Henley Open Water Swim Events - Sunday 9th July 2017

Marlins swimmers Molly Sammes , Emma Hepworth and Neil Sammes were taking part in the Henley open water swim events last weekend. 

Molly and Neil were in the Suits and Skins event - doing the Henley mile course twice during the day - the first time in a wetsuit and the second time without !! With some fantastic swimming - Molly finished second female in her 14 to 17 year age group , was 6th fastest female and 22nd overall in a suits time of 21.37 and skins of 22.41 .  Whilst Masters swimmer Neil ,  who was slightly slower than his daughter , came a credible 10th in the open category. 

Emma , doing her first open water swim , swam in the Henley mile event without a wetsuit in a time of 20.39 , which placed her as second fastest female in both her age group (14 to 17) and open female category as well as being 9th overall out of 478 competitors taking part. 

Well done Marlins swimmers 



A Great Performance by Tom Dean at the LEN European Junior Championships 2017

Tom Dean has been outstanding at the LEN European Junior Championships in Netanya , Israel this week ( 28th June to 2nd July) . Firstly he did well to make the final in the 200m breaststroke event - coming 8th overall and in a new personal best time. In the 200m IM event he qualified third fastest for the final and pulled out a superb performance to win gold and be crowned European Junior Champion in a fantastic time of 2.01.02. Finally he finished the championship off by again making the final in the 400m IM event and taking a silver narrowly beaten by Hungarian swimmer Balazs Hollo . 


MKDJL Round 2

The second round of the MKDJL held at the Chilterns Pool in Amersham on 1st July was an exciting event which saw Marlins neck and neck with Amersham after the relays - both teams having 63 points - with some great swims from the 9 and 10 year old relay teams. In the individual events - Marlins swimmers continued to shine with first place finishes for Helena and Sam Kennedy,  Chloe Platt, Charlotte Heard-Norrish , Matthew Burrows, Jake Foster, Ben Phillips , William Dean , Ethan Wills and Lars Cheli . At the half way point Marlins had a small lead over Amersham but were pulled back to a two point deficit at the 40 events mark .  With only the relays to go Marlins fought hard but narrowly missed out coming second to Amersham .   Final scores were :

Amersham      248

Maidenhead    246

Putteridge     153

Chalfont B     137

Sea Byrds      118 

Well done to all the swimmers and a special thank you to coach - Zoe Tarrant who was attending her last gala with Marlins . The final round will be held on Saturday 9th September - please look out for the team list . 

British Call Up For Tom Dean


Follow Tom's progress and find out more about the Championships at http://www.len.eu/?p=8160

Tom Dean is heading off to Netanya in Israel having been selected to compete at the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships. He will be part of a team of 37 British athletes at the Championships which runs from 28th June to 2nd July.

His selection comes off the back of his performance at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield and is part of a strategy by British Swimming 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.

Tom will be flying out this coming Saturday to train with the GB squad before taking part in the opening ceremony on Wednesday 28th June . Tom will then be competing in the 200m Breast stroke, 200m & 400m Medley Events. For the 200m Medley event - he is entered as Great Britain's number 1 swimmer, as he won the Junior National 200m Medley Championship at Ponds Forge in April.

In the lead up to the Championships, Tom and his coach , Paul Lloyd , attended a team training day with the rest of the GB squad at Loughborough. This event was led by Great Britain's Youth Performance Director,  Tim Jones , during which he stressed to the swimmers that this is a step on their journey to senior international swimming.

This is an exciting opportunity for Tom and we wish him well for the competition.

Milton Keynes Junior League - Round 1



Marlins Junior swimmers had their first taste of competing in the Milton Keynes District Junior League on Saturday 3rd June at the Magnet Centre in Maidenhead . With teams from across the district including Rushmoor Royals , Amersham and Chalfont , Marlins fought hard and were sat in second place at the half way stage thanks to some great relay swims and first place finishes from the U9 & U12 boys teams and then individual victories for Charlotte Heard-Norrish , Sam Kennedy , Ben Phillips , Lars Cheli , Alex Bacon and William Dean .  In the end Marlins narrowly missed on second place as they were pipped by Amersham in the hard fought freestyle relays and the exciting cannon event . Final results were 

Rushmoor Royals         241

Amersham                    214

Maidenhead Marlins     196

Putteridge                     141

Hounslow Jets              102

Chalfont Otters B            98

Well done to all swimmers who took part and special thanks to all coaches , judges and parents who helped to host this gala. The second round of this competition will be held on Saturday 1st July so please look out for the team lists.