London Regionals 2015

LondonRegionAgeGroups2015Martin writes: The 2015 London Regional Championships showed our club’s amazing progress since last year. In 2014 we had 3 age group qualifiers and 9 swimmers overall, of which only 2 managed to get into the finals. This year we had 24 qualifiers and our swimmers achieved an impressive 54 PB’s and swam in 26 finals.

The last day at the London Aquatic Centre continued our success in a programme of exciting 50m splash ‘n dash sprints and 4×100 relays. Well done to all swimmers and the coaching team!

Leander swimmers achieved fantastic results with many PBs. Our 14-16 years old boys team placed 10th: Ben Davis, Tymek Filipowicz, Jake White and Rui Cachopo swam super fast to placed in the final.

10 individual swimmers reached the finals – a testament that Leander is improving in depth across all age groups from the 11 year olds in Gold Squad through the 13 to 15 year olds in Junior Squad to the 17 and over age group in Senior Squad.  Continue reading

Woking Octopus Gala

A team of 29 Leander swimmers won 30 medals and posted 115 PBs in the Woking Open gala at the weekend.

Our Silver and Bronze squad swimmers won an excellent 14 Gold, 12 Silver and 4 Bronze “medals” (really glass trophies). Well done swimmers and coaches!

The top scoring medallists were Theo Djidetchian with 3 gold and 1 silver,  Frankie James with 2 gold and 2 silver.  Jimmy Dakin took 2 golds and 1 silver while Michaela Hewitt-Buys and Kiera McArdle weighed in with 3 medals apiece.

Other medalists included: Olivia Boyce, Lizzy Hill, Kit Chapman, Isabella de Menezes, Katy Trumper, Grace Mather, Lachlan Clunie, Esme Johnson, Luca Holland.

13 disqualifications was not bad for such young competitors, but clearly something we need to work on.

A really well ordered and friendly event – Woking did all the teams proud with their organisation and even cake!!!

We would like to thank our new trainee official parents for also testing their skills at their first open meet.

Caroline, Steve and the swimmers all slept soundly on Sunday evening following a long day poolside. Download the full results.

SOLD OUT – Leander’s Midsummer BBQ – 21st June 4pm – 9pm

The annual club BBQ will be held at JAGS Sportsfield on Sunday, June 21st from 4pm.

Homemade Burger, sausage, kebabs (chicken, lamb), veg burg, coleslaw, potato salad, green salad.

The fun will include: tombola, raffle, cake stall, bar, games (tug of war!)

Tickets all now SOLD OUT.

Jags Sports Club, Red Post Hill, Dulwich, London SE24 9JN.

2015 Regional Championships 2nd weekend

17542381892_cfe14c8e49_zHead Coach Martin writes: The London Region Championships continued last weekend with some amazing performances from Leander swimmers.

On Saturday Imogen Marcar raced in the 200m breaststroke and took 5th in the finals. Jordan Sydney-Darling, our only distance qualifier, swam an exceptional 1500m, also coming 5th. Tymek Filipowicz, returning from illness, came 16th. Rui Cachopo swam a strong 200 IM equalling his Long Course PB and finishing 14th.

Leander also entered 4×100 boys Medley and girls FC relays for the first time. This was valuable experience for our young team of up and coming swimmers. Continue reading

London Region Age Group Champs 2015

Head Coach Martin writes: Leander swimmers started the weekend with a fantastic performance from Megan Whittaker who came 7th in 400 IM on Saturday morning, dropping 10 seconds on her entry time. We also achieved 7 Personal Best times out of 9 swims.

On Sunday more Leander swimmers joined in to chase PB’s. 7 out of 9 seemed to be the winning formula again. Our best swim came from Mia who came 9th and just missed on the Finals. Bella H, only 11 years old, came 12th in the combined 11/12 age group and was the second fastest 11 year old girl.

Monday was the best day of the long weekend with 5 swimmers reaching finals and achieving 11 PB’s out of 15 races.

Our swimmers reaching Finals were: Imogen Marcar 5th, Megan Whittaker 8th, Sandor Apponyi 4th, Jordan Syndey-Darling 6th, Kirstin Harvie 7th

First weekend highlights:

  • 8 Top 10 finishes
  • 25 PB’s