ESS Regional Qualifier Open Meet
18th and 19th March 2023
Seven swimmers qualified and took part in the ESS Nationals Campaign 2022 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
MC swimmer and Paralympic hopeful Charlie Hyde (pictured right) made ESS Gold history on day one of her competing at the British Summer Championships. Eclipsing her competition by a comfortable margin of almost 100 points, Charlie was victorious in the 400m Freestyle. She proceeded to win Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle MC events, as well as to make finals in both the 100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle events.
The day before Charlie’s start, the ESS 4x200m Freestyle Relay team of , Sami Khadraoui, George Lead, Josh Kirlew and Aaron Pullen (pictured above) had successfully kicked off this year's ESS Nationals campaign with an improvement of over than 3 seconds on team’s qualification time set at London Regional Championships earlier in the season.
Josh Kirlew and Sam Cornish also both qualified and competed in multiple events at the British Summer Championships. Josh swam his way into the 50m and 100m Butterfly finals, setting new personal best times in both (25.18 and 55.33). Sam finished in 18th place on the 50m Breaststroke (0.39 secs off a place in the final), after braving the gruelling 200m Fly only a short while before.
Maya Kirlew later rounded off the 2021/22 season’s events at Ponds Forge in the English National Summer Meet; after a strong morning heat swim, Maya set a new long course PB of 31.32 in the 50m Backstroke final.
Swim Wales National Meet 2022
ESS Swimmers Lewis Dawson, Rayan Awan and Anna Beletskaya travelled to this year’s Welsh National Open Meet at the prestigious Wales National Pool in Swansea.
All three swimmers did a great job. Rayan's performances particularly stood out with PBs in all of his events and a Silver medal in the 50m Breastroke (Rayan completed the race in under 35 seconds for the first time). Lewis also made finals in all of his events.
Congratulations to all three swimmers!
Charlie Farnsbarns Invitational 2022
Enfield Swim Squad's favourite meet of the season, the Charlie Farnsbarns Invitaional Junior Meet, took place at Southbury Road on Saturday, 18th June. This juvenile gala provides a great opportunity to our youngest swimmers to get used to the competition environment without any pressures. The gala finished with a 12 x 25m Cannon Relay (all age groups), much enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to Nell Singer, who managed to obtain top scores in all 5 individual girls events winning the Best Girl Award. There were lots of superb swims from our
youngsters, some of whom swam in their very first gala today.
Finally, congratulations to Staines, who took away the trophy for the top visiting club, and also our lovely friends from Broomfield, Hillingdon and Barking & Dagenham for coming - our guests' excellent sportsmanship and friendly staff and swimmers ensured a really great atmosphere.
A massive thank you must go to all officials and helpers - we couldn't have done it without you.
We do hope everyone had fun - we are already looking forward to Charlie's return in 2023!
And that's a wrap! A fine selection of our youngest Swim Enfield competitive swimmers successfully represented ESS in Round 1 of the M11 National Junior Swimming League at Southbury Leisure Centre on Sunday, 10th April 2022. The team earned 214 points in this round to make a respectable 4th place in a tough first round draw. Nell, Amy, Alex B, Naz and Tiana all made first places and earned maximum points for the team in their individual swims. Special mention must also go to Safiya, Imogen, Annie and Wilfred, who joined the ESS competitive ranks from our Swim Enfield Learn-To-Swim programmes for the occasion and did an amazing job with multiple swims. Well done, team!
Very special thanks must go to our superb hosting team, including all our officials. It takes a small army to host a gala and we couldn't have done this without you.
Round 2 of the League is scheduled to take place on 15th May 2022. The ESS coaching team will be announcing round 2 team selections in the next couple of weeks.
British Swimming Championships 2022
Congratulations to ESS athletes and coaches Maya and Oskar, who both competed in the British Swimming Championships at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre during the week of 4th April.
Both swimmers had qualified in the 50m Backstroke and both had a successful meet, taking the big stage opportunity to set new PBs in their event. Oskar also set a new club record.
The Champs are Great Britain's flagship swimming event. They play a key role in the qualification process for World Championships, as well as the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. The six-day meet is also envisaged to help team selections for the remaining senior and junior international meets in 2022, with British and Home Nation athletes targeting big performances to get them on teams for the world stage.
ESS would like to say a massive 'thank you' to our incredible crew of officials and other volunteers, who helped us run our Level 3 Open Meet on Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th March. Our coaches and everyone else involved in the running of our lovely club (as well as the swimmers, even if they don't know it!) are truly grateful for all the helping hands; absolutely everyone did an incredible job. Our Army of Helpers was too big to name all helpers individually, but we hope you all know who you are!
Special thanks to our visiting officials and in particular Angela from Romford, for taking charge as principal Referee, and of course our own faithful referee Richard, as well as our upcoming young officials Zavier, Emma, Martha and Anastassia who progressed their J1 education over the weekend.
Congratulations to Miglena, Jodie, Sophie, Andrew and Mark, who all qualified as British Swimming Judge 1 on Saturday. We feel very privileged to be able to count you among our team of qualified officials.
Thank you very much to all our wonderful visiting clubs - you all helped to make the event a success and fostered excellent sportsmanship and a friendly atmosphere throughout. Parents and other spectators who came to watch on Saturday morning - please accept our unreserved apologies for the slow moving door, which was due to a lack of good enough internet connectivity. The issue was resolved in subsequent sessions and we hope you had a pleasant experience at our meet despite the initial waiting time.
Finally, fantastic job from all the ESS Swimmers at the meet - we saw so many PBs tumble yet again! Well done to all Youth and Senior swimmers who achieved their first or additional regional times, and a very special 'well done' to all our very young Academy swimmers who came to compete for the very first time. We know how overwhelming the gala environment can be when you first start - you are very brave and all of you did an incredible job. Your coaches are very proud of you.
We can't wait to see you all race again!
ESS Athlete Charlie had a hugely successful four days at the British Para Swimming Meet, which is also the British leg of the Para Swimming World Series 2022. Charlie, a member of the current British Para Swimming programme, represented not only Enfield Swim Squad but also Team GB at the meet, after gaining her international classification the previous Saturday.
Competitors from around the world travelled to the event hosted by British Swimming at Aberdeen Sports Village. The 2022 Para Swimming World Series opener was the first opportunity since the Tokyo Paralympics for most of the participating athletes to test themselves against their international competition.
Charlie set PBs and made World Series Finals in every event she took part in. She kicked off her campaign on Thursday with the 100m Freestyle, followed by 100m Breaststroke the next day.
Charlie’s highest ranked and arguably most successful event in the series was the 400m Freestyle, which took place on Day 3. She completed her heat swim in a 3-second-PB time of 5:36.75, achieving her highest point score of the meet (a whopping 700 points!), with a 5th place finish in the World Series Final. Day 4 was a ‘splash-and-dash’ for our athlete with another massive PB in the 50 Freestyle (0.63), securing her a spot in the World Series Finals amongst fierce competition.
Congratulations to ESS Athletes who qualified to represent Enfield Swim Squad at the 2022 County Championships, which took place from 29th January to 13th February at our Southbury home for our Age Groupers and in Hillingdon for our Youth swimmers, kicking off with a weekend for all age groups dedicated to long distance and sprint events. Swimmers were successful on all competition days and in all age groups, setting PBs, gaining Regional QTs, making finals and winning medals.
Special congratulations to our County Champions Alex B (pictured left), 10-11 age group winner in all 3 breaststroke events, MC athlete Charlie, crowned champion in a total of four events and Oskar, who is this year’s trophy winner in the 50 Back in the 17+ category.
Further medallists included Josh K (Silver 100 Fr), Lewis (Silver 200 Br), Rayan (Silver 100 Breast), Nell (Silver 100 Bk – huge PB!), Josh S (Bronze 50 Bk and 100 IM, 3rd from left), Godfrey (Bronze 50 Fr, 2nd from left), Joe (Bronze 50 Bk) and Malakai (Bronze 50 Fr, right).
Swim Enfield Senior Sam C (pictured, middle) joins the ranks of athletes such as Adam Peaty and Rebecca Adlington among the extensive list of DiSE alumni who have gone on to enjoy continued international success.
The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is industry-leading and earning a place on the two-year programme with performance-based selection is fiercely competitive. The progamme enables athletes to combine their studies and high-performance training.
The programme culminated in a training camp in Dubai followed by the Middle East Open and Junior Championships, where Sam absolutely smashed his PBs to earn four 2022 British Championships qualifying times. Congrats!
The Swim England Winter Nationals took place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield over the weekend of 3-5 December. Massive congratulations to Sam (and Head Coach Gerry!)
for a phenomenal performance at this year's Winter Nationals. Sam competed in 5 events, set new PBs in 4 of those and placed in the top 40-45% in every event, in what was an Open age group
competition. Well done on a huge achievement!
Further congratulations must also go to Josh for his recent performances, which qualified him for Winter Nationals in multiple events.
Sterling performances also took place throughout November, starting with London Winter Regionals, where Swim Enfield Senior and Youth Performance swimmers set PBs throughout the weekend and brought home the medals. This was followed by the ESS County Qualifier, which saw our youngest swimmers take huge leaps to set new PBs, make County times, win medals and make their coaching team proud.
ESS Regional Qualifier Open Meet
More than 160 ESS Athletes took part in the ESS Regional Qualifier held at Southbury Road on 7th and 8th March. Many athletes rose to the occasion and shone with some strong performances, outswimming previous PBs and obtaining regional times.
A huge thank you must go to our fantastic team of helpers and officials. Special congratulations to Beata, who qualified as a British Swimming Official Judge 1 at the competition.
Thank you also to coaches, athletes and helpers from visiting clubs Broomfield Park and Staines.
ESS Athletes have successfully concluded the 2019 series of National Swimming Championships. Their campaign included British Summer Championships, Swim Ireland Irish Summer National Champs, the Swim England National Summer Meet, as well as Swim England National Age Group Open Water Championships.
Ashley, Sam and Ellisia kicked off the series with stellar performances in the British Summer Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow, where Sam and Ashley both made finals securing a top ten finish amongst the fastest age group athletes Great Britain has to offer on the national stage. Meanwhile Declan successfully represented ESS at Irish National Champs in Dublin.
Ashley swam to Gold on the first day of the English Summer Meet at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in the 100 Breaststroke with an impressive new PB of 1:12.28. Amazing job also from Richard on the same night: Richard competed in the 100 Breast to finish 7th in the final, where he broke his PB set in his heat swim earlier in the day (final time: 1:07.49).
Day 2 saw Sam win the second ESS Gold medal of the meet (200 Breast). Sam took more than 7 seconds off his entry time to finish in 2:28.07. Lucinda brought home Bronze from her final in the 50 free (swum in a PB time of 27.58). Both Josh (100 Fly) and Richard (200 Breast) missed out on finals by a smidgen to finish in 11th place.
Day 4 was a big day up at Ponds Forge for ESS, with Richard starting in the 50 Breast, Lucinda and Joe in the 100 Back and Ellisia in the 100 Free. Fab finals performances placed Richard 5th in the 50 Breast (PB, 30.65) and Joe 7th (PB, 1:02.86 ). Ellisia held her own in a super fast field of 15 year old 100 freestylers with a top ten finish, having already secured a new PB of 1:00.54 in her heat swim.
Ashley was up again on the final day of English Nationals in the pool with an amazing season best time of 28.88 to finish in the top 5 in the 50 fly.
Finally, Jamie qualified for and took part in the Swim England Open Water Champs, completing his 5k at Thrybergh Country Park in Rotherham in an impressive 10-minute PB time (64 minutes).