County Championships - Second Weekend

Maidenhead Marlins swimmers continued to impress on Day 3 of the Berkshire and South Bucks ASA Championships at Aldershot Garrison pool on Saturday. 

Success for the relay teams 

There was success for the Ladies and Mixed Open relay teams with medals for : 

  • Silver medal   -   Ladies - 4 x 50m Medley team    - Daria , Maisie , Connie & Nancy 
  • Bronze medal  -  Mixed  - 4 x 50m Medley team    - Jordan , Tom , Connie & Becky 
  • Silver medal    -  Ladies - 4 x 50m Freestyle team - Becky , Nancy , Maisie & Connie

Girls 800m Freestyle 

In the gruelling 800m race all swimmers performed well and achieved a number of medals : 

  • Alyssa Basinger took silver in the 13 year age group 
  • Beth Neall and Emma Hepworth took silver & bronze respectively in the 14 year old age group 
  • Laura Deadman was 4th in the 15 year age group 
  • Connie Dean took gold in the 16 & over age group. 

Beth also took silver in the Junior Championship and Connie was crowned Senior County Champion. 






Boys 1500 Freestyle 

Joel Lange swam a great race in the 1500 event. At the young age of 14 , he was in the last heat with senior boys, he matched the eventual winner, Albert Karavis , stroke for stroke to come a very close second. Joel can be proud of his performance as he became one of the youngest ever 1500m Senior County Championship medal winners. 

Paul Lloyd 

County Championships - First Weekend

Maidenhead Swimming Club enjoyed a hugely successful weekend competing in their home pool in the Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire ASA County Championships this past weekend.

The girls performed superbly in the 100m Breaststroke, with 4 of the 8 senior final placings going to Maidenhead Swimmers. In an exciting final Connie Dean won the Gold, Daria Kostik-Poma Silver and Maisie Cossins Bronze with Nancy Dean coming a very creditable 5th place.  A fantastic achievement for 1 club to have the fastest 3 girls in the whole county!!

It was really pleasing to see Maidenhead so well represented across the senior and Junior Championship Finals over the weekend. Connie added 5 more championship gold Medals to her tally – the most impressive was the 400 medley securing a time of 4:43 to finish a length ahead 2nd place.

Emma Hepworth put in a lifetime best performance to win a very impressive 200m Free race and the Junior Championship.

Tom Dean was in fantastic form in the 400 medley to retain the championship he won in 2015. It was a particularly impressive performance as he controlled the race to perfection taking the lead in the final 100m to secure a very sweet victory. He backed this up with an equally impressive swim in the 200m Breast to be crowned county Champion for the second time in the same session.

Daria was in excellent form over the weekend. She showed her class and versatility to earn podium spots (4silver & 1 Bronze) in the open Championships at the tender age of 14.  She also won 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 Bronze age group Medals.

Joel Lange continued his consistent season form with 5 gold and 2 silver age group medals. He was also narrowly beaten into 4th place in 2 senior championships events.  Beth Neall continued her good form with a Silver Medal in the 200 medley Junior Championships as well as 2 Junior championship Bronze medals in the 50 & 100 Free. She also picked up 2 age group Silver & 2 Age group Bronze medals.

Alyssa Basinger earned 2 Junior Championship Bronze medals – 400 & 200.Medley. She also earned 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Age group Bronze medals. Zack Bleekendaal impressed coming 2nd in the Junior Championship 200m Breaststroke. He added age group medals – 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 Bronze during a solid weekends swimming. Isobel Benster put in some impressive improvements on her entry times to secure 1 age group gold and 4 Bronzes. Louise Ashford impressed on her county debut to win 1 gold & 2 silver medals. Alex Bacon also swimming at counties for the first time earned a gold & silver medal.  William Dean took age group gold to earn yet another Breaststroke medal for Maidenhead. Hayden Netherwood–Meek worked really hard to earn an age group silver in the 200m Fly. Olivia Good was in lifetime best form and picked up 2 Bronze medals. Amelia Bell & Caitlin Ireland completed Maidenheads medal haul with a well earned Bronze medal each.

Well done to all Marlin Swimmers who competed and behaved so well all weekend.

British Winter Nationals - Final Update

Day three of British Winter Nationals saw Abi, Connie, Daria and Nancy represent the club in the girls Medley Relay team, putting in an impressive show to finish twelfth in the UK with a time of 4.20. Daria continued her good form in the 100 breast, and Joel moved up the programme again, courtesy of a PB in the 100 IM. Tom went under a minute for the first time in the same event,  earning his third podium place, and a second Junior silver medal in the process. A PB in 50 breast completed his swimming for the penultimate day. Connie made another final with a personal best swim in the 100 breast, finishing 5th  in the event.

The final day of racing saw Joel and Tom swim the 200 breast. Joel finished 8th in his age group thanks to a 2" PB, Tom took half a second off his PB in his last race of Nationals. Connie's Nationals ended with the 400IM, in a time that qualified her for another Senior final- unfortunately, a DQ for her fly/ breast turn ended that opportunity - and all Maidenhead swimmers headed home.

Well done all swimmers and coaches!