NEWS

ESS Swimmers Go to Nationals

Good luck to our National swimmers, who will be representing ESS at Ponds Forge in Sheffield over the next two weeks. Make us proud!

Live Video Stream, Live Scoreboard and Results

 

Girls, top row from left: Megan Molloy, Maya Kirlew, Jen Budden, Hannah Thomas, Lena Soulas, Mia Hawkes (missing: Charlotte Newman).

Boys, bottom row from left: Beng Ren Siew, Joe Haimes, Sam Pereira, Josh Kirlew.

Caitlin Medals at Middlesex Open Water Champs

A huge 'well done' to Caitlin McCabe (13), who swam her first Open Water event at the weekend. The 2nd London Swimming Open Water Event took place on Sunday, 27th July 2014 at Surrey Quays Watersport Centre and was run in conjunction with Middlesex County ASA.

Caitlin raced in the 1.5k age group event and came away with a Middlesex Bronze medal, also placing sixth in the London Region. Congratulations!

Open Water swimming is an ancient sport dating back to well before pools were around. It has been rising in popularity since the Beijing 2008 Olympics, where the 10k Open Water Marathon was included as a swimming event for the first time. Recently successful athletes such as Kerri-Anne Payne and Dan Fogg have helped the discipline gain further popularity.

In addition to Caitlin's and our Masters' various successful Open Water swims, ESS has already seen an international OW selection: Regional Squad swimmer Elliot Bertram (16) was selected for Team GB to swim in an OW event in Portugal last season, also competing at the Open Water Nationals 2013. Young Megan Molloy will be following into Elliot's footsteps this year, when she will be swimming in her first OW Nationals on 4th August. Good luck!

London OW Results

Basildon End of Season Meet

A total of 52 ESS swimmers entered the Basildon End of Season Long Course Meet at the weekend. Congratulations to all who competed and set new PBs to take forward into the next season. ESS swimmers' impressive performance did not go unnoticed at the gala: Megan Molloy, Ellisia Baxter, Josh Kirlew, Grace Lennon, Oskar Soulas, Maya Kirlew, Emily Haimes, Lily Tiernan, Beng Ren Siew, Elliot Bertram, Joe Haimes, Millie Flannagan, Chloe Welch, Aigboje Dudu-Orumen, Justin Houpt, Neil Chowtie, Emma Montague, Freya Nice, Alice Comerford, Chloe Howe, Natasha Welch, Ted Winfield and Tom Newman brought home a grand total of 72 medals.
A special 'well done' must go to our 9-year-olds Freya and Rebecca who were brave enough to enter their very first long course open meet and showed us some fantastic swimming.

Medal Table

Gala Results

ESS Master En Route to Glasgow

A big shoutout for ESS member Chris Symonds!

Chris is due to represent Ghana at the Commonwealth Games in the male Triathlon event on 24th July. The ESS Master will be competing at Strathclyde Country Park in an Olympic distance Triathlon, covering 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Glasgow 2014 being his third Games, Chris made his Commonwealth Games debut in 2006 in Australia.

Good luck from ESS, Chris!

Open Water Season Continued

Well done to Megan Molloy and dad Matt, who were successful in a 1500m Open Water swim race at Little Marlow. Megan and Matt touched home as the first female (3rd overall) and male athletes of the competition. The race was part of Megan's preparation for Open Water Age Group Nationals, where she will have to complete the same distance. While most competitors in the race had wetsuits, which have the added benefit of increased buoyancy, Megan opted to swim in a FINA approved Open Water suit, as Nationals are governed by FINA rules.

Results

More News from the ESS Masters

Five ESS Masters took part in the Blueseventy Three Lakes swim on Saturday, 12th July. They swam a total course length of 2k over 3 different lakes in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, with running short distances in between the lakes. The Masters were rewarded with some sunshine for their weekend morning effort!
Well done to Shannon Pearce, Ady Pugh, Dave Meller, Caroline Cole and Judy Prior.

Megan Awarded County Sword for Top Performing Junior

Congratulations to Megan Molloy, who was presented with the prestigious Wilkinson Junior Sword and Middlesex Age Group Award at the London Region Sprint Meet last Saturday, 12th July, by the County ASA's President Tony Burton. Megan won the 11-year age group at the Middlesex County Age Group Championships in March of this year and amassed sufficient points to pick up the top award for under-12 competitors, the Wilkinson Junior Sword. Megan was ahead of her closest competitor by an impressive 14.5 points. Well done!

Sword Rankings

London Sprint Meet

A team of 15 ESS swimmers took part in the London Region 50m Sprint Meet last Saturday, 12th July. The team picked up medals in every event: our Freestyle medalists were Emily Haimes (Gold), Beng Ren Siew and Jessie Montague (both Bronze). Emily went on to make second place in the 50m Butterfly in a new age group club record time. Joe Overton also set a new age group club record in the same event. Joe further picked up Bronze in the Backstroke in the 10-year age group later on in the programme, while Beng Ren took Gold in the 15-year age group. Final medalists of the day were Ellisia Baxter and Daniel Turan, who picked up Breaststroke medals (Gold and Silver respectively).

Well done to all ESS competitors at the meet: Joe O, Daniel, Oskar, Justin, Beng Ren, Joe H, Ben, Ellisia, Grace, Megan, Lily, Emily, Emma, Chloe and Jessie.

Results

ESS Squad Hopefuls in Action at Fun Gala

Over 100 swimmers from Enfield Swim Squad's Early Competitive and Development Squads East and West, plus members of Edmonton Phoenix and Griffins teaching houses took part in the fun gala on Saturday, 5th July.  Swimmers were divided into 5 teams, The Dolphins, Turtles, Sea Horses, Killer Whales and Otters.  There were plenty of great swims and exciting relays.  
It was great to see the future of ESS in action and their supporters enjoying the event .  Winners this time were The Sea Lions who were so happy to win they threw one of their  team captains into the pool - poor Beth had to borrow clothes to get home!
Many thanks to all the volunteers without whom the event couldn't take place. They were made up of committee members, coaches, swimmers from the higher squads, teachers and parents of the swimmers. Well done everyone!

 

A pair of black & blue crocs, 2 pairs of goggles and a grey sweatshirt jacket (size L) were left behind at the pool on Saturday - please contact us, if they are yours.

ESS Has 2014 London Youth Games Champions

Congratulations to all ESS athletes on Team Enfield who have had an outstandingly successful few days at the London Youth Games finals.

 

LYG finals kicked off with the Mini Games on Thursday, 3rd April. Our team of ten primary school age swimmers delivered an extraordinary performance to win the overall competition, beating nearest competitor Wandsworth by a whopping 29 points. Read more.

 

ESS also supplied nineteen out of the twenty Team Enfield LYG Swim Team members, who all competed very successfully in the LYG Swimming finals on Saturday, 5th July. Overall, the girls' team finished in 4th position, with the boys achieving a good 11th place amongst the 33 competing boroughs. Read more.


The Enfield Aquathlon team earned top points for the Borough on the final competition day on Sunday, 6th July, returning to Enfield victorious with a clutch of individual medals, top 5 and top ten places, which all contributed to ensure an overall success for the 2014 LYG Champions, who are bringing the trophy home for the second time since 2012. ESS swimmers have proved once again what fantastic all-round athletes they are. Read more.

 

Well done also to ESS swimmers, who competed for the boroughs of Haringey and Barnet in both swimming and aquathlon, as well as all ESS members who were selected to compete in other disciplines, such as diving and rowing.

 

Full Report

Aquathlon Results

Swimming Results

Mini Swimming Results

ESSA National Inter-Divisional Champs

Congratulations to Sam Pereira and Lena Soulas who were selected to represent London Schools at the National Inter-Divisional Championships the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) holds every year. This year's Championships took place in Bristol over the weekend of 28th and 29th June.

 

Sam and Lena helped the London Division achieve an overall 4th place. Both set new PBs and Sam's 4x100m Freestyle relay team came home with Gold medals.

Results

Final Round M11 League

Well done to both our M11 teams in their last round on Sunday, 29th June. Both galas had some tough opponents, but our swimmers had some great races and secured their places in Division 1 and Division 2 of the League. Well done to all who swam - what a fantastic effort!

The Division 1 gala was hosted by ESS yet again very successfully. A massive 'thank you' to all who volunteered to be part of our great hosting team.

Roll on M11 2015!

Results Div 1

Team Scores Div 1

Div 2 results to follow

ESS Team Gala a Huge Success

The ESS Team Gala took place on Saturday, 28th June, and was a huge success for swimmers, coaches and spectators. Swimming was of a very high standard and an exceptional number of new PBs were achieved especially by the numerous young Development and Early Competitive swimmers who took part. Well done also to Intermediate, Middlesex and Regional Squad members for some great swims. The gala was a excellent opportunity for ESS swimmers from both houses and of all ages to come together and we look forward to running similar events in the coming season.

Congratulations to Red Team who won the final points score.

Results

Mia Makes British Gas International Meet Final

Congratulations to Mia Hawkes, who qualified for and competed in the British Gas International Meet in Manchester, alongside Olympic medalists such as Michael Jamieson and Ruta Meilutyte.

 

Mia swam the 50m Freestyle heats on Thursday, 26th June, in a time of 27.50, which qualified her to swim in the Junior final on Friday. A fantastic achievement!

Results

Boys Relays Go to Nationals

4x100m & 4x200m ESS Freestyle Teams

Congratulations to our Boys 4x100m and 4x200m Freestyle Relay teams, who have qualified to compete at the ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield at the end of July. Based on their times swum at the recent Regional Champs, the boys are ranked 14th fastest entry in both events out of thirty qualifying teams so far. A further 10 qualifying teams are expected to be announced next week. Well done, Beng Ren, Kon, Joe, Sam and Josh!

Medals Galore at Harlow

A team of 21 ESS swimmers competed at the Harlow Penguins Eric Shepherd Open Meet on 21st June. Our swimmers performed exceptionally well, amassing new PBs and medals galore. Special congratulations to Maya Kirlew, who was overall top girl at the meet. Oskar Soulas and Natasha Welch both made an overall second place in their age groups, while Courtney O’Connor came third in her age group. Congratulations also to Joe Haimes, who swam his 100 free in under 60 seconds for the first time.

 

Our medalists:

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Maya Kirlew

100 back

100 fly

200 free

200 IM

100 free

100 breast

Natasha Welch

50 free

200 free

100 free

50 fly

Courtney O’Connor

50 free

200 free

100 free

 

Oskar Soulas

200 free

100 free

200 IM

50 back

50 free

100 back

Emily Haimes

50 free

50 back

 

Ted Winfield

100 fly

 

 

Daniel Turan

 

50 breast

200 IM

Fintan O’Riordan

 

100 back

50 fly

Megan Holder

 

50 breast

50 fly

Joe Haimes

 

100 free

 

Jessie Mullee

 

 

50 breast

100 breast

Molly Leizer

 

 

100 fly

Congratulations to all!

Results, Girls Points, Boys Points

More Medals and National Times at London BAGCATs

Spectators at the LAC were able to witness more great performances from ESS swimmers on the final weekend of the London BAGCATs.

 

Our boys' 4x200m freestyle relay teams kicked off the competition on Saturday with a third place finish by Josh, Konstantin, Joe and Sam. Also on Saturday morning, Maya Kirlew impressed with a second place in the 100m Backstroke, improving on her national time from last week by a further second in the final.

On Saturday afternoon, Josh Kirlew also made a second place in the 200m Individual Medley, while on Sunday, Josh achieved his second national qualifying time winning further Silver in the 400m IM.

 

Competing in a strong field of 13-year-olds, Sam Pereira achieved his national time in the 200m IM and won 200m Freestyle Gold, setting new age group club records.

 

Special mention must also be made of Ellisia Baxter, who made the final of the 100m Breaststroke in the 10/11 age group as one of two 10-year-olds, also setting a new club record. Further top ten places were achieved by Grace Lennon, Konstantin Kapanadze and Joe Haimes.

 

Congratulations to all who swam, including further qualifiers: Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Daniel Turan, Caitlin McCabe, Megan Molloy, Fintan O'Riordan, Chloe Welch, Oskar Soulas and Deniz Erensoy. Thank you to Neil Chowtie, Ted Winfield and Courtney O'Connor for swimming in the 4x200m relays.

Results

Maya Qualifies for Sheffield

Congratulations to ESS swimmers, who competed at the London Region Age Group Championships at the weekend of 7th and 8th June at the London Aquatic Centre.

 

ESS star swimmer at the LAC was Maya Kirlew, who unexpectedly achieved her 100m Backstroke national time swimming the lead leg of the Girls 4x100m Medley Relay, supported by team mates Megan, Phoebe and Caitlin. Maya will be competing at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield on the same day as brother Josh, who qualified last month.

Individual medalists at the weekend were Sam Pereira, who won his age group for 100m Freestyle in an awesome time of 56.95 seconds and made Silver in 400m Freestyle, as well as Josh Kirlew, who won Bronze in 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. Also Bronze medalists were the members of the boys 4x100m Freestyle Relay Josh, Sam, Beng Ren Siew and Joe Haimes, who are hopeful that their team time of 3:56.64 will qualify them for Nationals. Further finalists included Ellisia Baxter, Deniz Erensoy, Grace Lennon, Megan Molloy and Kon Kapanadze. Maya, Grace, Ellisia and Kon all finished in the top 5 of their events.

 

Further regional qualifiers who competed last weekend were Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Caitlin McCabe, Oskar Soulas, Callum Dodds, Chloe Welch, Ted Winfield, Emily Haimes and Emma Montague. Thank you to Chloe Howe, Courtney O’Connor and Neil Chowtie, who swam to strengthen the relay teams.

 

Fantastic swimming, ESS – well done to all!

Results

ESS Masters are Winners!

Judy at the Cologne Aquathlon

Well done to our ESS Masters Squad members, who are seeing some impressive sporting success in various triathlon and swimming events.

 

Clive Dean emerged as age group winner in 5 events (200 & 50 free, 50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM) from the Middlesex County Masters Championships on 1st June at Barnet Copthall. Dervish Ali Dervish (100 IM) and Claire Massey (50 back) both made second places in their respective age groups. Results.

 

8 ESS Masters took part in a 5k open water competition at Dorney Lake on 26th May, with some impressive results: Judy Prior (1.18.40), Pat Quayle (1.23.59), Dave Meller (1.26.80), Shannon Pearce (1.30.50), Ady Pugh (1.37.21), Hayley Warnes (2.03.54), Victoria Lovelock (2.03.54), John Demetriou (2.16.42). Pat and Victoria were further joined by Frank Jackel at the ITU Triathlon in Hyde Park on 31st May (1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run), while Shannon and Ady went on to compete in the 'Escape From Alcatraz' triathlon in San Francisco on 1st June (1.5k swim/18m bike/8m run). Caroline Coles took part in the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon (750m swim/20k bike/10k run) on 31st May, the week after Jenny Hall had swum 3k in open water at Stanborough Lake during the previous weekend's Welwyn Festival of Sports.

 

Only days after her 5k open water swim, ESS coach Judy Prior successfully competed at the ETU European Aquathlon (1k swim/5k run) in Cologne on 1st June, returning home with a Silver medal. Judy narrowly missed out on the Gold, which she lost on the transition.

Ironman Matt in Kona 2013

Apart from not getting lapped too often by ESS young age groupers during morning training at Southbury, 2012 European Triathlon and 2013 World Aquathlon Champion Matt Molloy's main focus this year is the ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships (1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run) in Edmonton, Canada, on 1st September, for which he qualified in Limerick at the end of April, as well as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships (1.9k swim/90k bike/21k run) in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, on 7th September, for which he qualified in Mallorca in May. Matt has raced the full Ironman distance of 3.8k swim/180k bike/42k run on a number of occasions and is pictured here exiting the swim at last year's World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished 11th in his age group. You can follow Matt's racing blog here.

Triathlon Success for ESS Swimmer

Jack (right) on the rostrum.

Congratulations to Jack Ryan, who took Bronze on Saturday, 31st May, in the Elite Youth race at the ITU Pruhealth National Aquathlon in Hyde Park. The race is part of British Triathlon's National Youth and Junior Super Series and took place immediately before the Elite Males competed in the London event of the ITU World Series. The boys enjoyed seeing Alistair Brownlee clapping as they took to the podium!

Help Emma Achieve Her Goal

ESS Development Squad swimmer Emma Thornton will be swimming 2 miles next Saturday, 31st May, to raise funds for PERTHES ASSOCIATION, a registered charity helping children with rare bone conditions. Emma herself was diagnosed with Perthes disease a few years ago and has already undergone hip surgery several times. Emma wanted to complete her challenge before further surgery this June, when her hip will be reshaped.

If you would like to help Emma, you can sponsor her via her Just Giving Page. You can also join Emma in her swim - please contact mum Theresa for further details.

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ESS Performs Well at Luton

Well done to Justin Houpt, Fintan O'Riordan, Josh Kirlew, Alex Kapanadze, Maya Kirlew, Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Jen Budden, George Kapanadze, Hannah Thomas, Millie Flannagan, Megan Molloy, Mia Hawkes, Oskar Soulas, Kon Kapanadze, Joseph Haimes, Emily Haimes and Lena Soulas, who competed at the Team Luton level 1 meet last weekend (24/25 May).

 

Amongst some excellent results, Alex Kapanadze's 400 IM stood out at a new age group club record time of 4:53.14, just over 1 1/2 seconds off the national time. Great swims also came from Fintan O'Riordan, who is well on his way to recovering from injury and set long course PBs in his 100 and 200 back, Joe Haimes, who is getting closer to the 60 second barrier in his 100 Free, as well as sister Emily Haimes, who set a great new long course PB in her 200 IM.

 

First places went to Josh Kirlew (100 Fly), Alex Kapanadze (400 Free), Mia Hawkes (100 Free) and Lena Soulas (200 Free). Maya Kirlew, Phoebe Jackson-Virk and Alex again all made second place in their 400 IM, while Oskar Soulas and Megan Molloy also came second in their races (1500 and 200 Free). Megan, Josh, Alex and Maya made a further 7 third places between them.

Congratulations to all!

Results

ESS Trophy Winner at Long Course Champs

Results from last weekend's Middlesex Long Course Meet (17/18 May) are finally here!

 

Special congratulations go to Hannah Thomas, who won the women's trophy for the fastest open female 100m freestyler at the Championships. Hannah also made the 50 Free final. Also competing in the open age group was Jen Budden, who came away with Silver (100 Back) and Bronze (200 IM).

 

Our age group medalists were: Lena Soulas (Gold 200 Free and 100 Back, Silver 50 and 100 Free, Bronze 400 Free), Mia Hawkes (Gold 50 and 100 Free, Silver 100 Fly, Bronze 200 Free), Elliot Bertram (Silver 400 Free, Bronze 100 Fly), Alex Kapanadze (Silver 200 Back, Bronze 100 Back), George Kapanadze (Silver 200 IM), Michael Welch (Bronze 200 Free), Megan Molloy (Bronze 800 Free). Konstantin Kapanadze also made finals.

 

Emily Haimes, Joe Haimes, Caitlin McCabe, Jowel Williams and Oskar Soulas also made the tough age group QTs for the Championships and competed.

Results

ESS Obtains Swim21 Accreditation

We are proud to announce that ESS is now a Swim21 Club!

Over the past months, ESS Committee and Coaches have worked hard to obtain Swim21 accreditation. Swim21 is the ASA's quality mark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable ASA affiliated clubs.

ESS Finish 4th in Top Division of Essex League

Congratulations to everyone that swam in the final round of the Essex League held on Saturday, 17th March, in Becontree. On the night ESS finished in 4th position to secure our 4th place finish in Division One.

 

The evening was a HUGE success with over 25 PBs swum and with many swimmers having the opportunity to swim up into the older age group categories to face stiffer competition. Special mentions in the boys/mens categories go to Arun Dodds, Dan Turan, Ben Keelan and Andrew Bartha who all swum breakthrough PBs in their individual events. Similarly special mentions in the girls/womens categories go to Caroline Dunnett, Andrea Demeter and Molly Leizer for fantastically fast PBs. Having said this, the entire 4th round team should be incredibly proud of achieving so many fast swims and PB times.

 

Our 4th round team:

Michael Delaney, Luke Johnson, Theo Stavrou, Arun Dodds, Jessie Mullee, Emily Kerin, Athena Andreou, Danielle Clarke, Justin Houpt, Alfie Baker, Omar Elkhouly, Callum Dodds, Lily Tiernan, Rachel Williams, Lily Carroll, Molly Leizer, Josh Branch, Daniel Turan, Deniz Erensoy, Beng Ren Siew, Courtney O'Connor, Andrea Demeter, Lola Pearce, Emily Haimes, Lara Eyre, Emily Whale, Rebecca Andreou, Caroline Dunnett, Ben Keelen, Joe Haimes, Andrew Bartha


On behalf of all of the coaches, we would like to say a HUGE well done to ALL swimmers that represented ESS over these 4 rounds of the Essex League, and in securing 4th place overall. You have impressed with your swims, your fantastic team spirit, and have represented ESS impeccably throughout this year's League!

Results

Youth Relay Goes to Nationals

Congratulations to the ESS Girls 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team of Mia Hawkes, Charlotte Newman, Hannah Thomas and Lena Soulas, who have qualified to compete in the relay event at the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this coming August. 30 qualifying teams have been announced based on regional relay results, with 10 more to qualify after Scottish Nationals. Well done!

ESS Club Team Gala

This year for the first time we will be holding a Club Team Gala at Southbury Road on 28th June, warm up 4.30pm for 5pm start. Details of the gala can be found on the Fixtures Page. Alternatively, go directly to the ESS online gala entry form and enter your best 50m times, if known, for all 4 strokes. On the evening, you will be allocated a team and race against other ESS swimmers.

ESS swimmers, please enter and don't miss out on what promises to be an evening of fun competition for all ages and abilities!

PARENTS - WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP TO RUN THIS EVENT! If you are able to help on the night, please get in touch with Gill.

M11 Division 2 Round 2

A huge 'well done' to all involved (swimmers, team managers and coaches) in what was a difficult second round for our M11 Division 2 Team on Sunday, 18th May, at QE Boys. Some excellent results were achieved by our swimmers, who improved their times from the first round in a massive 29 races!

 

A special mention goes to Aigboje Dudu-Orumen and Jessie Mullee, who both made third places in their 50m Breaststroke races, as well as Caitlin McCoole, who swam a great 50m Butterfly.

 

Our team:

Ailsa Robb, Rachael Williams, Nora Khadraoui, Danielle Clarke, Iestyn Granger, Aigboje Dudu-Orumen, Chris Yiannitsarou, Cameron Smith, Tara Dring, Rebecca Clarke, Erin Barden, Molly Wightman, Sam Fitzer, Sami Khadraoui, Conor McCoole, Ariana Pira, Rosie Whiting, Kitty Hanrahan, Holly Stokesberry, Oliver Hepplewhite, Isaac Rusz, Robbie Parsons, Sam Warner, Jessie Mullee, Caitlin McCoole, Danielle Clarke, Luke Johnson, Louis Nicholas, Michael Delaney.

 

Thank you to Sam and Sara for their help with the team!

Results (unofficial)

M11 Team Marches to Victory on Home Turf

Congratulations to the ESS team competing in M11 division 1 on Sunday, 18th May, at Southbury. It was always going to be a tough gala with some very good teams among the line up. Our team were ready for the start and a top 3 finish in almost all the early relays ensured we were up with the leaders. By the first points check we were in second place, but points at the top were close. Excellent individual swims all round kept us in the hunt for the lead and the team turned out one PB after another.

 

As we approached the final relays of the gala, the final points check still had us four points behind the leaders and we knew a big team performance was needed. Our swimmers did not let us down and with the help of wins from our 10 year boys and girls teams we went on into the lead. The final squadron relay was a very exciting race and in a nail biting finish our team touched first to the joy of cheering parents in the gallery. Watch the video (ESS in lane 7).

 

Particular well done to Ethan Roskosch who made the late change into the A-team and scored vital points to ensure our victory - thanks, Ethan! Thank you also to poolside helpers Kerry and Avalon, as well as Chloe Howe, who came to support her younger team mates and took the obligatory winners' dip along with the team, as coach Rob had made his escape to the gallery just in time.

 

Our team:

Maya Kirlew, Alice Comerford, Lily Tiernan, Megan Molloy, Joe Murphy, Josiah Roberts-White, Jamie Parsons, George Bullock, Megan Farthing, Freya Nice, Victoria Cszewski, Honey Humphries, Jean-Luc Van Mellaerts, Clem Fry, Ethan Roskosch, George Lead, Misha Schofield, Ellisia Baxter, Jacquelyne Robinson, Natasha Welch, Joe Overton, Sam Cornish, Luke Bransby, Lewis Japal, Grace Lennon, Maya Gaga, Millie Flannagan, Richard Farthing, Arun Dodds.

Gala Results

Final Points Score

Squadron relay video

ESS Youngsters Successful in Sheffield

Congratulations to George Bullock and Richard and Megan Farthing, who swam at the Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet in Sheffield last weekend, returning home with a number of fresh PBs under their belt as well as a clutch of medals. Well done to all three!

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Josh Qualifies for National Age Groups at Beckenham Meet

Congratulations to Josh Kirlew, who achieved his first ever individual national qualifying time at the Beckenham International Open, which took place at Crystal Palace over the weekend of 10th and 11th May. Josh (14), although second slowest seed in his heat of 8 swimmers, dominated the 100m Butterfly race from start to finish. Josh turned in 28.73 seconds at 50 metres, beating his 50m personal best time, and touched home in an awesome time of 1:01.83, undercutting the NQT by nearly 1.5 seconds and setting a new age group club record. Josh won Gold in the 14/15 age group.

 

Further special congratulations go to Daniel Turan (100 Breast) and Callum Dodds (100 Free), who both achieved their first regional qualifying times. Deniz Erensoy swam fantastic 100m and 200m Fly races and also came away from the meet with additional regional qualifying times. A special mention must also go to Maya Kirlew, who swam 8 races over the weekend and set new long course PBs in seven, as well as Natasha Welch for her fantastic 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle times achieved. PBs all round also from Lily Tiernan, as well as Alice Comerford, who swam in her first ever long course meet.

 

Our medalists: Mia Hawkes (Gold 50 and 100 free, Bronze 100 fly and 200 free), Josh Kirlew (Gold, 100 fly), Lena Soulas (Gold, 200 free), Sam Pereira (Silver 50, 200, 400 free and Bronze 100 free), Deniz Erensoy (Silver 100 fly, Bronze 200 fly), Caitlin McCabe (Bronze 400 free) and Michael Welch (Bronze 100 Free).

 

Well done to all who swam!

Results

ESS Success at London Swimming Champs

Congratulations to Alex Kapanadze, Andrew Bartha, Ben Howe, Beth Holder, Caroline Dunnett, Elliot Bertram, Emily Whale, Fiona Westcough, George Kapanadze, Hannah Thomas, Jack Ryan, Jen Budden, Joe Glazebrook, Josh Branch, Lena Soulas, Megan Holder, Mia Hawkes, Michael Welch, Ross McCarthy, Sean Leahy, Tom Newman and Toby Pasmore, who all qualified and competed at the London Swimming Youth Championships over the bank holiday weekend. The competition was held for the first time at the impressive London Aquatics Centre, where swimmers and spectators had the added bonus of watching Olympic medalist Tom Daley train in the adjacent diving pool during the swimming competition on Saturday and Monday.

 

ESS swimmers performed well, with many setting new PBs. Mia Hawkes, Hannah Thomas, Charlotte Newman and Lena Soulas kick-started the competition on Saturday morning by winning Bronze for their 4x100m Freestyle Relay, just 0.2 of a second behind competitor Ealing and away from the Silver medal. Individual medalists this weekend were Lena Soulas (Gold 50 back, Silver 200 Free, Bronze 50 Free), Mia Hawkes (Silver 50 Free – just 1/100 off Gold! - and Bronze 100 Free), Sean Leahy (Silver 200 Free), Jen Budden (Bronze 50 back) and Alex Kapanadze (Bronze 200 back). Additional finalists included Hannah Thomas and Ross McCarthy.

 

Special congratulations to Mia Hawkes (100 Free) and Lena Soulas (50 back), who both achieved additional national qualifying times at the Championships.

 

Well done to all who competed!

Results

Irish National Medal for Sean

Sean (left) at the medal ceremony

Congratulations to ESS member Sean Leahy, who won 200m Freestyle Silver at the recent Irish National Long Course Championships. Medals were awarded by John Treacy (second from left), 1984 Olympic Marathon Silver medalist.

Well done, Sean!

Results

National Water Polo Champion at ESS

Congratulations to ESS members Charlie Briers and brothers Richard and Alex Waller, who played in the British Gas National Water Polo Championships in Manchester this weekend, 26th/27th April 2014, representing Croydon Amphibians. Charlie and Richard got through to the semis in the U19 group losing to the eventual winners. Charlie helped his U16 team win the tournament in the final to become the National Water Polo Champions of Great Britain.

At ESS, the boys train with the Middlesex Squad.

M11 League Division 2 Round 1

A huge 'well done' to our M11 Division 2 team, who competed in their first round gala on Sunday, 27th April, at Crook Log Leisure Centre in Bexleyheath.

 

ESS team members were keen and in good spirits. Despite many swimming their very first gala, all swimmers fully embraced the challenge and fought hard in what turned out to be a very tough first round draw. Those who already had some gala experience practically all set fresh PBs. Let's keep it up for the next round!

 

Special congratulations go to Freya Nice, who achieved a first place for her team in the gala!

 

Thank you to all our first-time and more experienced parent volunteers, who did a fantastic job making the day run smoothly, and to all, who pulled out all stops to make it to the gala at the last minute, to ensure that we were able to compete with a near-full team. Very special thanks go to experienced ex-ESS senior swimmer, swimming teacher and big sister Sara Khadraoui, who brought her know-how and enthusiasm to the competition to assist the team.

 

Our swimmers:

Nora Khadraoui, Jessie Mullee, Rachel Williams, Eleanor Stromberg, Joseph Murphy, Aigboje Dudu-Orumen, Christopher Yiannitsarou, Viren Halai, Tara Dring, Amira Rowe, Freya Nice, Erin Barden, Ethan Roskosh, Sami Khadraoui, Conor McCoole, Claire Warner, Rosie Whiting, Maggie Britten, Oliver Hepplewhite, Isaac Rusz, Samuel Warner, Matthew Metcalfe, Selina Kilinc, Nicole Tidiman, Ella Coleman, Iestyn Granger, Luke Johnson, Michael Delaney.

 

Well done to all - you were brilliant!

Gala Results

Redbridge Regional Qualifier

Well done to ESS Swimmers who competed at the LB of Redbridge Regional Qualifier during the weekend of 26th and 27th April. Although in hard training at this stage of the season, swimmers performed well and returned home with a number of medals:

Maya Kirlew (Gold 100 Back, Bronze 400 free, 200 Fly), Sam Pereira (Gold 100 Breast), Oskar Soulas (Silver 100 Fly & 200 Back, Bronze 100 Free), Emily Haimes (Silver 100 Free), Justin Houpt (Bronze 200 Fly), Joe Haimes (Bronze 400 Free).

 

Sam and Oskar both achieved additional regional times. Josh Branch set an impressive new PB in the 100m Freestyle, fast approaching the 60-second barrier (1:00.01). Omar Elkhouly swam a great PB in the 100m Butterfly, as did Chloe Howe. Twins Jack and Tom Worrall set large new PBs in all their events yesterday. Congratulations to all!

 

Well done to all who competed: Jordan Andrew, Josh Branch, Omar Elkhouly, Emily and Joseph Haimes, Justin Houpt, Ben Howe, Chloe Howe, Maya Kirlew, Molly Leizer, Sam Pereira, Oskar Soulas, Joshua Williams, Jowel Williams, Jack and Tom Worrall.

Results

M11 League Division 1 Round 1

Well done our M11 Division 1 team, who swam a great first round gala at Southbury Leisure Centre yesterday, 27th April.

It was a very tough field of Clubs, but some superb swims ensured the ESS team a well-earned 5th place. By event 20, the team was in 6th place (15 points behind 5th place) and maintained its position three quarters of the way into the gala, when a valiant effort from all the team pulled ESS forward into 5th place.

Special congratulations in this round go to our event winners Grace Lennon (1st in 11/u freestyle), Maya Kirlew (1st in 12/u backstroke) and the Girls 10/u Freestyle Team of Misha, Ellisia, Jacquelyne and Natasha. A special mention goes to Josiah Roberts-White, who was lying in fourth place in his race until he had a sneaky look around and then dug deep to finish in third place!

 

Well done to all swimmers:

Maya Kirlew, Alice Comerford, Megan Molloy, Lily Tiernan, George Bullock, Josiah Roberts-White, Jamie Parsons, Cameron Smith, Megan Farthing, Victoria Ciszewski, Molly Wightman, Honey Humphries, Clem Fry, Jean-Luc Van Mellaerts, Paul Simon, George Lead, Natasha Welch, Misha Schofield, Ellisia Baxter, Jaquelyne Robinson, Luke Bransby, Sam Cornish, Joe Overton, Lewis Japal, Danielle Clarke, Millie Flannagan, May Gaga, Grace Lennon, Eddie Cox, Arun Dodds, Richard Farthing.

 

Thank you to all parents and non-parents who helped on our fantastic hosting team!

Gala Results

Final Points

Medals for ESS at Bexley Open

A team of 19 ESS swimmers, who competed at the Bexley Level 1 Spring Open Meet at Crystal Palace on 26th and 27th April, performed to an excellent standard bringing home an impressive count of medals. Medalling were Lena Soulas (Gold 100 & 200 Free, Silver 400 Free), Sam Pereira (Gold 100 & 200 Free), Mia Hawkes (Gold 50 Free and Silver 100 Free), Jen Budden, (Gold 100 Back, Silver 100 Fly), Elliot Bertram(Gold 200 Fly and Bronze 400 IM), Caitlin McCabe (Gold, 400 Free), Phoebe Jackson-Virk (Silver 400 IM), Hannah Thomas (Silver 50 Free), Emily Haimes (Silver 50 Free),Tom Newman (Bronze 100 & 200 Breast), Ted Winfield (Bronze 200 Fly) and Neil Chowtie (Bronze 50 Free). Congratulations!

 

Congratulations also to Deniz Erensoy for a great 200m Freestyle swim, earning him a regional qualifying time. The outstanding swim of the weekend came from Josh Kirlew, who finished his 100m Fly race in 1:03.87, just 0.6 of a second short of the National Qualifying Time for 14-year-olds. Joe Haimes also made a regional time (400 Free).

 

Well done to all who competed:

Caitlin McCabe, Daniel Turan, Deniz Erensoy, Ted Winfield, Elliot Bertram, Emily Haimes, George Bullock, Hannah Thomas, Jen Budden, Jessica Prior, Joe Haimes, Josh Kirlew, Lena Soulas, Lily Tiernan, Mia Hawkes, Neil Chowtie, Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Sam Pereira, Tom Newman.

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ESS on Camp in Mallorca

Twenty-five ESS Regional, Middlesex and Intermediate swimmers completed a tough training week at the BEST Centre in Colonia di St. Jordi, Mallorca. Two times two-hour daily pool sessions were punctuated by land training and running sessions, as well as stroke theory study, a goal setting session and a racing psychology lecture.

Watch this space for future training camp offers!

Photo Album

Travel Blog

ESS Swimmers Speed at County Development Meet

Well done to swimmers at the first weekend of the Middlesex Spring Development on 12th and 13th April at Southbury Road. Some fantastic performances by ESS swimmers brought home speeding tickets, medals and PBs. Congratulations to all who swam!

 

A special mention goes to those who achieved their current age group County QT and were awarded speeding tickets: Grace Lennon, Luke Bransby, Omar Elkhouly, Caitlin McCoole, Courtney O'Connor, Richard Farthing, Megan Farthing, Freya Nice, Ellisia Baxter, Joe Haimes, Natasha Welch, Ella Coleman, Emily Whale and Daniel Turan.

Results

ESS Easter Raffle Prize Winner

Aigboje Dudu-Orumen of Intermediate East Squad is the lucky top prize winner of the Great ESS Easter Raffle 2014. Aigboje was delighted when the egg was hand-delivered to his house by the raffle organisers.

 

Further prize-winners are notified by text or email. A huge thank you to all who contributed by donating prizes and/or purchasing raffle tickets.

Essex League Round Three

On Saturday, 5th April, ESS was pitched against the top teams of Division 1 in the Essex League. Against this tough opposition ESS grabbed 4th place in this round, but most impressive was that ESS swimmers came away with 16 / 32 individual swims recorded as PBs!

With so many fantastic swims in this round it's hard to pick out just a few. However special mentions must go to Michael Delaney who PB'ed in the U12 50m F/C and made over a 6 second PB in the U12 50m Fly. Also Josh Branch and Andrew Bartha both swam impressive PB's in their respective 100m F/C swims. Meanwhile on his 2014 Essex League debut Harry Cox swam a blistering PB time on the U14 100m BK.

For the girls, special mentions must go to the U14 and U16 100m breaststroke swimmers Lola Pearce and Abbie Castricone who both achieved strong PBs, and the U12 girls team of Danielle Clarke, Athena Andreou, Maya Gaga and Jessie Mullee, who swam brilliant relay races and PB'd in their respective individual swims. All swimmers in the round 3 ESS team created a great team spirit on the night and represented the club fantastically well. Every swimmer should take great pride and motivation from this strong team performance!

 

Our round 3 swimmers: Wesley Onwugbolu, Michael Delaney, Iestyn Granger, Theo Stavrou, Danielle Clarke, Jessie Mullee, Athena Andreou, Maya Gaga, Harry Cox, Joshua Williams, Justin Houpt, Daniel Turan, Lola Pearce, Lily Tiernan, Beth Stevens, Nicole Jordanou, Ben Keelan, Josh Branch, Joe Haimes, Ross McCarthy, Courtney O'Connor, Yasemin Erensoy, Abbie Castricone, Rebecca Andreou, Beth Hassan, Ellen Blane, Beth Holder, Lara Eyre, Andrew Bartha, Adrian Nicol, Dylan Williams and Ed Cunningham.

Results

Coach Sarah Ties the Knot

CONGRATULATIONS to Development East coach Sarah Thomas, who married 'high school sweetheart' James on Sunday, 6th April. After tying the knot yesterday, the happy couple are now taking a well-deserved break on their honeymoon.

Congratulations from all at ESS!

Free Sports Centre Access for Talented Athletes

Enfield Council, in partnership with Fusion Lifestyle, have launched a scheme to offer free access to sporting facilities in the borough to national and county sports people.

Eligible athletes will be able to access the six participating leisure centres in the London Borough of Enfield - Albany Leisure Centre, Arnos Pool, Aspire Sports & Fitness Centre, Edmonton Leisure Centre, Southbury Leisure Centre and Southgate Leisure Centre.

To be eligible for FANS (Free Access for National Sports People), the sports person can be any age, live in Enfield, be at a national level in their sport either in the national team or ranked in the top 10 in the country.

To be eligible for FACS (Free Access for County Sports People), the sports person must be aged 11-19, live in Enfield and be ranked in the top 10 in the county. Proof of ranking can be obtained on the British Swimming website.

Visit the Enfield Council website for further details of the scheme.

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