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Colchester finish fourth in Essex

12 March 2020
The Essex Age Group Championships 2020 came to a close on Sunday 1 March at Basildon Sporting Village as qualifying swimmers from across the county once again went head-to-head over the last weekend.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “We finished in a very creditable fourth position overall. Throughout the weekend the team spirit was there for all to see. It was fantastic to see so many different swimmers making finals, setting PBs, winning medals and supporting their teammates.”

Just as they had in the previous weekend of competition Colchester SC got off to a brilliant start and they excelled in the distance events.

The 1500m Freestyle saw three Colchester swimmers set blistering times to be crowned Essex Champions in their respective age groups: Massimo Girolami (19:19.23), Zak Troman (18:55.44) and Mark Milburn (17:37.43). There was further success as Alfie Francis (18:19.74) and Charlotte Tree (19:12.54) both won bronze medals as Colchester continued to rack-up the points and the medal count.

Over the course of the weekend there were a number of brilliant performances but one of the highlights came in the 200m IM which saw Colchester take gold, silver and bronze in the 16-year age group.

Ciara Wookey (2:35.51) took gold, with Charlotte Tree (2:36.40) and Molly Redgrave (2:36.57) taking silver and bronze in a closely-contested race that also saw Lucy Morgan take sixth spot. In the 17-year age group, Asma Parker took fifth place and Helen Thompson won bronze (3:36.05) in the Multi-Disability category.

The 400m IM brought further medal success as Ciara Wookey (5:30.92) became a double-medley Essex Champion and Charlotte Tree (5:32.87) added another silver to her individual collection. Gabrielle Cornish, Molly Grieve and Asma Parker all swam well and claimed top-eight finishes.

Ciara’s brilliant individual display continued as she won silver (1:21.83) in the 100m Breaststroke. Sadie Rowe also won silver (1:22.04) in the 13-year-old category with a fine swim to claim her first County medal and Helen Thompson won another bronze (3:36.05) in the 17-year-old, Multi-Disability category. There were top eight finishes for Angelica Mason, Charlotte Tree and Rebecca Girolami in their respective age groups.

In the 200m Breaststroke Ciara Wookey added another second-place finish (2:56.19) and was joined by Charlotte Tree on the podium as she won bronze (2:58.26). In the other age groups Sadie Rowe, Amy Johnson, Molly Grieve and Rebecca Girolami all secured fifth spot as Colchester demonstrated their strong breaststroke credentials.

There was further success for the girls in the relay events. In the Girls 200m Medley the 13/14-year-old team (Keziah Cornish, Sadie Rowe, Macey Watkins and Olivia Cartwright) battled brilliantly to hold-off strong competition to take bronze (2:15.34). In the 11/12 age group, fifth place was secured (Gabrielle Cornish, Angelica Mason, Anjali Tuckwell and Sophie Ryan) and the same group of girls also came seventh in the 200m Freestyle Team. The 15-year/over girls relay team (Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) finished fifth as they narrowly missed out on a medal despite swimming with great vigour.

The boys also performed admirably. In the 100m Backstroke Zak Troman's fine County Champs continued as he won silver (1:12.47) just ahead of Sandijs Cecins who finished in fourth spot. There were more valuable points for Mark Milburn as he finished in fifth place in the 15 year old age group. In the 16-year-old age group, Naythan Aung won silver (1:02.46) with a brilliant swim as he finished ahead of Kai Cheng (1:03.80) who finished third and Syd Roberts who came fifth. There was a similar story in the 200m Backstroke, with Zak winning silver (2:36.39) and Kai Cheng winning bronze (2:26.45) in their age groups, and there were top-eight finishes by Massimo Girolami, Mark Milburn and Syd Roberts.

The 100m Butterfly saw Colchester claim three further medals with Zak Troman (1:09.08), Alfie Francis (1:04.36) and Naythan Aung (1:00.70) all striking home to win silver. Again, there were a number of other swimmers who made the final throughout the age groups: Raul Shrestha, Sandijs Cecins, Mark Milburn, Kai Cheng all winning County flags. The gruelling 200m Butterfly saw four further top-eight finishes as Alfie Francis, Mark Milburn and Antonio Girolami all performed well in the 15-year age group and Kalaum Corani was placed for the 16-year olds with a strong performance.

The medal count continued to rise in the 200m Freestyle as Massimo Girolami (2:25.85) won bronze in the 12-year-old age group and Mark Milburn added to his personal haul with another bronze (2:09.65) for the 15-year olds. Additionally, Zak Troman, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng and William Pestell all won valuable points for themselves and the Club with top-eight places.

In the 200m IM, Zak Troman took bronze (2:35.96) as he finished ahead of Sandijs Cecins and there were further placings for Raul Shrestha and Massimo Girolami. Finally, the 15/over 200m Medley Team (Naythan Aung, William Pestell, Daryl Rands and Connor Wilken) put in a solid swim to take fifth spot.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said:

“Congratulations to all of the swimmers who competed at this year's Essex Championships and represented the Club so well. I would like to give a special mention to Zak Troman and Mark Milburn who swam incredibly well throughout the Championships and won the prestigious Top Male trophies for their age groups. It is an amazing achievement and testament to the hard work they put in day-in-day-out in training. Everyone at the Club is rightfully very proud of them both. ”

Michelle concluded by thanking the coaches, officials and poolside helpers who gave up so much of their time to make the Championships such a success, as well as the parents for supporting the swimmers and the Club.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Freya Cowley, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Angelica Mason, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Arjun Parmar, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Archie Tebbutt, Christopher Thompson, Helen Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, George Wallace, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.

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Masterful county performances

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09 March 2020
On 7 March the 2020 Essex Masters Championships were held at Basildon Sporting Village.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club, and competing against the best Masters swimmers from across the county, were Katie Holmes, Daryl Rands, and Rob Milburn.

Katie finished second overall in the ladies’ event, taking an impressive medal haul of nine medals (five gold, three silver and one bronze), in her age category. In a thrilling 100m Breaststroke race she recovered from a slow start to narrowly miss taking the overall title, by just 0.14 of a second.

Daryl amassed eight medals (one gold, three silver and four bronze).

Like Katie, Daryl just missed winning the gold medal in several races by tenths of a second.

Rob won two golds, four silvers and a bronze medal in his seven events, posting personal best times in three of the events in the process.

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Water Polo: Colchester 15 — 8 Norwich

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02 March 2020
On Wednesday 19 February Colchester played Norwich at Leisure World.

Colchester set the pace straight from the whistle, with Matt Vinter shooting over after 20 seconds of the match. Norwich looked slow and Colchester soon capitalized on this, by racing into a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter and by the end of the first quarter Colchester were leading 6-0.

With such a healthy lead Colchester were able to keep changing the six outfield players regularly (from the nine available) and by the end of the second quarter Colchester were leading 11-2.

Due to a combination of Norwich slowly getting into the game, and Colchester not playing such high intensity Water Polo, the third quarter ended even at 3-3. Colchester still had a healthy lead of 14-5.

Norwich then changed their goalkeeper for the last quarter which enabled them to have their best quarter of the match. He was bigger than the previous goalkeeper and keeping in the shallow end enabled him to pull off numerous saves which resulted in Colchester scoring only one more goal.

Colchester won the match 15-8, with the Colchester goals coming from Simon Lecomber 4, Adam Lecomber 4, Will Chapman 3, Matt Vinter 3 and Mick Parkin 1.

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Medals galore at second weekend of Essex Age Group Championships

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02 March 2020
The second weekend of the Essex Age Group Championships 2020, held at Basildon Sporting Village between Friday 14 - Sunday 16 February, proved to be a thrilling occasion as Colchester SC swimmers once again took on the best swimmers across the county.

The weekend started in spectacular fashion for Colchester as they excelled in the 800m Freestyle, with all five swimmers winning medals.

Zak Troman (9:55.54) and Mark Milburn (9:14.80) both continued their brilliant Championships by winning gold in their respective age groups with superb swims and becoming Essex Champions. Massimo Girolami (10:13.62) and Alfie Francis (9:30.13) were also amongst the medals as they put in gritty performances to win silver and Charlotte Tree (10:07.56) continued to impress in the distance event as she won bronze.

The medal count continued to rise on Saturday and Sunday with a number of the female senior swimmers in particularly impressive form. Asma Parker and Ciara Wookey continued to set the standard making a number of finals in the 17+ and 16-year-old categories respectively.

In the 100m Butterfly both ladies won bronze medals with Asma (1:08.13) and Ciara (1:08.10) digging deep. Molly Grieve also fought hard in the 200m Butterfly to record a top-eight finish in the 15-year age group.

The Colchester girls were in inspiring form in the Backstroke. In the 100m race, Asma led the charge by winning silver (1:07.83) with another great swim. In the other age groups, Macey Watkins and Greta Goddard continued their progression with gutsy displays, and Molly Redgrave and Ciara Wookey also pulled-out the stops, as all four swimmers made finals in their respective age groups.

In the 200m Backstroke, Molly Redgrave (2:31.74) was rewarded for her hard work as she won bronze in the 16-year-old age group and Asma (2:30.14) recorded another third-place finish. Greta Goddard, Ciara Wookey and Gabrielle Cornish shone as they won highly- coveted pennants.

There was further reason to celebrate as Charlotte Tree and Asma Parker recorded top-eight places in the 200m Freestyle and Helen Thompson (1:48.45) won gold in both the 100m Butterfly Multi-Disability and 200m Freestyle Multi-Disability (3:16.58).

In a fitting finale to the girls day the 15 Yrs/Over 200m Medley Team (Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) held off a strong finish to take the silver medal (2:05.00).

For the boys, Mark Milburn was in inspirational form as his superb County Championships continued with a stunning IM double. Mark’s ability of all four strokes was clearly evident as he won the 200IM (2:22.34) and the 400IM (4:58.03) to take his third Essex title of the weekend.

The 400m IM proved to be particularly fruitful for Colchester SC as Massimo Girolami (5:41.37) and Zak Troman (5:20.56) also added to their individual medal tallies with two more silver medals. The good news kept coming as Corey Hare, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami and Kalaum Corani all won County pennants with impressive displays. The 200m IM saw a further five top-eight-finishes with Alfie Francis, Naythan Aung, Kalaum Corani, William Pestell and Daryl Rands all putting in very commendable displays.

Zak Troman’s fine weekend continued as he won another silver (2:36.26) in the gruelling 200m Butterfly with a real demonstration of determination and stamina.

In the 100m Breaststroke Mark Milburn (1:15.55) and Alfie Francis (1:15.62) were separated by a whisker in the 15-year age group as they took second and third spot, with Ronald Gavris also finishing in the top-eight. Massimo Girolami (1:29.59) and Zak Troman (1:21.42) added two further bronze medals as Colchester’s medal count continued to rise and Naythan Aung, Kalaum Corani and Sandijs Cecins all made finals with solid swims.

There was further success in the 200m Breaststroke with William Pestell (2:41.56), Mark Milburn (2:38.49) and Massimo Girolami (3:09.19) all powering to silver in their respective age groups and Zak Troman (2:56.59) and Alfie Francis (2:45.47) both winning bronze medals. Once again there were a number of other top eight finishes as Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami and Kalaum Corani all flew the flag for Colchester.

There were top eight finishes by the 11/12 Yrs Boys Relay team (Massimo Girolami, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Raul Shrestha) too, as they came sixth in both the 200m Medley (2:28.35) and 200m Freestyle (2:12.15)

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded:

“The strength and depth of our squad was really apparent over the weekend. The senior squad members repeatably made finals and showed what it takes to be successful at this level by raising the bar. To come away with so many medal winners, personal bests, as well as those all-important regional times should give everyone a lot of confidence going into the final weekend.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Nikitas Baltsezak, Keelan Barnett, Georgia Bleck, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Jesse Osayande, Asma Parker, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Sadie Rowe, Cole Scott, Raul Shrestha, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Christopher Thompson, Helen Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman, George Wallace, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse and Ciara Wookey.

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Captains have 2020 vision

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27 February 2020
Colchester Swimming Club has announced that Kai Cheng and Asma Parker have been elected as this year’s Club Captains. Kai and Asma will be assisted by Will Pestell, Charlotte Tree and Ciara Wookey, who have been appointed Vice Captains.

Head Coach, Michelle Young said: “The position of Club Captain is a key role within the Club and provides a crucial link between the coaches and the swimmers, with a particular emphasis on team spirit.

There were a number of high calibre applicants this year and I have every confidence that this year’s team will excel.”

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added:

“On behalf of everyone at our Club I would like to offer my congratulations to Asma, Charlotte, Ciara, Kai and Will. They were all very impressive during interview and their enthusiasm and fresh ideas shone through.”

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Masters seasons starts with a bang

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26 February 2020
On Sunday 16 February, Colchester SC Masters kicked-off their season at the 25th Masters & Senior Age Group Valentines Open Meet at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

Racing against swimmers from across the region Colchester SC took a squad of seven swimmers: Katie Holmes, Kat Marks, Ruby Watson, Lauren Himsworth, Damian Navarrete, Rob Milburn and Sam Milburn.

Katie Holmes was particularly impressive as she won the top female swimmer award, winning all ten of her races. Kat Marks also put in a dominant display as she managed five wins from five races. Lauren Himsworth picked up two silver and two bronze medals and Ruby Watson just missed out on a bronze medal in a very competitive age group.

In the men’s races Rob Milburn managed six gold medals, just missing out on the seventh in a tight 100m Freestyle race as he took second spot. Damian Navarrete dominated his three Breaststroke races, winning all three comfortably, with personal best times for both the 100m and the 200m events. Sam Milburn added a gold and a silver to the club medal haul, and posted some personal best times.

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Adam Lecomber selected for England

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18 February 2020
Colchester Waterpolo & Swimming Club is proud to announce that Adam Lecomber has been selected to represent England in the EU Nations Junior Mens Water Polo Tournament 2020.

A team of 13 will travel to Brno, Czech Republic, to compete in their first national tournament together. 15 national teams will compete over a four day period. England are in Group B and will face Belgium in their opening match on Thursday 9 April.

We wish Adam and the England team the best of luck.

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Essex Mini League opener goes down to the wire

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14 February 2020
On Saturday 8 February, Colchester Swimming Club hosted the opening round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Braintree swimming centre.

Canvey Island took top spot (179 points) narrowly beating Brentwood (169 points). Colchester came a close third (165 points) with Woodham (110 points) coming fourth.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager for Colchester SC, explained: “The Essex Mini League provides a framework for competition between 17 amateur swimming clubs within the county in a single division. Each club swims in five galas between February to October. It presents a great opportunity for swimmers to test themselves against the talented swimmers at other local clubs and perform as a team.”

The league meet started perfectly for Colchester with Isabella Stratton-Thomsett winning the 50m Backstroke (41.29) and Carys Westgarth winning the 50m Freestyle (38.16) in the 11&U category. In the 10&U category, Gaby Troman raced clear of the field in the 50m Breaststroke (52.35) and Seth Belshaw repeated the trick in the boys’ category (52.00), while Lukas Karlsson won the 50m Freestyle (40.38).

There were also some inspiring displays by some of the older swimmers. In the 13&U age group, Corey Hare was victorious the 100m Freestyle (1.10.63) and Keelan Barnett won the 50m Backstroke (38.09) as well as the 50m Butterfly (42.42). In the open age category, Felix Szpakowski (1.04.85) and Amy Johnson (1.08.53) both raced to victory in their 100m Freestyle races, and Holly McCarthy won the 50m Breaststroke (43.06).

Alongside some brilliant individual displays were some magnificent relay results. In the open 4X2X1 Freestyle the girls’ team (Amy Johnson, Holly McCarthy, Sophie Baker and Paige Scott) came home first in a time of 1.58.63 and the boys’ team (Daniel Himsworth, Felix Szpakowski, Antonio Girolami and Christopher Thompson) won in 1.47.91.

There were also maximum points in the 6X1 Butterfly relay (Emily Tuckwell, Isla Widdowson, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Paige Scott, Holly McCarthy and Amy Johnson) and the 6X1 Breaststroke relay (Anya Waterman, Evie Edwardson, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Sophie Baker, Holly McCarthy and Amy Johnson) as the girls finished comfortably ahead of the other teams, recording times of 1.46.38 and 2.05.50 respectively. In the boys’ 6X1 Breaststroke relay, the Colchester team (Austin Brook, Harry Griffiths, George Scanlan, Corey Hare, Antonio Girolami and Christopher Thompson) took the spoils with another solid performance as they came home in 2.03.85.

Colchester dominated the 4X1 Freestyle relays, with the 9 year olds (Joseph Stoker, Austin Brook, Jarad Rowe and Ralph Whitehouse) leading the charge in a brilliant time of 1.19.09. In the 10&U category both the girls (Amalie Bird, Gaby Troman, Evie Edwardson and Isla Widdowson) and the boys (Lukas Karlsson, Ralph Whitehouse, Seth Belshaw and Harry Griffiths) finished in first place, recording times of 1.10.66 and 1.15.22. The same feat was repeated in the 13&U category as the girls (Paige Scott, Daisy Himsworth, Camille Veil and Sophie Baker) touched home first in a time of 1.02.84 and the boys (Corey Hare, George Scanlan, Keelan Barnett and Sandijs Cecins,) swam to victory in 1.02.89.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “I cannot praise the squad enough, they swam their hearts out and there were no DQs. We were desperately unlucky with 11 time faults on the night; some of our swimmers were just too quick! The whole team performed amazingly well and should be very confident going into our next fixture on 9 May at Harlow Leisure Zone. I was very impressed by a number of our younger swimmers, particularly those who were swimming in the first competition; they handled the occasion brilliantly.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Sophie Baker, Keelan Barnett, Seth Belshaw, Amalie Bird, Emilia Bilton, Austin Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Alexander Cottrell, Evie Edwardson, Antonio Girolami, Hugo Goddard, Harry Griffiths, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Lukas Karlsson, Sophie Knevett, Holly McCarthy, Jarad Rowe, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Paige Scott, Joseph Stoker, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Christopher Thompson, Gabriella Troman, Emily Tuckwell, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Anya Waterman, Carys Westgarth, Ralph Whitehouse and Isla Widdowson.

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Fabulous freestylers fly the flag for Colchester

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10 February 2020
The second day of Essex Age Group Championships 2020, held at Basildon Sporting Village, saw Colchester SC swimmers go head-to-head against the county’s best freestyle swimmers.

In the 15 year age category of the 400m Freestyle, Mark Milburn swam sensationally to win a thrilling race and come home in first place (4:30.28) to become Essex County Champion. Alfie Francis finished in eighth place with a solid, gutsy performance.

The 400m Freestyle proved to be an excellent event for Colchester as Massimo Girolami put in a commanding performance to secure second place in the 12 year old age group. Zak Troman followed-up his fine County Champs form to add to his personal medal tally and win silver in the 13 year age group, and was closely followed by Sandijs Cecins who dug deep to take seventh spot. Of the girls, it was 16 year old Charlotte Tree who once again impressed with a powerful swim to finish in a very respectable fifth place.

Mark, Zak and Sandijs also registered further top eight places in the respective age groups in the 100m Freestyle as their recent training efforts clearly paid dividends. In the 16 year old age group of the same event, Naythan Aung and Kai Cheng fought hard for fifth and sixth place respectively. Further success came as Keziah Cornish showed real determination to take sixth pace in the 14 year old girls’ race and Asma Parker came seventh in the 17 years/over category.

There were also two top eight finishes for the 15 years/over 200m Freestyle relay teams. The men’s team (Naythan Aung, William Pestell, Daryl Rands and Connor Wilken) coming home in sixth and the women’s team (Asma Parker, Ciara Wookey, Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) taking seventh to make the finalists’ podium.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “It’s been a wonderful start to this year’s County Championships. To follow-up our success at the LAC with another strong team display is just reward for everyone’s efforts. Alongside Mark, Massi and Zak’s medal-winning swims there were a number of personal bests registered throughout the squad and the whole team should feel very proud of their achievements.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Keelan Barnett, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Arjun Parmar, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Raul Shrestha, Eloise Smart, Archie Tebbutt, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, George Wallace, Macey Watkins, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.

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Sprinters sparkle on opening day of County Champs

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08 February 2020
On Saturday 1 February over 70 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club, who had registered qualification times throughout the year, travelled to the London Aquatic Centre to compete against the finest swimmers in Essex.

The opening day of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships saw the club’s sprinters take centre stage and they didn’t disappoint as Colchester racked up an impressive total of 43 top 10 finishes; winning 11 County medals (3 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze).

Asma Parker led the charge as she won double gold in an extraordinary individual display. Asma held off stiff competition in the 17 years/over 50m Butterfly (29.43) to touch home in first place to become an Essex Champion and then capped a superb day as she set another blistering time in the 50m Backstroke (31.24), as well as claiming ninth spot in the 50m Freestyle.

Zak Troman was also crowned County champion as he flew off the blocks to win gold in the 13 year age group’s 50m Butterfly (30.46). Zak, who impressed throughout, was amongst the medals again as he battled hard to win bronze in the 50m Backstroke and later registered two fourth place finishes in 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke respectively.

In the 16 year old age group, Naythan Aung showed real grit and determination to win silver in the 16 Yrs 50m Backstroke and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke. Impressively, he also came fifth in the 50m Freestyle and sixth in the 50m Butterfly as he registered top 10 finishes in all four strokes. In the same age category, Ciara Wookey once again put in a stirring display as she held on to win bronze in the 50m Butterfly and further demonstrated her all-round ability by claiming fifth place in the 50m Breaststroke and sixth spot in the 50m Freestyle. Alfie Francis also impressed as he put in a notable swim to win silver in the 15 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and claim tenth place in the 50m Butterfly.

Of the younger swimmers it was Archie Tebbutt who caught the eye as he won silver in the 10/11year age group’s 50m Backstroke. Archie was also part of the 9/10 year old relay team (alongside teammates Nikitas Baltsezak, Jesse Osayande and Joseph Stoker) who took second place in both the 200m Freestyle (2:25.40) and the 200m Medley (2:50.88). The girls’ relay team also performed admirably (Sophie Knevett, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Emily Tuckwell and Anya Waterman) finishing in sixth spot in the 200m Medley (3:02.81) and eighth in the 200m Freestyle (2:42.13) to claim the highly- coveted pennants.

A number of other Colchester swimmers swam brilliantly to reach finals and secure top ten finishes: Nikitas Baltsezak (50m Breaststroke), Sandijs Cecins (50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly), Kai Cheng (50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke), Keziah Cornish (50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke), Freya Cowley (50m Breaststroke), Ronald Gavris (50m Breaststroke), Massimo Girolami (50m Breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50m Breaststroke), Greta Goddard (50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly), Molly Grieve (50m Breaststroke), Angelica Mason (50m Breaststroke), Lucy Morgan (50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle), Molly Redgrave (50m Backstroke), Syd Roberts (50m Backstroke), Sadie Rowe (50m Breaststroke), Charlotte Tree (50m Breaststroke) and George Wallace (50m Freestyle).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To win 11 medals on the first day of the Championships was a great start. All of the swimmers who made finals are to be congratulated but the whole squad performed magnificently and the coaching team are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them.”

The remaining Essex Age Group Championships will be held at Basildon during February.

The following swimmers achieved County qualification times throughout the year to also represent Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Sophie Baker, Keelan Barnett, Annie Bayliss, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Austin Brook, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, William Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Hugo Goddard, Harry Griffiths, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Holly McCarthy, Hannah O’Malley, Arjun Parmar, Daryl Rands, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Lucy Toms, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Macey Watkins, Carys Westgarth, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, and Molly Young.

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Colchester quintet selected for Performance Foundation Camp

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17 January 2020
Five Colchester SC swimmers have been selected to attend Swim England East Region’s Performance Foundation Camp in February.

The Performance Foundation Camp follows a pilot programme that ran in 2019 and includes two technically focused pool sessions per day, access to sports science and sports medicine professionals, as well as a parent talk.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I’m really pleased that Kai Cheng, Mark Milburn, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts and Charlotte Tree have been invited to attend. They are all talented, hardworking swimmers who have bags of ability.”

Michelle added: “Swimmers have been selected who are in the top 100 rankings nationally but didn’t qualify for the English or British Summer Nationals event. Selection was based on data from the national rankings department at the end of the national qualifying window in May 2019.”

The camps will be held on Monday 17 February (13/14 years) and Tuesday 18 February (15 years) and will be held at Stanground Academy, Peterborough.

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Huge medal haul for Colchester SC

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20 December 2019
On 7 December Colchester Swimming Club held its County Qualifier meet at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre. The final home meet of the calendar year saw a whopping 91 swimmers compete for Colchester SC on a highly competitive day, ranging from those doing their first galas to seasoned Masters.

21 different clubs were represented, as swimmers came from across the region attempting to gain or improve upon the required Essex county times ahead of the 31 December deadline.

On a thrilling day of racing, Colchester Swimming Club won a staggering 188 medals - 68 gold, 53 silver and 67 bronze - with the boys winning a total of 93 medals and the girls winning 95.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To see almost 100 of our swimmers competing at our home meet was an incredible sight. The medal count was absolutely phenomenal and I’m delighted that so many swimmers secured those all-important county times ahead of the Essex Champs, with some also securing regional times. I was really pleased to see such fantastic examples of team camaraderie displayed throughout the day too.”

Emma added: “It would be impossible to list everyone who swam well with so many PBs, technical improvements and well executed race plans but the three that caught my eye were Archie Tebbutt, Sandijs Cecins and Mark Milburn. Archie (9) won 7 golds as his great form continued and Sandijs (11) yet again impressed with 6 golds and 3 silvers and he smashed his personal bests on his 50m and 100m fly to gain regional times in both. Mark (14) also deserves a special mention as he won 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze and put in a spectacular swim on his 200m breaststroke to smash his pb and finish in 2:35.58.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “I would like to thank and congratulate all of the swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteers for putting on a brilliant meet. Good luck to all of our swimmers who will be competing at the Essex County Champs that start in February, you should be very proud of your achievements.”

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Colchester duo compete on the national stage

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16 December 2019
Asma Parker and Naythan Aung both set lifetime best times as they competed in this year’s Swim England National Winter Championships.

The Championships, which took place between 5 – 8 December 2019 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool, is the biggest English swimming meet of the winter months, with Britain’s top senior swimmers often involved. The short course championships features the full range of Olympic swimming events, as well as 50m competitions for breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: "It is a huge achievement to qualify and have the opportunity to test yourself at national level. I’m very proud that Asma and Naythan both qualified to swim the 50m Backstroke and delighted that they recorded personal best times of 29.32 and 27.01 respectively."

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National Arena Swimming League (London) – Premier Division: Round two

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21 November 2019
Colchester Swimming Club were in action at Becontree Heath, Dagenham as the second round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division took place on 9 November 2019.

On a highly competitive night the Colchester SC squad finish sixth with a number of hard fought displays to amass 181 points, just 2 points behind fifth place.

Ciara Wookey opened proceedings and gave her all in the 200m IM to achieve the regional qualification time and later claimed second place in the 100m Butterfly as her good form continued.

In the 50m Breaststroke Massimo Girolami held off strong competition to take maximum points and he put in a gritty display to take second place in the 50m Freestyle. Naythan Aung came third in the 100m Backstroke in a very close heat to record much-needed points and Jack McCarthy was in great form to claim another third place finish in the 50m Butterfly.

The 9/11 boys relay team (Jack McCarthy, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Massimo Girolami) gelled really well to take third place in both the 4x50m Medley relay and the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay.

Not to be outdone the boys 15/u Freestyle relay team (Syd Roberts, Kai Cheng, Alfie Francis and Naythan Aung) also swam well to take third spot.

Of the younger swimmers Gabby Cornish was on fire setting PBs in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle and Anjali Tuckwell’s effort shone through as she also swam really well in this tough gala.

Other performances that caught the coaches’ eye included Corey Hare who recorded a county time in the 100m Breaststroke and Zoe Clegg who stepped up to record a PB when a teammate fell ill in the 100m Freestyle. Charlotte Tree once again swam her heart out in the 100m Breaststroke and Connor Wilken swam a new PB in 100m Freestyle. Hayden Chamberlain really stepped up and swam amazingly in 15 yr old relay when he stepped in for Syd Roberts.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented:
“Points were hard to come by but the squad worked exceptionally hard to pull things back. Although I was disappointed with our placing, I cannot fault the effort.”

Michelle concluded: “Pleasingly no DQs were recorded but this is a tough competition. We really need everyone fully firing and on their A game in the all-important next round.”

After two rounds Colchester sit in 9th place in the league with 376 points. The third round will take place on 14 December and Colchester will be competing at Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.

Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Angelica Mason, Jack McCarthy, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.

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Colchester compete with the region’s best

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12 November 2019
Eight members of Colchester Swimming Club competed against the region’s best swimmers at Swim England’s East Region Short Course Championship on Friday 1 November – Sunday 3 November.

Held at Basildon Sporting Village the Championships saw a number of fine individual displays. Helen Thompson even broke two of her own Down Syndrome Junior World Records setting new lifetime bests in both the 400m Freestyle (6:47.59) and 200m Individual Medley (3:35.91) as she claimed double gold. She also won silver in the 200m Freestyle.

Asma Parker, who qualified to race in eight events, swam well throughout the Championships. She set a PB in the 50m Butterfly (29.25) but her standout swim came as she achieved a 50m Backstroke Winter national time with a PB (29.55) in her heat to make the final.

Ciara Wookey also qualified in eight events and pushed herself to new limits as she set PBs in the 100m Breaststroke (1:17.22), 200m Breaststroke (2:47.99), 200m Fly (2:25.51) and combined all four disciplines to excellent effect in the 200m Individual Medley (2:28.38).

Other personal best times were set by Alfie Francis (28.54 in 50m Butterfly), Rebecca Girolami (28.09 in 50m Freestyle), William Pestell (1:11.00 in 100m Breaststroke), Molly Redgrave (2:23.04 in 200m Backstroke) and Syd Roberts (1:03.04 in 100m Backstroke).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Inevitably the competition gets harder as swimmers progress and it is a considerable achievement simply to make the qualification time and compete at the Regional Short Course Championships. I was really proud of the way this group gave their all to represent the Club superbly.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Alfie Francis (50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Breaststroke), Asma Parker (50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Backstroke), William Pestell (50 Butterfly,100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke), Molly Redgrave (50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley), Syd Roberts (50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke), Helen Thompson (200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle) and CiaraWookey (50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Individual Medley, 400 Individual Medley).

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Masters win medals on the National stage

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06 November 2019
The Swim England Masters National Championships 2019, the highlight of the national Masters short course calendar, took place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 25 – 27 October.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club, and competing against the best Masters swimmers from around the country, were Katie Holmes, Simon Emm and Rob Milburn.

All three swimmers achieved some excellent results. Katie was by far the busiest swimmer with eight events spread across the weekend including the 400m, 800m and 1500m long distance Freestyle events, the 200m Fly, 200m IM, and the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events. Katie recorded an amazing six personal best times, and won silver in the 200m Breaststroke and bronze medals in both the 100m Breaststroke and the 400m Freestyle.

Simon choose to concentrate on his three specialist butterfly events and successfully retained his 200m fly national title, but unfortunately just missed out on a 50m medal as he was edged into fourth place.

Rob was also in great form as he won the bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke and achieved good times in his four events.

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Medals galore at Basildon

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06 November 2019
Swimmers from Colchester SC put in a great performance as they competed against 22 other clubs at this year’s Basildon & Phoenix Swimming Club Autumn County Qualifier. In total the team came away with 18 gold, 21 silver and 19 bronze medals, which was a reflection on the superb effort all swimmers put into the event.

The gala, which was held at Basildon Sporting Village on 26 - 27 October, saw a large team of 49 swimmers from Colchester all trying to gain or improve on their county times or in some cases striving for those very challenging regional times.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Whilst everyone was deserving of high praise for their swims against some stiff opposition, the standout swim for me was by Kalaum Corani who broke the one minute barrier on his 100m Freestyle setting a new PB of 59.58. Other good swims came from Gabrielle Cornish in her 200m IM which secured her another Essex Qualifier Time and young Amalie Bird who set new PBs on just about everything she swam in. Amy Johnson continued to impress in the pool, smashing times on her 200m Backstroke and Ronnie Gavris also swam well on his 50m Fly and 100m Breaststroke and Sandijs Cecins’ 50m Fly was amazing.”

Jeff Coles, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added: “The competition was stiff but the squad was up to the challenge and performed really well. Almost every swimmer achieved new PBs in at least one event – indeed some achieved them in every event they swam!”

There were a number of fantastic medal-winning performances across the age groups.

Girls

  • Isabella Stratton-Thomsett: 50m Backstroke (gold 45.34), 50m Butterfly (silver), 200m Breaststroke (silver), 50m Freestyle (bronze), 50m Breaststroke (bronze) and 200m IM (bronze)
  • Olivia Cartwright: 200m Backstroke (silver)
  • Sadie Rowe: 100m Breaststroke (bronze)
  • Keziah Cornish: 50m Backstroke (gold 34.13), 100m Backstroke (gold 1:14.01) and 200m Backstroke (bronze)
  • Sophie Baker: 200m Breaststroke (bronze)
  • Molly Redgrave: 50m Backstroke (bronze) and 100m Backstroke (bronze)

Boys

  • Archie Tebbutt: 50m Backstroke (gold 40.12), 50m Butterfly (gold 40.10), 50m Freestyle (gold 35.06), 50m Breaststroke (silver), 100m Backstroke (silver) and 100m IM (silver)
  • Nikitas Baltsezak: 50m Breaststroke (gold 46.17), 100m Breaststroke (silver), 200m Breaststroke (silver), 200m IM (silver), 50m Butterfly (bronze) and 50m Freestyle (bronze)
  • Raul Shrestha; 100m Butterfly (gold 1:29.66) and 200m IM (bronze)
  • Sandijs Cecins: 50m Butterfly (gold 34.35), 100m Butterfly (gold 1:18.18), 100m Freestyle (gold 1:08.22), 50m Freestyle (silver) and 200m IM (silver)
  • Massimo Girolami; 400m Freestyle (gold 4:57.64), 400m IM (gold 5:50.45) and 200m Freestyle (silver)
  • Harrison Brook: 50m Butterfly (silver), 200m Butterfly (silver), 200m Breaststroke (silver), 100m IM (bronze) and 100m Butterfly (bronze)
  • Zak Troman: 50m Breaststroke (gold 38.49), 200m IM (gold 2:34.11) and 50m Backstroke (silver)
  • Arjun Parmar: 100m Butterfly (silver) and 400m Freestyle (bronze).
  • Corey Hare:100m Backstroke (silver), 100m IM (silver), 400m IM (silver), 200m Backstroke (bronze) and 200m Butterfly (bronze)
  • Kalaum Corani: 100m IM (gold 1:07.19), 100m Breaststroke (gold 1:14.04), 50m Breaststroke (silver) and 200m IM (bronze)
  • Alfie Francis: 50m Breaststroke (gold 32.98) and 400m Freestyle (bronze)
  • Antonio Girolami: 200m Breaststroke (bronze)

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Nikitas Baltsezak, Keelan Barnett, Annie Bayliss, Amalie Bird, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Evie Edwardson, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Ellie Knevett, Sophie Knevett, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Arjun Parmar, Molly Redgrave, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Archie Tebbutt, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Lucy Toms, Zak Troman, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Isabelle Watkins, Macey Watkins and Grace Weekes-Rolfe.

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Colchester take on Essex’s finest at Senior Winter Champs

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29 October 2019
Swimmers representing 30 different clubs competed at this year’s Essex Senior Winter Championships on 19-20 October.

Held at Basildon Sporting Village, Colchester SC were once again amongst the medals and registered numerous top 8 finishes. The strong collective performance meant that Colchester finished fourth in the ’Top Club’ league table.

Naythan Aung recorded a series of PBs in a fine individual display with the highlight seeing him produce a fantastic 50m Winter National backstroke time to take gold in 27.27. The 50m backstroke proved to be a very lucrative event for Colchester as Asma Parker also won gold in the Girls Open category to finish comfortably ahead of the competition and take top spot in 29.99. Ciara Wookey added to her recent impressive displays and showed real determination to win bronze in both the Girls Open 400m IM in 5:10.80 and the Girls Open 100m Butterfly in 1:06.31.

A number of other swimmers also caught the eye. Connor Wilken, who now seems to be back to his best following injury, produced multiple PBs and looked in great form in the freestyle races and Charlotte Tree, who had a number of good races, took special delight in breaking the 30 second barrier in her 50m Freestyle.

Alfie Francis demonstrated his strength across all of the strokes and Syd Roberts was in great spirits as he recorded PBs across the board to qualify for a number of finals. Molly Redgrave was particularly impressive in the 200m freestyle as her fitness shone through and she also registered strong performances in both freestyle and backstroke. Joseph Guild was in great form as he registered PBs in every 50m and 100m event he competed in.

The Club’s youngsters once again showed the squads strength in depth with Keziah Cornish swimming well in her backstroke races and the 50m freestyle and Sadie Rowe impressed in all three breaststroke races.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I’m delighted that Naythan, Asma and Ciara were rewarded with medals for their performances. The three of them have worked exceptionally hard and were outstanding throughout the weekend, swimming race after race and making finals.”

Michelle concluded: “We took a squad of 35 swimmers this year and the whole team handled the pressure well to put in a strong performance. There were lots of great times and a number our swimmers recorded top three finishes in their age groups with county and regional times being set along the way.&lrquo;

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Georgia Bleck, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Ronald Gavris, Antonio Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Holly McCarthy, Asma Parker, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, George Wallace, Connor Wilken, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Team spirit shines through in Arena League

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18 October 2019
On Saturday 12 October 2019 Colchester Swimming Club competed in the opening round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield.

Despite stiff competition from some of the region’s strongest swimmers, Colchester SC put in a spirited display to record 12 top three finishes and finish in fourth place on the night with 195 points.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “It was a thoroughly solid team performance. A number of the team were competing alongside older, more experienced, swimmers and they really held their own. There were no DQs and the entire squad can take great pride in the effort that they put in.”

There were a number of impressive swims by the Club’s younger swimmers who recorded PBs of two seconds or more. In the 50m Breaststroke Massimo Girolami took maximum points to finish ahead of the competition in 40.55 and Angelica Mason swam beautifully to touch home in 42.73. Sandijs Cecins clocked 1:08.05 in the 100m Freestyle as he continues to impress and Sadie Rowe finished strongly to record 1:24.00 in the 100m Breaststroke. Macey Watkins, who was competing in her first gala for Colchester, also gained valuable points in the 100m Butterfly to finish in 1:20.89.

Of the older swimmers Ciara Wookey impressively swam the 100m Butterfly twice (as a 15/u and in the open category), registering a PB of 1:05.67 and taking third spot in the open category. Masters’ swimmer Daryl Rands also recorded a small PB in his first competitive gala for the club in the 100m Breaststroke registering a time of 1:11.77 as well as picking up points in the 100m Freestyle. However, celebration of the night went to Kai Cheng in the 100m Freestyle who couldn’t contain his joy when seeing he’d registered a PB of 57.06.

Throughout the night the amazing team spirit really shone through and this was particularly evident in the relays. The boys 9/11 relay team of Jack McCarthy, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Massimo Girolami were particularly impressive as they took second place in both the4 x 50m Freestyle Relay in 2:11.27 and the 4 x 50m Medley Relay in 1:54.49. The 4 x 50m Medley Relay proved to be a fruitful race as the Boys 15/u team of Naythan Aung, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng and Syd Roberts finished strongly to take second spot and help cement an impressive night for Colchester.

Michelle concluded: “The atmosphere tonight was electric at times and the noise was intense. It was great to see our supporters in the crowd, with their flags and red t-shirts, cheering us on and the swimmers poolside really getting behind their teammates. Bring on the next round on 9 November!”

The final results

    1. Camden Swiss Cottage (328)
    2. Hatfield (325)
    3. Hackney Aquatics (281)
    4. Colchester (195)
    5. Watford A (185)
    6. City of St. Albans (177)
    7. Anaconda (162)
    8. Enfield Swim Squad (135)

The next round will take place on Saturday 9 November at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Dagenham.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Corey Hare, Angelica Mason, Jack McCarthy, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, William Pestell, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse and Ciara Wookey.

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World records tumble in Thurrock

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14 October 2019
A squad of 35 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the Blackshots Leisure Centre in Grays on 5-6 October to compete in the Alan Mitchell Memorial County Qualifier.

This meet gave the swimmers a chance to gain or improve upon the required times for the Essex County Champs which are being held in early 2020.

The competition was tough but Colchester SC came away with a host of medals (17 gold, 22 silver and 24 bronze) and some really exceptional results. Encouragingly all the swimmers performed excellently with every swimmer managing to achieve either new PBs or gaining those all-important County Times.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Although there were a number of impressive performances throughout the weekend the standout swimmer of the meet was undoubtedly Helen Thompson who set a Junior T21 European record in the 100m freestyle. Incredibly she also smashed the Junior T21 World Record for the 200m freestyle by 10 seconds and then set a new Junior T21 World Record in the 400m IM by a staggering 50 seconds. It was simply incredible to watch.”

As well as Helen’s sensational achievements there were a number of gold medal winning performances.

In the 9 year old category, Archie Tebbutt won six stunning golds (50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke) as he continued to shine. Isabella Stratton-Thomsett was in incredible form as she won an extraordinary nine medals (gold in 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke).

In the 10/11 age group Sandijs Cecins won gold in impressive style in the 50m backstroke. Sandijs also won silver in the 200m IM, and bronze in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. Gabrielle Cornish finished well ahead of the pack as she won gold in the 100m butterfly and she also claimed silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

In the 14 years and over category, Charlotte Tree caught the eye as she won six medals (gold in the 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle and 400m IM, silver in the 200m IM and bronze in the 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke). Rebecca Girolami did the double to claim gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as silver in the 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Jeff Coles, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Once again our swimmers represented themselves and Colchester SC in exemplary fashion showing great teamwork and encouragement to one another. As well as Helen’s staggering performance, there were PBs galore and a host of county qualification times. Amy Johnson who was on fire as she set PBs in all six of her events, Camille Viel also set a number of improved times and George Wallace was very impressive in the 100m freestyle.”

Other swimmers representing Colchester SC: Sophie Baker (silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke), Annie Bayliss, Harrison Brook (silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 400m IM), Olivia Cartwright, Keziah Cornish (bronze in the 50m backstroke), Freya Cowley, Ronald Gavris (bronze in the 50m breaststroke), Antonio Girolami (silver in the 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle), Massimo Girolami (silver in the 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle), Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Molly Grieve (bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m breaststroke), Corey Hare (silver in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly, and bronze in the 200m backstroke), Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson (bronze in the 50m breaststroke), Hannah Karlsson, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Sadie Rowe, George Scanlan, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas (silver in the 400m IM), Gabriella Troman (silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 200m IM), Zak Troman (silver in the 200m breaststroke and 200m IM, and bronze in the 100m backstroke), Camille Viel, George Wallace and Elliot Whitehouse (bronze in the 200m backstroke).

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Swim England East Region Masters Championships

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01 October 2019
Masters swimmers from all over the Eastern Region were at Newmarket’s Abbeycroft Leisue Centre on Sunday 29 September, competing for regional titles.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club at the event were Katie Holmes, Daryl Rands, Jack Mantle and Rob Milburn. All four swimmers posted good times in their events and between them won an impressive 22 medals: 15 of which were gold.

Katie swam brilliantly to win seven of the eight events she entered and Daryl picked up four gold medals from his six events. Rob and Jack were also in great form and won two gold medals each.

The full results can be found here.

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Swim England Open Water National Masters Championships 2019

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06 September 2019
The Swim England Open Water National Masters Championships 2019 took place on Sunday 1 September at Nene Park in Peterborough and Colchester SC were represented by Katie Holmes, Rob Milburn and Simon Emm.

The Championships, based around a 1km lake course, attracted over 200 open water swimmers of various ages from across the country.

The 5km event was first up and the Colchester swimmers started brightly. Simon and Rob both winning their age groups to finish 5th and 7th place overall.

After a short rest the pair then returned to the water to compete in the 3km event: Simon finishing 2nd in his age group and 7th overall, with Rob managing a creditable 4th in his age group and 16th overall.

Katie was next to race in the Ladies 3km event, and not to be outshone by the men’s results, came 3rd in her age group, and 10th overall.

Completing a hat trick of events Simon and Rob then raced the 2km event, both again winning their age groups and coming 4th and 10th overall.

Katie then doubled up and returned to the water for the 2km event, looking strong and coming 2nd in her age group and 9th overall.

Overall a great day out for the Colchester trio who picked up four National Championship gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal.

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Championships, Championships and yet more Championships!

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08 August 2019
It has been a very busy fortnight for Colchester Swimming Club, we have been travelling up to Glasgow to compete in the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross with swimmers Elinor Duley and Naythan Aung. Elinor swam a super 50m butterfly race to make the final, where she finished 10th with an impressive time of 28.11 seconds. Elinor also swam in the 50m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, coming 14th in both and gaining a season’s best of 1.03.22 in the 100m butterfly. Naythan Aung swam and amazing 50m backstroke race, securing a new personal best time of 28.69.

It was then time to travel down to Sheffield for the Swim England National Summer Meet at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Day One, saw four swimmers competing Ciara Wookey, Sam Whearty, Alfie Francis and Louis Walker. Sam Wheary swam in the first event, competing in the Multi Classification 100m freestyle, Louis Walker in the 50 freestyle. Louis was fast off the blocks, swam really strongly to secure at personal best time of 26.51 to finish joint 12th. Alfie Francis swam the first of his three qualifying events the 100m breaststroke, he swam a new personal best time of 1.13.85 and a place in the final. In the final he finished in 7th place. The last event of the morning was the 400 individual Medley, one of the toughest events in swimming Ciara Wookey swam brilliantly securing a new personal best time of 5.19.35 and 11th place.

Day Two Sam Whearty was back in action in the 200m Individual Medley and 50m freestyle, Alfie swam a really nice 200m breaststroke race and Ciara Wookey competed in the 100m butterfly, she swam a new personal best time to make that night’s final, where she broke her best time again and finished 7th with a new time of 1.05.92.

Day 3 was a rest day for the club and Day 4 saw 5 swimmers competing. Alfie Francis was competing over the shorter 50m distance in the breaststroke. Rebecca Girolami returning from a nasty injury to her ankle, also swam a lovely 50 m breaststroke. Louis Walker held his stroke beautifully in the 50 m breaststroke, blasting outing of the blocks he swam a determined race, securing a personal best time and a place in that night’s final. In the final he produced another personal best time of 33.18 and 8th place. It was a change of stroke then for Naythan Aung, he got a good start and held his beautiful stroke to produce another personal best time in the 100m backstroke event and another swim in the final. He finished in 10th place but went home happy with his new best time.

Day 5, final day and Ciara Wookey swam in her final race, the 50m butterfly, producing another good swim.

It was a complete change of venue for Monday’s Open Water Swimming National Age Group Swimming Championships, traveling to the lake of Thrybergh Country Park in Rotherham.

After a stormy night before, it was a relief to have a beautifully warm dry day for the swimmers. Colchester had Charlotte Tree representing them in the 3km swim. Charlotte finished in 20th place, first from the East Region, with a 3 minute improvement on last year’s time. Michelle Young Chief Coach of Colchester Swimming Club said “ It was a lovely end to a super fortnight of competition, I am really pleased that as a club we have been represented in a wide range of events, ages and across both sexes. The swimmers have all worked really hard and I am proud of all of them and look forward to next season and a new year of competitions”.

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Eastern Region Open Water Championships

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29 July 2019
The Eastern Region Open Water Championships were held at Whitlingham Country Park, in Norwich, on 21 July.

The event saw the top Open Water swimmers from around the Eastern region race against one another over 1km, 2km, 3km and 5km distances.

In total over 420 competitors of all ages took to Whitlingham Great Broad, competing for club honours, County titles, Regional titles, and for the age group swimmers to gain qualification for the National Open Water Championships.

Colchester Swimming Club won nineteen medals in total, and were represented by Georgie Hinds Dutton, Katie Holmes, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Rob Milburn, Andy Syrett, Charlotte Tree, Ruby Watson and Connor Wilkin.

The event started off with the 3km race, where Charlotte won the Essex title, came third in the region, and qualified for the Nationals. Connor also won the Essex title, and came third in the region for his age groups. Andy went one better with a first in Essex, and second in the region for his age group. Meanwhile both Katie and Rob won both County and Regional titles for their age groups.

With no Colchester swimmers taking part in the Novice 1km event, next up were the 2km swimmers. In a hotly-contested age group Amy managed a creditable fourth place in Essex. Meanwhile Georgie kept up the good run of results and came first in Essex for her age group, with Ruby also coming first in Essex, and third in the Region. Andy managed another good swim, and repeated his earlier result with a first in Essex, and second in the region.

The last event of the day was the 5km race where Mark and Rob Milburn competed against each other, with Rob just winning in a very close race. Each of them won their age groups for both Essex, and the Region in the process.

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Trio qualify again for British Summer Championships

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15 July 2019
Three Colchester swimmers have earned the right to compete against Britain’s best swimmers on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Summer Championships.

The Championships will take place across six days at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow from 23 – 28 July 2019 and Naythan Aung (50m backstoke), Elinor Duley (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly) and Martha Duley (50m backstroke and 100m backstroke) will all represent Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the pinnacle of the National events calendar and only the top ranked swimmers in each event are invited to compete. It is a tremendous achievement to qualify at this level once but I am particularly proud that all three have made the grade once again. Everyone at the Club will be cheering them on.”

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Six of the best: Swim England National Summer Meet

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15 July 2019
Six members of Colchester Swimming Club have qualified to swim at The National Summer Meet: Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year.

This year’s meet will take place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 31 July – 4 August and the very best swimmers at English affiliated clubs who haven’t qualified for the British Swimming Summer Championships are invited to compete at the English Nationals.

“It will be the first time competing at this level for a couple of our swimmers and they have worked exceptionally hard to make the cut. Those that are competing at this level again know how tough it is but they have valuable experience to draw upon. Individually and collectively they have a huge amount of talent and we are very proud of their achievements,” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

The following swimmers will represent Colchester SC in Sheffield: Naythan Aung (100m backstroke), Alfie Francis (50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50m breaststroke), Louis Walker (50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, Sam Whearty (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m IM) and Ciara Wookey (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 400m IM).

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Colchester strike Braintree bonanza

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20 June 2019
51 swimmers represented Colchester SC at the Braintree & Bocking Spring Festival Open Meet on Sunday 2 June.

The gala, which was held at Braintree Swimming and Fitness Centre, proved to be incredibly successful as Colchester racked-up a huge haul of 104 medals (35 gold, 42 silver and 27 bronze). Impressively, 20 different Colchester SC swimmers across the age groups won at least one gold, with several swimmers claiming multiple event wins. The impressive display means that numerous swimmers have already achieved the County qualification time and a large number of PBs were set.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “I was particularly impressed by our 9 and 10 year olds. Their technique, strength and stamina continue to improve and they are following the fantastic example set by our older swimmers.”

Michelle continued: “There were several triple gold medalists: Massimo Girolami, Sadie Rowe, Antonio Girolami and Kai Cheng. Gabriella Troman scooped four golds and Greta Goddard and Zoe Clegg both took home eight medals each. Ellie Knevett did really well at her first open and Ronnie Garvis made an amazing start to competitive swimming.”

9 Yrs Age Group

• Gabriella Troman: gold in the 200m IM, 100m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke

• Nikitas Baltsezak: gold in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m IM

• Carys Westgarth: gold in the 50m Butterfly, silver in the 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 50m Backstroke

• George Scanlan: silver in the 200m Freestyle

• Isabella Stratton-Thomsett: bronze in the 200m IM and 50m Freestyle

10 Yrs Age Group

• Gabrielle Cornish: gold in the 200m IM, silver in the 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, and bronze in the 50m Freestyle

• Lyle Whearty: gold in the 50m Backstroke and bronze in the 100m Breaststroke

• Anjali Tuckwell: gold in the 50m Butterfly

• Naomi Sandercock: silver in the 200m Freestyle

• Freya Cowley: bronze in the 200m IM and 200m Freestyle

11 Yrs Age Group

• Massimo Girolami: gold in the 200m Freestyle, 200m IM and 100m Freestyle, and silver in the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly

• Jack McCarthy: gold in the 100m Butterfly, and silver in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke

• Aila Manning: silver in the 50m Breaststroke and bronze in the 200m IM

12 Yrs Age Group

• Sadie Rowe: gold in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m Backstroke

• Greta Goddard: gold in the 50m Backstroke, silver in the 200m IM, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle

• Olivia Cartwright: gold in the 100m Backstroke, silver in the 50m Backstroke, and bronze in the 200m IM

• Arjun Parmar: silver in the 100m Butterfly and bronze in the 200m Freestyle

• Paige Scott: silver in the 100m Breaststroke

• Alfie Smart: bronze in the 100m Breaststroke

13 Yrs Age Group

• Antonio Girolami: gold in the 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m IM, silver in the 200m Freestyle and bronze in the 50m Butterfly

• Ronald Gavris: gold in the 50m Backstroke, silver in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke

• Keziah Cornish: silver in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 100m Backstroke and 200m IM

• Sophie Baker: silver in the 100m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke

• Corey Hare: bronze in the 200m Freestyle

14 Yrs Age Group

• Kai Cheng: gold in the 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly

• George Wallace: gold in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, silver in the 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 50m Butterfly

• Louis Walker: gold in the 50m Freestyle, and silver in the 50m Backstroke, 200m IM, 200m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle

• Eloise Smart: gold in the 200m Freestyle and silver in the 50m Backstroke

• William Easteal: gold in the 50m Breaststroke

• Hannah O’Malley: silver in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke

• Lotti Talbot: silver in the 100m Backstroke

15 Yrs/Over Age Group

• Zoe Clegg: gold in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke, silver in the 200m IM, 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke

• Sam Whearty: gold in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke in the Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points

Other swimmers also representing Colchester SC: Seth Belshaw, Georgia Bleck, Alanna Brosnan, Leyla Corani, Isobel Easteal, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Hugo Goddard, Amy Johnson, Luke Kelly, Ellie Knevett, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Naomi Sandercock, Cole Scott, Jessica Thomas, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, Grace Weekes-Rolfe and Curtis Whearty.

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Zak selected for Essex Inter-Counties Team

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15 June 2019
Following some magnificent swimming displays throughout the season Zak Troman has been selected to represent the Essex Swimming Team at this year’s Junior Inter-Counties Team Championships. Selection was made using GB rankings for long course times.

The Championships, which is contested by 10 – 13 year olds, will be swum long course and held at Inspire: Luton Sports Village on Sunday 22 September.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club said: “Zak’s a hugely talented swimmer who has shown real dedication to his sport for a considerable period of time now and thoroughly deserves this recognition. It is wonderful achievement and promises to be a great day.“

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Mini League contest goes down to the wire

13 June 2019
The Colchester SC Mini League team was once again in action as a reduced squad competed in the fourth round at Basildon Sporting Village on 8 June.

In a nail-biting contest it was hosts Basildon (160 points) who emerged victorious just edging Colchester into second place (159 points). The Borough of Southend team (136 points) took third place and Clacton and Hornchurch tied for fourth spot (116 points).

There were a number of impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. Greta Goddard caught the eye as she finished ahead of the field in both the 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke and Nik Baltsezak was also a double winner, as he proved too strong from the opposition to take first place in the 50m breaststroke and 25m butterfly.

The butterfly proved to be a strong event throughout the night with Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Holly McCarthy and Hayden Chamberlain all taking maximum points as they powered home first. The first place finishes kept coming with Sandijs Cecins (50m backstroke), Bronte Jordan (100m freestyle) and Anola Jordan (50m breaststroke) all proving to be in winning form as the points tally continued to rack-up.

Bronte and Anola were also part of the successful girls open 4x2x1 freestyle relay. Alongside Georgia Bleck and Annie Bayliss they took first place in a time of 1.56.21 as their impressive night continued. There was further freestyle relay success for Colchester when Hugo Goddard, Sandijs Cecins, Lyle Whearty and Nik Baltsezak won the boys 11&U category in a smashing time of 1.08.03. The feat was repeated by the boys 10&U (Lyle Whearty, George Scanlan, Seth Belshaw and Nik Baltsezak) and 13&U (Alfie Smart, Corey Hare, Sandijs Cecins and Hayden Chamberlain) relay teams who won in 1.14.66 and 59.62 respectively as their hard work in training paid off. The final relay success came via the boys 6X1 breaststroke relay team (Eesa Parker, Nik Baltsezak, Sandijs Cecins, Corey Hare, George Wallace and Kalaum Corani) who raced home in 2.03.09 to secure maximum points.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “This was a very tricky gala with lots of people unable to swim. In the end we narrowly missed out but I am very proud of those swimmers who gave it their all with many swimming in higher age groups to fill the gaps. Some of our youngest swimmers are still adapting to the competitive swimming environment and Evie Rose Edwardson stepped into the youngest age group at last minute to compete in her first ever gala.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added: “A special mention must also go to the Bronte Jordan who after eight years swam her last race for Colchester. In a fitting end to her competitive swimming career I was delighted that she came first in the 100m freestyle. Over the years Bronte represented our club superbly and I’m really pleased that she is moving into teaching swimming.”

The final Mini League fixture takes place on in September at Woodham.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Nik Baltsezak, Annie Bayliss, Seth Belshaw, Georgia Bleck, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Evie Rose Edwardson, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Holly McCarthy, Eesa Parker, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Alfie Smart, Joseph Stoker, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Archie Tebbutt, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, George Wallace and Lyle Whearty.

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Swim England East Region Long Course Champs 2019

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12 June 2019
Hot-on-the heels of the Colchester Swimming Club’s recent success at the Senior East Region Long Course Champs there were further celebrations at the remaining long course championships events on 19 May (Luton) and 25-27 May (UEA Sportspark).

On 19 May it was the turn of the distance swimmers where Zak Troman, Mark Milburn and Charlotte Tree took on the region’s stamina kings and queens of the pool. All three competed commendably with Charlotte finishing in seventh spot in the 1500m Freestyle (19:21.49), Mark coming home in eighth place in his age group in the 800m Freestyle (9:41.82) and Zak powering home to take the silver medal 800m Freestyle (10:07.06) in the 12 year age category.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in Norwich, Zak and Mark were joined by 11 of the club’s other junior swimmers who had qualified for the region’s premier long course championships. Once again Zak was in red hot form and put in several sensational performances winning a further seven regional medals and setting a number of PBs. He blew away some of the region’s best swimmers to win four golds (1500m Freestyle (19:04.86), 100m Butterfly (1:11.10), 200m Butterfly (2:37.65) and 400m Individual Medley (5:32.19)), two silvers (200m Individual Medley (2:36.72) and 50m Butterfly (32.45)) and two bronze medals (200m Freestyle (2:21.01) and 400m Freestyle (4:56.29)). He also made the final and finished in fourth place in the 200m Breaststroke (3:02.62) and 200m Backstroke (2:39.68).

Alfie Francis was also in medal-winning form and set a number of PBs through the weekend. He raced to silver in the 100m Breaststroke (1:14.85), bronze in the 200m Breaststroke (2:45.54), fifth in the 50m Breaststroke final (34.05) and eighth in the 100m Freestyle (1:03.12). Alfie also qualified to race in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Louis Walker swam a fantastic race to take silver in a blistering 50m Freestyle final (26.64). Louis also made the regional qualification time in five further events: 100m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly.

Mark Milburn came fifth in the 400 Individual Medley (5:17.24) and seventh in the 200m Breaststroke final (2:52.40) with two solid swims. He also competed in four other events setting a number of PBs (400m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley).

Other squad members who competed admirably and shone with their efforts over the weekend included:

• Olivia Cartwright: 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke

• Keziah Cornish: 50m Backstroke

• Antonio Girolami: 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly

• Massimo Girolami: 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley

• Molly Grieve: 200m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, 400m Individual Medley

• Corey Hare: 200m Butterfly

• Jack McCarthy: 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly

• Sadie Rowe: 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke

• George Wallace: 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Zak’s commitment is exemplary and I am thrilled that his efforts got the results that he deserves. Despite recent injury Alfie also did very well and Louis’ freestyle final was over in a flash. I am very proud of all of the club’s swimmers who had qualified for this level 1 meet. Each-and-every swimmer gave their best and represented the Club superbly.”

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East Region Inter-County Swimming Team Championships

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06 June 2019
Six Colchester swimmers have been selected to represent East Essex at this year’s East Region Inter-County Championships at UEA Sportspark in Norwich on Sunday 7 July.

Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Alfie Francis, Zak Troman, Louis Walker and Ciara Wookey have been selected based on their rankings for long course times.

“All six of our swimmers have been in fantastic form. The Championships tend to be highly competitive and great fun with each team really wanting to win. It should be a wonderful occasion and its testament to the hard work and dedication that they all continue to put in,” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

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Huge points haul secures Essex Mini League win

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01 June 2019
The third round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Hornchurch Sports Centre took place on 11 May and once again there was a fantastic atmosphere.

Colchester led throughout the evening amassing an impressive 173 points to finish well clear of Southend (134 points) and Harwich (133 points). Hornchurch (119 points) and Clacton (107 points) took fourth and fifth spot respectively.

There were a number of amazing individual swims with 12 different swimmers (Sophie Baker, Alanna Brosnan, Gabby Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Corey Hare, Eoin Ledwidge, Sophie Ryan, Felix Szpakowski and Anjali Tuckwell) all taking maximum points in their events.

Colchester also excelled in the relay races; winning an impressive 10 events. The young guns shone as both the girls and the boys won their 4X1 freestyle relays in the 9 year old age groups. The girls team (Skye Farrow, Carys Westgarth, Gabriella Troman and Isabella Stratton-Thomsett ) racing home in 1.47.66 and the boys (Joseph Stoker, Jude Leigh, Jesse Osayande and Eesa Parker) touching in first in a creditable time of 1.46.68.

The evening came to a fitting finale when George Wallace managed to hold off Southend’s challenge in an extremely exciting finish in the cannon (a freestyle relay consisting of one swimmer of each sex from each age group) to secure a first place finish (Carys Westgarth, Freya Cowley, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Anola Jordan, Joseph Stoker, George Scanlan, Alex Cottrell, Hayden Chamberlain and George Wallace).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “We had some spectacular swims. It was a big night for several of our younger swimmers who had never raced before and they had a lot of fun. Jesse Osayande, Eesa Parker and Joseph Stoker were just amazing and represented the club superbly. Massimo Girolami had a terrific swim winning the boys under 13 3L freestyle and Corey Hare and Sophie Baker both looked particularly impressive. Once again we did extremely well in the relay races and the teamwork and attitude was first class throughout.”

The next Mini League fixture takes place on 8 June at Basildon Sporting Village.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Alanna Brosnan, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Freya Cowley, Skye Farrow, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Corey Hare, Anola Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Jude Leigh, Angelica Mason, Holly McCarthy, Jesse Osayande, Eesa Parker, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha, Joseph Stoker, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, George Wallace, Carys Westgarth and Lyle Whearty.

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Swimmer of the Month - April 2019

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15 May 2019
Sandijs Cecins and Helen Thompson are April’s 'swimmers of the month'.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester SC, said: “Since joining the squad Helen has worked so hard, achieved a World record and has applied herself to the new tasks and methods of training really well. She listens to instruction and always tries her very best and has produced some great pull sets.”

Michelle continued: “Sandijs is a joy to teach, his work ethic is amazing, he turns up smiling, works hard at every session and gets out smiling. He has produced some excellent times at competitions and listens and applies what he has been told. A very happy and positive young man. ”

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Norfolk County Masters Open Meet

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15 May 2019
On Saturday 11 May Colchester Swimming Club’s Masters took on some of the region’s best swimmers at the Norfolk County Masters Open Meet.

Held at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich, the event is one of the final preparation long course meets prior to the British Masters Championships 2019 and attracts swimmers from across the Eastern counties.

Representing Colchester were Katie Holmes, Jack Mantle and Rob Milburn who collectively won an impressive tally of 15 medals: Katie winning a remarkable eight medals (five gold, two silver and a bronze) in a variety of disciplines.

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Senior East Region Long Course Champs

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12 May 2019
15 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club qualified to compete at this year’s Senior East Region Long Course Champs at Inspire Luton Sports Village.

The level 1 meet, which was held between Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May, saw Colchester SC come away from the first weekend of this year’s regional championships having won 1 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The East Region long course championships held at the 50m competition pool at Luton represents an important event in the swimming calendar and provides swimmers the opportunity to evaluate and review their race fitness before the end of the season’s major events. Colchester SC’s team of swimmers who had qualified for this event rose to the occasion producing some excellent performances against a strong contingent of clubs from across the region.”

Ciara Wookey was on good form and displayed a determination and resilience that reflected in some excellent results throughout the three day competition. She took the bronze medal in her 100m butterfly with a one second PB but then narrowly missed a second bronze by point two of a second having swam two seconds inside her best. After a fourth place finish in the gruelling 400m IM she went on to PB again in the 200m breaststroke for eighth place and also finished eighth in the 100m event.

Naythan Aung looked very strong setting a number of new personal bests in his events. A very determined effort in the 50m backstroke saw him take the silver medal and he then went on to final in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle and produce further commendable swims in the 100m free and 100m and 50m breaststroke.

Martha Duley, although still recovering from injury, managed to display superb technical ability and snatch the silver medal in the 50m backstroke and finish ninth in the 50m free. However, she excelled with a very resolute effort in a closely contested 100m backstroke that saw her take the title gold in a nail biting finish.

Elinor Duley took two well deserved silver medals in both the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly. She narrowly missed a final place after an excellent performance in the 50m backstroke but she finished the three day event off in great style by taking another silver in the 50m butterfly.

Molly Redgrave displayed great future potential producing bests in both her 200m backstroke to finish sixth and in her 400m IM (tenth).

Syd Roberts set a new PB for sixth place in his 50m backstroke and finished ninth in his 200m backstoke.

Rebecca Girolami displayed great breaststroke technique to finish eighth in her 100m event and won the silver medal in the 50m.

Samuel Whearty took fifth place in his 100m freestyle multi disability category and set a new best time in his 400m freestyle to take third place. He then went on to produce another best for second in his 200IM.

Three days of hard competition at this level can take its toll on your performance but the team still managed to sparkle and support each other throughout the last session to snatch more final places.

Charlotte Tree took sixth in the gruelling 800m freestyle while Molly Redgrave and Ciara Wookey both swam inside their previous best times to final in the 200m IM; Ciara taking bronze and Molly finishing seventh, while Naythan Aung took two fifth places in 200m IM and 100m backstroke. Ciara completed the weekend events with a well deserved fourth in the 50m butterfly while Lucy Morgan produced a superb personal best in her final 100m backstroke event to finish the weekend on a high.

Other members of the team who competed in various other events and produced some very creditable performances were Molly Young, Kai Cheng, Thomas Grieve, Kalaum Corani, Saif Rahman.

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Masters’ medal joy

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11 May 2019
On Sunday 28 April Colchester SC’s Masters competed at the Newmarket Masters Meet 2019 at Newmarket Leisure Centre and won an impressive 29 medals between them across multiple events.

Standout performance of the day was Simon Emm, who dominated the butterfly and freestyle races to win five gold medals. Katie Holmes, who was in a very competitive age group, also had a great day to remember winning eight medals.

Further medals were secured by Rob Milburn and Lauren Himsworth, who both took six medals, and Ruby Watson who finished the meet with four medals.

The full results can be found on www.newmarketswimclub.co.uk/results

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Archie achieves fundraising goal

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07 May 2019
Young swimmer Archie Tebbutt, who recently joined the Junior Squad, has raised over £300 for Colchester Swimming Club by completing a ’keepie-uppie’ football challenge!

Archie, who competed as part of the 200m Medley Team and 200m Free Team at this year’s Essex Age Group Championships, set his heart on raising the much-needed funds as he wanted to give something back to the club that may help his club mates.

At the time of setting the challenge Archie could do 4 keepie-uppies in a row (juggling a football with any part of the body except the hands and arms) but set a very ambitious target of 35 and asked friends and family to sponsor him if he completed it.

Archie gave himself only 4 weeks to practice and complete the challenge and in the end smashed his target to record 83.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Club I would like to congratulate Archie on this fantastic achievement. I’m very impressed by Archie’s dedication and commitment in the pool but clearly he has a talent for football too. The Committee has suggested that we use the funds that Archie has raised to buy some parachutes and bungee training cords to help with our speed work.”

Archie said: “Lots of people give up their time to help us improve our swimming and I wanted to raise some money so that the Club could buy the kit that we need by doing a fun challenge.”

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Long course joy at LAC

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18 April 2019
On 13-14 April a squad of 25 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the London Aquatics Centre to compete at Newham & East London’s Level 1 National Qualifying Meet.

Despite extremely tough competition over the two days Colchester won an impressive 32 medals (10 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze). Additionally, many of the swimmers achieved PBs as they competed against some of the best club swimmers across England.

Team Manager, Jeff Coles, said: “The entire squad represented Colchester superbly and the team spirit throughout the weekend was exceptional. For the Club to win medals in all four strokes, as well as the individual medleys is very gratifying, especially when you look at the age-range of the swimmers too. Swimming at the Olympic Pool certainly excited the swimmers and they all performed at their very best, competing against some of the best swimmers from London, South of England and even a couple of international swimmers.“

Jeff continued: “Zak and Alfie were simply sensational, both continuing their recent extraordinary form but every swimmer that competed should feel very proud of their efforts. Some of our young swimmers really tested themselves against top-class swimmers and will have gained valuable experience ahead of the Regional Championships.“

In the 100m backstroke there was a Colchester one-two in the 15 year age group as Naythan Aung (1:04.04) held-off Syd Roberts’ challenge (1:08.12) to take gold. Both swimmers enjoyed further success in the backstroke with Naythan finishing third in the 50m backstroke (29.57) and Syd winning his second silver in the 200m backstroke (2:27.31). The medals continued to rack-up as Harrison Brook (1:29.13) won the bronze in the 100m backstroke in the 11 year age group and Molly Redgrave (1:13.69) also claimed bronze, finishing comfortably ahead of fourth spot, in the 15 year age category.

The breaststroke swimmers were in fantastic form too. 12 year old Zak Troman won an incredible triple gold, holding-off all challengers to take first place in the 50m (39.60), 100m (1:26.02) and 200m breaststroke (2:58.58). Harrison Brook added to his personal medal tally with silver in the 50m breaststroke (46.47) but went even better in the 200m breaststroke to win gold; six seconds ahead of his nearest rival (3:31.96). In the 50m breaststroke there was a second Colchester one-two, as Louis Walker (34.02) finished ahead of Alfie Francis (34.58) in the 14 years age group. Alfie added to his medal haul with silver in the 100m breaststroke (1:14.26), a distance that also saw 11 year old Massimo Girolami (1:38.70) take second place. In the 50m breaststroke, Naythan Aung won his third medal of the meet to take bronze (33.41), and there was also bronze medal success in the same event for Thomas Grieve (31.46) in 17+ age category and Rebecca Girolami (35.51) in the 16 years age group for the girls.

Zak and Alfie were back amongst the medals in the butterfly. Zak coming third in the 50m butterfly (32.93) and second in the 200m butterfly (2:47.42), and Alfie winning bronze in the 100m butterfly (1:05.99) and silver in the 200m butterfly (2:29.54).

Zak’s marvellous meet continued as he amassed further medals in the freestyle: winning gold in the 50m (30.47), silver in the 100m (1:05.79) and gold in the 200m (2:24.32) in a dominant display. Louis Walker won his second gold (26.54) in the 50m freestyle and in the 100m freestyle both Massimo Girolami (1:12.06 - bronze) and Alfie Francis (59.23 - silver) added to their medal hauls. In the punishing women’s open 1500m freestyle Charlotte Tree showed impressive stamina to win bronze in the 15 year age group (19:05.79).

In the 200m IM, Zak finished well clear of the next fastest swimmer to claim yet another gold (2:37.66) in his age group and Massimo Girolami won a further bronze (3:01.60). Finally, in the 400m IM Ciara Wookey (5:22.67) demonstrated a superb grasp of all four strokes to win silver in the 15 year age group.

Whilst not all swimmers medalled, they all achieved personal best times, including new or improved Regional Qualifying times.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez, Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace and Ciara Wookey.

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Helen breaks junior world record

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12 April 2019
Colchester Swimming Club’s Helen Thompson has set a new junior world record in 100m IM at this year’s European Down Syndrome Open.

The short course championships, which were held on 6-7 April at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton, attracted teams from across Europe and some of the best swimmers in the world.

Helen had a storming weekend, achieving six PBs and winning several medals: gold in 100m IM and 200m Breaststroke, silver in 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly and in the team 200m Freestyle relay, and Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. However, the undoubted highlight of the meet came when Helen broke the junior world record in 100m IM in a sensational time of 1:43.52!

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester SC, said: “Helen recently joined us from Colchester Phoenix and has settled in superbly. Everyone at the Club is exceptionally proud of her. It is a magnificent achievement and testament to the hard work that Helen puts in and her competitive spirit.”

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Long course success at Luton

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05 April 2019
Colchester Swimming Club took a team of 19 senior swimmers to the Level 1 Team Luton Long Course Open Meet on 30-31 March 2019.

The two day competition, which took place in the 50m pool at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, saw swimmers attempt to either achieve or improve on their East Region Championships qualifying times. In addition some of the swimmers were looking to gain qualifying times for Summer National Championships now that the brief qualifying window has opened.

The level of competition was extremely high with over 450 swimmers representing 70 clubs from London, the South, the Midlands and the East of England regions. All of the swimmers acquitted themselves very well. Several PBs were achieved and it proved great experience for the swimmers.

Team Manager, Jeff Coles, said: “I was delighted with the swimmers’ attitude throughout the weekend. They were all very focussed and determined to perform at their maximum level. They picked up positive points as well as areas to work on from their races to now take back to their training programme and work on further with their coaches over the coming busy weeks.”

Jeff continued: “Throughout the weekend there was a really strong team spirit amongst the swimmers. It was fantastic to see the squad cheering on their teammates as they kept themselves focussed between races.”

Medals were achieved by:

Ellie Duley - Gold in 16+yrs 100m butterfly (1:05.14) and 50m freestyle (27.01). Bronze 100m freestyle (1:01.01)

Alfie Francis - Gold in 14yrs 100m breaststroke (1:14.70). Silver 200m IM (2:27.49) and 200m breaststroke (2:44.56). Bronze 100m butterfly (1:05.64) and 200m butterfly (2:31.90)

Ciara Wookey - Gold in 15yrs 100m butterfly (1:07.55). Silver 400m IM (5:27.34) and 200m IM (2:33.60).

Louis Walker - Gold in 14yrs 50m freestyle (26.74). Silver 50m breaststroke (34.11)

Nathan Aung - Silver in 15yrs 200m IM (2:26.65).

Molly Grieve - Bronze in 14yrs 200m butterfly (2:44.41)

Other team members who attended and swam excellently were: Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Keziah Cornish, Martha Duley, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Charlotte Tree and Molly Young.

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Colchester swimmers with the Midas touch

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03 April 2019
A squad of 39 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury on 6-7 April to compete in this year’s Robin Deal Memorial Meet.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The Club had a magnificent weekend. Personal bests were smashed, regional qualification times were achieved and there were a huge amount of medals. Swimmers were full of confidence and showed a real hunger and determination in their quest to continue to improve.”

Emma continued: “Swimmers throughout the age ranges won medals and with 20 different swimmers winning at least one gold medal it’s exceptionally hard to highlight individuals. However, Jack McCarthy made his fly look effortless, Alfie Francis broke the magic minute mark in the 100m freestyle and Sadie Rowe achieved the 200m breaststroke regional qualification time to complete the full breaststroke set. A special mention also has to go to Alex Tinnion who was competing in his last gala before joining the RAF who won an incredible five golds.”

Throughout the age ranges there was a lot to celebrate with gold medals galore. For the 9 year olds Gabriella Troman powered to gold in both the 50m Backstroke (43.98) and 50m Butterfly (46.36) and George Scanlan took first place in the 200m Individual Medley (3:52.15). In the 10 year old category Gabrielle Cornish took double-gold with impressive swims in the 50m Backstroke (40.98) and 100m Backstroke (1:28.59) and Massimo Girolami continued his recent great form to take top spot in the 50m Breaststroke (42.76).

Olivia Cartwright won a clean sweep of golds in the backstroke discipline in the 11 year old age group, taking first place in the 50m Backstroke (36.17), 100m Backstroke (1:18.64) and 200m Backstroke (2:41.00). Jack McCarthy made the 100m Butterfly (1:18.88) look easy in his win and Zak Troman won a staggering five golds as he took first spot in the 50m Breaststroke (39.61), 50m Freestyle (30.56), 100m Freestyle (1:06.13), 100m Individual Medley (1:18.11) and 200m Butterfly (2:39.15).

Further success came via 12 year olds Greta Goddard and Sadie Rowe. Greta holding-off stiff competition in the 50m Backstroke (36.07) and Sadie winning gold inside the regional qualification time in the 200m Breaststroke (3:08.13). The 13 year old boys were in sparkling form and Antonio Girolami won the 50m Breaststroke (38.20), 100m Breaststroke (1:24.38), 200m Breaststroke (2:56.00) and 100m Butterfly (1:13.66) in fine style. His success was matched by Corey Hare who took gold in both the 200m Individual Medley (2:51.13) and 400m Individual Medley (5:53.45) and Felix Szpakowski who won gold in the gruelling 200m Butterfly (2:54.62). Daniel Himsworth also caught the eye as he piled up the medals with six golds across the freestyle and backstroke events: 50m Freestyle (29.04), 100m Freestyle (1:03.30), 200m Freestyle (2:23.17), 50m Backstroke (33.70), 100m Backstroke (1:12.95) and 200m Backstroke (2:33.84).

In the 14 year age group, Anola Jordan held off all challengers to win the 200m Breaststroke (3:09.93) and Hannah O’Malley put in an impressive performance to take first place in the 100m Individual Medley (1:18.47). Alfie Francis claimed a magnificent seven golds, across a range of disciplines, as he set a number of PBs: 50m Breaststroke (33.58), 50m Freestyle (27.07), 100m Freestyle (59.51), 100m Individual Medley (1:07.45), 50m Butterfly (29.16), 100m Butterfly (1:04.71) and 200m Breaststroke (2:37.35).

There was further reason to celebrate in the 15/16 age group for the girls as Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez won both the 100m Freestyle (1:06.33) and 100m Individual Medley (1:15.5), Annie Bayliss claimed top spot in the 50m Breaststroke (38.42) and Bronte Jordan took double-gold in the 100m Breaststroke (1:24.97) and 200m Breaststroke (3:00.43).

Finally, in the 17+ boys age group, Alexander Tinnion took gold in the 50m Freestyle (26.63), 50m Butterfly (32.25), 50m Backstroke (30.59), 100m Backstroke (1:07.06) and 200m Backstroke (2:29.69) as his Colchester SC career came to a fitting close.

Colchester SC: Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Molly Grieve, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Hannah O’Malley, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Alexander Tinnion, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman and Anjali Tuckwell.

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Mini-League squad take second spot at Braintree

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03 April 2019
Colchester SC competed in the second round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Braintree Swimming Centre on 9 March.

In a closely-contested evening Braintree took top spot (171.5 points) narrowly edging Colchester into second place (159 points). Chelmsford came a close third (153.5 points) with Maldon (97 points) and Canvey (82 points) coming fourth and fifth respectively.

The meet got off to a great start for Colchester with both the girls and the boys winning their 4X1 medley relays in the 9 year old age groups. The girls team (Isla Widdowson, Skye Farrow, Gabriella Troman and Nabiela Van Der Schyff) racing home in 1.30.19 and the boys (Austin Brook, Archie Tebbutt, Jude Leigh and Ralph Whitehouse) touching in first in 1.30.62.

There were a number of impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. In the 10&U age group Raul Shrestha (50.06) held off strong competition in the 50m breaststroke and Nik Baltsezak (19.97) put in a very good swim to win the 25m butterfly.

Further success came in the open category with Cole Scott taking top spot in the boys open 50m backstroke (35.19). In the 100m freestyle Keziah Cornish raced clear of the field (1.09.75) and Felix Szpakowski (1.08.00) also touched in first for the boys. Felix continued his impressive evening by securing a win in the 13&U age category of the 50m fly (35.94) and in the same age group Nurayni Van Der Schyff (37.88) came home in first place in the 50m backstroke.

There were also some sensational relay performances throughout the age classifications as Colchester really turned on the style to bolster their points tally. In the open age category, there was double success in the 4X2X1 freestyle relay with the girls (Keziah Cornish, Annie Bayliss, Molly Young and Anola Jordan) winning in 1.58.62 and the boys (Mark Milburn, Kalaum Corani, Dan Himsworth and Cole Scott) taking first place in 1.49.50.

The impressive feat was replicated in the 6X1 breaststroke relay with both the girls’ team (Gabriella Troman, Sophie Ryan, Aila Manning, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Anola Jordan and Annie Bayliss) and boys’ team (Nik Baltsezak, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Felix Szpakowski, Mark Milburn and Kalaum Corani) demonstrating relay prowess to win in 2.07.94 and 2.01.34 respectively.

As the league meet came to a close the boys put in a couple of outstanding performances to secure maximum points in the 4X1 freestyle relay. Firstly, the 10 year olds (Jude Farrow, Nik Baltsezak, George Scanlan and Raul Shrestha) won their age group (1.14.82) and then the 13 year olds (Corey Hare, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain and Felix Szpakowski) touched in first (1.02.00).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The little ones as always swam exceptionally well despite their nerves on the night. Both the girls and boys relay teams in the nine year old age group put in terrific little swims, including Isla in her first mini league fixture. However, the outstanding swimmer of the night for me was Raul, swimming the 50m breaststroke which is not his event as rule but he totally smashed it. It was also lovely to see Anola back competing after injury and securing precious points for the team.”

The next Mini League fixture takes place on 11 May at Hornchurch Sports Centre.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Nik Baltsezak, Annie Bayliss, Austin Brook, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Keziah Cornish, Freya Cowley, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Corey Hare, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Anola Jordan, Jude Leigh, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Mark Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Raul Shrestha, Felix Szpakowski, Archie Tebbutt, Lucy Toms, Gabriella Troman, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Elliot Whitehouse, Ralph Whitehouse, Isla Widdowson and Molly Young.

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Duley sisters take on Britain’s elite

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01 April 2019
Ellie and Martha Duley have once again successfully qualified to represent Colchester Swimming Club on the national stage at the British Championships.

This year’s Championships take place at the Tollcross International Pool in Glasgow from 16 – 21 April 2019 and the sisters will compete against the best swimmers in Britain. Martha has qualified for 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, whereas Ellie will compete in the 50m and 100m Butterfly, as well as the 50m Freestyle.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the highlight of the National events calendar and attract the best swimmers from England, Wales and Scotland. Last year saw Adam Peaty claim the 50m and 100m Breaststroke double, while Freya Anderson and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor landed titles in the women’s events. I am so proud that Ellie and Martha have once again achieved the exceptionally tough qualifying times.“

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Swimmer of the Month - March 2019

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29 March 2019
The month’s winners of ’swimmer of the month’ are Angelica Mason (Potential) and Corey Hare (Performance).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester SC, said: “Angelica and Corey have been working very hard to improve their strokes. They are both really enthusiastic towards their training, have achieved some fantastic race results and always train with a smile on their faces. I was delighted that Corey’s hard work led to him achieving his 200m fly regional time and that Angelica smashed all of her PBs at our recent Open Meet.”

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Simon smashes British record and wins triple gold

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27 March 2019
Colchester Masters Swimmer Simon Emm has set a new British record in the 200m Butterfly at this year’s London Region Long Course Masters Regional and Open Championships.

The Championships, which were held on Sunday 24 March at the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford, saw Masters swimmers from across the London boroughs and the surrounding areas, race for honours in the iconic 50m Olympic pool.

Simon, who competes in the 50/54 year age group, started the gala in top form to take first place in the 100m Butterfly (1:04.92) and beat his own regional record by 0.5 seconds. The day got even better as he raced clear of the field to finish in a blistering time of 2:28.04 to beat the 200m Fly British record by 0.7 seconds and he also won gold in the 50m fly in 29.23 (narrowly missing out on his own regional record).

Simon said: “I am absolutely thrilled with my overall performance and to have set a new British record. The previous record, set in 2007, had been a target over the last couple of years but had just eluded me but I’ve finally done it!“

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Charlotte selected for East Region Open Water Development Camp

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27 March 2019
Charlotte Tree has been selected to attend a two-day Regional Open Water Camp on 1 and 16 June.

The East Region Open Water Development Camp aims to provide open water development to swimmers who qualified for the 2018 Swim England National Open Water Championships in the 12 to 16 years age groups.

The first day of the camp will be pool-based (Venue Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield) and the second day will be lake-based (Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City), with theory and land-training elements on both days.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I am very proud that Charlotte has been selected for this development camp. Last year Charlotte won the 14 year age group at the Swim England East Region Open Water Championships and went on to compete at Swim England’s National Open Water Festival at Rother Valley in Sheffield. She has been training hard over the longer distances in the pool and is looking forward to the open-water season.”

Charlotte said: “The number of people taking part in open water swimming is growing fast which is great to see. Im really looking forward to the development camp to learn new skills and to stretch myself and can’t wait to compete again this summer.”

This year’s East Open Water Championships will be held on Sunday 21 July at Whitlingham Country Park, Norwich and The Swim England Open Water National Age Group Championships will take place at Rother Valley Country Park on Monday 5 August.

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Swimmers shine in medal frenzy

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26 March 2019
On 16 and 17 March Colchester Swimming Club held its Regional Qualifier meet at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre. In an action-packed weekend of racing swimmers representing 18 different clubs competed in 30 different events.

Colchester SC won a staggering 181 medals (76 gold, 62 silver and 43 bronze) and a whopping 53 swimmers medalled. As well as some magnificent performances, which saw a number of regional times secured, there were some huge individual medal hauls including Alfie Francis (6 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Harrison Brook (2 gold, 9 silver), Corey Hare (4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze) and Massimo Girolami (8 gold, 1 silver). For the girls Ciara Wookey (5 gold), Charlotee Tree (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Olivia Cartwright (3 gold, 2 silver) and Molly Grieve (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) also caught the eye.

Corey and Olivia also had further reason to celebrate as they registered their first regional qualification times. Corey in the 200m Butterfly (2:59.83) and Olivia in the 50m Backstroke (35.86) and 200m Backstroke (2:40.94).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The whole squad performed exceptionally well against some very stiff competition from across the district. The swimming schedule is particularly full at the moment but with the East Region Championships fast-approaching our home meet provided an excellent opportunity for swimmers to really push for those times. I’m delighted to see that a number of swimmers smashed their PBs and made the qualification times. At the other end of the scale we had a number of swimmers competing for the very first time.”

Michelle concluded: “I would also like to thank our army of volunteers and the officials who helped to make the day such a success. A huge amount of collective effort goes into organising each gala but there was a wonderful atmosphere across the whole weekend and to see so many spectators wearing our supporters’ t-shirts really gave our swimmers a boost.”

89 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana-Victoria Anderson Martinez, Sophie Baker, Nikitas Baltsezak, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Seth Belshaw, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Dexter Crisell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Hugo Goddard, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Rihanna Keep, Luke Kelly, Eoin Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Angelica Mason, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Robert Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Hannah O’Malley, Isaac Pavey, Saif Rahman, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Charlotte Tree, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Henry Warner, Carys Westgarth, Curtis Whearty, Lyle Whearty, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Isla Widdowson, Alexander Williamson, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Sam crowned National Junior Para-Swimming Champion

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06 March 2019
Sam Whearty, of Colchester SC, competed at the National Junior Para-Swimming Championships (2-3 March 2019) alongside over 100 young swimming hopefuls from across the country.

Held at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre, the national champs saw swimmers aged 10-18 years old compete in the short course gala, where Sam had qualified in five events: the 50m and 100m Freestyle, the 100m Backstroke, the 100m Breaststroke and the 200m IM.

In the end both the 50m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke went down to the final touch, with Sam winning silver medals in the 50m Freestyle (32.83 pb) and 100m Freestyle (1.15.33) and gold in the 100m Backstroke (1.23.67 pb).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Our congratulations to Sam; he had a wonderful Championships. He is a fantastic competitor and continues to work hard which has resulted in medal success at national level.”

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Youngsters shine in Essex Mini League opener

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28 February 2019
On 9 February Colchester Swimming Club hosted the opening round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Braintree swimming centre.

Braintree took top spot (158 points) narrowly beating Basildon (148 points). Colchester came a close third (137 points) with Clacton (123 points) and Hornchurch (105 points) coming fourth and fifth respectively.

There were a number of impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. Raul Shrestha (19.32) raced clear of the field in the 25m butterfly in the 10&U age group and in the 11&U category Massimo Girolami (42.28) won the 50m backstroke whilst Rihanna Keep (37.78) also came first in the 50m freestyle.

There were also some inspiring displays by some of the older swimmers. In the 13&U age group, Daniel Himsworth (41.34) won the 50m breaststroke, Hayden Chamberlain (35.82) came first in the 50m butterfly and Sophie Baker (39.34) raced clear to win the 50m backstroke . In the open age category, Cole Scott (38.72) and Anola Jordan (41.53) both won their 50m breaststroke races, and Cole had further reason to celebrate when he also won the 100m freestyle (1:04.66).

Throughout last year’s Mini League Colchester excelled in the relay races and once again they really turned on the style to bolster their points tally. In the open 4X2X1 freestyle (Cole Scott, Mark Milburn, Daniel Himsworth and George Wallace) came home first in a time of 1:47.15 and there was further success in the 4X1 freestyle as the team of 9 year olds (Dexter Crisell, Seth Belshaw, Jude Leigh and George Scanlan) took top spot in 1:17.53. The points continued to add up as the 6X1 breaststroke relay team (George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Cole Scott and Mark Milburn) powered ahead to record a time of 2:01.82.

The girls also shone in the relay races. The 6X1 butterfly relay team (Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Anjali Tuckwell, Daisy Himsworth, Paige Scott, Nuha Van Der Schyff and Hannah O’Malley) came home in first place in a time of 1:48.66 and in the 13&U age group the 4X1 freestyle relay (Isobel Easteal, Amy Johnson, Sophie Baker and Paige Scott) recorded a time of 1:02.18 to take first place.

A great evening came to close with a fitting finale as the mixed squad won the 10X1 freestyle relay in 2:42.19 (Gabriella Troman, George Scanlan, Anjali Tuckwell, Massimo Girolami, Rihanna Keep, Sandijs Cecins, Amy Johnson, Daniel Himsworth, Anola Jordan and George Wallace).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “We were desperately unlucky with a number of narrow time faults on the night. However, the whole team performed amazingly and should be very confident going into our next fixture on 9 March. I was particularly impressed by a number of our younger swimmers who were competing for the first time and handled the occasion brilliantly.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Seth Belshaw, Emi Bilton, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Dexter Crisell, Isobel Easteal, Jude Farrow, Skye Farrow, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Eoin Ledwidge, Jude Leigh, Angelica Mason, Mark Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Hannah O’Malley, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Raul Shrestha, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nabiela Van Der Schyff, Nuha Van Der Schyff and George Wallace.

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County Champs concludes in medal frenzy

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26 February 2019
Colchester Swimming Club continued to add to their impressive medal tally as they competed in the third and final weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships at Basildon.

The weekend started strongly for Colchester SC with some great performances in the 800m freestyle. Zak Troman, who was in scintillating form throughout the Championships, powered home to win gold and claim the Essex title in the 12 year old category in a time of 10:10.00. There was further reason to celebrate in the 14 year age group with Alfie Francis winning the bronze medal and Mark Milburn coming home in fifth spot. Charlotte Tree continued her good form to claim the bronze medal in the girls 15 years age group.

The boys also impressed in the 400m IM. Zak Troman took the gold in style (5:34.26) to finish ahead of the chasing pack in the 12 year old boy category and Mark Milburn, Alfie Francis and Kalaum Corani all recorded top eight finishes to claim their pendants in their respective age groups.

There was further reason to celebrate in the breaststroke events. In the 10/11 year age group, Massimo Girolami won silver medals in both the 100m and 200m events, with Harrison Brook and Jack McCarthy both registering top eight finishes in the 200m breaststroke too. In the 15 year age group Kalaum Corani came eighth in the 100m breaststroke with Naythan AUNG holding-on to win bronze and later claim fifth spot in the 200m breaststroke. Thomas Grieve also made the final of the 17/over 100m breaststroke to record another top eight finish.

Zak Troman’s red-hot form continued and he won a remarkable double gold, racing ahead of the pack to win the 100m (1:25.15) and 200m (3:01.75). Remarkably, Alfie Francis mirrored that achievement winning in the 14 year age group events in (1:14.33) and (2:44.19). In the 100m breaststroke Louis Walker put in a fine display to take silver with Mark Milburn claiming seventh spot, but in the 200m breaststroke the positions were reversed as Mark fought hard to win silver.

Naythan Aung added to his personal medal haul by winning the silver medal in the 15 years/over 200m IM, where Kai Cheng took fifth place and in the Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points, Samuel Whearty won another silver to continue his fine Championships.

In the 200m butterfly, Zak Troman and Alfie Francis added to their medal collections by putting in bronze medal winning displays and Mark Milburn secured a very creditable sixth place.

Once again there was relay success for Colchester, where the 13/14 Yrs 200m medley team (Daniel Himsworth, Louis Walker, Alfie Francis and George Wallace) beat all other clubs by some distance to take the spoils in 2:03.10. The 11/12 years relay team (Zak Troman, Massimo Girolami, Jack McCarthy and Elliot Whitehouse) put in two fine performances to secure top eight finishes in both the 200m freestyle team and 200m medley team.

There was yet more medal glory with the girls doing particularly well in the 100m butterfly. Ellie Duley emerged victorious to take gold (1:04.66) in her age group, and Ciara Wookey and Asma Parker both took home bronze medals thanks to some gritty displays. In the 200m butterfly Ciara narrowly missed out on a further bronze to take fourth spot and Asma came sixth in her category.

In the backstroke, Asma added to her bourgeoning Championship medal haul by winning silver in both the 100m and 200m events. Lucy Morgan secured top eight finishes in both distances and Olivia Cartwright came seventh in the 12 year old age group in the 200m backstroke. There was also a seventh place finish for Rebecca Girolami in the 200m freestyle in the 16 years age group.

Finally, in the 15 /over 200m medley team relay (Lucy Morgan, Rebecca Girolami, Elinor Duley and Asma Parker) Colchester battled to a fourth place finish.

“It has been a very rewarding County Championships and there have been some real standout performances by a number of our swimmers. Although those winning the medals and titles tend to grab the headlines it has been really encouraging to see how well some of our younger swimmers coped with the occasion,” said Head Coach Michelle Young.

Michelle concluded: “Overall Colchester came fourth in the Top Club rankings with 754.5 points and Zak Troman also topped the Top Male rankings for the 12 year old having had a sensational championships.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Elinor Duley, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Jack McCarthy, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Massimo selected for Swim England’s County Talent Programme

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22 February 2019
Following this year’s Essex County Championships, Massimo Girolami has been selected for Swim England’s County Talent Programme.

The training programme has been set-up by Swim England and Essex to help develop, reward and recognise the top 24 performing swimmers (12 male and 12 female) in the 11 year old age group.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Massimo who had a fantastic County Champs. The course will include pool sessions, land training and workshops on nutrition, lifestyle organisation and effective stroke technique” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle added: ldquo;The programme, which will run on three individual days (in April, July and October), is part of the Swim England’s long-term athlete development pathway and will be held in Chelmsford. It aims to develop key skills that swimmers can take back to their own clubs and incorporated into our home programme.”

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Sudbury Valentines Masters Meet

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20 February 2019
On Sunday 17 February, whilst the main club were competing at Basildon in the County Championships, The Masters squad were in action at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

Racing against swimmers from around the region Katie Holmes, Lauren Himsworth, Sam Milburn, Edward Corcos, Mark Evans, Simon Emm and Rob Milburn all posted some good results, taking a medal haul of sixteen gold, five silver, and four bronze medals between them.

Katie won the top female swimmer award: winning six gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal and achieving several personal best times in the process.

Rob put in some impressive swims, winning gold in all three breaststroke races, and achieving personal best times in both the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.

Meanwhile, Simon dominated the butterfly events again, winning the 50m, 100m and the 200m events overall: breaking two regional records in the process. The record for the 50m fly he put down to the advice of Rob’s daughter, Amy: “Just don’t breathe, it’s only 50m”. Swimming is the only sport where the coach honestly tells you not to breathe.

Edward, Lauren and Sam all took home gold medals, and Mark, in his first competition, managed two personal best times in his two races.

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Colchester champs perfectly at home in Olympic venue

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14 February 2019
The second of the three Essex Age Group Championships weekends took place on 2-3 February and Colchester Swimming Club’s medal tally continued to grow.

Day one saw the sprinters take centre stage as Colchester SC travelled to the iconic London Aquatic Centre in Stratford en masse. In what proved to be another hugely successful day, six swimmers from Colchester SC were crowned Essex Champions as the Club took home 7 golds, 8 silvers and 2 bronze medals, and registered a further 31 top 10 finishes.

The girls won an impressive three county titles, as Asma Parker (30.05) and Ellie Duley (28.63) flew off the blocks to win the 16 year and 17 year age groups respectively in the 50m Butterfly, and Martha Duley (30.94) powered ahead to take gold in the 17 Yrs/Over 50m Backstroke. There was further medal success for Asma as she claimed the silver in the 50m Backstroke and her fantastic form also saw her make the finals of both the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. Ellie also added to her gold medal success with an exciting second place finish in the 50m Freestyle as well as qualifying for the final of the 50m Backstroke, while Martha was a finalist in both the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. Rebecca Girolami put in a notable performance to win silver in the Girls 16 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and was a finalist in the 50m Butterfly, while Ciara Wookey added to the impressive medal haul to take home the bronze in the Girls 15 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and made the final of the 50m Butterfly.

The boys put in a number of great performances, winning four titles. Louis Walker (26.47) took top spot with a sensational swim in the 14 Yrs 50m Freestyle, Zak Troman (39.37) won the 12 Yrs 50m Breaststroke in memorable style, Alfie Francis (33.99) claimed the title in the 14 Yrs 50m Breaststroke and Samuel Whearty (34.20) won gold in Mens MC 15 Yrs/Over 50m Freestyle: Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points. Zak added to his gold with silver in both the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, as well as claiming bronze in the 50m Backstroke to cap an astonishing individual display. There was further silver medal success for Alfie in the 50m Butterfly and Louis in the 50m Breaststroke, with Louis also qualifying for the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly finals as well. Naythan Aung took bronze for Colchester in the 15 Yrs 50m Backstroke to seal a dramatic day for the boys.

There was also relay success in the 200m Medley Team and 200m Free Team for both the boys (Nick Baltsezak, George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha and Archie Tebbutt) and girls (Freya Cowley, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gabriella Troman and Carys Westgarth) as they secured top 10 finishes in the 9/10 yrs age group.

Additionally, the following swimmers all qualified in their heats to represent Colchester SC as top 10 finalists with some truly breath-taking performances: Naythan Aung (50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle), Olivia Cartwright (50m Backstroke), Kai Cheng (50m Backstroke), Keziah Cornish (50m Backstroke), Thomas Grieve (50m Freestyle), Niamh Higgins (50m Butterfly), Aila Manning (50m Breaststroke), Jack McCarthy (50m Butterfly), Mark Milburn (50m Breaststroke), Lucy Morgan (50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle), Syd Roberts (50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly), Sadie Rowe (50m Breaststroke), Molly Young (50m Butterfly) and George Wallace (50m Freestyle).

On Sunday, attention turned to Basildon as swimmers looked to secure a top 8 finish in their heats in order to qualify for the finals.

Zak Troman’s exceptional weekend continued as he was crowned County Champion in the Boys 10/14 Yrs 400m Freestyle (4:58.94) and also won silver in the 100m Freestyle. Ellie Duley claimed her second county title of the weekend to win the 17 Yrs/Over 100m Freestyle (59.02) in style and also made the final of the 400m Free. Ellie was also part of the Womens 15 Yrs/Over 200m Freestyle Team (Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Rebecca Girolami and Asma Parker) who won gold (1:51.05) in a magnificent contest.

Colchester claimed a second relay title in the Mens 13/14 Yrs 200m Freestyle Team (1:50.73) with Alfie Francis, Daniel Himsworth, George Wallace and Louis Walker beating the best the rest of the county had to offer in a thrilling race. The Womens 13/14 Yrs 200m Freestyle Team also secured a top 8 finish (Ruby Chalmers, Keziah Cornish, Ila Nicholson and Eloise Smart) as a remarkable day’s racing continued.

Additionally, the following swimmers all qualified in their heats to represent Colchester SC as top 8 finalists with some marvellous swimming on display: Naythan Aung (100m Freestyle), Martha Duley (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Alfie Francis (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Massimo Girolami (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Lucy Morgan (100m Freestyle), Asma Parker (100m Freestyle and 400m Free), Charlotte Tree (400m Free) and Louis Walker (100m Freestyle).

Head Coach Michelle Young said: “There were some extraordinary individual and team displays over the weekend. The whole coaching team takes great pride in watching our swimmers succeed. Just to qualify was a major achievement for some of our squad but to see so many make finals, smash PBs and achieve regional times at an Olympic venue was very special. There were some great technical displays across the weekend and the progression shown is hugely encouraging for the future.”

Other qualifying swimmers also representing Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Hayden Chamberlain, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Luke Ledwidge, Holly McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Hannah O’Malley, Isaac Pavey, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, Elliot Whitehouse and Connor Wilken.

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Attitude and PBs impress Jeff

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07 February 2019
Colchester Swimming Club took a young team to Braintree & Bocking Winter Sprints Meet on 26 January. Many of the swimmers were competing at their first Open Meet and used the gala to secure PBs after three months of hard training and to give themselves a benchmark for the rest of the year.

All of the swimmers performed tremendously well. Each securing at least one PB with many gaining PBs in all five of their swims. Their collective efforts resulted in the team winning 64 medals with an even split between the boys and girls.

Jeff Coles, Team Manager, said: “Whilst it was nice for the swimmers to pick up their medals it was even more gratifying to see the swimmers’ enthusiasm when they saw that they had achieved a PB. This showed that the swimmers had the correct attitude towards their swimming development.”

The medal winners were:

Girls

• 9yr: Carys Westgarth (bronze - 50m Butterfly).
• 10 yr: Emilia Bilton (gold - 50m Breaststroke, bronze - 100m IM), Gabrielle Cornish (silver x5 - 100m IM, 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle) and Freya Cowley (bronze x2 - 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle).
• 11yr: Marion Hubert (silver x2 - 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke).
• 12yr: Sophie Baker (bronze x2 - 100m IM and 50m Breaststroke), Greta Goddard (gold x2 - 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle, silver - 100m IM, and bronze - 50m Butterfly), Amy Johnson (silver - 50m Backstroke) and Paige Scott (gold - 50m Butterfly).
• 13yr: Keziah Cornish (silver x3 - 100m IM, 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle, bronze - 50m Breaststroke).
• 14yr: Lucy Morgan (gold - 100m IM) and Lotti Talbot (gold x4 - 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle).
• 15+yr: Sophie Talbot (gold x2 - 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke, and silver x2 - 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly).

Boys

• 9yr: George Scanlan (silver -50m Breaststroke and bronze x2 - 50m Butterfly and 100m IM).
• 10yr: Harrison Brook (gold x3 - 100m IM, 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke, silver - 50m Breaststroke and bronze - 50m Freestyle) and Alexander Cottrell (silver - 50m Butterfly and x3 bronze - 100m IM, 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke).
• 11yr: Sandijs Cecins (gold x4 - 100m IM, 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and bronze - 50m Backstroke).
• 12yr: Corey Hare (silver x2 - 100m IM and 50m Breaststroke).
• 13yr: Felix Szpakowski (gold x4 - 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle).
• 15+ yr: Joseph Guild (gold - 50m Butterfly and x2 bronze -50m Freestyle and 100m IM), Cole Scott (gold -50m Butterfly), Christopher Thompson (gold - 50m Breaststroke and bronze - 50m Backstroke) and Alexander Williamson (gold - 50m Freestyle and silver x2 - 50m Backstroke and 100m IM).

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Sophie Baker, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Freya Cowley, Greta Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Lucy Morgan, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Gabriella Troman, Carys Westgarth, Elliot Whitehouse and Alexander Williamson.

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Full steam ahead Captain!

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05 February 2019
Colchester Swimming Club has announced the appointment of this year’s Club Captains. Ana Victoria Anderson, who retains her role as Captain, will be joined by Connor Wilken and Vice Captains, Lucy Morgan and Molly Young.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone at our Club I would like to offer my congratulations to Ana-V, Connor, Lucy and Molly. They were all incredibly impressive throughout the interview process and I am sure they will continue to set an exemplary standard and help to take the Club forward.”

Head Coach, Michelle Young added: “This year we celebrate our 135th year as a swimming club and I’m delighted that we’re in a position to announce such high-calibre appointments. They are fantastic role models and I am sure they will all play a key role in the future development of the club.”

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Colchester SC off to glittering start at Essex Age Group Championships

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24 January 2019
The first weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships (Friday 18 January to Sunday 20 January) proved to be a huge success for Colchester Swimming Club as 39 swimmers, who had registered qualification times throughout the year, took on the best that the rest of the County had to offer.

The County Championships began with the 1500m Freestyle and Colchester made the perfect start with Zak Troman winning gold (19:00.16), Charlotte Tree taking home the silver and Alfie Francis securing the bronze medals in their age groups.

Zak Troman was in sensational form all weekend and powered ahead of the competition to win further gold medals in the 200m Freestyle (2:19.24) and the 200m IM (2:38.84) in the 12 year old boys category. He took his individually medal tally to six by winning silver in the 100m and 200m Backstroke, and the 100m Butterfly.

Further gold medal success came in the 14 year age group, with Alfie Francis being crowned Essex Champion in the boys 100m Butterfly (1:02.30). Alfie also claimed bronze in the 200m IM and took fourth spot in the 200m Freestyle.

Charlotte Tree continued her impressive performance by winning her second silver medal in the 15 Yrs/Over 400m IM, just edging out Ciara Wookey who claimed the bronze. In the 16 year age classification, Rebecca Girolami swam well to claim third place in the 100m Breaststroke and Asma Parker secured bronze in the 200m IM with a solid swim.

Samuel Whearty claimed second place finishes in the Mens MC 15 Yrs/Over 100m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly Age Group: Combined Result - Multi-Disability by British Disability Points.

In addition to the medal-winning performances, a further 22 top eight / finalists positions were secured over the weekend. Massimo Girolami registered a seventh place finish in the 10/11 Yrs age group in the 200m Freestyle and in the 14 year age group, Mark Milburn claimed sixth in the 200m IM and Daniel Himsworth secured eighth place in the 200m Backstroke. There was further reason to celebrate with a number of notable swims in the 15 year age category: Naythan Aung, Syd Roberts and Kai Cheng all recorded top eight place finishes in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke. Additionally, Syd and Naythan both came seventh in the 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly respectively and Kalaum Corani secured sixth spot in the 200m Butterfly.

The girls also had plenty to celebrate. Sadie Rowe came eighth in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke, and was part of the Womens 11/12 Yrs 200m Medley relay team that took sixth spot, alongside teammates Olivia Cartwright, Hannah Karlsson and Amy Milburn. Further success came in the 15 year age group where Ciara Wookey and Charlotte Tree came fourth and sixth respectively in the 100m Breaststroke. The 200m IM proved to be a fruitful event with Ciara Wookey adding to her top place finishes by registering a sixth place and Molly Redgrave taking eight place. Additionally, Rebecca Girolami and Ellie Duley both also secured top eight place finishes in their age groups.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To win 14 medals in the first weekend was a great start. In total the squad registered 38 top eight places across the weekend, illustrating that their hard work and determination is really paying-off. There were a number of PBs and regional times also recorded and the coaching team are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them.”

The remaining Essex Age Group Championships will be held at London Aquatic Centre and Basildon during February.

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Olivia Cartwright, Ruby Chalmers, Kai Cheng, Kalaum Corani, Elinor Duley, William Easteal, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, George Wallace, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Swim England East Region Development Camp

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07 January 2019
Charlotte Tree and Molly Young of Colchester Swimming Club have been selected to attend Swim England East Region’s Development Camp in February.

The one-day development camp has been designed to support the highest ranked athletes in Olympic individual events who did not swim in at the 2018 British Summer Nationals or Swim England Summer Meet.

Charlotte and Molly will take part in a number of sessions which aim to assist the development of skill and knowledge which are believed to be critical to performance swimming. The day will include talks on fueling for high-performance, lifestyle management to support performance swimming, two pool sessions on performance skills and the opportunity for parents to attend a Q&A with the staff as well.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “These camps form part of the overall approach to the development of the swimmer pathway in the East Region. Both Charlotte and Molly continue to work exceptionally hard and it’s great that their talent has been acknowledged by this invitation.”

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Martha flies the flag for Colchester at Winter Champs

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19 December 2018
Martha Duley represented Colchester Swimming Club at Swim England National Winter Championships 2018 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. The 2018 Championship took place from 14 – 16 December 2018.

Martha qualified to race across three backstroke distances and performed strongly, going close to her PB each time. In the 50m backstroke she recorded 28.99 (the fourth time that she has gone sub 29.00), in the 100m backstroke she registered a time of 1:02.28 (her third quickest time ever) and in the 200m backstroke she narrowly missed out on a PB to record 2:16.63 (her second fastest time ever).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The Swim England National Winter Championships is the biggest English swimming meet of the winter months, with Britain’s top senior swimmers often involved. After being held as a long course competition in 2017, this year’s Championships returned to the short course 25m format.”

Michelle concluded: “It is a huge achievement to qualify and have the opportunity to test yourself at national level. I’m very proud of Martha's performance and the consistency that she hits year-after-year in order to compete against the nation’s best.”

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National Arena Swimming League (London) – Premier Division: Round three

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18 December 2018
On Saturday 8 December Colchester Swimming Club competed in the third round of the National Arena Swimming League at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield.

Despite stiff competition from some of the region strongest swimmers, Colchester SC were in superb form and finished the evening in top spot with 270 points. There were some high-quality performances and the squad amassed 27 top three finishes as the points clocked-up.

The Boys 13/U relay team were once again in sensational form. Daniel Himsworth, Louis Walker, Alfie Francis and George Wallace took maximum points in the 4 x 50m Medley Relay (2:00.10) before storming to first place in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay (1:50.59). In addition to enjoying success in the relay, Alfie Francis won both the Boys 13/U 100m Breaststroke (1:11.73) and 100m Butterfly (1:04.48) as his winning-streak continued. Zak Troman won the Boys 10/11 Years 50m Breaststroke (40.37) and also set a new PB in the 50m Butterfly (33.66) and further PBs were recorded by Dan Himsworth in the 100m Backstroke (1:11.10), Syd Roberts in the 100m Freestyle (58.57) and Jack McCarthy in 50m Backstroke (39.69).

The girls were also in great form. In the 15/U 100m Backstroke, Asma Parker set a new PB to win (1:04.56) and was very close to breaking the magic minute mark in the 100m Freestyle. In the same age group Molly Young set a new PB to win the 100m Butterfly (1:07.89) and both girls continued their impressive evening as part of the 15/U 4 x 50m Medley Relay (along with Rebecca Girolami and Lucy Morgan) to race clear and finish in first place (2:03.67). Martha Duley was also triumphant in the Ladies Open 100m Backstroke and held-on to win in 1:04.40. Additonally, there were also a number of PBs: Ellie Duley in the 200 IM (2:26.27), Olivia Cartwright in the 50m Backstroke (37.10), Molly Grieve in the 100m Breaststroke (1:26.94) and Hannah Karlsson in the 50m Butterfly (36.95).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “The atmosphere was electric at times this evening and it was lovely to receive such great support and to hear our supporters in fine voice. I’m thrilled that we have managed to secure our status as one of the top 16 competing clubs in London's Premier Division once again this year. It was a really great team effort over the three rounds by the entire Arena League squad and all of the swimmers have a huge amount to be proud of.”

The final results

1. Colchester (270)
2. Chelsea & Westminster SC (265)
3. Romford Town (244)
4. Bishop Stortford (231)
5. Enfield Swim Squad A (213)
6. Harlow Penguins (197)
7. Leander (191)
8. Shiverers SC (176)

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Georgia Bleck, Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Hannah Karlsson, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Alexander Tinnion, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Sam shines on the national stage

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12 December 2018
Sam Whearty was in superb form at the National Para-Swimming Championship in Manchester.

The long course meet took place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December.

More than 220 para-swimmers took part including international medallists Eleanor Simmonds, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Eleanor Robinson and Thomas Hamer.

Fresh from Swim England’s East Region Short Course Championship in November, where Sam won bronze in both the 100m backstroke and the 100m breaststroke, Sam competed in the 50m and 100m freestyle, the 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

Sam performed exceptionally well to win the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke (1:50.43) and set a PB to win bronze in the 100m backstroke (1:28.10).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Everyone at the Club is exceptionally proud of Sam. He is a wonderful competitor and deserves his moment on the national stage.”

Sam was also privileged to attend a training session in Nottingham hosted by Ollie Hynds’ coach Glenn Smith on 9 December. As part of that day Sam spent some time hanging out with Oludaisi Adefisan who is on the British Swimming Podium Potential Program.

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Jingle Bells Gala sees Colchester in fine festive form

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07 December 2018
On Saturday 1 December Colchester SC competed in the Runnymede Jingle Bells Gala against swimmers from Borough of Southend, Halstead, Hornchurch, Runnymede, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

Colchester Swimming Club were in magnificent form in the level 3 meet, which was held at Basildon Sporting Village, and won 37 medals (12 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze), as well as recording a number of personal bests (PBs).

Team Coach Katie Holmes, said: “This gala represented a great opportunity for our swimmers to achieve the county qualification times before the end of year deadline. There were some great performances on the day in all of the 50m events as well as the 200m IM. The level of improvement in some of our swimmers is quite striking as their hard work in training is paying dividends.”

In the 200m IM, Hannah Karlsson (11) swam an impressive race to win gold (3:06.31) and Carys Westgarth (9) and Jessica Thomas (10) were also amongst the medals taking silver and bronze respectively. The boys were in medal-winning form as well, with Massimo Girolami winning gold (2:57.84) ahead of bronze-medallist Jack McCarthy in the 10 year old category. Further triumph came via Corey Hare (12) and Antonio Girolami (13) who both won silver medals.

There was further reason to celebrate in the 50m freestyle, where Colchester won six more medals in keenly-contested races. In the 13 year age group George Wallace raced home to win gold (28.10), just edging out William Easteal who came second. Colchester secured a one-two in the 14 year old and over category with Alexander Tinnion powering to first place (26.28) ahead of Joseph Guild who claimed the silver medal. Massimo Girolami took second spot in his age group and Keziah Cornish flew the flag for the girls winning another silver in 12 year old age group.

The 50m butterfly saw Carys Westgarth, Aila Manning and Massimo Girolami all win silver medals for Colchester. William Easteal put in a notable display to take the gold (31.89) in his age group, ahead of George Wallace who came third.

The medals kept coming in the 50m breaststroke. Christopher Thompson winning bronze in the 14 year old and over age group, George Wallace coming second in the 13 year old category to win a third medal and Massimo Girolami emerging victorious with a gold medal performance (45.09) against the 10 year olds. Aila Manning also added to her medal collection to win her age group (47.44). Sadie Rowe was in stunning form and achieved the regional qualification time to take gold (40.56) in the 11 year age group, with Hannah Karlsson taking third place. In a competitive 12 year old category, Sophie Baker came out on top to win gold (43.00) and Greta Goddard won bronze. Annie Bayliss added to Colchester’s collection with a bronze medal in the 14 year old and over age group.

The 50m backstroke saw Keziah Cornish fight-off stiff competition in the 12 year old category to win gold (36.29) and Gabrielle Cornish (10) was also in medal-winning form with a third place finish. Sadie Rowe’s good form continued as she claimed second spot and Lotti Talbot won bronze in the 14 year old and over age group. Alexander Tinnion raced clear to a first-place finish (30.18) in the 14 year old and over age group and Jack McCarthy (10) and Corey Hare (12) both won silver. Colchester boys claimed a sensational 1-2-3 in the 13 Yrs Age Group with Daniel Himsworth (32.03) holding off strong competition from William Easteal and George Wallace.

Colchester SC: Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Alanna Brosnan, Sandijs Cecins, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Greta Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Hannah Karlsson, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Gabriella Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, George Wallace and Carys Westgarth.

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National Arena Swimming League (London) – Premier Division: Round two

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17 November 2018
The second round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division took place at Luton Sports Village on Saturday 10 November.

It was a difficult night for Colchester SC’s swimmers as they competed against some of the very best swimmers in the region. However, despite a slow start the squad responded well to finish sixth on the night with 185 points.

For the boys Alfie Francis’ recent good form continued as he collected maximum points in both the 100m breaststroke (1:11.83) and 100m butterfly (1:05.46). Fresh on the back of his huge medal haul at Colchester’s Spooktacular Meet, Zak Troman raced to take first place in the 50m butterfly (34.77) and set a new PB to come second in 50m breaststroke (40.57). Once again the boys 13/U 4 x 50m freestyle relay team of Louis Walker, Daniel Himsworth, Mark Milburn and Alfie Francis left the rest of the field behind as they stormed to a first-place finish (1:52.60) and in the 100m freestyle Louis Walker put in a great swim to finish second (59.73). There were also a number of PBs registered: Massimo Girolami in the 50m freestyle (35.18), Jamie Coles in the 100m butterfly (1:05.67), Thomas Grieve in the 100m freestyle (54.39) and Syd Roberts in the 100m freestyle (59.22).

The girls also picked-up essential points for the team throughout the evening. Elinor Duley, who was recently crowned 50m butterfly regional champion, won the 100m butterfly (1:02.48). The event proved to be very lucrative for Colchester as Molly Young (1:08.84) and Charlotte Norman (1:12.09) both secured third place finishes in their age groups. Charlotte also came third in the 100m backstroke (1:07.96). Rebecca Girolami (1:20.59) replicated her success in the 100m breaststroke, as did the girls 15/U 4 x 50m Medley Relay of Molly Redgrave, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Young and Lucy Morgan (2:09.29). There were also a number of PBs: Olivia Cartwright in the 50m backstroke (3756), Sadie Rowe in the 50m breaststroke (42.72), Eloise Smart in the 100m breaststroke (1:30.33), Elinor Duley in the 100m freestyle (58.71) and Lucy Morgan in the 100m freestyle (1:02.73).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “We didn’t get off to a great start but the squad worked exceptionally hard to pull things back and received fantastic support from the crowd.“

The final results
1. Team Ipswich (343)
2. Bailsdon & Phoenix (288)
3. Ealing (253)
4. Teddington (220)
5. Bishop Stortford (186)
6. Colchester (185)
7. Shiverers (157)
8. Enfield (155)

Colchester will compete in the third round on 8 December at Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Georgia Bleck, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Hannah Karlsson, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Alexander Tinnion, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken and Molly Young.

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Colchester compete with the region’s best

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15 November 2018
Sixteen members of Colchester Swimming Club competed against the region’s best swimmers at Swim England’s East Region Short Course Championship on Friday 2 November – Sunday 4 November.

At the end of the weekend, held at Inspire Luton Sports Village, Colchester SC finished a very creditable 8th in the ’Top Club’ medals table with 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals.

There were a number of outstanding performances throughout the weekend. In the 50m backstroke Martha Duley and Asma Parker both qualified for the final, with Asma recording a new PB of 29.99 in her heat. In an exciting final Martha put in a silver medal-winning performance (29.33) and Asma came seventh (30.38).

In the 50m butterfly final Elinor Duley (28.10) raced home to be crowned regional champion and win the gold (and a lovely big cup).

Sam Whearty was also in medal-winning form and won bronze in both the 100m backstroke (with a new PB) and 100m breaststroke. He also set a new PB in the 400m freestyle which he swam with real confidence.

Olivia Norman qualified for the 200m backstroke final with a great PB (2.17.62) and finished a very creditable sixth in the final (2:20.04).

Thomas Grieve qualified for the 100m IM final with a new PB (1:00.40) and swam a very focused and determined race to take eighth place in the final (1:01.22).

Underlining their backstroke credentials, Martha Duley and Asma Parker both qualified for the 100m backstroke final, with Asma recording a new PB of 1:05.41 in her heat. In a superbly-contested final, where the top three positions were separated by a mere 0.08 seconds, Martha won the bronze medal (1:03.19).

In the 50m freestyle Martha Duley and Elinor Duley made the final, with Elinor holding-off the competition to win the silver medal (26.25) and Martha finishing in tied sixth place (26.85).

A number of other PBs were also recorded over the weekend with several swimmers recording life time bests: Rebecca Girolami (100m breaststroke, 1:16.45), Ciara Wookey (200m IM, 2:31.30 and 50 breaststroke, 35.98), Asma Parker (100m freestyle, 1.00.04; 50m butterfly, 29.41 and 200m backstroke, 2:24.71), Molly Redgrave (200m backstroke, 2.27.24) and Jamie Coles (50m breaststroke, 31.94 and 50m backstroke, 29.70).

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “I am exceptionally proud of all of our swimmers who competed at this year’s Region Short Course Championships. They represented the Club superbly, putting in some very creditable performances. Inevitably the competition gets harder as swimmers progress but this group are making great strides forward in their development.“

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Nicole Chandler (50m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m and 200m Individual Medley), Jamie Coles (50m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle), Elinor Duley (50m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle), Martha Duley (50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m Individual Medley), Alfie Francis (100m breaststroke), Rebecca Girolami (50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m and 200m Individual Medley), Thomas Grieve (50m breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley), Charlotte Norman (200m backstroke and 400m Individual Medley), Olivia Norman (200m backstroke), Asma Parker (50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle, 200m Individual Medley), Molly Redgrave (200m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley), Alexander Tinnion (50m and 100m backstroke), Louis Walker (50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle), Samuel Whearty (100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m and 400m freestyle), Ciara Wookey (50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 100m, 200m and 400m Individual Medley) and Molly Young (100m butterfly, 200m freestyle, 200m Individual Medley).

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Essex Mini League season hailed a success

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12 November 2018
Colchester SC competed in their final round of this year’s Essex Mini League at Clacton Leisure Centre on 3 November.

In a competitive evening Chelmsford (173 points) emerged victorious, closely followed by Brentwood (163 points) and Colchester (159 points), with Clacton (112 points) finishing in fourth.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager for Colchester SC, said: “The Essex Mini League provides a framework for competition between amateur swimming clubs within the county in a single division. It presents a great opportunity for swimmers to test themselves against the talented swimmers at other local clubs and perform as a team. I am very proud of the squad’s performance throughout the league season and really encouraged by the progress that so many of our young swimmers have made.”

There were a number of impressive individual displays to secure maximum points across all four strokes. In the 50m backstroke Massimo Girolami (42.43) and Nurayni Van Der Schyff (37.80) both won their races and in the 100m freestyle Antonio Girolami (1.08.99) and George Wallace (1.05.00), who was competing in the open age group for the first time, took the honours. In the 50m butterfly Mark Milburn (33.54) and Olivia Cartwright (43.23) finished ahead of the competition and Gaby Troman (51.38) took top spot in the 50m breaststroke.

As has been the pattern throughout this year’s mini league there were also some sensational team performances in the relay races throughout the age classifications.

Colchester won both the girls and boys 9 years 4x1 free relay. The girl’s team (Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gaby Troman, Freya Cowley and Leyla Corani) pulled out all the stops to win in 1.23.74, and the boys (Nik Baltsezak, Austin Brook, Raul Shrestha and George Scanlan) raced home in 1.18.34. Impressively the same group of boys also won the 4x1 medley relay (1.30.30). In the 13&U age group, both the girls (Amy Johnson, Lucy Toms, Nurayni Van Der Schyff and Keziah Cornish) and boys (Felix Szpakowski, Charlie Pryke, Hayden Chamberlain and Antonio Girolami) won their freestyle relays in 1.01.66 and 1.00.79 respectively. To cap a fine freestyle display the boys open 4x2x1 free relay team powered to a win (George Wallace, Owen Williams, Will Easteal and Mark Milburn) in 1.53.91.

Further relay success came in the girls 6x1 fly where Freya Cowley, Anjali Tuckwell, Olivia Cartwright, Keziah Cornish, Bronte Jordan and Ana–Victoria Anderson won in 1.48.26. Additionally, in the 6x1 breaststroke Freya Cowley, Emi Bilton, Amy Milburn, Lucy Toms, Bronte Jordan and Ana–Victoria Anderson registered another first place finish in 2.09.00. Not to be outdone the boys also triumphed in the 6x1 breaststroke relay in a great time of 2.02.79 (George Scanlan, Massimo Girolami, Zak Troman, Antonio Girolami, Mark Milburn and Will Easteal).

In the final race of the night, the mixed squad 10x1 free relay, Colchester secured one last victory to finish in 2.45.00 (Gaby Troman, George Scanlan, Gabby Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Amy Milburn, Zak Troman, Keziah Cornish, Felix Szpakowski, Ana–Victoria Anderson and Will Easteal).

Emma Jordan, concluded: “Our congratulations to Chelmsford on their win this evening and to all the swimmers who have helped make this year’s Essex Mini League such a success.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Ana–Victoria Anderson, Nik Baltsezak, Emi Bilton, Austin Brook, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Leyla Corani, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Freya Cowley, Will Easteal, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Roisin Higgins, Amy Johnson, Bronte Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Charlie Pryke, George Scanlan, Raul Shrestha, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Jessica Thomas, Lucy Toms, Gaby Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nurayni Van Der Schyff, George Wallace and Owen Williams.

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Spooktacular Halloween Meet

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08 November 2018
Swimmers from Colchester SC were in fantastic form as they competed against 10 other clubs at this year’s Colchester Spooktacular Halloween Meet held at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre on 27-28 October.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Overall the entire squad performed exceptionally well but it was a weekend for our youngsters to shine. I was particularly pleased to see some sensational performances by those swimming in the 12 year old and under categories with a number of medals, PBs and county times achieved.“

Zak Troman amassed a spectacular seven gold (50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m and 200m butterfly, 200m backstroke and the 200m IM) and three silver medals (50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle) in the 11 year old category. 9 year old George Scanlan also had a gala to remember taking home seven medals. George won gold in the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m IM, a silver in the 50m freestyle and a bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

Of the girls it was 11 year old Olivia Cartwright who put in a comprehensive performance winning both the 100m and 200m backstroke and coming third in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Throughout the age ranges there was a lot to celebrate. For the 9 year olds Freya Rose Crawley claimed gold in the 200m IM with a fantastic swim. Gabriella Troman won four medals, winning silver in the 200m IM, as well as the 100m and 200m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.

For the 10 year old boys there were medal-winning performances galore for both Jack McCarthy and Massimo Girolami. Jack was in spectacular form winning gold medals in all three butterfly races (50m, 100m and 200m) and also coming third in the 50m freestyle. Massimo demonstrated all-round ability by winning medals in all four strokes including two gold medals in the 50m breaststroke and 200m IM. He also came second in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 200m backstroke and added two bronzes to his medal-tally with third place finishes in the 100m backstroke and butterfly. Harrison Brook claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke with an impressive swim and third place finishes in the 200m IM and 200m backstroke. Alexander Cottrell won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke.

In the same age group the girls also put in a number of medal-winning performances to be proud of. Anjali Tuckwell won silver in the 50m butterfly and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke and Aila Manning came second in the 50m breaststroke. Additionally, Jessica Thomas picked-up a bronze in the 200m breaststroke.

There was plenty more to celebrate in the 11 year old category. Sadie Rowe won gold with a great swim in the 100m breaststroke and raced to a third place finish in the 50m freestyle. Amy Milburn came first in the gruelling 200m butterfly and third in the 200m breaststroke and Hannah Karlsson also claimed a bronze in the 50m butterfly.

The medals kept coming in the 12 year old age category. Corey Hare finished ahead of the field to claim gold in the 200m IM in impressive style and took third place in the 200m freestyle. Alfie Smart and Hayden Chamberlain won bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 200m breaststroke respectively. There was also gold medal success for Sophie Baker in the 200m butterfly and Keziah Cornish came second in both the 50m and 100m backstroke. Additionally, Amy Johnson came third in the 200m breaststroke and Paige Scott won the bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.

Michelle Young concluded: “The swimming schedule is particularly full at the moment but with the deadline for county times fast-approaching our home meet provided an excellent opportunity for swimmers to really push for those times. I’m delighted to see a number of swimmers smashed their PBs and made the qualification times. I would also like to thank all the volunteers and officials who helped to make the day such a success.”

81 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana–Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Olivia Cartwright, Sandijs Cecins, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Jude Farrow, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Niamh Higgins, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Rihanna Keep, Eoin Ledwidge, Luke Ledwidge, Olivia Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Ila Nicholson, Hannah O'Malley, Isaac Pavey, Saif Rahman, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, George Scanlan, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Charlotte Tree, Gabriella Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Olivia Vinter, Louis Walker, Ruby Watson, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Molly Young.

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Colchester’s magnificent seven at Essex Senior Winter Champs 2018

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30 October 2018
Swimmers representing 17 different clubs competed at the Essex Senior Winter Champs 2018 at Basildon Sporting Village on 20-21 October.

Colchester SC enjoyed a fantastic weekend and recorded 38 top 8 place finishes: including a magnificent 7 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronze medals. The fabulous collective performance meant that Colchester finished second in the ’Top Club’ league table with 163.5 points.

Charlotte Norman (5:1332) registered Colchester’s first medal of the weekend with a stunning swim to take the bronze in the 400m IM and teammate Ciara Wookey (5:26.49) finished seventh.

Thomas Grieve (1:00.75) put in a gold medal winning performance in the 100m IM with Jamie Coles (1:05.61) taking sixth place. Thomas took silver in the 50m breaststroke (30.33) recording a great PB to make the final. Further success came in the 50m freestyle (24.88) where Thomas came fourth, the 100m breaststroke (1:11.90) where he came seventh and an eighth place in the 50m butterfly (29.87).

Martha Duley had a sensational weekend winning four gold medals in total. Martha recorded her first gold medal in the 50m backstroke (29.45), with Ellie Duley (30.37) and Livi Norman (30.95) coming an impressive fourth and seventh respectively.

In the 200m backstroke Colchester claimed a remarkable 1-2-3 on the podium. Martha Duley (2:18.53) winning her second gold of the weekend, ahead of Charlotte Norman who recorded a tremendous PB (2:20.99) and Livi Norman (2:21.73).

Martha’s gold medal run continued in the 100m IM where she swam a great race to win in 1:06.89 with Ciara Wookey and Rebecca Girolami tying in eighth place (1:12.12). A fourth gold medal was won by Martha (1:03.54) in the 100m backstroke where Livi Norman (1:06.28) claimed fourth spot and Ellie Duley (1:08.93) came eighth.

Further gold medal success came in the 50m butterfly. Ellie Duley (28.34) recorded the fastest time with a lovely smooth swim, while Livi Norman (30.96) was placed sixth and Ciara Wookey (31.75) came seventh.

Colchester’s sixth gold medal, and Ellie Duley’s second, came in the 100m butterfly. Ellie winning in 1:04.96, finishing ahead of Livi Norman (1:08.98) who came sixth.

Ellie Duley also claimed a silver medal in the 50m freestyle (26.83) with Martha Duley (26.96) taking the bronze. The Duley sisters also scored top eight finishes in the 100m and 200m freestyle.

In the 200m butterfly Livi Norman (2:26.73) claimed her second bronze medal, finishing ahead of Charlotte Norman (2:33.37) and Ciara Wookey (2:37.48) who finished in seventh and eighth spot respectively.

Further top eight places were recorded by Charlotte Tree (9:43.02) who came sixth in the 800m freestyle and Alfie Francis (2:43.43) who recorded a great time and continued his recent progress to come eighth in the 200m breaststroke. In the 50m breaststroke Rebecca Girolami (35.20) finished sixth fastest and Martha Duley (37.94) took eighth position. In the 200m IM Charlotte Norman (2:31.21) came sixth and Molly Redgrave (2:33.62) finished eighth.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The gold medal performances from Martha and Ellie Duley, as well as Thomas Grieve, were sensational and Livi and Charlotte Norman were also in great form and continue to impress. They have all worked exceptionally hard and their medals are richly deserved”

Michelle continued: “All the swimmers performed really well and lots of new personal best times were recorded. Zoe Clegg produced a number of PBs in her races, showing a great new turn of speed, and Molly Redgrave and Joseph Guild also caught the eye with some notable performances. Our 13/14 yr old boys, Alfie Francis, Louis Walker and Syd Roberts, also produced lots of PBs and were in the top three in their age groups”

28 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, William Easteal, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Daniel Himsworth, Lucy Morgan, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Cole Scott, Eloise Smart, Christopher Thompson, Charlotte Tree, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Connor Wilken, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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National Arena Swimming League (London) – Premier Division: Round one

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30 October 2018
On Saturday 13 October 2018 Colchester Swimming Club competed in the opening round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division at Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford.

Having secured their Premier League status last year Colchester’s swimmers came-up against the very best clubs that the London region has to offer.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, explained: “This was the first of three rounds being held in October, November and December. Each Club is competing for their chance to swim against the best clubs in the country from all six leagues (East Midlands, London, North West, South, Western and West Midlands) at the finals in March 2019.”

The highlight of the meet from a Colchester-perspective was the double-winning boys 13/u relay team of Daniel Himsworth, Alfie Francis, Louis Walker and George Wallace who won both the 4x50m medley relay (2:04.11) and 4x50m freestyle relay (1:52.85) comfortably and take maximum points.

Alfie Francis was in good form and displayed great determination to secure a win in the 100m breaststroke (1:11.97) and second in the 100m butterfly (1:07.44). In the 100m freestyle Louis Walker gained vital points with a third place finish (1:01.42) in a tightly-contested race and Kalaum Corani took third (1:15.26) in the 100m breaststroke boys 15/u. In the 10/11 boys category Zak Troman put in a great swim to finish second in the 50m breaststroke (40.34 a new PB) and he also registered a PB in the 50m butterfly (34.49). Further PBs were recorded by Tom Grieve in the 200m IM (2:16.26) and Jack McCarthy in the 50m backstroke (40.36).

The girls also had an impressive night. In the 100m backstroke Asma Parker claimed a well-deserved first in the girls 15/U (1:05.28), Charlotte Norman came second in the girls 13/U (1:07.48 a new PB) and Olivia Norman (1:05.94) came third in the ladies open category. In the 100m butterfly Elinor Duley (1:04.21) came third in a closely-contested finish in the ladies open category and Molly Young also came third (1:08.23) in the girls 15/u. Additionally, new PBs were recorded by Sadie Rowe in the 50m breaststroke (43.40) and Hannah Karlsson in the 50m freestyle (34.30).

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere with all of the supporters really getting behind their clubs. Our congratulations to Hatfield on coming first on the night.”

Ian concluded: “On a highly-competitive night every individual swimmer performed very well and contributed points to record a positive result. We can’t wait until the next round already!”

The final results

1. Hatfield (312)
2. Basildon & Phoenix (262)
3. Hillingdon (262)
4. Ealing (232)
5. City of St Albans (214)
6. Colchester (193)
7. Romford Town (173)
8. Shiverers (143)

The next round for Colchester will be held on 10 November at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Georgia Bleck, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Kai Cheng, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Elinor Duley, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Molly Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Hannah Karlsson, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Zak Troman, George Wallace, Louis Walker, Connor Wilken, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Talented trio selected for national development programme

22 September 2018
Congratulations to Alfie Francis, Charlotte Norman and Louis Walker who, following their great performances at this year’s Nationals, have been selected to attend Swim England’s National Development Programme for 2018.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, explained: “Swim England organises a series of development programmes that provide a pathway to support young swimmers in their quest to achieve senior international podium success.”

Michelle continued: “Swimmers are selected as a national cohort and have then been assigned to the National Development Programme in one of six areas across the country.”

The National Development Programme for Area 3 takes place in Peterborough on 22 September, 27 October and 1 December 2018.

Additionally, Alfie, Charlotte and Louis competed in Luton on Sunday 16 September to represent Essex in the Junior Inter-Counties team championships.

All three Colchester SC swimmers did well and Essex finished 2nd, just behind Suffolk. Alfie swam in 4x50m boys medley team and won the individual 100m breaststroke. Louis swam as part of the 4x50m mixed freestyle team and the 8x50m mixed freestyle, which came third. Finally, Charlotte was part of the winning 4x50m girls medley team.

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Relay success key to Mini League performance

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19 September 2018
On 8 September Colchester Swimming Club competed in the fourth round of the Essex Mini League at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre.

Southend took top spot (170 points) narrowly beating Rochford (166 points). Colchester came a close third (155 points) with Woodham Ferrers (92 points) and Romford (79 points) coming fourth and fifth respectively.

There were a number of notable impressive individual swims where maximum points were secured. Josh Bleck (46.16) and Mark Milburn (36.28) won their 50m backstroke races, and Massimo Girolami (41.40) and Hannah O’ Malley (36.01) also came first in the 50m butterfly. However, as has been the pattern throughout this year’s Mini League tournament, it was the relay races that saw Colchester really hit form.

In the 4X1 medley relay Gaby Troman, Sophie Ryan, Freya Cowley and Isabella Stratton-Thomsett came first in the 9 year old girls’ race (1.33.72) and Jude Leigh, Seth Belshaw, Nik Baltsezak and George Scalan took the honours in the equivalent boys’ race (1.33.31).

The points continued to add up as the girls 6X1 butterfly relay team took first place in 15518 (Freya Cowley, Anjali Tuckwell, Sadie Rowe, Keziah Cornish, Nuha Van Der Schyff and Ana–Victoria Anderson).

Colchester also won both the girls and boys 9 years 4x1 free relay. The girl’s team (Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Gaby Troman, Freya Cowley and Sophie Ryan) took the spoils in a time of 1.22.04, and the boys also came first in 1.2216 (Jude Leigh, Seth Belshaw, Nik Baltsezak and George Scalan).

Further relay success came in the girls 6X1 breaststroke (Sophie Ryan, Aila Manning, Sadie Rowe, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Anola Jordan and Ana–Victoria Anderson) who won in 2.11.85 and the girls 13&U 4x1 freestyle relay who registered a win in 1.03.47 (Amy Johnson, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Keziah Cornish and Hannah O’Malley).

One of the highlights of a competitive evening was the double-win in the 10&U 4x1 freestyle relay The girls (Gaby Troman, Aila Manning, Daisy Himsworth and Anjali Tuckwell) won their race in 1.15.85 and the boys won in a rapid 1.11.25 (Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse, Josh Bleck and Eoin Ledwidge).

Chloe Rudkin, Team Manager, said: “The team competed well and there was a good mix of impressive individual and team performances; particularly by our youngsters. Once again there was a fantastic atmosphere with team members and spectators cheering the swimmers on. Overall it was a very solid display so soon after returning from the summer break and I’m already looking forward to our final Mini League fixture at Clacton.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Ana–Victoria Anderson, Nik Baltsezak, Seth Belshaw, Josh Bleck, Harrison Brook, Hayden Chamberlain, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Freya Cowley, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Joseph Guild, Daisy Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Jude Leigh, Aila Manning, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Hannah O’Malley, Charlie Pryke, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, George Scanlan, Isabella Stratton-Thomsett, Felix Szpakowski, Gaby Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff and Elliot Whitehouse.

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International medal success for Simon

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16 September 2018
Simon Emm, representing Colchester Swimming Club and Great Britain, at this year’s European Masters Championships in Slovenia has added to his international medal tally.

Simon competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, as well as the 400m and 800m freestyle at The Kranj swimming pool complex (3 – 7 September). Although initially struggling to achieve his target times he came into his own as this week progressed.

The undoubted highlight of his week was in the 200m butterfly where Simon added a European Bronze medal to his World Bronze medal from last year. Simon said: “It was a tough week and the competition was fierce. It was a real pleasure to be part of such a great occasion and I’m delighted to come away with a medal.”

Simon finished the week with the 3km and 5km open water races which took place on 8 – 9 September in Lake Bled where he came 13th and 16th respectively.

For the first time in its history the European Masters Championships welcomed the continent’s top Masters’ athletes in all five disciplines (water polo, diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and open water).

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Colchester sign-off season in style

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11 August 2018
Swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club were once again in superb shape as they came away with three silver medals at Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year.

Competing at The National Summer Meet, which took place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield between 31 July – 4 August, the squad put in a number of high–quality performances in this extremely competitive gala.

There were several highlights on day one which saw Sam Whearty take 15th place in the 100m freestyle MC and Alfie Francis, who was competing in his first national event, finish as the fastest 13 year old and take 13th place overall. Naythan Aung and Livi Norman, who had competed at this year’s British Summer Championships the week before, both made the finals of their events. Naythan finished 10th in the 100m breaststroke and recorded a new PB of 26.27 to finish 9th in the 50m freestyle and Livi finished 9th in the 400 IM with a season’s best time.

On day two Sam Whearty finished 17th in the 50m freestyle MC. Day three saw several other standout moments including Ellie Duley, who represented the Club at the recent British Summer Championships, finished 16th in the 50m backstroke. Naythan Aung, Livi Norman and Charlotte Norman all made the final of their 50m backstroke categories with strong swims. Charlotte finished in 8th place, Livi claimed 10th in her category with a PB and Naythan pulled out all the stops to win Colchester’s first medal of the meet with a silver–winning performance and a PB of 29.47.

The fourth day of competition saw further notable performances. Livi Norman made the final of the 200m butterfly and recorded another season’s best time but narrowly missed out on a medal to take 4th spot with a very determined swim. Rebecca Girolami, who was competing at her first nationals, and Naythan Aung both swam well in the 50m breaststroke. In the 100m backstroke Livi Norman came 12th in her age group and Asma Parker, another member of the squad who recently competed at the British Summer Championships, recorded a PB to finish 6th. Agonisingly, Charlotte Norman, just like her sister earlier in the day, came 4th despite recording a new PB with a very good performance. Colchester finally got that elusive second medal thanks to Ellie Duley who put in an astounding performance in the 100m freestyle final where she recorded a PB of 58:38 to take the silver medal.

On the final day Naythan Aung narrowly missed the 50m butterfly final to finish in 11th place. Asma Parker recorded a PB in the 200m backstroke heat and registered another PB to finish 7th in the final. However, the five day meet finished in dramatic style with Charlotte Norman registering a superb PB and taking the silver medal in the 200m backstroke with a breathtaking swim.

“To experience swimming at a national level competition is a massive learning curve for our younger swimmers and they all did the Club proud. I’m delighted that our season has finished on a high with some fantastic individual performances that are just reward for the early starts and the hours of training that these swimmers have put in.” concluded Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Colchester SC was represented by: Naythan Aung (50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 breast and 50 fly), Elinor Duley (100 free and 50 back), Alfie Francis (100 breast), Rebecca Girolami (50 breast), Charlotte Norman (50 back, 100 back and 200 back), Olivia Norman (50 back, 100 back, 200 fly and 400 IM), Asma Parker (100 back and 200 back) and Sam Whearty (50 free, 100 free, 400 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 IM).

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Open Water National Championships: an update

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10 August 2018
Following the recent report highlighting our swimmers’ excellent performances at The Open Water National Championships (29–30 July) the Club has received an update from Swim England.

The Open Water Manager has advised that regional results have been republished with 13/14 and 15/16 age groups instead of the original 13–16 age group.

This reclassification means that Charlotte Tree, who recorded a time of 43.04 in the 3km event, has been awarded the gold medal for the region in the 13/14 year old category.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Charlotte. She’s a very special talent and to win the regional gold medal at this prestigious event should fill her with confidence.”

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Open Water National Championships

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03 August 2018
Hot-on-the heels of the Club’s success at the British Summer Championships attention turned to the Swim England National Open Water Festival at Rother Valley in Sheffield on 29–30 July.

The Open Water National Championships brought together the country’s finest open water swimmers who competed for national honours in the Masters National Championships (Sunday 29 July) and the National Age Group Championships (Monday 30 July).

Following their success at the Regional Championships Rob Milburn and Simon Emm were first to go on the Sunday, competing in both the1.5km, and 3km events. With concerns over the swimmers safety due to high winds, the organisers decided to run one heat at a time. Rob, in the first heat dealt with the rough conditions well, and was lying in fourth position overall and winning his age category by two minutes Unfortunately at this point the race was cancelled. With winds reaching up to 40mph and with no guarantees that conditions would improve, the difficult decision was taken to abandon the remaining Masters’ races and the event was cancelled for only the second time in ten years Sadly, Simon did not get to swim.

On Monday it was the turn of both Charlotte Norman and Charlotte Tree, who had qualified for the event through their superb performances at the Regional Championships. Both displayed their prowess with very creditable performances.

Charlotte Norman was first off in the 2km event. The conditions were still tough and she used her determination and the experience learnt from last year’s race, to battle to forty fourth place overall, and a commendable nineteenth place in her age group, in a time of 28:51.

Charlotte Tree, was competing in the slightly longer 3km event, and with a strong field completed the course in 43.04, almost a minute faster than her qualifying time, to finish nineteenth in her age group.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Open-water swimming is a very different sport with a specific skillset and success in the pool doesn’t necessarily translate to the open water. Sadly the Masters National Championships were cancelled but Charlotte and Charlotte put in really good performances in very difficult conditions that they should be very proud of.“

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Dazzling display at British Summer Championships

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02 August 2018
Six Colchester SC swimmers competed against Britain’s best swimmers on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Summer Championships.

The Championships took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield from 24–29 July and Naythan Aung, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman and Asma Parker all represented Colchester Swimming Club at the prestigious event.

With the swimming competition period drawing to a close, the British Championships offered qualifiers the opportunity to compete at a high level event before taking a short recess to review and plan their future training programme with their coaches.

Fresh from her success at the Scottish Nationals Sophie Freeman got off to a great start producing a new best time in the 200m freestyle heats. In a closely-contested final Sophie achieved a new PB to take fourth place.

PBs continue to fall and Sophie took another two fourths off her best times in both the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle. However, with the medal podium in sight Sophie upped her game in the 200m and 50m butterfly. She took command from the start of both races to put in very determined swims and both British Championship titles whilst furthering her previous best times.

Sophie’s impressive display continued and she took fifth place in the 50m backstroke and fourth place in the 400m freestyle. Not put off by the 1500m freestyle she set yet another best to snatch the bronze medal and then finished on a high with a sparkling performance in the 100m butterfly for her third Championship gold medal.

Both Martha Duley and Ellie Duley displayed superb technical expertise and ability to raise their performance to a new level with PBs and finish in the top echelons of British swimming. Martha claimed ninth place in the 19 & overs 100m backstroke final, narrowly missed out on the 50m free and 200m backstroke finals and, after a tied time swim–off, produced a phenomenal 100m freestyle personal best, followed–up with a great performance in the 50m backstroke for that well–deserved podium silver place. Ellie continued to display great future potential claiming a fourth in the 50m butterfly final, just missing out on the final of the 50m free after an excellent display of sprinting ability, and securing a place in the 100m butterfly final at the end of the week, to finish 9th in the 17/18 age group.

To have qualified and competed in an event at this level is a significant achievement and Nathan Aung (100m backstroke) Olivier Norman (200m backstroke) and Asma Parker (50m butterfly and backstroke) all acquitted themselves exceptionally well, gaining valuable experience of high level competition with excellent performances to put them in good stead for future events.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “It has been a very successful Championship for the club. There is no magic formula for the results these athletes have achieved. They have embraced a seasoned period of regular hard training and their committed to it has been reflected in their superb portfolio of achievements Congratulations to them all.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added: “For a club of our size to have six swimmers compete at this level and finish 28th on the British Summer Championships medal table with three golds, one silver and two bronze medals is an outstanding result. We are exceptionally proud of all of our swimmers who represented the Club wonderfully.”

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Colchester’s red hot form continues

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31 July 2018
On 21 and 22 July, 27 members of Colchester SC competed at Basildon in the Level 3 End of Season LC Meet. Once again a number of PBs were recorded and medals won.

Elliot Whitehouse and Harrison Brook were particularly impressive in the 9 year old age category. Harrison recorded a number of notable PBs throughout the weekend and won gold in the 200m backstroke (3:24.82) and the 200m freestyle (3:00.26), as well as taking the silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 100m breaststroke. Elliot won medals in three backstroke races: taking the silver in the 200m and claiming bronze medals in both the 50m and 100m events. Elliot also registered a number of PBs throughout the weekend including a superb 7 second PB in the 100m freestyle.

The 10 year old boys were also in medal-winning from. Massimo Girolami recorded a number of PBs and won gold in the 400m freestyle (5:45.13), silver in the 200m IM, and bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as the 50m and 200m freestyle. In the 200m butterfly Jack McCarthy took the silver with an incredible performance (3:13.57).

Further medals came in the 11 year old girl category. Olivia Cartwright took silver in both the 50m and 200m backstroke, as well as bronze in the 100m backstroke. Additionally, Sadie Rowe won the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke. Both swimmers recorded PBs and secured county times. Rihanna Keep also swam well on her first gala coming first and second in her heats. Amy Johnson swam well in the 12 year old age group and got off to a cracking start with a whopping 16 second PB in the 400 freestyle.

Louis Walker was in superb form once again in the 13 year old category, winning two golds and two silvers. Louis’s gold medals came in the 50m Breaststroke (33.32) and 50m Butterfly (31.36), whereas the silvers came in the 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke. Antonio Girolami swam well throughout the weekend and recorded a number of PBs and Syd Roberts impressed with his 100m breaststroke in particular.

In the 14 Yrs/over age group, gold medals were won by Martha Duley in the 400m freestyle (4:29.17) and Molly Young in the 200m butterfly (2:30.99). Rebecca Girolami won silvers in the 50m freestyle, the 50m breaststroke and the 200m freestyle, and she came third in the 50m butterfly. Christopher Thompson gained a notable 11 second PB on his 200 breastroke as well as PBs in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

In the combined result - multi-disability category, Sam Whearty came first in the 50m Breaststroke (47.62) and 200m Backstroke (3:09.78), as well as coming second in the 100m backstroke.

Emma Jordan, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “Due to technical issues the meet was held as a short course meet rather than the advertised long course meet but our swimmers still put in some amazing displays.”

Emma concluded: “It was great to see so many PBs recorded and county times being achieved before the season break.”

27 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Annie Bayliss, Harrison Brook, Olivia Cartwright, Hayden Chamberlain, Martha Duley, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Joseph Guild, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Aila Manning, Jack McCarthy, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Evangeline Scott, Christopher Thompson, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Louis Walker, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse and Molly Young.

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Medals galore at Eastern Regional Open Water Championships

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27 July 2018
Almost 400 swimmers competed for honours at the Regional Open Water Championships (East region) on Sunday 22 July. Held in the Great Broad at Norwich’s Whitlingham Country Park, the races also doubled as the Essex County Championships.

Colchester Swimming Club had 13 swimmers competing across the four races (1km, 2km, 3km and 5km) and racked-up an impressive five regional, and twelve county medals. Following particularly impressive performances, Charlotte Tree and Charlotte Norman qualified for the National Open Water Championships for a second consecutive year.

In the 1km race Amy Milburn, in her first open water race, finished as the sixth fastest Essex swimmer in her age category, and Georgia Hinds-Dutton won the silver medal in her age category.

Charlotte Norman and Ruby Watson both swam the very competitive 2km event. In a nail-biting finish, with the top five places separated by only ten seconds, Charlotte came third in her age group by four tenths of a second and qualified for nationals. Ruby Watson finished a creditable sixteenth in her age group.

In the female 3km event, Charlotte Tree finished sixth overall and dominated her age group. Charlotte led from the start and won her category by two minutes to become Essex Champion and secure a place at the nationals as the top Essex swimmer. Katie Holmes, who was not far behind, won the gold medals in her category for both Essex and the Eastern region.

In the male 3km event Simon Emm pipped Rob Milburn at the finish by just one second; both taking gold medals for their age categories. Four minutes back Mark Milburn took fourth in his age category. Mark was followed in by Damian Navarrete who took second in his category and Connor Wilkin, having got tangled-up in one of the turning buoys, showed real determination to recover and finish fifth in his age category.

Ana Victoria Anderson took eleventh place overall in the female 5km event, winning the gold medal in her age category for Essex (finishing sixth in the region). Having recovered from his earlier 3km race, Simon Emm repeated his earlier feat to take both Regional and County gold medals in his age category and claim the overall men’s title for Essex. Recovering from a slow start, Isaac Pavey passed Rob Milburn in the last few hundred metres to take the gold medal, and finish as the fastest Essex male in his age category (and seventh in the region). Rob couldn’t quite match his 3km result but took the silver medal in his age category. However, Damian Navarrete went one better than his 3km event to win the bronze medal and Sam Milburn also took a silver medal in his age group.

The National Open Water Championships will take place at Rother Valley in Sheffield on 29 – 30 July.

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Sophie sparkles at Scottish Nationals

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24 July 2018
Sophie Freeman was in glittering form at this year’s Scottish National Open, winning gold in 100m butterfly, bronze in the 200m butterfly and silver in the relay team 4x100m IM (where Sophie swam the fly section).

In a hugely impressive display Sophie also made the A Final in the 50m butterfly (6th) and the 200m freestyle (10th). Additionally, she qualified for the B finals in 50m backstroke (1st), 200m backstroke (5th), the 50m freestyle (6th) and 100m freestyle (8th) and Sophie was also part of the team that narrowly missed out on a medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay (4th).

As well as the medals Sophie achieved a stunning five PBs: the 50m Freestyle (27.02), the 200m Freestyle (2:06.90), and the 50m Butterfly (27.92), the 100m Butterfly (1:01.20) and the 200m Butterfly (2:16.80).

Commenting on her scintillating display Sophie said: “Although I was the youngest in my finals, I felt quite relaxed. To come away with five PBs was completely unexpected, especially as the training ahead of nationals has been so tough.”

Sophie continued: “Competing in Glasgow provided me with the opportunity to experience being away from home and rooming with a team mate at a high level meet. It was great to have the support of East Regional team members and I am really proud of our relay success where we took the silver in the final race of the meet.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, added “Sophie’s 100m and 200m fly swims were absolutely amazing and the last length of both races showed true strength of character. At 14 she was the youngest in the finals by a long way and was swimming against some really tough competitors at this meet. She shone like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

“The growth in Sophie is so obvious but she remains so humble. She is currently the fastest 14 year old on rankings and holds the Junior East Region long course record for 100m Butterfly. Sophie is an outstanding young lady with a huge future ahead of her.” concluded Michelle.

The Scottish National Open 2018 was held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow between 28 June – 1 July.

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Swimmer of the Month

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21 July 2018
The month’s winners of ’swimmer of the month’ are Angelica Mason and Harrison Brook.

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “Both Angelica and Harrison have been working really hard to improve their strokes. They have attended clinics and display good sportsmanship and always work with a smile on their faces.”

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National Inter–County Swimming Team Championships

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20 July 2018
Four Colchester SC swimmers have been picked to represent the Essex Swimming Team at this year’s National Inter-County Championships.

Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Charlotte Norman and Louis Walker have been rewarded for some remarkable times this year and will compete at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Sunday 7 October.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club said: “Swimmers were selected on GB rankings and all four of our swimmers are in fantastic form. The County Team Champs is a spectacular sight. More than 900 swimmers compete from English counties and Scottish and Welsh regions, with races going on in two pools at the same time.”

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Midsummer Madness

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06 July 2018
On Sunday 25 June over 70 Colchester SC swimmers competed in the Colchester 5th Midsummer Madness Open Meet against swimmers from Borough of Southend, Borough of Redbridge, Clacton SC, Halstead, Harwich DP, Runnymede and Stanway.

Colchester Swimming Club were in sensational form in the level 3 meet and won a staggering 194 medals (72 gold, 67 silver and 55 bronze), as well as recording a number of personal bests (PBs).

Once again the Club’s youngsters showed that there is a bright future with a number of swimmers putting in great performances in the 9 year old category having trained incredibly well. Sophie Ryan won gold in the 100m breaststroke (2:02.95) and 50m breaststroke (54.65), with Naomi Sandercock taking the silver in the 50m breaststroke. The boys also won a number of gold medals: Elliot Whitehouse came first in the 50m backstroke (44.11) and 50m freestyle (37.34), Alexander Cottrell won gold in the 100m backstroke (1:40.52) and Harrison Brook took the honours in both the 50m butterfly (43.55) and 50m breaststroke (49.27). A number of other top three finishes were also secured with Jude Yaghmour winning silver in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, Harrison Brook taking the silver medal in both the 200m IM and 100m freestyle, and Alex Cottrell winning silver in the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, as well as collecting the bronze in the 200m IM.

There were also a number of medals in the 10 year old category, including Daisy Himsworth winning a bronze medal in the girls 200m freestyle. The swimmers particularly excelled in the 100m races. In the 100m breaststroke Massimo Girolami came first (1:45.07) with Jack McCarthy picking-up the bronze. Jack McCarthy took the gold in the 100m butterfly (1:27.44) and also won the silver in the 100m backstroke, where Eoin Ledwidge claimed bronze. In the 200m freestyle Massimo Girolami won gold (2:45.56 - PB) and Jack McCarthy took the silver. Massimo Girolami won further golds in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, as well as a silver in the 50m butterfly.

There were a number of other notable performances in the 200m freestyle with Zak Troman (2:27.01), Antonio Girolami (2:32.41 - PB), Owen Williams (2:27.91) and Captain, Thomas Grieve (2:02.32) all claiming gold in their respective age categories Additionally, Mark Milburn swam a PB of 2:21.45 to claim silver in the 13 year age group.

As well as their gold medal performances in the 200m freestyle, Zak Troman won five further gold medals (50m and 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke) and Antonio Girolami won three further golds (50m and 100m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly) and two silvers (50m and 100m freestyle). Owen Williams also won two further golds (100m backstroke and 200m IM) and a silver (50m butterfly).

The older girls also performed exceptionally well in the 200m freestyle with Colchester taking all three medals in the 13, 14 and 15 years and over categories. Georgia Bleck (2:28.60) came first, followed by Hannah O'Malley and Lotti Talbot for the 13 year olds. Lucy Morgan (2:20.03) took the honours for the 14 year olds, with Zoe Clegg and Lauren Himsworth taking silver and bronze respectively.

As well as taking gold in the 200m freestyle Lucy Morgan won two further golds (100m freestyle and 200m IM) and three silvers (100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke). Additionally, Zoe Clegg won two gold medals (100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle) and three further silvers (100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly) as well as a bronze (50m breaststroke).

Alfie Francis continued his fine recent from winning six golds (50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and the 200m IM) and a silver (50m freestyle) and Charlie Pryke won four golds (50m and 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m IM) as well as three silvers (50m and 100m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly).

Other swimmers that caught the eye included Molly Grieve, who recorded some great times and won a number of medals including gold in the 50m breaststroke (42.11) and 100m breaststroke (1:29.21). New club member Olivia Cartwright also won two gold medals in the 11 year old age group, winning the 50m backstroke (39.78) and 100m backstroke (1:22.43), and Alex Tinnion and Saif Rahman both secured double-gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Despite being one of the hottest days of the year, it was fantastic meet for our swimmers. It was particularly pleasing to see so many youngsters tackling the longer distances, as well as our teenagers enjoying the gala and competing in such great numbers. I would also like to thank all the Club members and their families, including the young officials, who helped to make the day possible.”

A full list of the results can be viewed here.

Representing Colchester SC were: Ana Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Olivia Cartwright, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, William Easteal, Daniel Few, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Niamh Higgins, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Olivia Horn, Marion Hubert, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Rihanna Keep, Luke Kelly, Eoin Ledwidge, Luke Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Samuel Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Stanley Newson, Charlotte Norman, Hannah O'Malley, Asma Parker, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Joshua Ramsamy, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Alexander Tinnion, Samuel Toon, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Camille Viel, Henry Warner, Samuel Whearty, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Jude Yaghmour.

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The Great East Swim

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03 July 2018
Colchester SC swimmers, masters, coaches and parents all took to the open water with thousands of other people in the Great East Swim, at Alton Water on Saturday 23 June 2018.

It is the tenth time the event has taken place with more than 2,000 swimmers taking part over a full range of swim distances from the beginner-focused Swim250 right through to the marathon 10KM distance.

In the half mile race 192 swimmers competed, including a number from Colchester Swimming Club. Charlotte Norman was fourth fastest overall (10m37s) ahead of Ana Victoria Anderson who came sixth. Niamh Higgins finished thirteenth, just two seconds ahead of Cole Scott in fourteenth place. Ruby Watson was not far behind them in a very respectable thirty-eighth place.

Club coach Katie Holmes finished fifth overall in the one mile race, wining her category in a time of 23m24s. Conor Wilken was just three minutes behind, taking fourth place in his category. A further six minutes behind Carolyn Hinds-Dutton was the first of the parents to finish, with Lorena Anderson and Sue Watson proving that whatever their children do, so can they.

In the two mile race, Jennie Stemp took the club honours finishing fourth overall, and first in her category, in a time of 49m38s. Emma Cook finished a few minutes later to come first in her category and Trevor Back, who finished just a few seconds later, took fourth in his age category. Stuart Mills and Wendy Martin finished a further five minutes later, taking third and fourth in their respective categories.

Julian Turner took on the 5KM distance finishing in 1h26m26s and taking second in his category.

In a repeat of last year’s 10KM marathon race Colchester SC took the top two places, Simon Emm finished first overall in an impressive 2h22m58s, with Rob Milburn finishing second.

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East Region Open-Water Development Camp

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25 June 2018
Charlotte Norman and Charlotte Tree attended a two-day Open-Water Development Camp, organised by the ASA, on 9–10 June.

The East Region camp included a pool skills session, a workshop and an open-water swim. Day one took place at Hertfordshire Sporting Village and swimmers learnt key open-water skills such as swimming on each other’s feet, rolling-over another swimmer’s legs to get the best line and how to efficiently swim around buoys. They also had land training and a lecture on open-water techniques and challenges. On the second day the swimmers were based at Stanborough Lakes where they practised their skills, before competing in a 2K race.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “I am very proud that the girls were selected for this training camp, they have gained lots of skills for their up and coming regional national qualifying race on 22 July. The girls have been training hard over the longer distances in the pool and in the lake, we wish them luck for all their open-water events ahead.”

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Masters trio take on the country’s finest

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20 June 2018
Hundreds of the best Masters swimmers from across the country took part in the British Masters Championships in Plymouth from 8 – 10 June 2018.

The British Masters Championships are the highlight of the Masters swimming domestic calendar and 714 swimmers aged between 18 and 80 competed in 47 different individual events. Taking on the best swimmers from around the country, and representing Colchester Swimming Club at Plymouth Life Centre, were Simon Emm, James Heathcote and Katie Holmes.

Simon Emm won five medals in total and won both the 100m and 200m butterfly. Despite being second in the 50m butterfly and 1500m freestyle Simon also recorded Eastern Region records and personal bests in both events. He also came third in the 400m freestyle and rounded-off a successful weekend with a personal best in the 100m freestyle.

James Heathcote and Katie Holmes also competed admirably. James swam three personal best times securing bronze medals in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke and Katie won the 200m breaststroke comfortably. Against some very good competition, Katie also came second in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

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Junior Inter-Counties Team Championships 2018

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19 June 2018

Alfie Francis, Charlotte Norman, Charlie Pryke, Louis Walker have all been selected to represent the Essex Swimming Team at this year’s Junior Inter-Counties Team Championships.

The Championships, which is contested by 10 – 13 year olds, will be held at Inspire: Luton Sports Village on Sunday 16 September.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club said: “The Junior Inter-Counties Champs is always a fun, colourful and competitive event played out in front of a packed house. Selection was made using GB rankings for long course times and it is wonderful that four of our swimmers have been picked to represent Essex. The ongoing commitment that they have all made to their sport is really paying off.”

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Eight Colchester SC swimmers to compete at Swim England National Summer Meet

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18 June 2018

Eight members of Colchester Swimming Club have qualified to swim at The National Summer Meet: Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year. This year’s meet will take place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 31 July – 4 August and the very best swimmers at English affiliated clubs who haven’t qualified for the British Swimming Summer Championships are invited to compete.

“The Club is rightly very proud of this group of swimmers. They have bags of ability and it is a tremendous accomplishment to compete at this level. The Club is blessed to have so many marvellous swimmers and four of them will also be competing at the British Summer Champs,“ said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

The following swimmers will represent Colchester SC in Sheffield: Naythan Aung (50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 breast and 50 fly), Elinor Duley (100 free and 50 back), Alfie Francis (100 breast), Rebecca Girolami (50 breast), Charlotte Norman (50 back, 100 back and 200 back), Olivia Norman (50 back, 100 back, 200 fly and 400 IM), Asma Parker (100 back and 200 back) and Sam Whearty (50 free, 100 free, 400 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 IM).

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British Summer Championships: six of the best

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17 June 2018

Six Colchester SC swimmers will compete against Britain’s best swimmers on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Summer Championships.

The Championships will take place across six days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 24–29 July and Naythan Aung (100 back), Elinor Duley (50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly), Martha Duley (50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 100 back and 200 back), Sophie Freeman (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM), Olivia Norman (200 back) and Asma Parker (50 back and 50 fly) will all represent Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the pinnacle of the National events calendar and only the very best swimmers are invited to compete based on national rankings. For a club of our size to have six swimmers compete at this level is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of the swimmers and our coaches. We are exceptionally proud of them all. ”

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Sensational swimmers continue their medal-winning form

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16 June 2018

On 3 June 45 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club competed in the Braintree & Bocking Spring Festival. In a competitive meet, Colchester took home an impressive tally of 56 medals (13 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze) and registered a number of personal bests (PBs).

Alfie Francis led the way with an inspiring performance winning seven medals (5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) and duly being awarded the ’top boy award’.

Once again Colchester’s youngsters performed admirably. In the 9 year old age group, Harrison Brook took gold (49.40) in the 50m breaststroke and Alexander Cottrell claimed bronze (52.96). Harrison also won silver in both the 50m freestyle (38.35) and 50m butterfly (46.74), as well as winning bronze in the 50m backstroke (45.16) to cap a fine individual display. Anjali Tuckwell continued her good recent form by winning silver in the 50m butterfly (41.24) and Gabrielle Cornish secured bronze in the 50m breaststroke (54.61). For the 10 year olds Lyla Belshaw won bronze in the 100m breaststroke and Aila Manning achieved the county time with a 2 second PB in the 50m breaststroke (49.46).

The girls were once again in fantastic form in the 11 year old age group. Sadie Rowe took the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke (44.59) and bronze in 100m breaststroke (1:39.77). Evie Scott (100m backstroke) and Isobel Easteal (50m backstroke) were both awarded silver medals with times of 1:29.26 and 41.21 respectively. Amy Milburn registered a number of PBs (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke) including a massive 19 second PB in the 100m freestyle. Keziah Cornish flew the flag for the 12 year olds winning three further medals: silver in the 50m backstroke (35.87) and bronze in both the 200m IM (2:58.01) and 100m backstroke (1:19.16).

The Club’s 13 year olds competed particularly well. For the girls Molly Redgrave was especially impressive winning two gold and three silvers. Her gold medal winning performances came in the 100m backstroke (1:11.02) and 200m freestyle (2:18.37) and her silver medal swims came in the 200m IM (2:36.33), 100m butterfly (1:18.16) and the 50m backstroke (34.06). Alanna Brosnan took bronze (41.43) in the 50m breaststroke with a 2 second PB achieving the county time. Alanna also achieved the county time in the 50m backstroke, whereas Hannah O’Malley smashed her PB in the 200 IM by 6 seconds.

The boys dominated their events in the 13 year age group. In the 50m breaststroke Colchester secured a spectacular 1-2-3 with Alfie Francis claiming the gold medal (34.45) ahead of Kalaum Corani (35.76) and Mark Milburn (38.54). In the 100m breaststroke Alfie (1:15.75) stormed ahead of the field to another gold medal finish ahead of second place Kalaum (1:19.72). The gold medals kept coming with Mark Milburn registering an impressive performance in the 200m freestyle (2:22.47). In the 100m freestyle Alfie Francis (1:06.00) won gold with Daniel Himsworth (1:08.54) taking the bronze. Alfie also took the bronze medal (29.22) in the 50m freestyle In the 200m IM Kalaum Corani finished ahead of the pack to take first place (2:34.24) registering a 6 second PB and achieving the county time: George Wallace (2:50.98) won the bronze. In the 50m butterfly Alfie Francis (31.31) came home first ahead of Kalaum Corani (32.09) and Alfie claimed gold in the 100m butterfly (1:08.53) with Kalaum securing bronze, registering a 5 second PB and achieving the county time (1:13.07). Four further medals came in the backstroke In the 50m event, Alfie Francis (35.20) finished narrowly ahead of Mark Milburn (35.67) to take silver and bronze respectively: Mark swimming a 2 second PB improving on his county time. In the 100m backstroke George Wallace (1:17.85) took second place ahead of teammate William Easteal who won the bronze medal (1:19.42).

Joseph Guild caught the eye in the 14 year old age group with silver medal swims in the 50m freestyle (27.91) and 50m butterfly (32.13) Joseph also came third in 100m freestyle (1:07.59) and 200m IM (2:5129). Further bronze medals were won by Christopher Thompson in the 50m breaststroke (36.26) and 50m backstroke (34.67), as well as Owen Williams in the 100m butterfly (1:24.18). For the girls, Suranna Tuckwell took the silver in the 200m IM (2:58.56).

In the 15 years and over category, Club Captain Ana Victoria Anderson led the way with two golds and two silvers; winning the 200m IM (2:40.91) and 200m freestyle (2:22.39) and taking the silver in 100m butterfly (1:20.18) and 100m freestyle (1:06.54). Annie Bayliss won bronze in the 100m backstroke (1:16.62). For the boys Connor Wilken picked-up two silver medals, registering a 16 second PB in the 200m freestyle (2:20.08) and a 9 second PB (whilst achieving the county time) in the 100m backstroke (1:09.43). Connor also won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke (37.92), achieving the county time.

Chloe Rudkin, Colchester SC Coach, said “Alfie Francis’ performance was very impressive and being named ’top boy’ is a fantastic accolade. There were so many incredible swims and it was wonderful to see our members cheering on their teammates. The team spirit displayed by the whole squad helped make the meet really special.”

Representing Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Emilia Bilton, Harrison Brook, Alanna Brosnan, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Alfie Francis, Joseph Guild, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Hannah Karlsson, Aila Manning, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Verhonaa Narayanasamy, Stanley Newson, Hannah O’Malley, Joshua Ramsamy, Molly Redgrave, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Cole Scott, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Lucy Toms, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, George Wallace, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Jude Yaghmour.

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Swimmer of the Month

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12 June 2018

The winners of the latest ’swimmer of the month’ are Charlotte Norman and Elliot Whitehouse.

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “The coaches selected Elliot for his attendance, attitude, great listening skills, always working hard and with the biggest smile.”

Michelle added: “Charlotte won this accolade for attendance, attitude to training, good attention to detail on the skill sets, resulting in brilliant recent race results.”


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Colchester finish top of the medal table at the Junior Regional Championships

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31 May 2018

Following the Senior Regional Championships earlier this month, it was the turn of Colchester Swimming Club’s Junior swimmers to take centre stage at Inspire Luton Sports Village 50m pool.

The Championships, which took place over the Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 May), provided three days of intensive competition and finished with Colchester topping the medal table.

Day one saw a contingent of 18 club members’ rise to the occasion with some exemplary swims, resulting in 15 final placings. Surpassing her best times, and in a class of her own, Sophie Freeman secured four Championship titles (200m IM, 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle) taking command of each race in the early stages. Charlotte Norman proved a tough competitor with a series of excellent results throughout the day to conclude in a closely-contested 200m backstroke final by touching home for gold with a new personal best, having earlier taken bronze in the 200m IM. Louis Walker looked sharp in his 50m freestyle final where he won the silver medal (agonisingly just three hundredths of a second behind the winner). Nathan Aung secured a well-deserved bronze in his 100m backstroke, fifth in the 50m butterfly and eighth in the 50m freestyle. Alfie Francis swam a superb 200m breaststroke for silver and also came fourth in the 50m fly. Mark Milburn 200m IM and Syd Roberts 100m freestyle both estabished new best long course times with very determined swims in their events. Other final placings were achieved by Mark Millburn and Zak Troman in the 200m breaststroke and Molly Grieve in the 200m butterfly.

The second day of competition saw the Colchester team maintain their excellent performance. There were some very admirable performances by Molly Grieve, Ciara Wookey and Lucy Morgan in the demanding 400m IM event with Charlotte Tree taking seventh place, Charlotte Norman fourth and Sophie Freeman the gold medal. Zak Troman was in good form swimming inside his best to make the final of the 200m IM then further raised his game with another PB to take bronze in the final. He also took a sixth in the 400m IM. Nathan Aung produced some consistently good performances to make the 100m freestyle, 200m IM and 100m breaststroke final taking bronze in the latter. Charlotte Norman swam a PB in her heat of the 100m backstroke to make the final and then pulled-out another best time to snatch the gold medal. Syd Roberts produced a new best to make the final in the 200m backstroke along with Louis Walker (100m freestyle), Ciara Wookey (50m butterfly), and Alfie Francis (100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke where he took the silver medal).

But Sophie Freeman was a force to be reckoned with, bringing home a string of golds (400m freestyle, 400m IM, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly) with superb command of all strokes. There were also some other very creditable performances and personal bests achieved by Molly Redgrave, Mark Millburn, Hayden Chamberlain, Antonio Girolami, Charlie Pryke, Daniel Himswoth, Kalaum Corani, Eloise Smart, Ila Nicholson, Keziah Cornish: for some it was their first experience of competition at this level.

The third day again started well for Colchester. Charlotte Tree, Charlotte Norman and Sophie Freeman taking on the 800m freestyle (with Sophie winning gold and Charlotte Norman taking bronze) and concluded with another set of finalists.

Sophie Freeman won a further three gold medals (100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke), Charlotte Norman claimed silver in the 50m backstroke, Louis Walker won silver in the 50m breaststroke with Alfie Francis taking the bronze medal. Ciara Wookey made the final of 100m butterfly (5th) and 50m breaststroke (6th) and Zak Troman came 7th in the 100m butterfly final.

Sophie Freeman proved to be the golden girl of the Championships and, incredibly, she remained unbeaten in all her events over the three days of competition. Sophie took the top female swimmer award with Charlotte Norman taking the bronze award in the age group category. Both swimmers had displayed an exemplary approach in their training leading up to this competition.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “Competing in an event at this level provided the team with the opportunity to assess their training and development and improve their national ranking prior to future selection. Each-and-every swimmer gave their best and represented the Club superbly. It was a real pleasure to witness such a dominant display with all members of the team exhibiting a determined and focused approach throughout the whole three days of competition.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “The whole squad’s performance was simply incredible. The coaching staff could not be prouder of all of our swimmers. We’re absolutely thrilled that after three days of intense competition Colchester SC finished top of the Luton medal table with 15 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals.”

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club in Luton: Naythan Aung, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Antonio Girolami, Molly Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Charlie Pryke, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Eloise Smart, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker and Ciara Wookey.

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Gladiators emerge victorious

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30 May 2018

A friendly gala was held at Halstead Leisure Centre on Saturday 19 May between Halstead Swimming Club and Colchester Swimming Club. Each club was represented by two teams (The Gladiators and Warriors for Colchester, and Emperor and Pingu for Halstead) resulting in club mates swimming against each other in an effort to claim maximum points.

There was a fantastic atmosphere on the night with both swimmers and spectators making the most of the occasion. In the pool Colchester Gladiators were in astonishing form and triumphed in 36 of the 46 races

Emma Jordan, Team Manager of Colchester Warriors, said: “The Warriors came third overall but that didn’t dampen their spirits. All were buzzing with excitement and our young swimmers, who were new to galas, swam so well.”

Team Manager of Colchester Gladiators, Lee Troman, added: “It was a great occasion. Despite the friendly atmosphere The Gladiators came to win Each member of the team contributed to the team's success and there were some very impressive times recorded.”

Final standings:
1. Colchester Gladiators (166 points)
2. Halstead Emperor (128 points)
3. Colchester Warriors (91 points)
4. Halstead Pingu (70 points)

Colchester Gladiators: Lyla Belshaw, Seth Belshaw, Harrison Brook, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Roisin Higgins, Jack McCarthy, Ila Nicholson, Charlie Pryke, Sadie Rowe, George Scanlan, Evie Scott, Gabby Troman, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Carys Westgarth and Elliot Whitehouse.

Colchester Warriors: Nik Baltsezak, Austin Brooks, Ava Brooks, Hayden Chamberlain, Alex Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, George Hayes, Amy Johnson, Hannah Karlson, Eoin Ledwidge, Holly McCarthy, Josh Ramsamy, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Jessica Thomas, Seb Tilley and Ralph Whitehouse.

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Norfolk County Masters Long Course Meet

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29 May 2018

On Saturday 19 May Colchester Masters competed at the Norfolk County Open long course meet.

The meet which was held at Norwich’s Sportspark pool saw Kat Marks, Simon Emm, Damian Navarrete and Rob Milburn take on swimmers from all over the Eastern region.

The team won an incredible 24 medals in total. Top swimmer was Simon Emm, who took five gold and two silver medals. Simon won the 200m butterfly overall and also set new Eastern region records in both the 400m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.

Damian Navarrete and Kat Marks both won three gold medals each amongst their haul of medals, while setting some personal best times. Additionally, Rob Milburn secured two gold medals, as well as winning the 200m breaststroke overall.

The next event for Colchester SC Masters is the 2018 British Masters Championships at Plymouth Life Centre in early June. Katie Holmes, James Heathcote and Simon Emm will be taking on the top Masters swimmers form around the country.

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Swim England East Region Inter County Swimming Competition 2018

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25 May 2018

Nine Colchester Swimming Club swimmers have been selected to represent the East Essex Team at the Inter County team competition at Sportspark, UEA, Norwich on 8 July.

Following their continued development throughout the year Naythan Aung, Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman, Rebecca Girolami, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Charlie Pryke and Ciara Wookey will all take their place alongside the Essex’s finest swimmers. Swimmers have been selected using long course times as of 13 May 2018 (age groups 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17+). Age as of 31 December 2018 from rankings.

“There is always a wonderful atmosphere at the Inter County galas as swimmers from competing clubs come together to represent their counties”, said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle added: “The Club has some tremendously talented swimmers and this recognition is very much deserved All nine swimmers have continued to work exceptionally hard and it’s wonderful to see their dedication reaping rewards.”

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East Swimming Long Course Championships 2018

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22 May 2018

13 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club made the grade to compete at this year’s Senior Regional Championships at UEA Sportspark Norwich.

The level 1 meet, which was held between 5-7 May, saw Colchester SC come away from the first weekend of this year’s regional championships having won 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The medal tally meant Colchester finished a creditable 8th place overall in the medal table.

Martha Duley (17 Yrs/Over) claimed two of Colchester’s three gold medals winning both the 100m backstroke (1:03.75) and 100m freestyle (58.29) events. She also took the silver in the 50m backstroke (30.06) and made the final of the 200m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Elinor Duley (17 Yrs/Over) won the 50m butterfly gold medal (27.95), a silver in the 100m butterfly (1:03.89) and a bronze in the 50m freestyle (27.05). Ellie also made the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle finals.

Olivia Norman (16 Yrs) won the silver medal (1:07.00) in the 100m backstroke.

Asma Parker (15 yrs) took the bronze in three events: 50m backstroke (31.28), 100m backstroke (1:08.02) and 200m backstroke (2:27.94). She also made the 100m freestyle, 200m IM and 50m butterfly finals.

Molly Young (15 Yrs) made the 100m and 200m butterfly final and Rebecca Girolami (15 Yrs) made the 50m and 100m breaststroke final.

Team Coach Katie Holmes, said: “As you would expect the standard was very high but the Club#8217s senior swimmers gave some fantastic performances. To come away with 10 regional championship medals is a marvellous achievement.“

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club in Norwich: Nicole Chandler, Jamie Coles, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Rebecca Girolami, Thomas Grieve, Katie Holmes, Amber Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Nicholas Mitchell, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker and Molly Young.

Additionally, for the first time, a long distance event was added to the Regional Long Course Championships. The 1,500m event was held at Basildon on 19 May and in the 14 age group, Sophie Freeman took the gold medal with an incredible time of 17:41.17 and Charlotte Tree came a very respectable 4th (18.:54.72). Charlotte Norman secured 5th place with a commendable time of 19:19.96 in 13 yrs age group.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “All three girls swam their hearts out as they attempted to improve their national ranking. They each came away with new pbs and their spirited swims are just reward for the devotion to training.“

The Junior Regional Championships take place on 26-28 May at Inspire Luton Sports Village.

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Colchester dominates Essex Mini League meet

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21 May 2018

The third round of the Essex Mini League took place on 13 May at the Aqua Centre in Brentwood and Colchester Swimming Clubs’ youngsters were back to their best.

Colchester claimed top spot with a whopping 191 points comfortably beating Rochford (164), Harlow (124), Maldon (117) and Brentwood (112).

Hannah Karlson got the team off to the perfect start by winning the 50m backstroke (11&U) in 42.31. Two further first place finishes quickly followed with success coming in the 4X1 medley relay with Gabby Troman, Emi Bilton, Gabby Cornish and Naomi Sandercock taking the 9 year old girls’ race and Stanley Newson, Alex Cottrell, Elliot Whitehouse and Seth Belshaw taking the honours in the equivalent boys’ race.

Another double came in the 10&U 50m breaststroke with Roisin Higgins (50.31) and Eoin Ledwidge (50.25) both winning in fine style. The first places continued at pace and Annie Bayliss (36.75 in the girls open back 50m), Keziah Cornish (44.82 in the girls 13&U 50m breaststroke) and Dan Himsworth (42.62 in the boys 13&U 50m breaststroke) all secured winning times.

Amazingly the points kept stacking up with Mark Milburn (boys 13&U 50m backstroke - 36.37), Anjali Tuckwell (girls 10&U 25m butterfly - 18.06), Harrison Brook (boys 10&U 25m butterfly - 20.06), Paige Scott (girls 11&U 50m butterfly - 40.50) and Isaac Pavey (boys open 50m breaststroke - 38.88) all taking maximum points.

As in the previous rounds there were also a number of sensational relay races and watching Brontë Jordan and Isaac Pavey coming up from the rear to take maximum points was particularly impressive. Colchester SC took first place in girls 6X1 butterfly (1.48.62), 9 years 4X1 freestyle (1.19.75 girls; 1.18.25 boys), 6X1 breaststroke (2.08.43 girls; 2.01.94 boys) and 10&U 4X1 freestyle (1.13.25 girls; 1.11.00 boys). The night finished fittingly with Colchester taking first place in the mixed squad 10X1 freestyle relay (9, 10, 11, 13, open) in a time of 2.40.87.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The team was faultless. It was a magnificent meet with a number of fantastic individual and relay performances from both our younger and older squad members. The whole team performed amazingly and should be very confident going into our next fixture.”

The victorious Colchester SC squad featured: Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Seth Belshaw, Emi Bilton, Harrison Brook, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlson, Eoin Ledwidge, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Sam Milburn, Stanley Newson, Hannah O’Malley, Isaac Pavey, Henry Proud, Saif Rahman, Josh Ramsamy, Naomi Sandercock, Paige Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Gabby Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Elliot Whitehouse and Owen Williams.

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PBs and medals galore at Halstead

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Halstead April 2018

10 May 2018

On 15 April Colchester Swimming Club competed against a number of local swimming clubs at Halstead’s 9th Short Course Open Meet at Braintree Swimming & Fitness Centre. Once again the squad performed admirably both in terms of medals and achieving personal bests (pbs).

The club’s youngsters competed particularly well with Massimo Girolami taking the 9 year old top boy award. Massimo achieved 1st place in the 200m freestyle (with a 14 second pb) and 50m breaststroke, as well as 2nd place in the 100m IM, 50m freestyle (with a 15 second pb), 50m butterfly, and a 3rd place in the 50m backstroke. Alongside Massimo, Harrison Brook took the silver in the 50m breaststroke (pb) and bronze in the 100m IM (with a huge 21 second pb). Anjali Tuckwell took the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke (pb) and the bronze in the 100m IM and 50m butterfly (pb). She also achieved a pb in the 50m backstroke. Isaac Farrugia achieved a second place finish in the 50m and 100m butterfly and took third place in the 200m freestyle in the 10 year olds category.

The girls were in great form in the 11 year old age group. Sadie Rowe took the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke, the silver medal in the 50m butterfly (with a 6 second pb) and achieved a further pb in the 100m freestyle in her three races. Sophie Baker also claimed gold in the 200m freestyle (pb), silver in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and bronze in the 50m breaststroke, additionally she achieved pbs in 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke. Evie Scott was awarded the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle (with a 15 second pb) and recorded a pb in the 100m breaststroke. Isobel Easteal won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly and registered a pb in the 50m backstroke.

There was further success in the 12 year old category where Daniel Himsworth took the gold medal in the 50m backstroke (pb) and silver in the 50m freestyle. Felix Szpakowski won silver in the 200m freestyle (8 second pb) and took the bronze in the 100m butterfly (pb); he also registered further pbs in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Antonio Girolami came second in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and achieved further pbs in the 50m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle. Ruby Chalmers had a great meet winning bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and 50m freestyle; she also registered pbs in 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle.

Lotti Talbot took the gold medal in the 100m backstroke (pb) in the 13 year age category and picked-up a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke (pb); she also recorded two further pbs in the 50m and 100m butterfly. Hannah O’Malley won the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke (pb) and registered two further pbs in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke. George Wallace took the bronze medal in the 50m backstroke (pb) as well as recording pbs in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. William Easteal won bronze in both the 50m and 200m freestyle and achieved pbs in all four 50m disciplines.

All of the Club’s 14 year olds competed well. Christopher Thompson had an excellent meet taking the gold medal in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke with new pbs. He also won the silver medal in the 50m backstroke (pb) and recorded further pbs in 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m butterfly. Additionally, Joseph Guild had a great meet achieving first place in both the 50m backstroke (pb) and 50m freestyle (pb) as well as taking second place in the 100m backstroke (pb) and registering further pbs in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Sam Toon won the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke (pb) and registered two further pbs in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Cole Scott won the gold medal in the 50m butterfly (pb) and recorded a further pb in the 50m freestyle. Owen Williams won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle and a silver in the 100m butterfly.

In the girls 15 year age group, Niamh Higgins had an excellent meet, winning the gold medal in the 50m (pb) and 100m butterfly, as well as the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle. Niamh also won silver in the 50m freestyle (pb) and 50m backstroke (pb). Sophie Talbot came second in the 100m backstroke and third in the 50m backstroke. Nuha Van Der Schyff took bronze in the 100m backstroke and recorded a pb in the 100m butterfly. Ruby Watson won the bronze medal in the 100m IM and recorded pbs in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

In the 16 plus category, Alexander Tinnion won gold in the 100m backstroke and bronze in both the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Isaac Pavey also won bronze in the 50m and 100m butterfly and registered two further pbs in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

Sue Watson, Team Manager on the day, said “There were a number of swimmers that caught the eye. The hard work that they are all putting in during their training sessions is certainly paying off. Massimo Girolami being named ’top boy’ was a wonderful achievement. It was also fantastic to see Christopher Thompson pick-up four medals and record a pb in each of his races and Niamh Higgins win four gold medals and two silver medals while smashing several pbs.”

The following swimmers also represented Colchester SC (pbs highlighted where achieved): Samuel Bentley, Georgia Bleck (50m backstroke and butterfly), Joshua Bleck (100m freestyle), Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish (50m freestyle and butterfly), Roisin Higgins (all four 50m disciplines), Daisy Himsworth (100m butterfly), Amy Johnson (50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke), Paige Scott (100m breaststroke), Lucy Toms (50m backstroke and freestyle, 100m breaststroke and butterfly), Suranna Tuckwell (50m and 100m backstroke) and Elliot Whitehouse (50m backstroke and freestyle and 200m freestyle).

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Swimmers shine at iconic London Aquatic Centre

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03 May 2018

A team of 29, mainly senior swimmers, from Colchester Swimming Club competed in a Level 1 National Qualifying Meet at the London Aquatic Centre on 14-15 April.

All of the swimmers were aiming to achieve or improve their regional championship qualifying times as well as enhance their positions within the ASA national rankings ahead of the summer championships.

Once again the squad excelled and over the weekend the swimmers achieved 34 personal best times (PBs), including 14 regional times. In addition to some exceptional times they also came away with 13 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Each member of the squad acquitted themselves very well, competing against swimmers from clubs throughout Essex, the London Region and from around the country. However, standout performances came from Zak Troman, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman and Charlotte Norman. Zak gained 5 new regional times and won 3 gold and 2 silver medals; Alfie set 3 PBs and 2 new regional times winning 4 silver and 1 bronze medal; Sophie continued her fine form, winning a further 4 gold medals; and Charlotte gained 3 impressive gold medals as well as swimming superb races in impressive PBs for her 100m back and fly.

Medals were also won by Asma Parker (2 gold, 1 bronze), Nick Mitchell (1 gold), Ciara Wookey (2 silver, 1 bronze), Olivia Norman (1 silver, 2 bronze), Jamie Coles (1 bronze), Rebecca Girolami (1 bronze) and Charlotte Tree (1 bronze).

Saif Rahman, Syd Roberts and Kalaum Corani all achieved regional times and other PBs were achieved by Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Keziah Cornish, Isaac Farrugia, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, Anola Jordan, Molly Redgrave and Louis Walker.

Other swimmers who competed and performed very well at this high level meet were Annie Bayliss, Hayden Chamberlain, Nicole Chandler, Brontë Jordan, William Marsh, Lucy Morgan and Molly Young.

Team Coach Jeff Coles, said: “I was delighted with the team’s attitude to racing on the day and the swimmers’ commitment to give their best. What was exceptionally pleasing was to see the pleasure the swimmers derived from achieving some superb times which they regarded as far more important than actually winning medals. Each member of the squad showed a real desire to continually test themselves - both against a strong level of competition and the clock — which resulted in some incredible performances.”

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Colchester Masters strike gold

SoM March 2018

27 April 2018

Colchester swimmers were in action on Sunday 22 April at Newmarket Swimming Club’s 5th Masters Open Meet. Newmarket Swimming Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and hosted swimmers from around the region.

Representing Colchester Swimming Club at the meet were Damian Navarrete, Katie Holmes, Simon Emm, Sam Milburn, Rob Milburn and James Heathcote.

The team came home with 31 medals in total, 23 of which were gold. Colchester’s top swimmer was Damian, who carried on with his good form from earlier in the year, with five golds, two silvers and a bronze medal, across all the strokes. Simon Emm excelled once more in the butterfly and freestyle events, narrowly missing the regional record for the 100m butterfly, and scoring five gold medals from his five events. James also dominated his age group with some good times in preparation for the Norfolk masters meet next month.

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Swimmer of the month

SoM March 2018

17 April 2018

Each month we shine a light on two of our swimmers who have shown good attendance, sportsmanship, lane discipline, are motivated and show respect to the coaches and other swimmers.

The winners of the latest ’swimmer of the month’ were selected by the Club’s Captains and Vice Captains and have been revealed as Sadie Rowe (Young Potential) and Massimo Girolami (Young Potential).

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “Both swimmers have excelled in training, showing a very mature attitude to the tasks before them and have taken all of the skills of the training sets through to competitions producing some fabulous new personal best times”.

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Egg-splosive Easter action in Norwich

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09 April 2018

A team of 22 from Colchester Swimming Club spent the Easter weekend competing in the Norwich Long Course Open Meet in an effort to gain regional qualification and improve their national ranking.

In the breaststroke the boys swam brilliantly and picked up a number of medals. Massimo Girolami (10) claiming a gold (100m) and two bronze medals (50m and 200m), Zak Troman (11) winning a gold (200m) and a silver (100m) and Alfie Francis (13-14) taking a bronze in the 200m breaststroke.

A plethora of medals were won in the backstroke. Asma Parker (15-16) won silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m events and Keziah Cornish (12) took the silver (50m) and bronze (100m) in her age group. Martha Duley (17+) came first in both the 50m and 100m backstroke, as well as taking the bronze in the 200m race. In the 13-14 age group, Colchester took the gold and bronze medals due to fantastic swimming from Molly Redgrave and Lucy Morgan respectively In the boys 50m Zak Troman (11) claimed another bronze and Syd Roberts (13-14) took the silver. Syd also won the silver in the 100m event and a bronze in the 200m race.

Zak Troman (11) was amongst the medals again, this time winning the 50m butterfly boys event, and Syd Roberts (13-14) claimed his fourth medal with a silver medal. Alfie Francis secured his second bronze of the meet in the 100m butterfly. Following her success in the backstroke Asma Parker (15-16) secured another silver medal in the 50m butterfly. Elinor Duley (17+) claimed a golden double with victory in both the 50m and 100m races, and Molly Young won a silver in the gruelling 200m butterfly.

The freestyle also proved to be a fruitful event for Colchester SC. In the 100m girls race Martha and Elinor Duley (17+) came first and third to add to the medal tally; Elinor taking another gold medal in the 50m event. For the boys, Zak Troman (11) won gold in both the 200m and 400m events and Massimo Girolami took the bronze in the 50m sprint and gold in the 100m race.

Zak and Massimo also won gold in the 200m IM in their age group categories and Asma Parker capped a fine individual and team display by taking gold in the 15-16 age group 400m IM.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The team recorded some excellent results across the board; from the youngest swimmer in the ten year age group to the open category. The swimmers all performed very well and achieved a creditable bag of medals and final placings throughout the three days.”

Ian concluded: “There were a number of very determined swims and sparkling performances also came from Thomas Grieve, Louis Walker, Rebecca Girolami and Kai Cheng to take well deserved final placings and top seedings in their age group. Many members of the team rose to the occasion and swam inside their long course best to contribute to the Club achieving its final points result which saw Colchester finish in second place overall”.

The following swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Annie Bayliss, Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Kai Cheng, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, Samuel Whearty and Molly Young.

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Colchester celebrate St Patrick’s Day Meet in style

StPat Open Meet

06 April 2018

On Sunday 25 March Colchester Swimming Club’s St Patrick’s Day Meet was held at Leisure World. Colchester SC was represented by over 80 swimmers who competed against swimmers from Borough of Southend, Brentwood, Clacton, Colchester Phoenix, Dunmow Atlantis, Felixstowe, Harwich Dovercourt & Parkeston, Leighton Buzzard, Runnymeade and Stanway.

Emma Jordan, coach, said: “Once again there was some amazing swimming on display. However, for me the outstanding swimmer on the day was Tom Grieve. Tom has been working hard on his breaststroke in particular and boy did it show with gold medals in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke. He secured a massive 4 second pb on his 100m breaststroke and recorded a regional qualifier time of 1.10.42.”

Emma continued: ”There were also exceptional swims from Jamie Coles, who also recorded a regional time with a huge 3 sec pb, and Syd Roberts, who registered a 4 seconds pb on his 100m backstroke and is now tantalisingly close to breaking the one minute barrier for his 100m freestyle despite only being 13 years old.”

There were a number of other impressive displays throughout the day including Zac Troman, who won 10 gold medals in the 10 events in which he swam; Molly Young, who gained another gold medal and a further 2 secs pb on her 100m fly; Isobel Eastell who recorded an impressive 4 sec pb on her 100m fly; and Elliott Whitehouse, who was closely followed by Alexander Cottrell in 100m backstroke, who secured a pb to take the gold medal.

Further success came via Dan Himsworth in the 200m freestyle where he gained a wonderful 5 sec pb and registered a regional time, and Anjali Tuckwell clocked 42.41 for her 50m fly. Both swimmers taking home gold medals. There was also a gigantic pb (11 seconds) for Camille Viel in the 100m freestyle who also took 2 seconds of her best time in the 50m breaststroke.

Finally, the meet saw the very welcome return from injury for Kalaum Corani who gained a whopping 4 seconds pb on his 100m freestyle to take the silver and a fabulous swim in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 36.49. Anola Jordan, who has been unable to compete recently in butterfly, also took an enormous 5 seconds of her 50m fly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: ”It was another sensational meet for our swimmers. Their hard work and dedication is paying off. I would also like to thank the army of volunteers who helped to make the day possible.”

A full list of the results can be viewed here.

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Samuel Bentley, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Cecily Bradshaw, Harrison Brook, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Jamie Coles, Kalaum Corani, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Daniel Few, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Harry Graydon, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Joseph Guild, George Hayes, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Olivia Ledwidge, Aila Manning, Holly McCarthy, Suri McCrae, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Robert Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Stanley Newson, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Joshua Ramsamy, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Naomi Sandercock, Cole Scott, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Jessica Thomas, Christopher Thompson, Lottie Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Samuel Toon, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken, Owen Williams and Molly Young.

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Huge medal haul at Robin Deal Memorial Meet

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02 April 2018

Colchester Swimming Club travelled to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury on 10-11 March to compete in this year’s Robin Deal Memorial Meet against swimmers from Braintree, Co Cambridge, Felixstow, Hadleigh, Leiston, Sudbury and West Suffolk.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The Club had a sensational weekend winning a total of 223 medals (98 gold, 71 silver and 54 bronze). The confidence that the swimmers have gained from their recent success at the Essex Championships is clearly evident and the hunger and determination to make the qualification times again this year is shining through.”

The weekend started superbly for Colchester with a 1-2-3 in the boys’ 10 year old age group 400m IM. Zak Troman took the gold in a new PB of over 30 seconds with Isaac Farrugia and Jack McCarthy taking the silver and bronze. The event proved to be hugely successful for Colchester with Charlie Pryke (12) and Kai Cheng (13) also taking the gold medals in the next two races.

Clean sweeps continued to come and were achieved on a further eight occasions over the weekend. In the 50m Breaststroke Jack McCarthy took the gold in the 10 year old category with silver going to Joshua Bleck and the bronze to Isaac Farrugia and in the 12 year old category there was a 1-2-3 for Charlie Pryke, Antonio Girolami and Felix Szpakowski.

Further success came in the 15/16 age category for the boys in the 100m Backstroke with a 1-2-3 secured by Jamie Coles, Christopher Ashdown and Luke Ledwidge. There was another dominant Colchester display in the 200m Butterfly event with Ciara Wookey taking gold, ahead of Georgia Bleck (silver and 17 seconds PB) and Lottie Talbot (bronze) in the 13 year age group and a final clean sweep came in the 50m Butterfly boys 13 year age group with Alfie Francis finishing ahead of Saif Rahman and Mark Milburn (2 second PB).

There were a number of standout medal winning performances and the following swimmers all won five gold medals or more: Lucy Morgan (ten gold), Ciara Wookey (nine gold and three silver), Alfie Francis (eight gold and two silver), Massimo Girolami (seven gold and one silver), Jamie Coles (seven gold), Zak Troman (six gold), Sophie Baker (five gold, one silver and one bronze), Rebecca Girolami (five gold and two silver).

As well as a huge medal haul there were some sensational PBs achieved over the weekend. Henry Proud (6 seconds and a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke), Alfie Smart (3.5 seconds and silver medal in the 50m freestyle and 9 seconds and gold in the 100m freestyle), Lyla Belshaw (gold and 32 seconds in 400m IM), Daisy Himsworth (silver and 49 seconds in 400m IM), Elliot Whitehouse (40 seconds in 100m Freestyle), Daniel Himsworth (4 seconds and gold 100m backstroke), Sophie Talbot (23 seconds 200m butterfly), Antonio Girolami (14 seconds 200m breaststroke and bronze and 6 seconds 100m butterfly), Isaac Farrugia (silver and 27 seconds 400m freestyle and silver and 16 seconds 200m freestyle), Mark Milburn (silver and 30 second 400m freestyle), Amy Milburn (bronze and 15 seconds 200m backstroke and 5 seconds 50m butterfly), Brontë Jordan (11 seconds and gold 200m breaststroke) and Christopher Thompson (bronze and 13 seconds 200m IM).

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Christopher Ashdown, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Lyla Belshaw, Samuel Bentley, Emilia Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Harrison Brook, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alexander Cottrell, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Harry Graydon, Molly Grieve, Joseph Guild, George Hayes, Niamh Higgins, Roisin Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Eoin Ledwidge, Luke Ledwidge, Olivia Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Suri McCrae, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Lucy Morgan, Stanley Newson, Charlotte Norman, Hannah O'Malley, Henry Proud, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Evangeline Scott, Alfie Smart, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Alexander Tinnion, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Suranna Tuckwell, Camille Viel, Olivia Vinter, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Elliot Whitehouse and Ciara Wookey.

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Colchester duo selected for World Class Development Day

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28 March 2018

Sophie Freeman and Livi Norman have been selected for Swim England East Region’s first World Class Development Day following a phenomenal year for both swimmers.

A total of 60 athletes have been handpicked for the course which takes place on 11 April at Hertfordshire University The day will incorporate four sessions for parents, athletes and coaches and will be delivered by staff from England Camps, GB Olympic Team Coaches as well as talks from a triple Olympic swimmer.

Sophie has made the sporting headlines on a number of occasions in recent months. Earlier this month she made the junior finals for both 50m and 100m butterfly (14-17 years age group) at the British Championships. She also qualified for the open age B final where she finished 7th despite being the youngest finalist at only 14. However, the most sensational accolade to date was when Sophie set a British record in the 13 year old age group with a time of 27.97 in the 50m butterfly in December.

Livi, who is one of the Vice Captains at Colchester Swimming Club, also competed at the British Championships having achieved the standard in six events. Livi qualified for the 200m backstroke final at British Summer Championships 2017 and won silver medals in the 200m IM and 400m IM at the Swim England Summer Meet 2017. She is also the reigning Essex Champion in the 50m and 100m fly, 50m and 100m backstroke and silver medallist in the 200m fly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “Swim England East Region are working closely with British Swimming’s World Class team to mirror the content that is delivered at the cutting edge of our sport.”

Michelle concluded: “I’m thrilled that two of the Club’s swimmers have been selected for this course. Sophie and Livi are both hugely talented and I am confident that they will greatly benefit from the World Class Development Day.”

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Youngsters show fighting spirit

Mini League Harlow 2018

21 March 2018

On 10 March Colchester Swimming Club swimmers travelled to Harlow for the second round of this year’s Essex Mini League. Despite a much depleted team, largely due to a scheduling clash with a gala at Sudbury, the swimmers performed really well and only finished 17 points behind the winning team from Witham.

In the third event of the night, the Girls 9yrs 4x1 Medley Relay, Gabby Troman, Angelica Mason, Naomi Sandercock and Leyla Corani recorded a time of 114.14 to finish 2nd. That result set the tone for a flurry of 2nd place finishes, including: Megan Palmer (Girls 10&U Back 50m), Josh Ramsamy (Boys 10&U Back 50m), Keara Hemsworth with a fantastic 5 second PB (Girls 13&U Free 100m) and Aila Manning (Girls 10&U Breast 50m).

George Wallace (Boys 13&U Free 100m) and Cole Scott (Boys Open Fly 50m) were both unfortunate to receive time faults for their sensational swims: George achieving a 5 second PB and Cole knocking an awesome 4 seconds of his previous best. However, it was Paige Scott (Girls 11&U Breast 50m) who registered Colchester’s opening victory of the night. Paige also won the Girls 11&U Fly 50m later that night.

As in the previous round there were a number of winning team performances in the relay races. First place was secured in both the Girls and Boys Open 4x2x1 Freestyle Relay, the Girls 6x1 Breaststroke Relay and the Girls 10&U 4x1 Free Relay (including Jessica Thomas, Angelica Mason and Aila Manning who were all competing in their first gala).

A number of individual performances also caught the eye, including Josh Ramsamy (Boys 10&U Free 50m), Amy Milburn (Girls 11&U Free 50m) and Kalaum Corani (Boys Open Back 50m) who all recorded PBs and maximum points. They were backed-up superbly by Sam Milburn (Boys Open Free 100m), Hayden Chamberlain (Boys 11&U Fly 50m), Anola Jordan (Girls Open Breast 50m) and Isaac Pavey (Boys Open Breast 50m).

At the end of the night Colchester finished a fighting third with 149 points, behind Witham (166 points) and Harlow (159 points) but comfortably ahead of South Woodham Ferrers (116 points).

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The Mini League provides a great opportunity for our younger swimmers to get their first taste of competitive swimming and Aila, Jessica, Angelica and Josh all did extremely well. I’d also like to give a special mention to both Leyla Corani and Lyle Whearty who agreed to swim at the eleventh hour to ensure we were able to compete.”

Michelle Young, Head Coach, concluded: “It was a tremendous team effort under testing circumstances but the swimmers all represented the Club brilliantly and we remained competitive. Well done to everyone and my particular thanks to team Milburn and team Jordan whose whole family turned out to swim, judge and manage the team.”

The Colchester SC squad featured: Allanah Brosnan, Hayden Chamberlain, Kalaum Corani, Leyla Corani, Keara Hemsworth, Amy Johnson, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Aila Manning, Angelica Mason, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Rob Milburn, Sam Milburn, Megan Palmer, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Josh Ramsamy, Naomi Sandercock, Cole Scott, Paige Scott, Jessica Thomas, Seb Tilley, Lucy Toms, Gabby Troman, George Wallace and Lyle Whearty.

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WATERPOLO: Colchester vs Hornchurch Seniors

Waterpolo: Colchester vs Hornchurch

20 March 2018

Colchester started the first quarter strongly but were guilty of missing numerous goal scoring opportunities. The Hornchurch goalkeeper Norman made plenty of saves and the frame of the goal was hit regularly. At the end of the first quarter Colchester led 3–2, with Hornchurch scoring 2 upon their rare foray into the Colchester area.

For the 2nd quarter Colchester were once again wasting scoring opportunities and it was not until halfway through the quarter that Colchester started to make those opportunities count and by the end of the quarter Colchester led 8–2.

In the 3rd quarter Hornchurch briefly threatened a comeback, but Colchester fielding a much younger team than their counterparts regained a strangle hold on the game to lead 12–4 by the end of the quarter.

In the 4th quarter Colchester shooting towards the deep end of the pool scored 3 goals in quick succession by Ben Chapman who was then rested so 14‑year old Adam Lecomber could have more game time. Adam will be pleased with his 2 goals scored tonight. One a cheeky lop into the far top corner of the net and the other following in on a rebound from a shot by his father and team Captain Simon Lecomber. With the older Hornchurch team tiring, Colchester ran out 18–5 winners.

2018 has seen 15‑year old Matthew Eaton acquit himself well in goal since taking over from the retired David Nicholson. But the player so far this year that has caught the eye is 17‑year old Ben Chapman. Who after playing regularly with the seniors for a couple of years now, is starting to look the part and has been the main goal scorer over the last few matches, including tonight’s match when he scored 6 goals. A good win by Colchester, but the score line could have been greater, if it was not for the Hornchurch goalkeeper making some good saves throughout the match and poor finishing in the early stages by Colchester.

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Essex Championships ends in style

Essex Champs 2018

17 March 2018

On 17/18 February Colchester Swimming Club competed in the final weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships at Basildon.

In the 400m IM 12 year’s age group Charlie Pryke came 6th with a new pb. Alfie Francis finished 4th with Mark Milburn in 8th place in the 13 years age group, both boys gaining new pbs. Kai Cheng came 4th in the 14 years age group with a new pb.

In the girls 400m freestyle, Charlotte Norman took the bronze medal in the 13 years age group, Sophie Freeman claimed another Essex title and the gold medal in the 14 years age group with Charlotte Tree coming in 5th position, all gaining new pbs. In the 15 years age group, Rebecca Girolami came 5th in a new pb, closely followed by Asma Parker in 7th place also gaining a new pb.

Elinor Duley became Essex champion in the 18/O 100m freestyle in a new pb. In the 15 year age group, Asma Parker claimed bronze with Rebecca Girolami and Molly Young coming in 5th and 6th with new pbs. In the 14 year age group Sophie Freeman finished in 1st place and took the gold medal in a new pb and Keziah Cornish finished in 8th position with a pb.

In the 100m breaststroke, Zak Troman claimed the bronze medal in the 10/11 year age group in a new pb. In the 12 year age group, Charlie Pryke also took bronze, finishing in 3rd place gaining a new pb. Alfie Francis and Louis Walker finished in 1st and 3rd place to take two further medals in the 100m breaststroke both gaining new pbs. In the 14 year age group, Naythan Aung became the Essex champion with a new pb.

In the boys 100m Backstroke, Isaac Pavey came 7th in the 16 years age group gaining a pb.

In the girls’ event, Charlotte Norman took the gold medal and title by winning the 13 years age group in a new pb, Sophie Freeman claimed a silver medal in the 14 years age group, also setting a new pb.

Asma Parker, Rebecca Girolami and Molly Young competed in the 15 years 200m IM, finishing in 2nd, 4th and 6th positions, with Rebecca and Molly gaining new pbs. Elinor Duley gained a pb and 1st place in the 18/O age group to claim another gold medal and Essex title.

In the 200m Freestyle, Zak Troman came 2nd to win the silver medal in the 10/11 year age group with a new pb. Alfie Francis finished in 4th position in the 13 year age group and Naythan Aung finished in 5th position, both gaining new pbs.

Nicholas Mitchell finished 2nd and claimed a silver medal in the Men’s 18/O 200m breaststroke gaining a new pb.

In the girls 200m backstroke, Charlotte Norman finished took the silver medal with a new pb in the 13 years age group. There was further success in the 14 year age group, with Sophie Freeman finishing in 2nd with Lucy Morgan in 7th with both girls gaining new pbs. Asma Parker also claimed silver and second place setting a new pb in the 15 year age group.

In the 18/O Men’s 100m Butterfly, Nic Mitchell finished in 8th position with a new pb.

In the 200m fly, Molly Young finished in 2nd position to claim the silver medal in the 15 year age group, setting a new pb. Olivia Norman and Abbie McCarthy finished 2nd and 6th in the 16 year age group and Elinor Duley set a new pb and finished in 1st place to take the Essex title and gold medal in the 18/O age group.

Zak Troman also competed in the 200m fly, finishing in 3rd place to claim a bronze medal in the 10/11 age group and in the 13 year age group, Alfie Francis finished in 5th place both; boys setting new pbs.

In the boys 200m IM, Zak Troman finished in 2nd place to claim the silver medal in the 10/11 year age group with a new pb Charlie Pryke finished in 8th position in the 12 year age group also with a pb. Alfie Francis took the bronze medal in the 13 year age group and in the 14 year age group Naythan Aung won silver with Kai Cheng finishing in 8th place, all three boys gaining new pbs.

In the girls 100m breaststroke, Elinor Duley finished in 4th position in the 18/O age group in a new pb. Rebecca Girolami and Asma Parker were in the 15 year age group and finished in 4th and 5th places, both girls setting new pbs.

Colchester swimmers also took part in a number of relays over the weekend. The 15yrs/over 200m Medley, ladies team consisted of Olivia Norman, Rebecca Girolami, Asma Parker and Elinor Duley who had a strong race finishing in 1st place and be crowned Essex champions. In the younger age group of 10/14, Charlotte Norman, Ciara Wookey, Sophie Freeman and Lucy Morgan fought hard to gain the silver.

In the boys 10/14yrs 200m freestyle team, Syd Roberts, Kai Cheng, Naythan Aung and Louis Walker finished in a very close 2nd position to take the silver medal.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “This year the standard achieved by our swimmers was astonishing. Although those winning the medals and titles tend to grab the headlines it was so encouraging to see how well our younger swimmers coped with the occasion. No doubt a number of them will go on to win medals in time.”

Katie added: “Overall Colchester came second in the Top Club rankings with 1,176 points and we also topped the Top Female rankings with Elinor Duley (18/OV) and Sophie Freeman (14) having sensational championships.”

46 swimmers represented Colchester SC: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Daniel Himsworth, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Charlie Pryke, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Alexander Tinnion, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, Samuel Whearty, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Essex Masters Championships 2018

Essex Masters Champs 2018

12 March 2018
On Saturday 3 March, whilst the swimming club’s younger stars were competing up in Edinburgh, the older generations were taking on the best of Essex and some swimmers from the surrounding counties at Essex Masters Championships. This included some of the top swimmers who were unable to travel to Edinburgh due to the weather.

In a hectic one day schedule, Katie Holmes, Simon Emm, Damian Navarrete, James Heathcote and Rob Milburn all competed for Colchester at Basildon’s Sporting Village.

The team took home a total haul of thirty three medals, with Katie coming a close second in the overall female category with four golds, and one silver medal. The team backed-up their good form from two weeks ago with some great times across a wide variety of events. Simon and Rob matched each other result-for-result with two golds, two silvers and three bronze medals each. James secured a gold, four silver, and three bronze medals, and Damian shook-off the injury from two weeks ago with three silver, and three bronze medals.

Unofficial team manager and chief cheerleader Amy said she was impressed with how fast some of the Masters were, and that Simon’s 50m Butterfly was nearly as fast as his 50m Freestyle. She hoped that none of them would hurt their necks with so many medals.

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Colchester SC’s young guns selected for Swim England’s County training programme

SE County Training Programme

12 March 2018
Following this year’s Essex County Champs, Seren Page, Isaac Farrugia and Zak Troman have been selected for this year’s Swim England County Training Programme.

The training programme has been set-up by Swim England and Essex to help develop, reward and recognise the top 18 performing male and female swimmers in the 11 year old age group.

“This is an amazing opportunity for three of our talented young swimmers. The course will include pool sessions, land training and workshops on nutrition, lifestyle organisation and effective stroke technique” said Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club.

Michelle added: “The programme, which will run on three individual days, is part of the Swim England’s long-term athlete development pathway and will be held in Chelmsford. It aims to develop key skills that swimmers can take back to their own clubs and incorporated into our home programme.”

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Colchester swimmers compete on the national stage

Nationals March 2018

07 March 2018
Despite the horrendous weather Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman and Livi Norman made their way up to the Edinburgh International Meet to represent Colchester Swimming Club on the national stage.

The meet, which took place between 1-4 March at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and incorporated this year’s British Swimming Championships, saw Colchester’s awesome foursome take on international swimmers and Olympians ahead of Gold Coast 2018.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “To have the opportunity to compete at national level and rub shoulders with these elite swimmers is a huge achievement. The girls all competed wonderfully and they should all be very proud of their achievements.”

Michelle added: “I know that many of our swimmers and their parents were cheering our girls on via the live stream.”

Ellie Duley, who qualified in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly, had good solid swims in the opening weekend of the summer champs qualifying window and recorded a top 20 finish in the 50m butterfly.

Martha Duley, who competed in six events, also performed well and narrowly missed out on the B final in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1.03.93.

Sophie Freeman, who qualified in seven events, made the junior finals for both 50m and 100m butterfly (14-17 years age group). She registered a PB in the 100m fly heats and qualified for the final finishing 4th overall with a PB of 1.02.37. Sophie also made the final of the 50m butterfly and finished 8th. However, Sophie’s outstanding performance came in the 200m fly where she recorded a great PB to take her into the open age B final where she finished 7th despite being the youngest finalist at only 14.

Livi Norman competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 200m butterfly and the 200m and 400m IM with a number of gutsy performances. The standout performance for Livi was her 50m backstroke where she achieved a time of 31.10; just two tenths off her PB.

Additionally, Laura Stephens, Plymouth Leander and Colchester SC member, continued her preparation for April’s Commonwealth Games in impressive style. Laura, who was untapered, had a very busy schedule with a total of 11 races (not including the 50 fly skins) and came 2nd in the 200 fly, establishing herself as the fastest English female swimmer for 200m butterfly.

Ian Johnson, President and Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, concluded: “Despite the extremely unpleasant weather it was a real pleasure to accompany Ellie, Martha, Sophie Freeman and Livi. The competition was a fantastic experience for our four girls and everyone connected with the Club is very proud of their performances.”

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East region open—water development camp

East Region Development Camp

06 March 2018
Charlotte Tree and Charlotte Norman have been invited to the East Region Open-Water Development Camp on 9/10 June.

The development camp, which is now in its third year, aims to provide open-water development to swimmers who qualified for the Swim England National Championships in 2017 in the 12 to 16 years age groups.

The two day camp includes a pool skills session, a workshop and an open-water swim: the pool-based day will take place at Hertfordshire Sporting Village and the lake-based day will be held at Stanborough Lakes.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “This is fantastic recognition for the hard work that Charlotte and Charlotte have put in. To be invited to regional camp is a huge achievement and demonstrates just how far they have both come.”

Michelle added: “Across the UK record numbers of swimmers are taking up open-water swimming and swimming in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans. It’s a very different sport with a specific skillset as it’s completely different to swimming in a pool due to the lack of lanes and less physical boundaries.”

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Sudbury Valentines Masters Meet

Masters Valentines Meet

02 March 2018
On Sunday 18 February, whilst the main club were competing at Basildon in the County championships, The Masters squad were in action at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury, racing against swimmers from around the region. This year there were no less than three British Records broken at the event (although sadly not by us)!

Damian Navarrete, Simon Emm, James Heathcote and Rob Milburn all posted some good results taking a medal haul of thirteen gold, and seven silver medals. There would have been more medals, but unfortunately Damian injured a muscle in his 100 Breaststroke race, but still finished in a new PB!

Simon continued to dominate his age group, but came up against a particularly strong Freestyle swimmer, that meant he had to make do with a couple of silver medals amongst his usual tally of golds.

James and Rob also put in some impressive swims, posting good times in preparation for the Essex Masters Championships at Basildon Sporting Village on Saturday 3 March.

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The CP Sport National Swimming Championships

Sam Whearty

26 February 2018
Samuel Whearty will be flying the flag for Colchester SC at this year’s CP Sport National Swimming Championships at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham.

This year the National Championships take place on Sunday 25 March 2018 and swimmers can enter a maximum of five events. Sam has elected to swim the 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The CP Sport National Swimming Championships are a friendly and competitive event that caters for the needs of all active cerebral palsy swimmers from club through to elite levels of ability. Sam is a wonderful competitor and continues to work hard to ensure he will have a tremendous Championships.”

If you would like to learn more about Cerebral Palsy Sport please visit www.cpsport.org.

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Swimmer of the month: February

Swimmer of the Month Feb18


















25 February 2018
The winners of the February ’swimmer of the month’ have been revealed as Keara Hemsworth (Young Potential) and Jack McCarthy (Potential).

Michelle Young, Head Coach, said: “We run the monthly award scheme to shine a light on two of our swimmers each month. All of the coaches have one vote for a boy and one vote for a girl. They can vote for anyone from any squad, any age, who they feel have shown good attendance, sportsmanship, lane discipline, are motivated and show respect to the coaches and other swimmers. This month Keara and Jack were our deserving winners as they shone out, embodying the qualities that the coaches are looking for. ”

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Colchester swimmers continue to shine at Essex Age Group Championships

Essex Champs 2018

20 February 2018
The second of the three Essex Age Group Championships weekends was held on 3/4 February and the Club’s swimmers continued to impress.

Day one saw a whopping 86 swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club descend upon the London Aquatic Centre to compete in the sprint events.

In the 50m butterfly. Elinor Duley took the gold and Martha Duley took the silver as Colchester dominated the 18/O category and further success came in the 14 years age group with Sophie Freeman (1st ) and Ciara Wookey (4th); with Ciara setting a new PB. In the 15 years age group Colchester swimmers’ Asma Parker (2nd), Niamh Higgins (3rd) and Molly Young (4th) fought a hard race and all set new PBs. In the 16 years age group Olivia Norman (1st) had a great race and Abbie McCarthy (4th) finished closely behind her, both recording new PBs.

Spencer Prior was crowned Essex Champion in the men’s 18/O 50m fly and Tom Grieve finished 7th as both posted new PBs. In the younger age groups, both Naythan Aung (4th)and Syd Roberts (8th) set new PBs in the 14 years final and Alfie Francis continued his good form in the 13 years final as he took the Essex title and team mate Louis Walker finished in 8th position; both with new PBs. There was further reason to celebrate in the 10/11 year age group with Zak Troman claiming the bronze medal and setting a new PB in the process.

In the 50m freestyle Elinor Duley took the silver in a new PB and was closely followed by her sister Martha who finished in 3rd place to take home the bronze medal. Asma Parker finished 4th in the 15yrs age group final gaining a new PB while Rebecca Girolami finished in 9th position. Olivia Norman achieved another PB and finished 5th in the 16 year age group. Sophie Freeman became Essex Champion and Lucy Morgan finished 6th; both gaining new PBs in the 14 years age group. In the 13 years age group, Charlotte Norman finished in 8th position, setting a new PB and in the 10/11 year age group Seren Page finished in 6th position gaining a new PB.

In the boy’s 50m freestyle Louis Walker took the gold medal and Essex title in the 13 year age group and Alfie Francis finished in 7th place, both setting new PBs. Naythan Aung finished in 2nd place to take the silver in a new PB in the boys 14 year age group and Jamie Coles finished 9th in a new PB in the 17 years age group.

Martha Duley and Elinor Duley finished 1st and 5th respectively in the 18/O 50m backstroke. In the 16 year age group, Olivia Norman continued her good form to take the gold medal and finish in 1st place in a new PB of 29.65 with Abbie McCarthy, Brontë Jordan and Amber Jordan finishing in 5th, 7th and 8th all gaining new PBs. In the 15 years age group Asma Parker became Essex Champion and gained a new PB and in the 14 years age group, Sophie Freeman (2nd), Lucy Morgan (5th) and Molly Redgrave (6th) all gained new PBs. In the 13 year age group, Charlotte Norman finished in 3rd positionto take the bronze medal with another PB. Keziah Cornish claimed the silver medal in the 12 years age group and Seren Page finished in 8th position in the 10/11 year age group, with further PBs.

In the boys event, Isaac Pavey finished in 9th position in the 16 years age group setting a new PB. In the 14 years age group Naythan Aung (2nd) and Kai Cheng (7th) competed well. Louis Walker finished in 10th position in the 13 years age group and Zak Troman finished in 5th position in the 10/11 year age group. All of the boys gained new PBs.

In the 50m breaststroke, Olivia Norman finished in 8th position in the 16 years age group setting a new PB. Rebecca Girolami took the silver medal with Asma Parker in 8th in the 15 years age group, both girls getting PBs. In the 14 years age group Ciara Wookey finished in a very close 2nd place to take the silver medal with Sophie Freeman finishing in 4th, both gaining new PBs. In the 13 year age group Charlotte Norman finished in 8th position with a new PB.

Jamie Coles finished in 4th place in the 17 years age group of the 50m breaststroke. Naythan Aung finished in 7th position with a new PB in the 14 years age group. In the 13 year age group Alfie Francis took gold and the Essex title with Louis Walker taking 5th place and both boys getting PBs. Charlie Pryke and Hayden Chamberlain competed in the 12 year age group finishing 2nd and 4th gaining new PBs. In the 10/11 year age group Zak Troman finished in 2nd position to claim the silver medal in a new PB.

Day two saw the 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle at Basildon. In the 800m girl’s event, Sophie Baker was Colchester’s first swimmer competing in the 12 years age group, finishing in 17th place, in a new PB. In the 13 year age group, Charlotte Norman finished in 6th position and Molly Grieve finished in 19th place both setting new PBs. Sophie Freeman continued her brilliant form finishing in 1st place tot take the gold medal and Essex title, she was followed by team mates Charlotte Tree (3rd), Ciara Wookey (13th) and Molly Redgrave (16th) all girls gaining new PBs. In the 15 year age group Rebecca Girolami set a new PB finishing in 7th position. Olivia Norman took the bronze medal in the 16 years age group setting a new PB. Martha and Elinor Duley were competing in the 18/O age group, finishing in 3rd and 5th position, with Elinor setting a new PB.

In the boys 1500m event, Alfie Francis and Mark Milburn were competing in the 13 year age group with Alfie finishing in 6th place and Mark finishing in 8th position, both boys gaining new PBs.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “For some of our younger swimmers this was the first time they had competed at the iconic London Aquatic Centre. All of our swimmers were magnificent. There were many PBs set and medals won over the weekend and several of our swimmers are now Essex champions!”

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Jasmin Bayliss, Alexandra Bell-Cobbold, Samuel Bentley, Georgia Bleck, Joshua Bleck, Alanna Brosnan, Ruby Chalmers, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Jamie Coles, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Isobel Easteal, William Easteal, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Joseph Guild, Niamh Higgins, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Olivia Horn, Samuel Horn, Amy Johnson, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Hannah Karlsson, Luke Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Suri McCrae, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Hannah O’Malley, Seren Page, Asma Parker, Isaac Pavey, Spencer Prior, Henry Proud, Charlie Pryke, Saif Rahman, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Evangeline Scott, Paige Scott, Eloise Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Christopher Thompson, Anita Tien, Alexander Tinnion, Lucy Toms, Samuel Toon, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Suranna Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Nur Ayni Van Der Schyff, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Ruby Watson, Samuel Whearty, Katie White, Owen Williams, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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Mini league opener goes down to the wire

19 February 2018
On 10 February the Essex Mini League season started at Colchester Leisure World with the home town club taking on Basildon, Canvey Island, Hornchurch and Saffron Seals.

The event started well for Colchester with Sadie Rowe and Isaac Farrugia both coming second in the 50m backstoke. However, it was the Boys 9yrs 4x1 Medley Relay Team, featuring Logan McCrae (competing in his first gala), Elliot Whitehouse, Harrison Brook and Alex Cottrell, that saw Colchester record their opening victory of the night.

Josh Bleck (Boys 10&U Back 50m), Mark Milburn (Boys 13&U Free 100m) and Harrison Brook (Boys 10&U Breast 50m) ensured the first places continued: with Harrison’s performance being even more incredible as he was competing in the 10 year age group despite still being 9.

There was further success in the relays, underlining the tremendous team spirit that has developed at the club. First place was secured in both the Girls and Boys Open 4X2X1 Freestyle Relay, the Girls 9YRS 4X1 Freestyle Relay (including Gabby Troman who was competing in her first gala), both the Girls and Boys 6X1 Breaststroke Relay (9yrs,10&U,11&U,13&U,2xOpen), the Boys 10&U 4X1 Freestyle Relay and both the Girls and Boys 13&U 4X1 Freestyle Relay.

Additionally, there were a number of fantastic individual displays which included Daisy Himsworth (Girls 10&U Free 50m), Olivia Vinter (Girls 11&U Free 50m), Joseph Guild (Boys Open Back 50m) and Antonio Girolami (Boys 13&U Breast 50m) who all recorded PBs and maximum points. Felix Szpakowski (Boys 13&U Back 50m), Lauren Himsworth (Girls Open Free 100m) and Kalaum Corani (BOYS Open Free 100m) all swam brilliantly to take the spoils in the respective events. They were backed up superbly by Massimo Girolami (BOYS 10&U Fly 25m) and Henry Proud (Boys 11&U Fly 50m).

The night came to a fitting close with Colchester victorious in the Mixed Squad 10X1 Free Relay (Boy & Girl 9,10,11,13,Open) which saw Gabby Cornish, Elliot Whitehouse, Sadie Rowe, Isaac Farrugia, Amy Johnson (who was returning from injury), Henry Proud, Georgia Bleck, Felix Szpakowski, Niamh Higgins and Isaac Pavey finish the night in style.

Emma Jordan, Team Manager, said: “The Mini League provides the ideal development opportunity for swimmers to represent their club throughout the season. As a team event it is a great way for some of the club’s youngest swimmers to get their first taste of competition.”

“There were a number of great swims this evening. Amy and Mark Milburn were both on fire and it was lovely to see Niamh Higgins break the 40 second barrier in the last breaststroke race of the night with a great PB,” concluded Emma.

At the end of the night Basildon emerged victorious (176 points), with Colchester a close second (163 points).

A huge thank you to all the swimmers and helpers who ensured our home meet was such a success.

The Colchester SC squad featured: Emi Bilton, Georgia Bleck, Josh Bleck, Harrison Brook, Allanah Brosnan, Kalaum Corani, Gabby Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alex Cottrell, Isaac Farrugia, Antonio Girolami, Massimo Girolami, Joseph Guild, Niamh Higgins, Daisy Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Amy Johnson, Anola Jordan, Eoin Ledwidge, Holly McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Logan McCrae, Suri McCrae, Amy Milburn, Mark Milburn, Isaac Pavey, Henry Proud, Sadie Rowe, Alfie Smart, Felix Szpakowski, Gabby Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Nuha Van Der Schyff, Olivia Vinter and Elliot Whitehouse.

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Introducing your Captains and Vice Captains for 2018

Club Captains

16 February 2018
Colchester Swimming Club has announced that Tom Grieve and Ana Victoria Anderson have been elected as this year’s Club Captains. Tom and Ana Victoria will be assisted by Nick Mitchell, Jamie Coles, Livi Norman and Abbie McCarthy, who have all been appointed Vice Captains.

Steve Redmond, Chair of Colchester Swimming Club, said: “On behalf of everyone at our Club I would like to offer my congratulations to Tom, Ana Victoria, Nick, Jamie, Livi and Abbie. I wish them all every success for the year ahead.”

Steve continued: “At Colchester the position of Club Captain is viewed as a pivotal role within the club: representing the views of the swimmers and contributing to the development of the club. They are all fantastic role models and I am sure they will all do a great job supporting the Club and leading our swimmers by example.”

Commenting on his appointment, Tom Grieve said: “I am exceptionally proud to have been re-elected as Captain. It’s a role that I have thoroughly enjoyed and I will continue to encourage our squad to train hard and strive for both personal achievements and team accolades.”

Ana Victoria Anderson, added: “Our swimming club is one of the most successful and highly regarded clubs in the region. I look forward to working alongside our swimmers, coaches and the Committee in strengthening our team further.”

Colchester Swimming Club Committee would like to thank Just Rubber Tyres and Nindy’s Fish Bar for kindly sponsoring the Captains’ shirts.

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Colchester’s fab four earn a place at 2018 British Swimming Championships

British Champs Qualifiers

14 February 2018
A quartet of Colchester SC swimmers have earnt the right to impress on the national stage after successfully qualifying for this year’s British Championships in Edinburgh.

Ellie Duley, Martha Duley, Sophie Freeman and Livi Norman will all represent Colchester Swimming Club at the Edinburgh International Meet in March to compete against the best swimmers in Britain.

Sophie Freeman (age 13) has qualified in seven events: the 50m,100m and 200m butterfly, the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 50m freestyle, whereas Livi Norman (age 15) has achieved the standard in six events: the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 200m butterfly and the 200m and 400m IM. Additionally, Ellie Duley (age 17) has qualified in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly and her sister, Martha Duley (age 18), will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.

Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “The British Championships are the highlight of the National events calendar; this event will be used for selection trials for the British team for the European Junior Championships. I am so proud that Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman, Ellie Duley and Martha Duley have all achieved the exceptionally tough qualifying times to swim at the event and will be swimming alongside Olympic Champions and finalists such as Adam Peaty, James Guy, Chris Walker- Hebbon, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Jazz Carlin, Molly Renshaw and Chloe Tutton.”

“Everyone at the Club is rightly very proud of their achievement. I’m delighted to say that Laura Stephens, Plymouth Leander and Colchester SC member, will also be competing as she continues to gear up for her first-ever Commonwealth Games appearance“, concluded Michelle.

This year’s British Championships will be incorporated into the Edinburgh International Swim Meet 2018 and takes place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 1‒4 March 2018.

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Swimmers off to a flying start at Essex Age Group Championships

Regional Qualifier

12 February 2018
On 20/21 January over 50 swimmers from Colchester Swimming Club competed in the first weekend of this year’s Essex Age Group Championships at Basildon.

In what proved to be a fantastic weekend, swimmers who had registered qualification times throughout the year, took on the best that the rest of the County had to offer.

In the 400m IM Charlotte Norman (5.07.51) and Sophie Freeman (5.28.24) both secured PBs to finish 1st in their age groups. Also with top eight placings were Charlotte Tree (4th), Ciara Wookey (7th) and Zak Troman (3rd) who recorded a huge 17 second PB of 5.29.37.

The boys 100m freestyle saw some strong swims from Alfie Francis (3rd), who registered a 3 second PB of 1.02.64, and Louis Walker (5th). Naythan Aung (5th), competing in the 14yr age group, went under the 1 minute barrier for the first time in 59.86 and in the 18/o age group Spencer Prior (7th ) recorded a PB of 56.68.

Further success came in the girls 100m backstroke final where Olivia Norman (1st) secured a PB of 1.06.14 and Amber Jordan (8th) recorded a PB in the heats of 1.10.43.

In the boys 100m backstroke Naythan Aung swam a great race to claim 1st place in 1.07.17. Kai Cheng finished closely behind him in 3rd place in 1.08.48 and Syd Roberts also made the final coming 7th and gaining a PB of 1.11.18.

In the girls 200m butterfly 13yr age group Charlotte Norman secured a PB to come 1st in a time of 2.42.36 and Molly Grieve (5th) also registered a PB of 2.48.59. Sophie Freeman dominated her age group, finishing in 1st place in 2.20.90, with her closest competitor a massive 12 seconds behind her.

Sophie had further success in the girls 200m IM finishing 1st in 2.26.13, with Charlotte Norman coming 3rd in 2.36.43.

In the girls 200m free Molly Young took 7th place in the 15yr age group in 2.21.20 and Martha Duley won the 18/o age group in 2.11.92. In the 10/11yrs age group, despite a shoulder injury, Seren Page (4th) gained a 7 second PB in 2.37.63. Sophie Freeman (1st) had another strong race in the 14yrs age group with a PB of 2.07.97 and Charlotte Tree took 6th place with a PB of 2.18.45.

Charlie Pryke (1st) dominated his 200m breaststroke race in the 12yrs age group, going out very strong and managing to hold the fast pace he set in the first 100m with a huge pb. Zak Troman finished 2nd in the 10/11yrs age group also smashing his PB in the process! Alfie Francis had a really good race finishing 2nd in the 13yrs age group with Louis Walker and Mark Milburn finishing closely behind him in 4th and 6th respectively. In the girls event Rebecca Girolami (4th) gained a long course PB of 3.02.50.

The 200m backstroke saw Zak Troman (8th) gain a 17 second PB and Dan Himsworth also had a brilliant swim gaining a 15 second PB to finish in 7th place in the 13yrs age group. Naythan Aung came 2nd with a 4 second PB of 2.28.99, with Kai Cheng (6th) and Syd Roberts (8th) closely behind him, both gaining PBs.

In the 100m butterfly Jack McCarthy (5th), competing as a 10 year old in the tough 10/11 age category, finished just ahead of team mates Isaac Farrugia (6th) and Zak Troman (8th) , with all three swimmers gaining PBs. Alfie Francis took a further 2 seconds of his PB to finish 3rd in the 13yr age group. Naythan Aung (6th) and Kai Cheng (8th) also had strong swims and gained PBs. Not to be outdone the girls also had brilliant results with Olivia Norman finishing in 1st place in the 16yrs age group. Molly Young had a phenomenal swim to secure a place in the final where she finished in 3rd place, with Niamh Higgins finishing in 8th place, both gaining fantastic PBs.

Further success was found in the relays with the men’s 15/o team of Jamie Coles, Tom Grieve, Spencer Prior and Nic Mitchell finishing in 7th place. In the girls 10/14 freestyle relay Sophie Freeman, Ciara Wookey, Charlotte Tree and Lucy Morgan finished in 1st place. The women’s 15/O freestyle team of Olivia Norman, Rebecca Girolami, Abbie McCarthy and Ellie Duley finished in 5th position and the boys 10/14 medley team of Naythan Aung, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng and Louis Walker finished off the weekend with a really exciting race, just missing out on the top spot, finishing in 2nd place.

Katie Holmes, coach at Colchester Swimming Club, said: “It was a hugely successful meet for the Club with a number of our swimmers qualifying for finals and taking home medals. The coaches were also delighted to see our younger swimmers make the transition to racing in a long course pool so smoothly. We have a large number of talented swimmers coming through and the future of the Club looks very bright.”

The remaining Essex Age Group Championships will be held at London Aquatic Centre and Basildon during February.

The following swimmers represented Colchester Swimming Club: Ana Victoria Anderson, Naythan Aung, Sophie Baker, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Bleck, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Keziah Cornish, Elinor Duley, Martha Duley, Isaac Farrugia, Alfie Francis, Sophie Freeman, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Molly Grieve, Thomas Grieve, Niamh Higgins, Daniel Himsworth, Lauren Himsworth, Katie Holmes, Amber Jordan, Anola Jordan, Brontë Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Abbie McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ila Nicholson, Charlotte Norman, Olivia Norman, Seren Page, Asma Parker, Spencer Prior, Henry Proud, Charlie Pryke, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Eloise Smart, Sophie Talbot, Anita Tien, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Louis Walker, George Wallace, Samuel Whearty, Katie White, Ciara Wookey and Molly Young.

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11 Academy members make the grade

Academy

13 January 2018
Colchester Swimming Club has welcomed 11 swimmers from the Academy into the Junior Squad: Seth Belshaw, George Hayes, Angelica Mason, Logan McCrea, Oliver Morgan, Stanley Newson, Joshua Ramsamy, Sophie Ryan, Jessica Thomas, Gabrielle Troman and Jude Yagamour.

Academy Manger, Donna Cowan, said: “Colchester Swimming Club Academy is dedicated to equipping young aspiring swimmers with the skill set necessary to potentially compete. I would like to offer my congratulations to all 11 of our Academy graduates and wish them every success at Club level. They have all worked phenomenally hard to achieve their goal and warrant their places in the Junior Squad.”

Stephanie Young, Academy and Colchester Swimming Club Coach, added: “Our aim at The Colchester Swimming Club Academy is to develop every swimmer to their full potential and coach them to improve their stroke and technique. This cohort have shown what can be done with focus and determination and I look forward to seeing their continued development at Club level.”

Enrolment into the Academy is by trial only and open to children between the ages of 5 and 10 years of age. If your child is keen for swimming to be their sport and improve their technique, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a trial.

Academy lessons are held at the Garrison pool on a Wednesday evening (5.45pm to 6.45pm) and a Friday evening (6.30pm to 7.30pm).

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