London Youth Games 2015

You might be able to represent your borough at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games – the largest youth competition in Europe

The competition is for swimmers in years 5 and 6 (Mini Games on Thurs 2 July) and years 7 to 12 (main games on Sat 4 July). To be in the hat for selection you need to let the boroughs you’re eligible for know that you’re interested. To be eligible for a borough you must live or go to school there.

Surreys 2015, the final weekend

Surreys2015_Bronze1Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: The Surreys concluded last Sunday with a day of relays. Coaches put together 27 teams.  There were many magnificent performances and great fun for all swimmers.

Our 12-13 girls team (Reese, Imogen, Mia, Kirstin) finished third. Additionally, Leander had 2 top 8 finishes. Many swimmers are still too young to be competitive in the Under 16 and the 16 and Over age groups, so the main purpose was to gain experience and have fun. We will build strong teams in the years to come.  Read the full results. Continue reading

Surreys 2015 – sprints

Martin writes: The third weekend of competition began on Saturday at Crystal Palace with the sprints – all races one length of the 50m pool.

Leander collected 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals on the day.

Leander swimmers also achieved:

  • 64 new PB’s
  • 20 Final places
  • 31 new Regional Qualifying Times

Our medallists were:

Bella Hodges 2 Gold, 1 Bronze

  • Sandor Apponyi 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
  • Kirstin Harvie 1 Silver
  • Imogen Marcar 1 Silver
  • Annabel Warfield 1 Bronze

We are now placed 9th with 233.5 points already ahead of our last year total points of 210 points. Leander swimmers won 17 medals in total. Read the full results.

Coaches were most impressed that swimmers were able to step up and improve times from heats into finals, a mark of every experienced swimmer. This gives us lots of confidence before Regional Championships in May.

Bring on the relays on Sunday!!!

Surreys 2015 2nd weekend

Head Coach Martin writes: The second weekend of the Surreys was made up mostly of distance events swum long course at Surrey Sports Park. Leander swimmers continued to excel.

On Saturday 11 swimmers had to face the toughest events, all on the same day: 800/1500m FC, 400 IM and 200 Fly. Kirstin qualified in all 3 and swam superbly achieving two 7th places. Mia was closest to the medals with 4th place in 200 Fly.

Other ‘hard core’ swimmers were: Megan, Tymek, Jack, Jake White, Lucy, Mia, Jemima, Imogen, Enerel and Jordan, many of them swimming these events long course for the first time. It was great to see more swimmers qualifying and placing better in these events than last year.

On Sunday we had 400 FC, 200 IM and 200 BC. Bella Hodges won Gold in 200 Back and Bronze in 400 Free. Further Leander swimmers placed 12 times in the final 8; achieved 25 PBs and gained 2 new Regional Qualifying Times this past weekend.

Leander is placed 10th with 136 points. Next weekend is the last for this year and we will see all sprint events (50m) and relays. Good luck to all Leander swimmers.

Read the full results.