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.
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
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.
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 :
Mid Sussex 186
Overall a fantastic team performance - well done