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!
82 Leander swimmers tool part in this mid-January meet – always one of the favourites on our competition calendar. The meet served as a last chance to qualify for the Surrey County Championships.
We came away with 5 new Surrey A qualifiers and lots of improved times. We now have 42 Surrey A qualifiers, 3 up on last year. Taken together with the B class events, we now have more than 100 swimmers attending the counties!
Our coaches were especially pleased to see 40 swimmers taking on the gruelling 400m events, together with the 13 who swam the even tougher 200m Fly – including Alderic from Bronze squad – only 9 years old! These events are an integral part of a swimmer’s development and even young swimmers can do them, and do them well. A few even swam in both the 200 and 100 fly, only 15 minutes apart – well done Alderic, Sasha, Maggie, Tess, Joseph, Jordan, Enerel and Kirstin.
- Some stats:
- 224 medals (82 Gold, 65 Silver and 77 Bronze)
- 457 PBs including first swims
- Alderic Leleu (9y) picked up 14 Gold medals and set 12 new club records
- Kirstin Harvie (14y) took 6 Gold and 1 Silver medals
- Overall 43 new club records were set
Well done to all swimmers, a big thank you to all our volunteer officials and also to our coaches. We had so many on poolside it felt like a home meet!
Pictures by Margot Waddup. View more at Flickr.
Head coach Martin Jurco writes: Coming to the Division 1 Final, we had already established ourselves as one of the leading clubs, 4th in the table following 2 strong qualifying rounds. We travelled to Lewisham with a clear goal: to have the best round yet and make history for Leander.
We learned from previous rounds that our first ten events must improve in order to get a good overall result. And we started well, being third after the first 10 events. Unfortunately, 2 DQs meant we dropped to 5th after the next 10. But we fought and clawed our way back, eventually reaching 3rd places.
- Barking&Dagenham 293p
- Watford 275p
- Leander 228p
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
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.
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.