British Championships 2018
Congratulations to ESS High Performance Squad Swimmers Megan Molloy, Mia Hawkes, Ashley Ransome and Sam Pereira, who all qualified for and entered the prestigious British Swimming Championships and Edinburgh International Meet 2018, which took place 1-4 March. Youth qualifier Megan swam two freestyle events (100/400) and both individual medleys (200/400), setting a new PB time of 59.88 in the 100 free, touching below the 60 second barrier for the first time in a long course meet. Sam, also a Youth competitor, made the 100/200 free events, as well as the 200 backstroke. Sam's top performance at the meet was in the 200 freestyle, with an improvement on his entry time by 0.7 seconds.
Open sprint freestyler Mia made the tough QTs for both the 50 and 100 free, while Ashley, also a sprint specialist and open age group breastroker, had qualified to enter the 50 breast. Sadly, Ashley who had achieved her QT at the ASA Winter Nationals in December, was unable to compete in her event as her flight was cancelled due to last week's snowstorms in Scotland.
Part-time ESS swimmer Emily Haimes (at Mount Kelly during term time) saw some excellent performances and made multiple finals at the meet.
Huge congratulations to all for a super achievement representing ESS on the international stage!
ESS Regional Qualifier 2018
Well done to our 130+ ESS athletes and of course all visiting swimmers who took part in last Saturday's ESS Regional Qualifier Meet at Southbury Leisure Centre. The day was long but fruitful: many youngsters achieved PBs and regional qualifying times enabling them to submit entries for regional championships in May.
A huge 'thank you' goes to our cracking team of dedicated ESS volunteers, as well as visiting officials from other clubs, who all worked together to make the event a roaring success. We are especially grateful to a number of ESS helpers at the meet who honoured their commitment to work at the gala despite their children's inability to compete due to illness or injury. Thank you to all!
ESS Teams Score High in First NASL Round
Saturday 14th October saw ESS compete in an exciting first round of the National Arena Swimming League in galas at Becontree Heath LC in Dagenham and The Venue in Borehamwood. Both teams achieved 5th place in their respective galas, narrowly missing 4th by just 10 and 11 points.
Congratulations to Ellisia, Sam and Joe, who earned top scores by achieving first places in their events of the Premier Division meet. "The team spirit on poolside was outstanding", Head Coach Callum commented. "Our youngest age group was racing hard and smiling. Swimmer of the Night goes to Grace Lennon with some fantastic 50m relay swims; Grace anchored the Girls 15/u free relay in an outstanding split of 27.20".
Coach Vicki reported equally great swimming in Division 2, with our highest scoring individual event achieved by Ted Winfield in the 100 fly (2nd place). Further second places in Division 2 were achieved by our strong female relay squads across three age groups (13/u, 15/u, Open) and our 13/u Boys freestyle relay team.
A date for your diary: round 2 of the National Arena Swimming League is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 11th November - venues and athlete selection to be confirmed. Official results for round 1 to follow shortly.
ESS Three Represent Middlesex at Intercounties
Congratulations to Joe Overton, Sam Cornish and Ellisia Baxter who were selected to represent Middlesex County at the National County Team Championships (dubbed Intercounties), which took place on Sunday, 8th October at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
All three did County and Club proud with a range of outstanding performances, which earned valuable points to count towards an overall 7th place for Middlesex in a tough top division of 20 counties (a further 17 counties competed in Division 2 at the same time).
Sam took 2nd place in the 12/13 100 fly (1:01.02), Joe made 4th place in the 12/13 100 back (1:03.38), and both helped the boys medley relay team of the same age group win Middlesex's only Gold of the meet. Ellisia swam a cracking breast stroke leg in the girls medley relay of the same age group to help her team to a further top 10 place in a tough field.
Well done to all three. Go Middlesex, go ESS!
ESS Winter Regional Qualifier
ESS successfully hosted the first ESS Winter Regional Qualifier Open Meet on Saturday, 7th October at Southbury Leisure Centre. Participating ESS swimmers set new PBs and achieved regional qualifying times, taking home a range of gold, silver and bronze awards.
A special mention must be made of 11 year old Jaleel Yildiz, who swam in 11 of 13 available events, setting PBs in 5. Wow!
Impressive swimming also from Masters World Champs competitor and ESS member Craig Bransby, who smashed the 25 sec threshold in the 50m freestyle to take the gold and show the youngsters how it's done.
Thank you to the teams from Haringey, Cheshunt, Potters Bar, Hoddesdon, Hillingdon and Brent Dolphins (as well as a number of individual swimmers from further clubs), who competed and who all showed great sportsmanship. A particularly huge thank you must go to all visiting and home officials and helpers - we couldn't have done this without you!
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