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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. 

British Championships 2017

Tom Dean is officially the fastest under 18 year , following astonishing success at the 2017 British Championships in Sheffield last week.

British Champs is the highlight of the GB swimming calendar, bringing together athletes who shone at Rio to compete for a place on Team GB for the World Championships later this year. World record holding breastroke swimmer Adam Peaty, as well as Olympians Siobhan Marie O'Connor, Hannah Miley James Guy and Ben Proud fought it out to be crowned British Champion and bag their place on the plane to Budapest.

British Champs also focuses attention on the next generation of athletes ready to rise to the challenge and take the top performances, and Tom’s swim impressed the GB coaches enough to secure his own place on the junior GB squad. Tom’s 200 Individual Medley winning time of 2.02.59 saw him crowned National Junior Champion, while his 400 IM swim earned him a place in the Senior Final, to finish 6th fastest man in the UK. His 200 Breast time (2.17.74) saw him placed third fastest junior in GB. It was an impressive show from the teenager who found himself on the blocks for the 400 IM senior with the race winner, Olympian Max Lichfield.

Tom was one of six Maidenhead swimmers to qualify for British Champs - an incredible achievement for a small club to send so many athletes to the epitome of high performance swimming. Over 500 competitors travelled from all corners of the UK to swim to win at this prestigious event, many from the country’s Nationals Centres of Excellence at Bath, Loughborough and Sterling University, as well as swimming focused boarding schools such as Kelly College and Millfield.

Tom's elder sister Connie (18) also performed superbly to take her place on the blocks alongside Olympian’s Hannah Miley, Siobhan Marie O’Connor and in the Senior finals for the 400 and 200 IM; the only non GB team swimmer to qualify for the final where she finished fifth and sixth respectively with lifetime best times of 4.46 and 2.15.

Younger sister Nancy (15) also qualified for British Championships but couldn’t compete following a hand injury. Fellow team mate Maisie Cossins qualified for the Target Tokyo final with a lifetime best 50 breast swim, and Daria Poma Kostik posted season and lifetime best times for her 100 and 200 breast swims. Head coach Paul Lloyd said ' These are great swims from a group that has worked tirelessly to achieve these results'.

TVJL Round 2 - 18th March 2017

At the Second Round of the TVJL last Saturday , Marlins were again up against strong competition in a gala with Windsor , Staines , Chesham and Bracknell Swimming Clubs. With great team spirit and determination Marlins swimmers fought hard in the relay and individual events to come 4th overall - there was a first place finish for Helen Kennedy in the 50m fly and strong relays performance from all our swimmers. 

The final result on the night was 

Windsor         246

Staines          229

Bracknell       222.5

Maidenhead   153.5

Chesham       117

The final TVJL round will be held on the Saturday 22nd April so please look out for the team list which will be posted shortly. 

 

 

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.