UNFORTUNATELY, OUR 7th OCTOBER REGIONAL QUALIFIER MEET IS NOW FULL AND WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE EXTERNAL CLUB ENTRIES.
Annual General Meeting
It is with regret that the ESS Committee has made the decision to postpone the Annual General Meeting. A new date will be announced shortly.
M11 Team Returns Victorious from First Round
Congratulations to our successful first round M11 Junior League team, who returned victorious from their first round gala at South Woodham Ferrers on Sunday, 23rd April. Thank you to lead coach Vicki and her assistant coach Georgia, as well as team manager Sam (helped by Nathalie) and our officials Lynne and Iwona. The feedback from all who attended has been fantastic and the team was a credit to their coaches, parents and the Club. Roll on round 2!
Well done also to all ESS athletes who competed so successfully in the Middlesex Development Meet last weekend under the wing of coach Rob. There were PBs, medals and speeding tickets galore and we look forward to seeing more on the final day of the meet (7th May).
Great Performances and County Records for ESS Athletes at Middlesex County Youth Championships
The ESS Youth athletes took on the mantel from the Age-Group swimmers at the Youth County Championships at the Aquatic Centre in March.
With 45 athletes qualifying there were 200 races, 62 finals, 118 times improved over entry times and 26 medals won. Congratulations to our medal winners and swimmers achieving PBs.
Particular congratulations go to new County Champions Oskar Soulas, Megan Molloy and Emily Haimes who each won two gold medals. Megan and Emily also picked up two trophies each as fastest girls (16 and under), with Emily breaking the girls’ all-time Middlesex County record in the 50 fly final.
Megan (200IM) and Emily (50 Fly and 50 Free) also achieved qualifying times for the 2017 British Championships, joining Josh Kirlew who qualified in the 100 fly last summer.
ESS wishes Josh, Megan and Emily well for the British Championships, the pinnacle of British Swimming where they will be rubbing shoulder with the likes of Olympic medal winners Adam Peaty, Jazz Carlin and Siobhan Marie O’Connor.
ESS Regional Qualifier Open Meet
Well done to the 140 ESS athletes who competed in the ESS Regional Qualifer Open Meet on Saturday, 4th March. Our youngsters achieved new PBs and many left the pool with multiple medals. Special congratulations go to our Academy swimmers, who swam their first ever open meet races at the meet - well done!
A huge thank you goes to attending clubs and, of course, our outstanding team of offcials and helpers, who did a fantastic job on Saturday. We couldn't have done it without you.
Middlesex Age Group Champs
ESS youngsters performed above and beyond expectations over the last two weekends at the Middlesex County Age Group Championships 2017. Personal best performances were achieved by every 13/u athlete who took part.
Our leading performers had some great battles with the County's best swimmers and came out on top many times. Multiple gold medal performances from Joe Overton and Sam Cornish, some expected and some surprises, like Sam bringing home a backstroke medal. Ellisia Baxter, Freya Nice and Mellissa Byrne made sure the ESS girls made finals and went home with medals too.
On the final weekend, our relay boys and girls battled with the parking chaos and made it to poolside in time for the relays. There were excellent performances by all those who swam - a special mention must be made for Rebecca Clarke, who stepped in as a last minute replacement to ensure the ESS girls team was allowed to race.
Our boys 13 year-old team (Joe, Sam, Declan and Dumitru) had a tough battle with the boys from Camden, narrowly missing out on gold in the freestyle relay. With doubled determination they competed in the lane next to Camden for the Medley relay and swam to a golden victory, that was never in doubt from length one.
Full Individual Results
ESS Athlete Commits to Northern Michigan Wildcats
Lena Soulas, a senior athlete in the High Performance Group at Enfield Swim Squad, has committed to Northern Michigan University for the 2017-18 season.
Soulas achieved a full scholarship off the back of performances spanning the 2015-16 season, having become a National Champion in the 50m Freestyle at the ASA National Championships in 2015.
She will join a rich history of swimming at Northern Michigan, led by Head Coach Heidi Voigt, with both men’s and women’s swimming at NMU breaking into the Top 5 in a recent CSCAA/NCAA Div II Poll.
Soulas will become the programme's first student-athlete to transfer directly to NCAA swimming, having recently returned from a short-term injury to claim victory in the 100m Freestyle at the London Region Winter SC Championships, with a lifetime best 57.47.
ESS Represented in Sweden
Congratulations to ESS member Emilia Zlotnick, who travelled to Sweden at the weekend of 12/13 November to compete in the Gothenburg Regional Championships. Emilia won 800 Free Gold at the competition in a lifetime best of 9:27.12. Athletes from all 6 Swedish Regions competed over the weekend to attempt qualification for the forthcoming Swedish Nationals - Emilia successfully qualified in 4th place nationally amongst a total of 16 qualifiers.
ESS Athletes Wrap Up Remarkable Weekend of Racing at London Aquatics Centre
Enfield Swim Squad athletes wrapped up a remarkable weekend of racing with a series of lifetime bests, finals and medals at the London Region Winter Short Course Championships.
Finishing with a 71.4% lifetime best ratio on Day 2 of the Championships, a record number of attending ESS athletes put in some exceptional performances to demonstrate the emerging strength of the programme within the context of the London Region.
ESS athletes Joe Zlotnick, Emily Haimes and Megan Molloy all posted qualifying times for the National Winter Short Course Championships scheduled for December, whilst a number of ESS athletes displayed outstanding early-season form to impress following respective Offshore Camps to Mallorca and Tenerife.
Amongst a strong field including Olympians and fellow Senior Internationals, and in front of the onlooking England Programmes, Enfield Swim Squad members displayed professionalism and focus both on deck and in the pool, all contributing to the best collective involvement at the Regional Short Course Championships to date.
Samuel Pereira, Jordan Shim, Josh Kirlew, Joe Zlotnick, Alex Halsey, Oskar Soulas, Joe Overton, George Bullock, Jamie Parsons, Harry Cox, Ted Winfield, Emma Montague, Emily Haimes, Chloe Howe, Grace Lennon, Ellisia Baxter, Lucinda Andrews, Maya Kirlew, Natasha Tan, Natasha Welch, Lily Tiernan, Mia Hawkes, Lena Soulas, Megan Molloy and Emilia Zlotnick all contributed to an exceptional weekend - led by ESS Coaching Team members Callum Maher-Doyle and Matt Molloy - with many athletes positioning themselves well for the upcoming Long Course phase of the season, scheduled to begin in the new year.
Congratulations to all participating athletes for their tireless efforts in the training pool at the start of 2016/17, for their detailed and professional approach to the meet itself and for their ongoing physical, technical, mental and emotional development that has created an exciting group of exceptionally promising athletes currently on the roster at ESS.
LBESA Borough Competition Week 2
The final instalment of the 2016 LBESA Borough Championships, the 200/400 gala, took place on the weekend of 1st and 2nd October at Southbury Road. More than 80 ESS swimmers took part, as well as LBESA Club Broomfield Park SC and swimmers from guest club Haringey Aquatics.
While many of our youngsters impressed in their first ever mid-distance swims and age group athletes clocked some County qualifying times, the gala was an opportunity for ESS youth swimmers to put into practice skills acquired in training sessions since the start of the season.
Highlight of the gala was the much anticipated 12x50m freestyle squadron relay, which saw ESS field five teams.
LBESA would like to thank all officials and helpers from ESS, Haringey and Broomfield, who helped make the two weekends of competition possible.
Roll on LBESA Champs 2017!
LBESA Borough Competition Week 1
Well done to ESS swimmers who took part in the London Borough of Enfield Swimming Association sprint gala during the weekend of 24th and 25th October. There were some fantastic swims allround - it was particularly great to see some of our Academy youngsters take the first steps in a licensed competiton.
A new addition to the traditional LBESA programme was the inclusion of mixed relays for the first time - our four ESS teams had great fun measuring themselves against teams from Broomfield Park SC and guests Haringey Aquatics.
We are looking forward to seeing our squadron teams compete this Sunday at the LBESA 200/400 gala!
New Season Kicks Off With Eric Eady Trophy
Selected ESS athletes kicked off the 2016/17 swimming season with the traditional Eric Eady Trophy Senior Gala on Saturday, 17th September. Every year, the gala's programme follows Arena League format and provides coaches and swimmers with a fantastic warm-up and trial opportunity for the forthcoming League season starting with the first round on 8th October.
This year, the Eric Eady saw an unprecedented number of ESS swimmers take part, with the ESS Coaching Team fielding three well balanced teams across 4 double and open age groups. Swimmers performed well, swimming PB times or close to those, despite only having been back in full training for 2 weeks.
Huge congratulations must go to this year's winners Potters Bar SC and a big thank you to all three of our guest teams (PBSC, Anaconda and Haringey Aquatics), who all displayed great sportsmanship.
Thank you also to all who volunteered to be part of our fantastic hosting team - great job!
We are still looking for helpers for the LBESA 50/100 and 200/400 galas which are due to take place at Southbury over the coming two weekends (evenings only) - please contact Lynne, if you are able to assist in a qualified or unqualified role.
ESS Collects 12 Regional Titles at Age Group Champs 2016
Congratulations to our age group qualifiers who competed at the London Region Age Group Championships (14/under) this May. The team of Megan Molloy, Grace Lennon, Natasha Tan, Natasha Welch, Millie Flannagan, Lucinda Andrews, George Bullock, Richard Farthing, Armend Hasa, Joe Overton, Sam Cornish and Sami Khadraoui raced across two weekends at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and made all at ESS very proud. Our athletes claimed a good number of the medals up for grabs.
Ellisia Baxter ensured that ESS girls in the same age group did not go unrewarded and claimed a Regional Champion title of her own: after having been pipped into 2nd place on the 50/100 free, 50 breast and 200 IM, Ellisia eventually struck well deserved Gold in the 100 breast. In addition to her 5 podium places, Ellisia also made finals in the 100 fly and 200 free.
Older age grouper Megan Molloy (14) dominated the Championships in both Individual Medley events, winning Gold in both the 200m and 400m distances. Megan further collected silver in the 400 free and 200 back and was a finalist in the 100 back, as well as her surprise events of this season, 50 and 100 freestyle.
Regional Squad swimmers Grace and Megan were joined by teammates Emily Haimes and Emma Montague to represent ESS in the London Region relay competitions with a gutsy 4 x 200 freestyle swim in 9:04 to take Bronze, beaten only by Barnet Copthall and Chelsea & Westminster.
The ESS Coaching Team would like to congratulate not only our medal winners, but the entire team for their attitude and professionalism. Whether they were rewarded with medals or not, they came prepared, raced hard and, without exception, swam personal best times. All emerged from the competition as better athletes, as they were prepared to listen and learn from any mistakes made.
Coach Rob’s personal message for Intermediate Squad: “If you are training in a session with Joe, Sam, Richard or Ellisia, four of our highest performing competitors at the meet, look up to see how hard they work and you will understand what you need to do to be at the Championships in 2017”.
April Busiest Competition Month Yet for ESS Athletes
ESS Swimmers have had busy time racing this April at Regional Youth & Distance Championships, Lincoln Vulcans and Middlesex Development Open Meets, as well as Masters Championships in Sheffield. A staggering 24 club records were claimed from competitions throughout the month.
Special congratulations also go to multiple Regional Champion Sam Pereira. Further medalists included Emily Haimes, Josh Kirlew, Oskar Soulas, Megan Molloy (800m) and Joe Overton (1500m). Emma
Montague, Maya Kirlew, Chloe Howe, Lily Tiernan and Ted Winfield all made regional finals.
Callum reported “some really strong swims over the weekend”, with a particular mention of Sam’s 200 free (2:00.10), as well as victories in the 50 and 400 free, Chloe’s PB to make the final in 50 fly, Emily’s silver medal in the same event in a sub-30 time (29.60), Josh’s 100 fly long course sub-60 premiere (58.46), and Lily achieving 6th place in the region with a big PB in the 200 IM. Callum further mentioned a ‘great job’ from Maya, and Oskar’s silver in the 50 back despite sickness, which him had left him 2kg lighter in just 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Rob also reported fantastic swimming from the Middlesex Development meet at Southbury Road, where our swimmers collected multiple medals and speeding tickets and numerous fresh PB’s. Outstanding swims at the meet came from Richard Farthing in the 1500m Freestyle, but also from Lucinda Andrews, Amelia Field-Gould and Justin Houpt. Rob nominated Dumitru Casapu’s 200m Breaststroke as ‘Swim of the Meet’.
Stars of the Middlesex Development Meet during the second weekend of competition were our Junior coaches Yasemin and Joe, who both did an outstanding job on poolside, as well as Team Manager Sam, who looked after our swimmers on Sunday and reported a super professional attitude from all who competed. Special mention must also me made of our officials who volunteered their time at the meet and in particular British Swimming Official trainee Iwona, who passed her timekeeping module during the course of the meet.
Callum’s small team of competitors of Megan Molloy, Emily Haimes, Jordan Shim, Justin Houpt, Richard Farthing, George Bullock, Sam Pereira, Chloe Howe and Oskar Soulas at Lincoln Vulcans also did a great job at representing ESS in Sheffield at this national ranking meet with an overall club 6th place finish out of 20 competing clubs. Swim of the meet came from ‘distance’ swimmer Megan Molloy, who shone in the 100m Freestyle, winning the sprint event in a breathtaking 1:00.77.
The month culminated in an exciting first round of the M11 Junior League. Our team competed in a tough top division field in Braintree to earn 6th place at the gala on Sunday, 24th April. Roll on round 2!
May promises to be another busy month for ESS swimmers. We look forward to more excitement during the forthcoming competitions, which include our third Academy Future Stars, Regional Age Group Championships at Crystal Palace, Middlesex Long Course and Nova Centurion national ranking meets in Guildford and Nottingham, as well as round 2 of the M11 Junior League.
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, 2nd July 2016. The primary school age swimming event (Mini Games) will be held on Thursday, 30th June. 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, 3rd July 2016, also at Crystal Palace. If you are at secondary school and interested in competing in the Aquathlon, please contact Nick Newman directly.
Applications for all three events close on Thursday, 5th May; successful applicants will be notified by email. Please only apply if you know you are available on the date of the competition.
ESS Regional Qualifier Open Meet
Well done to 130 ESS swimmers who competed in the ESS Regional Qualifier Open Meet last weekend, where regional QTs and PBs galore were achieved.
We would like to say a huge thank you to visiting clubs, who all displayed great sportsmanship - it was a pleasure to have you!
Thank you also to all our offcials and helpers, as well as those from visiting clubs. We would not be able to run events such as this without you.
Finally, apologies to all our spectators for the failure of the scoreboard on the day - we will ensure that this is fixed for our forthcoming summer meet. We hope to see you all again.
ESS Break Records on Weekend One of Middlesex County Championships
Enfield Swim Squad achieved a record number of County Champions for a first weekend of Middlesex County competition, with a spate of club records, County medals, finals and top 8 performances contributing to a strong start to the Championships for the programme.
Samuel Pereira, Megan Molloy, Joe Overton, Sam Cornish and Ellisia Baxter were all crowned Middlesex County Champions, whilst further medals and finals were achieved by a host of ESS athletes at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre.
Pereira achieved a surprise gold in the 100m Breaststroke, despite being seeded ahead of the meet as an outside possibility, and silver in the 200 Individual Medley, with a lifetime best in both events. He added to that with a considerable personal best in the 100m Butterfly to qualify for the final, and retained his 200m Freestyle title with yet another personal best swim on the second day of the meet.
Molloy took almost 3 seconds off her 200m Freestyle personal best, achieving a 2.08.75 to place a close second, whilst she went on to claim gold in the 400m Individual Medley, finishing over 9 seconds ahead of the second place competitor.
Cornish took two stunning golds in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events, adding to further medals achieved in the 100m Butterfly (Bronze) and 400m Individual Medley (Silver). Only Joe Overton managed to beat Cornish into second, claiming one of a number of golds in that event to secure an ESS first and second finish.
Overton added to his Medley gold with a series of stunning victories in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle, conquering his own personal best times in every event he participated in. Further glory was added by Ellisia Baxter, who won gold in the 100m Individual Medley, with silvers in the 200m IM and the 100m Freestyle.
ESS medallists, finalists and top 8 performers included Josh Kirlew, Emily Haimes, Sami Khadraoui, Grace Lennon, Jacquelyne Robinson, Jordan Shim, Oskar Soulas and Natasha Tan, with two weekends still remaining of the annual County Championships event.
Competing athletes who contributed to an exceptional weekend of racing were:
Lucinda Andrews, Ellisia Baxter, George Bullock, Dumitru Casapu, Sam Cornish, Richard Farthing, Millie Flannagan, Emily Haimes, Chloe Howe, Sami Khadraoui, Josh Kirlew, Maya Kirlew, Grace Lennon, Caitlin McCoole, Megan Molloy, Emma Montague, Joe Murphy, Freya Nice, Courtney O’Connor, Joe Overton, Samuel Pereira, Jacquelyne Robinson, Jordan Shim, Beng Ren Siew, Tamir Smith, Oskar Soulas, Natasha Tan, Lily Tiernan, Daniel Turan, Natasha Welch, Ted Winfield.
National Arena League Round 2
Enfield Swim Squad took to Hertfordshire Sports Village on Saturday 14th November for the first round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division, climbing one place above their seeded
position to finish 6th on the night. Participating exclusively with athletes currently training full-time at the programme, ESS athletes performed remarkably to place strongly in a number of events -
with a host of University athletes in opposition, Enfield's senior members raced well and represented the programme positively throughout, displaying great team spirit and many registering personal
best times in far from ideal conditions.
A series of exceptional performances have positioned Enfield well for the final round scheduled for December - please ensure you save the date (Dec 12th) and await team selection to be a part of the final phase of the National Arena Swimming League.
Thanks go out to all participating athletes, all supporters in the stands, to the assisting staff of Vicki Lead, Sandra Soulas, Avalon Welch, and to Lynne Lennon, Jean-Marc Soulas and Kevin Haimes (stepping in at the last minute) for helping to officiate the gala under stressful conditions. We are eternally grateful and look forward to a strong conclusion to the competition next month!
Div 1 report to follow
Success at ESS Open Meet
Well done to swimmers who competed at the ESS County Qualifier Open Meet at the weekend of 30th October and 1st November. Many ESS swimmers took home medals (despite strong competition from visiting clubs), set fresh PBs and achieved County times.
A massive 'thank you' goes to our fantastic crew of helpers and officials, who did a sterling job on both gala days. Thank you also to all visiting clubs and their officials, whose participation and sportsmanship helped make the competition successful.
A date for your diary: the ESS Regional Qualifier Level 3 Open Meet will be held on 5th March 2016.
ESS Athletes Return from Training Camp
Welcome home to our team of 21 athletes who travelled to Mallorca to participate in this year's ESS long course training camp at the BEST Centre during the October half term week. Swimmers worked hard in the pool and on land and did their Club and coaches proud when representing ESS in a 'Duel in the Pool' (in which three, rather than just two clubs were represented) on the penultimate day against a contingent of athletes from City of Derby SC and Swim Bournemouth. Highlight of the mini meet was the t-shirt relay, in which swimmers were able put Rob's 'pullover' technique to the test.
We have already started work on next year's camp - watch this space!
200/400 Borough Champs
60 ESS athletes participated in the weekend's London Borough of Enfield 200/400 Championships (17/18 October). The gala provided swimmers with a valuable racing opportunity early in the short course season and resulted in PBs and County times for many.
Special congratulations to ESS Masters and coaches Matt Molloy and Judy Prior, who did not shy away from showing our youngsters in the pool 'how it's done', in between technical and officiating duties at the meet. Both will be competing at the forthcoming ASA National Masters Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield next weekend. Good luck - we'll be following from home!
ESS Members Represent Middlesex at Intercounties
Congratulations to Josh Kirlew, Reece Nicholls and Sam Pereira who were selected to be part of the team representing Middlesex at this year's National County Team Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on 18th October. While Josh swam a fantastic fly leg in the 16/17 Medey Relay (27.61), Sam, swimming on his 15th birthday, confirmed his SC 100 Free PB set at the recent LBESA 50/100 gala and helped the 6x50 free squadron team win silver swimming the fourth race leg in 24.88 seconds. Reece represented the County in the 100m Backstroke, undercutting the 61 second mark for the third time. All three earned valuable points to help the County achieve an overall 5th place at the Champs.
ESS Medal Haul at London Para Swimming Champs
ESS squad members Kaye Wong and Ryan Nicholls had a successful afternoon on Sunday, 11th October, at the London Region Para Swimming Champs.
Undaunted by the big stage of the London Aquatics Centre and competing on her 10th birthday, young Kaye not only confirmed her PBs from 2 weeks earlier for 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, but managed to knock almost 2 seconds off her previous 50m Backstroke time. Kaye's efforts were rewarded with a Bronze and 2 Silvers in the S15 category. Coach Matt, who lead the small ESS team at the competition, reported that "Kaye was a joy to work with."
Ryan's mature attitude at the meet and the good pacing of his races earned him victory of the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, as well as the 100m Backstroke in the S14 category. Coach Matt was "particularly pleased how Ryan controlled and raced his 200 free and experimented with his 50 free", in which he set a new personal best time (26.46) at the end of the night.
Congratulations to both athletes!
Team Spirit Thrives at Arena League Round 1 Galas
Well done to our National Arena Swimming League Teams who competed in round 1 of the 2015 league on Saturday, 10th October, in Harlow and Braintree. Members of both teams put in a huge effort, with many swimming out of age and in multiple events. The team spirit on poolside was excellent and squad members took pride in supporting each other.
Coach Rob commented on the Division One team he lead in the Braintree gala and who had had a tough first round draw, "We had a great evening. The effort and resilience shown by the squad made me proud to be part of the team on Saturday. Well done, ESS!".
We look forward to round 2 in Hatfield (Premier Division) and Luton (Division 1). Athletes for both teams will be selected shortly. More round 2 info here.
ESS Representatives On a Par with England's Finest
Sam Pereira, Grace Lennon, Ellisia Baxter and Joe Overton were all selected by the London Schools Swimming Association to be part of the regional team competing for the national schools' title of the English Schools Swimming Association in Leeds at the weekend of 3rd and 4th October. All four had success in their long course races and came away with new PBs in their events. Outstanding swims included Sam's and Grace's 200 Free (1:58.16 and 2:16.94 respectively), Joe's 200 Back (2:27.82) and Ellisia's 200 Breast (2:59.42). Sam came away with silver medals for this event, as well as for representing London in the 4x100 Intermediate Free Relay. Congratulations to all - you have done ESS proud!
Also in the weekend's news: both ESS Head of Programmes Callum Maher-Doyle and ESS Regional Squad athlete Megan Molloy were part of a nationally selected coaches' and athletes' team to participate in the phase 1 camp of the 2015/2016 England Talent Development Programme. Reece Nicholls is due to participate in a similar programme for older age groups. Well done!
ESS Athletes Off to a Flying Season Start in September
Well done to swimmers for a great start to the 2015/16 season over the last two weekends. On Saturday, 19th September, two teams of ESS athletes competed in our annual Eric Eady Senior gala, against guests Haringey Aquatics, Broomfield Park, Ware and Anaconda. The gala was fantastic preparation in the run-up to the Arena League and ESS retained the trophy for a further year! Senior captains of ESS 'Blue' Elliot and Jessie collected the shield on behalf of the team.
The depth of talent throughout our squads was further demonstrated by the 104 ESS athletes competing at the London Borough of Enfield 50/100 Championships during the weekend of 26th and 27th September. Our youngsters competed in multiple sprint events, smashing PBs and collecting medals. However, the real 'stars' of the competition were to be found in our pool of helpers: multiple failures of poolside gala technology required a very creative approach to ensure the gala ran despite adverse conditions. We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic and level-headed volunteer workforce, who all coped marvellously! Special thanks also to all who helped for the first time, as well as our growing pool of British Swimming Officials (and those undertaking training).
Swimmers, National Arena League team selections will be on their way soon - watch out for you selection letter in your inbox over the next few days.
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.
More Medal Success for ESS in Second Weekend of London Regional Championships
Ellisia Baxter (3.11.36), Megan Molloy (3.00.43) and Lily Tiernan (3.04.05) kicked off the second weekend of racing at the London Regional Championships at the London Aquatics Centre for ESS, all qualifying for finals in their respective age-groups in the 200m Breaststroke. A strong combined effort from the 14-16 male 4x100m Medley Team marginally missed out on a medal, with contributions from Reece Nicholls, Daniel Turan, Josh Kirlew and Sam Pereira. In addition, a second ESS team made up of Oskar Soulas, Nick Kahwati, Tamir Smith and Beng Ren Siew posted a good team result and some health personal best times.
All members of the 14-16 4x100m female Freestyle Relay set new personal bests, with Emily Haimes (1.02.53), Maya Kirlew (1.06.26), Chloe Howe (1.05.85) and Emma Montague (1.03.62) all contributing as the youngest relay team participating at Regional Championships.
Emily Haimes then went on to post a big PB in the 200m Butterfly (2.30.81) in her heat swim, qualifying 7th into the final, with a superb final swim (2.30.31) once again improving on her lifetime-best to finish 4th. Oskar Soulas also qualified for yet another Regional Final for ESS, swimming sub-60 in the 100m Freestyle for the first time (59.93), claiming bronze in the final with a 1.00.06.
Sam Pereira qualified fastest for the final of the 200m Individual Medley (2.18.27), with Reece Nicholls performing strongly to contest the final in 4th (2.21.35). Josh Kirlew, in the age group above, qualified third-fastest (2.20.60), whilst Elliot Bertram made the Open final (2.18.41) to ensure ESS representation in Regional Finals in every age group. Kirlew secured a bronze, whilst Pereira swam to a PB for gold (2.16.26) and Reece Nicholls to yet another personal-best (2.20.89) for fourth.
Elliot Bertram kicked off the Sunday sessions with gold in the Open 1500m Freestyle (16.52.81), with a resilient performance from Joe Haimes (18.31.47) for 7th in the same event. Bertram raced away in his heat, despite being seeded in an outside lane, setting a breathtaking pace and maintaining that to claim gold by more than 30 seconds.
The girls 4x200m Freestyle relay consisted of Emma Montague, Jessie Montague, Emily Haimes and Chloe Howe, with an Open Male 4x100m Medley relay team of Ryan Nicholls, Toby Pasmore, Elliot Bertram and Ben Howe also racing well. Megan Molloy’s 9.45.40 in the 800m Freestyle was enough to secure silver, whilst a first-ever Long Course 800m Freestyle from Maya Kirlew (10.11.87) was enough to place her 10th.
Joe Overton qualified for the final of the 200m Butterfly (2.50.92), as did Oskar Soulas (2.28.02), whilst some personal bests in the 100m Freestyle positioned ESS athletes well for finals. Megan Molloy (1.05.65), Grace Lennon (1.06.68), Emily Haimes (1.02.64), Emma Montague (1.03.69) and Chloe Howe (1.06.49) all took part for the girls, whilst Samuel Pereira (56.42) secured bronze and Reece Nicholls (56.06) silver in the male event. Ryan Nicholls (59.57), Josh Kirlew (56.72) and Toby Pasmore (56.61) all added strong times to the list of successful 100m Freestyle performances across the weekend.
With only relays and the 50m sprint events remaining, ESS athletes have performed outstandingly across two weekends to enhance ranking positions and gain valuable experience racing at two flagship London pools. ESS have achieved countless finals and medallists, with a range of ages contributing to what has been an exceptional London Regional Summer Championships so far. We are of course expecting further stories of success when the Championships are wrapped up on the 30th May at the London Aquatics Centre.
ESS Conclude First Weekend of Regionals in Style
By the end of the third day of racing (spilling over into Bank Holiday Monday), Enfield Swim Squad athletes had performed exceptionally to accumulate a considerable number of personal bests, qualifying for finals and reaching podiums, with regional medallists and champions showing the strength of the programme in all age groups.
Oskar Soulas began the momentum with a Long Course personal best (4.40.95) in the 400m Freestyle for 6th, followed by further lifetime bests for Chloe Howe (1.27.18) and Lily Tiernan (1.26.05) in the 100m Breaststroke.
Reece Nicholls continued his superb form in the 200m Backstroke, qualifying for the final second-fastest (2.19.17), whilst Sam Pereira qualified fourth with a huge PB (2.20.67) to ensure a strong ESS presence amongst the best field in London. Reece then went on to register an outstanding time (2.15.74) in the final to claim silver and enhance his position in the National Rankings, maintaining his 100% personal-best record at the London Regional Championships.
Ryan Nicholls posted a lifetime best (2.18.02) in the same event, qualifying fourth into the final and displaying an outstanding back-end to evenly-split a superb strategic swim. Ryan performed well in the final, only just being edged out of the main event medals with a brilliant 4th place finish, however collecting another Gold for the MC event.
Ellisia Baxter surpassed all expectations by qualifying for the 11/12 final at just 11 years old - she qualified in an outside lane with a 1.28.31 heat swim as the only girl her age amongst the field. Baxter then stunned the crowd by registering a 1.23.48 in the final to claim silver - a magnificent performance that put her amongst a increasingly large group of ESS medallists at the meet.
Maya Kirlew (4.57.23) raced a balanced 400m Freestyle but could not quite maintain her 100% personal-best record at Regionals, whilst Megan Molloy claimed bronze in the same event with a 4.44.70. Joe Haimes (4.37.28) and Josh Kirlew (4.25.19) took part in the male event, whilst Sam Pereira (4.23.62) and Reece Nicholls (4.24.28) took gold and silver for ESS to add further medals to the increasing haul. Elliot Bertram returned to his best with a fantastic 4.19.32 to be narrowly edged into 4th, showing good signs of progress ahead of the 1500m next week.
Emily Haimes qualified for the final of the 100m Butterfly with a personal best time of 1.07.66, whilst Chloe Howe (1.13.71) and Maya Kirlew (1.14.53) also added further PBs in the same event. Haimes was edged into 5th in a tightly-contested final, but showed excellent fight and spirit to push a very strong field to the limit.
In the 100m Breaststroke, Daniel Turan raced sub-1.20 for the very first time (1.19.04), adding to yet another pair of personal bests from Reece Nicholls (1.16.11) and Sam Pereira (1.17.35). Toby Pasmore’s return to form continued with a 1.13.93, wrapping up another outstanding day of racing for ESS.
The coaching team feels immense pride, coaching a group of young athletes who have shown exceptional resilience and focus, reaping the rewards for a period of hard work by all registering PBs and increasing the ESS presence in the context of London Swimming. The physical and mental demands of a three-day racing weekend were met with professionalism and focus throughout, and the enhanced understanding of rest, rehab, hydration and nutrition is showing in some exceptional results.
ESS Athletes Add to Medal Haul in Second Day of Regional Success
As the British National Championships begin to come into focus from behind a new qualification process, ESS athletes looked to add to a breathtaking first day of the London Regional Championships by continuing excellent momentum into the second day at Crystal Palace Sports Centre.
With British Swimming implementing a ‘ranking’ system to allocate qualification placements at the upcoming National Summer Championships, swimmers from across the country had been informed of the need to achieve times within a ‘qualifying window’, scheduled to close on May 31st.
Performances at this stage in the season now come under more scrutiny, and ESS athletes rose to the challenge with a series of stunning performances in a host of events.
400 IM performances from Megan Molloy (5.23.58, Gold), Lily Tiernan (5.50.76) and a superb personal-best swim from Emily Haimes (5.38.06) set the tone of what would prove to be a resounding success for the programme. Male performances from Josh Kirlew (4.59.17) and a 14-second Long Course personal best from Reece Nicholls (5.01.53) contributed to a strong all-round showing in the middle-distance event.
In the 200m Backstroke, both Joe Overton (2.36.78) and Oskar Soulas (2.26.37) secured places in the final, adding further lifetime bests to what has already been a remarkable meet for both. Overton achieved a faster time in the final (2.35.89) to claim bronze, whilst Soulas followed the trend by swimming a 2.25.35 for silver and a considerable jump in the National Rankings.
Soulas followed up a fantastic backstroke performance by swimming another lifetime best in the 200m Freestyle (2.08.58) to qualify second for the final - after leading for the majority of the opening 150m, he was eventually squeezed into fourth, but displayed remarkable courage to set a strong pace and race from the front of the field.
Emma Montague obliterated her heat in the 100m Backstroke, swimming 3-seconds under her best (1.13.43), whilst teammate Maya Kirlew eclipsed the lifetime best she achieved at the National Age Group Championships last season, racing sub-1.10 for the very first time with a 1.09.98 to qualify for the final. Kirlew and Montague have been integral to the development of a gifted and hard-working crop of recent arrivals into Regional Squad, and received reward for their efforts with two exceptional times.
Kirlew’s 100m Backstroke personal best added to another she achieved earlier in the day for the 400 IM (5.42.36) and was followed by yet another in the 200 IM (2.41.34) to ensure she continued her run of 100% success in achieving lifetime bests at the meet. Kirlew’s 200 IM was joined by further performances from Megan Molloy (2.36.69) to qualify for the final and Lily Tiernan (2.43.36), closing out the girls involvement in day 2.
A three-second personal best from Elliot Bertram in the 200 Butterfly (2.14.34) was enough for qualification into the final, and followed an impressive showing in the shorter 100m event (1.01.85).
That 100m Butterfly time was added to by performances that contributed further medals to ESS’ current haul - Sam Pereira raced to silver with a 1.02.12 despite being ranked 22nd on a (1.07.20) in the lead up to the event, whilst Reece Nicholls joined Pereira in the final after posting two-second improvement for 1.03.50. Josh Kirlew was agonisingly close to a first ever sub-60 100m Butterfly, qualifying for the final with a 1.00.12, more than a second-under his personal best and pushing him up the rankings considerably.
Also competing today were further Regional qualifiers Ted Winfield (100m and 200m Butterfly) and Sam Cornish (100m Butterfly).
A host of high-quality performances - eligible within the qualifying window - have greatly enhanced the possibility of a strong presence for ESS at the British Age Group and Youth National Championships scheduled for August. The endeavour and professionalism displayed by the athletes reinforced the need for independence, autonomy and self-reliance in their approach to racing - the maturity and attention-to-detail will be key to maintaining the momentum into the last few weekends of May.
Outstanding Day 1 for ESS at London Regional Summer Championships
Day 1 of the London Region Summer Championships saw fourteen ESS athletes make the trip south to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, with members from both Regional and Intermediate squads representing the programme on the first day of competition.
An outstanding range of personal best times contributed by almost every athlete competing set the tone for a day of competition that saw multiple Regional finalists, medallists and champions in ESS colours.
Superb 200 Backstroke heat performances from Megan Molloy (2:32.75) and Maya Kirlew (2.33.31) were enough to book spots in their relative age group finals, with both girls going on to register faster times in the final (Kirlew - 2.32.83, Molloy - 2:30.56, Silver). Both were considerable personal bests and excellent ranking swims, following an opening event in which Joe Overton had already started early momentum with a fantastic 400 IM performance.
Joe Haimes (2.11.21), Elliot Bertram (2.05.56), Josh Kirlew (2.03.79) and Ryan Nicholls (2.10.03) posted strong times in the 200 Free, with Kirlew making the final with a personal best time. Reece Nicholls qualified for the 15/U 200 Freestyle final second fastest with a 2.04.11 for yet another personal best, whilst he was led only by another ESS athlete Sam Pereira, who clocked a 2.03.78.
Nicholls and Pereira went on to take gold and silver in the event, both swimming faster again, with Nicholls (2.03.43) only marginally edged out by his team-mate Pereira (2.02.36) to leave the rest of the field trailing at 150m.
Maya Kirlew added to her strong start with yet another PB performance in the Girls 200m Freestyle (2.21.27), joined by further personal bests by ESS athletes Grace Lennon (2:23.93), Emma Montague (2.22.27) and Emily Haimes (2.17.85). Megan Molloy qualified for the final of the same event (2.17.75), only to swim faster again - and under her best time - with a 2.16.10 amongst a very strong field.
In the next event, Oskar Soulas qualified second for the final of the 100m Backstroke, with a significant personal best of 1.07.87 - racing to a 1.06.41 in the final to be agonisingly edged into silver by mere tenths of a second. Joe Overton had already performed more than two seconds under his PB to qualify as one of just two 11-year-olds in the 11/12 final - again performing better under pressure with a 1.13 in the 100m Backstroke to position himself as one of the most exciting prospects in the region.
In the final session of the day, Soulas performed exceptionally yet again, with a 2.29.79 personal best in the 200 Individual Medley to run in 5th in the final. Multiple personal best heat swims in the 100m Backstroke for Toby Pasmore (1.05.43), Josh Kirlew (1.07.06) and Sam Pereira (1.05.41) were added to by strong performances from brothers Ryan (1.05.71) and Reece Nicholls (1.02.83)
The performances from Sam and Reece were enough to qualify for the final in first and third - Sam yet again posted a PB (1.05.14) to claim bronze, whilst Reece claimed hist first ever Regional gold medal with an incredible 1.01.98 to top a superb first day for ESS members.
The professionalism and focus displayed by all athletes was exceptional - to boast multiple Regional champions, medallists and finalists on just the first day is something special. All representing athletes did the programme proud and have set the tone for what will be a special meet for an inspiring ESS team.
M11 Junior League
A team of young ESS swimmers represented the Club at the M11 Junior League on Sunday, 26 April, in Basildon. Despite a very difficult first round draw with many of the strongest Division One teams of the League in our gala, the team performed excellently with lots of personal best times.
Lots of cheering from the poolside demonstrated great team spirit amongst our juniors. Especially good swims came from Grace Lennon and Victoria Ciszewski in the 50m Butterfly event. Well done to all who took part and special thanks to those who made themselves available in the later stages to ensure ESS presented a full team.
Round 2 will take place on 17th May at Southbury. The League has asked us to host the gala and we will require lots of parental offers of help! If you are willing to do one of the many jobs needed, please contact us.
Richard Farthing, Arun Dodds, Joe Overton, Lewis Japal, Luke Bransby, Sam Cornish, Jean-Luc Van Mellaerts, Dumitru Casapu, Clement Fry, George Lead, Harry Lonsdale, Jake Lennon, Alexander Koranzopoulos, Liam Austick, Niathan Soobrayen, Millie Flannagan, Jessie Mullee, Caitlin McCoole, Grace Lennon, Natasha Welch, Jacquelyne Robinson, Misha Schofield, Ellisia Baxter, Freya Nice, Megan Farthing, Victoria Ciszewski, Honey Humphries, Tianna Schofield, Nicole Camilo Tayaca, Kaitlin Bransby, Ezgi Erensoy.
Successful Round 2 for ESS in Essex League Division One
Enfield Swim Squad members put in a strong second round performance in the Essex Swimming League on Saturday, 25th April, finishing 3rd in a strong field to take a step closer to securing a position in the Premier Division for next year.
The ESS representatives put in a display full of skill and determination, with a young side gaining excellent experience at the Braintree Swimming Centre. The valuable league points accrued with the third place finish positions ESS joint-third in the table, with some significant PB swims contributing to the leapfrogging of fellow London-based side, Newham/UEL.
Some outstanding performances from Lily Tiernan including the 50m Butterfly (34.48) and 100m Breaststroke (1.24.39) were added to by impressive swims from fellow Intermediate Squad members Amelia Field-Gould (100m Freestyle - 1.12.75) and Caitlin McCoole (50m Butterfly - 36.51).
Contributions from Middlesex Squad members Harry Cox (100m Freestyle - 1.01.82), Lola Pearce (100m Freestyle - 1.06.51), Lara Eyre (100m Butterfly - 1.22.32) and Deniz Erensoy (50m Butterfly - 31.07) all helped ESS to make considerable strides from Round 1, with personal best times coming with regularity throughout the evening.
Ben Howe (50m Freestyle - 59.25), Tamir Smith (100m Backstroke - 1.11.70), Neil Chowtie (100m Butterfly - 1.07.73) and Joe Haimes (100m Breaststroke - 1.22.89) all achieved personal best times at Braintree - with some superb relay splits helping ESS place well up the table.
Fantastic efforts from some of the more inexperienced ESS youngsters topped off a great night of swimming, with Shaan Patel, Dumitru Casapu, Robbie Parsons and Francesca Newson doing ESS proud and gaining valuable racing experience along the way.
Congratulations to all competing clubs - Newham and UEL, Harlow Penguins, Witham Dolphins, Romford Town and Halstead - the third round of the league will take place on May 16th at Becontree Leisure Centre. Team selections will be issued shortly.
Swimmers Successfully Prep for Regionals at Crawley
Crawley’s K2 centre was the stage for ESS Regional Qualifiers ‘preparatory meet’ for the London Regional Championships, scheduled for May 2015. ESS athletes raced busy programmes whilst unrested across just two days, as preparation for their end-of-cycle championships in just two weeks.
Racing in unfamiliar surroundings, ESS athletes went up against some of the best from across London, Essex, Sussex and Surrey, showing great resilience to often swim multiple events within a session.
There were some outstanding performances and personal bests from Reece Nicholls (100m Butterfly - 1.05.23), Oskar Soulas (200m IM - 2.30.05), Neil Chowtie (100m Freestyle - 1.01.31), Emily Haimes (200m Butterfly - 2.34.72), Ryan Nicholls (50m Backstroke - 31.87), Daniel Turan - 50m Freestyle 28.69), Caitlin McCoole (200m Butterfly - 3.06.77) and Toby Pasmore (50m Freestyle - 25.55, 50 Backstroke - 31.12).
Perhaps the stand out performance of the weekend came from Sam Pereira, who posted a 2.16.35 in the 200m Individual Medley to register the second-fastest time in the history of London Swimming within his age group. Pereira has until the National Age Group Championships in August to chase the record, but the considerable personal best swim places him in a strong position to perform well at Regional Championships, and is a credible contender for National Qualification.
All athletes raced well and behaved with discipline and professionalism - the full ESS team was:
Elliot Bertram, Neil Chowtie, Emily Haimes, Joseph Haimes, Chloe Howe, Phoebe Jackson-Virk, Caitlin McCoole, Joe Murphy, Reece Nicholls, Ryan Nicholls, Toby Pasmore, Sam Pereira, Oskar Soulas, Daniel Turan, Natasha Welch.
British Swimming Championships 2015
Enfield Swim Squad athlete Emily Haimes took to the London Aquatics Centre on Friday, after qualifying on the 50m Freestyle for the biggest and most prestigious domestic event, the 2015 British Swimming Championships.
Haimes achieved qualification following exceptional progress over the past 12 months under the guidance of Assistant Head Coach Rob Howe, representing ESS at the highest domestic level in addition to some excellent racing during the current Long Course season.
Haimes has achieved personal best times in favoured events (100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly) during the window to add to some exceptional performances in the 50m sprint events. Haimes swam marginally outside of her lifetime best, although she registered a sub-29 performance yet again, clocking in at 28.92 in heat 3 of the female 50m Freestyle.
Sharing a call room with the likes of internationals Francesca Hallsall and Lauren Quigley, Emily enjoyed an experience that only a handful of athletes have the opportunity to take part in. The meet saw performances from World Record holders, Olympic champions and a host of international athletes, including Ruta Meilutyte, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Liam Tancock, James Guy, and Adam Barrett, whilst those present for the finals on day 4 witnessed history, with Team GB’s Adam Peaty breaking the World Record in the 100m Breaststroke, becoming the first man to swim under 58 seconds, with a 57.92.
All at Enfield Swim Squad are immensely proud of Emily’s achievement, and her inclusion at such a prestigious event is no doubt a sign of things to come for the athletes at ESS.
Basildon & Phoenix Long Course Easter Meet
The Basildon and Phoenix Long Course Easter Meet took place across the weekend of 4th-5th April, with Enfield Swim Squad represented as one of the largest-attending programmes at the meet.
A combination of Intermediate and Regional Squad athletes descended upon Basildon Sporting Village to achieve a number of Regional Qualifying and National Ranking swims to add to a significant haul of personal best times achieved.
Gold medallist Sam Pereira (14) saw highlights in the 100m Backstroke (1.06.58) and an exceptional 200 IM (2.18.68), supported by a number of Long Course personal best swims from Reece Nicholls in the 200 IM (2.21.99), 50m Backstroke (29.67) and impressive performances from Ryan Nicholls in the 100m Backstroke (1.05.68) and 200m Backstroke (2.18.50).
Josh Kirlew (15) performed exceptionally on Day 2 with best times in the 400 IM (4.58.48), the 200m Freestyle (2.03.94), the 50m Butterfly (28.15) and the 100m Butterfly (1.01.24). Joe Overton, Oskar Soulas, Lily Tiernan, Sam Cornish, Toby Pasmore, Natasha Welch, Alice Comerford, Ryan Nicholls, Grace Lennon, Chloe Howe, Reece Nicholls, Emma Montague, Daniel Turan and Maya Kirlew also collected medals for Enfield Swim Squad, demonstrating the superb strength in depth currently at the programme.
With many members of the ESS Regional Squad currently in the midst of a considerable training cycle, some very encouraging unrested performances have positioned those athletes very well for the upcoming London Region Championships taking place throughout May.
Congratulations to all participating members - a very successful meet for the programme and a very exciting time to be a part of Enfield Swim Squad!
ESS Represented at Sheffield Premier Meet
Enfield Swim Squad athletes took to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, for the annual Sheffield Premier Meet on 28th and 29th March - a Level 1 Long Course meet with strict entry protocols that only allow for the very best athletes in Britain to participate.
With a participating contingent including World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte, double-Commonwealth Champion Ben Proud and international representation from the likes of Hamilton Aquatics (based in Dubai), Regional Squad members Maya Kirlew, Chloe Howe, Josh Kirlew, Emily Haimes, Joe Haimes, Oskar Soulas and Intermediate Squad member Megan Molloy represented ESS superbly.
Molloy started the meet exceptionally for Enfield Swim Squad, by winning her age group in a very strong field to post a 2.16.26 in the 200m Freestyle. This was quickly followed by a superb 50m Butterfly from Chloe Howe, posting a significant 3 second PB and swim under her Short-Course time to swim a 32.87. Howe then added to this by posting Personal Best times in the three further 50m events, whilst Molloy and Howe were joined by Maya Kirlew in the group achieving PB swims on the first day of competition. Kirlew swam to a 2.35.61 in the 200m Backstroke, whilst Joe Haimes achieved a 28.31 best time in the 50m Freestyle.
Emily Haimes added to the excellent haul of lifetime best swims, swimming sub-1.03 Long Course for the first time in the 100m Freestyle (1.02.94) and 1.07.84 in the 100m Butterfly.
Josh Kirlew closed in on his best-ever swims in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle, whilst all represented ESS professionally and in good spirits. The two-day meet marked a new level of Open-Meet competition for ESS members, with international athletes and a National-level pedigree surrounding them across two days in Sheffield.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
County Relay Gold for 10/11 Girls and 14/15 Boys
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.
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!
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.
ESS WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU, BARRY. YOU WILL BE MISSED!
ESS Gold in Potters Bar
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.
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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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.
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