Head coach Martin writes: Leander entered the second weekend of the Surrey County Championships in 7th position after a very successful first weekend. This time it was 200m all strokes and the 100 and 200 IM, held in the 25m shortcourse pool at the Guildford Spectrum. See the latest results.
On Saturday we had a ‘quieter’ day with only 5 boys and 7 girls competing. Sunday was a very long day for all but again many Leander swimmers did really well in 58 races, gaining 46 PBs – a 79% success rate.
Our swimmers were in the top 8 29 times (again no finals swam this weekend), scored 125 points and we had no DQs! We won 8 medals and now stand on 19 medals and 238 points. Continue reading
Congratulations to Becky Atkinson – Volunteer Services to Sport and Physical Activity 2015
Becky and Lorraine went to the Wandsworth Active Awards 2015 held in the Wandsworth Civic Centre on Thursday 11th Feb. The event was hosted by David Garrido (Sky Sports presenter) and Jordon Nobbs (Arsenal/England Footballer)
Becky, among others picked up her award for Voluntary Services to Sport and Physical Activity – which is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution in 2015 to their sport.
Other Leander Stars nominated were: Tory Craddock/Batten, Sarah Marcar, Tom Ruppel, Fiona Sydney and John Wood.
Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: The Surrey County Championships started last weekend with the first races in the 50m pool at Surrey Sports Park: the 800m & 1500m Free, 400m IM & Free, and the 100m races in all strokes. See the full results.
Leander had 27 swimmers competing in 64 races. Our swimmers swam 62 PBs and won 11 medals (1x Gold, 4x Silver and 6x Bronze). Although there were no separate finals in these events, Leander swimmers finished in the top eight in 22 races. Continue reading
Head coach Martin writes: Congratulations to all swimmers who competed at Last Chance Surrey Qualifer meet last Sunday and achieved a Surrey Qualifying Time.
We entered this meet in big numbers and our presence on poolside was felt. This was a Time Trial type of meet: no medals, mixed heats with boys and girls of any age. It is you against the time. Very exciting and very different mind set. A great experience for our younger swimmers.
Our senior swimmers led the warm ups and then looked after and cheered on our younger swimmers. Our volunteers helped with running the gala either as ‘people in white’ or ‘non technical’ help, as I refer to them. This is what the team Leander is about! A great team spirit and lots of fun. Continue reading
Head Coach Martin writes: Sixty seven Leander swimmers took part in this early January meet to get back into competition mode after a Christmas break. Last time we raced was in early December. In our philosophy to race every 4 – 6 weeks we used this meet to practice all strokes and all distances but also try for Surrey Qualifying times. All squads were represented, including Fitness squad, which was great to see. The coaches were particularly pleased to see so many swimmers competing, many swimmers doing the full programme of 16 races in 2 days! Swimmers as young as 11 took on events such as 200 and 400 IM and 400 FC for the first time, a great effort from them all. Download the results. Continue reading
Head Coach Martin writes: And Leander rises… We are the 2015 Division 2 Champions. A Historic moment for Leander SC. Veni, vidi, vici or in plain English… We came, we swam, we won*. Not once, not twice. Three times. ….after winning previous two rounds we also won the Final round. The Leander name forever engraved in the marble.
Fifth last year, first this year. We have come a long way since joining the league in 2014. It was nail-biting gala with either of three teams with a real chance of promotion to the Division one (two teams go up every year). It was to be decided all on the night. Continue reading