The weekend of the 14th and 15th May saw the first of two weekends of competition for the South East Regional Age Group Championships at K2 in Crawley. With a number of our swimmers competing there were top 10 finishes for Alyssa Basinger (7th) , Emma Hepworth (7th) and Beth Neall (10th) in their respective age groups in 800m free . The girls also performed well in the 400m event with Emma finishing 8th and Beth and Alyssa finishing 12th.
Zac Bleekendaal made the 200m breast final finishing 7th and also had top 10 placings for 100m free , 100m breast and 400m IM . In her first Regional championships Isobel Benster finished 9th in the 50m free and 12th and 17th in the 100m fly and back events. Hayden Netherwood-Meek and Liv Howley also respectively competed in the 200m free and 4 x 50m medley relay events.
With the second weekend of the Championships coming up this weekend - we wish all our swimmers good luck.
Marlins swimmers had a fantastic weekend at the South East Region Youth Championships in Portsmouth last weekend. There were some amazing swims which resulted in 11 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes for the Club !
The weekend started with all swimmers on day one making their respective finals and achieving five gold medals. The first of which came in an excellently paced 200m free won by Joel Lange, this was followed by a lifetime best time from George Taplin to win gold in the 17 & over race in the same event.
Tom Dean kept up the good form by winning golds in the 16 & over 50m breast and 200m breast finals and Joel added another gold in the 15 & Over – 200m breast final. Not to be outdone Daria Poma-Kostik and Maisie Cossins got bronzes in their respective age groups for the 100m breast to complete an exciting first day !
There were more medals on day 2 with more golds for Joel (1500m free) and Tom (200m IM) , silvers for Daria (200m breast) , George (100m free) and Joel (200m IM) . Day two also saw the start of the relay events with the 14-16 years and 17+ events – there were some good performances with the girls IM team coming a credible 14th and the men coming 16th.
The final day of the competition proved no less exciting or successful with golds for Connie Dean in the 100m fly and 200m IM, for Maisie in the 50m breast and for George in the 400m free . Nancy Dean took silver in a closely fought 50m breast and Joel added to his impressive tally with silver (400m IM) and bronze (100m breast) . Finally the boys 14-16 IM relay team shrugged off the disappointments of the previous day’s disqualification to get 4th in their event and the younger girls in the 14-16 freestyle relay event came a respectful 15th.
Overall a great weekend for all Marlins swimmers – well done.
In the final round of the Thames Valley Junior League competition held on Saturday evening , both Marlins teams were competing in the B Gala held at the Chilterns Pool in Amersham . In a closely fought contest Marlins A performed well with 13 first places , including the exciting squadron event , but narrowly missed out on second place by 1 point to Newbury and were only 12 points behind the overall winners - Abingdon Vale . Marlins B performed well , despite having no boys relay teams in the 10 and 12 age groups . There were some great individual and team performances from both teams as well as a great team spirit - we were definitely the loudest team !
Special thanks to our Elite Squad swimmers - Luke , Joel and Emma who came along to help manage the teams on the night , to Colin Bell - for being our TVJL rep and to all parents who have helped on poolside during the three rounds of the competition.
Connie Dean has secured a place in her second final of the 2016 British Championships and will tonight race in the 200IM final against three of Britian's finest female Olympians : Hannah Miley , Aimie Wilmott and Siobhan O'Connor . Dean came third in her heat to secure tonights place which will see Miley and O'Connor trying to gain a place at Rio. This completes the full house of finals for Maidenhead from each of its swims- a fact that has been well noted here in Glasgow.
Today saw Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud make a new GB record in 50m free with a time of 21.65. Yesterday saw former Bracknell swimmer - Andrew Willis - make the British Olympic team for 200m breast with a time of 2.08.08.
Tune into the live stream to see Connie swim at 19.48pm tonight
A superb swim by Tom Dean in the 400IM final on Thursday evening , saw him take 2nd place in the Junior Mens Final with a personal best time of 4.31.85.
Connie swims today - Saturday - in the 200IM - so please look out for her on the live stream.