Sophie Freeman wins prestigious trophy
17 November 2017
The rose bowl Plaistow Trophy, which was presented at this year’s Essex County Amateur Swimming Association 2017 Annual Dinner and Dance at Rayleigh Golf & Country Club on Friday 17 November, caps a fantastic year for Sophie.
The judges noted that Sophie recently won gold and registered the second fastest British time for a 13 year old in the girls’ 50m butterfly at the British Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. At the same meet she also reached the final of the 100m and 200m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.
Sophie was also in medal-winning form at the Swim England ASA National Summer Meet earlier in the year. Competing in the 12-13 age group, Sophie won gold in the 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle. She also won silver in the 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke races.
Colchester Swimming Club’s assistant head coach Katie Holmes said: “To be recognised in this way is a huge achievement for Sophie. The Plaistow Trophy was donated by Plaistow Swimming Club, when the club dissolved in mid-1990’s and is awarded for outstanding performances in any one year. Sophie embodies everything that the trophy stands for and is a truly deserving winner.”
She added: “Everyone at Colchester Swimming Club is very proud of Sophie and delighted that her phenomenal progress and recent achievements have been recognised.“
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Colchester achieve 2nd overall for the first time
Colchester Swimming Club went to the final sessions looking to achieve their best overall result ever in the county championships. The team lay in second place at the start of the weekend and needed a whole host of top 8 finishes to ensure a great result.
Results below represent different age groups.
1500m Freestyle — Alexander Williamson 5th and Thomas Grieve 3rd
400m IM — Mark Milburn 9th, Alex Williamson 4th, Spencer Prior 5th
400m freestyle — Sophie Freeman 1st, Charlotte Tree 2nd, Elinor Duley 4th, Martha Duley 1st
200m IM — Charlie Pryke 6th, Naythan Aung 3rd Olivia Norman 2nd, Abbie McCarthy 4th, Laura Stephens 1st , Martha Duley 2nd
200m Breaststroke — Jamie Coles 7th, Spencer Prior 4th, Anita Tien 2nd, Charlotte Norman 4th, Charlotte Tree 2nd, Ciara Wookey 3rd, Sophie Freeman 5th, Lucy Morgan 8th, Asma Parker 4th, Rebecca Girolami 6th
200m Backstroke — Olivia Norman 1st, Abbie McCarthy 7th, Laura Stephens 1st, Martha Duley 2nd, Charlotte Norman 1st, Sophie Freeman 1st, Lucy Morgan 2nd, Molly Redgrave 8th, Rebecca Girolami 8th
200m freestyle — Spencer Prior 8th
200m butterfly — Olivia Norman 1st, Abbie McCarthy 3rd, Elinor Duley 3rd, Laura Stephens 1st
100m Backstroke — Alex Tinnion 5th, Alex Williamson 8th, Charlotte Norman 1st, Anita Tien 8th, Sophie Freeman 2nd, Lucy Morgan 4th, Asma Parker 1st
100m Breaststroke — Olivia Norman 5th, Martha Duley 5th Charlie Pryke 7th, Naythan Aung 1st
100m Freestyle — Anita Tien 4th, Sophie Freeman 1st, Lucy Morgan 5th, Asma Parker 1st, Rebecca Girolami 4th, Olivia Norman 5th, Martha Duley 1st, Elinor Duley 3rd
100m Butterfly — Anita Tien 4th, Charlotte Norman 6th, Molly Grieve 8th, Sophie Freeman 1st, Ciara Wookey 6th, Lucy Morgan 8th, Asma Parker 1st, Isaac Pavey 8th, Spencer Prior 3rd
200m IM Relay girls over 15 – 1st place2….. Girls 10 / 14 — 1st place — A team — 6th — B team
200m boys 10/14 freestyle relay — 8th
All the individual results are then added together and the club continued their success with Asma Parker achieving 3rd place and Naythan Aung 2nd.
However 4 girls were crowned overall winners in their age groups, Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman, Elinor Duley and Martha Duley. Head coach Michelle Young was extremely proud of the whole squad of swimmers and was delighted with the clubs second place in the county standings. All swimmers are now back in training ready for either the regional championships or the local galas taking place across the county.
Masters Valentines Meet
After a winter break from competitions the Colchester Masters Swimmers were back in action last weekend at the Sudbury Valentine Meet.
Determined not to be outdone by the younger club swimmers who were swimming at the County championships over the weekend, Katie Holmes, Val Standage, Simon Emm, Jason Cole and Rob Milburn built on success from last year, with the team coming second overall, recording some excellent individual performances.
Katie won swimmer of the meet, with four first places overall and a further six first and one second place in her age category, whilst Val managed five age category first places. In the men's events Simon was the best placed Colchester swimmer posting two overall first places and a further five age category places, Jason recorded good times in all his events managing three creditable third places, whilst Rob managed one overall first place and a further four first, and one third place in his age category.
Swimmers perform well at the Olympic pool
Colchester swimming club took a huge squad of over 100 swimmers to the prestigious Essex County Championships at the London Olympic Pool. All swimmers had qualified during the season at various galas around the region and were ready to take on the best swimmers in Essex. In front of a crowd of over 2000 spectators the swimmers went through their warm up routine.
All events are 50m sprint events and with well over 1000 competitors it was going to be a busy day for officials and coaches. As this is a sprint competition all swimmers were aiming for a top 10 finish to qualify for the event final.
Results represent those Colchester swimmers who made county finals, their event and position.
10/11 boys, Charlie Pryke, 5th Breaststroke
13 boys, Naythan Aung —4th Breaststroke, 2nd backstroke, 4th fly. With these excellent results Naythan now lies in 2nd place in the overall combined competition.
16 boys, Jamie Coles 9th freestyle, 6th breaststroke, 9th butterfly, Alexander Tinnion 9th in the backstroke
17 boys, Thomas Grieve 5th freestyle, 8th breaststroke,7th fly, 7th backstroke
18 boys, Spencer Prior 10th butterfly
10/11 Girls, Keziah Cornish, 8th freestyle
12 girls, Charlotte Norman, 2nd Backstroke and Anita Tien 8th Backstroke, 1st Fly, 4th Freestyle and 3rd in the breaststroke. These results mean that Charlotte is 5th in age group with Anita 4th.
13 girls, Sophie Freeman, 2nd in backstroke, 1st in fly, 2nd in free and 7th in breaststroke. Lucy Morgan, 3rd in backstroke, 4th in freestyle and 9th in breaststroke. Molly Redgrave, 10th in backstroke and Ciara Wookey, 9th in fly and 2nd in breaststroke. These girls can now combine their results from other races and they see, Lucy in overall 6th place, Ciara in 4th place and Sophie leading the age group in 1st place
14 girls, Asma Parker, 1st backstroke, 1st fly, 3rd free and 5th in the breaststroke. Niamh Higgins, 4th fly and Rebecca Girolami, 8th freestyle and 2nd in the breaststroke. Rebecca now lies 7th in the age group with Asma in 3rd place
15 Girls, Olivia Norman, 5th in the freestyle, 7th breaststroke, 1st fly and 1st in the backstroke. Abbie McCarthy, 6th in fly, 4th in backstroke. Amber Jordan 10th in backstroke. With these results, Abbie lies in 6th place overall and Olivia is leading the age group.
16+ Girls, Martha Duley, 2nd freestyle, 7th breaststroke, 4th butterfly and 1st backstroke, Elinor Duley, 5th freestyle, 2nd fly and 8th backstroke. In their respective age groups this means both girls are leading the pack.
It was a fantastic day of swimming with all swimmers achieving a personal best in their various events. A huge amount of organising goes into this event and head coach, Michelle Young wanted to thank all the swimmers, timekeepers and pool side helpers for ensuring the team performed to their best. The club now looks forward to the final weekend at Basildon Sporting Village.
Colchester record a first round victory
The mini league season started at Colchester Leisure world with the home town club in charge of the event. A huge group of swimmers and helpers arrived along with teams from Harwich, Maldon, Brentwood and Witham to ensure a smooth and prompt start.
This is a team event and all competitors are chosen on their times from previous galas or time trials and it is a great way for some of the clubs youngest swimmers to get their first taste of competition.
The event started very well for the home town club with Holly McCarthy claiming first place in the 50m backstroke and this was a catalyst for the rest of the squad. In event 2 Charlie Pryke swam a 3 second personal best in the 50 m backstroke, with Harry Proud then swimming a 5 second Pb in his back stroke age group.
In event 10 we saw Joe Cole drafted in as a late replacement to gain a superb 2nd place in the 50m fly. Seren Page also performed well for the club with another huge Pb of 5 seconds in the 50m breaststroke. James Tree continued the clubs winning ways with a first place in the 50m breaststroke and Eloise Smart stepped in as a late replacement and won the open age group backstroke. Sam Milburn swam a brilliant race to gain maximum points in the open boys back stroke and his brother Mark, smashed 2 seconds off his Pb in the 13 and under backstroke.
Zak Troman, Daniel Himswoth and Ana V Anderson all achieved first places and personal bests in their events. This especially important for Ana V who is just returning from injury and is training extremely hard to recover fitness.
In a very rare occurrence in this type of event nearly all the relay teams achieved a first place, which demonstrated a great team spirit throughout the event.
When all the results were added together, Colchester finished with 180 points just ahead of Harwich and Maldon. Other members of the squad were, Sam Horn, Luke Ledwidge, Hannah Karlson, Stanley Hobbs, Amy Johnson, Hayden Chamberlain, Molly Grieve, Ross Jordan, NurAyni VD Schyff, Alfie Francis, Roisin Higgins, Suri McGrae, Izzy Easteal, Harry Moonie, Daisy Himsworth, Sadie Rowe, Jack McCarthy, Massimo Girolami, Josh Bleck, Issac Farrujia, Sophie Baker, Henry Proud, Anola Jordan, Owen Williams, Annie Baylisis, Keziah Cornish, Georgia Bleck.
Colchester Swim club ensure a great start to the County age group finals
The first three days of the Essex County Championships started with a bang and some excellent performances from the squad, ensuring the club finished in third place with 2 weekends to go.
All swimmers who take part in these championships have to ensure they achieve qualifying times throughout the year and so it is a strong competition, with the best swimmers from all over the county representing their clubs.
The competition started with the energy sapping girls 800m finals on the Friday night. There were some excellent performances from the girls with all swimming outstanding races. Charlotte Norman came 5th with her sister, Olivia, claiming 4th in the 15yr old race, Charlotte Tree also swam very well claiming a superb 4th place. However special mention must go to Martha Duley in the 18yr old age group who was crowned county champion and Sophie Freeman who started her impressive weekend, with a first place in the 13yr old category.
The girls 400m IM also proved an excellent race for the girls squads with Charlotte Norman and Anita Tien claiming 4th and 5th place, Sophie Freeman(1st) and team mates Ciara Wookey(3rd), Lucy Morgan and Charlotte Tree demonstrated the quality in the girls 13yr old category. An excellent swim from Olivia Norman claimed a very strong 2nd place in this tough event.
Next up was the boys 400m freestyle and Alexander Williamson, Thomas Grieve and Spencer Prior claimed top 8 finishes in the hotly contested 15 – 18 year old categories.
Competition now changed to the 100m sprint events and Head Coach Michelle Young knew the swimmers were in great form.
100m Breaststroke age groups : Anita Tien (4th 12yr old), Ciara Wookey (2nd 13yr old) and Rebecca Girolami (4th 14yr old). Boys 100m freestyle : Naythan Aung (5th). Girls 100m Backstroke : Olivia Norman (1st 15yr old), Abbie McCarthy (4th) and Martha Duley (1st 16yr)
The first session then finished with the relay teams taking centre stage and again the quality and depth of the club shone through with the 11/12 girls Medley team claiming 4th place and the boy’s freestyle team claiming 8th place.
The Sunday sessions began with the 200m races and the team continued from where they left off on the Saturday.
200m IM Boys (various age groups) : Alex Williamson (8th), Jamie Coles (10th), Thomas Grieve (6th) and Spencer prior (5th)
The girls 13yr old 200m freestyle was again great hunting ground for the squad and again Sophie Freeman showed her excellent form with a first place, with team mates Lucy Morgan (4th) and Charlotte Tree (6th).
Naythan Aung had an excellent race in the boys 13 year old 200m backstroke with a silver medal and the girls 100m butterfly swimmers also achieved some excellent results especially Olivia Norman and Abbie McCarthy securing 1st and 2nd place respectively.
Again the session finished with the relay swimmers and the boy's 15 yr. medley team secured an impressive 8th place and the girls 10 / 14 yr. old teams achieving a first place and an 8th place.
Charlotte Norman (3rd) and Ciara Wookey (4th) both swam well in their age groups in the 200IM but Sophie Freeman and Asma Parker swam sensational races to claim gold medals in their age groups. Martha Duley continued her excellent weekend with a first place in the 200 m freestyle to ensure she finished as top girl in her age category.
The boys 200m breaststroke (10/11) saw a very exciting race with Colchester swimmer Charlie Pryke claiming an impressive silver medal with a time of 3.30.25.
The final session of the weekend continued with some outstanding results in the swimmers different age categories.
200m butterfly saw Charlotte Norman gain a second place, a brilliant swim from Molly Grieve securing a great 6th spot, Sophie Freeman (1st) and Ciara Wookey (6th). Naythan Aung gained a first in the 100m Backstroke.
Girl's 15yr old+ freestyle team gained an excellent gold medal and the boy's 10 / 14 yr. old team secured 7th place.
Head coach Michelle Young said "I am really pleased to see the way the swimmers are taking the transition from the short course to the long course in their stride."
Next weekend sees the biggest squad ever assembled by the club descend on the Olympic pool for the 50m sprint events.