On the 25th to 29th May 2016 ten Maidenhead Marlins Masters swimmers headed off to London to compete in the European Masters Aquatics Championship at the London Aquatic Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.In the first events of the competition it was the ladies in action with great performances from Claudia Goldschmidt, Sasha Forster and Rachel Langton in the 200 Freestyle and Carolynn Curtis in the 50m Breaststroke - there were some good personal bests and top 25 place finishes for Rachel and Carolyn .In the evening the Men and Women 4 x 50 freestyle relay teams were in action with the ladies team (Rachel, Claudia, Carloyn and Stephanie Rich) finishing an impressive 11th out of 67 teams. Whilst the men (Richard Standard, Steven Iley, Julian Swain and Bob El-Hawary) finished 13th.
The second day saw individual Marlins swimmers competing in the 50m backstroke with Ann Cork finishing as the highest Brit (7th) in her age group . Whilst Richard Stannard , in the 400m free , gained the first Marlins medal by taking silver behind former World Champion swimmer Samuele Pampana of Italy. In the mixed medley relay (Stephanie, Carolynn, Bob and Richard) pulled out a great team performance to finish 24th out of 124 European teams. On the penultimate morning of the Championships it was the turn of the 200m backstroke crew with some good age group placing for Ann (5th) , Richard (9th) and Leon Youngman (19th) . There were also strong performances from Marlins swimmers in 100m free , fly and 400m free events most notably with Julian Swain achieving a top 20 European placing. On the final day of the Competition there was some impressive 50m free sprinting with Julian , Bob and Steve in action with Julian finishing 14th in a time of 26.82 and the 3rd leading Brit, Bob (32rd) and Steve (34th). To finish the competition Anne Cork continued her impressive performance by finishing in 5th place in the 100m back event and again was the leading Brit in her age group !
The weekend of the 28th and 29th May saw the second of the two weekends of competition for the South East Regional Age Group Championships at K2 in Crawley. Again a number of our swimmers were competing and in the second event of the day our girls - 4 x 100m free relay team (Beth, Alyssa, Liv and Emma) narrowly missed out on a bronze medal when they were beaten into 4th place.
As the weekend progressed there were good performances from Hayden Netherwood-Meek and Liv Howley in 200m fly and 50m back. As well as top 8 finishes for both Isobel Benster and Emma Hepworth in the 200m free heats with both making their age group finals. Whilst Alyssa Basinger and Beth Neall finished 13th and 15th in their respective age groups. Zack Bleekendaal made his 50m breast final and Isobel qualified fastest for the 50m fly final.
In the final for 200m free – Emma and Isobel both produced PBs and finished 5th and 6th in their age groups in the region whilst Zack consolidated his 7th position. However the highlight of the finals was Isobel winning gold in the 50m fly – a fantastic result and great performance in her first regional championships.
In the final session of the Championships, the girls 4 x 50m free team (Beth, Alyssa, Isobel and Emma) shrugged off the disappointments of the previous day and pulled off a great performance to take the bronze medal by a 10th of a second ! Whilst Alyssa and Zack completed their regionals with 10th and 11th positions in the 400m IM and 400m free events.
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.