MK Junior League 2016 Round 1

MKJL16R1_1Caroline Findlay writes: On Saturday 4 June Leander hosted the first round of this year’s MK junior league. We had been drawn against some stiff opposition – 3 of the top 6 clubs in last year’s competition including the winners.

Our team was made up of swimmers pulling on Leander hats in competition for the first time alongside the more experienced who had taken part in the previous 2 years.
There were lots of fantastic swims and a number of personal bests with several top 3 finishes. Well done to all!
So we now prepare for round two… Please keep practising, giving 100% in training and ensure that if asked to represent your club that you are available.
Thank you to all parents and volunteers who made the gala run so smoothly.
We are One team with One dream 
Go Leander!!!

London Regional 11-14 Age Group Championships 2016

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Head Coach Martin writes: The Regional Championships concluded in May with the 11 -14 year old age group competition. 10 Leander swimmers qualified this year.

We had fantastic first weekend, gaining two medals and our first Regional Champion – Jordan S-D in the 200m Breast. Imogen M took Bronze in the 200m Breast.

The star performances continued in the second weekend:

  • Kirstin became our other Regional Champion by winning the 50 Fly in a very close race. She also collected Bronze in the 400m IM.
  • Jordan collected Silvers in the 100m Breast and the 400m IM
  • Jake, Khaled, Joseph and Tymek came 6th in the 14-16y Boys 4x200m Free
  • Enerel, Suzannah, Megan and Kirstin came 5th in the 14-16y Girls 4x200m Free

See the full results. Continue reading

Wycombe Long Course Sprint Meet April 2016

WDSC_LC_16Head Coach Martin writes: We took more than 50 swimmers to this meet in Wycombe’s recently opened new 50m pool. The main aim was to take swimmers out of their comfort zone (24 of our swimmers had never competed in a 50m pool before) and to compete outside London in as many events as possible to encourage team spirit and healthy rivalry.

We had so much fun as a team. We saw quality racing, a huge amount of PBs and medals. Quick stats:

  • 277 PBs
  • 14 Gold medals, 30 Silver and 18 Bronze
  • 8 new club records broken
  • Leander swimmers were among the top girls: Enerel was 2nd and Lucy A 3rd
  • Jacob T came third among boys.
  • Leander were Top Visiting Club, ahead of Stratford Sharks and Thame SC

See the full results. Continue reading

London Region Youth Championships 2016

IMG_1183Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: Last weekend 8 Leander swimmers participated in London Region Championships. This was the first part of the Championships with distance events for all age groups, most relays and Youth events (swimmers 15 and over).

As it was still the school holidays for many we started unusually on Friday at Crystal Palace with relays and distance events.

Our most successful team were the girls 14-16 medley team (Mia, Imogen, Megan and Kirstin) who came 5th out of 20. The girls freestyle team (Kirstin, Enerel, Lucy and Lily) came 12th overall. See the full results. Continue reading

Duel in the pool round 2

Kate Eaton writes: On Saturday 19th March Bromley and Leander swimmers met for the second Bromley vs Leander Dual Meet of the season – the first having been last September.

This time the venue was Alleyn’s instead of JAGS and it was the turn of our younger swimmers to be put through their race paces (although a group of senior swimmers was also there to show them the way). There was some fantastic racing and there were some nail-bitingly close finishes.

Team Leander came away with 82 PBs out of a total of 120 races (a 68% success rate) with some swimmers attempting events such as 100 fly for the first time ever. Swimmers displayed great team spirit and nearly took the roof off with their cheering during the final event – the squadron relay. Bromley pipped Leander to the post for the squadron event but as the final scores were tallied it became clear that Leander had held the day with 373 points to Bromley’s 277.

Go Leander go! Many thanks as always to all the coaches and parent-volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success. See the full results.