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Swimmer of the Month - April 2019

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

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

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

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Norfolk County Masters Open Meet

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

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

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

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Senior East Region Long Course Champs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Masters’ medal joy

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

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

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

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

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Archie achieves fundraising goal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Long course joy at LAC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helen breaks junior world record

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

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

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

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

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Long course success at Luton

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

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

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

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

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

Medals were achieved by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colchester swimmers with the Midas touch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mini-League squad take second spot at Braintree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Duley sisters take on Britain’s elite

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

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

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

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Swimmer of the Month - March 2019

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

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

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Simon smashes British record and wins triple gold

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

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

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

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

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Charlotte selected for East Region Open Water Development Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swimmers shine in medal frenzy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sam crowned National Junior Para-Swimming Champion

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

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

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

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

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Youngsters shine in Essex Mini League opener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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County Champs concludes in medal frenzy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Massimo selected for Swim England’s County Talent Programme

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

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

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

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

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Sudbury Valentines Masters Meet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colchester champs perfectly at home in Olympic venue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attitude and PBs impress Jeff

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

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

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

The medal winners were:

Girls

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

Boys

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

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

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Full steam ahead Captain!

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

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

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

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Colchester SC off to glittering start at Essex Age Group Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swim England East Region Development Camp

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

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

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

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

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