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Reports 2016

Colchester Secure Premier League Status for Next Year

Colchester Swimming Club went to Harlow knowing only a strong performance would ensure another year in the Arena Premier League next year.

Head coach Michelle Young prepared a strong team of swimmers from all age groups and squads ready to take on teams from around the East of England.

Olivia Norman and Spencer Prior started the completion off with excellent personal bests in the 200IM, with Dan Himsworth securing a Pb in the 50 back. The 12 year old girls were also on good form with personal bests coming from Charlotte Norman (50 freestyle, 50 backstroke) and Anita Tien in the 50m butterfly. The coaching team were extremely impressed with the swimming of Alfie Francis who swam a great 50 fly Pb of 37.50 and a breast stroke time of 41.18.

Luke Ledwidge, Alexander Tinnion and Kai Cheng all achieved personal bests in their individual events to ensure the score board kept ticking over with points for the team. The 13 year old girls were also in great form ensuring top 3 finishes in their individual events and relays. Sophie Freeman's form continues to impress with first places, in the 100m fly and 100m freestyle. Team mate Lucy Morgan achieved a Pb in the 100m back stroke and swam her legs of the relay with real determination.

Arena League Team

The senior swimmers also achieved some excellent results in their individual races with Arran Francis in the 100m back recording an impressive 1.00.69 and Jamie Coles, Nicholas Mitchell and Ellie Duley all achieving personal bests in their individual races.

Michelle Young was absolutely delighted with the commitment and effort demonstrated throughout the squad and felt the team deserved their overall second place on the night. Michelle wanted to highlight three of the younger swimmers for special recognition who showed a real team spirit in their performance, these were Molly Grieve, James Tree and Ila Nicholson who swam exceptional legs of their relay races.

Colchester just missed out by 9 points to Teddington Swimming Club for top spot on the night but this result combined with other competitions over the year meant that the club remains in the premier league for next year.

Other squad members who represented the club were, Mark Milburn, Rebecca Girolami, Ciara Wookey, Ben Hardy, Katie White, Amber Jordan, Abbie McCarthy, Alex Williamson, Martha Duley and Thomas Grieve.

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Colchester Secure 2nd place at the Winter Championships

Colchester Swimming Club took a team of 26 swimmers to the Winter County Championships held at Basildon Sporting Village. This was a 3 day meet of extremely tough competition and all swimmers performed to their utmost best.

There were two stars of the weekend, for the boys Spencer Prior and for the girls Martha Duley. Spencer's commitment to training really paid off over the weekend and he medalled in a whole range of events. His first success was in the 400 freestyle where he came 2nd with a time of 4.14.15, he then followed this up with a second in the 100m fly and a 3rd in the energy sapping 400m IM. His crowning glory came in the 200m breaststroke where he was crowned Essex champion with a time of 2.33.06.

Martha dominated in a whole range of strokes and these championships just demonstrated her commitment and talent in this sport. She started her weekend off with a 1st place in the 50m backstroke final with a time of 29.81, Martha then was also crowned County Champion in the 100m backstroke. Although a talented backstroke swimmer, Martha proved what a versatile athlete she is by claiming a bronze medal in the 200m and 50m freestyle and 3 silver medals in the 100m IM, 200m backstroke and the 100m freestyle.

There were many swimmers who achieved some excellent results. Other top 3 finishers were, Olivia Norman (3rd 200m Backstroke and 2nd 200m fly) Elinor Duley (2nd place in the 50m butterfly) Abbie McCarthy (3rd in the 200m Fly) Aaran Francis (3rd in the 50m fly) and a fantastic 3rd place in the 400m freestyle from 12 year old Sophie Freeman.

Head coach Michelle Young was extremely proud of her team's performance as all swimmers ensured they represented their club through hard work and determination in every event. The final results saw Colchester achieve 188 points; this meant they were joint second to an extremely strong Basildon team.

There were many other young people who represented the club and went out and smashed personal bests and achieved top 8 finishes. These included, Asma Parker, Lucy Morgan, Lauren Himsworth, Ciara Wookey, Charlotte Norman, Bronte Jordan, Amber Jordan, Katie White, Rebecca Girolami, Annie Bayliss, Zoe Clegg, Anshma Rai, Sophie Talbot, Alex Williamson, Jamie Coles, Thomas Grieve, Ben Hardy, William Marsh and Luke Ledwidge.

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Gold Medals Galore, and a few records

Last weekend Colchester Swimming Club Masters swimmers competed at the East Region Masters Event at Newmarket.

Representing the club were Katie Holmes, Jennie Stemp, Simon Emm, Jason Cole, Damian Navarrete, and Rob Milburn, who between them won a total haul of twenty-two gold, five silver, and two bronze medals.

Everyone posted good times, including some personal bests across a multitude of events.

East Region Masters Photo

Left to right : Jason, Jenny, Rob, Damian and Simon

simon receives his medal for a new record

Simon is presented with his medal for setting a new East Region record.


Busiest swimmer of the day was Damian who won four gold, and two silver medals from his eight events. Closely followed by Katie with four gold, three silvers medals from her seven events; and Simon who won six golds out of six events. In the process of winning his six gold medals, Simon posted three new eastern region record times.

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Colchester Swim Club season opening meet

After a summer break of 3 weeks for the school holidays, Colchester Swimmers hit the pool with a splash at the popular Sudbury Open meet at the Kingfisher Sports Centre.

The club put together a large squad of 60 swimmers from the junior and senior squads to test themselves against their team mates and swimmers from all over Suffolk and Essex.

This was a two day meet and many of the swimmers were competing over both days in a whole variety of events. The swimmers were starting the season with the County Championships times in mind and also making sure all the hard training would have an impact on their personal bests.

There was a great team spirit during the warmups but soon it was down to the racing and the Colchester Swimmers, who made up the majority of competitors, were soon in action.

The boys were soon claiming one of the top 3 spots in a number of events and it became clear there were a number of standout performances. Charlie Pryke achieved 3 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronze medals, Owen Williams, 1 gold, 7 silvers and 3 bronze, Thomas Grieve 4 golds, 7 silvers and 1 bronze, Nicholas Mitchel, 2 golds and 2 bronze, Kalum Corani, 3 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze, William Easteal 2 golds, Ben Hardy 3 golds and 2 silvers, Joseph Cole 2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze, Jamie Coles ,1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze, Spencer Prior, 3 golds, 1 silver, Patrick Warner 3 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze, Ross Jordan, 1 gold and 1 bronze, Will Marsh 1 gold, 3 silvers, Kai Cheng, 4 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze, Zak Troman, 2 golds and 2 silvers, Issac Farrugia, 2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze and Hayden Chamberlain 1 gold and 2 bronze medals.

Other boys who competed and achieved either personal bests or top3 finishes were, Antiono Girolami, Alfie Francis, Daniel Himsworth, Samuel Bentley, Joseph Tilly, Luke Ledwidge, Alexander Tinnon and Mark Milburn.

The girls also followed the boys with many strong performances. Event winners were, Lucy Toms, 4 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze, Molly Grieve, 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze, Alanna Brosnan, 1 gold, Ciara Wookey, 5 gold, 4 silver, Zoe Clegg 2 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze, Rebecca Girolami, 4 golds, 2 silver, Annie Bayliss, 1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze, Abbie McCarthy, 7 golds and 1 silver, Katie White 1 gold , 1 silver and 2 bronze, Charlotte Norman, 2 golds, Lucy Morgan, 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze, Olivia Norman, 2 golds, Sophie Freeman 6 golds, Bronte Jordan, 4 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal.

The following swimmers also achieved personal bests and top 3 finishes, Holly McCarthy, Eloise Smart, Ruby Chalmers, Illa Nicholson, Olivia Ledwidge, Keara Hemsworth, Georgia Bleck, Anola Jordan, Hannah O'Malley, Lotti Talbot, Sophie Talbot, Amelia Duley, Amber Jordan, Jemima Boughey, Amy Milburn, Isobel Easteal, Amy Johnson, Olivia Vinter, Lauren Wopling, Amie Apps and Hannah Karlson.

The coaches were absolutely delighted with the efforts and achievements of the swimmers and the club would like to thank all the parent officials and Sudbury Swimming club who put on another brilliantly organised gala.

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Essex Masters Championships

Colchester Swimming club masters swimmers; Jenny Stemp, Katie Holmes, Charlotte Williams, Rob Milburn, Ray Barry, Damian Navarrette, Jason Cole and Simon Emm all competed at the Essex masters at Basildon last weekend (3/9). Everyone managed a top three position in at least one event, many posting personal bests times along the way. The team came fourth overall, winning sixteen golds, eleven silver and four bronze medals.

Essex Masters Photo

Back L to R : Jennie Stemp, Ray Barry, Katie Holmes, Charlotte Williams and Jason Cole
Front L to R : Simon Emm, Rob Milburn and Damian Navarrette

Notable performances from Katie Holmes winning four golds, and four silver medals and coming first overall in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke events, Simon Emm winning five gold medals, Jennie Stemp winning three gold medals, and three silver medals, and Rob Milburn winning three gold medals and one silver medal, and coming first overall in the 100m Breastroke.

The same weekend Emma Cook and Julian Turner, both competed in the 5km Eton Swim, both finished in the top thirty, and both came second in their respective age catagories.

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Basildon Long Course Gala

Last weekend Colchester Swimming Club took a young squad to the 50 metre pool at Basildon. For some of the swimmers this was their first experience of this sized pool. The club were competing against some exceptionally strong squads from South Essex and London and so would really need to push themselves to achieve those top 3 places or more importantly their own personal bests.

The gala got off to a great start in the boys 400m freestyle with Joe Cole and Alex Cole both securing a silver medal in their respective age groups. Georgia Bleck in the Under 11 category then achieved a bronze medal in the energy sapping 400m individual medley.

All swimmers had to really step up to the blocks, as swimming in the 50m pool is completely different to the clubs training pool at Leisure World Colchester. Swimmers had to get their pacing and turns correct to ensure they had a chance of beating their personal bests or medalling against the clubs used to these sized pools.

As the competition moved on, the success's started to mount up. Here is a list of the swimmers who made the top 3 positions.

Mark Milburn (bronze 100 breaststroke), Charlie Pryke (bronze 100m breaststroke), Anita Tien (Silver 50 free and 400 free, Bronze 200 fly and gold 200 breaststroke), Zoe Clegg (silver 200 free and 50 free), Niamh Higgins (Silver 100 fly), Katie White (Bronze 200 breaststroke, silver 50 breaststroke), Zak Troman (Gold 100 breaststroke, bronze 50 breaststroke) and Molly Redgrave (Gold 200 Breaststroke and silver 400 free)

Colchester's two most successful swimmers over the weekend were Charlotte Tree who claimed 3 golds in the 400 freestyle, 200 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke and Abby McCarthy who walked away with 7 top 3 finishes. These included gold in the 200 fly, silver in the 50 back, 50 breast, 100 back and 100 fly and bronze in the 100 breaststroke and 50 fly.

Other swimmers who took part and achieved personal bests were; Rory Bennett, Sam Milburn, Samuel Whearty, Alfie Francis, Kai Cheng, Daniel Hemsworth, Sam Bentley, Joe Tilley, Jemima Boughey, Lauren Himsworth, Amie Apps, Jasmin Bayliss, Annie Bayliss, Keziah Cornish, Eloise Smart, Izzy Fifield, Amelia Duley, Molly White, Anshma Rai, Ana Victoria Anderson, Lauren Wopling, Alanna Brosnan, Keara Hemsworth.

The club would also like to thank the team managers and the parent helpers who did the time keeping and the officiating.

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Colchester 3rd Mid-Summer Madness Open Meet

Colchester swimming club held its annual swimming gala at Leisure World Colchester. The club welcomed swimmers from all over Essex and Suffolk and even swimmers from Shropshire.

The event started early morning on Sunday, with the 280 swimmers warming up and anticipating an exciting day of racing. Up for grabs were medals galore, club honours and most importantly those all elusive personal bests and county/regional qualifying times.

The event started with the 200m Individual medley and the club had a number of successes through Anita Tien, Sophie Freeman, Elinor Duley, Abbie McCarthy, Sam Milburn and Spencer Prior all claiming gold. Again the 200m freestyle was hotly contested from all the young swimmers and the following again were victorious, Anita Tien, Sophie Freeman, Olivia Norman, Martha Duley and Alex Williamson.

It was great to see so many swimmers ensuring all those 5.30am training sessions were paying off and even if the swimmer didn't medal, they would strive to improve their individual performances.

As the gala continued through the day a number of performers were starting to show real dominance in the various races. Anita Tien in the 11 year old category achieved 11 gold medals, with Sophie Freeman matching her team mate also with 11 gold medals. In the older age groups, Olivia Norman(14) won 9 gold medals, Elinor Duley (15+) 2 golds, Martha Duley(15+) 7 golds, Rebecca Girolami (13) 1 gold, Abbie McCarthy (14) 5 golds, Amber Jordan(14) 1 Gold, Katie White(14) 2 golds, Charlie Pryke (10) 3 golds, Kai Cheng (11) 1 gold, Owen Williams (12) 1 Gold, Spencer Prior (15+) 6 golds, William Eastel (11)1 gold, Patrick warner(13) 1 gold, Ben Hardy (13) 2 golds, Sam Bently (12) 1 gold, Kalam Corani (11) 1 gold, Nicholas Mitchell (15+) 1 gold.

Other swimmers who achieved a top 3 finish were, Luke Ledwidge, Joseph Cole, Thomas Grieve, Cole Scott, Isaac Pavey, Brogan Bates, Christian Tilley, Hayden Chamberlain, Jamie Coles, James Tree, Matthew Lemnell, Mark Milburn, Alex Tinnion, Charlotte Norman, Charlotte Tree, Bronte Jordan, Elizabeth Woods, Anshma Rai, Lucy Morgan, Sophie Talbot, Izzy Eastel, Ila Nicholson, Keziah Cornish, Anola Jordan.

The event finished with the awards for top swimmers. The girl's award went to Anita Tien and the boy's award to Louis Lane (Romford). As with every year the top visiting club is also honoured and this year went to a strong group of swimmers from the Romford swimming club.

This event could not have run without a huge task force of volunteers and the Club's committee would like to thank all the parents, sponsors, officials, coaches and Leisure World staff.

As with all competitions there are those that are victorious with medals but also there are those swimmers who attend their very first gala (which is daunting enough) and those that improve their personal best. Head Coach Michelle Young was extremely pleased with the performances of all her swimmers who train incredibly hard for these events.

Other swimmers include: Joseph Tilley, Antonio Girolami, Daniel Himsworth, Felix Szpakowski, Samuel Whearty, William Marsh, Kirin Weung, Zak Troman, Henry Proud, Alfie Francis, Edward Cox, Harvey Daniels, Sam Toon, Oscar Crofts, Sam Horn, Oliver Cox, Ross Jordan, Finlay Keating, Erica Joscelyne, Emily Digby, Jessie Barrett, Amelia Duley, Ruby Watson, Jemima Bowley, Hannah O'Malley, Francesca Williamson, Lucy Toms, Georgia Bleck, Lauren Himsworth, Niamh Higgins, Annie Bayliss, Lauren Wopling, Molly White, Lottie Talbot, Hannah Karlsson, Imogen Ottley, Amy Milburn, Harley Raison, Alannah Brosnan, Anna Hawkins-Clarke, Isobel Fifield, Amy Johnson, Keira Hemsworth, Olivia Vinter, Jennifer Woods, Eloise Smart, Madison Ottley, Jasmine Bayliss, Scarlett Wicks, Amy Apps, Ruby Chalmers, Amy Bennett, Katelyn Parfitt, Olivia Horn.

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Colchester top the medal table at the regional finals

Colchester swimming club took a strong squad to the regional finals in Luton. The team consisted of Niamh Higgins, Rebecca Girolami, Sophie Freeman, Anita Tien, Asma Parker, Ben Hardy, Charlotte Norman, Charlotte Tree, Ciara Wookey, Lucy Morgan, Abbie McCarthy, Alexander Williamson, Amber Jordan and Olivia Norman.

For the first time ever Colchester topped the medal table after the three day event and Head Coach Michelle Young was beaming with pride. Michelle said &qout;I have never been prouder of them : they supported each other through every heat and final"

The event started with the 200m Breast stroke and Ciara Wookey got the day off to a great start with a PB and a silver medal. The 50m fly didn't disappoint either with Sophie freeman (1st) and Anita Tien (3rd) in the 11/12 age group. Asma Parker also came 3rd in the 13 yr. old age group with Olivia Norman claiming 3rd place in the 14 yr. old category.

The girl's squad then went into over drive with the star of the gala Sophie Freeman then claiming first place in the 200m IM, 100m freestyle and the 200m backstroke. The 200m IM was also a great event for Tien (2nd) and Olivia Norman (2nd). Charlotte Norman claimed an excellent 3rd in the 200 backstroke which was an amazing achievement as she is only 11 yrs. old. Not to be out done Charlotte's older sister, Olivia, continued with her great form winning the 200 backstroke in the u14 category.

Day 2 then started where day 1 left off with Freeman claiming first place and Charlotte Tree fourth in the energy sapping 400m freestyle. Then Michelle Young was astounded by the results of the 400m IM. Colchester claimed the top 4 spots. Freeman (1st), C. Norman (2nd), Morgan (3rd), and Wookey (4th) Olivia Norman also continued with her excellent form with a strong swim claiming an excellent silver medal.

The medals continued to pore in with Freeman claiming gold in the 200m fly and 100m backstroke. Charlotte Norman 3rd in the 200m fly, Parker 2nd and Olivia Norman 1st in their respected age groups. Lucy Morgan also proved how strong her back stroke is with an impressive 2nd place in the 100m backstroke. The final event of the day was for the speed swimmers and Freeman and Morgan continued their dominance with a first and third place.

The final day required the swimmers to continue their high performance if they were to top the medal table. The first event was the 800m freestyle and Freeman (1st) and Tree (5th) continued to ensure another great day. Freeman then claimed gold in the 100m fly and 50 backstroke. Parker claimed a third in the 100m fly. The final event of the 50 breaststroke saw Ciara Wookey claim a well-earned silver medal.

The swimmers performed so well they achieved the top spot in the medal table with Olivia Norman claiming the second spot in her age group but the stand out performer of the gala was Sophie Freeman who claimed the Don Neate Memorial Trophy for the best performing swimmer of the whole gala. Michelle Young was over the moon with every swimmer who represented the club from those who claimed medals to those who ensured personal bests.

Following the excellent results the following swimmers have the honour of representing the club at the National Championships, Martha Duley, Ellie Duley, Olivia Norman, Abbie McCarthy, Sophie Freeman and Asma Parker.

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European Age Group Championships

Last week (25th to 29th May) Colchester masters swimmers represented both club, and country, at the European Age Group Championships 2016 at the iconic Olympic Aquatics Centre in London. They were among the 10,000 masters competitors from all corners of Europe, competing in the two 50 m pools at the complex.

LEN Age Group Championships photo

L to R : Jennie Stemp, Dina Thornton, Rob Milburn, Ray Barry, Simon Emm, Jason Cole, Katie Holmes

Sponsored by Horizon Construction Ltd (, the team of Dina Thornton, Katie Holmes, Jennie Stemp, Simon Emm, Jason Cole, Ray Barry and Rob Milburn all competed in a variety of events across the five day meet. Although no medals were won, everyone performed above expectation, posting many personal best times in the process. Simon recorded the highest postion finishing 9th in the 200m Butterfly, with Katie managing an excellent 12th in the 200m Breaststroke.

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Colchester takes large squad to the 7th Halstead Gala

Colchester Swimming Club took a huge squad of 67 swimmers to the very popular Halstead Gala. The event was swum over one day of intense competition and all squad members performed superbly.

The event couldn't have started better for the team with Isobel Easteal and Anita Tien each claiming a strong first place in their age groups in the 200m freestyle. Zoe Clegg and Rhianna Preece claimed second place and Aisha Parker 3rd place in corresponding age groups. The boys then followed up this result in their 200m freestyle, William Marsh and Chris Ashdown claiming first place, Alexander Williamson second place and Hayden Chamberlain 3rd place in their age groups.

Again in the 100m Butterfly, Anita Tien took 1st place in the under 10's and Amber Jordan also gained a first place in the U14's. Zoe Clegg (U12) and Rebecca Girolami (U13) achieved 2nd place. Keara Hemsworth secured an impressive 3rd (U10). In the under 10 boys Joseph Tilley took 3rd place, Owen Williams 2nd position (U12) Chris Ashdown 2nd(U13) Kai Cheng 3rd (U11).

The club continued to secure podium positions in the next series of events. 50 Back stroke : Zoe Clegg 3rd(U12), Kai Cheng (U11) and Chris Ashdown (U13) both won their age group with Ben Hardy (U13) and William Easteal (U11) gaining a second place. 100 breaststroke saw Anita Tien (U10) and Rebecca Girolami (U13) 1st place, Bronte Jordan (U13) 2nd and Molly White (U12) 3rd place. Chris Ashdown continued his success with a second and Sam Milburn with a bronze.

The morning finished with the 50m freestyle. The following swimmers gained top 3 positions, Anita Tien(1st) Ben Hardy (1st) Isobel Easteal (2nd ) Alexander Williamson (2nd) and Zoe Clegg and Rebecca Girolami (3rd).

The afternoon session got under way again in fantastic fashion with both Easteal and Hardy winning the 100m individual Medley. Easteal, Tien, Hardy and Jordan claimed 1st place in the 50m butterfly and 4 swimmers gained bronze(Molly White, Kai Cheng, Sam Bently and Chris Ashdown)

As the gala drew to a close with the final 3 events, Anita Tien secured 3 more gold medals. Anola Jordan(U11) and Sophie Talbot(U13) also got in on the act in the 100m back stroke with a third and second place and Chris Ashdown(100m Backstroke) and Rebecca Girolami (50m Breaststroke)also won their final events.

The event drew to a close with the boys 100m freestyle and William Marsh ensured the celebrations continued right to the end with a fantastic swim under the 1min mark to gain 2nd place.

Although the coaches were pleased for those swimmers who gained top 3 positions they were just as impressed with the huge numbers of personal bests and top 6 finishes.

The following swimmers gained personal bests : Joe Cole, Mia Perzylo, Paige Scott, Cole Scott, Jemima Boughey, Georgia Bleck, Amie Apps, Holly McCarthy, Madison Ottley, Eloise Parry, Lauren Wopling, Lauren Himsworth, Ruby Chalmers, Lizzie Woods, Annie Bayliss, Sam Lemnell, Daniel Himsworth, Kalaum Corani, Sam Toon, Ana Victoria Anderson, James Tree, Felix Szpakowski, Seb Tilley, Christian Tilley, Fran Williamson, Mark Milburn, Lotti Talbot, Finlay Keating, Alfie Francis, Charlie Pryke, Sam Whearty, Emily Digby, Amy Johnson, Molly Grieve, Anna Hawkins-Clark, Ruby Watson, Alanna Brosnan, Amelia Duley, Ross Jordan, Antonio Girolami, Grace Gardiner, Theo Gardiner, Evan Rvierre.

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Colchester makes it 2 wins out of 2

Colchester swimming club took a strong team to Hornchurch Sports Centre in round 2 of the Essex Mini league. This pool is a little different to swimming pools the squad are used to, as they race over 33m. The warm up was therefore very important for the squad to work out starts and pacing.

Other teams competing were : Romford, Witham, Clacton and Canvey, with all teams competing for the top spot. Colchester was really proud of their young swimmers : Daisy Himsworth, Jack McCarthy, Issac Farrigua, and Massimo Girolami , who were taking part in their first mini league gala. A number of the squad (Hayden Chamberlain, Sam Bentley, Felix Szpakowski) were extremely busy, competing in more than four events.

The team didn't have to wait long for their first maximum points as Daniel Himsworth's hard training regime paid off with a great time of 27.20 to claim first place. This was the start the team needed with the 9yrs girls relay team of Olivia Vinter, Izzy Easteal, Izzy Fifield and Daisy Himsworth taking first place in the breaststroke relay.

William Chapman, Alana Brossnan and Lizzie Woods secured three excellent second places in the 99m freestyle, 33m breaststroke and the 66m butterfly. The club then claimed maximum points in the 1 length breaststroke, thanks to Amy Johnson, Antonio Girolami and Ed Cox.

The open freestyle relay teams dominated the competition with two excellent first places. Team members consisted of Annie Bayliss, Zoe Clegg, Ana V Anderson, Bronte Jordan, Marcus Holmes, Christian Tilley, Alex Williamson and Oliver Cox.

Head coach, Michelle Young, was extremely pleased with Chi Chi Bayliss who swam a personal best in the 1 length freestyle to claim first place in a time of 23.93. Bronte Jordan and Christian Tilley claimed 2nd place in their 2 length backstroke race with Lauren Himsworth and Luke Ledwidge also claiming second place in the 2 length breaststroke to ensure Colchester went into the half way stage in first place.

There was then a series of relay races and Colchester ensured their top spot by claiming a number of first and second places. The girl's squadron relay team of; Easteal, McCarthy, Wopling, Clegg, Woods and Anderson came second. The two under 11 freestyle relay teams continued the domination of the relays with two first places. These two teams consisted of Alanah Brosnan, Anola Jordan, Chi Chi Bayliss, Lauren Wopling, Alfie Francis, Ed Cox, Dan Himsworth and Owen Williams.

Zoe Clegg and Marcus Holmes both claimed two excellent first places in the 3 length freestyle and Ruby Watson secured a second place in the 2 length breaststroke.

As the event began to draw to a close, Colchester were under pressure from a very strong Romford team and team manager Emma Jordan ensured all swimmers stayed focused. Holly McCarthy, Felix Szpakowski, Anshma Rai all ensured maximum points in their butterfly races with Ana V Anderson and Alex Williamson securing second place in the breaststroke.

The relay teams continued to perform well with Girolami, Tree, Pryke and Szpakowski claiming an impressive first place and the under 13 boys and girls freestyle relay team (Himsworth, Woods, Rai, Watson, Luke Ledwidge, William Easteal, Sam Bentley and William Chapman) claimed an important second place.

The final mixed 10 person relay finished the event off with a solid second place to Romford and this ensured a nervous wait for the final results.

The final results were extremely close with all teams performing well but the final score, Clacton 118pt, Witham 121pt, Romford 167pt and Colchester 176pt.

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Colchester's season starts with a mini league win.

Four visiting teams descended on Colchester's home pool at Leisure World to compete for the first round of the Essex County mini league. Swimmers compete over 49 events and points are awarded for positions the swimmers finish each race. Michelle Young picked a squad of experience and also a number who made their competition debut. Young was extremely proud of these youngsters in their first gala as a team event can be a pressurised situation and the debut swimmers, who included Hannah Karlson, Olivia Vinter, and Antonio Girolami, swam sensationally well.

The event started with an excellent performance by Eloise Smart in the U11 girls backstroke. She swam a time of 40.9 seconds securing a third place. The club didn't have to wait long for their first maximum points. Ross Jordan swam a PB in the U11 backstroke event with a fantastic 43.85 to gain 1st place.

Colchester then secured 1st place in the next 6 events, U9 relay team of Hannah Karlson, Amy Johnson and Izzy Fifield, Oliver Vinter(Backstroke), Mia Perzylo (Backstroke, 1 second PB) JoeTilley, (Backstroke, 3 second PB) , Lauren Himsworth (freestyle, 5sec PB), Luke Ledwidge (Freestyle, 2 second PB) and Zoe Clegg (Butterfly,0 .5 PB).

The team continued to perform well into the next section of the competition, Molly Grieve 2nd place in the Breaststroke, Holly McCarthy and Antonio Girolami both secured second place in the freestyle. Then the team really put pressure on the opposition with the girls relay team of Bronte Jordan, Zoe Clegg, Amber Jordan, Ruby Watson and the boys relay team of Christian Tilley, Oliver Cox, Alex Williamson and Luke Ledwidge gaining first place. Felix Szpakowski (breaststroke) and Christian Tilley (backstroke) then each swam a PB to secure another two first places.

The relay teams then continued to dominate their events gaining first place in numerous events to continue to add to the team overall score. Members of the relay teams were Izzy Fifield, Molly Grieve, Anola Jordan, Lizzie Woods, Zoe Clegg, Amber Jordan, Hannah Karlson, Amy Johnson, Olivia Vinter, Charlie Pryke, James Tree, Theo Gardiner, Hayden Chamberlain, Ruby Watson, Bronte Jordan, Felix Szpakowski, Ross Jordan, Luke Ledwidge, Oliver Cox, Alex Williamson, Mia Perzylo, Holly McCarthy, Keziah Cornish, Antonio Girolami, Seb Tilley, Lauren Himsworth and Sam Bentley.

With the dominance of the relay teams it was important that the individual swimmers did their part. The team didn't disappoint and the clubs strength in the butterfly shone through. The following swimmers all gained first place and PB's : Daniel Himsworth, Edward Cox, and Holly McCarthy. Bronte Jordan then swam an incredible 50m Breaststroke in a very strong field to secure the final individual race first place. Eloise Parry and Mark Milburn proved that training really counts and both achieved PB's in the 50m Freestyle.

The event always finishes with the team relay. This is a frantic 10 person, 1 length relay race and requires huge organisation from the swimmers, team managers and officials. A first place would put the final result in Colchester's hands and the team of Johnson, Cornish, Smart, Clegg, Jordan, Pryke, Girolami, Cox, Tilley and Williamson didn't disappoint and came home with a comprehensive victory.

After an intense two hours of racing the results were announced in third place were Braintree 143 points, second were Basildon 147 points and the winners were Colchester 186 points. Colchester hopes to continue with this great start at Hornchurch in the next round.

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Duley, Parker, Freeman and Tien are crowned county champions.

It was the final weekend of the Essex County swimming championships at Basildon and Colchester Swimming Club had a number of swimmers perusing top spot.

This was one of the most successful championships the club had been involved in and head coach Michelle Young was determined to finish the championships on a high. Swimmers had been training hard and this was now the culmination of all those 5.30am training sessions.

The energy sapping event of the 400m individual medley started the weekend and swimmers were determined to start well. Sophie Freeman continued her dominance of her age group with a fantastic swim, gaining first place in 5.29.96 closely followed by Morgan, Tree and Wookey. Asma Parker too was in great form and finished first in a time of 5.32.66. Olivia Norman was determined to do well and her drive was evident as she pushed to the finish, gaining second place in a time of 5.18.32. Elinor Duley then completed a superb start by the club with a well-deserved 3rd place in 5.27.29.

The 100m backstroke finals didn't disappoint with both Alexander Tinnion (6th) and Thomas Grieve (5th) both making the finals. The battle between Charlotte Norman (1st) and Anita Tien (2nd) continued with Charlotte edging out Anita in the final. In the U12 Freeman and Morgan had a close race with Freeman finishing 2nd and Morgan 3rd. Asma Parker swam another consistent race showing her strengths across all the strokes to take 2nd place. However the pick of the backstroke swimmers was Olivia Norman who took 1st place in the U14's with team mate Abbie McCarthy taking 6th.

The boys continued to swim well with William Pestell showing what a great all round swimmer he is by gaining two third places in the 200IM ( 2.37.80) and the 200m butterfly. Jamie Coles continued to perform well in the U15 boys with a 5th in the 200m breaststroke; Thomas Grieve achieved a 7th in the 200m Breaststroke and a 6th in the 100m butterfly. Aaron Francis, Spencer Prior and Nathan Aung also made the county finals in the 100m butterfly and the 200m Breaststroke.

The 100m butterfly saw the Colchester swimmers secure more individual points with Tien (1.21.53), Freeman(1.10.01), Parker (1.12.09)and Norman(1.08.43) all achieving first place in their age group, with Charlotte Norman second and Abbie McCarthy third. The girls continued their success in the 200m backstroke; U11 Charlotte Norman, (1st) Anita Tien, (2nd) U12 Sophie Freeman, (1st) Lucy Morgan (2nd) U13 Asma Parker (1st) and the U14 Olivia Norman (1st)

One of the final events was the 100m Freestyle, Freeman, Parker and Duley all gained first place in their age group with Tien (3rd) Norman (6th) Morgan (5th) Olivia Norman (6th) and Marth Duley (3rd)

The relay teams continued to perform well, u14 boys freestyle team came 4th and the under 12 girls team of Wookey, Tien, Freeman and Morgan walked away with another first place.

Michelle Young and her coaching team could not have been prouder of the whole group of 85 swimmers, from those that attended this prestigious event for the first time, those that achieved personal bests to those that were crowned county champions. The swim club gained overall 3rd place with the following swimmers achieving individual overall glory, William Pestell (3rd) Nathan Aung (5th), Martha Duley (3rd) Abbie McCarthy (7th) Lucy Morgan (4th) Ciara Wookey (6th) Charlotte Norman (2nd) Olivia Norman (2nd) Charlotte Tree (8th)

Finally out of a field of over 1000 swimmers Colchester Swim Club achieved 4 overall county champions. These swimmers competed in every race and the club is extremely proud to have Anita Tien, Sophie Freeman, Asma Parker and Elinor Duley as their overall county champions. The club is now focusing on the regional finals where their swimmers will test their skill level against the best in the eastern region.

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Colchester Makes a Splash at the Olympic Pool

Colchester swimming club took their largest number of competitors to the Olympic pool for the second round of the Essex county swimming competition. 82 swimmers excitedly made the journey from Colchester to the Olympic park. In front of a crowd of nearly 1500 spectators the swimmers from all over Essex were ready to perform.

The 50m freestyle saw the team make the first impression on the medal table. Anita Tien and Elinor Duley swam incredibly well in this very competitive race to secure gold medals with Sophie Freeman winning silver, Asma Parker and Lucy Morgan continued their impressive championships with a bronze. In the boys and girls races over 450 pupils compete and to even make the final is an achievement in itself. Other finalists were Charlotte Norman, Rebecca Girolami, Olivia Norman, Martha Duley, Kaythi Aung, Jamie Coles, Thomas Grieve, Jack Howlett, Naythan Aung and Ben Hardy.

Breaststroke then saw a huge number of swimmers make the final with Ciara Wookey(39.47) and Anita Tien (42.51) securing silver medals and Rebecca Girolami achieved an excellent PB (36.55) and a bronze medal. Jamie Coles swam an incredible 50m to ensure a 4th place with William Pestell claiming 5th. Other finalists were, Naythan Aung, Cameron Simpson, Thomas Grieve, Charlotte Norman, Sophie Freeman, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Olivia Norman and Elinor Duley.

The 50m Backstroke saw the greatest success for the club with a total of 8 medals across both boys and girls events. Elinor Duley, Kaythi Aung, Abbie McCarthy, Amber Jordan, Ben Hardy, Alex Williamson and Alex Tinnion all made the finals with impressive swims in their respected heats. Gold medals went to Naythan Aung, (33.68) Martha Duley (30.66) Anita Tien(35.91) Sophie Freeman (33.58) Olivia Norman. (31.86) The following swimmers achieved a silver medal, Charlotte Norman (35.93) and Lucy Morgan, (34.30) a bronze medal was achieved by Asma Parker.

The final races of this sprint session were the 50m fly. Nathan Aung, William Pestell, Ben Hardy, Jamie Coles and Aaron Francis all made the finals for the boys. Elinor Duley (29.43) Anita Tien (33.26) Sophie Freeman (30.56) Asma Parker (30.89) swam incredibly well to achieve County Championship gold medals with Kaythi Aung, achieving a silver medal and Martha Duley a bronze. Lucy Morgan, Ciara Wookey, Charlotte Norman, Rebecca Girolami , Niamh Higgins and Katie White all made the finals.

Each session was finished with an exciting relay race and this gave some of the clubs youngest swimmers the opportunity to perform in this impressive arena. The 10/11 boys in the 200 freestyle relay achieved an impressive 8th place with a time of 2.42.85 and then went on to improve their position in the 200 freestyle by finishing 6th. The Girls team swam the race of their lives in the 200 Freestyle and brought back the gold medal to the club with a time of 2.32.17. They also achieved a 6th place in the 200m Medley.

The weekend then moved back to the 50m pool at Basildon for the long distance races and Colchester didn't disappoint here either. The girls swam the 800m and the boys the 1500m. The girls were dominant in the12 yr. old category where the Colchester swimmers gained all top 3 spots. Sophie Freeman swam an amazing gold medal performance in a time of 9.52.57, followed by Charlotte Tree in silver(10.30.26) and Lucy Morgan(10.44.83) in Bronze. These events are straight finals and so only the top 8 swimmers in Essex are invited. Other Colchester swimmers were, Ciara Wookey, Asma Parker, Olivia Norman, Elinor Duley, William Pestell and Thomas Grieve.

Colchester now lie in 3rd position in the overall club competition, with Sophie Freeman, Asma Parker, Elinor Duley and Anita Tien holding on to first place in the overall girls competition. Martha Duley, Olivia Norman and Charlotte Norman are currently lying in 2nd position and Naythan Aung in third place.

The following swimmers were also representing the club and every one of them swam personal bests or improved their county ranking positions.

Ana Victoria Anderson, Christopher Ashdown, Annie Bayliss, Brogan Bates, Rory Bennett, Samuel Bentley, Georgina Bleck, Alanna Brosnan, James Buckingham, Alexandra Bygrave, Tara Bygrave, Hayden Chamberlain, Kia Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Alex Cole, Kalaum Corani, Keziah Cornish, Oliver Cox, Edward Cox, Oscar Crofts, William Easteal, Dan Few, Antonio Girolami, Molly Grieve, Lauren Himsworth, Daniel Himsworth, Marcus Holmes, Olivia Horn, Sam Horm, Bronte Jordan, Anola Jordan, Ross Jordan, Jack Keane, Luke Ledwidge, William Marsh, Mark Milburn, Nicholas Mitchell, Aisha Parker, Isaac Pavey, Mia Perzylo, Spencer Prior, Anshma Rai, Cole Scott, Eloise Smart, Sophie Talbot, Lotti Talbot, Christian Tilley, Joe Tilley, Seb Tilley, James Tree, Patrick Warner, Ruby Watson, Molly White, Owen Williams, Lizzie Woods and Lauren Wopling.

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Colchester Swimmers Ensure a positive start The County Championships

The highly anticipated opening block of the 2016 Essex ASA Age Group Championships at the Basildon pool began last weekend. Colchester swimmers asked themselves; would all the hard training pay off?

The 10/11 years age group saw some terrific swimming from some of the club's younger members with several instances of more than one Colchester swimmer on the podium and in a number of cases one Colchester swimmer competing against the other to achieve the top spot. Charlotte Norman and Anita Tien both demonstrated their amazing talent in a two way battle to gain the County crown. The first race, the 400m freestyle, saw Charlotte swim an amazing 5.24.91 to pip Anita into 3rd place with a time of 5.25.27. The 100m Breast stroke heats then saw an incredibly close race with Anita just edging Charlotte by 0.2 of a second. However the final needed something special with Charlotte claiming 1st place with a time of 1.32.06 and Anita finishing in 4th place. Anita bounced back in the 200m free by edging Charlotte in to second place by 0.11 of a second and again in the 200m IM Anita was victorious by 0.23 of a second. The final race of the weekend was the incredibly hard 200m fly. Anita swam an impressive time of 3.07.91 but Charlotte was able to beat this with a time of 2.58.43. At the end of the 3 sessions Anita lies in second place with Charlotte in first for the honour of top girl swimmer.

The girls in the U12 age group also swam well. Sophie Freeman was in sensational form throughout the weekend. The 400m freestyle saw her swim an unbelievable time of 4.50.48 to gain 1st place with team mate Charlotte Tree also making the podium in 3rd place. The 100m breast final saw four Colchester girls make the final with Sophie 4th, Ciara Wookey 5th, Lucy Morgan 7th and Charlotte 8th. Sophie and Charlotte then both claimed podium finishes in the 200m freestyle with a first and third respectively. Sophie continued her amazing weekend with victory in the 200m IM with a time of 2.38.63 and victory in the 200m fly with a time of 2.38.67. The 12yr old girls of Sophie, Ciara, Charlotte and Lucy capped off the weekend with gold in the 200m IM relay. The top girl spot for the event is now in the hands of Sophie Freeman with Ciara 4th and Charlotte 5th.

There were other great swims from the girls in the older age groups. Asma Parker got a well deserved 4th place in the 100m breast final just ahead of team mate Rebecca Girolami. In the under 17 girls 100m back stroke Martha Duley swam 1.07.39 in the final to gain top spot and in the 16 year old final Elinor Duley gained a 3rd place. Asma continued with her great form to claim 2nd spot in the 200m freestyle. Elinor Duley also ensured a 2nd place with a strong swim in the 100m fly final. Session 3 of the weekend saw Asma Parker claim a first place in the 200m IM with team mate Olivia Norman swimming a 2.31.75 in the U14 category to ensure a podium finish (2nd Place). Olivia then bettered her 2nd place with an impressive win in the 200m fly with a time of 2.30.68. Elinor continued her great racing with a 4th place in the 200 freestyle. The final relay of the weekend saw the team of Katie White, Katie Aung, Martha Duley and Elinor Duley produce a sensational swim of 1.54 to claim the gold medal. After the 1st weekend Asma lies in 1st place, Olivia in 3rd place and Elinor in 2nd place in their respective age groups for the top female performer.

The boys also ensured the hours of training in the Leisure World pool paid off with some excellent performances. Will Pestell gained a 3rd place and so bronze medal in both the 400m IM and the 100m fly final. Nathan Aung also gained a podium finish in the 200m backstroke with an impressive time of 2.43.31 to take 1st place and a second in the 100m back. Boys also reached the finals in 100m freestyle, (Nathan Aung, Thomas Grieve and Jack Howlett) 100m Fly (Nathan Aung) 100m Backstroke(Ben Hardy, Chris Ashdown and Alex Williamson) 100m Breaststroke (Jamie Coles). William and Nathan both now lie in 3rd place in their respective age groups for the top boy spot.

The County competition is made up of a huge number of swimmers all of whom had to qualify to be able to represent their club at these prestigious championships. Others who also took part and achieved personal bests were, Georgia Bleck, Abbie McCarthy, Spencer Prior, Molly Grieve, Olivia Horn, Niamh Higgins, Annie Bayliss, Bronte Jordan, Ana Victoria Anderson, Alex Bygrave, Luke Ledwidge, Alexander Tinnion, Cameron Simpson, Brogan Bates, Will Marsh, Jack Keane, Kai Cheng, Will Eastell, Nicholas Mitchell, Mark Milburn, Antonio Girolami, Zoe Clegg, James Tree, Ross Jordan, Kalaum Corani.

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Future Olympian Gives a Swimming Master Class

Colchester swimming club were very fortunate that our well-loved ex club swimmer Laura Stephens kindly came home and volunteered to take a Butterfly masterclass with our younger swimmers at our Leisure World pool. It was a great success, with all swimmers listening with great enthusiasm, working hard to copy Laura in the water and attempting all the drills she gave them.

Her display of underwater fly kick was enjoyed by them all : bobbing under the water to watch her performance and pick up any tips to improve their own stroke. At the end three of our top young fly swimmers got to race against her, although they weren't quite fast enough to beat her!

Laura went through all areas of stroke, skills and drills and at the end of the practical activities did a Q and A session about the commitment needed to perform at such a high level. She highlighted the importance of training at Plymouth College, managing her GCSE and now A level school work, her diet, handling nerves, training hours and the importance of working hard at every session.

At the end of the session Laura awarded one of the junior swimmers with a prized G.B. hat that she had worn in Canada. It was awarded to the swimmer she thought had stood out and worked hard during the session; a tough decision as they had all listened really well and performed to their very best. In the end the lucky recipient of the hat was Georgia Bleck.

Laura visits Leisure World

Junior swimmer Mark Milburn presented Laura with a Colchester Swimming Club towel to thank her for her time and encouragement. He asked her to make sure she took it to the Olympics - whether that was Rio, Tokyo or both he didn't mind.

It was a really enjoyable session for the swimmers and coaches. We are very grateful to Laura for giving back her time and expertise to our club.

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