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Reports 2020

Adam Lecomber selected for England


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


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


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


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 pendants.

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


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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