National Arena League 2016 Round 1

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Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: A step up from last year and we claimed a very important result against strong and experienced teams. A strong Watford team were always ahead but the fight for the second place was always changing. Leander fought back from 7th after 18 events to 3rd after 26 events, and only edged ahead of Saxon Crown with 10 events to go. Very exciting!

Our team is getting better every season. Galas like these build team spirit: the children race super hard for each other, learning valuable lessons about sportsmanship along the way. A few swimmers were unavailable but those who stepped in made themselves proud, laying strong claims for places in future rounds.

The final result was: Watford 277, Leander 246, Saxon Crown 233

Leander swimmers claimed 8 first, 7 second and 9 third places. Read more information and results on the National Arena League website.
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250 medals in one gala! Royals meet 2016

royals2016teamLeander had record breaking medal haul last weekend at the Royals meet. Our swimmers won total of 250 medals! There were 77 Gold, 90 Silver and 83 Bronze.

Our most successful swimmers were Oliver Veraas-Brown with 8 Gold, and 5 Silver medals and Mia Lee-Leslie with 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Our swimmers also recorded 341 personal best times, not including first swims.

45 Club records were broken, Ben Findlay one in each of his 8 races, while Maggie Fairn and Kiera McArdle set 3 new club records each. Some of the records broken were long standing – the oldest more than 11 years old. Well done to all swimmers who competed and created truly strong team environment for all to enjoy. See the full results. Leander’s results for each swimmer.

A great experience for all, especially those being new to Leander. This is our benchmark for the rest of the season; we can use the main events like the 200 free and 200 IM to gauge our progress through the rest of the season in technique and fitness.

We want this season to be the best ever for Leander. Our club goal is to get as many Surrey qualifiers as possible and improve our club ranking in the County. This will only happen attending all your training sessions and working hard!

Martin Jurco, Head Coach

WASA gala 2016

Coach Caroline Findlay writes: On Sunday 25th September Leander’s team battled it out in the borough gala against local rivals Wandsworth Swimming club. Swimmers competed in individual races as well as relays, setting a number of personal bests (PBs) along the way.
At the end our boys came out as winners, with the girls coming 2nd. Wandsworth were overall winners on the combined total.

Well done to all who competed and those parents who officiated; without them these galas cannot take place.

Leander Invitational Gala 17th Sep 2016

img_0261Head coach Martin Jurco writes: Leander has started its season of late with a few team galas: this year it was the final round of the MK Junior League followed by this invitational team gala versus Reading and Kingston. And at the end of September comes the WASA team gala – good luck to our swimmers!

The invitational gala consisted of 36 individual races and 7 relay races. Each club entered two swimmers per event. We started very well getting 10 PBs in the first 12 races, followed by the early relays relays with one first and two second places. Continue reading

MK Junior League 2016 Final Round

img_5523Coach Caroline Findlay writes: On September 10th, Leander’s young team took part in the third and final round of this year’s MK Junior League. Despite being up against stiff opposition our swimmers did themselves proud by giving their all.

Several PBs were achieved, and team spirit was evident as every swimmer was cheered home, carrying us to an eventual fifth place. See the league results.

Well done team!

Ernest Bevin update

Unfortunately we have heard that Ernest Bevin will not be ready for the next 3 weeks or so.  The good news is that we have managed to acquire pool space elsewhere for both the academy and squads.
We are in the process of working out a new timetable for everyone and will get this information out to you all as soon as we can. Once again we can only apologise for the inconvenience. Unfortunately this is completely out of our control and can assure you we are doing all we can to rectify this problem. Many thanks for your patience.
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