National Arena League 2016 Rd 2 – we’re into the final!

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Head Coach Martin writes: This round was very important for all teams as it determined who will meet in the final in December.

Impressive Barking and Dagenham took an early lead and it was soon obvious they have no competition this year. Even so, we started better this time, being 4th after first 18 events. By the halfway point we were a solid 2nd and kept this spot to the end, fending off a strong finish from Potters Bar.

Everyone stepped up for this round:

  • 19 PB’s in individual events
  • Faster times than in the first round in 26 individual events and 12 relays
  • Top 4 in 36 out of 50 races – that’s teamwork!

The final result was: Barking and Dagenham 344, Leander 254, Potters Bar 235 Continue reading

London Region Winter Championships 2016

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This gala at the London Aquatic Centre in early November was a premier winter Short Course meet which attracted international competitors as well as Olympic finalist Aimee Willmott.

Although this is still early season, Leander swimmers showed fantastic form and stepped up from last year. We used this gala as a training meet reinforcing pre- and post- race strategies. We still came away with the club’s first medal at this meet – Kirstin’s Bronze medal in the 100 IM. She also achieved a National Qualifying Time for the Winter Nationals in 50 Fly, our first Winter National qualifier. In addition, Leander swimmers achieved 60 Personal Best Times, reached 12 Finals and broke 9 club records.

Our Finalists were:

  • Kirstin in 100 Fly, 100 IM, 50 BS, 50 FL
  • Tyler in 100 BS, 50 FL, 50 BC
  • Megan 100 IM, 400 IM
  • Mia 100 BS
  • Jordan 200 BS
  • Jack 200 FL

Many thanks to Leander volunteers and spectators supporting this meet and our Team. One Team, One Dream.

View the official photos and results.

Ernest Bevin is back!

We return to Ernest Bevin College from Monday 14 Nov – please see the calendar or squad pages for the reinstated timetable.

For this week only there are no squad sessions on Tuesday evening (15 Nov) due to the AGM, or on Saturday 19 Nov (Club Championships).

Please note that Academy lessons WILL take place on Saturday 19 Nov.

AGM 2016

The Leander Swimming Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 15 November at 7.00pm Ernest Bevin Sixth Form Lecture Theatre. Refreshments will also be served.

You are all welcome to participate. However, if you are a paid up member of the Club, you are entitled to vote, nominate a candidate for the Committee or stand yourself – you can download a membership form and covering letter regarding membership. You can also download a nomination form for the committee due back asap please! The Committee is always in need of new members to shadow or fill the various roles ensuring continuity and resilience for our Club.

Whilst your children swim for the Club becoming a Committee Member is a great way to be involved in the running of the club and being part of the Leander Community. The Club’s success depends upon a team of volunteers and there are a variety of jobs both small and large. All present Committee members are happy to discuss and show the ropes in order to make the organisation function successfully and fulfil your children’s aspirations.

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