Black Swan weekend


Outstanding. Absolutely outstanding is the way to describe Leander results at Black Swan meet last weekend.

All swimmers swam exceptionally well, swam their personal best times in most events by a big margin and all contributed to winning Top Visiting Club Trophy.


Top Visiting Clubs
1st Leander 1116p
2nd Woking 843.50p
3rd Maidenhead Marlins 640.50p

Leander swimmers also picked 74 medals in total: 28 Gold, 30 Silver and 33 Bronze. A great way to finish off already an outstanding season.

Best Individual performances: Megan Whittaker won most medals for Leander girls (12, nine of them gold) and also collected trophy for Top 14 yo girl. Tymoteusz Filipowicz got most medals for Leander boys (eight) and came 3rd in Top 14 yo boy award.

Other notable performances: Top 9 yo boy Mason Graves-Brown came 3rd (3 medals), Oliver Veraas-Brown 5th (2 medals). Top 10 yo boy Frankie James 4th (4 medals), Jacob Taylor 5th (5 Medals). Top 12 yo girl Suzannah Klimaszewska 5th (4 medals). Top 13 yo girl Lily Picchioni 1st (6 medals), Enerel Altankhuyag 4th (4 medals), Mia Lee-Leslie 5th (5 medals). Top 14 yo girl Megan Whittaker 1st (12 medals), Cecilia Alfonso-Eaton 4th (3 medals). Top 14 yo boy Tymek Filipowicz 3rd (8 medals). Top 15 and over boys Aymeric Bouyer 2nd (4 medals), Tyler Podmore 3rd (6 medals).

By Martin Jurco, Head Coach


MK League Round Two

4 July 2015

No round is easy in the first division of the Milton Keynes League.

What a challenge we faced, against two of the three big beasts of the division in Ealing and Hillingdon.

We came a very respectable 5th against this competition with Windsor and home club Staines beating us, the former by just 11 points.  The position and points rather underplayed how well the Leander swimmers performed as there were many very close races.

The first place swimmers were:

  • 9 year old girls’ freestyle team
  • 9 year old boys’ freestyle and medley teams
  • Saskia Wilkinson 9yo butterfly
  • Jasper Johnson 9yo Butterfly
  • Mason Graves Brown 9yo freestyle
  • 11 year old girls’ freestyle team
  • Cosmo Freeland 11yo backstroke
  • Bella Hodges 11yo freestyle
  • Grace Mather 11yo breaststroke

We are eagerly awaiting all the results from the other rounds, to discover who we are up against for the third and final round in September.

Well done all.

Tyler, Sarah, Jake and Steve were the Leander ringmasters.

Full team results

Hillingdon     223
Ealing          205
Staines         179
Windsor        162
Leander        151      (10 fewer than round 1)
Brompton      101

Good luck all.


Trophy Winners announced at the Leander annual BBQ

Squad trophies given out for hard work, commitment and attendance go to:

Bronze – Maisie Waddup
Silver – Beth Wood
Gold –   Bella Hodges
Jnr Squad – Tymek Filipowicz
Snr Squad – Aymeric Bouyer

The Mole  Cup awarded for consistent hard work, commitment and determination throughout the year, to reach their personal goals – regardless of what they are.  – Winner this year Megan Whittaker

Ben Umunna Jnr:  The most successful club swimmer in the under 15 age group.

Awarded to Kirstin Harvie for a stunning season.  In the previous year she qualified for 1 Surrey time.  This year she qualified for 16 events plus 8 regional times, and went on to be a Regional Finalist in 3 events.

Ben Umunna Snr:  The most successful club swimmer in the over 15 age group.

Awarded to Tyler Podmore.  Tyler has spent the whole season struggling to recover from an injury, all his hard work and perseverance paid off as he made it to the Regional Finals this May.

The Eddie Lucas Shield – This is for the “Swimmer of the Year” – voted for by the swimmers at the BBQ.    This year’s winner is Imogen Marcar from Jnr Platinum squad.

Leander Gala and BBQ Success

A massive thank you to everybody who contributed to making the Academy Gala and the BBQ such a success.  Plaudits to our team of Academy teachers, coaches,  parent-volunteers and our troupe of willing helpers from Blue, Yellow and Gold who made the gala such a positive experience for our young Academy swimmers. Double-plaudits to those quick-change artists who then raced from pool to sports field to help with the setting up and running of the BBQ and with organising games. A scrumptious vote of thanks to everyone who baked goodies for the cake stall (mmmmm) not to mention those who donated to the raffle and the tombola, and indeed those who designed the tickets and put them on the website in the first place!

Thank you to those who stayed behind to clear up afterwards, offered lifts, transported equipment etc and thank you to everyone who attended the gala and the BBQ..

Flamin’ June it wasn’t – but it certainly didn’t rain!

All the best

Kate and Jaqi

Leander kicks-off MK League Division One Season. 

A tough start to life on the fast lane!!

Leander started its MK League campaign at Uxbridge last Saturday, 6th June.

With many swimmers split between Wandsworth schools gala and the MK league, we still managed to put out a great team.

We took third place to a very strong Hillingdon and a full strength Barnes, beating Wantage by one point.

A very exciting start to the competition, roll on the next one.  Round two is on Saturday 4 July.

The first place swimmers were:

9 year old girls’ Freestyle team

Sandor Aponyi
Bella Hodges
Annabel Warfield
Christo Chilton
Saskia Wilkinson
Theo Djidetchian

Well done all.

Caroline, Colette and Steve were the Leander ringmasters.

Full team results

Hillingdon            247
Barnes                  202
Leander               161
Wantage              160
Brompton           132
Bicester              114


Surrey Development weekend 1

Leander swimmers had a fantastic start to the 2015 Surrey Development Championships last weekend claiming a total of 45 medals (most out of all the clubs); 13 Gold, 15 Silver and 17 Bronze. Leander is also on the top of the Team score table with 245 points ahead of Woking with 192 and Guildford City with 176 points. See the results.

Bring on the 2nd weekend!

Martin Jurco
Head Coach