WASA Last Chance Surrey Qualifier 2016

Head coach Martin writes: Congratulations to all swimmers who competed at Last Chance Surrey Qualifer meet last Sunday and achieved a Surrey Qualifying Time.

We entered this meet in big numbers and our presence on poolside was felt. This was a Time Trial type of meet: no medals, mixed heats with boys and girls of any age. It is you against the time. Very exciting and very different mind set. A great experience for our younger swimmers.

Our senior swimmers led the warm ups and then looked after and cheered on our younger swimmers. Our volunteers helped with running the gala either as ‘people in white’ or ‘non technical’ help, as I refer to them. This is what the team Leander is about! A great team spirit and lots of fun. Continue reading

Kingston Royals L3 meet 2016

Head Coach Martin writes: Sixty seven Leander swimmers took part in this early January meet to get back into competition mode after a Christmas break. Last time we raced was in early December. In our philosophy to race every 4 – 6 weeks we used this meet to practice all strokes and all distances but also try for Surrey Qualifying times. All squads were represented, including Fitness squad, which was great to see. The coaches were particularly pleased to see so many swimmers competing, many swimmers doing the full programme of 16 races in 2 days! Swimmers as young as 11 took on events such as 200 and 400 IM and 400 FC for the first time, a great effort from them all. Download the results. Continue reading

Champions! National Arena League 2015 Final Round

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Head Coach Martin writesAnd Leander rises… We are the 2015 Division 2 Champions. A Historic moment for Leander SC. Veni, vidi, vici or in plain English… We came, we swam, we won*. Not once, not twice. Three times. ….after winning previous two rounds we also won the Final round. The Leander name forever engraved in the marble.

Fifth last year, first this year. We have come a long way since joining the league in 2014. It was nail-biting gala with either of three teams with a real chance of promotion to the Division one (two teams go up every year). It was to be decided all on the night. Continue reading

Woking December Dasher 2015

Caroline Findlay writes: A drizzly, bleary-eyed early start but once racing started the Leander swimmers got into their stride, breaking PBs and winning lots of medals. Our 37 swimmers brought back an amazing:

  • 28 Gold
  • 27 Silver
  • 21 Bronze

As always, Woking were very welcoming to all the clubs competing, and the gala was run very smoothly, with Christmas cheer a-plenty. Even the medals were bauble-shaped, adorned with Rudolph and his red nose!

Download the Leander results or view the full meet results.

Bexley L3 meet November 2015

BexleyNov15Head Coach Martin writes: An early journey across freezing London to Bexleyheath, but the Leander swimmers started with a real taste for medals. First it was boys’ 400 free: gold and bronze. Then came the girls’ 200 IM: 2 silvers and a gold. By the end of Saturday we’d won  8 Gold, 6 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

Sunday was again an early start for those living in the west of London. But the opening event of the first session warmed us up with 2 Silver medals in the girls’ 400 Free which the boys then followed with 1 silver and 1 bronze in 200 IM.

32 Leander swimmers had a total medal haul for this weekend of 44 medals (16 Gold, 17 Silver and 11 Bronze) and 92 PBs. Read the full results.

Guildford L2 2015

Guildford_L2_2015Head Coach Martin writes: 10 Leander swimmers attended this high level meet. Most clubs came here to gain Winter National Qualifying times. Our aim was to swim against hard competition and sharpen those race skills.

We came back with 5 bronze medals (Bella, Jordan, Imogen, Kirstin and Tyler), 10 new Personal Best times and a new Club Record for Bella Hodges in 50 BC 12 and Under. See the full results.