Regional Youth Championships 2017

Leander at London Region Youths 2017Head coach Martin writes: This meet is the peak of the season and the focus of our top squads’ training over last 9 months. 20 Leander swimmers qualified this year (up from 8 last year). We also entered 6 relay teams.

On day 1 Leander swimmers collected 4 medals, 2 of them gold. Congratulations to our new 2017 Regional champions:

  • Imogen Marcar in 15y old 200 Breaststroke
  • Kirstin Harvie in 15y old 50 Fly, in a new club age group and All-time open record

And congratulations to 2017 Regional medallists:

  • Jordan Sydney-Darling second in 15y old 200 BS
  • Kirstin Harvie third in 15y old 400 IM

There was a Leander swimmer in every individual event final.


  • Boys finished 13th in their 4×100 FC relay with a new club record by over 13 seconds and nice new PB’s for all 4 boys.
  • Girls finished 5th in 4×100 FC relays also in new club record by 10 seconds and 3 individual PB’s (12th last year)

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Wycombe Sprint Meet 17

Leander at Wycombe Sprint Meet 17Head Coach Martin writes: This is coach Antonio’s report on his last gala with our club. In his time as lead coach for Blue squad, 8 Blue swimmers qualified for this year’s Regional championships. He has now decided to pursue new challenges and will be leaving the club this week. We all thank Antonio for his contribution to the club, his enthusiasm and passion for coaching and swimming. He will be missed and we wish him all the best.

Antonio writes: On Saturday the 22nd of April, Leander SC took nearly 60 swimmers, mainly from junior squads, to compete at the superbly organised Wycombe Sprint Meet. Swimmers from Bronze and Silver squads were able to get their first official long-course times, while more experienced Swimmers worked at improving personal bests and honing their racing skills.

  • Leander swimmers won 63 medals and recorded 325 PB’s including first swims and first LC swims.
  • Leander came 2nd in the Top Visiting Club Award
  • Issy Regis came 2nd in the Top Girl Award

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Surreys 2017 4th weekend

Head Coach Martin writes: The “A” division of the County Championships as customary finished with the sprints and relays at Crystal Palace on the 24th and 25th of February.

Leander swimmers had a fantastic weekend, collecting 14 medals, achieving 49 top 8 finishes and many Personal Best times. On the way, 39 new club records were broken, some of them dating back to 2005. See the full results for this year’s championships. Continue reading

Surrey 2017 – weekend 3 report

Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: For this weekend we moved back to the long course pool at Surrey Sports Park. The “A” Division competed in 200m events in all strokes, 400 Free and 200 and 400 IM. The “B” Division contested only the girls 200m Breast.

Leander swimmers continued to excel and collected a further 10 medals (1 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze), finishing in the top eight 34 times and breaking 9 club records. See the results for the Surreys so far.

Our medal winners were:

  • Alderic Leleu, Jordan Sydney-Darling and Imogen Marcar all won a bronze,
  • Kirstin Harvie took 4 silvers
  • Megan Whittaker took 1 Gold and 2 Silvers

We moved to 9th position in the A division age group Tinlin trophy and have won 15 medals in total.

In the B Division our girls swam really well clocking some good times with Lily Young placing in the top 8.

We now stand 6th in this Division.

Surreys 2017 Weekend 2

Lucy Sanderson writes: On Sat 4th and Sun 5th Feb, Leander swimmers continued to step up and race in both A and B division events at Surrey County Championships.

We had swimmers racing over the duration of the two days in every event. In the A division we achieved 37 PB’s, 21 finals and 5 medals. Division B saw us gain 42 PB’s, 20 finals and 8 medals. Those racing to a place on the podium were Cosmo Freeland, Megan Whittaker and Kirstin Harvie – great job!

We also saw a total of 19 records being broken; Cosmo Freeland (2), Thomas Walkinshaw (1), Jack Banasiak (1), Alderic Leleu (3), Oliver Veraas-Brown (4), Saskia Wilkinson (5), and Keira Mcardle (2). Another massive well done!

Surreys 2017

Lucy Sanderson writes: The Surrey County Championships kickstarted on Sunday 29th Jan at Surrey Sports Park, with great success for Leander.

We had 18 swimmers competing in both boys & girls 400 freestyle and 400 IM in the B division, and managed to come away with a total of 9 medals (5 of which were gold). The girls 800 freestyle and boys 1500 freestyle also took place for the A division, where we had 4 swimmers representing Leander in two very tough distance events, and two top 8 place finishes, challenging some of the top clubs in Surrey.

More reports soon – all coaches are looking forward to more great success and watching all the hard work pay off!