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Colchester finish fourth in Essex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Masterful county performances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Polo: Colchester 15 — 8 Norwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Medals galore at second weekend of Essex Age Group Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Captains have 2020 vision

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

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

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

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

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

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Masters seasons starts with a bang

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

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

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

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

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Adam Lecomber selected for England

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

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

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

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Essex Mini League opener goes down to the wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fabulous freestylers fly the flag for Colchester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sprinters sparkle on opening day of County Champs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colchester quintet selected for Performance Foundation Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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