Kate Eaton writes: The new season got off to a flying start as Leander SC battled Bromley SC in a good old-fashioned ‘Duel in the Pool’ at JAGS on Saturday 26th September.
Talk of ‘battles’ and ‘duels’ aside, it was a good-natured, friendly affair. Swimmers were certainly put through their paces, indeed some hardly came up for air as they scurried from one heat to the next. In the event it was a close-run contest with Bromley pipping Leander to the post with 372 points to 339…. Who’s up for another go next year?
A massive thank you to the coaches and to the team of parent-volunteers from Bromley and Leander who kept the show running like clockwork (whether a motivating factor was getting home in time to watch the Rugby we shall never know!).
Read the full results.
Leander set off for the MK league, for the final round of the competition on Saturday 12th September, as this was the first gala of the new season there was a little apprehension to how fit swimmers would be after the summer break. However these worries were soon taken away as after the first few events we were placed in second place, the atmosphere at the gala was unbelievable.
The swimmers swam their hearts out trying to claw back to take the first place, with PBs, being achieved by many. However this was not to be and we finished second overall, with Barnes coming first and Chalfont Otters third.
I would like to thank those parent volunteers who came along to officiate, and to Jake, Tyler, Setta and Maurizio who helped manage the team so well.
Looking forward to the next competition
You can download the full results.
The European championships are taking place in London in May. Pre-sales are available for ASA members: details here, but hurry – tickets go on general sale Friday 11 Sept.
Outstanding. Absolutely outstanding is the way to describe Leander results at Black Swan meet last weekend.
All swimmers swam exceptionally well, swam their personal best times in most events by a big margin and all contributed to winning Top Visiting Club Trophy. Continue reading
No round is easy in the first division of the Milton Keynes League.
What a challenge we faced, against two of the three big beasts of the division in Ealing and Hillingdon.
We came a very respectable 5th against this competition with Windsor and home club Staines beating us, the former by just 11 points. The position and points rather underplayed how well the Leander swimmers performed as there were many very close races. Continue reading
Squad trophies given out for hard work, commitment and attendance go to:
Bronze – Maisie Waddup
Silver – Beth Wood
Gold – Bella Hodges
Jnr Squad – Tymek Filipowicz
Snr Squad – Aymeric Bouyer
The Mole Cup awarded for consistent hard work, commitment and determination throughout the year, to reach their personal goals – regardless of what they are. Winner this year: Megan Whittaker
Ben Umunna Jnr: The most successful club swimmer in the under 15 age group, awarded to Kirstin Harvie after a stunning season. In the previous year she qualified for 1 Surrey time. This year she qualified for 16 events plus 8 regional times, and went on to be a Regional Finalist in 3 events.
Ben Umunna Snr: The most successful club swimmer in the over 15 age group, awarded to Tyler Podmore. Tyler has spent the whole season struggling to recover from an injury, all his hard work and perseverance paid off as he made it to the Regional Finals this May.
The Eddie Lucas Shield – This is for the “Swimmer of the Year”, voted for by the swimmers at the BBQ. This year’s winner is Imogen Marcar from Jnr Platinum squad.