Leander juniors came a very close second in the final of the Milton Keynes League at Aylesbury on Saturday 13 September, and achieved promotion to the first division next season. Our 218 points was only 7 points less than the very accomplished winners, Wantage White Horses.
Of the 49 events, Leander was first in 13 and second in a further 12 among much stronger teams than in earlier rounds. Crucially we achieved our number one objective of no disqualifications and therefore every swimmer contributed to the result.
Well done all swimmers and coaches and thanks to Caroline in particular for organising and running the competition for the club.
Our individual race winners were Sandor, Mia, Jack B, Charlotte C, Jordan, Jacob T, Bella H and Kirsten.
The Club Champs will take place on Sun 12th October, Sun 19th October, Sun 9th November, Sat 15th November, Sun 16th November and Sun 7th December.
Please could all squad swimmers enter as many events as they can – the club champs are a friendly (and cheap -£1 per entry) way of getting official times that can then be used for entering other galas through the rest of the season including the Surrey County Champs. Please enter using the online form – one entry can cover all the different days.
See details in the gala list.
Squad training started on Tuesday 2nd Sept. The first Academy lessons are on Wednesday 10th Sept.
Details on squad pages and in the calendar – please note that following a review of the first week of training the club has needed to make a few changes to accommodate the new squad structures and numbers.
Stephen Baker writes: Leander juniors were too strong for their rivals in the second round of the MK League, Div 2 at Aylesbury. What made this performance so good was that we were effectively fielding two teams on the day with many swimmers at the London Youth Games.
Out of 49 events, Leander was first in 18 and second in a further 14. Really pleasing was that we had only 2 disqualifications and those from gala debutants. Of the 17 relays we won 8 (could have been 9 but for a DQ). This is a real measure of strength in depth and a great credit to the swimmers and coaches. Continue reading
Well done to all who attended the Surrey Development Meet on Saturday 28 June. There were tons of PBs, medals and ribbons. The swimmers loved it and parents seemed to be very happy.
Here’s a picture of the team including the very hard working coaches, who did an outstanding job in motivating swimmers. Read the results online.
At the Wandsworth Borough Championships, Leander won the Combined Team, the Boys’ Team and the Girls’ Team Trophies. Check out the trophy cabinet at Ernest Bevin in the next couple of weeks to view the trophies.
In Lorraine’s words “it was a great meet, and we won it by a country mile.’
Thanks to all the swimmers and helpers who turned up, despite swimming late into the evening on Saturday at the Surrey Development meet.
Read the results for Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon,