Kate Eaton writes: The first weekend of October: the leaves are turning and a young Leander swimmer’s thoughts turn once more to competing. This first open meet of the season gave 85 Leander swimmers a chance to practise those all-important racing skills after the summer break.
The swimmers may have been ‘race rusty’ (as head coach Martin Jurco phrased it), but the 140 medals that they won between them (50 gold, 46 silver, 44 bronze) showed not a trace of oxidization! There were also some impressive PBs – the coaches were very happy with the way the swimmers performed so early on in the season.
The coaches themselves showed massive stamina – they were on poolside for a marathon 8 hours both days with barely a break. A huge vote of thanks too to all the Leander officials and trainee officials who volunteered their help at the gala.
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Kate Eaton writes: The new season got off to a flying start as Leander SC battled Bromley SC in a good old-fashioned ‘Duel in the Pool’ at JAGS on Saturday 26th September.
Talk of ‘battles’ and ‘duels’ aside, it was a good-natured, friendly affair. Swimmers were certainly put through their paces, indeed some hardly came up for air as they scurried from one heat to the next. In the event it was a close-run contest with Bromley pipping Leander to the post with 372 points to 339…. Who’s up for another go next year?
A massive thank you to the coaches and to the team of parent-volunteers from Bromley and Leander who kept the show running like clockwork (whether a motivating factor was getting home in time to watch the Rugby we shall never know!).
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Leander set off for the MK league, for the final round of the competition on Saturday 12th September, as this was the first gala of the new season there was a little apprehension to how fit swimmers would be after the summer break. However these worries were soon taken away as after the first few events we were placed in second place, the atmosphere at the gala was unbelievable.
The swimmers swam their hearts out trying to claw back to take the first place, with PBs, being achieved by many. However this was not to be and we finished second overall, with Barnes coming first and Chalfont Otters third.
I would like to thank those parent volunteers who came along to officiate, and to Jake, Tyler, Setta and Maurizio who helped manage the team so well.
Looking forward to the next competition
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The European championships are taking place in London in May. Pre-sales are available for ASA members: details here, but hurry – tickets go on general sale Friday 11 Sept.
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading