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.




Marlins Masters Swimmers swim the English Channel

On Sunday 17th July, two Maidenhead Marlins master swimmers were part of a four strong team who completed the cross channel team relay swim. The team aptly named ‘Coastbusters’ consisted of Ann Chance and Neil Sammes from Marlins plus Jane Drapkin and Maurice Wheeler.

In preparation for the event the team had completed plenty of cold water swims in seas, rivers and lakes often in temperatures of only 10 degrees .  The relay event involved each swimmer swimming for one hour in a strict rotation and the Coastbusters team completed the crossing in 13 hour and 54mins!  

On a lovely sunny day and with relatively flat seas the only real hazards were the odd jelly fish as well as container ships and cross channel ferries!   Neil did this amazing swim to help raise funds for the Marlins Club and so if you would like to support him and make a donation his fundraising page link is https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/neil-sammes

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LEN European Masters Aquatics Championship - 25th to 29th May 2016

On the 25th to 29th May 2016 ten Maidenhead Marlins Masters swimmers headed off to London to compete in the European Masters Aquatics Championship at the London Aquatic Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.In the first events of the competition it was the ladies in action with great performances from Claudia Goldschmidt, Sasha Forster and Rachel Langton in the 200 Freestyle and Carolynn Curtis in the 50m Breaststroke - there were some good personal bests and top 25 place finishes for Rachel and Carolyn .In the evening the Men and Women 4 x 50 freestyle relay teams were in action with the ladies team (Rachel, Claudia, Carloyn and Stephanie Rich) finishing an impressive 11th out of 67 teams. Whilst the men (Richard Standard, Steven Iley, Julian Swain and Bob El-Hawary) finished 13th. 

The second day saw individual Marlins swimmers competing in the 50m backstroke with Ann Cork finishing as the highest Brit (7th) in her age group .  Whilst Richard Stannard , in the 400m free , gained the first Marlins medal by taking silver behind former World Champion swimmer Samuele Pampana of Italy. In the mixed medley relay (Stephanie, Carolynn, Bob and Richard) pulled out a great team performance to finish 24th out of 124 European teams. On the penultimate morning of the Championships it was the turn of the 200m backstroke crew with some good age group placing for Ann (5th) , Richard (9th) and Leon Youngman (19th) . There were also strong performances from Marlins swimmers in 100m free , fly and 400m free events most notably with Julian Swain achieving a top 20 European placing. On the final day of the Competition there was some impressive 50m free sprinting with Julian , Bob and Steve in action with Julian finishing 14th in a time of 26.82 and the 3rd leading Brit, Bob (32rd) and Steve (34th). To finish the competition Anne Cork continued her impressive performance by finishing in 5th place in the 100m back event and again was the leading Brit in her age group !



ASA South East Age Group Regional Championships 2016

The weekend of the 28th and 29th May saw the second of the two weekends of competition for the South East Regional Age Group Championships at K2 in Crawley. Again a number of our swimmers were competing and in the second event of the day our girls - 4 x 100m free relay team (Beth, Alyssa, Liv and Emma) narrowly missed out on a bronze medal when they were beaten into 4th place.

As the weekend progressed there were good performances from Hayden Netherwood-Meek and Liv Howley in 200m fly and 50m back. As well as top 8 finishes for both Isobel Benster and Emma Hepworth in the 200m free heats with both making their age group finals. Whilst Alyssa Basinger and Beth Neall finished 13th and 15th in their respective age groups. Zack Bleekendaal made his 50m breast final and Isobel qualified fastest for the 50m fly final.

In the final for 200m free – Emma and Isobel both produced PBs and finished 5th and 6th in their age groups in the region whilst Zack consolidated his 7th position. However the highlight of the finals was Isobel winning gold in the 50m fly – a fantastic result and great performance in her first regional championships.

In the final session of the Championships, the girls 4 x 50m free team (Beth, Alyssa, Isobel and Emma) shrugged off the disappointments of the previous day and pulled off a great performance to take the bronze medal by a 10th of a second !   Whilst Alyssa and Zack completed their regionals with 10th and 11th positions in the 400m IM and 400m free events.


South East Regional Age Group Championships 2016 – 14 & Under

The weekend of the 14th and 15th May saw the first of two weekends of competition for the South East Regional Age Group Championships at K2 in Crawley.  With a number of our swimmers competing there were top 10 finishes for Alyssa Basinger (7th) , Emma Hepworth (7th) and Beth Neall (10th) in their respective age groups in 800m free . The girls also performed well in the 400m event with Emma finishing 8th and Beth and Alyssa finishing 12th.  

Zac Bleekendaal made the 200m breast final finishing 7th and also had top 10 placings for 100m free , 100m breast and 400m IM . In her first Regional championships Isobel Benster finished 9th in the 50m free and 12th and 17th in the 100m fly and back events. Hayden Netherwood-Meek and Liv Howley also respectively competed in the 200m free and 4 x 50m medley relay events.

With the second weekend of the Championships coming up this weekend - we wish all our swimmers good luck.