Woking Octopus Gala

A team of 29 Leander swimmers won 30 medals and posted 115 PBs in the Woking Open gala at the weekend.

Our Silver and Bronze squad swimmers won an excellent 14 Gold, 12 Silver and 4 Bronze “medals” (really glass trophies). Well done swimmers and coaches!

The top scoring medallists were Theo Djidetchian with 3 gold and 1 silver,  Frankie James with 2 gold and 2 silver.  Jimmy Dakin took 2 golds and 1 silver while Michaela Hewitt-Buys and Kiera McArdle weighed in with 3 medals apiece.

Other medalists included: Olivia Boyce, Lizzy Hill, Kit Chapman, Isabella de Menezes, Katy Trumper, Grace Mather, Lachlan Clunie, Esme Johnson, Luca Holland.

13 disqualifications was not bad for such young competitors, but clearly something we need to work on.

A really well ordered and friendly event – Woking did all the teams proud with their organisation and even cake!!!

We would like to thank our new trainee official parents for also testing their skills at their first open meet.

Caroline, Steve and the swimmers all slept soundly on Sunday evening following a long day poolside. Download the full results.

SOLD OUT – Leander’s Midsummer BBQ – 21st June 4pm – 9pm

The annual club BBQ will be held at JAGS Sportsfield on Sunday, June 21st from 4pm.

Homemade Burger, sausage, kebabs (chicken, lamb), veg burg, coleslaw, potato salad, green salad.

The fun will include: tombola, raffle, cake stall, bar, games (tug of war!)

Tickets all now SOLD OUT.

Jags Sports Club, Red Post Hill, Dulwich, London SE24 9JN.

2015 Regional Championships 2nd weekend

17542381892_cfe14c8e49_zHead Coach Martin writes: The London Region Championships continued last weekend with some amazing performances from Leander swimmers.

On Saturday Imogen Marcar raced in the 200m breaststroke and took 5th in the finals. Jordan Sydney-Darling, our only distance qualifier, swam an exceptional 1500m, also coming 5th. Tymek Filipowicz, returning from illness, came 16th. Rui Cachopo swam a strong 200 IM equalling his Long Course PB and finishing 14th.

Leander also entered 4×100 boys Medley and girls FC relays for the first time. This was valuable experience for our young team of up and coming swimmers. Continue reading

London Region Age Group Champs 2015

Head Coach Martin writes: Leander swimmers started the weekend with a fantastic performance from Megan Whittaker who came 7th in 400 IM on Saturday morning, dropping 10 seconds on her entry time. We also achieved 7 Personal Best times out of 9 swims.

On Sunday more Leander swimmers joined in to chase PB’s. 7 out of 9 seemed to be the winning formula again. Our best swim came from Mia who came 9th and just missed on the Finals. Bella H, only 11 years old, came 12th in the combined 11/12 age group and was the second fastest 11 year old girl.

Monday was the best day of the long weekend with 5 swimmers reaching finals and achieving 11 PB’s out of 15 races.

Our swimmers reaching Finals were: Imogen Marcar 5th, Megan Whittaker 8th, Sandor Apponyi 4th, Jordan Syndey-Darling 6th, Kirstin Harvie 7th

First weekend highlights:

  • 8 Top 10 finishes
  • 25 PB’s

Ealing Short Course Meet 2015

Caroline writes: Leander swimmers arrived early at Northolt Leisure centre on Saturday for the first day of a weekend of competition and waited patiently outside until the doors were opened just before 8am.

A swarm of swimmers made to the poolside to get warmed up for the 400m freestyle, with many knocking seconds off their entry times. Our swimmers swam well all weekend, cheering their team mates on in all events. Even those taking part in their first open event grew in confidence and were keen to get to their next event.

A great weekend was had by all that attended with several PBs being achieved as well as gold medals for Sandor and Charlotte C and bronzes for Eneral, Charlotte C and Layth. See the full results.

Made in London – Forged in Sheffield


By ‘eck, it’s swim up North!

15 swimmers from Senior, Junior (and a very little one from Gold) all went to Sheffield for the weekend to take part in the prestigious Derventio Level One meet – a fantastic meet full of clubs based in the Midlands and with plenty of swimmers from the Universities and sport colleges, including Loughborough, Millfield, Sheffield Hallam and Derventio (which is a Derby based performance squad), 10 swimmers in the boys 16+ age group (average age of 22) swam 100 free in 0:52 seconds. They were amazing and impressive to watch. Continue reading