Ruth Simpson writes: Squad members had loads of fun at Clip and Climb in Chelsea on Friday. George Simpson says a big “Thank You!” to Joe’s mum (Sue Metcalfe) for organising the session. Junior Platinum loved it; everyone thought it was terrific and such fun to do something other than swimming together.
Can they do it again?
Imogen and her medals
11 and under freestyle medals!
11 and under medley silver medal winners.
Please send any more pictures you have from the Surreys to Lorraine or Martin and we’ll add them.
The final Saturday of the championships saw the Surrey County relays – an all day at Crystal Palace with the club sending 59 swimmers and 6 coaches for the 30 different relays. The highlights of the day were two further medals to add to the club’s total, making 20 in all.
- Silver in the girls 9-11 year old 200m medley relay (Reese George/Imogen Marcar/Abigail Cunningham/Lily Picchioni)
- Bronze in the girls 9-11 year old 200m freestyle relay (Lily Picchioni/Kirstin Harvie/Bella Hodges/Reese George)
Congratulations to our final set of medal winning stars:
- Bella Hodges 7 – 1 gold
- Reiss Ormonde-Cunningham 6 – 2 gold
- Imogen Marcar 4 – 1 gold
- Reese George 3
- Lily Picchioni 2
- Alex Archer 1
- Abigail Cunningham 1
- Kirstin Harvie 1
- Kasia Procter 1
Winning 8 more medals than last year put the club at 8th in the county medal table out of 25 competing clubs. The teams above us won 30 medals or more, so another 8 medal jump would take us very close to the likes of Guildford, Woking, Wandsworth, Epsom, Leatherhead and Kingston – a target for next year?
Medals aside, well done to all the swimmers who competed, many setting personal best times, many reaching finals and always showing exceptional team spirit. Thanks also to the coaches whose sterling work with our athletes over the past months and years have got them and the club to this position.
Well done Enerel, who completed the 5K sport relief challenge last week. Great swim and a great cause – you can contribute on Enerel’s giving page.
Steve Baker writes: With four weekends gone of the Surrey County Championships, 6 swimmers have won 18 medals and we have now passed last year’s total with the relays to go. See the results in full. The last weekend of individual races saw 7 more Leander medals:
- Bella Hodges - Gold 9 yo 100 IM, Silver 9 yo 50 Free and Bronze 9 yo 50 Back
- Imogen Marcar - Gold 11 yo 50 Breast, Silver 11 yo 100 Breast
- Reese George - Silver 11 yo 50 Back
- Reiss Ormonde-Cunningham - Silver 15 yo 200 Breast
and lots of finalists: (* means their first ever Surreys final).
- Ben Davis – 8th 14 yo 50 Breast
- *Reese George – 4th 11 yo 50 Free (0.03 secs outside a medal!)
- *Jack Banaziak – 7th 10 yo 50 Fly
- Alex Archer – 8th 15 yo 50 Free
- Kasia Procter – 5th 14 yo 50 Fly and 6th 14 yo 50 Free
- Ella Wakefield – 6th 13 yo 50 Fly
- Polly Ruppel – 7th 13 yo 50 Fly
- *Jules Rognon – 5th 10 yo 50 Back
- *Jake Wood – 8th 11 yo 50 Back
- *Mia Lee Leslie – 8th 12 yo 50 Breast
- Reiss Ormonde-Cunningham – 5th 15 yo 50 Breast and 8th 15 yo 50 Fly
Well done all who qualified for the Surreys – a hard enough task – and on to the relays next Saturday with lots of opportunities for swimming well.
Bella Hodges in her first Surreys won 6 medals including gold in the 100m IM (even after an unconventional climbing of the starting block). All these excellent swims meant she won the 9 years and under BAGCAT title for the best overall swimmer in her age group with a total of 1196 points.
Reiss Ormonde-Cunningham won two magnificent gold medals in a 6 medal haul. His 400 IM Gold was pure Michael Phelps – fantastic strength and poetry in motion on all 4 strokes. His 200 Butterfly Gold was as perfect a swim as I have seen in many years.
Imogen Marcar with a gold and two silvers in Breaststroke in 50/200/100m respectively.