South East 14&U Regional Championships - 13th & 14th May

The first weekend of the South East 14&U Regional Championships was a successful one for Marlins swimmers , resulting in 10 PBs, 2 finalist places , 3 reserve finalists and one Regional Champion - William Dean in the 12 year old - 100m breaststroke. 

Day one saw personal bests from Amelia Bell in the 200m IM and 100m back,  William Dean in the 200m breast and Isobel Benster in the 200m fly. Whilst Dylan Hillier fought hard in the 100m free and narrowly missed out on the 14 year old final. 

Day two started with James Meyrick (14 year) taking a reserve spot in the 50m Back and Isobel (13 year) a reserve spot in the 50m free but then going one better to qualify 7th into the 100m fly final.  Whilst Amelia Bell performed well in 200m Back , William Dean set the standard in the 100m Breast finishing fastest in his age group and so into the final. Louise Ashford raced well in her first ever regional race in the 400m free. 

In the finals session there was no holding back with Isobel up first in the 100m fly and moving up to finish a very close 4th with only seven tenths splitting first to fourth places. William Dean then stepped up to win the first 14&U medal for Marlins by dominating the 100m breast final and winning it by 3.5 seconds.  

Well done to all our swimmers and lets keep that momentum going for weekend two at the end of May.

IAPS Success for Marlins Swimmers

A number of Marlins swimmers were competing at the National IAPS Championships at K2 in Crawley on the 6th May and there were medal successes for Karina Andrea who won gold in the U12 50m breaststroke and Helena Kennedy who Bronze in U11 25m Fly . The boys also put in some great performances with Johnny Ireland coming 5th in U10 25m Back , Ben Phillips coming 4th in U11 50m Back and Dylan Hillier - 4th in U13 50m Free. Rebecca Canton and Helena Kennedy also won a team bronze in the medley relay. 
Well done to all our swimmers. 

SE Regional 15&O Championships 2017

Marlins 15 and over swimmers were competing at the South East Regional Championships in Wycombe over the May Day bank holiday weekend.   

There were some great performances with both Daria Poma-Kostik and Joel Lange being crowned Regional Champions in the 16 year old 200m breaststroke finals . There were also silver medals for Daria and Joel in the 100m breaststroke final whilst Maisie Cossins took the gold in the 18&O final in the 50m breaststroke . Joel then completed the set winning a bronze in the 400m IM. 

The girls 800m freestyle relay team of Alyssa Basinger, Beth Neal, Daria Poma-Kostik  and Emma Hepworth came a credible 10th place in the 14 to 16 age group. Whilst Beth and Emma then went on the get top 10 placings  (9th and 10th respectively) in the 400m freestyle event with Beth then narrowly missing out on the 15 year old final for both 50m and 100m free.    For the boys Tom Dean finished first in the 200m freestyle event and Alex Wood competed in the 50m backstroke event.  Liv Howley also made an appearance in the 400m medley relay with the girls team finishing 16th overall . 

 A great performance from all our 15&O regional qualifying swimmers and good luck to our 14&U swimmers who go to Regionals at K2 -Crawley over two weekends in May.

GB team selection For Tom Dean

Well done to Tom Dean who has been selected to compete as part of the GB team at the European Junior Swimming Championships . Tom will be part of a team of 37 athletes who will compete at the LEN European Junior event in Netanya, Israel from 28 June to 2 July.

This selection comes off the back of the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield last week and follows a GB strategy aimed at inspiring a generation of young athletes to commit to a journey towards Tokyo 2020 Olympic success by exposing them to high level junior international competition.

TVJL - Marlins win the B Final

On Saturday 22nd April, Marlins won the B final of the TVJL competition held at Reading Central pool. Maidenhead were competing against teams from Newbury , Chesham , Amersham and Reading and took an early lead with some great medley relays with the 12 year old girls as well as the 9 and 11 year old girls and boys teams winning their races . This was followed by some great individual performances with Esther Cantero, Amelie Checkley, Charlotte Heard-Norrish, Lars Cheli, Ben Phillips, Oliver Cook and William Dean all getting first place finishes.   With a commanding lead Marlins started the freestyle relays well and culminated their success in the exciting squadron relay . With 15 first places and 19 second Marlins finished the evening as victors . The final scores were : 

Maidenhead       230 

Newbury           209

Chesham          179

Reading A         178 

Amersham B     147

Reading B          46 

Many thanks to all the swimmers who took part across the three rounds , their parents and the poolside helpers.