NEWS

LBRSC Regional Qualifier Open Meet

Great success for ESS at Redbridge this weekend (28/29 March): PBs were slashed, Regional QTs swum, and dozens of medals headed back to Enfield.

 

Amongst the innumerable highlights of the gala, Coach Rob has reported swimmers who stood out were Lily Carroll, who put together an amazing set of PBs over the weekend, Lily Tiernan, who clocked up some great regional QTs, Grace Lennon, who gave us the 100m and 50m free swims we always knew she was capable of, Caitlin McCoole, who swam a great 200m Fly (a real statement that she intends to be the next ESS Fly Queen!) and Dumitru Casapu, whose PBs were so big, that it was clear he must be tearing up the lanes during training in Vicki's Squad!

 

Well done to everyone who swam - you all did ESS proud this weekend!

Results to follow

The New Kit Has Arrived!

We are proud to introduce brand new poolside Club kit for our team! Both the athletic fit shirts and board shorts come in male and female cuts and are manufactured to the highest standard, using top of the range performance fabrics now prevalent in quick-dry athletic sportswear. No more post-race shivering in wet and heavy cotton on poolside!

(Your current kit will continue to be perfect for travelling to and from meets, as well as for dry land training.) To order shirts and/or shorts for poolside wear, please visit the ESS Club Shop page.

London Schools Champs

The London School Swimming Association Championships took place on 15th March in a level 1 licensed meet at Crystal Palace. Given the current positioning within the training cycle, we had some outstanding performances at the LSSA Championships 2015, with personal best performances coming from all participating athletes. As our first meet in the long-course season, and the first to follow the opening of the National Qualifying Window introduced in 2015, there were very positive messages sent out by the programme with regards to its intentions for the remainder of the season and beyond.

 

Chloe Howe posted lifetime bests in every event raced, with a 1.13.93 in the 100 Butterfly pushing her up the British Rankings, whilst Lily Tiernan and Megan Molloy also posted personal bests in the Butterfly events amongst others. Maya Kirlew showed her strength in the Freestyle events with personal bests in the 100 and 400 Free, whilst Oskar Soulas raced sub-2.30 for the first time in the Long Course 200 Backstroke, with further LC personal best times in the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle, and the 50 and 100 Backstroke.

 

The male 100m Freestyle saw long course best times from Josh Kirlew (56.92), Oskar Soulas (1.02.07), Reece Nicholls (56.73) and Sam Pereira (56.11), with Pereira adding a considerable personal best in the 400m Freestyle (4.22.49) to some strong ESS performances.

 

Perhaps the stand-out performer of the weekend was Reece Nicholls, who achieved PBs in all 7 events he raced; the 50 Freestyle (26.07), 100 Freestyle (56.73), 200 Freestyle (2.04.22), 50 Butterfly (29.19), 50 Backstroke (29.60), 100 Backstroke (1.02.65), and the 200 Backstroke (2.17.63).

 

Congratulations to all who participated in the event: Josh and Maya Kirlew, Emily Haimes, Chloe Howe, Reece Nicholls, Oskar Soulas, Natasha Welch, Lily Tiernan, Deniz Erensoy, Sam Pereira and Megan Molloy.

 

Medallists from session 1 were Reece Nicholls (yr 9/10 Silver 50 Free and 200 Back, Bronze 100 Free), Emily Haimes (yr 9/10 Bronze 50 Free and 100 Fly), Megan Molloy (yr 7/8 Bronze 200 Breast) and Sam Pereira (yr 9/10 Silver 100 Free). Congratulations!

Confirmed session 2 results were not published at time of writing.

Session 1 Results

Full results to follow

ESS Swimmers Exceed Speed Limits

ESS Swimmers at the recent County Development Meet at Southbury Road (1st and 14th/15th March) were recorded as exceeding speed limits in numerous events. Nicholas Kahwati, Richard Farthing, Beng Ren Siew, Victoria Ciszewski, Lily Tiernan, Tamir Smith, Freya Nice and Millie Flannagan were all awarded speeding tickets instead of medals. Swimmers register as "too fast" for the Development Meet, when their recorded time achieves a 2015 County QT in their current age group. Congratulations!

 

Well done to all further ESS swimmers at the meet: Clem and Olive Fry, James and Alexander Vicente, Ryan Appiah, Rosie Whiting, Beth Stevens, Michael Delaney, Megan Farthing, Amelia Field-Gould, Ikra Boz, Caitlin and Conor McCoole, Nicole Tidiman, Lily Carroll, Natasha Welch, Jessie Mullee, Tyler McLaughlin, Jamie and Robbie Parsons, Molly Wightman, Aigboje Orumen, Rebecca and Danielle Clarke, Arun Dodds, Joshua Williams, Dillon Appalakondiah, Ryan Appiah and Charlotte Cameron.

Results

Apply to Represent your Borough at London Youth Games

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, 4th July 2015. The primary school age swimming event (Mini Games) will be held on Thursday, 2nd July. The venue for both events is 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 secondary junior (school year 7-9) and senior swimmers (school year 10-12) should submit their short course times for 50m in all strokes via the online LYG Swimming application form. Please note qualifying times apply.

 

Primary school applicants (school years 5&6 only) should complete the online Mini Games Swimming application form.

 

We are also looking for able runners amongst our swimmers for the Enfield London Youth Games Aquathlon Team. The London Youth Games Aquathlon will take place on Sunday, 5th July 2015, 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 should be submitted via the online Aquathlon application form.

 

Applications for all three events close at midnight on Sunday, 12th April; successful applicants will be notified by email. Please only apply if you know you are available on the date of the competition.

 

ESS swimmers living or going to school in the Borough of Barnet and interested in competing, should contact Barnet Sports Development.

Eric Penwill Shield Remains in Enfield

Sam, George & Freya collect the EP shield

ESS youngsters in teams 'Purple' and 'Blue' impressed at the Eric Penwill Junior Relays on Sunday, 8th March, at Southbury Road. ESS won the 2015 gala with 154 points (runner-up Potters Bar scored 101 points), retaining the trophy for another year.

Thank you to visiting teams Anaconda, Broomfield, Potters Bar and Ware, who all showed great sportsmanship!

Well done to all who competed:

Alice Comerford, Amelia Field-Gould, Athena Andreou, Caroline Abberstein-Bisgaard, Danielle Clarke, Ellisia Baxter, Ezgi Erensoy, Freya Nice, Grace Gummer, Grace Lennon, Honey Humphries, Isobel Wright, Jacquelyne Robinson, Jessie Mullee, Kaitlin Bransby, Kaye Wong, Marie-Louise Ptohos, Maya Marie-Joseph, Megan Farthing, Megan Molloy, Millie Flannagan, Misha Schofield, Molly Wightman, Natasha Welch, Nicole Camilo, Nicole Tidiman, Rebecca Clarke, Rosie Whiting, Tara Dring, Tianna Schofield, Victoria Ciszewski, Alex Japal, Alexander Koranzopoulos, Arden Hasa, Armend Hasa, Clem Fry, Connor Molloy, Conor McCoole, Dumitru Casapu, Dylan Parsons, Emmet Carry Fennessey, George Bullock, George Lead, Jake Lennon, Jean-Luc van Mellaerts, Joe Overton, Leonidas Prazmo Pavlou, Lewis Japal, Liam Austick, Luke Bransby, Luke Johnson, Michael Delaney, Niathan Soobrayen, Nirav Halai, Ozcan Yildiz, Richard Farthing, Robbie Parsons, Sam Cornish, Sami Khadraoui, Theo Stavrou, Tyler McLaughlin.

Results

2015 Essex League Kicks Off in Basildon

Well done to swimmers who were selected to compete in the first round of the Essex League on Saturday, 7th March. All representatives of Enfield Swim Squad showed great sportsmanship, effort and unity to come away from Basildon Sporting Village with some fantastic individual performances and a great team spirit.

 

ESS had some exceptional relay performances and many notable personal best individual times to place well amongst strong opposition - so many encouraging swims showed the strength in depth of the programme clear to see, and followed up by some further impressive performances the following day at the Eric Penwill Trophy Gala.

A number of ESS athletes proved their dedication to the club by racing at both meets - notably Megan Farthing at Basildon on her birthday! - and helped place the club in a good position for further rounds.

 

Some impressive PB swims came from Tamir Smith (100m Backstroke), Courtney O'Connor (50m Butterfly), Ben Keelan (100m Butterfly), Nick Kahwati (100m Breaststroke) and Lola Pearce (100m Freestyle), amongst a host of other great individual personal best performances and team efforts. Three of the boys 15/u Freestyle team split sub-28 seconds, whilst Ben Howe registered a 26.94 and Andrew Bartha a 25.96 in the Open relay.

 

Congratulations to all members on a fantastic first round; ESS looks forward to another strong performance as Hosts next time!

Results

ESS Regional Qualifier

Nearly 120 young ESS athletes took part in our Regional Qualifier Open Meet on 28th February achieving PBs and regional times and taking home medals. Congratulations to all!

A huge 'thank you' must go to our team of helpers who did an outstanding job at running the gala. Thank you also to all the helpers and officials who volunteered from other clubs - we couldn't have done it without you!

A date for your diaries: the ESS Summer Open Meet will take place on 21st June. We hope to see you all there!

ESS Results

Full Results

County Relay Gold for 10/11 Girls and 14/15 Boys

Double relay Gold medalists Honey, Victoria, Ellisia and Jacquelyne
Dumitru, Sam, George and Joe win Bronze

Well done, ESS swimmers, for an awesome final weekend of Middlesex County Championships on 14th and 15th February at Southbury Road. The final tally of ESS medals from the 2015 Championships is impressive, as the medals for distance, sprint and relay events are added to those for the middle distance events swum in January.

 

We are especially proud of our relay teams, who did a fantastic job: our 10/11 girls Victoria Ciszewski, Honey Humphries, Jacquelyne Robinson and Ellisia Baxter emerged as double Gold medalists from the competition, winning both relays in their age group. Our 14/15 boys team of Oskar Soulas, Sam Pereira, Reece Nicholls and Neil Chowtie were also crowned county champions in their freestyle relay. The former three were later joined by Daniel Turan in the medley relay to win Silver. George Lead, Dumitru Casapu, Sam Cornish and Joe Overton represented ESS in the 10/11 age group and won Bronze in both relays.

14/15 Boys: Sam, Oskar, Reece, Daniel and Neil

Congratulations to individual medalists Joe O, Sam P, Reece, Emily, Ellisia, Jacquelyne, Megan, Oskar and Chloe, as well as to further finalists Sam C, Emma, Lily and Victoria. Roll on Counties 2016!

 

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Joe Overton

50 Free

50 Breast

50 Fly

 

 

Sam Pereira

50 Free

50 Breast

50 Fly

Reece Nicholls

50 Back

50 Free

50 Breast

Emily Haimes

50 Fly

 

50 Free

Ellisia Baxter

50 Breast

 

 

Jacquelyne Robinson

 

50 Free

50 Breast

 

Megan Molloy

 

800 Free

 

Oskar Soulas

 

 

 1500 Free

Chloe Howe

 

 

 50 Breast

 

Full Competition Results

Barry Says Thank You

"Thank you all for all the cards, gifts and kind comments given to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching with Edmonton Phoenix and more recently Enfield Swim Squad and have great memories to look back on, especially the last session on Friday morning.

I would like to make a special thank you to all the volunteers and helpers involved in running the clubs over the years I have been coaching; without you it just would not have been possible to run such a big organisation so successfully.

I wish ESS all the best for the future and hope the club continues to flourish and grow. Finally I send my best wishes and good luck to all the swimmers, coaches and your new Head Coach, Callum.

Barry"

ESS WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU, BARRY. YOU WILL BE MISSED!

ESS Gold in Potters Bar

George and Luke take a break

While some were busy competing at the Zonal Meet on 31st January, a large team of ESS swimmers took part in the Potters Bar Winter Open under the guidance of Development coach Vicki, returning to Enfield with a clutch of medals.

George Lead (200 free), Alice Comerford (50 breast), Freya Nice (50 fly) and Honey Humphries (100 IM) all won Gold. Honey further won Silver, as did Tianna Schofield, Nick Kahwati, Courtney O'Connor and Molly Wightman. Bronze medals went to Freya, Courtney and Alice. 
Outstanding swims came from Middlesex Squad swimmer Nick Kahwati, who swam PBs in all his events and took home two silver medals.

Results

Emily Qualifies for British Champs

Ryan wins Gold

Well done to Elliot Bertram, Emily Haimes, Josh Kirlew, Ryan and Reece Nicholls and Sam Pereira, who all qualified for and competed in the ASA Zonal Meet South on 31st January and 2nd February. The meet saw sport's finest of the South of England compete at the Aquatics Centre in Stratford.

Star of the show was Emily Haimes, whose 50m Freestyle time qualified her to participate in the forthcoming British Swimming Championships in April. The Champs double up as the the trials for the British athlete selection for the 2015 World Swimming Championships and Emily will have the opportunity to compete alongside top ranked British swimmers. On Sunday, Emily successfully continued her campaign by making finals in the 100m Butterfly.

Ryan Nicholls, competing as a multi-classification athlete, came away from the meet with 3 Gold medals in the category (100 and 200 Back, 200 Free).

Well done to all six ESS athletes!

Results

More ESS County Champions

The second weekend of the Middlesex County Championships (24/25 January) further secured Enfield Swim Squad's position as one of the leading clubs of the County with Reece Nicholls, Sam Pereira, Joe Overton, Megan Molloy, Jacquelyne Robinson and Ellisia Baxter all taking County Champion titles in their events, as well as winning medals for second and third places. Emily Haimes was a further medalist at the Barnet venue, while Oskar Soulas, Sam Cornish, Josh Kirlew and Lily Tiernan all made finals.

Congratulations to all who swam! Watch this space for news from the final Middlesex weekend on 14th and 15th February.

Our medallists:

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Reece Nicholls

200 Back

100 Back

100 IM

400 Free

200 Breast

100 Free

Sam Pereira

400 Free

100 Free

 

200 Back

100 IM

100 Back

Joe Overton

200 Back

100 IM

200 Free

100 Free

Megan Molloy

200 IM

400 Free

100 Free

Jacquelyne Robinson

400 Free

200 Fly

 

Ellisia Baxter

100 Breast

 

 

Emily Haimes

 

 

100 Fly

Results to follow

ISA National Schools Finals

Well done to Emily Haimes and Mia Crammond-Browne, who were selected to represent the North London schools team in the ISA National Schools finals at the LAC on Saturday, 24th January.

Emily made the dash from the County Championships on Saturday morning at Barnet Copthall to the Aquatic Centre in Stratford to win medals for her team: Emily won Silver in the 100m Freestyle in a long course PB of 1:03.52, before taking gold in the 50m Butterfly in a new age group Championship record time of 30.64 seconds.

Fellow ESS swimmer Mia Crammond-Browne was also in the London North Region team and swam in the 100m Back and 100m Breaststroke, earning valuable points for the team.

 

News from last weekend's second installment of Middlesex County Championships following soon.

Results

Middlesex Champs Part 1 Sees Four ESS County Champions

Well done to ESS Swimmers at the first installment of the Middlesex County Championships at the weekend of 17th and 18th January.

Congratulations to freshly crowned 2015 County Champions Megan Molloy (400 IM), Oskar Soulas (200 Free), Sam Pereira (200 IM/200 Free) and Joe Overton (100 Fly), who all made several finals and won multiple medals.

Further multiple medal winners included Reece Nicholls, Jacquelyne Robinson and Sam Cornish, while Maya Kirlew and Emily Haimes both made finals in their 100m events.

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

100m Finalist

Sam Pereira

200 IM

200 Free

400 IM

 

100 Breast

Joe Overton

100 Fly

100 Back

200 Fly

200 Breast

200 IM

 

100 Breast

Megan Molloy

400 IM

200 Free

100 IM

200 Back

100 back

Oskar Soulas

200 Free

400 IM

100 Back

 

100 Fly

Jacquelyne Robinson

 

100 IM

200 Breast

200 Free

 

Reece Nicholls

 

200 Free

100 Breast

400 IM

100 Fly

Sam Cornish

 

100 Breast

200 Fly

100 Fly

Maya Kirlew

 

 

 

100 Back

Emily Haimes

 

 

 

100 IM

 

Fantastic swimming from all ESS swimmers who competed – we look forward to the next installment of County Champs this weekend!

Full Results Weekend 1

National Arena League Final Round

Well done to swimmers who were selected to compete in the final round of the National Arena Swimming League in Hatfield and at Southbury Road.

 

Our Premier Division Team in Hatfield missed out on an overall gala victory to Colchester by a single point. Great team spirit and an impressive array of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places meant that ESS was in the run with a realistic chance for a win at the gala. Top individual scorers earning full points for winning their races were Reece Nicholls (100 back), Josh Kirlew (100 fly), Emily Haimes (100 fly), Mia Hawkes (100 free) and Sam Pereira (100 free). Mia also made 3rd place in the 100 fly.

9 second places went to Jen Budden (200 IM), Megan Molloy (100 breast), Harry Jenner (100 fly), Maya Kirlew (100 back), Oskar Soulas (100 back and 100 free), Charlotte Newman (100 back), Emily Haimes (100 free) and Hannah Thomas (100 free).

Superb relay performances came from the 15/u boys freestyle relay, who outswam their nearest competitors by more than 4 seconds, and the Ladies Freestyle Cannon who dominated their race nearly all the way and finished over 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed team. Well done Josh, Reece, Beng Ren, Sam, Hannah, Charlotte, Jen, Jessie, Mia and Lena!

Second relay places went to 13/u girls for both the medley and freestyle relays (Maya, Megan, Emily, Emma), the 15/u boys medley relay (Reece, Daniel, Josh, Sam), as well as the Ladies Open medley relay (Lena, Charlotte, Jen, Hannah). The Open Men placed third in both the medley relay (Ryan, Sean, Harry, Toby) and the freestyle cannon (Harry, David, Elliot, Toby, Michael, Sean).

10-year-old Sam Cornish must be commended for his willingness to stand in at the 11th hour to make up numbers for the 13/u boys freestyle and medley relays, happy to compete with the "big boys". Luke Bransby did well taking on an additional individual swim in his own age group as a result of the situation.

 

Our second team fought a tough battle in Division 1 of the league at Southbury and achieved an honourable 6th place at their gala. Stars of the show were the 13/u girls (Chloe, Lily, Grace and Alice), whose freestyle relay achieved a first place finish in event 45. This had been preceded earlier during the evening by the team's only individual first place obtained by Chloe Howe with a fantastic 1:15.18 in the 100m Butterfly, a time which beat her closest competitor by well in excess of 3 seconds. The girls also shone during the remainder of their events, finishing second in their medley relay and obtaining further 2nd place finishes: Lily Tiernan and Grace Lennon swam their team to a great point score in the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle respectively, both beating six out of seven competitors in their events.

Matching Lily's and Grace's performance with further fantastic swims were young Nicole Tidiman (2nd 50 Breast) and one of the Club's most experienced backstrokers Ellen Blane (2nd 100 Back). Individual third place finishes were achieved by Ross McCarthy (200 IM), Joe Haimes (100 Free) and Chloe Welch (100 Breast). The boys 15/u freestyle relay (Neil, Deniz, Joe and Callum) also made third place. Well done to all the team for great team spirit and all round brilliant swimming! Further well done and a huge thank you to all volunteers on our fantastic hosting team at Southbury Road for an excellent job in running the gala.

Premier Division Gala Results

Division 1 Gala Results

Final League Positions

London Region Winter Champs

Congratulations to swimmers who qualified and competed in the London Region Winter Championships at the London Aquatics Centre at the weekend of 6th and 7th December. ESS had a very successful meet, with swimmers taking huge chunks off their previous PBs, breaking Club records and achieving milestone swims.

Outstanding swims came from 13-year-old Emily Haimes who took the ESS short course open club record in the 100m Butterfly in a time of 1:06.65, as well as Sam Pereira and Elliot Bertram who followed the lead of Josh Kirlew from the previous competition, completing their 200m Freestyle swims in a time of under 2 minutes. Josh and Sam also had fantastic races in the 400m Freestyle, finishing 3rd and 4th in the 16/U category.

Another open club record went to young Megan Molloy, who completed her 800m Freestyle event in a time of 9:36.18. Michael Welch took a second of his previous best time in the 100m Freestyle, while Oskar Soulas achieved a personal milestone undercutting the 28-second mark on his 50m Freestyle and finishing as the fastest 13-year-old of the competition. Beng Ren Siew had a great swim in the same event, improving his PB from two weeks ago by a further 0.8 seconds. Still in the 50m Freestyle, Hannah Thomas also set a new PB on the second day of the Championships.

While it was great swimming and PBs allround for Reece NichollsMaya Kirlew improved her 2014 Nationals event of 100m Backstroke by over 1 second (2nd fastest 13-year-old). This had been preceded by a huge swim in the 200m Backstroke, where Maya improved her previous best time set at the recent ESS County Qualifier by as much as 6 seconds. Joe Haimes took a minute off his short course PB from a year ago in the 1500m Freestyle.

Day 2 of the competition also saw an exceptional achievement from Ryan Nicholls: Competing as a multi-classification athlete, Ryan swam an outstanding 200m Backstroke, breaking both the British and world records in the S14 category.

Special congratulations to our 16/U medal winners Reece Nicholls (100 back, Bronze), Josh Kirlew (400 free, Bronze) and Sam Pereira (200 free, Bronze).

Well done to all swimmers!

Results

November Busiest Competition Month since Season Start

This year's ESS Masters team at their annual LBESA competition

ESS swimmers had a busy November competing at Southbury Road. PBs and County times were achieved at both the LBESA 200/400 Borough Championships (15/16 November), as well as the ESS County Qualifier Open Meet on the following weekend. The month was rounded off nicely by 800/1500 Time Trials on 29th November, ensuring additional County QTs and ESS presence at the Middlesex distance weekend in February, as well the annual LBESA Masters competition the following day, in which a small yet successful team of ESS Masters competed.

Thank you to all who volunteered to help at the various galas and well done to all participating swimmers!

LBESA 200/400 Results

ESS County Qualifier Results

LBESA Masters Results

ESS 800/1500 Time Trial Results

ESSA Secondary Team Nationals

Mia and Fiona at the LAC

Six current and ex-ESS Regional and Intermediate Squad members represented their respective schools at the English Schools Swimming Association National Relay Finals held at the LAC on Saturday, 22nd November. First to swim were Fiona Westcough and Mia Hawkes (St Albans High School for Girls) in the Senior Girls (school years 11-13) Freestyle relay. A solid lead off leg from Fiona and excellent anchor leg from Mia secured 13th place in a time of 1.56.69 in the semi finals narrowly missing out on a final place. Over 120 teams had entered the preliminary divisional rounds for this event.

Ismail, Oskar, Josh and Callum at the Olympic Pool before their race

Next it was the turn of Oskar Soulas, Ismail Mert, Josh Kirlew and Callum Dodds (Enfield Grammar School) who qualified in both the Intermediate Boys (school years 9&10) Medley and Freestyle Relays from an original field of over 140 teams. The boys were one of only a handful of state school teams to have made the finals, battling against top seeds Plymouth College, Millfield School and Kelly College and finishing 19th in the Medley relay (2:09.34) and 17th in the freestyle relay (1:53.94). Ex-Regional Squad member and EGS Alumni Harry Jenner returned home from University joining the team to coach the boys during the competition.

 

Congratulations to both teams!

Results

DSE National Champion at ESS

Congratulations to Ryan Nicholls, who competed at the DSE National Championships in Manchester last weekend (22nd and 23rd November). Ryan's best event was the 100m Backstroke, in which he took Gold in a new personal best time of 1:02.57 - just outside the current British S14 Record! He further took gold in the 100m Butterfly in a new lifetime best of 1:04.04. Ryan collected four further medals, winning Silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, as well as the 200m Individual Medley.

 

Results

Arena Round 2 2014

Our Division 1 Team in Luton

Well done to ESS swimmers who were selected and competed in round 2 of the National Arena Swimming League on Saturday, 8th November. Facing tough competition again, our teams battled to 6th and 7th places in their respective galas.

 

In Division 1, Grace Lennon (100 free) and Lily Tiernan (100 fly) both achieved the highest individual point score of the team by making 3rd places.

 

Top individual point scorers in the Premier Division were Mia Hawkes (1st 100 free, 3rd 100 fly), Reece Nicholls (2nd 100 back, 3rd 100 breast), Joe Overton (2nd 50 back), Josh Kirlew (2nd 100 fly), Emily Haimes (2nd 100 fly), Sam Pereira (2nd 100 free), Maya Kirlew (3rd 100 back), Charlotte Newman (3rd 100 back) and Oskar Soulas (3rd 100 free).

 

Highest scoring relay teams were the Boys 15/u (Josh, Reece, Beng Ren and Sam) and the Boys 13/u (Oskar, Ismail, Tamir, Omar) 4x50m Freestyle relays with 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

 

Congratulations to all!

 

The final rounds will take place on 13th December in Hatfield (Premier Division) and at Southbury (Division 1). ESS is required by the league to host this round at our home pool - we will need lots of help on and off poolside. If your child is selected to swim in this round and you are available to help, please contact Sandra.

Results Div 1

Results Prem Div

Support ESS Swimmers by Sponsoring a Race

We are offering families and small businesses the opportunity to sponsor races for just £15 per event. Why not choose to sponsor your favourite event! Your sponsorship will be listed in the Open Meet programme and read out when the chosen event takes place during the gala.

If you have a business and would like to place an advertisement (full colour) in the ESS Open Meet programme, please contact us as soon as possible to snap up one of the last few remaining spaces.

All funds raised will benefit ESS members. Thank you for your support!

LBESA 50/100 Borough Champs

95 young ESS swimmers competed in the LBESA 50/100 Borough Championships on 25th and 26th October. Some fantastic swims took place in the pool at Southbury, where nearly all swimmers set new PBS, many qualified for Middlesex County Champs and some even broke club records.  Many of the youngest ESS swimmers improved their PB’s set only 4 weeks ago at the LBESA Juveniles gala even further. When asked about her swimmers’ achievements, Early Competitive Coach Bonnie commented, “Overall, I’m really pleased with all my swimmers, who achieved another 30 personal best times at this gala, so shortly after the Juveniles competition. A special mention must go to the Hasa brothers: Armend went up from my squad to Development last week and achieved two Gold medals in his breaststroke races. His brother Arden, who came up to Early Competitive Squad from the teaching house last week, achieved a 4th place in the 50m Freestyle and swam very well in his other events. This was his first ever gala!”

Nicole Tidiman also swam exceptionally well winning two Gold medals with big PB’s and qualifying for Counties in the process. Outstanding swims in the Intermediate group came from Joe Overton, who swam well in all his events, as well as Lily Carroll and Jessie Mullee, who both improved their PBs by huge amounts. Well done to all swimmers who competed!

Medal Table

Results

ESS Represented at Masters Nationals

Congratulations to ESS Masters Judy Prior and Claire Massey who both qualified for and competed in the British Gas ASA National Masters and Seniors Championships 2014 between 24th and 26th October at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Judy competed in three events (400m and 1500m Freestyle, 100m IM), while Claire represented ESS in her strongest event, the 50m Backstroke. Well done to both!

Results 

ESSA Relays Prelim Rounds

2014 Enfield Grammar School Swim Team

Well done to current and ex-ESS members Dylan Parsons, Richard Farthing, Arun Dodds, Josiah Roberts-White, Oskar Soulas, Ismail Mert, Josh Kirlew, Callum Dodds, Sina Dehnadi, Charlie Briers, Richard Waller and Alex Waller, who successfully represented Enfield Grammar School in the preliminary divisional rounds of the English Schools Swimming Association National Relay Competition on Friday, 17th October in Watford. The highest place at the gala (4th) was achieved by the Boys Intermediate Freestyle Relay (school years 9/10, time: 1:51.65).

Jamie Parsons (St Columba's, St. Albans), as well as Fiona Westcough and Mia Hawkes (St Albans High) also took part. Fiona's and Mia's Senior Girls Freestyle Relay made second place at the gala (school years 11/12, time: 1:55.71)

Schools and swimmers are now sitting tight to find out whether any of their teams might have made Nationals to be held in November at the LAC.

Arena Round 1 2014 - A Great Start for ESS

Spectators in Eltham were able to witness a fantastic team effort by the ESS Division One team on Saturday evening, 12th October. A 7th place finish does not really tell the whole story: our swimmers competed well in every race and only small margins prevented us from finishing much higher. The best place finish went to Chloe Howe who was second in the 100m Butterfly, closely followed by Ellen Blane's excellent 100m backstroke, as well as Lola Pearce's 100m butterfly.

 

Great team spirit for the relay events helped our swimmers to some very good placings and relay split times for our youngest swimmers were excellent. A big thank you from ESS to Adam Demeter who made the trip to strengthen the Men’s Squadron Relay.

 

The ESS Premier Division Team made a successful sixth place finish against expectations in the first round on Saturday evening, competing against top London Division clubs, including Chelsea & Westminster, Hoddesdon, teamipswich, Teddington, Colchester and Romford Town. The atmosphere at the Harlow pool was electric, with all teams well supported by spectators.

 

The gala was a top effort from all the team – congratulations to all swimmers! Well done to our top three individual finishers Reece Nicholls (1st 100 back, 2nd 100 breast), Sam Pereira (1st 100 free), Oskar Soulas (2nd 100 back, 2nd 100 free), Josh Kirlew (2nd 100 fly), Mia Hawkes (3rd 100 fly, 3rd 100 free), Maya Kirlew (3rd 100 back) and Emily Haimes (3rd 100 fly). Our top performing relay teams were the 15/u boys (Josh, Sam, Reece, Beng Ren, Daniel), who made second place in both relays, and the 13/u girls (Maya, Megan, Emily, Emma M), who banked valuable points for two third place finishes. Many thanks to Emma Tunstall, who found the best way to spend her Saturday evening was to support the ESS team by contributing a fabulous 50 free leg to the Ladies’ Squadron, as well as Daniel Turan, who made a big effort to get to the pool in order to strengthen the 15/u boys’ medley relay with his breaststroke.

 

Well done to all – roll on round 2!

Results  Div 1

Results Premier Div

More Speeding on Final Development Day

Well done to ESS swimmers who swam on the final day of the Middlesex Development Autumn Meet on 12th October. Yet again, swimmers exceeded the speed limits of the gala by hitting last season's county times: Sam Cornish, Luke Bransby, Eddie Cox, Omar Elkhouly, Freya Nice, Emma Montague, Jessie Mullee, Emily Haimes, Lily Tiernan, George Bullock, Justin Houpt, James Whiting, Millie Flannagan, Molly Leizer, Alice Comerford, Jamie Parsons, Joe Haimes, Rosie Whiting and Beng Ren Siew were all awarded speeding tickets. According to Coach Matt "Sunday's sessions were a big success, with PB after PB".

A named ESS top and a black pair of Nike shoes were left on poolside and have been picked up by our coaches. If they are yours, please get in touch.

Results

Masters Triathlon Success

Congratulations to ESS Master and Triathlete Matt Molloy, who had some successful end-of-season races in September and October.

Representing Ireland, Matt kicked off with his participation in the ITU World Championships (Olympic distance 1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run) in Edmonton, Canada, on 1st September, where he made 4th place in his age group. Well done also to Master Caroline Coles, who raced the sprint distance (750m swim/20k bike/5k run) at the competition representing Great Britain.

On 7th September, this was followed by a half ironman distance race (1.9k swim/90k bike/21k run) at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, on 7th September. Matt's diligent swim training with ESS paid off, as he emerged as the first competitor out of the water to get on his bike. Matt finished 7th overall in his age category.

The season culminated for Matt at the Ironman Barcelona on 5th October (3.8k swim/180k bike/42k run) with a third place podium finish in a time of 9:05.59. Ahead of the pros, Matt emerged first out of the water yet again, finished the bike in 5th and ran ahead into Bronze medal position. Although the successful race meant automatic qualification for the World Ironman Championships in 2015 for Matt, he has declined his invitation in order to focus on racing closer to home in 2015.

Crawley Opportunity Meet

ESS swimmers relaxing between races

Well done to ESS Swimmers who spent all or part of their weekend at the Lis Hartley Opportunity Meet in Crawley on 4th and 5th October.

Some great racing took place and swimmers surprised coach Rob by performing to PB standard despite having undergone heavy training during the days preceding the meet.

A special mention must go to Emily Kerin, Ikra Boz and Kitty Hanrahan, who all swam long course races for the first time!

Congratulations also to our medallists:

 

Swimmer

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Jacquelyne Robinson

5

 

 

Oskar Soulas

3

3

1

Sam Pereira

3

1

 

Emily Haimes

2

 

 

Josh Kirlew

2

 

 

Maya Kirlew

1

2

1

Deniz Erensoy

1

1

 

Richard Farthing

1

1

 

Sam Cornish

 

2

 

Megan Farthing

 

2

 

Justin Houpt

 

1

1

Beng Ren Siew

 

1

1

Emily Whale

 

 

1

Results

ESS Swimmers Speeding Again

Swimmers at Middlesex Development on Saturday

Southbury Road saw some fantastic swimming from all ESS entrants at the Middlesex Development Meet on the weekend of 4th and 5th October. Every single ESS race at the gala was a sterling athletic effort, with just a handful of swims remaining above the PB threshold and the majority setting new personal best times. Some swimmers took as many as 20 seconds off their entry time!

ESS Coach Vicki commented: "The camaraderie of the swimmers was excellent. Probably the best bit for me was the attitude of the swimmers. They were not concerned with medals or speeding tickets (of which there were plenty) but with their PBs. This is something as coaches we try to make the swimmers understand and it was an absolute pleasure to hear the excitement of the swimmers over beating PBs often by significant amounts."

Speeding tickets were awarded to: Jean-Luc Van Mellaerts, Caitlin McCoole, Emma Montague, Lily Tiernan, George Lead, James Whiting, Nicole Tidiman, Alice Comerford, George Bullock, Jamie Parsons, Beng Ren Siew, Andrew Bartha, Ben Keelan, Courtney O'Connor, Grace Lennon, Megan Molloy.

Well done to all! We are looking forward to the second installment of the meet next Sunday.

Results

LBESA Juveniles

Fab swimming last weekend from our youngest swimmers at the LBESA Juveniles meet, with an absolutely crazy amount of PBs swum! We have just had confirmation that the top boy spot is shared by Richard Farthing and Joe Overton, while Megan Molloy was top girl. Congratulations!

No one would have known that many swimmers were at their very first gala at the meet. Coaches have praised the kids' mature attitude to their races.

The atmosphere was very friendly and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Well done to all!

Please note that the Juveniles was not a licensed meet in 2014 and results will therefore not appear on ASA rankings and cannot be used for entry to County Championships.

Results 

Eric Eady Shield Remains at Home

22/09/14. A selection of ESS Swimmers kicked off the new season in style yesterday afternoon at our traditional Eric Eady Senior Gala. The gala follows the format of a National Arena League round and has always been an important 'warm-up' opportunity for swimmers and coaches alike. Fantastic racing could be seen this year again from both Enfield teams, with ESS youngsters swimming many early season PBs and winning races. The trophy remains at home for another year!

Congratulations to all who swam and thank you to visiting clubs Haringey, Potters Bar, Ware, Bethnal Green, Berkhamsted and Anaconda for their great sportsmanship, which helped make the gala so successful. We can't wait to see the teams race at Arena 2014!

Race Results

Team Scores

Swimming Teachers Wanted

Our teaching houses Griffins and Edmonton Phoenix are always on the lookout for enthusiastic swimming teachers, qualified at either level 1 or 2, or unqualified and willing to learn. If you are interested, please contact Linda for Griffins house at Arnos Pool or Sue at Edmonton Phoenix for posts at Southbury and Edmonton. Swimmers or ex-swimmers (15+) preferred.

Ryan Takes Gold

Congratulations to new Regional Squad member Ryan Nicholls, who competed for the England East Region at the UK School Games during the weekend of 6th and 7th September. Ryan took Gold in the Multi-Classification events of 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle, as well as Silver in the 200m IM.

Ryan's success at the School Games came shortly after he represented Great Britain at the National Paralympic Day on 30th August, where he competed in the 100m backstroke open event for GB against Europe. He was ranked 5th going into the race and finished in an impressive 2nd position as the youngest competitor in the race.

School Games Results

NPD Results

ASA National Championships

From left to right: Charlotte, Mia, Hannah, Jen and Lena

Well done to our National Youth and Open qualifiers Jen Budden (50 back), Mia Hawkes (50 and 100 free, 100 and 200 free relays), Lena Soulas (50 back, 50 and 100 free,100 and 200 free relays), Hannah Thomas (100 and 200 free relays) and Charlotte Newman (100 and 200 free relays), who have just returned from their campaign in Sheffield. The week has been tough for our girls in an incredibly fast competition, with both Mia and Lena competing at the lower end of the 15/16 double age group in their individual events. Highlights of the Championships include Mia's 50 free performance of today (PB and semi-final) and both relays, where injury-ridden Charlotte exceeded expectations in both and the team overall performed better than expected, near-equalling their team PB. Congratulations to all 5 ESS competitors!

Results

BAGCATs Return from Successful Nationals Campaign

From left to right: Beng Ren, Megan, Joe, Maya, Sam and Josh

Congratulations to our National Age Groupers, who have now returned from their 6-day long campaign (30 July - 4 August) at Ponds Forge and the Rother Valley country park in Sheffield. The team of individual qualifiers Sam Pereira, Josh Kirlew, Maya Kirlew, Open Water qualifier Megan Molloy and relay swimmers Joe Haimes and Beng Ren Siew set new PBs, broke club records, made finals and represented ESS at Open Water Nationals. Well done to all for some awesome swimming this week - ESS is proud of you! Read Rob's full account of the week's swims.

Good luck to our National Youth and Open swimmers, who will start competing at Ponds Forge on Thursday.

Results

OW Results

Report

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!

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.

Terms & Conditions

Application Form

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Every time you search the web using our dedicated easysearch page or the search box above instead of Google or any other search engine, half a penny is raised for Enfield Swim Squad. Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year.

 

So the next time you need to find something online, please use ESS easysearch and raise money for ESS swimmers with every search you make.