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!

Kingston Royals Meet 2017

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!

National Arena League 2016 Final

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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.

Gala results:

  1. Barking&Dagenham 293p
  2. Watford 275p
  3. Leander 228p

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National Arena League 2016 Rd 2 – we’re into the final!

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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