WASA gala 2016

Coach Caroline Findlay writes: On Sunday 25th September Leander’s team battled it out in the borough gala against local rivals Wandsworth Swimming club. Swimmers competed in individual races as well as relays, setting a number of personal bests (PBs) along the way.
At the end our boys came out as winners, with the girls coming 2nd. Wandsworth were overall winners on the combined total.

Well done to all who competed and those parents who officiated; without them these galas cannot take place.

Leander Invitational Gala 17th Sep 2016

img_0261Head coach Martin Jurco writes: Leander has started its season of late with a few team galas: this year it was the final round of the MK Junior League followed by this invitational team gala versus Reading and Kingston. And at the end of September comes the WASA team gala – good luck to our swimmers!

The invitational gala consisted of 36 individual races and 7 relay races. Each club entered two swimmers per event. We started very well getting 10 PBs in the first 12 races, followed by the early relays relays with one first and two second places. Continue reading

MK Junior League 2016 Final Round

img_5523Coach Caroline Findlay writes: On September 10th, Leander’s young team took part in the third and final round of this year’s MK Junior League. Despite being up against stiff opposition our swimmers did themselves proud by giving their all.

Several PBs were achieved, and team spirit was evident as every swimmer was cheered home, carrying us to an eventual fifth place. See the league results.

Well done team!

Ernest Bevin update

Unfortunately we have heard that Ernest Bevin will not be ready for the next 3 weeks or so.  The good news is that we have managed to acquire pool space elsewhere for both the academy and squads.
We are in the process of working out a new timetable for everyone and will get this information out to you all as soon as we can. Once again we can only apologise for the inconvenience. Unfortunately this is completely out of our control and can assure you we are doing all we can to rectify this problem. Many thanks for your patience.
The committee

Training and teaching restarts – Ernest Bevin pool not quite ready

Welcome back! We’re starting the training schedules with a temporary timetable while we wait for the pool at Ernest Bevin to be fully ready. The good news is that the tiles are up, the pump works and the pool is filling up (just taking a bit longer than planned). Once the pool is full it needs to be brought up to the correct temperature.

Fingers crossed we will be back at Ernest Bevin on Monday 12 September.

Please watch this space and emails for further news.

Success at the British and English Nationals 2016!

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Team Leander members spent late July and early August in Sheffield racing the fastest swimmers in the country at The British Summer Championships (British Nationals) then The ASA Summer Meet (English Nationals).

Swimmers are invited to take part based on their position in the national rankings on June 30 each year. The top 24 swimmers in England, Scotland and Wales in each age group are invited to the British Nationals. The next 20 swimmers in England are then invited to the English Nationals.

Our British Nationals qualifiers were Kirstin and Jordan.

Kirstin swam in the 50m Fly in a new PB of 29.80 and came 14th. Jordan came 18th in the 200m Breast, just outside of his recent big PB.

Read the full British Champs results.

At the English Nationals we had 4 swimmers who did brilliantly. Megan came 13th in the 400m IM. Jordan came 18th in 100m Breast. Kirstin made it into the finals in the 50m Free where she came  2ndour first Leander medal at the Nationals in 5 years.  She also swam in the 100m Free where in the morning heats she qualified 8th fastest in a new PB and came 5th in the final in 1:00.06,  a new club record. Tyler also made it into the Finals of 50 Back where he finished 10th. Continue reading