’s medal tally continued to grow.

Day one saw the sprinters take centre stage as Colchester SC travelled to the iconic London Aquatic Centre in Stratford en masse. In what proved to be another hugely successful day, six swimmers from Colchester SC were crowned Essex Champions as the Club took home 7 golds, 8 silvers and 2 bronze medals, and registered a further 31 top 10 finishes.

The girls won an impressive three county titles, as Asma Parker (30.05) and Ellie Duley (28.63) flew off the blocks to win the 16 year and 17 year age groups respectively in the 50m Butterfly, and Martha Duley (30.94) powered ahead to take gold in the 17 Yrs/Over 50m Backstroke. There was further medal success for Asma as she claimed the silver in the 50m Backstroke and her fantastic form also saw her make the finals of both the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. Ellie also added to her gold medal success with an exciting second place finish in the 50m Freestyle as well as qualifying for the final of the 50m Backstroke, while Martha was a finalist in both the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. Rebecca Girolami put in a notable performance to win silver in the Girls 16 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and was a finalist in the 50m Butterfly, while Ciara Wookey added to the impressive medal haul to take home the bronze in the Girls 15 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and made the final of the 50m Butterfly.

The boys put in a number of great performances, winning four titles. Louis Walker (26.47) took top spot with a sensational swim in the 14 Yrs 50m Freestyle, Zak Troman (39.37) won the 12 Yrs 50m Breaststroke in memorable style, Alfie Francis (33.99) claimed the title in the 14 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and Samuel Whearty (34.20) won gold in Mens MC 15 Yrs/Over 50m Freestyle: Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points. Zak added to his gold with silver in both the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, as well as claiming bronze in the 50m Backstroke to cap an astonishing individual display. There was further silver medal success for Alfie in the 50m Butterfly and Louis in the 50m Breaststroke, with Louis also qualifying for the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly finals as well. Naythan Aung took bronze for Colchester in the 15 Yrs 50m Backstroke to seal a dramatic day for the boys.

There was also relay success in the 200m Medley Team and 200m Free Team for both the boys (Nick Baltsezak, George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha and Archie Tebbutt) and girls (Freya Cowley, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gabriella Troman and Carys Westgarth) as they secured top 10 finishes in the 9/10 yrs age group.

Additionally, the following swimmers all qualified in their heats to represent Colchester SC as top 10 finalists with some truly breath-taking performances: Naythan Aung (50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle), Olivia Cartwright (50m Backstroke), Kai Cheng (50m Backstroke), Keziah Cornish (50m Backstroke), Thomas Grieve (50m Freestyle), Niamh Higgins (50m Butterfly), Aila Manning (50m Breaststroke), Jack McCarthy (50m Butterfly), Mark Milburn (50m Breaststroke), Lucy Morgan (50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle), Syd Roberts (50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly), Sadie Rowe (50m Breaststroke), Molly Young (50m Butterfly) and George Wallace (50m Freestyle).

On Sunday, attention turned to Basildon as swimmers looked to secure a top 8 finish in their heats in order to qualify for the finals.

Zak Troman’s exceptional weekend continued as he was crowned County Champion in the Boys 10/14 Yrs 400m Freestyle (4:58.94) and also won silver in the 100m Freestyle. Ellie Duley claimed her second county title of the weekend to win the 17 Yrs/Over 100m Freestyle (59.02) in style and also made the final of the 400m Free. Ellie was also part of the Womens 15 Yrs/Over 200m Freestyle Team (Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Rebecca Girolami and Asma Parker) who won gold (1:51.05) in a magnificent contest.

Colchester claimed a second relay title in the Mens 13/14 Yrs 200m Freestyle Team (1:50.73) with Alfie Francis, Daniel Himsworth, George Wallace and Louis Walker beating the best the rest of the county had to offer in a thrilling race. The Womens 13/14 Yrs 200m Freestyle Team also secured a top 8 finish (Ruby Chalmers, Keziah Cornish, Ila Nicholson and Eloise Smart) as a remarkable day’s racing continued.

Additionally, the following swimmers all qualified in their heats to represent Colchester SC as top 8 finalists with some marvellous swimming on display: Naythan Aung (100m Freestyle), Martha Duley (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Alfie Francis (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Massimo Girolami (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Lucy Morgan (100m Freestyle), Asma Parker (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Charlotte Tree (400m Free) and Louis Walker (100m Freestyle).

Head Coach Michelle Young said: “There were some extraordinary individual and team displays over the weekend. The whole coaching team takes great pride in watching our swimmers succeed. Just to qualify was a major achievement for some of our squad but to see so many make finals, smash PBs and achieve regional times at an Olympic venue was very special. There were some great technical displays across the weekend and the progression shown is hugely encouraging for the future.”

Other qualifying swimmers also representing Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Hayden Chamberlain, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Luke Ledwidge, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Hannah O’Malley, Isaac Pavey, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Elliot Whitehouse and Connor Wilken.

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Attitude and PBs impress Jeff

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07 February 2019
Colchester Swimming Club took a young team to Braintree & Bocking Winter Sprints Meet on 26 January. Many of the swimmers were competing at their first Open Meet and used the gala to secure PBs after three months of hard training and to give themselves a benchmark for the rest of the year.

All of the swimmers performed tremendously well. Each securing at least one PB with many gaining PBs in all five of their swims. Their collective efforts resulted in the team winning 64 medals with an even split between the boys and girls.

Jeff Coles, Team Manager, said: “Whilst it was nice for the swimmers to pick up their medals it was even more gratifying to see the swimmers’ enthusiasm when they saw that they had achieved a PB. This showed that the swimmers had the correct attitude towards their swimming development.”

The medal winners were:

Girls

• 9yr: Carys Westgarth (bronze - 50m Butterfly).
• 10 yr: Emilia Bilton (gold - 50m Breaststroke, bronze - 100m IM), Gabrielle Cornish (silver x5 - 100m IM, 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle) and Freya Cowley (bronze x2 - 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle).
• 11yr: Marion Hubert (silver x2 - 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke).
• 12yr: Sophie Baker (bronze x2 - 100m IM and 50m Breaststroke), Greta Goddard (gold x2 - 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle, silver - 100m IM, and bronze - 50m Butterfly), Amy Johnson (silver - 50m Backstroke) and Paige Scott (gold - 50m Butterfly).
• 13yr: Keziah Cornish (silver x3 - 100m IM, 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle, bronze - 50m Breaststroke).
• 14yr: Lucy Morgan (gold - 100m IM) and Lotti Talbot (gold x4 - 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle).
• 15+yr: Sophie Talbot (gold x2 - 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke, and silver x2 - 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly).

Boys

• 9yr: George Scanlan (silver -50m Breaststroke and bronze x2 - 50m Butterfly and 100m IM).
• 10yr: Harrison Brook (gold x3 - 100m IM, 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke, silver - 50m Breaststroke and bronze - 50m Freestyle) and Alexander Cottrell (silver - 50m Butterfly and x3 bronze - 100m IM, 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke).
• 11yr: Sandijs Cecins (gold x4 - 100m IM, 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and bronze - 50m Backstroke).
• 12yr: Corey Hare (silver x2 - 100m IM and 50m Breaststroke).
• 13yr: Felix Szpakowski (gold x4 - 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle).
• 15+ yr: Joseph Guild (gold - 50m Butterfly and x2 bronze -50m Freestyle and 100m IM), Cole Scott (gold -50m Butterfly), Christopher Thompson (gold - 50m Breaststroke and bronze - 50m Backstroke) and Alexander Williamson (gold - 50m Freestyle and silver x2 - 50m Backstroke and 100m IM).

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Sophie Baker, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Freya Cowley, Greta Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Lucy Morgan, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Gabriella Troman, Carys Westgarth, Elliot Whitehouse and Alexander Williamson.

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Full steam ahead Captain!

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05 February 2019
Colchester Swimming Club has announced the appointment of this year’s Club Captains. Ana Victoria Anderson, who retains her role as Captain, will be joined by Connor Wilken and Vice Captains, Lucy Morgan and Molly Young.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone at our Club I would like to offer my congratulations to Ana-V, Connor, Lucy and Molly. They were all incredibly impressive throughout the interview process and I am sure they will continue to set an exemplary standard and help to take the Club forward.”

Head Coach, Michelle Young added: “This year we celebrate our 135th year as a swimming club and I’m delighted that we’re in a position to announce such high-calibre appointments. They are fantastic role models and I am sure they will all play a key role in the future development of the club.”

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Colchester SC off to glittering start at Essex Age Group Championships

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24 January 2019
The first weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships (Friday 18 January to Sunday 20 January) proved to be a huge success for Colchester Swimming Club as 39 swimmers, who had registered qualification times throughout the year, took on the best that the rest of the County had to offer.

The County Championships began with the 1500m Freestyle and Colchester made the perfect start with Zak Troman winning gold (19:00.16), Charlotte Tree taking home the silver and Alfie Francis securing the bronze medals in their age groups.

Zak Troman was in sensational form all weekend and powered ahead of the competition to win further gold medals in the 200m Freestyle (2:19.24) and the 200m IM (2:38.84) in the 12 year old boys category. He took his individually medal tally to six by winning silver in the 100m and 200m Backstroke, and the 100m Butterfly.

Further gold medal success came in the 14 year age group, with Alfie Francis being crowned Essex Champion in the boys 100m Butterfly (1:02.30). Alfie also claimed bronze in the 200m IM and took fourth spot in the 200m