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January 2015

Colchester Swimmers ensure a terrific start to the County Championships

The opening block of the 2015 Essex ASA Age Group Championships at the Basildon pool saw a change in format this year with the inclusion of the freestyle and medley relay events.

The first weekend had 6 separate relay events that included some of the youngest members of the squad for whom some this was their first time swimming at a County Championship. The club's two BAGCAT (10/14) relay teams got things off to a flying start with both achieving a place in the finals with the girls' team of Isabella Tanenbaum, Kalya Aung, Asma Parker and Olivia Norman finishing in 4th place just behind Barking and Dagenham and the boys' team of Jamie Coles, Alex Tinnion, Kirin Yeung and Alex Williamson taking a spot on the podium with bronze medals. Their younger team mates matched their efforts the following day with the young (9/10) freestyle team of Charlotte Norman, Molly Grieve, Aisha Parker and Eliza Robinson making the finals and placing 6th overall and the boys' 11/12 team of Naythan Aung, Ben Hardy, William Pestell and Cameron Newton taking bronze medals finishing 3rd, just 0.57 seconds behind silver medallists Basildon and Phoenix A. The final relay events of the weekend saw some terrific swimming from the boys' 9/10 medley team of Daniel Himsworth, Felix Szpakowski, Mark Milburn and Joe Tilley and a display of great teamwork by the men's 15 yrs and over medley team of Alex Cole, Arran Francis, Spencer Prior and Tom Grieve who stepped up to take on much older teams.

The newly combined 10/11 yrs age group saw terrific swimming from some of the club's younger members with several instances of more than one Colchester swimmer on the podium. The girls' 100m butterfly saw a silver for Sophie Freeman and a bronze for Ciara Wookey in the 10/11yrs age group, three finalists in the 12 yrs age group with a gold for Asma Parker, silver for Eloise Sneddon and a great 4th place for Niamh Higgins. Olivia Norman took gold in the 13 yr age category. Other medallists on day one were Arran Francis (Silver 16+ yrs 50m freestyle), Naythun Aung (Gold, 11yr 50m backstroke), Ellie Duley (Bronze 15yr 50m butterfly) and Kaythi Aung (bronze, 17 yr+ 50m butterfly).

Day two provided just as much excitement for the spectators and just as much success for the swimmers. Colchester's yellow hats continued to dominate the finals with the girls in the 10/14-year-old category finishing strong in the gruelling 200m butterfly. Sophie Freeman and Charlotte Norman made it a 2-3 on the podium in the 10/11 yrs, Sneddon taking bronze in the 12 yrs and Olivia Norman taking a Gold in the 13 yrs age group. The boys' 100IM event saw a confident swim by William Pestell earning him a place on the podium with a bronze in a time of 1:17.19

Mid way through saw a nail-biting swim off and a moment of great sportsmanship for Rory Bennett when he tied with a time of 31.79 in the 15 yrs 50m backstroke. With only one place remaining in the final, Rory got back in the pool and swam another superb PB (31.69) much to the delight of the Colchester supporters, only narrowly missing out on a place in the final in an incredibly close finish.

The 200m events saw some of the club's older swimmers put in some great performances against determined opposition. Those making the finals and top 8 were Ellie Duley (4th, 200 Breaststroke), Chloe Rudkin (7th, 200m breastroke), Phillppa Davenall (5th, 200m breaststroke), Thomas Grieve (7th 200IM), and Spencer Prior (4th 200IM).

Despite injury, Martha Duley swam well and retained her County Championship titles in both the 100m and 200m backstroke.

The afternoon session saw the medals continue to roll in. Amongst these were Sophie Freeman with a well deserved bronze in the girls' 10/11 years 200IM. Asma Parker added another gold to her collection for the same event in the 12 yr age group along with Eloise Sneddon (12) who took the bronze. Asma and Eloise followed with another great performance later in the day finishing with a 1-2 on the podium in the 12 yrs 50m freestyle with just 0.88 seconds between them. Team mate Naythun Aung also swam well taking bronze in the 50m butterfly in the boys' 10/11 age category.

Also competing this weekend, achieving finals, regional times and setting new PB times in numerous individual events were: Kaythi Aung, Isabella Tanenbaum, Abbie Mccarthy, Charlotte Tree, Jack Howlett, Amber Jordan, Ross Jordan, Lotti Talbot, Jamie Coles, Kirin Yeung, Alex Tinnion, Cameron Newton, Kirin Yeung, Brogan Bates, William Marsh, Tom Lo, Nicholas Mitchell, Alex Cole, Timothy Kwok, Kai Cheng, Oscar Crofts, Patrick Warner, Alexander Williamson, Isaac Pavey, Christian Tilley, Charlotte Marven, Tara Bygrave, Bronte Jordan, Ana Victoria Anderson, Ruby Watson, Laurence Chalk, Brittany Lodge, Esme MacGregor, Anola Jordan, Molly White, Alexandra Bygrave, Phoebe Crofts, and Katie White.

At the end of the first weekend the points for the Top 6 Clubs were:

  • 1. Romford Town - 952.5
  • 2. Basildon Phoenix - 732
  • 3. Colchester - 593
  • 4. Chelmsford - 558.5
  • 5. Harlow Penguins - 377
  • 6. Borough of Redbridge - 356

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Colchester swimmers compete in Olympic waters

The first open meet of 2015 saw a team of 30 Colchester Swimming club swimmers compete at a level 1 open meet at the London Aquatic Centre (2012 Olympic Venue). The aim was to give some of the Potential and Performance Squads experience of swimming in a 50m pool whilst also competing against some first class opposition.

The swimmers enjoyed being able to compete in such an incredible environment and the opportunity spurred them on to achieve some excellent times and awards. Many Personal Best (PB) times were recorded as well as a host of medals during the day. The team spirit was excellent throughout the day with swimmers encouraging their teammates to swim their best.

Colchester swimmers at the Olympic Pool

In total, 46 Medals were won (16 Gold, 18 Silver and 12 Bronze). Top medallist was 9yr old Charlotte Norman who won 5 Gold and 1 Silver, also swimming some excellent PBs throughout the day. The other end of the age group saw 2 superb swims from 18 year old Jack Howlett swimming two great PBs in the 50 and100m Freestyle where he won silver and gold.

Team Manager Jeff Coles said: "As usual the swimmers were a great credit to themselves and the club. Their efforts throughout the day were just reward for their pre Christmas training and will help to set them up well for the start of the County Championships which start in a couple of weeks time."

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February 2015

Colchester Swimming Club off to a winning start in the Essex Mini League - Round 1 2015

A packed gallery of spectators filled Colchester Leisure World last Saturday evening (7th February) as Colchester began their quest for the Essex Mini League title. Colchester swimmers got 2015 off to a great start with a victory over their Essex rivals.

The evening began with two individual races with the girls and boys' 50m backstroke with Tara Bygrave swimming for the girls and Sam Lo swimming for the boys setting a 2 second PB.

The first two relay events of the evening, the girls' (Eliza Robinson, Molly Grieve, Holly McCarthy and Ruby Chalmers) and boys' (Felix Szpakowski, Joe Tilley, Dan Himsworth and Seb Tilley), 9 years medley races were time faulted for swimming too fast (league rules set fastest time limits for each event). These were followed by a run of impressive high placings for the next individual events along with some great PBs. Franchesca Williamson, swimming her first gala for the club, overcame her nerves setting an impressive 3 second PB and Kalaum Corani (1 second PB) in the 50m backstroke. Teammates Anna Victoria Anderson took a great 1st place with an amazing freestyle swim and 4 second PB in the 13& Under category along with Christian Tilley (also a 4 second PB) who put in a strong swim in the same event for the boys. There were further victories, Brittany Lodge (1st, 50m fly), Esme McCregor (1st, 50m breaststroke) and a 1 second PB set by Alex Tinnion in the 50m fly event.

After 12 events, Colchester lay in 1st place just one point ahead of Harwich swimming the next lane. There was everything to swim for and the Colchester swimmers stepped up to deliver. Aimee Cade set a PB in a time of 49.65 seconds in the 50m breaststroke for the 11& Under girls and Paddy Warner an amazing 3-second PB (46.66) in the same event for the boys competing in his first gala for the club. Edward Cox proved his hard work was paying off too when he set a 4 second PB.

The next set of relay events saw the girls' 4x2x1 freestyle relay teams of Abbie McCarthy, Rhianna Preece, Katie White and Brittany Lodge taking a well deserved 2nd place and boys' team of Alex Tinnion, Alex Williamson, Tom Grieve and Ben Chapman taking 1st.

As the races returned to individuals, the PBs kept rolling in. Mary Robinson proved her training too was paying off with a terrific 2.5 second PB (38.97) in the girls' 11& Under 50m free and newcomer Harvey Daniels achieved a 2 second PB (37.31) in the same event for the boys. Teammates Preece and Chapman continued the trend also setting 2 second PBs in their 50m backstroke races with times of 38.88 and 34.93 respectively. Grace Gardner secured a 3rd place finish in the girls' 10& Under 50m freestyle.

Both the girls' 6x25m fly squadron relay team of Molly Grieve, Esme McCregor, Molly White, Katie White, Abbie McCarthy and Brittany Lodge and the boys' team of Felix Szpakowski, Kai Cheng, Paddy Warner, Alex Williamson, Ben Chapman and Tom Grieve put in such terrific swims that they were time faulted for swimming too fast. Despite this, Colchester remained in 1st place.

The final set of individual events helped Colchester continue their strong lead. Anshma Rai setting a 1 second PB in the girls' 13& Under backstroke and Adam Buckingham taking 1st place also with a 1 second PB in a time of 37.19 seconds in the same event. Katie White found good form and a 2 second PB in the girls' open 100m freestyle event followed by an outstanding 3 second PB on a time set only a week ago by Alex Williamson in the same event for the boys. Anola Jordan and Ross Jordan both took first place and set PBs in the 10 & Under 25m fly races followed by two more wins by the girls' and boys' 4x25m free relay teams of (Eliza Robinson, Ruby Chalmers, Holly McCarthy, Molly Grieve, Joe Tilley, Daniel Himsworth, Seb Tilley and Felix Szpakowski).

As the night moved toward the final set of events, the wins and PBs continued. Molly White (3 sec PB, 50m fly), Kai Cheng (2 sec PB, 50m fly), Lizzie Woods (2 sec PB, 50m fly), Oliver Cox (1 sec PB, 50m fly). Colchester took 1st place in most of the remaining relay events that included both the boys' and girls' 6x25m breaststroke squadron relays, girls' and boys' 10& Under and the boys' 13 & Under freestyle relay.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with the performance of the team: "I was really pleased to see so many personal bests achieved, some good team races and an overall great competition."

The final result was: 1st Colchester 175 points, 2nd Harwich 161, 3rd Maldon 121, 4th Canvey 120 and 5th Redbridge 112.

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Colchester Swimmers swim to success at the final weekend of the Essex Age Group County Championships

Colchester Swimming Club swimmers continued to demonstrate their fine form at the final weekend of the Essex County Age Group Championships in Basildon.

Day one of the weekend opened with the girls' 15 years/Over 50m freestyle. Determined swimming saw Ellie Duley making the final in the 15 years age group along with Martha Duley (16 years) and team-mate Kaythi Aung in the 17 years and over category. The finals of the events swum later in day saw Ellie improve her time from the heats to 27.67s earning her a spot on the podium with a bronze medal. Martha also improved her time coming in at 27.29s taking silver and another strong swim by Kaythi showed true fighting spirit coming in a closely fought joint 4th place with Basildon and Phoenix.

The girls' 10/14 years 50m backstroke saw some equally terrific performances from all of the Colchester swimmers who qualified. Sophie Freeman (10/11 years) and Isabella Tanenbaum (14 years) earned bronze medals in their age groups along with two gold winning swims by Asma Parker (12 years) and Olivia Norman (13 years) in 33.36s and 32.02 respectively. Eloise Sneddon came 7th in the 12 years age group.

The boys' 10/14 years 100m butterfly event added to Colchester's podium positions with Naythan Aung taking bronze in a time of 1:22.94s. William Pestell continued his good form with a well-deserved 6th place in the 12 years age group.

The 200m events saw more strong swims for Colchester. Spencer Prior came 5th in the 16 years 200m freestyle event and Arran Francis 7th. Jack Howlett impressed with his 200m freestyle dropping below 2mins, breaking a significant benchmark. Ellie Duley swam a very impressive PB in the gruelling 200m fly event (15 years) coming 6th. Kaythi Aung's swim in the same event earned her a terrific 2nd place and silver medal in a time of 2:34.35s. Naythan Aung then went on to take gold in the boys' 10/11 years 200m backstroke and Pestell bronze in the same event in the 12 years age group. Alexander Williamson came 7th (13 years) and Alex Tinnion 8th (14 years). Ciara Wookey took a silver medal in the girls' 10/11 years breaststroke. Freeman swam an impressive PB (5th) as did team mates Charlotte Tree and Charlotte Norman in the same event. Parker came 6th in the 12 year age group and Olivia Norman 8th in the 13 years.

The older boys packed a punch in the finals of the 15 years and over 50m butterfly. Arran Francis swam to gold (16 years), Spencer Prior came 8th and Tom Grieve improved on his swim in the heats with 29.89s coming 6th in the 15 years age group.

Colchester swimmers continued to impress on the final day of the Championships. The 200m events saw William Pestell set an impressive PB taking 5th place in the boys' 200m butterfly, Cameron Simpson placed 6th in the 17 years and over 200m breaststroke, and Ellie Duley 8th in the girls' 200IM (15 years). Another confident swim from Kaythi Aung saw her secure a silver medal in a time of 2:26.57s and Philippa Davenall came 4th (17years/over) also in the girls' 200IM. Naythan Aung (10/11years) and William Pestell (12 years) both took silver in the boys' 200IM event. Ben Hardy swam a terrific PB coming in 4th in the same age group and Jamie Coles 8th (14 years). Freeman was back on the podium with silver in the 10/11 years 200m freestyle along with another finalists Ciara Wookey (6th) and Charlotte Tree (7th) in the same age group. Eloise Sneddon took gold and Asma Parker bronze in the 12 years age group.

Sophie Freeman took bronze in the girls' 100IM in the 10/11 years age group. Asma Parker bagged another gold and Eloise Sneddon bronze (12 years). Olivia Norman took bronze in the 13 years age group. Naythan Aung (10/11 years) and William Pestell (12years) came 6th in boys' 50m breaststroke and Ben Hardy 8th. Jamie Coles had a terrific swim in the same event for his age group (14 years) securing him a well-deserved bronze in an amazing time of 34.73s. Martha Duley took silver in the girls' 50m backstroke (16 years), Kaythi Aung bronze (17years/over) and Ellie 4th (15 years).

The last set of finals at the end of a long weekend saw Colchester swimmers finish with a bang, making finals, gaining regional times and with some securing their place as top boy/girl. Naythan Aung came 4th in the boys' 10/11 years 50m free and Alexander Williamson 7th (13 years). Tom Grieve came 6th in the boys' 50m breaststroke improving his time by almost 2 secs from the heats. Jack Howlett came 5th and Cameron Simpson 7th in the 17 years and over for the same event. Ellie Duley secured 4th place in the girls' 100IM (15years), Martha Duley 2nd and another silver (16 years), Chloe Rudkin (5th, 16years) and Kaythi Aung silver and Philippa Davenall 4th (17years). The last of the finals saw Sophie Freeman take bronze in the 10/11 50m butterfly, Asma Parker gold (12 years) and Olivia Norman silver (13 years).

The club's relay teams continued to impress. The 14 years and under 200m medley teams saw the girls' team of Olivia Norman, Parker, Isabella Tanenbaum and Kayla Aung take 5th and the boys' (Jamie Coles, Alex Williamson, Kirin Yeung and Alex Tinnion) taking 2nd place and silver in a time of 2:10.15s. Their younger team mates also made finals with the boys' 9/10 years freestyle team of Mark Milburn, Daniel Himsworth, Felix Szpakowski, Joe Tilley taking 7th as did the girls' 9/10 medley team of (Charlotte Norman, Molly Grieve, Holly McCarthy and Aisha Parker). The girls' 11/12 years free and the 15 years and over medley teams put in terrific swims and teamwork paying off with a gold for CiaraWookey, Sophie Freeman, Eloise Sneddon and Asma Parker in the free and silver for Philippa Davenall, Marth Duley, Ellie Duley and Kaythi Aung in the 200m medley.

Asma Parker was awarded top girl in the 12 years age group. An amazing achievement for her as well all of our BAGCAT and Youth swimmers many of whom made it into the top 10 across Essex.

Head Coach Michelle Young summed up the event: "It's an incredible achievement for our swimmers to qualify for the County Championships. Every swimmer that competed worked hard to achieve their time(s) and being able to be part of this event is testament to their hard work and that of their coaches who have worked tirelessly to get them competition ready. They should all be extremely proud of themselves. Finishing 4th as a club is a tremendous result."

 
County Championship 2015 Team photo

Also competing, achieving finals, regional times and setting new PBs in numerous individual events were: Rhianna Preece, Brittany Lodge, Lotti Talbot, Esmae MacGregor, Abbie McCarthy, Amber Jordan, Bronte Jordan, Katie White, Issac Pavey, Kalya Aung, Charlotte Marven, Olivia Horn, Ross Jordan, Cameron Newton, Christian Tilley, Nicholas Mitchell, Oscar Crofts, Luke Ledwidge, Patrick Warner, Thomas Lo, Timothy Kwok, Anshma Rai, Brogan Bates, Kirin Yeung.

At the end of the final weekend, the points for the Top 6 Clubs were:

  • 1. Romford Town - 2823.5
  • 2. Basildon Phoenix - 2274
  • 3. Chelmsford - 1873.5
  • 4. Colchester - 1687
  • 5. Barking and Dagenham - 1098.5
  • 6. Borough of Redbridge - 1025

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Block B - Essex County Age Group Championships

The second of three full weekends of competition at the Essex County Age Group Championship saw Colchester Swimming Club continue in great form.

The first event of the weekend saw some great swims from Colchester in the gruelling 400m Individual Medley. Eloise Sneddon finished 3rd in the girls' 12-year-old age group, Asma Parker 8th in the same age group and Olivia Norman taking 4th in the 13-year old category. The 10/14-year-old boys' 400m freestyle event followed with William Pestell taking Colchester's next podium place with silver improving his personal best by over 10 seconds! Colchester's older swimmers also put in some great performances for the 400m events with Spencer Prior taking a deserved 4th place in the 16 yrs 400IM and Martha Duley securing 5th in the 400m free.

As the morning session moved onto the 100m events, the 15 years and over boys' 100m fly saw some terrific racing with a number of the Colchester swimmers setting PBs, making finals and achieving regional times for their age group. Tom Grieve took bronze in a terrific time of 1.06.35 (15 yrs) and Arran Francis Gold (16 yrs) and Spencer Prior 6th (16 yrs).

The senior girls also did a great job securing numerous places in the top 8 of the county in the 100m breaststroke: Ellie Duley (6th, 15 yrs), Chloe Rudkin (4th, 16yrs), Philippa Davenall (6th, 17+) and Kaythi Aung (8th, 17+).

The girls' 10/14 year age category saw some great results and podium positions too in the 100m events with Sophie Freeman taking bronze in the 100m Freestyle setting a superb PB, Ciara Wookey 5th, Charlotte Tree 7th (10/11 yrs), Sneddon silver (12 yrs) and Isabella Tanenbaum 6th (14 yrs). The boys also secured some great finishes in the 100m breaststroke finals with William Pestell on the podium with a bronze, Ben Hardy (7th) and Jamie Coles securing a terrific 4th place in a nail-biting finish with Chelmsford.

The boys' 400IM saw William Pestell repeat his earlier performance taking another silver and then Colchester's girls dominating the final of the girls' 10/11 year old 400M freestyle with Sophie Freeman (Gold), Charlotte Tree (4th), Ciara Wookey (5th) and Charlotte Norman (7th). Sneddon secured silver in the 12 yr age group.

Day one of the weekend ended with some incredible races in the finals. Alexander Williamson took a deserved 4th place in the boys' 100m free (13 yrs), Ciara Wookey gold in the 100m breaststroke (10/11 yrs), Martha Duley bronze (16 yrs) 100m fly and Kaythi Aung bronze in the 17 yrs 100m butterfly. Other finalists for these events were Ellie Duley (4th, 15 yr) 100m fly and Tom Grieve (7th, 15 yr), Spencer Prior (6th, 16 yr) and Jack Howlett (8th,17 yrs +) in the 100m breaststroke.

Two distance events were also swum. The 800m(girls) and 1500m(boys) freestyle. Eloise Sneddon and William Pestell both took silver in the 12-year age category, Alexander Cole came 5th in the boys' 17+ age group as did Martha Duley in the girls' 16 year age group.

The final session of the weekend finished with some amazing individual and relay events. Colchester dominated the 100m backstroke finals with numerous podium finishes. Isabella Tanenbaum returned to form with a tremendous swim in the girls' 14-year-old 100m backstroke to land a much-deserved gold as did Asma Parker (12 yrs) and Olivia Norman (13 yrs). Also on the podium were Sophie Freeman (bronze, 10/11 yrs) and William Pestell (bronze, 12 yrs).

The relay events saw a determined swim by the young medley relay team of Sneddon, Freeman, Wookey and Parker securing gold in a time of 2:21.39. Colchester's girls' 15 years and over freestyle team of Martha Duley, Ellie Duley, Kaythi Aung and Philippa Davenall also secured a place on the podium taking bronze in an incredible race and a time of 1:51.75. The boys' team also swam well together and secured a place in the top 8 with a time of 1:44.72.

Also competing this weekend, achieving finals, regional times and setting new PBs in numerous individual events were: Brittany Lodge, Rory Bennett, Cameron Simpson, Abbie McCarthy, Kalya Aung, Ben Hardy, Kirin Yeung, Nicholas Mitchell, Jack Howlett, Bronte Jordan, Brogan Bates, Lotti Talbot, Amber Jordan, Katie White, Christopher Ashdown and Isaac Pavey.

At the end of the second weekend the points for the Top 6 Clubs were:

  • 1. Romford Town - 1986.5
  • 2. Basildon Phoenix - 1434
  • 3. Chelmsford - 1249.5
  • 4. Colchester - 1067
  • 5. Barking and Dagenham - 734.5
  • 6. Borough of Waltham Forest - 704

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March 2015

Colchester Swimmers 'egg'cel at the UEA City of Norwich Easter meet

Colchester Swimming Club took a small team of 11 swimmers to compete at the UEA City of Norwich Easter Meet. All swimmers were attempting to attain or improve on Regional and National qualification times. This level 1 long course meet brought 100s of swimmers from across the country and produced some exciting and closely contested races.

Colchester swimmers competing were: Ciara Wookey, Eloise Sneddon, Abi McCarthy, Katie White, Isabella Tanenbaum, Elinor Duley, Alex Williamson, Jamie Coles, Tom Grieve, Nick Mitchell and Spencer Prior. They all performed extremely well against tough opposition and came away with a host of Personal Best times (PBs) as well as regional qualifications.

Eloise and Ciara, medallists at Norwich
Eloise and Ciara, medallists at Norwich
 

Star performers were Eloise & Ciara who each competed in 14 events over the 3 days of competition with both of them winning 10 medals (including 3 golds each) as well as PBs in every one of their races. Ellie Duley, Tom Grieve and Spencer Prior were competing against swimmers several years older and acquitted themselves very well, with Ellie making two finals, Tom swimming some excellent PBs including a 30sec 50m fly and 27sec 50m free, whilst club Captain Spencer swam strongly in all 6 events he entered. Jamie Coles had a fine win in the 50m breaststroke, following this up with a bronze in the 100m breaststroke as well as gaining some additional regional qualifying times.

Additional PBs were also achieved by Isabella Tanenbaum, Abi McCarthy and Katie White helping to make it a very successful weekend for these eleven youngsters.

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April 2015

Braintree Spring Festival Open Meet

This year's Spring Festival Open Meet, hosted by Braintree and Bocking swimming club, saw Colchester swimmers come away with a host of medals and personal bests (PBs).

Swimmer of the day was Anita Tien who took gold in all of her events, swimming a personal best in every one, which resulted in being awarded Top Girl of the meet too!

The day started with the 200m freestyle event for the boys. First medal of the day went to Alex Tinnion who took bronze in a time of 2:24.70secs in the 14-year age category. A strong swim by Samuel Firth too meant 6 second PB for him.

The girls' 200IM event saw numerous PBs and medals awarded. Golds for Anita Tien, Sophie Freeman, Eliose Sneddon, silver for Charlotte Tree and bronze for Molly Grieve and Alexandra Bygrave.

The first of the sprint events, the 50m breaststroke for the boys, saw some terrific PBs set including Dan Himsworth who wiped 6+seconds off of his time. The popular 50m freestyle event saw some fast swimming for the girls which provided a bronze for Charlotte Norman in a time of 34.67, gold for Zoe Clegg (32.79) and Katie White (30.28) in each of their respective age groups.

The 100m backstroke saw another incredible swim for Tien taking gold in time of 1:18.03. Colchester swimmers dominated this event across all age groups with some swimming it for the first time since aging up. Anola Jordan took another 3 seconds off of her time, set only a few weeks ago as did Grace Gardiner (2 secs) and Sophie Talbot. Katie White took gold in the 13-year age group as did Sneddon (12 yrs) and Freeman (11 yrs).

William Easteal swam well in the 50m backstroke taking silver in the 10 year old category closely followed by teammate Kai Cheng with the bronze. Alex Tinnion took silver in the 14-year age group improving his personal best with 32.69secs.

Strong swims by the girls in the 50m fly event saw more PBs set with gold for Tien (10 yrs), silver for Sneddon (12 yrs) and gold for Katie White (13 yrs). Sam Jackaman (10 yrs) wiped 7 seconds off of his 100m breaststroke time. William Darcy-Jones took bronze in the 12-year age group.

The girls' 100m freestyle event saw a haul of medals for the girls across the age groups. Gold for Tien (10 yrs), Tree (11 yrs), Sneddon (12 yrs) and Katie White (13 yrs).

The girls remained determined into the second half of the day, which kicked off with the 200m freestyle. Golds for Tien, Sneddon and Freeman, silver for Charlotte Tree and Anshma Rai and bronze for Lauren Himsworth and Rhianna Preece. Their teammates also impressed with many PBs set including Lauren Wopling (4 + secs), Ana Victoria Anderson, Annie Bayliss (7+ secs) and Gabriella Toscano (2 secs) amongst others. Gabriella went on to take bronze in the girls' 100m breaststroke (15 yrs and over) and silver in the final event of the day, the girls' 100IM.

Felix Szpakowski took bronze in the boys' 200IM (9 yr) and Sam Bentley swam an impressive 23+ second PB in the same event in the 11 year age group.

A strong breaststroke swim for Aisha Parker bagged her a gold (9 yr). Tien also added another gold to her collection, as did Freeman. Tara Bygrave took bronze in the 11-year age group.

Louis Martin swam a good PB in a time of 31.90 in the ever-exciting 50m freestyle event for the boys taking bronze in the 13 year age group as did Alex Tinnion in a time of 28.35secs (14 yr). Tinnion also added to his medals with silver in the boys' 100m freestyle and the boys' 100m backstroke too. Sam Horn won bronze for the same event in the 13-year age group and later added to that with another in the boys' 50m butterfly.

Times continued to tumble in the girls' 100m butterfly with gold for Tien (and a 12 second PB) and silver for Charlotte Norman in the 10-year age group. Lotti Talbot swam to silver with a terrific time of 41.47 in the 50m-backstroke event (10 yr).

The day was completed with the girls' 100IM. Cracking swims resulted in bronze for Aisha Parker (9 yrs), gold for Tien, Freeman and Sneddon and that silver for Gabriella Toscano.

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National Junior Swimming League (M11) - Round One April 26th, 2015

On April 26th, 2015 a squad of Colchester Swimming Club swimmers headed to Barnet Copthall pool for round one of this year's National Junior Swimming League. The team were ready to compete against some tough opposition.

The girls got the first set of points on the board with the girls' 12&&U 4x2L medley relay with Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Sophie Freeman and Eliose Sneddon taking 1st place and 8 points. The boys' 9-year 4x1L freestyle team of Daley Walker-Wallace, Seb Tilley, Joe Tilley and Hayden Chamberlain (his first gala) claimed 3rd place adding 6 points to the growing total. The remainder of the first set of relay events kept several swimmers busy with both Charlotte Norman and Sophie Freeman swimming up in age group. New club members, Zoe Clegg, Lauren Wopling, Georgia Bleck and William Easteal also swam in the medley and freestyle relay events helping add to the points total.

 
Colchester National Junior Swimming League Round 1
 

As the individual events got underway, Colchester began to tot up the points and edge into 2nd place. Molly Grieve swam a 1 second PB in the 9 yr 25m butterfly securing 3rd place. The girls' 10 yrs 2L breaststroke saw a PB for Georgia Bleck. Naythan Aung swam to 1st place in the 11&U backstroke (1 sec PB) beating the host team by over 1 second who up until now had taken the majority of the 1st places up for grabs. This was followed by a series of top 3 finishes in the next set of individual races: 2nd place for Olivia Norman in the girls' 12&U 2L butterfly in a time of 33.62s and a 1 second PB and great swim for Ben Hardy in the same event for the boys. 3rd place for both the girls' and boys' 9 yr 1L breaststroke swam by Aisha Parker and Joe Tilley followed by two 2nd places for both the boys' 10 yrs 2L backstroke (Kai Cheng) and the girls' 11&U 2L butterfly swum by Sophie Freeman. A great race for William Pestell saw him secure 1st place and 8 points for the club in the boys' 11&U 2L butterfly in a time of 33.32 seconds (PB) ahead of Harlow in 2nd place. Eliose Sneddon ended her events in the first half of the gala with a superb sub 30 swim in the 12&U 2L freestyle in a time of 29.88sec.

At the midway point of the gala, Colchester lay in 2nd position with 131 points.

As the second half of the gala got underway, Colchester swimmers put in some determined swims in order to fight for their place in the top three. A terrific swim from Charlotte Norman in the girls' 10 yrs 2L butterfly secured 1st place just 0.25 seconds ahead of Barnet Copthall in a close finish. Zoe Clegg swam well (1 sec PB) in the girls' 11&U 2L freestyle to secure 2nd place. M Grieve swam another 1 sec+ PB in the girls' 9 yr 1L butterfly coming 3rd and Joe Tilley knocked 2 seconds off of his time in the same event for the boys. Charlotte Tree swam a PB in the girls' 11&&U 2L breaststroke followed by a nail-biting swim and finish by William Pestell in the same event for the boys finishing 2nd just edged out by the Romford swimmer with only 0.18secs between them.

Olivia Norman kicked off the final set of events with 1st place in the girls' 12&U 2L backstroke followed by 2nd place for the girls' medley relay team of Holly McCarthy, Aisha Parker, M Grieve and Mia Perzolo. Both the boys' 11&U 4x1L medley relay team of K Cheng, W Pestell, N Aung and Oscar Crofts and the girls' 12&U 4x2L freestyle teams of E Sneddon, O Norman, S Freeman, and Asma Parker also finished 2nd. The event finished with the thrilling mixed 8x1L freestyle race. Colchester's team of M Grieve, J Tilley, C Norman, K Cheng, S Freeman, W Pestell, Asma Parker and Ben Hardy stormed home to finish in 4th place in a time of 2.09.03secs. Colchester finished the gala in 3rd place for round one.

Other swimmers representing the club were: William Chapman, Chris Ashdown, Luke Ledwidge, Anola Jordan, Kalaum Corani and Ross Jordan.

Final Results were:

  • 1st - Barnet Copthall 324
  • 2nd - Romford 246
  • 3rd - Colchester 242
  • 4th - Harlow 217
  • 5th - Chelmsford 210
  • 6th - Cambridge 204
  • 7th - Hatfield 177
  • 8th - Anaconda 140

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Colchester Swimming Club wins round two of the Essex Mini League

Spectators and a coach full of Colchester Swimming Club swimmers headed to Saffron Walden for round two of the Essex Mini League on April 11th, hopeful for another win.

As per normal form, the evening kicked off with two individual races with the girls' and boys' 11 & Under 50m backstroke with Aimee Cade swimming to 4th, as did Edward Cox along with a 1.5 sec PB.

The first two relay events of the evening, the girls' (Eliza Robinson, Holly McCarthy, Aisha Parker and Izzy Easteal) and boys' (Felix Szpakowski, Joe Tilley, Dan Himsworth and Daley Walker-Wallace), 9 years medley races were time faulted for swimming too fast (league rules set fastest time limits for each event).

The next set of individual races saw swimmers secure some great positions and points for the club along with numerous personal bests (PBs). Olivia Horn swam to 1st place in the girls' 10 & Under 50m backstroke. Anshma Rai and Luke Ledwidge both took 2nd place in the 13 & Under 100m free. Anshma looked strong throughout swimming a 1 sec PB and Luke wiped an incredible 8 seconds off of his personal best. A run of first places, Brittany Lodge (girls' open 50m fly), Ben Chapman (boys' open 50m fly) and Anola Jordan (girls' 10 & Under 50m breaststroke) helped Colchester maintain a strong position.

Molly White enjoyed a successful gala swimming to 1st place and a 2 sec PB in the girls' 11 & Under breaststroke. Patrick Warner also secured 1st place in the same event for the boys.

The next set of relay events saw 1st place finishes for the girls' 4x2x1 freestyle relay teams of Brittany Lodge, Rhianna Preece, Philippa Davenall and Katie White and the boys' team of Rory Bennett, Alex Williamson, Tom Grieve and Ben Chapman.

As the races returned to individual events, the PBs kept coming. Grace Gardiner came 3rd with a 2 sec PB in the girls' 10 & Under 50m free and Dan Himsworth swam a superb 4 sec PB taking 1st place in the same event for the boys. Oliver Cox swam well in the boys' 13 & Under 50m breaststroke coming 2nd with a strong 2 sec PB.

The girls' 6x25m fly squadron relay team of Holly McCarthy, Olivia Horn, Molly White, Katie White, Brittany Lodge and Philippa Davenall were time faulted for swimming too fast and the boys' team was unfortunately disqualified. The girls' 11 & Under 4x1 free relay team of Aimee Cade, Mary Robinson, Grace Gardiner and Molly White swam well and took 1st place followed by a time fault for the boys' team of Edward Cox, Ross Jordan, Kai Cheng and Patrick Warner.

There was everything to swim for in the next set of events as the points gap between Colchester and Saffron Seals narrowed. Alexandra Bygrave added to the points taking 2nd place in the girls' 13 & Under 50m backstroke as did Sam Horn with a terrific 1st place. Followed by a series of time faults, Kalaum Corani and Kai Cheng's 2nd place finishes in the 25m and 50m fly events earned some valuable points for the club. After event 38, just one point separated Colchester from the leaders Saffron Seals on 119 points.

As the night moved toward the final set of events, a series of wins in the relays and individual events helped Colchester return to the lead. First place for the 6x1 breaststroke relay teams: Aisha Parker, Olivia Horn, Aimee Cade, Katie White, Brittany Lodge, and Philippa Davenall for the girls and Felix Szpakowski, Kalaum Corani, Patrick Warner, Alex Williamson, Rory Bennett and Tom Grieve for the boys as well as wins for both 4x1 freestyle relay teams.

Great swims securing 1st places for Katie White and Rory Bennett in the Open 50m breaststroke as well as for the final event of the 10x1 mixed squad relay team of Izzy Easteal, Anola Jordan, Molly White, Katie White, Philippa Davenall, Joe Tilley, Kai Cheng, Patrick Warner, Alex Williamson and Tom Grieve helped secure victory 11 points ahead of Saffron Seals.

The final result was: 1st Colchester 164 points, 2nd Saffron Walden 153, 3rd Rochford 141, 4th Chelmsford 119 and 5th Brentwood 111.

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6th Halstead Open Meet - April 12th, 2015

Sunday April 12th saw a large squad of approximately 70 Colchester swimmers head to Braintree to compete in the annual Halstead Open Meet. Competitors came in search of improved times and regional qualification with a chance to compete in a range of events. With medals being awarded for places 1-6, Colchester swimmers scooped over 180 medals between them!

The girls' 200m freestyle race kicked off the day with Colchester swimmers in each of the age groups. The girls got the gala off to a great start with over a 30 second PB for Molly Grieve in the 9-year-old category and a 13 second PB for teammate Lotti Talbot (10 yrs). Three golds for Ciara Wookey, Eloise Sneddon and Charlotte Tree who swam a terrific 6 sec PB as did Molly White in the same age group (11 yrs). The 12 year olds also produced some equally terrific swims with Ana Victoria Anderson swimming an 8 sec PB and taking bronze and Niamh Higgins an impressive 13 sec PB securing a 6th place medal. Sophie Talbot, Annie Bayliss, Georgia Hinds-Dutton and Katy Bates also added to the impressive PBs swum. Anshma Rai secured silver in the 13 years age group.

The boys fared equally as well in the same event. Feliz Szpakowski (9 yrs) secured silver with a massive 42 second PB. Colchester hats dominated the remainder of the age groups in this event with Patrick Warner taking bronze and Oscar Crofts, Samuel Bentley and Samuel Lemnell finishing in the top six (both Sams with over a 10 sec PB - 11 yrs). The top 5 positions in the 12 year age group also went to Colchester: Christopher Ashdown (gold), Will Chapman (silver), Cameron Newton (bronze), Luke Ledwidge (4th), Joe Cole (5th). The older boys continued the good form with a silver for Alex Williamson (13 yrs) and great PBs (15+ secs) for Adam Buckingham and Samuel Milburn and the 14 and 15 year old categories seeing all the club's competitors finishing in the top three.

The girls' 100m butterfly saw gold for Ciara Wookey and 4th place for Lotti Talbot with a terrific 8 sec PB (10 yrs). Charlotte Tree (11 yrs) swam an 11 sec PB. 12 year old Niamh Higgins swam well and secured silver in the 12 year old category and team mate Annie Bayliss also secured a 20+ sec PB finishing 5th as did Anshma Rai in the 13 year age category. Katie White secured gold and Elizabeth Woods a strong 4th place with a 5 sec PB. Christopher Ashdown took gold and Joseph Cole bronze in the 12-year age group in the same event for the boys.

Swimmers continued to deliver some great swims in the morning's 50m sprint events. Strong swims saw Holly McCarthy secure 4th in the 50m backstroke (9 yrs) and a good PB for Anola Jordan and 5th place (10 yrs). Eloise Sneddon took silver in the 12 year age group and a determined swim from Sophie Talbot saw her finish 6th in a time of 39.45secs. 13-year-old Abbie McCarthy won silver and Katie White 4th.

Daniel Himsworth put in a terrific performance for the boys' 50m backstroke taking gold in a time of 44.78 secs. Joe Tilley finished 5th. Kai Cheng took gold in the 10 year old category, as did William Pestell in the 11 year olds. The boys continued to impress with top three finishes for Chris Ashdown (gold), Luke Ledwidge (silver), Will Chapman (Bronze) 12 years and Rory Bennett (gold), Alex Tinnion (silver) and Ben Chapman (bronze) 14 years, Nick Mitchell (silver) and Will Marsh (bronze) in the 15 year olds.

Olivia Horn secured bronze and a 6 sec PB in the 100m breaststroke and a 7 second PB saw Anola Jordan secure 5th place (10 yrs). In the same event there was a bronze for Charlotte Tree, 4th for Tara Bygrave (11 yrs) and silver for Ruby Watson (12 yrs). Kalaum Corani took bronze (10 yr), Ashdown (gold) and Cameron Newton (silver) in the 12-year category and Nick Mitchell (gold - 15 yr) and James Buckingham (silver - 16 yr).

The 50m freestyle saw a silver for Katie White (13 yr), silver for Dan Himsworth and bronze for Felix (9 yrs). William Pestell secured silver (11 yr), Luke Ledwidge (gold - 12 yrs), Ashdown (silver) and Will Chapman (bronze). Alex Williamson swam well and secured silver (13 yr) as did Alex Tinnion (14 yr), and Rory Bennett who added to his medal haul with a bronze.

The 100IM saw more great swims with Molly Grieve, Eloise Sneddon, Katie White, Brittany Lodge, F Szpakowski, Pestell, Ashdown Ledwidge, B Chapman and Rory Bennett adding to their medal haul placing in the top three of their respective age groups.

Terrific racing and good form kept the medals rolling in for the 50m fly and 50m breaststroke events along with numerous PBs and medals for top 6 finishes.

Competitors performed well in the 100m backstroke showing good focus on technique and strong turns with many swimmers landing spots in the top 6.

The hotly contested 100m freestyle ended the day for many of our swimmers. Gold for Wookey, Sneddon, Pestell, Ledwidge, and Francis, silver for Tree, K White, Ashdown, Tinnion, Williamson and Matt Lemnell, and bronze for Cameron Newton and Ben Chapman, 4th for W Chapman and W Marsh, 5th for A V Anderson, K Cheng and Nick Mitchell. Great swims for Edward Cox, Finlay Keating, Sam Horn and Samuel Milburn resulted in 6 second plus PBs to finish off the day!

Those also competing and improving their personal bests were: Elizabeth French, Mark Milburn, Amie Apps, Samuel Jackaman, Eliza Robinson, Sam Toon, Mary Robinson, Georgia Hinds-Dutton, Katy Bates, Elizabeth French, Oscar Crofts, Adam Buckingham, Oliver Cox, Victoria Hopkins, Tara Bygrave, Franchesca Williamson, Ruby Watson, Alexandra Bygrave, Seb Tilley, and Owen Williams

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May 2015

National Junior Swimming League (M11) - Round Two - May 17th, 2015

Round two of the National Junior Swimming League saw the Colchester Swimming club squad head to Southbury to battle it out against some of the top clubs in the league for a place in the winner's final.

The girls got the first set of points on the board with the girls' 12&Under 4x2L medley relay with Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Sophie Freeman and Eliose Sneddon taking 2nd place and 7 points. In the same event, the boys' team of Naythun Aung, William Pestell, Ben Hardy and Luke Ledwidge swam to 3rd as did the girls (Aisha Parker, Eliza Robinson, Mia Perzolo and Molly Grieve) in the 9-year 4X1L freestyle relay. Another top 3 finish by the girls' 11&Under freestyle team of Zoe Clegg, Charlotte Tree, Ciara Wookey and Sophie Freeman added to the points total. Colchester was off to a good start with the points total building nicely.

The individual events were next and some strong swims from the team meant personal best (PB) times were smashed and a good number of points won. Eliza Robinson swam a PB in the 9 year 25m freestyle, as did Hayden Chamberlain in his first individual event for the club. The first win of the day came from Sophie Freeman in the girls' 11&U backstroke followed by two 2nd place finishes by Naythun Aung and Olivia Norman in the boys' 11&Under 50m backstroke and the girls' 12&Under 50m butterfly respectively. Molly Grieve achieved a 2 second PB in the girls' 25m-breaststroke event as did Seb Tilley (1 sec) in the same event for the boys. Charlotte Norman swam to 2nd in the girls' 10 years 50m backstroke and Kai Cheng to 3rd in the same event for the boys. Sophie Freeman and William Pestell fought off some determined opposition in the 11&Under 50m butterfly event both hanging on to 1st place and a precious 8 points each. Aisha Parker also swam a good PB in the girls' 25m backstroke finishing in 3rd place to mark the end of the first session.

 
Colchester National Junior Swimming League Round 2
 

At the midway point of the gala, Colchester lay in 3rd place with 130 points.

There was everything to swim for in final half of the event. Daley Walker-Wallace swam a 2 second PB in his first individual event for the club coming 4th. A strong finish in the girls' 10 yr 50m butterfly event saw # Charlotte Norman snatch 1st place just .01 seconds ahead of the Enfield Swimmer! Naythun Aung also swam to 1st and a small PB in the boys' 50m freestyle event. The same event for the boys' 10-year category also saw a small PB for William Easteal. The final set of individual swims of the day saw another first place for William Pestell in the boys' 11&Under breaststroke, first place for Olivia Norman in the girls' 12&Under 50m backstroke and 2nd place for Aung in the same event for the boys.

The final set of relay events saw all teams fighting for every point and a place at the Winner's Gala. James Tree joined the boys' 9-year 4X1L Medley relay team swimming well in the freestyle leg in his first gala for the club and strong finishes and effective takeovers saw the Colchester relay teams help maintain the club's position. The high energy and fiercely contested cannon relay finished the day with Colchester's team of M Grieve, S Tilley, C Norman, Kai Cheng, S Freeman, W Pestell, Asma Parker and Ben Hardy coming 5th.

Other swimmers representing the club were: Lauren Wopling, Georgia Bleck, Esmae McGregor, Kalaum Corani, Ross Jordan and Oscar Crofts.

Colchester finished the day in 3rd place securing a place in the Winner's final that will be held on June 28th.

Division 1 - Gala 2 Results:

  • 1st - Thurrock 283
  • 2nd - RTW 269
  • 3rd - Colchester 255
  • 4th - Chelmsford 239
  • 5th - ESS 234
  • 6th - Hatfield 200
  • 7th - BC 160
  • 8th - Hackney 116

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BAGCATS (10-14 years) - East Region Long Course Championships 2015

Following on from the Youth Regional Championships in Luton, the second May bank holiday weekend saw the opportunity for the younger Colchester regional qualifiers (in the 11/12, 13 and 14 year age categories) to show what they could do!

Colchester got off to a flying start when, in the first heat of the first event, Eloise Sneddon took Gold in the heat declared 400m Freestyle (11/12 yrs). In the same event Sophie Freeman swam a great PB securing 10th place. Sophie was one of two Colchester swimmers who qualified for the regional events despite being only 11 in the 11\12 age category and continued to impress all weekend.

William Pestell made the final of the gruelling 200m Butterfly and later swam to 8th place in the 11/12 age group. Ciara Wookey was up next for the girls' 200m Breaststroke where she held her own against tough competition to finish in 13th place (11/12 yrs). The mens' 100m Breaststroke saw good swims from William Pestell and Ben Hardy, before Jamie Coles' great effort took him to the final where he finished in 6th place (14 yrs). Also making finals were Asma Parker, Sophie Freeman and Olivia Norman, when they swam alongside teammates Eloise Sneddon, Niamh Higgins, Ciara Wookey and Abbie McCarthy in the last event of the morning, the girls' 50m Butterfly.

William Pestell returned in the afternoon session, for the heat declared men's 400IM, where a great PB of 5.40.15 (and a full 4 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor) earned Colchester their second Gold medal. Next were Sneddon, Parker and Norman for the girls' 200IM. All of the girls made the finals and finished 5th, 8th (11/12 yrs) and 5th (13 yrs) respectively. Sophie then joined Asma and Eloise in the 100m Freestyle where Parker and Sneddon took 5th and 6th places in the finals. Colchester's third medal of the day was won by Olivia Norman in the girls' 200m Backstroke, where she went faster again in the final with a great time of 2:28.91 taking the Silver.

Day 2's excitement began with the girls' 200m Butterfly, with Sophie Freeman, Eloise Sneddon, Asma Parker, Olivia Norman and Abbie McCarthy all stepping up. Colchester spectators were roaring as Sophie beat her PB by an amazing 8 seconds taking her to the 11/12 age group final along with Eloise. Abbie then swam equally brilliantly, smashing her PB by 14 secs to put her in the 13 yrs final with Olivia. The finals of this event were no less nail biting, and Olivia took the Gold in her age group (13 yrs) while Eloise earned her second medal of the competition with a third place finish. Not content to stop there, Sneddon then won another Bronze medal in the girls' 400m IM with Sophie Freeman finishing well in 5th place.

The boys completed the morning's racing with the 200m Breastroke (Will Pestell and Jamie Coles) and 50m Butterfly (Pestell, Coles and Ben Hardy). Pestell made both finals and improved his heat time in the 200m Breastroke by 5 seconds to take Bronze. William later added to his medal haul by winning Gold in the final of the mens' 200m IM in 2:40.58.

Freeman, Sneddon, Parker, Norman and Isabella Tanenbaum were next on the blocks for the girls' 100m Backstroke. Impressive swims put Asma and Olivia into the finals where Olivia Norman took third place and her third medal of the championships. Livi, Eloise, Asma and Sophie returned swiftly to the water for the 50m Freestyle where Asma qualified for the final and later took 8th place. Also making another final was William, who similarly finished in 8th place in the mens' 200m Backstroke.

 
East Region BAGCATS Championships 2015
 

The final day of the championships began with the distance events, the girls' 800m and men's 1500m Freestyle. William Pestell swam a good long course PB to earn him 5th place. It was another medal for Eloise, who came second in the girls' event in 10:09.93, while Sophie, in 7th place, achieved a great PB moving her up in the rankings.

The girls had another great afternoon starting off with the 50m Backstroke, where Olivia, Asma and Eloise all made the finals. Sophie and Niamh Higgins joined Eloise, Asma and Livi in the girls' 100m Butterfly event where Norman and Sneddon qualified for the finals and Eloise claimed another Bronze medal, improving her heat time by 2 seconds. With almost no time to rest, Eloise went on to swim another fantastic PB in the 200m Freestyle with a time of 2.19.38, beating her heat time by 3 seconds and taking a well deserved Gold medal.

The last races of the day saw Asma, Ciara, William, Ben and Jamie Coles take their starting positions for the 50m Breastroke. A fantastic swim by Jamie put him through to the final where he claimed Bronze and Colchester's 13th medal of the championship.

The weekend's racing also saw strong swims from Colchester's Ben Hardy (50m & 100m Backstroke, 50m & 100m Freestyle, 100m Breastroke, 100m Butterfly), Alex Williamson (50m Freestyle), Alexander Tinnion (50m & 100m Backstroke), William Pestell (100m Breastroke, 100m Backstroke, 50 Breastroke, 200m & 400m Freestyle), Asma Parker (50m breastroke, 200m Freestyle), Sophie Freeman (200m Freestyle) and Isabella Tanenbaum (50 Backstroke).

After a fantastic three days' racing, Eloise's six medals earned her joint third place in the girls 11/12 age group. With the further 7 medals won by our swimmers, Colchester finished in 6th place overall and as the top Essex Club.

Head Coach Michelle Young summed up the success of the weekend: "I was very proud of all of our swimmers, they showed great strength and determination, competing in so many events and finals over one weekend. The results they achieved and the medals won, were truly inspiring."

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East Region Youth Championships 2015

The first bank holiday in May saw a small team of regional youth qualifiers head to Luton Inspire Sports Village to compete against the best in the region at the Level 1 East Region Youth Championships.

A full three-day weekend of racing saw numerous personal bests (PBs) set, medals won and personal goals achieved.

Spencer Prior (16 yrs) got the event off to a good start for Colchester swimming a strong 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:17.60 closely followed by Ellie Duley in the 200 Breaststroke. The boys, Spencer Prior and Tom Grieve, were soon back in the pool for the 100m butterfly. A confident swim by Tom Grieve (15 yrs) saw his hard work in training pay off by securing an impressive time of 1:07.23, almost a 2 second PB on the time set at the Level 1 Norwich meet just a few weeks ago.

The girls were next up with Kaythi Aung, Martha Duley and Elinor Duley swimming the 50m freestyle, the final event of the first session. There were good swims by each of the girls with Martha (16 yrs) making the first final of the day in a time of 28.32secs.

 
East Region Youth Championships
 

Spencer Prior swam well in the gruelling 400IM and finished in a terrific 6th place. 3rd place for Martha in the 200 backstroke found her in another final where a good finish secured the first medal of the day, silver in a time of 2:26.74. Jack Howlett put in an amazing swim the 100m freestyle event fighting off 20 other competitors in the 17 year + age group only narrowly missing out on the final coming 9th place.

The 50m backstroke event saw Martha Duley qualify for the final as the second fastest in the 16 year old category and then taking silver in a faster time of 31.31. Ellie Duley's (15 yr) heat swim in the 100m fly helped secure her a place in the final where she finished 4th in a time of 1:09.20. Joining Ellie in the afternoon's finals was Jack Howlett following an amazing swim (24.24secs) in the 50m freestyle (17 year and over).

Jack Howlett, Nicolas Mitchell and Tom Grieve each put in strong swims in the boys' 50m breaststroke event.

On the final day of the championships Spencer Prior made the finals in the boys' 200IM in the 16 yrs category finishing 6th. Martha Duley made finals in the 100m backstroke as the second fastest qualifier, improving on her time and maintaining good technique to go and snatch the gold!

Tom Grieve continued to impress, setting a new PB in the boys' 15 yr 50m butterfly race against some determined opposition followed by Ellie in the same event for the girls (15 yrs). Ellie qualified 4th fastest in the heats, making the finals, and improving her time in the event breaking 29 seconds and taking a much deserved bronze.

Head Coach Michelle Young was proud of all of her athletes: "I was really impressed with all of my swimmers, but I know they have more to come. If we can tap into a little more self-belief their times will fall like coconuts off a shy. We have really nice swimmers, we now we need to turn them into the mindset of champions."

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June 2015

Colchester Swimming Club stay on top in round three of the Essex Mini League

On 13 June, round three of the Essex Mini League took Colchester swimmers to Witham, determined to repeat their winning performances from rounds one and two.

First up were Lauren and Dan Himsworth in the 11&U 50m Backstroke events, where Dan took second place, and Lauren swam a fantastic 3 second personal best (PB), making her too fast for the event, and unfortunately was time faulted.

Colchester were again too fast in the next event, the Girls Medley Relay (9yrs), where the team of Holly McCarthy, Izzy Easteal, Izzy Fifield and Mia Perzylo swam 2 seconds quicker than the cut off time, showing their continuing improvement.

The girls had a clean sweep of PBs in the next set of individual events, including H McCarthy with a 2 sec PB in the 10&U 50m Backstroke, and I sec PBs for Rhianna (Open 50m Fly) and Lottie Talbot and Aimee Cade (10&U and 11&U 50m Breastroke). Bronte Jordan took 1st place with a 1 sec PB in the 13&U 50m Freestyle while Rory Bennett showed what the boys could do in the Open 50m Fly with a great 2 sec PB time of 30.87 seconds. Coming second in the Boys 10&U 50m Breastroke and the 13&U 100m Freestyle, Mark Milburn and Luke Ledwidge also helped to add to Colchester's mounting score.

The next set of relay events saw 2nd place finishes for the girls' 4x2x1 Freestyle Relay team of Ana V, Rhianna Preece, Niamh Higgins and Bronte Jordan, and the boys' team of Rory Bennett, Matt Lemnell, Kirin Yeung and Luke Ledwidge.

Victoria Hopkins and Owen Williams showed that their hard work in training was paying off when they both won their 11&U 50m Freestyle events. Also gaining PBs and strong finishes in this set of individual races were Niamh, (Open 50m Back), and Annie Bayliss and Louis Martin (13&U 50m Breast).

The Boys' 6x1 Fly Relay team (Daley W, Oliver Cox, Felix Spakowski, Kirin Young, Harvey Daniels and Matt Lemnell) and 11&U Free Relay team (Owen Williams, Sam Lemnell, Dan Himsworth and Harvey Daniels) both took 1st place positions and maximum points, while the Girls' 6x1 Fly Relay team of H McCarthy, Alex Bygrave, Anola Jordan, R Preece, Olivia Horn and N Higgins gained further team points with a strong 2nd place finish.

Colchester flew through the next events with Sophie Talbot taking a terrific 1st place in the girls' 13&U 50m Backstroke, as did Ana V in the Open 100m Freestyle with an impressive 2 sec PB. Also gaining PB's and demonstrating their improvement were Sam Horn (13&U 50m Backstroke) and Kirin Young (Open 100m Freestyle). A series of Fly races saw great wins from Alex Bygrave and Oliver Cox (13&U 50m) and Edward Cox (10&U 25M), with second place finishes from Olivia Horn and H Daniels (11&U 50m).

The evening drew to an end with a run of wins in Breastroke and Freestyle relays, where our younger swimmers really shone, showing why they have been impressing their coaches so much in training lately. Colchester secured their victory by also winning the final event of the night, the Mixed Squadron 10x1 Freestyle Relay, swum by Mia Perzylo, Hayden Chamberlain, A Jordan, E Cox, Victoria Hopkins, H Daniels, Annie Bayliss, L Ledwidge, Rhianna Preece and M Lemnell.

The final result was: 1st Colchester 160 points, 2nd Braintree 150, 3rd Basildon140, 4th Witham 120 and 5th Maldon 103.

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July 2015

Basildon End of Season Open Meet - July 2015

A large team of Colchester swimmers headed to Basildon last weekend to compete in the club's end of season long course open meet. For many swimmers this was their first taste of competing in a 50m (long course) event and they enjoyed a successful weekend. Colchester's medal winners were: Anita Tien (9 medals), Abbie McCarthy (2), Charlotte Norman (2), Charlotte Tree (1), Elinor Duley (7), Eloise Sneddon (6), Georgia Bleck (1), Jack Howlett (2), Ben Hardy (1), Jamie Coles (1), Martha Duley (5), Olivia Norman (5), Sophie Freeman (7), Tom Grieve (8), William Pestell (10) and Ciara Wookey (3).

The girls kicked off the weekend with the grueling 400IM with Abbie McCarthy, Anita Tien, Eloise Sneddon and Ciara Wookey collecting their first medals. Over 100 boys competed in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events with Colchester swimmers, Dan Himsworth, Sebastian Tilley, Joe Tilley, Hayden Chamberlain, Owen Williams, Samuel Bentley and Luke Ledwidge putting in some great performances in their first long course swim and Tom Grieve racing to gold in the 14 year age group in a time of 27.15seconds in the 50m. Tom's sub 1-minute swim in the boys' 100m freestyle bagged him a 2nd gold later the same morning. Teammate Jack Howlett swam to silver with a superb time of 54.86s in the 15 years and over category for the same event.

The girls returned to take on the 200m butterfly with some terrific swims bagging Tien, Olivia Norman, Sophie Freeman, Elinor Duley and Sneddon a medal each. William Pestell (11 yrs) took his first gold in the 100m backstroke and the girls continued to add to their haul with golds for Tien and Wookey, silver for Charlotte Norman and a bronze for Elinor Duley in the 200m breaststroke. Pestell (11 yrs) secured gold in the same event for the boys.

William Pestell's next gold came in the 200IM in a time of 244.19s and a strong swim by Ben Hardy secured him 4th position in the 12-year age category. Tom Grieve added silver to his collection in the same event. Pestell added another gold to his collection in the 100m breaststroke later in the day with Nicholas Mitchell (15 Yrs) and Kirin Yeung (14 yrs) setting impressive PBs for the same event.

The 50m sprints saw some terrific swims. The girls placed well in the 50m butterfly with Freeman (11 yrs) and Katie White (13 yrs) swimming to silver and Olivia Norman (12 yrs) to bronze. The boys continued to clock some good times in both the 50m backstroke and breaststroke events again with many swimming these events for the first time in a 50-meter pool. Pestell and Howlett both claimed silvers in their respective age groups and Jamie Coles (14 yrs) a bronze for the 50m breaststroke. Freeman secured another gold in a terrific time of 30.80s in the girls 50m freestyle as did Martha Duley (16 yrs) in a time of 28.25s. Sneddon swam to silver in a time of 30.46s.

Sophie Freeman swam to gold as did Sneddon, Ellie and Martha Duley and Tien a bronze in the girls' 200m freestyle. Charlotte Tree (11 yrs) wiped 15 seconds off her personal best finishing in a time of 2:36.85 in the same event. The girls continued their good form in the 200m backstroke, despite it being the last race of a very long day, with golds for Olivia Norman and Martha Duley and silvers for Tien, Freeman and Ellie Duley. They also saw success in the 100m butterfly with numerous great times and gold for Tien, silver for Charlotte and Olivia Norman and bronze for Freeman. The girls' 100m breaststroke saw gold for Ciara Wookey (11 yrs), Tien and Ellie Duley.

The girls' 400 free saw a gold for Georgia Bleck (10 yrs) and a bronze each for Charlotte Tree and Abbie McCarthy. The boys' gruelling 400IM saw golds for both Pestell and Tom Grieve.

Team spirit remaining high despite the long weekend of competition. Swimmers remained focused throughout the weekend and were a credit to themselves and the club. The PBs and medals continued to roll in with some great swims from everyone that competed. Senior performance swimmer Matthew Lemnell put in strong swims in both the boys' 50m and 100m fly as well as the 200m freestyle.

Pestell and Alex Tinnion (14 yrs) both finished the weekend of competition with golds in the 200m backstroke.

Other swimmers competing for Colchester swimming club, setting terrific times and achieving personal goals were: Cameron Newton, Lauren Himsworth, Molly White, Lucy Morgan, Amelia Duley, Bronte Jordan, Amber Jordan, Molly Grieve, Annie Bayliss, Ruby Watson, Nicholas Mitchell, Ross Jordan, Lauren Wopling, Zoe Clegg, Anshma Rai, Niamh Higgins, Anola Jordan, Alex Tinnion and Oscor Crofts.

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Cambridge Open Meet - July 2015

July 12th, 2015 saw a number of Colchester Swimming Club swimmers travel to Cambridge to compete in a full day of swimming across three sessions at their annual open meet.

The 200m freestyle event kicked off the day. Daniel Himsworth swam a 10+ second PB with a time of 3:07.63 in the 10 year old age category placing him 4th. Rory Bennett, Alex Tinnion and Kirin Yeung each put in strong performances in the 14 year old category and Annie Bayliss (12 yrs) swam a 5 second PB in the same event for the girls.

The first medal of the day went to Rory Bennett (14 yrs) with a bronze in the 50m backstroke event in a time of 32.58 seconds. Jasmine Bayliss (10 yrs) swam a a 1.5 second PB as did Lucy Morgan in the 11 year old age group in the 50m backstroke for the girls.

Kirin Yeung (14 yrs) swam to silver in the boys' 100m butterfly event and Anita Tien (10 yrs) and Abbie McCarthy (13 yrs) to gold for the girls. Lucy Morgan (11 yrs) secured a 4 second PB as did Molly White in the same age group. There was another medal, bronze, for Kirin Yeung in the boys' 200IM.

Katie White (13 yrs) swam to silver in the girls' 50m butterfly event together with just under a 2 second PB by Lauren Wopling in a time of 43.52seconds. A strong swim by Sophie Talbot (12 yrs) secured her a 3 second PB in a time of 44.37 seconds. Team mate Alex Tinnion (14 yrs) also secured just under a 2 second PB in the same event for the boys.

With over 160 girls competing in the 100m freestyle event, competition was fierce. Tien secured silver in the 10 year old category with team mates putting in strong swims and gaining a number of personal bests across the remaining age groups. Tien added a bronze to her medal haul in the 100m backstroke and Abbie McCarthy a silver to hers in the same event in the 13 year old category. Teammates Bennett, Tinnion and Yeung (14 yrs) also swam well in the same event for the boys.

The 50m breaststroke saw a bronze for Molly Grieve (9yrs) in a time of 51.93 seconds, a 2 second PB, along with a bronze for Tien (10 yrs) and a 7 second PB for Amie Apps also in the 10 year age group.

The third and final session of the day kicked off with the girls' 200IM. Molly Grieve (9 yrs) swam to gold in a terrific time of 3.24: 63. Yeung impressed with a sub 30 second swim in the boys' 50m freestyle finishing in a time of 29.85s. The same sprint event for the girls saw confident swims and a number of PBs set as did the 100m breaststroke that completed the day for both the girls and boys.

Head Coach for the day, Sophie Howard, noted the day as "A successful day all around for the squad.&Quot;

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August 2015

No reports during this month

September 2015

Colchester Swimming Club has a strong start to the season!

The last weekend in September saw some of Colchester Swimming Club swimmers head to Basildon to race in the first open meet of the season. The level 2 meet attracted a range of different clubs providing our swimmers with the opportunity to race competitors that they might not usually get the chance to.

Early season training paid dividends throughout the meet, with numerous PB times clocked and county times achieved. The first 400m events of the weekend saw golds for William Pestell (400 free), Anita Tien and Asma Parker (400IM) and silver for Sophie Freeman (400IM). Huge PBs were set by Spencer Prior (8 secs) and Tom Grieve (12 secs) in the 15 years and over category and Charlotte Tree (62 seconds!!!!!) in the 11 year old age category. Tien added silver to her medal collection, Freeman, and Eloise Sneddon golds and Tree and Parker bronze on day two for the girls' 400m freestyle. Lauren Himsworth and Annie Bayliss put in strong swims to secure themselves impressive PBs in the same event.

The sprint events of the weekend saw some good swims by the boys and medals for William Easteal (1), Pestell (1), Ben Hardy (3) and some good PBs swum across the board. Jack Howlett's superb 50m freestyle sprint saw him head into the open final as the last event of the weekend finishing in a terrific 2nd place and earning himself a silver medal.

The girls also saw sprint success with numerous medals won: golds for Tien (10 yrs) in the 50m events across all four disciplines, Freeman (11 yrs) gold in the 50m butterfly and silver in the 50m freestyle and backstroke and bronze for Parker (12 yrs) in the 50m butterfly and freestyle events and gold in the 50m backstroke. Molly White swam to bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

Will Marsh's 100m freestyle event saw him swim sub one minute in a time of 59.72seconds.

The 200m events saw medals for William Pestell, Alex Tinnion, Anita Tien, Molly Grieve, Charlotte Tree, Asma Parker, Ben Hardy, Sophie Freeman, Eliose Sneddon, and Georgia Bleck. A determined swim also saw a terrific 4-second PB for Nicholas Mitchell in the 200m breaststroke.

The ever-popular 200m and 100m individual medley events saw some terrific technical swimming, medals and PBs set. Golds for Tien, Freeman and Parker in their respective age groups and well deserved bronze medals for Charlotte Tree (11yrs) and Katie White (13 yrs) in the girls' 100IM and gold for Tien, silver for Parker and bronze for Georgia Bleck in the 200 individual medley event. The boys also performed well with Ben Hardy adding a gold to his collection in the 100IM as did William Pestell in the 200IM.

Also competing at this early season event were: Kirin Yeung, Jamie Coles, Lucy Morgan, Zoe Clegg, Ana Victoria Anderson, Anshma Rai, Daniel Himsworth, Emily Digby and Luke Ledwidge

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Colchester Swimming Club is top again in round four of the Essex Mini League

There were high expectations on the way to Basildon Sporting Village on September 12th. Colchester swimmers were keen to get back to racing after their deserved summer break, and continue their winning streak in round four of the Essex Mini League.

The team put on a fantastic performance, coming first place in half of the evening's events and achieving a top three finish in all but four races!!

In the 11 & Under 50m Backstroke events, Dan Himsworth swam up a year and still took an impressive second place, while Anola Jordan's hard work in training rewarded her with Colchester's first win of the night. The 10 & Under races in the same event saw two more wins and personal best times (PBs) for Molly Grieve and Kalaum Corani.

Lucy Morgan swam a 3 second PB and won the 13 & Under 100m Freestyle in a great time of 1:10.63, with Luke Ledwidge adding to the points taking second place in the boys' event. Further first and second places were earned in the Open 50m Fly events by Brittany Lodge and Alex Tinnion respectively, both achieving personal best times. Mark Milburn then finished off the first group of individual races with a solid win and PB in the 10 & Under 50m Breaststroke.

In their first gala for Colchester Swimming Club, Theo Gardiner and Alec Darcy-Jones joined Charlie Pryke and Seb Tilley in the 9 & Under Medley Relay, taking second place. Well done boys! The girls team of Holly McCarthy, Izzy Easteal, Izzy Fifield and Keziah Cornish were equally impressive but unfortunately earned themselves a time fault for swimming faster than the cut off time for their age group.

Colchester were again time faulted in the girls' 11 & Under 50m Breaststroke where Lauren Himsworth was on fire swimming a massive 4 second PB. Colchester then resumed their point scoring with a clean sweep of first and second places in individual events, led by Edward Cox's win in the boys 11 & Under 50m Breaststroke. The girls' Freestyle events were particularly impressive with Mia Perzylo swimming up an age group and winning the 10 & Under race with a huge 4 second PB, and Lauren Wapling gaining a 1.5 sec PB and first place in the 11&U event. Sam Bentley also won the boys' event in the same age group, as did Amelia Duley in the 13 & Under 50m Breaststroke.

Great team swimming saw Colchester take first and second places in the boys' and girls' Open Freestyle Relays (Rory Bennett, Isaac aPave, Alex Tinnion, Alex Williamson, Ana V Anderson, Bronte Jordan, Brittany Lodge and Lucy Morgan) plus well-earned wins in both the girls' and boys' Squadron Fly Relays. ( Holly McCarthy, Molly Grieve, Olivia Horn, Lizzie Woods, L Morgan, B Lodge, Seb Tilley, Kalaum Corani, Owen Williams, I Pavey, A Tinnion, R Bennett)

Continuing relay success resulted in victories for the boys 11 & Under Freestyle team, both the girls' and boys' 9 & Under Freestyle teams and the girls Squadron Breaststroke team. The final relay of the night, the Mixed Squadron 10xl Freestyle Relay, was another win for Colchester and showed a good depth of swimming ability across all age groups in the club.

Owen Williams' continued dedication led him to swim a great 2-second PB in the boys' 11 & Under 50m Fly, taking second place. Ana V Anderson and Alex Williamson (Open 100m Freestyle), Joe Tilley (10 & Under 1l Fly), and Lizzie Woods (13 & Under 50m Fly) all swam well and secured maximum points in their events. Rory Bennett's impressive PB and win in the Open 50m Breaststroke completed Colchester's string of wins in the last few races of the night, and helped secure Colchester's victory, ensuring they remain unbeaten in the Mini League so far!

Head Coach Michelle Young commented on what a super start it has been to the new season, saying she was extremely impressed with the team's performance and is proud of them all!

The final result was: 1st Colchester 201points, 2nd Harwich 152, 3rd Basildon 148 and 4th Hornchurch 120.

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October 2015

Essex Senior Winter Championships 2015

A team of 28 Colchester SC swimmers competed in this year's Essex Senior Winter Championships held over 25m at Basildon Sporting Village last weekend. This year's Championship was held as an open age group event meaning that awards were given only to the top three in each event overall. Finals were held for the 50m and 100m events.

Colchester Swimming Club's medalists were 16-year-old Martha Duley who won Gold and took the Essex Winter Championship title in the 100m freestyle in a new PB time of 59.08. Martha later added to her collection with Silver medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke together with Bronze in the 200m freestyle and the 200m backstroke. Kaythi Aung also earned herself a well-deserved place on the podium with a silver in both the 50m freestyle (27.63) and the 50m butterfly (29.34).

Ellie Duley, Olivia Norman, Aaron Francis and Spencer Prior also enjoyed successful weekends and made several finals between them. Olivia and Ellie joined Martha in the 50m backstroke final swimming some impressive times and finishing 5th and 7th respectively. Amongst a number of other finals, Ellie also joined Kaythi in the 50m butterfly final coming in 4th in a tight finish in a time of 29.89, just .12 seconds behind the Basildon swimmer. Spencer continued his great form so far this season swimming numerous PBs across a wide variety of strokes, making the final in the 100m breaststroke and just missing out on a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke by only .45 of a second.

The weekend's distance events saw some determined swims from Asma Parker, Eloise Sneddon and Sophie Freeman in the girl's 800m freestyle and William Pestell and Tom Grieve in the 1500m freestyle.

The girls impressed in the 200m-butterfly event with 7 Colchester swimmers taking on this gruelling event. All the girls swam some terrific times with Abbie McCarthy continuing to improve her time with another 4 second PB in the event from her time set just 3 weeks ago. Charlotte Norman also impressed as the only 10 year old in the event setting a new PB of 2:54.45.

There were many other strong performances from Colchester swimmers throughout the weekend. In the girls' events: Chloe Rudkin (16), Eloise Sneddon (12), Asma Parker (12), Sophie Freeman (11), Charlotte Tree (11), Katie White (14), Ciara Wookey (11), Bronte Jordan (13) and Ana Victoria Anderson (13) and in the boys' events: Tom Grieve (15), James Buckingham (17), Nick Mitchell (16), William Pestell (12), Alex Tinnion (14), Kirin Yeung (14), Ben Hardy (12), William Marsh (16), Alex Williamson (13), and Alex Cole (17) all setting some great times, including a number of County and Regional qualifying times, with many swimming across a variety of strokes demonstrating their all round ability.

Head Coach Michelle Young was delighted with a successful weekend of swimming.

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Colchester Swimming Club wins the Essex Mini League 2015!

Colchester Swimming Club's swimmers headed to Southend on the evening of October 10th, 2015 to compete in the final round of the Essex Mini League for 2015 and determined to place their claim on the league title win.

As per normal form, the evening kicked off with two individual races with the girls' and boys' 11&U 50m backstroke with Georgia Bleck swimming to 3rd place with a 4 second PB. Sam Bentley swam to 2nd place with a 2 sec PB.

The first two relay events of the evening, the girls' (Holly McCarthy, Keara Hemsworth, Keziah Cornish and Paige Scott) and boys' (Theo Gardiner, Charlie Pryke, Hayden Chamberlain and James Tree), 9 years medley races, swam to 1st and 2nd place respectively adding some very valuable points to the team's total.

The next set of individual races saw swimmers secure some great positions and points for the club along with numerous personal bests (PBs). Alannah Brosnan swam to 3rd place in the girls' 10&U 50m backstroke. Amber Jordan swam a terrific PB and came 1st girls' 13&U 100m free. Luke Ledwidge also swam well in the same event for the boys with a strong 2 second personal best. The next set of events saw numerous top 3 finishes: Isaac Pavey, 2 sec PB (Open 50m fly), Jemima Boughey (10&U 50m breaststroke), Mark Milburn (10&U breaststroke), Lotti Talbot (11&under 50m breaststroke) and Edward Cox (11&U 50m breaststroke) all helping Colchester maintain its strong position.

The next set of relay events saw 3rd place finishes for the girls' 4x2x1 freestyle relay teams of Brittany Lodge, Bronte Jordan, Ana Victoria Anderson and Niamh Higgins and the boys' team of Kirin Yeung, Isaac Pavey, Rob Milburn and Luke Ledwidge.

As the races returned to individual events, the PBs kept on coming. Molly Grieve came 1st with a 2 sec PB in the girls' 10&U 50m free and Kalaum Corani swam a 1 sec PB taking 2nd place in the same event for the boys. Oliver Cox swam well in the boys' 13&U 50m breaststroke coming 3rd with a strong 1 sec PB.

The girls' 6x25m fly squadron relay team of Holly McCarthy, Molly Grieve, Lauren Wopling, Amber Jordan, Brittany Lodge and Niamh Higgins "flew" to 1st place and the boys' team of Chamberlain, Corani, Cole Scott, Sam Horn, Rob Milburn and Kirin Yeung secured 2nd. The girls' 11&U 4X1 free relay team of Wopling, Bleck, Gardiner and Talbot swam well and took 1st place followed by a time fault for the boys' team of Bentley, Edward Cox, Scott and Corani.

With a league win on their mind, there was everything to swim for in the next set of events. Zoe Clegg added to the points taking 1st place in the girls' 13&U 50m backstroke as did Sam Horn with a comfortable 2nd. Ana Victoria Anderson swam a 2 second PB in the girls' Open 100m freestyle event securing her 1st place followed by teammate Kirin Yeung who also came in 1st with a terrific 3 second PB in the same event for the boys.

As the night moved toward the final set of events, a series of wins in the relays and top 3 finishes in the individual events helped Colchester maintain their lead. Lauren Wopling and Cole Scott both set impressive PBs in the 11&U 50m fly event both securing 2nd place.

The eagerly awaited 10x1 mixed squad relay event completed the night's swimming with the Colchester team of H McCarthy, H Chamberlain, M Grieve, D Himsworth, L Wopling, Sam Bentley, A Bygrave, I Pavey, B Lodge and Kirin Yeung coming 1st and helping secure victory for the team 54 points ahead of Saffron Seals. This meant that not only did Colchester win the round but they also won the Essex Mini League 2015 overall!!!

The final result was: 1st Colchester 201 points, 2nd Saffron Seals 147, 3rd BOSS 144, 4th Harlow 121 and 5th Witham 99.

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Strong Start for Colchester in Round One of the 2015/2016 Arena League

On October 10th it was time for the first round of the much-anticipated National Arena Swimming League competition. The Premier Division of this exciting league always means some tough competition for the squad and the round one draw for this season was no exception. In great form, the squad was ready to take on some of the toughest competition from teams like Hatfield, Hillingdon and Teddington.

Kaythi Aung kicked the evening off with a strong swim in the ladies' 200IM getting the first points on the board for Colchester. Men's Captain, Spencer Prior, followed in the same event for the boys smashing 5 seconds off of his time and finishing in a terrific time of 2:15.81.

The first two individual events were followed by the first group of relays offering up their usual flurry of excitement amongst all the teams and spectators! Colchester's 9/11 age girls' freestyle relay team of Lucy Morgan, Anita Tien, Ciara Wookey and Sophie Freeman provided Colchester's first win of the night coming in over 3 seconds ahead of Hatfield.

The girls' 13/U medley team of Olivia Norman, Asma Parker, Abbie McCarthy and Eloise Sneddon stormed in snatching 2nd place from Basildon and Phoenix with hardly anything between the two touches. The boys' 12/U team of Christopher Ashdown, William Pestell, Ben Hardy and Alexander Williamson raced well and held their own in a time of 2:17.74.

The last of the first set of relays saw some good swims by Colchester's senior swimmers with some strong performances by both 15/U freestyle relay teams as well as the ladies' and men's open medley relay teams against much older swimmers in many cases. These events completed the first half of the relays with Colchester sitting in 5th place in the points table.

The individual events got underway with the girls' and boys' 10/11 50m backstroke event seeing some terrific swims and personal bests by Anita Tien (1 sec) and Naythan Aung (0.5 sec) both securing 2nd place and important points for Colchester. Pestell and Parker put in strong performances in the 13/U 100m breaststroke events securing a 2 second and 4 second PB respectively and adding some more points to the table for Colchester.

Arran Francis swam to 5th place with a PB in the Men's open 100m butterfly event followed by three more terrific 2nd places secured by Sophie Freeman and Naythan Aung in the 10/11 50m Butterfly events and Olivia Norman in the 13/U 100m backstroke. Sophie Freeman also swam to 1st place victory in the girls'10/11 50m freestyle event in a terrific personal best time of 30:18 seconds.

Determined swims by Ellie Duley and Tom Grieve in the 15/U 100m butterfly events saw Ellie rack up the points with third place for Colchester and Tom swimming a 2 second PB and securing 6th in a time of 1:04.47 just 0.24 seconds behind Basildon and Phoenix in 5th. Fingertips separated the girls at the finish in the ladies' open 100m backstroke event with Martha Duley coming 3rd just 0.05 seconds behind the Hatfield swimmer in the adjacent lane. Martha continued her return to form later in the evening in the ladies' open 100m freestyle.

Ciara Wookey broke 40 seconds in the 10/11 yrs 50m breaststroke race that saw her secure a comfortable 1st place and 8 points for the team. Abbie McCarthy impressed coming 3rd in the 13/U 100m butterfly event breaking her personal best set just one week ago. The team's efforts continued to secure a steady stream of points in the remaining individual swims including some strong swims from senior swimmers Cameron Simpson and Philippa Davenall in their individual open breaststroke events and a great swim by Jamie Coles in the boys' 15/U100m breaststroke event shaving 2 seconds off his PB.

Steady positioning in the final set of relay finishes enabled Colchester to maintain a strong position. Another 1st place for the girls' 9/11 relay team of (Tien, Wookey, Freeman and Morgan), 3rd for the girls' 13/U 4x50m freestyle relay (Parker, McCarthy, Norman and Sneddon) and strong swims in the remaining events of the evening, including the enthusiastically received ladies' and men's open relay, secured Colchester a finish in a well deserved 5th place finish. A great way to kick off the first of the three rounds!

Also securing some valuable points for Colchester were: Chloe Rudkin, Jack Howlett, William Easteal, Ross Jordan, Kai Cheng, Katie White, Rory Bennett and Alexander Tinnion.

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Romford Town's 4th David Jacob's Memorial Gala - October 2015

Saturday October 3rd saw a number of Colchester Swimming Club's swimmers head to Braintree to compete in Romford Towns' 4th David Jacob's memorial gala. The gala offered swimmers the opportunity to race in all four 50m events and the 100m individual medley (IM). This was a first taste of competition for a number of the club's younger swimmers.

The day kicked off with the ever-popular 50m freestyle event with some terrific swims across the board, a silver for William Easteal (10 yrs), a bronze for Mia Perzylo (9 yrs) with Holly McCarthy securing the first of four personal bests (PBs) of the day with this event.

The team continued to impress in the 50m breaststroke event with Hayden Chamberlain (9 yrs) securing gold and Aisha Parker (9 yrs), Molly White (11 yrs) and Annie Bayliss (12 yrs - joint)) taking the bronze in the same event for the girls.

Aisha Parker (9 yrs) added two more bronze medals to her collection for a determined swim in the 100 Individual Medley and the 50m butterfly together with a silver in the 50m backstroke. The 100IM event for the boys saw bronze for Hayden Chamberlain (9rs) and silver for William Easteal (10 yrs). Easteal also swam to silver in the 50m backstroke and gold in the 50m butterfly.

Molly White (12 yrs) and Kai Cheng (11 yrs) both claimed bronze in the 50m butterfly event.

Other swimmers representing Colchester Swimming Club, swimming personal bests and securing numerous Essex County Qualifying times were: Keziah Cornish, Isobel Easteal, Eliza Robinson, Alanna Brosnan, Georgia Bleck, Jasmin Bayliss, Amie Apps, Jemima Boughey, Anola Jordan, Olivia Horn, Sam Horn, Lotti Talbot, Emily Digby, Mary Robinson, Eloise Parry, Erica Joscelyne, Annie Bayliss, Lauren Himsworth, Sophie Talbot, Amelia Duley, Ruby Watson, Bronte Jordan, Alexandra Bygrave, Daniel Himsworth, Joseph Tilley, Ross Jordan, Samuel Bentley, Owen Williams, William Chapman, Ben Chapman, William Marsh, Alexander Tinnion and Elizabeth Woods.

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Colchester swimmers impress at Cambridge level 2 meet!

Colchester SC took a team of 15 swimmers to the early season top-level meet at Cambridge with swimmers aiming to achieve County, Regional & National Qualifying times. The level of competition was extremely high with swimmers attending from London and throughout the East Region, including some International and Olympic swimmers.

All of the Colchester swimmers performed extremely well, enjoying competing at this high level. 29 Medals were won and every swimmer achieved improved personal best times (PBs) as well as county & regional qualifying times. Colchester finished 6th out of the 23 teams competing at the meet.

Charlotte Norman won 6 Medals taking first place in the medal table just ahead of her 13 year-old sister Olivia (5 medals). Martha and Elinor Duley also did well with 15yr old Ellie winning 5 medals and Martha 2. 11 year old Ciara Wookey swam well achieving 4 medals and 12yr old Asma Parker winning 3. Abbie McCarthy won 2 medals and Niamh Higgins won 1.

Medal Table:

10 Yr Charlotte Norman

1st 200 back, 1st 200 Breast, 1st 200 Fly, 1st 50 Back, 2nd 50 Free, 3rd 50 Breast

11Yr Ciara Wookey

2nd 50 Breast, 2nd 200 Breast, 2nd 400IM, 3rd 100 Breast

12Yr Asma Parker

1st 200 Back, 1st 400IM, 1st 100 Free

12Yr Niamh Higgins

3rd 50 Fly

13Yr Olivia Norman

1st 200 Back, 1st 100 Back, 1st 50 Back, 2nd 200 Fly, 3rd 50 Free

13Yr Abbie McCarthy

1st 200 Fly, 2nd 100 Fly

15Yr Ellie Duley

1st 50 Free, 1st 50 Back, 2nd 50 Fly, 2nd 100 Free, 3rd 100 Fly

16Yr Martha Duley

2nd 200 Back, 3rd 100 Back

Other swimmers attending and achieving excellent personal bests and county qualifying times were: Molly Grieve, Lucy Morgan, Amber Jordan, Katie White, Brogan Bates, Tom Grieve, Alex Tinnion and Jamie Coles.

Team Manager Jeff Coles said of the team's performance: "I was delighted with the level of performance achieved by the swimmers at this early stage of the season. Their attitude and performance throughout the long weekend did them great credit and they helped maintain Colchester SC's excellent reputation within the London and East regions."

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November 2015

Colchester Succeed in Suffolk

Colchester Swimming Club took a large team of 64 swimmers, comprising of 40 girls and 24 boys, to the Deben Open Meet in Woodbridge. The meet was over a lengthy two day weekend programme with some swimmers competing in up to 12 events. The team was led by Jeff Coles, who said "The team performed exceptionally well, not only in achieving a huge medal haul, but also in gaining or improving on County and Regional Standard Qualifying times."

In total the Club won 125 Medals, which represented 20% of the total medals available and ensured the club were the top team out of the 12 clubs competing at the meet. There were many excellent swims with 40 of the team's swimmers winning medals. Top 3 performers were Jamie Coles and Charlotte Tree both winning 11 medals each (as pictured). Jamie gained 8 Gold and 3 Silver, and Charlotte gained 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze. They were closely followed by Abbie McCarthy with 10 Medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze). Other big medal winners were Sophie Freeman with 6 Gold, James Tree with 5 Medals (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze), Charlotte Norman with 4 Gold, Kai Cheng with 4 Silver, William Pestell with 4 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze), Alex Williamson with 4 medals (1 Silver, 3 Bronze) and Amber Jordan with 4 (3 Silver, 1 Bronze)

Other gold medal performances consisted of Ross Jordan, Katie White, Olivia Norman,Zoe Clegg, Kiera Hemsworth, Ana V. Anderson, Sam Bentley, Rory Bennett, Niamh Higgins, Alexander Tinnion and Hayden Chamberlain.

Other swimmers who performed well with personal bests or County Times or who had entered an open meet for the first time were: Jessie Barrett, Olivia Horn, Molly White, Anshma Rai, Sophie Talbot, Lottie Talbot, Ruby Chalmers, Jemima Boughey, Amelia Duley, Franchesca Williamson, Grace Gardiner, Annie Bayliss, Jasmine Bayliss, Lauren Himsworth, Scarlett Wicks, Anola Jordan, Tara Bygrave, Amie Apps, Sam Horn, Sam Toon, Finlay Keating, Dan Himsworth, Oliver Cox, Geogia Bleck, Kalaum Corani, Molly Grieve, Lauren Wopling, Luke Ledwidge, Tom Grieve, Amy Johnson, Izzy Fifield, Charlie Pryke, Mark Milburn, Ruby Watson, Bronte Jordan, Lizzy Woods, Eloise Smart, Erica Joscelyne, Alex Bygrave, Edward Cox, Issac Pavey and Sam Milburn.

 
Colchester Swimmers at Deben
 
Above: Charlotte Tree and Jamie Coles competing at Deben

With such a large team attending, it was also very pleasing for The Club to receive words of praise from the organising Club. "The swimmers were a great credit to their Club, they were a pleasure to have attending as they were all so cheerful and supportive of their team mates as well as being very polite and courteous to our officials."

The club would like to thank Deben Swimming Club for putting on such a well organised and successful meet, all the parent volunteers that helped with either the team or officiating the events and also the swimmers for all their hard work in training over the months leading up to the gala.

The swimmers are all now focusing on the annual Christmas Cracker at Braintree in December.

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Colchester holds onto their position in Round Two of the 2015/2016 Arena League

Round two of the National Arena Swimming League saw another round of terrific performances from Colchester Swimming Club against some tough opposition.

Kaythi Aung kicked the evening off with a strong swim in the ladies' 200IM getting the first points on the board for Colchester. Men's Captain, Spencer Prior, followed in the same event hitting his PB set just 4 weeks ago.

Colchester's 9/11 age group girls' freestyle relay team of Lucy Morgan, Anita Tien, Ciara Wookey and Sophie Freeman provided Colchester's first win of the night in a flurry of excitement.

The girls' 13/U medley team of Olivia Norman, Ciara Wookey, Asma Parker and Ana Victoria Anderson swam to 4th and the boys' 13/U team of Christian Tilley, William Pestell, Ben Hardy and Luke Ledgwidge raced well and held their own coming in 5th in a time of 2.20.85.

The last of the first set of relays saw some good swims by Colchester's senior swimmers with some strong performances by both 15/U freestyle relay teams as well as the ladies' and men's open medley relay teams against much older swimmers in many cases.

The individual events got underway with the girls' and boys' 10/11 50m backstroke event seeing some terrific swims and personal bests by Anita Tien and Naythan Aung both securing 1st places and valuable points for Colchester. Pestell and Parker put in strong performances in the 13/U 100m breaststroke events, as did Olivia Norman in the 15/U backstroke.

Rory Bennett swam a personal best in the 15/U 100m backstroke breaking 1:10 with a well-deserved 1:09.57. Kaythi Aung swam well in the ladies' open 100m butterfly securing 4th in a time of 1:06.82. Sophie Freeman swam to a terrific 1st place in the girls' 10/11 50m butterfly following by two 2nd place finishes for Naythan Aung in the same event for the boys and Olivia Norman for the 13/U 100m backstroke.

Strong swims by Ellie Duley and Tom Grieve in the 15/U 100m butterfly events saw two 3rd place finishes both earning valuable points for the club. Martha Duley swam to 2nd place in the ladies' open 100m backstroke and Ciara Wookey to 1st place and 8 points for the team in the 10/11 yrs 50m breaststroke. Ellie continued her good form with another 3rd place in the 100m freestyle with a PB of 1:01.46. Teammates Kai Cheng, Christian Tilley and Katie White also improved their personal bests in the boys' 10/11 50m free, boys' 13/U 100m freestyle and the girls' 15/U 100m breaststroke respectively.

The team's efforts continued to secure a steady stream of points in the remaining individual swims.

Steady positioning in the final set of relays enabled Colchester to maintain a strong position. Another 1st place for the girls' 9/11 relay team of Tien, Wookey, Freeman and Morgan and strong swims in the remaining events of the evening, including the eagerly awaited ladies' and men's open relay, helped ensure Colchester held on to 5th place overall just 13 points ahead of Bishops Stortford.

Also securing some valuable points for Colchester were: Chloe Rudkin, Jack Howlett, William Easteal, Kalaum Corani, Jamie Coles, Philippa Davenall, Aaron Francis, Cameron Simpson and Alexander Tinnion.

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December 2015

Colchester Secure a Superb 2nd Place in the National Arena League 2015

The final round of the National Arena Swimming League saw a strong Colchester Squad travel to Harlow Leisure Zone. With excellent swimming clubs from all over the region being represented, it would take an extraordinary effort from head coach Michelle Young and her team.

The first victory of the evening came from the freestyle relay squad of Lucy Morgan, Anita Tien, Charlotte Tree and Sophie Freeman; clocking an excellent time of 2.04.74. This result kick started all the relay squads to score valuable points for the team. Martha Duley, Philippa Davenall, Kaythi Aung and Chloe Rudkin performed superbly in the medley relay securing a solid second place. This spurred the boys relay team of Spencer Prior, Cameron Simpson, Arran Francis and Jack Howlett to clock an impressive 1.52.44 in the medley relay just missing out on victory to Shiverers Swim Club.

It was then time for the individual events and this is where the squad put their marker down as contenders for the overall prize. The backstroke saw Anita Tien and Nathan Aung secure a first and a second place respectively, both achieving personal bests. Then an impressive 1.07.07 in the 100m back from Olivia Norman gave the team another first place.

As the races continued, the squad gained many valuable points. Excellent swims came from Arran Francis in the men's open butterfly breaking the 1min barrier (3rd Place), Alexander Williamson in the boys 100m backstroke (3rd Place), Elinor Duley in the girls 100m butterfly (2nd Place) and Thomas Grieve in the 100m Butterfly (2nd place).

Olivia Norman and Sophie Freeman both swam fantastically all evening achieving personal bests; Sophie clocked an impressive 32.13 in the 50 fly (1st Place) and Olivia Norman swam a 1.06.99 in the girls u13 100 backstroke (1st Place).

The individual results kept rolling in, with great swims from Martha Duley (2nd place), Ben Hardy (3rd place), Cameron Simpson (3rd place) and Sophie Freeman (2nd place). The final race for the individual swimmers could not have finished any better with Jack Howlett ensuring maximum points in the men's 100m freestyle with a time of 53.84.

The final result now all depended on the relays with Colchester, Romford and Bishop Stortford battling for overall victory. A great start from Tien, Tree, Morgan and Freeman saw victory in the medley relay. This was backed up by an impressive time of 1.59.45 from the under 13 boy's medley relay team of, Christian Tilley, William Pestell, Ben Hardy and Alex Williamson. The culmination of the evening was the ladies and men's freestyle relay, both squads achieved important 3rd places and valuable points for the team.

This is a team event and all swimmers results count towards the final total. Other swimmers to score valuable points were, Ross Jordan, Sam Bentley, Kai Cheng, Ana Victoria Anderson, Abbie McCarthy, Katie White, Rory Bennett, Alexander Tinnon and Jamie Coles.

The consistent scoring from the team helped Colchester score an impressive 2nd place to Romford, with Bishop Stortford finishing 3rd. Head coach Michelle Young was extremely proud of the team and felt it was a fitting end to a successful season.

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Tien and Coles are top at the Braintree Christmas Cracker

Colchester took a large team of over 40 swimmers to the two day Braintree & Dunmow Christmas Cracker Meet. Once again swimmers were looking to gain or improve on County & Regional Qualifying times, as well as hopefully picking up some medals. At this meet, the commemorative Christmas style medals are awarded to the top 6 swimmers in each event and almost every Colchester swimmer came away with either personal bests, county / regional times or a medal.

There were also Top Girl & Top Boy Awards for the highest performing swimmers. Colchester were successful in both categories with Anita Tien taking the Top Girls award by winning all 13 of her races and Jamie Coles winning Top Boy by gaining 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze.

 
Colchester Swimmers at the Christmas Cracker Meet
 
Other high performing swimmers for Colchester (Winning Gold, Silver or Bronze) were:
GIRLS : Lucy Morgan (5G,3S, 3B), Abbie McCarthy (4G, 4S), Zoe Clegg (2G, 4S, 1B), Izzy Eastell (2G, 2S, 3B), Charlotte Norman (1G, 7S), Charlotte Tree (2G, 2B), Katie White (2G, 2B,) Mia Perzylo (1G, 1S, 1B), Izzy Fyfield (1G, 2S), Olivia Norman (1G, 1B), Georgia Bleck (2S), Lauren Himsworth (1G), Anshma Rai (1S), Ana Victoria Anderson (1S), Anola Jordan (1S), Molly White (1B).

BOYS: Tom Grieve (2G, 1S, 2B) Sam Horn (1G,1S, 3B) Christian Tilley (5S) Kai Cheng (3S, 1B) Seb Tilley (1S, 3B) Alex Williamson (3G) Alex Cole (1S, 2B) William Eastell (1G, 1S, 1B) Mark Milburn (2S, 1B) Nick Mitchell (3B) Charlie Pryke (1G, 1S) Rory Bennett (1G, 1B) Kalaum Corani (2S) Alex Tinnion (1S, 1B) Chris Ashdown (1G) Oscar Crofts (1S) Luke Ledgewidge (1S) Marcus Holmes (1S) Finlay Keating (1B) Ross Jordan (1B).

The following swimmers achieved personal bests and/ or County times:
Daniel Himsworth, Georgia Hinds-Dutton, Ruby Watson, Alexandra Bygrave, Rhianna Preece, Anshma Rai, Franchesca Williamson, Keara Hemsworth, Grace Gardiner, Jemima Boughey, Madison Ottley, Emily Digby, Molly Grieve, Lauren Wopling, Amelia Duley, Jess Hutton, Isobel Fifield, Holly McCarthy, Sophie Talbot, Olivia Horn, Joseph Tilley, Samuel Horn, Alex Cole, Joseph Cole, Jack Keane, Bronte Jordan, Amber Jordan, Katie White, Amie Apps, William Marsh, Lotti Talbot, Cameron Newton.

With such a huge haul of medals it was not surprising to find that Colchester once again came out as Top visiting Club at this very popular Meet.

The Colchester squad is now focusing their training on the annual County Finals in the new year ; with one of the rounds taking place at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre in Stratford.

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