Success at the British and English Nationals 2016!

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Team Leander members spent late July and early August in Sheffield racing the fastest swimmers in the country at The British Summer Championships (British Nationals) then The ASA Summer Meet (English Nationals).

Swimmers are invited to take part based on their position in the national rankings on June 30 each year. The top 24 swimmers in England, Scotland and Wales in each age group are invited to the British Nationals. The next 20 swimmers in England are then invited to the English Nationals.

Our British Nationals qualifiers were Kirstin and Jordan.

Kirstin swam in the 50m Fly in a new PB of 29.80 and came 14th. Jordan came 18th in the 200m Breast, just outside of his recent big PB.

Read the full British Champs results.

At the English Nationals we had 4 swimmers who did brilliantly. Megan came 13th in the 400m IM. Jordan came 18th in 100m Breast. Kirstin made it into the finals in the 50m Free where she came  2ndour first Leander medal at the Nationals in 5 years.  She also swam in the 100m Free where in the morning heats she qualified 8th fastest in a new PB and came 5th in the final in 1:00.06,  a new club record. Tyler also made it into the Finals of 50 Back where he finished 10th.

Watch Kirstin’s final and medal ceremony.

Read the English Nationals results.

The Open Water Nationals also took place nearby in Rother Valley Park. Lucy, Enerel and Jemima swam in the 3k event, finishing 25th, 27th and 28th respectively, all more than 3 minutes faster than their times at the Regionals. See the full Open Water Nationals results.

Our huge congratulations to all these swimmers and the coaching team working with them over the season. We hope they serve as inspiration to all others in our club.

This was a fantastic first year at the Nationals, with lots of inspiring performances – and a lot more to come in the future. Leander is becoming a very successful club thanks to all involved. Now onto a summer break and then back to hard training in September to work on our new goals. One Team, One dream! Martin Jurco, Head Coach

Good luck Kirstin, Jordan, Megan and Tyler!

4 Leander swimmers will be competing at the British and English Nationals this and next week.

You can cheer them on and watch the event online at the British Swimming website. (includes heat sheets, live results and live stream)

Kirstin swim on Wednesday in the 50 Fly
Jordan will swim on Friday in 200 Breast
Heats start at 9am, the Finals on the same day at 4.30pm.

The English Nationals start on 1st August. You can follow the action online on

Megan and Jordan will race on Monday 1st August in the 400 IM and 100 Breast respectively
Kirstin in the 50 Free on Tuesday 2nd and 100 Free on Thursday 4th
Tyler in the 50 Back on Wednesday 3rd

Heats start at 9am and Finals at 5pm.

Good luck everyone!

Martin Jurco, Head Coach

London Region Open Water Champs 2016

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Four new swimmers make Nationals, a Regional OW Champion, 4 medals for Leander

Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: Five Leander swimmers took part in the London Region Open Water Championships in Surrey Docks. This is a growing sport with 90 age group swimmers across the capital entering this year. The water temperature was 19 degrees – about 10 degrees lower than the pools we swim in. The races are long, cold and tough: the winner of the 3km took 47min and 10 seconds. The wind gusting above 30mph made the water very choppy and blew many swimmers off course.

Our swimmers competed in 3 different age groups. Imogen came 10th in the 14y old girls 1500m. Our 15y old girls dominated the 3km race, taking gold, silver and bronze. Congratulations to Jemima: our first Open Water Regional Champion. Enerel came second just 0.5sec behind and Lucy third further 4 seconds down. Megan came third in the 16y old girls event. All four medallists have now qualified for the National Open Water Championships. Continue reading

MK Junior League 2016 Round 2

MKL16Rd2Hemel Hempstead hosted the second round of the MK Junior League, and we saw some amazing races with everyone swimming well. Team spirit was evident with all swimmers cheered loudly home. We secured 13 first places and 12 seconds, finishing the gala in second place overall.

 A special mention for Salia Bouyer who stepped in at the last minute and helped the 9 year old girls swim a brilliant relay.

Thanks to our officials on the night: Nathalie, Nicolette and Marcus as well as our band of parents who supported from the balcony.

Please check your emails to see if you’ve been selected for the final round on Saturday 10 September.

‘Unity is strength…when there is teamwork, great things can be achieved’

Good luck to our 4 national qualifiers!

GoodLuckOur Thursday session got interrupted as Leander had a reason to celebrate. Our four National qualifiers (Kirstin, Jordan, Megan and Tyler) were given Good Luck Cards signed by all Leander swimmers and coaches. We are very proud of their achievement and we showed them how much it means to all of us.

Good Luck guys! Swim fast at the Nationals!

Medals, Trophies and a Surfeit of Sausages

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Club Chair Lorraine writes: The Academy Gala was a great success. It was lovely to see our little swimmers on the blocks, stars in the making, plenty of noise and cheering. It is such a fabulous introduction to competitive swimming – if you didn’t enter this year make sure you remember to next year.

After the racing we even had time for a fun swim, followed by 4 hours of football in the lovely JAGS grounds. I am sure there were some very sleepy children by the end of the day (and a few sleepy adults). The food was amazing, and so much of it, we were blessed by the weather.

This year’s trophy winners:

  • The Mole Cup (awarded for commitment, dedication and hard work, and Role Model behaviour) – Cecilia Alfonso-Eaton (Yellow Squad)
  • The Squad Trophies are awarded for work ethic, commitment, and attendance and go to:
    Bronze – Thomas Walkinshaw
    Silver – Jacob Taylor
    Gold – Jack Banasiak
    Blue – Khaled Oozeer
    Yellow – Lucy Atkinson (with an amazing 454 hours of swimming so far this year – that’s commitment!)

Most successful swimmers:

  • Ben Umunna Junior (14 & Under age group) – Kirstin Harvie
  • Ben Umunna Senior (Over 15 age group) – Megan Whittaker

The Eddie Lucas Shield (for the most inspiring swimmer, voted for by the swimmers themselves) – Cecilia Alfonso-Eaton