Saxon Crown Long but short meet

SaxonCrownLbS_cropHead Coach Martin writes: A group of 14 Leander swimmers ventured into Lewisham for a Saxon Crown Distance meet. With 8 boys and 6 girls we were the biggest club and, as it has now become customary, we let ourself be heard.

Many attempted this 800 and 1500m distance for the first time. 5 girls and 3 boys achieved Surrey qualifying times. We won 1 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze medals.

Becky Atkinson writes: well done to all those who competed, especially those who had never before swum these distances. There were some great swims and some great in-house rivalry – Jemima Frame and Enerel Althankhuyag touching just 0.01 seconds apart in a particularly thrilling end to their 800m swims.

Commiserations to all those who missed out on achieving Surrey times.

Great to see so many Leander parents on poolside some just starting out on their J1 training.

Read the full results.

Arena League Round 2

ArenaNov14_2Martin and Lorraine write: On a wet Saturday evening the team made its slow way to Enfield to battle it out for a place in the final in December. We needed to come first or second: game on!

There were some stunning swims, nail biting finishes, and cheers aplenty. Half way through the gala Leander were only third, then moved narrowly into second, just ahead of main rivals Hertford. A series of stunning wins increased the gap to 12 points and we came second overall.

Leander swimmers came first in 10 individual events and 4 relays. Individual winners were: Sandor Apponyi (twice), Jules Rognon (twice), Tymek Filipowicz (twice), Jordan Sydney-Darling, Jacob Wood, Rui Cachopo, Kirstin Harvie and Bella Hodges.

Our 11 and under boys stay unbeatable both in medley and freestyle relay. And our 13 and under boys remain unbeaten in the freestyle relay.

The final scores were:
Brompton 315
Leander 268
Hertford 256
Tring 169
Verulum 164
Southward Aquatics 160

Well done everyone! The next round’s on Saturday 13 December. Keep the date free – even if you’re not swimming it’s worth coming along to watch – it’s so exciting!

Gold’s Halloween training with Neville

goldhallo2Gold had a special Halloween training session on Saturday with coach Emilly and Neville the skeleton. They did Fartlek training (which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training) using the skeleton for main set + fun at the end.

They seemed to thoroughly enjoy the session with the skeleton but worked hard as well.