Winter Nationals, Ponds Ford Sheffield

It’s been a busy few days here at Pond’s Ford.
I’d like to congratulate Kirstin for her performance over the last three days.
Here is what she achieved:

100 Fly – PB

PB | new age group club record | new open record |11th among 15y olds | 18th junior

50 Front Crawl

New age group club record | 20th 15y old | 33rd junior

50 Fly

Just outside her PB | new age group record | 4th 15y old | 7th junior

National Winter Championships 2017 | Sheffield

We’re really proud to  have a Leander presence at the Nationals again.

Kirstin will be competing in the following races over the next three days:

  • 100 Fly | Wednesday 13 December | Session 1 event 7
  • 50 Free | Thursday 15 December | Session 3 event 4
  • 50 Fly | Friday 16 December | Session 5 event 4

You can watch her races on the link below on live stream.Go Leander!

Watch the National Winter Championships 2017 Live Stream

National Arena League 2017 Final Round


National Arena League 2017
Final Round | 9th December 2017 | Dagenham

On a chilly Saturday afternoon The Leander Team set off for Dagenham to compete in the final round of National Arena League. After two previous rounds of jostling for position in the NAL First Division, this match-up between the top 8 teams would decide who was to take the spoils and claim automatic promotion to the NAL Premier Division.

A strong Bishop’s Stortford team ensured the Leander sinews remained taut all night – after event 42 Leander was leading by a slender 5 point margin. Anaconda and Dunmow were close behind, alternating positions as one event succeeded another. With the adrenaline coursing, the final set of relays saw Leander extend the winning margin to a decisive 13 points. Leander had won the NAL First Division for 2017! We will be a Premier Division team next year! It was nerve-wracking for the team and the coaches, but with victory came relief and huge satisfaction. Again we avoided DQs, a fantastic achievement at a very tense meet, especially by our younger and less experienced swimmers. Continue reading

Ealing Xmas Last Chance County Qualifer, 2-3 December

Leander Coach Aymeric Bouyer

After another amazing gala at Ealing, the swimmers came back with 96 medals (21 gold, 45 silver, 30 gold). and the top visiting club trophy.

 

There were some great swims from all, with many PB’s and Surrey county qualifying times achieved.

 

Well done to all swimmers and coaches. Also thank you to all parents who volunteered and officiated at the gala.

 

Beckenham Rising Stars, 19 November

Leander coach Caroline FIndlayA large number of swimmers from Bronze and Silver attended the Beckenham Rising Stars meet last weekend. Leander swimmers collected 52 medals (18 Gold, 14 silver and 20 Bronze).

There were some great swims from all, with many PB’s and Surrey county qualifying times achieved.

Well done to all swimmers and coaches. Also thank you to all parents who volunteered and officiated at the gala.

Caroline

National Arena League, Round 2, 11 November

HC Report

Leander is on target to gain promotion to the Premier Division. This round was seeded based on results from the 1st round and so the competition was tougher. With a few swimmers being unavailable, we reshuffled the team a bit and tried swimmers in different events, gave a chance to some new swimmers so as to find the best team for the Final round.

Great teams from Bexley (BSC) and Borough of Harrow (BoH) pushed us all the way to the end. We clinched the lead after first 10 events with BoH 7 and BSC just 8 points behind. After 18 events, all three clubs were separated by only 7 points. Half way through we pulled the gap to 14 points and won by 27 points in the end swimming some fantastic races. We again avoided DQ’s. In this very tense competition, all our swimmers stayed cool and focused on their own races and skills. (Only 3 out of 8 clubs managed the same feat). Continue reading