Berks & South Bucks County Championships - First Weekend

Marlins had a fantastic first weekend at the ASA Berks and South Bucks County Championships at the High Wycombe pool on the 14th and 15th January 2017 . A full coaches report is attached below but highlights from the weekend include :

In the first session on day one there were great swims and PBs from Emma Hepworth , who took the gold by more than 11 seconds and Beth Neal who took the silver in the girls 15 years age group and Alyssa Basinger who won bronze in the 14 year age group. Whilst Joel Lange won the 1500m free event by 12 seconds and became the Open Senior County Champion.

Session Two started with the boys 100m Backstroke where Ben Phillips took silver (10/11 yrs) and James Meyrick  4th spot (14yrs) with a regional qualifying time and a place in the Junior final – where  he achieved a 7th place finish . Not to be out done Meg Peppiatt also qualified for the Junior final and finished 4th overall .  However one of the stand out swims came from Amelia Bell with an 8 second PB to win a bronze medal and regional qualification.

In the 100m Breaststroke event Lars Cheli produced a PB to win silver (10/11yrs age) whilst William Dean set a new County record to win the gold (12 yrs) . Louise Ashford won her first silver(12 yr) and Tom Dean , Daria Poma-Kostik and Maisie Cossins made their respective Senior Finals with both Daria and Tom taking the silver in their finals

The gruelling 400IM event saw the Dean siblings – Tom and Connie – become Senior County Champions with both setting new county records  whilst Joel Lange took the bronze. Louise Ashford achieved her second silver medal of the day and there were regional qualifying times for Isobel Benster and Emma Hepworth.

The final event of day one was the open relays with both the mens and women medley ‘A’ teams taking bronzes.

Day two stared early with the 400m Free event and saw Ben Phillips and Louise Ashford take bronzes whilst Joel Lange and Emma Hepworth just missed out on medals both placing 4th . However the event finished with a great swim from George Taplin to become Senior County Champion and set a new record time of 3.56.97 !

Then came the 100m sprints , with some great racing in the 100m free resulting in William Dean winning the bronze (12yrs), Dylan Hillier making the Junior boys final and Alex Wood touched out of bronze medal position on the last stroke. In the 16/Over age group George Taplin and Tom Dean made the final and in a very close race George took the top spot with a new county record of 51.40 whilst Tom took the bronze.

In the Girls 100m free event - Isobel Benster set a new championship record and a place in the Junior final whilst Emma Hepworth again took 4th and Beth Neal 6th in the 15 year age group.

There were more silvers for Ben Phillips and Alex Bacon in the 100m fly whilst Tom , Connie , Daria and Isobel all secured their finals places with Tom taking the bronze and Connie the silver.

In the final relay session the 14/16 age group ‘A’ teams narrowly missed out on medals finishing in 4th and 5th places . Overall a great weekend for the swimmers and coaching team, the countdown is now on for weekend two of the counties on the 28th and 29th January.

Marlins Awards Evening - Saturday 7th January

The annual Marlins Awards Evening was held on Saturday evening at St Piran's School. The event was well attended by swimmers and their families across all the Junior squads through to Youth , Elite and Masters sections.

Key winners were Daria Poma Kostik and Joel Lange who won the Head Girl and Head Boy awards and Anne Cork who won the inaugural Jim Cannon Award for her outstanding contribution to swimming. There were also service awards for Kirsty Lange, Sally Bleekendaal, Cathy Scanlon, John Allen, Herman Bleekendaal and Graham Deadman.  The evening was also an opportunity to raise club funds with some exciting raffle prizes and the Selfie Tower . Raffle prize winners were : 

Arsenal Tickets - Claire Ireland 

Swim Clinic Voucher - Isabelle Legtmann

Jasmine Restaurant - Stefan Potter 

Champagne draw - Jan Stuij 

Photographs from the evening can be found on the below dropbox link and electronics copies of the photos from the Selfie Tower can be requested by emailing :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Overall the evening was a great success with over a £1,000 being raised for the club - so thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event.  


ASA Winter SC National Championships - Sheffield

Maisie Cossins, Daria Poma Kostik and Joel Lange all qualified for and represented Maidenhead at The ASA  Short Course National Championships in Sheffield. It is a fine achievement by the swimmers to qualify for this prestigious event.
Maisie was in good form in the 50m Breast event posting a time of 33.31  to finish in the top 40 in the country.
The highlight for the week for Daria came in the 200m Breast event. Her heat PB 2:30.96 earned her a place in the "B" Final.  In this final she further improved her time 2:29:31 to be crowned National Junior Champion. She backed this up with a fine performance to earn Silver in the Junior 100m Breaststroke. Her performances in both the 200 medley and 400m Medley were also life time best performances.
Joel Lange was also in good form at the meet. He secured a lifetime best in the 200m medley to to finish 5th in the Junior Championship. He rounded off a busy programme with 2 solid swims in 200m Back & 100m Breast. He raised his game in the 400m Medley event to record a massive 6 second life time best and improve his Junior ranking to 6th. He was in even better form in the 200m Breaststroke finishing in 4th place - agonizingly close to a bronze medal.
The performances at this competition rounded off a fantastically successful 2016 for the Maidenhead Swim Team.




A Fantastic Win for Marlins sending them into the Arena League Premier Division

Maidenhead swimmers capped an impressive Arena League season with a resounding win in the South A final on Saturday night to be crowned  Division 1 Champions for the first time in the clubs history and a promotion to the Premier Division.   On a truly memorable night of exciting swimming, Maidenhead stepped up superbly with many exceptional performances starting with a flourish by Connie  and tom Dean who won the open 200m medley events and followed by notably swims from Daria Poma Kosik , Zack Bleekendaal, Joel Lange and the other two Dean siblings - Nancy and William as well as the 11/U boys (Alex, William, Ben & Lars) and 15/U girls (Daria, Nancy, Beth & Emma) relay teams resulting in 15 first place finishes. The Junior members of the team displayed an infectious enthusiasm and excitement which was particularly pleasing. After the first ten events the lead was only one point, this spurred the swimmers on to even better performances and ultimately a ten point lead by the end of the night . Final scores were : 

Maidenhead 196

Mid Sussex    186

Maxwell         182

Windsor         170

Bracknell        169

Leatherhead   144 

Overall a fantastic team performance - well done


Fantastic Atmosphere at Arena Gala

On an exciting evening crackling with atmosphere Maidenhead made the most of home advantage to win their Arena League Second round Gala. The swimmers performed admirably throughout the gala.
Team spirit soared as the competition kicked off to a great start with the Dean siblings both winning their respective 200m medley events. In the first block of events Maidenhead dominated - winning  5 of the 8 relays. The Maidenhead swimmers all performed really well throughout the series of individual age group events. The determination of the swimmers was obvious for all to see. 
The atmosphere was electric at the end of the evening as all the younger swimmers cheered both senior 6 x 50m Female and Male teams to victory.
Final result 
Maidenhead                251
Wycombe "B"             190
Fareham Nomads        176
Kingston Royals          160
Newbury                    138
Alton & District           131
This win sets up an exciting final round with promotion to the Premier league the prize for the top 2 teams.