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!
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.
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.
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!
ESS Swimmer's Solitary Challenge
Well done to ESS swimmers, who participated in the Sport Relief Swimathon over the weekend of 21-23 March. Jessica and Judy Prior, Francois Evans and Caitlin McCoole all completed 5k for Sport relief, while 9-year-old Isaac Rusz and dad Nick swam 2.5k for charity.
10-year-old Caitlin McCoole, unaware of a last minute change of venue for the Swimathon, completed the gruelling 5k on her own in a deserted Southbury pool after the County Champs, in a time of 1hr 50min. Caitlin managed to raise £1,175 for charity. Congratulations!
Results for ESS participants at a different venue are yet to be confirmed.
IMPORTANT - Easter Holiday Schedule
Squad members, please note there are some changes to training times and venues during the Easter holidays. Changes affect Early Competitive, Development, Intermediate, Middlesex and Regional Squads. Active Squad and Masters are unaffected. Download the full Easter holiday training schedule.
ESS wishes all members a very happy Easter!
Middlesex Days 5 & 6
ESS swimmers had a fantastic final two days at the Middlesex County Championships during the weekend of 22nd and 23rd March, collecting another 20 County medals to make up the total number of ESS medals over the competition to an impressive 58.
Congratulations to Sam Pereira, who achieved his third National time during the weekend (200 Free) and is now set to be in Sheffield for the duration of the National BAGCATs in July.
Further congratulations go to medal winners Megan Molloy (2x Gold, 1x Silver), Sam Pereira (1x Gold, 1x Silver, 1x Bronze), Lena Soulas (1x Gold, 1x Silver), George Kapanadze (1x Silver, 1x Bronze), Alex Kapanadze (1x Silver), Elliot Bertram (1x Silver), Jen Budden (3x Bronze), Josh Kirlew (2x Bronze), Ross McCarthy (1x Bronze), Mia Hawkes (1x Bronze) and Oskar Soulas (1x Bronze). Read more.
ESS Awarded in Wales
Three young ESS swimmers had a successful medal haul at the Tiger Bay Open Meet in Cardiff at the weekend just gone. George Bullock (12), Megan (9) & Richard Farthing (11) made the 7-hour round trip to the Welsh capital to take part in the City of Cardiff Swimming Club's Long Course Open Meet on Saturday and Sunday, 22nd & 23rd March. The three ESS swimmers competed in a total of 14 races and came away with an amazing 10 awards. Read the full report.
Join the 2014 Great ESS Easter Raffle
Following popularity with swimmers in previous years, ESS is excited to announce the 2014 Great ESS Easter Raffle. We will be selling raffle tickets over the next three weeks (£1/strip of 5), starting from Monday, 24th March. The draw will take place on 16th April at Southbury Road Leisure Centre. Winners will be notified via email and results displayed on the ESS website.
We are still looking for donations and would be grateful, if squad parents could donate an Easter egg or any other suitable Easter themed gift (preferably chocolate or confectionery). Donations can be handed in to the squad coaches or any committee member.
All proceeds from this raffle and other club fundraising activities directly benefit ESS Squad swimmers.
Middlesex Days 3 & 4
ESS swimmers had another highly successful weekend at the Middlesex BAGCAT and Youth competition on 15th and 16th March, swimming a multitude of PBs, setting national and regional times, breaking club records, making finals and winning medals. Well done to all who competed!
Congratulations to medal winners Megan Molloy, Alex and George Kapanadze, Sam Pereira, Josh Kirlew, Oskar Soulas, Elliot Bertram, Mia Hawkes, Hannah Thomas and Beth Holder.
Relay medals went to 10-year-old girls Ellisia, Millie, Ella and Natasha, 11-year-old girls Grace, Maya, Megan and Alice, BAGCAT boys Sam, Beng Ren, Joe and Josh and senior girls Mia, Hannah, Charlotte and Lena.
Results to follow
PB Table to follow
ESS Has New National Qualifier
Congratulations to Sam Pereira who has qualified to swim at ASA National Age Groups at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in July in two events. Sam had a fantastic 400m Freestyle on Saturday, 15th March, undercutting the required tough short course NQT in a finishing time of 4:26.61. On Sunday, Sam made the national time in the 100m Freestyle, swimming the lead leg in the 4x100m Freestyle relay in an awesome time of 58.15 seconds.
Donate Your 'Active Kids' Vouchers
ESS is collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers. Members shopping at Sainsbury's stores, petrol stations and placing online grocery orders between 29 January and 20 May can collect vouchers for the Club. If you would like to donate your vouchers, please hand them to an ESS coach or committee member and help the Club to purchase land training/pool equipment and gala raffle prizes. Thank you!
Middlesex Days 1 & 2
ESS Swimmers had a successful first weekend of Middlesex County Championships on the weekend of 1st and 2nd March. Despite poor visibility for swimmers in the water during their races on Saturday, a staggering 103 PBs (improvement on entry times) were achieved and 20 medals collected by our swimmers over the weekend.
Medal winners included: Megan Molloy (3x Gold, 1x Silver, 1x Bronze), Ellisia Baxter (1x Gold, 1x Silver), Lena Soulas (1x Gold, 1x Bronze), Sean Leahy (1x Gold, 1x Bronze), Elliot Bertram (1x Gold), Alex Kapanadze (1x Silver, 1x Bronze), George Kapanadze (1x Silver), Jen Budden (2x Bronze), Josh Kirlew (1x Bronze), Mia Hawkes (1x Bronze), Joe Overton (1x Bronze). Additional 100m finalists included Tom Newman, Konstantin Kapanadze, Tai Oyama, Tamir Smith and Oskar Soulas.
Congratulations to all who competed! Days 3 & 4 promise some more great racing, including an exciting relay day at Crystal Palace, where ESS is unlikely to go unnoticed: an unprecedented number of ESS swimmers (60) have been selected to take part.
Harrow's John Basford Memorial Trophy
A team of 16 ESS swimmers competed at the Borough of Harrow SC John Basford Memorial Trophy at Barnet Copthall on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd February. The whole team performed exceptionally well, clocking a huge number of personal best times and amassing 40 age group medals between them.
Well done to all swimmers: Lily Carroll, Danielle Clarke, Mia Crammond-Browne, Lucy Di, Nicole Di, Kitty Hanrahan, Molly Leizer, Ariana Pira, Riya Shah, Eleanor Stromberg, Justin Houpt, Lewis Japal, Ben Keelan, Matthew Metcalfe, William Metcalfe and Daniel Turan.
Learn the Ropes With ESS
ESS is looking for three coaching apprentices!
We are offering 'on-the-job' training and regular mentoring sessions, as well as funding towards the cost of an ASA accredited course. Apprentices will shadow and assist a qualified ESS squad coach.
The right candidates will be current or ex-competitive senior swimmers aged 15+ (County level or above).
Applications close 7th March. Full details here. APPLICATIONS CLOSED.
ESS County Champs Entries Accepted
Middlesex Swimmers, all submitted entries to the forthcoming County Championships have been accepted. We are particularly looking forward to the relay day at Crystal Palace, where ESS will be a huge presence. Make sure you all have your club kit ready for the day!
Please check the Fixtures Page for your entries and session timings.
Ealing County Qualifier
A group of dedicated ESS Swimmers took part in the Ealing County Qualifier during the weekend of 8th and 9th February. Although the team was small in numbers, our swimmers ensured the ESS presence was noticed at the meet through their achievements: Josh Branch won two Gold medals (50 Fly and 100 Free). Nicholas Kahwati also took Gold (50 Breast), as well as Bronze (100 Breast). Sam Cornish and Justin Houpt both came away from the gala with additional County QTs, while Joe Overton achieved Silver and County times in 400 Free and 200 IM, as well as an additional County QT (50 Breast). Joe further used the opportunity to set a new age group (9) short course club record with his performance in the 200m Butterfly event.
Well done to all who swam:
Joe Overton, Nicholas Kahwati, Justin Houpt, Sam Cornish, Richard Farthing, Josh Branch and Caitlin McCabe.
ESS Swimmers at Prestigious International Meet
Well done to Sean Leahy and Mia Hawkes who represented Middlesex County ASA at the Luxembourg Euro Meet in a tough international field from 7th to 9th February.
Mia had an excellent swim in the 100m Freestyle event, completing the distance in a sub-60 season best time. She further competed in 50m Freestyle and swam another season best time in the 200m Freestyle event.
Also competing in three individual events (200 free, 100 Free and 200 IM), Sean swam season best times in both 200m Freestyle (where he was a finalist) and 100m Freestyle and helped his Mixed Medley Relay Team to Silver. The successful Middlesex team was beaten by not much more than a fingernail by the Swimming Federation of Belarus.
ESS Storm to 3rd in Essex League Round 2
On Saturday, 1st February, ESS hosted round 2 of the Essex League at Walthamstow Pool & Track. From the first round, the team knew that it would take a massive effort to catch Halstead in 3rd place who were 22 points ahead. However, with an outstanding collective effort ESS gained enough points to narrowly squeeze Halstead out by 7 points and take third place! The ESS swimmers and parents created an incredible atmosphere on the night as round 2 proved to be a huge success. In one week, some ESS swimmers managed to make further personal best times or improve on their times from the previous round.
Special mentions go to Beth Hassan who swam 2 seconds faster than in the first round for 100m butterfly, Emily Whale who celebrated the first win on the night with a blistering 100m breaststroke and Lara Eyre who swam a p.b. and grabbed second place in the U16 girls. Further mentions go to William Metcalfe, who swam brilliant 50m times for the U12 boys (including a third place finishin his 50m backstroke), Josh Branch, who put in a brave U16 100m freestyle and Ross McCarthy, who brought home another 1st place finish in the U16 100m backstroke. Another great performance came from the U12 girls team of Jessie, Ella, Nicole and Athena, who made third place in their freestyle relay. These are just to mention a few, however, all swimmers in the team should be proud to have contributed to our fantastic points tally and to have improved on our round 1 overall position.
Our round 2 swimmers:
Wesley Onwugbolu, William Metcalfe, Iestyn Granger, Robbie Parsons, Ella Coleman, Jessie Mullee, Athena Andreou, Nicole Tidiman, Jamie Parsons, Callum Dodds, Justin Houpt, Daniel Turan, Molly Leizer, Andrea Demeter, Jessica Minton, Nicole Jordanou, Ben Keelan, Josh Branch, Adam Demeter, Ross McCarthy, Lara Eyre, Courtney O'Connor, Yasemin Erensoy, Emily Whale, Caroline Dunnett , Beth Hassan, Ellen Blane, Abbie Castricone, Andrew Bartha, Adrian Nicol, Dylan Williams and Jowel Williams.
Thank you to all our helpers on the fantastic hosting team!
Eric Penwill Trophy Remains in Enfield
Spectators in a packed gallery at Southbury pool were treated to a great team gala on Sunday, 2nd February. The somewhat dim lighting only added to the atmosphere, as did the occasional indoor rain shower. All ESS swimmers performed magnificently and the victory belongs to both teams, as it is only because we have such a great second squad that A-squad members have to be at their very best to make the team.
The under 10 & 11 boys in Vicki's team put in a huge effort and demonstrated fantastic team spirit, swimming up an age group on more than one occasion, never complaining and taking on additional swims without question. Special mention must be made of Dylan Parsons, who often barely had the time to catch his breath before being asked to race in yet another event! Well done also to Isaac Rusz, who successfully fought swimmers either side of his team in a nerve-wrecking tussle for the final touch in the U10 breaststroke relay.
It was a very close competition that came down to the last few races and the enthusiastic support of our parents helped ESS pick up those few extra points that took us over the victory line. Luckily, Coach Rob had learned from the experience of the Tape Trophy last week and came prepared with a change of clothes this time. There is no escaping the adrenaline of a winning team!
Congratulations, ESS swimmers!
Thank you to all attending teams, our on & off poolside helpers, officials and team managers. Special thanks to 13-year-old ESS member Caitlin McCabe, who found the best way of spending her Sunday was to support her younger teammates. Caitlin did a sterling job assisting the team managers by taking charge of the team at the shallow end.
Important Message to Parents
ESS would like to remind parents that it is essential that they collect their children on time at the end of each training session. Parents must arrive at the pool 5-10 minutes before the end of the session, as children will be unsupervised once the session finishes. Coaches and other staff members should be able to leave when training is finished and should not be responsible for ensuring that every child is collected. This is particularly important in the case where a session does not take place at a Leisure Centre, but a privately hired pool, such as Northumberland Park, QE Boys or QE Girls. Privately hired pool buildings are often unattended after the session and children left behind when training finishes will be in a vulnerable position.
We would further like to remind you that parents and swimmers are asked to arrange their own transport to and from 'away' galas and open meets. Private arrangements and lift shares with other parents are often possible, but the ESS coaches or team managers should NOT be asked to facilitate swimmers' transport, unless it is specifically stated that the Club has hired organised coach transportation for selected swimmers of a team gala.
ESS Battle to 4th in Essex League Division 1
Newly promoted ESS competed against tough opposition - Romford Town, Newham, Leyton, Witham and Halstead - in what proved to be a testing opening encounter of the Division 1 of the Essex Swimming League 2014 on Saturday, 25th January. However, with some gutsy swims across every age group, a scattering of PBs and a fantastic team spirit on the night, ESS swimmers swam and cheered their way to a valiant fourth place overall finish.
Special mentions go to Max Mansfield, Michael Delaney and Nicole Tidiman who were selected to compete for ESS for the first time, and delivered impressive opening swims. Well done also to Nicole Jordanou who showed great determination to complete all of her events after suffering an eye injury. Other congratulations must go to Deniz Erensoy who stormed the pool to take the first ESS 1st place finish of the campaign, closely followed by Beth Hassan, Ryan McCarthy and the Girls U16 relay swimmers (Rebecca, Yasemin, Andrea and Caroline), who all secured impressive 2nd place finishes. Well done to the whole team in representing yourselves and ESS fantastically well!
We are still in need of some volunteers to help in round 2 of the gala this coming Saturday, which the league requires ESS to host. Please contact Hilde, if you are available to help.
Our round 1 swimmers:
Wesley Onwugbolu, Michael Delaney, Iestyn Granger, Max Mansfield, Ella Coleman, Jessie Mullee, Athena Andreou, Nicole Tidiman, Deniz Erensoy, Callum Dodds, Justin Houpt, Daniel Turan, Molly Leizer, Lily Carroll, Mia Crammond-Brown, Nicole Jordanou, Ben Keelan, Josh Branch, Adam Demeter, Joe Haimes, Lara Eyre, Rebecca Andreou, Yasemin Erensoy, Caroline Dunnett, Andrea Demeter, Beth Hassan, Emma Castricone, Abbie Castricone, Andrew Bartha, Ed Cunningham, Jowel Williams, Ryan McCarthy.
ESS Success at Zonal Champs
Congratulations to Mia Hawkes and Lena Soulas who travelled to the BG ASA South Zonal Championships in Somerset at the weekend of 25th and 26th January, to compete against top swimmers of the Southern half of the country. Mia made a clean sweep in the Junior (14/u) category, collecting Gold in both her events (50m and 100m Freestyle) and achieving a new open club record and British Championships qualifying time in the process (50 free). Lena, competing in the Open (15/o) category, came away from the meet with Bronze, also beating her open club record (100 free), and adding an additional National qualifying time (50 free). Well done, girls!
ESS Junior Team Brings Potters Bar Tape Trophy to Enfield
ESS young swimmers competed against teams from Potters Bar, Cheshunt, Watford and Hoddesdon in the Tape Trophy gala on Saturday, 25th January. From race one it became clear the team were in with a great chance of taking the trophy and we didn't look back all evening. Our swimmers finished first or second in almost every race. By the end we were clear winners and the trophy was collected by two of our winning team, Nora and Jamie. Well done to all who swam!
Coach Rob failed to escape winning team tradition and was made to take an involuntary dip at the end of the evening.
Remember to bring a change of clothes next time, Rob!
ESS Swimmer Represents London in Barcelona
Congratulations to ESS swimmer Sean Leahy who represented the London Region in a team of selected senior swimmers at the Catalan Championships in Barcelona last weekend, from 17th to 19th January. Competing against the elite of Spanish swimming, Sean made finals in 200m and 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley. He also anchored the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team from London into medalling position (Bronze and Silver). Well done, Sean!
LBE London Youth Games Swimming & Aquathlon Team Selection
On behalf of the London Borough of Enfield, we are currently inviting applications for the Enfield London Youth Games Swimming Team. The swimming event for secondary school students takes place on Saturday, 5th July 2014. The primary school age swimming event (Mini Games) will be held on Thursday, 3rd July. The venue for both events will be Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Selected athletes will travel to the Games by coach from the Civic Centre in Enfield. In order to be eligible, you must go to school or live in the London Borough of Enfield.
Interested senior swimmers should submit their times for 50m in all strokes (qualifying times apply) via the online LYG Swimming application form, together with their school year and date of birth. Primary school applicants should complete the online Mini Games Swimming application form. Applications close 31st March. Successful applicants will be notified by email.
We are also looking for able runners amongst our swimmers for the Enfield Aquathlon Team. The London Youth Games Aquathlon will take place on Sunday, 6th July 2014, also at Crystal Palace. If you are at secondary school and interested in competing in the Aquathlon, please submit your fastest time for 200m freestyle, as well as an 800m or 1500m running time or your placing in the Enfield Schools Borough Athletics Championships, together with your date of birth and school year. Applications close 31st March and should be submitted via the online Aquathlon application form.
Please only apply if you know you are available on the date of the competition.
200/400 LBESA Borough Champs
95 ESS swimmers entered the LBESA 200/400 Borough Championships on the weekend of 18th and 19th January and provided spectators with a fantastic show of local talent and fast swimming. ESS swimmers took home the vast majority of age group medals and many used the opportunity to improve their personal best times. Well done!
The gala also provided a last chance for many to qualify for the forthcoming county championships. An outstanding 38 brand new Middlesex qualifying times were achieved by Rosie Whiting, Alice Comerford, Nora Khadraoui, Louis Nicholas, Jamie Parsons, Ted Winfield, Justin Houpt, Josh Branch, Tamir Smith, Sam Pereira, Deniz Erensoy, Fintan O'Riordan, Tom Newman, Harry Cox, Jacquelyne Robinson, Maya Gaga, Jessie Mullee, Lewis Japal, Richard Farthing, Ella Coleman, Grace Lennon, Konstantin Kapanadze, Ross McCarthy and Caitlin McCabe.
Congratulations to all!
IMPORTANT - Session Change
Please note training at QE Boys School on Tuesday, 21st January, will be delayed by 15 minutes due to a school event. The sessions for both Development and Intermediate West Squads will start at 6.45pm and finish at 8.15pm.
Portsmouth Sees ESS National Qualifier
Well done to a team of 20 ESS swimmers who attended the Portsmouth Level 1 New Year Meet on the weekend of 11th and 12th January. The competition at the gala was fierce, with many of the major London and Southern clubs in attendance. Nevertheless, our swimmers performed well and managed to scoop up a good number of medals and top 5 finishes, as well as newly achieved qualifying and personal best times.
Congratulations go to Lena Soulas, whose 100m Freestyle finish qualified her for ASA Nationals 2014. Lena touched home in 59.66 seconds, taking her own long course club record. New regional times were achieved by Megan Molloy (800m Freestyle) and Sam Pereira (200m Freestyle) – well done!
Further congratulations go to our medalists: Mia Hawkes (Gold 50 Free and 100 Free), Oskar Soulas (Gold 50 Free), Megan Molloy (Silver 800 and 400 Free), Josh Kirlew (Silver 400 Free and Bronze 200 IM), Caitlin McCabe (Bronze 800 Free), George Bullock (Bronze 1500 Free) and Lena Soulas (Bronze 200 Free).
Special thanks go to scientifically minded Josh Kirlew for brightening the mood on Saturday by introducing a live crab he had collected during the day to the poolside. Read more.
2014 Annual Membership
Swimmers, it's time to renew your annual membership with Enfield Swim Squad for 2014! Please click the 'Renew Membership' button and follow instructions provided.
Annual membership registration is vitally important. Most of you will be aware that swimmers are not insured and cannot be allowed to train or compete, if they are not members of the Club and the ASA. ASA Membership for 2014 will only be registered if a form has been submitted and payment made to ESS.
We are also asking members to inform Enfield Swim Squad via the same membership form (please tick 'amend details') if any swimmers' information changes during the course of the year. Again, it is of vital importance that the Club, and the ESS coaches in particular, have correct contact details, emergency and medical information during training sessions.
Please help to make the process as smooth as possible for our Membership Secretary by registering and making your payment before the due date of 7th February. Thank you!
Successful First Gala of 2014
A huge number of ESS swimmers took part in the first competition of 2014 over the weekend of 4th and 5th January, the LBESA 50/100 Borough Championships. Many set new PBs, gained new County qualifying times or walked away with medals. Well done to all who participated, but especially to our youngest swimmers, many of whom swam their very first gala over the weekend.
Backstroke National Time Achieved at Basildon
Well done to swimmers who participated in the Basildon & Phoenix Level 1 Long Course Meet at the weekend of 21st and 22nd December.
Special congratulations this time go to Jen Budden, whose 50m Backstroke time of 31.81 at the gala qualified her to swim at ASA Nationals 2014.
Medal winners included:
Lena Soulas (gold 200 free, gold 100 free, gold 50 free, silver 100 back, silver 50 back), Mia Hawkes (gold 100 free, gold 50 free, gold 50 back, silver 200 free), Ellisia Baxter (gold 50 free, gold 50 breast), Josh Kirlew (silver 400 free, silver 50 fly, bronze 200 free), Sean Leahy (silver 100 free, silver 100 fly), George Kapanadze (silver 200 fly, bronze 400 IM), Maya Kirlew (silver 50 fly), Megan Molloy (bronze 200 free, bronze 100 free, bronze 400 free), Alex Kapanadze (bronze 400 free, bronze 50 back), Joe Overton (bronze 50 fly), Oskar Soulas (bronze 50 free).
Further ESS participants included:
Anna Ryan, Ben Howe, Beng Ren Siew, Caitlin McCabe, Chloe Howe, Deniz Erensoy, Ted Winfield, Elliot Bertram, Emily Haimes, Fiona Westcough, George Bullock, Hannah Thomas, Jack Ryan, Joe Haimes, Josh Branch, Joshua Williams, Konstantin Kapanadze, Lily Tiernan, Michael Welch, Millie Flannagan, Molly Leizer, Natasha Welch, Neil Chowtie, Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Richard Farthing, Ross McCarthy, Tom Newman.
Well done to all!
Huge ESS Medal Haul at Yuletide Gala
A big ESS squad rolled up in Loughton on Sunday, 15th December, at the Epping Forest Yuletide Gala and left with a huge haul of gold, silver and bronze medals (medal table). It was the day when we realised that Middlesex had better clear a space for the ESS squad that will be turning up at the County Champs in March! PBs tumbled all day and even those who didn't quite make that county time they were looking for, were close enough to know that another few weeks of hard work will make sure they get it in January. There was a great team spirit among our young swimmers, who were encouraging each other on to the time or medal they wanted all day.
A huge well done to all ESS participants!
ESS Premier Division Team Crushes Competition in Hatfield
Congratulations to the ESS Premier Division Team for winning Gala 2 in the final round of the National Arena Swimming League in Hatfield on Saturday, 14th December. Our team dominated the competition, winning with a 20 points difference. A staggering 7 first places, as well as 15 second and 8 third place finishes, were achieved by ESS.
Outstanding swims came from Chloe Howe (u14 girls, 1:27.68 for 100 Breast), Mia Hawkes (u16 girls, 1:07.67 for 100 back and u16 free relay lead leg, 26.89), Alex Kapanadze (u16 boys, 1:02.29 for 100 back), Fintan O'Riordan (u14, 1:12.35 for 100 back), Lena Soulas (u16 girls, 58.11 for 100 free), Michael Welch (u16 boys, 56.78 for 100 free), Sam Pereira (u14 boys, 59.95 for 100 free), Hannah Thomas (Open ladies, 59.38 for 100 free) and Ross McCarthy (u16 medley relay lead back leg, 29.9).
Scoring maximum points for first places were Sean Leahy, Alex Kapanadze, Lena Soulas and Sam Pereira, as well as the Men's Open Medley Relay (Ryan, Sean, Harry, Toby) and the Ladies Open Cannon (Hannah, Charlotte, Jen, Megan, Mia and Lena). Second places went to Jen Budden, Tai Oyama, Mia Hawkes, Sean Leahy, Maya Kirlew, Deniz Erensoy, Caitlin McCabe, Hannah Thomas, Boys & Girls u16 Freestyle Relays, Ladies Open Medley Relay, u14 Boys Freestyle Relay, u16 Boys Medley Relay, Mens Open 4x50 Cannon. In third place finished Mia Hawkes, Josh Kirlew, George Bullock, Michael Welch, Konstantin Kapanadze, u12 Girls Freestyle Relay, u14 Boys medley relay and the u16 Girls Medley Relay.
Well done to the whole team: Grace Lennon, Alice Comerford, Megan Molloy, Ellisia Baxter, George Bullock, Tai Oyama, Joseph Murphy, Lewis Japal, Maya Kirlew, Emma Montague, Chloe Howe, Caitlin McCabe, Emily Haimes, Sam Pereira, Callum Dodds, Fintan O'Riordan, Neil Chowtie, Lena Soulas, Mia Hawkes, Emily Whale, Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Ross McCarthy, Michael Welch, Alex Kapanadze, Konstantin Kapanadze, Josh Kirlew, Charlotte Newman, Hannah Thomas, Megan Holder, Jen Budden, Harry Jenner, Toby Pasmore, Sean Leahy, Louis Kirlew, Ryan McCarthy.
The Mens Open team had to do without Matt Bayliss at short notice. Matt spent the evening at A&E after a freak accident only an hour before the start of the gala. We wish him a speedy recovery!
National Arena League Division 1 Final Round
It was a great night for ESS at Harlow. There was nothing 'B' about the performance of our team in the final round of the Division 1 Arena League: they performed superbly to A-standard, turning out PBs, county and even regional qualifying times on the way to an excellent third place. The team had to deal with the fact that several swimmers had been forced to withdraw due to illness and swimmers had to double up and take on events that they perhaps don't consider their best. Special thanks go to Courtney O'Connor, who took on the event that all the girls turned their nose up at. Well done, Courtney!
Coach Rob gave the Swim of the Night to Oskar Soulas, who hit the London Region 100m Backstroke qualifying time. However, the Event of the Night has to be the Ladies 6x50m Squadron relay: a nail-biting tussle between our ladies and Harlow was won by ESS by no more than a fingernail. Well done, Ellen, Beth, Caroline, Lara, Jade and Fiona!
Further well deserved 1st places went to the Girls 11/U Free Relay (Maya, Natasha, Millie and Lucy), Ellen Blane for Ladies Open 100m Back and Fiona Westcough for Ladies Open 100m Free.
2nd places were achieved by: Beth Holder (200 IM), Elliot Bertram (200 IM), Tyrese Haughton-Locker (100 Breast), Arun Dodds (50 Breast), Oskar Soulas (100 Fly), Chloe Welch (100 Breast), Boys 13/U Medley Relay (Oskar, Omar, Tyrese and Justin), Girls 15/U Free Relay (Lara, Chloe, Courtney and Caroline).
Finishing in third place were: Fiona Westcough, George Kapanadze (x3), Maya Gaga (x2), Oskar Soulas, Caroline Dunnett, Tom Newman, as well as the Girls 11/U and 15/U Medley Relay.
Well done to all the team for a sterling performance: Millie Flannagan, Natasha Welch, Maya Gaga, Lucy Di, Joe Overton, Viren Halai, Arun Dodds, Richard Farthing, Nora Khadraoui, Lily Tiernan, Lola Pearce, Andrea Demeter, Oskar Soulas, Tyrese Haughton-Locker, Omar Elkhouly, Justin Houpt, Lara Eyre, Chloe Welch, Courtney O'Connor, Caroline Dunnett, Josh Branch, Tom Newman, Ben Howe, Adam Demeter, Ellen Blane, Beth Holder, Fiona Westcough, Jade Mehmet-Ali, George Kapanadze, Elliot Bertram, Andrew Bartha.
London Winter Champs Trophies Come to Enfield
Well done to a team of 13 ESS swimmers who all qualified for and competed in the London Region Winter Championships on the weekend of 7th and 8th December.
Special congratulations go to Lena Soulas, who returned from the meet with Gold medals and two prestigious trophies for the fastest junior (16 and under) swimmer in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle events. Lena's 100 free time also earned her a Bronze medal in the open age group, as well as a new ESS open club record.
Sean Leahy was our second medallist of the competition, taking home Silver in the 100m Breaststroke. Well done also to Caitlin McCabe, who set a new PB in her 800m Freestyle event, undercutting the regional qualifying time for her age group by 18 seconds, accompanied by a further lifetime best in her 50m Freestyle. Michael Welch and Josh Branch did well in the same event, also setting new long course PBs at the gala. Still in the Boys 50m Freestyle event, Toby Pasmore was successful achieving a 4th place in the 16/under category.
Further ESS participants included: Jack Ryan, Ben Howe, Elliot Bertram, Mia Hawkes, Ellen Blane, Phoebe Jackson-Virk and Beth Holder.
Intermediate Swimmers Get Creative at Christmas Dinner
Intermediate Squad Swimmers had a great time at their Christmas Dinner at TGI Friday's on Sunday, 8th December. ESS boys and girls got creative, exploring new fundraising avenues for their Club. They are now awaiting first orders for the new "ESS Special" post training Protein/Carb Shake.
ESS Member Picks Up Prestigious Waterpolo Award
Well done to ESS member Charlie Briers, who has recently received the annual Ron Turner Award for Young Water Polo Player of the Year by Middlesex County ASA.
Charlie is 15 years old and in the past 12 months has played for his country as well as the county in competitions in the UK and overseas. In the season just ended, he scored in excess of 200 goals in all competitions. Congratulations!
At ESS, Charlie trains with the Middlesex Squad.
ESS Success at Harlow Penguins Gala
Well done to a group pf 16 ESS swimmers, who participated in the Harlow Penguins Winter Open Meet held at Harlow Leisure Zone on Saturday, 30th November. Our swimmers performed well, dominating many races and collecting a total of 32 medals between them.
Congratulations to our medal winners:
Megan Molloy, Josh Kirlew, Oskar Soulas, Maya Kirlew, Deniz Erensoy, Beth Holder, Caitlin McCabe, Millie Flannagan, Molly Leizer, Caroline Dunnett, Lily Tiernan, Justin Houpt and Natasha Welch.
LBESA Masters 2013
Well done to our Masters Claire and Hannah Massey, Dervish Dervish, Wojtek Wozniac and Clive Dean, who represented ESS in the LBESA Masters Competition on 24th November at Southbury. Congratulations to all on a great performance!
Good Luck to Brendan and Welcome to Matt
ESS wishes to extend a warm welcome to new Middlesex Squad Coach Matt Barnes. After a swimming career of numerous years with Griffins SC in Enfield, Matt is now pleased to be back on the coaching side.
We would also like to say goodbye, good luck and a huge thank you to Brendan Hughes, who has now left us to pursue a new life in Mauritius with his family. Brendan will be missed!
Intermediate Squad Christmas Dinner
ESS are pleased to offer a Christmas meal for Intermediate Squad members. The venue is TGI Friday's, Southbury Road, Enfield and the event will take place on Sunday, 8th December. There are 25 places available, which will be strictly allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. Details and menu here.
EVENT BOOKING NOW CLOSED.
ESSA Relay Finals
Congratulations to ESS swimmer Fiona Westcough, who represented St Albans High School for Girls at the English Schools Swimming Association Relay Finals held at Crystal Palace on Saturday, 23rd November. The school's senior relay team (years 12 & 13) swam well in the freestyle relay finishing 14th, equalling the short course qualification time they achieved in the East Division qualification round at Woodside, Garston in October, despite one original team member being unavailable due to a recent operation. They also swam in the medley relay finishing 16th.
The competition was fierce in their age group with Olympic 100m Breaststroke Champion Ruta Meilutyte competing for Plymouth College, who set new schools records in both events. Whilst not at the same level of achievement as Ruta, Fiona has now represented her school at the ESSA relay finals in each of the 3 age group categories (junior, intermediate and senior) over the past four years.
Swimmers, please ensure that entry conditions of galas are respected before submitting any entries. Particularly for Level 1 competitions, it is essential that qualifying times have actually been achieved and are not "made up". The same goes for all county and region events. You can check your times here.
You should also discuss the suitability of any gala entries with your coach before submitting any entries online.
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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