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Welcome to Chelmsford Swimming Club

ASA East Region Inter-County Swimming Championships

7th July 2014

On Sunday, Chelmsford were back at Basildon competing in the Inter-county Relays with swimmers selected in all of the age categories to represent Essex against the 5 other Counties (Hannah Travell, Ethan Harrington, Ole Mills, Eleanor Clarke, Charlie Boden, Lauren Scott, Alfie Brown & Harry McLagan)

The afternoon saw all our swimmers competing in a combination of relay events and 100m Individual swims eventually helping Essex to achieve a hard fought 2nd Place (240 points) with Suffolk winning the event with 258.5 points.

Essex County Relay Championships

6th July 2014

Saturday began with the Essex Relays and Chelmsford put in a strong team that were looking forward to a great day of swimming. Dressed to impress in colourful wigs and tiaras, our first medal of the day came with a Gold in the Bagcat girls 10/14 400m Medley (Tia Magrath, Amelia Barnetson, Georgia Harrod & Rebecca Kitching) and closely followed by Bronze in the Bagcat boys 10/14 yrs. 400m Freestyle (Ryan Mogford, Alfie Brown, Harry Walker & Charlie Boden)

The Juniors were also swimming well with places in all of the relay finals in the afternoon session. First Gold was in the 11/12 Yrs. Girls 200m Medley (Lauren Scott, Scarlett Morine, Tia Gardiner & Abbie Lowe) and a bronze was won in the 11/12 Boys 200m Freestyle (Harry McLaghan, Sam Perks, Owen Vaughan & Alfie Brown)

The afternoon saw the Medals continue with Silver in the Bagcat Boys 10/14 Yrs. 400m Medley (Charlie Boden, Harry Walker, Sam Perks & Ryan Mogford) and a Bronze for the Girls Bagcat in the 400m Freestyle (Rebecca Kitching, Amelia Barnetson, Tia Magraph & Georgia Harrod)

The last races of the day bought more success for the Boys 11/12 yrs. who won Silver in the 200m Medley (Alfie Brown, Own Vaughan, Sam Perks & Harry McLagan). Our 9/10 Yrs. Boys 200m Medley Team swam a fantastic race and came in to win a Silver Medal (Thomas Samuels, Apollo Wilkins, Samuel Scott & Jack Skerry).

The final race of the day was the Girls 11/12 Yrs. 200m Freestyle Relay in which Chelmsford had two teams swimming, both fighting it out for the Gold. In the end the Chelmsford A Team managed to come in first (Morgon Harrod, Abbie Lowe, Annabelle Kitching & Tia Gardiner) with the B Team successfully bringing home the Bronze Medal (Ellie Runnalls, Francesca Collins, Darcey Harrington & Scarlett Morine)

To finish the day on a high, we were delighted to bring home the Trophy for the Top Junior Club of the event.

Well done to all out swimmers in the Juniors, Youth & Bagcat teams – It was a great event, with some Great swimming by all our Relay Teams.

View some photos from the day by clicking here

Junior Swimming League - Round 3

30th June 2014

Chelmsford swimming Club competed in an intense final round of the M11 junior league last weekend. Despite some key swimmers missing, the team put in an outstanding effort, eventually finishing 8th overall with Barnet the overall winners of the 3 galas.

Junior Swimming League - Round 3

30th June 2014

Chelmsford swimming Club competed in an intense final round of the M11 junior league last weekend. Despite some key swimmers missing, the team put in an outstanding effort, eventually finishing 8th overall with Barnet the overall winners of the 3 galas.

The final weekend saw a fantastic performance by the Girls 12/U team (Annabelle Kitching, Morgan Harrod, Abbie Lowe and Megan Samuels) winning the Freestyle relay in under a minute (59.89) and coming third in the Medley Relay. Megan Samuels (12) finished 2nd in the 50 Breaststroke and Abbie Lowe (11) secured 3rd place in the 2 lengths Fly. The 11 year old girls (Abbie Lowe, Frankie Collins, Ellie Runnalls and Eleanor Smith) secured 4th place in other individual events and 5th and 6th on the relays.

The 12/U boys (Harry Mclagan, Sam Perks, Alfie Brown and John Barber) fought hard to get the 6th and 4th spot on the Medley and Freestyle Relays. An outstanding swim by Jack Skerry (9) saw him win both his individual races with Sam Perks (11) coming in 2nd in in the Fly and Breaststroke. Harry McLagan in the 11 year old boys secured a 2nd place in the 2 lengths Backstroke and Tom Ward in the Freestyle secured a 3rd place spot.

Well done to all the swimmers that took part over the three events of the Junior League this year.

Changes to ECASA Age Group Championships 2015

30th June 2014

In line with NEW ASA guidelines changes have had to be made to The ECASA Age Group Championships 2015.

BLOCK A - 16/17/18 January 2015
BLOCK B - 31st Jan/1st February 2015
BLOCK C - 13/14/15 February 2015

ESSEX CLOSING DATE - 4th January 2015
CSC CLOSING DATE - 7th December 2014

AGE ON DAY - ALL ages are as of 31st December 2015

AGE GROUPS
Age groups for 2015 will be:

EVENTS
The Events will remain the same except:

QUALIFYING TIMES – Available 2nd September 2014
These will reflect that some swimmers in an Age Group may be up to a year younger
ALL times must be Licensed
The QTs will be reflective of the fact that most swimmers would not have turned the age that they are swimming in i.e. an 11 yr old County swimmer with a December Birthday would have only just turned 10 at the County Championships

Club Championships 2014

29th June 2014

Entries for this years Club Championships should be submitted by the 20th July 2014. There is a £20.00 entry fee, which covers all events. Payment can be made through Club Organiser or Cheque payable to Chelmsford Swimming Club Ltd. Entries can be left in the box on the wall by Lane 6. Essex County Times can be achieved during these Championships, so please enter as many events as possible.

NO LATE/ADDITIONAL ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE 20TH JULY 2014

Dani Brazier

23rd June 2014

Congratulations to Dani Brazier, who has been selected for the GB U17 waterpolo squad that will train together for next year's European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The games are billed as the first European Olympics, and will see all sporting disciplines represented, with the aquatics events the only ones where youth competitions will be held.

21 girls, mainly from the 98 year group were chosen for the squad. Dani is one of 4 younger girls who have been chosen.

From this squad a team of 13 has been chosen to represent Great Britain at a tournament in Germany in August The team will be competing against teams from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Serbia. Dani is the youngest member of this team to be selected.

Congratulations Dani, and good luck for the year ahead.

3rd Eric Shepherd Meet at Harlow

23rd June 2014

Well done to all the CSC swimmers who competed at the 3rd Eric Shepherd Open Meet at Harlow on Saturday 21st June.

The event was hugely popular, with more than 300 swimmers taking part making it an incredibly exciting (noisy!) gala and there were some fantastic swims from every member of the CSC Team.

The team-spirit, support and enthusiasm our swimmers showed for each other was second to none and a parent from a local club summed up the day saying "Chelmsford are on FIRE at the moment!"

At the end of what was to be an extraordinarily long day for our swimmers (in excess of 10 hours in some cases) Chelmsford won the Overall Top Club Award, gaining a sizeable new trophy for their cabinet. Well done to Scarlett Morine (11) who won the Overall Top Girl Award and to Owen Vaughan who came second in the Top Boy category.

Overall the club won 20 Golds, 15 Silvers and 7 Bronze medals.

East Region BAGCat Championships - 2nd Weekend

23rd June 2014

The second weekend of events was certainly exciting – with some great swimming from all our swimmers but once again the boys stole the show with an amazing tally of medals.

Owen Vaughan (10) added to his medals from last weekend with 3 Gold Medals, including the 200m IM, 200m Freestyle and the 100m Freestyle plus 2 Silver medals in the 100m Breaststroke and the 400m Freestyle. With a total of 8 medals over the competition he was Chelmsford Swimming Clubs top-performing swimmer and was 2nd overall in his age group, which is a fantastic performance at his first ever Regional Competition.

Sam Perks (12) also continued his winning streak gaining a 5th Gold medal in the 200m IM and a silver medal in the 100m Butterfly, bringing his medal count to 7 and also coming 2nd overall in the 12 years age group.

And finally, Charlie Boden (13) wasn’t to be beaten winning a further 3 medals, silver in the 200m Freestyle, Silver in the 400m Freestyle and a bronze in the 100m Fly – also coming 2nd in the Age 13 years age group.

The girls, not to be outdone, come out fighting with Amelia Barnetson (13) gaining a 2nd Gold in the 200m Breaststroke and Annabelle Kitching (12) a Silver in the 400m IM. Both of which provided them with National Qualifying times.

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Lady's Waterpolo - London League Division 1

17th June 2014

Congratulations to the lady's waterpolo team who last weekend took part in the first round of games of this year's summer London League. Despite some much more experienced opposition, they finshed their two games having won one and lost one.

The team was bolstered by 3 girls from Crawley, Lara Partridge, Grace Walker and Abby-Louise Rocky, who often play with Dani Brazier for both Great Britain and Crawley, and the score in the first game, against Polytechnic, was 8-4. Goals scored by Dani Brazier (4), Abby-Louise Rocky (1), Hannah Parkinson (1), Lara Partridge (1) and Helena Wright (1).

The second game, against last year's winners Beckenham, was not the walkover they expected, and although we eventually lost 7-14 there was some good play from all involved, but unfortunately also some suspect refereeing decisions! However, goals were scored by Grace Walker (2), Dani Brazier (2), Stacey Freedman (2) & Helena Wright (1).

Well done ladies, and here's to the next round of matches in July.

Success for Chelmsford swimmers in the first weekend of the East Region BAGCat Championships

10th June 2014

The Club and it's swimmers had a great first weekend at the regional age group swimming championships in Norwich, winning 6 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals. Halfway through the championships, with next weekend still to come, Chelmsford lie 4th in the overall medals table, with only bigger swimming clubs ahead of us.

Gold medals were won by Sam Perks (pictured) in the 11 years 400IM; 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke, and 200 Breaststroke; Charlie Boden in the 13 years 100 Backstroke, and Amelia Barnetson in the 13 years 100 Breaststroke. Sam also won silver in the 200 Butterfly, with Charlie winning silver medals in the 200 Backstroke and 200 Butterfly and a bronze in the 400 IM.

Amelia Barnetson’s swim in the 100 Breaststroke also gained her a National qualifying time. Owen Vaughan with 2 silvers (400IM; 200 Breast) and a bronze (100 Back) in the boys 10 years, and Harry McLagan with a bronze in the boys 11 years 200 Backstroke were the other medallists.

As well as the medallists Becky Kitching just missed out twice with 4th places in the girls 13 years 800 and 400 Freestyle, Eleanor Clarke was also 4th in the girls 14 years 100 Breast, and there were PBs for other Chelmsford swimmers. The boys 4 x 100 freestyle relay team came 8th and the girls team 7th, and the mixed 4 x 100 relay team came 4th.

Full results can be found here.

East Region BAGCat Championships 2014

6th June 2014

Good luck to the 24 Chelmsford swimmers competing over the next two weekends in the East Region BAGCat Swimming Championships in Norwich. Only two clubs in the region have more qualifiers than Chelmsford, a fantastic achievement for the Club, swimmers and coaches.

Those competing for Chelmsford in individual events are:

Inter Regional Campionships 2014

27th April 2014

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have been chosen to represent Essex in the forthcoming Inter Regional Championships at Basildon Sporting Village on 6th July:

Bank Holiday Squad Times

21st April 2014

The sessions over the Bank Holiday are as follows:

  Sun 25th Mon 26th - a.m. Mon 26th - p.m.
City/Junior Development 8.00am - 9.30am 7.30am - 9.30am No training
County Development 8.00am - 9.30am 7.30am - 9.30am N/A
Junior 9.30am - 11.00am 7.30am - 9.30am No training
Masters Normal training N/A No training

Youth Regionals - May 2014

20th April 2014

It was a case of nearly in the medals for Chelmsford Swimmers at the youth regionals held at Luton.

Between them they gained seven 4th place finishes and thirteen top 8 places.

Ethan Harrington gained his National time in the 100m Backstroke and picked up Bronze in the 200m Backstroke, as well as making the final of the 50m Backstroke.

Ole Mills won a Bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke and 4th place in the 100m Breaststroke.

Gus Veasey swam to a Bronze medal in the 400m IM and a 4th place finish in the 200m IM.

Hannah Travell made all 6 finals in the events she entered with 4 x 4th place finishes.

The inaugural mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle event was being swum at this year’s event and the team of Ethan Harrington, Courtney Sanders, Hannah Travell and Gus Veasey came away with Gold in an exciting race that saw the placings change almost every leg as the different tactics used by the teams panned out.

Millfield Waterpolo Nutrition

3rd September 2013

Attendees of the recent Millfield National Waterpolo Academy were given a talk on nutrition for Waterpolo. The presentation is available here and is probably applicable to competitive swimmers as well, although please seek the advice of your coach before following any of the advice given.

Important Announcement regarding Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro Suit

9th May 2013

A recent communication from Arena and FINA regarding the banning of certain models of Arena Power skin Carbon-Pro swimsuits will not affect entrants to the forthcoming BAGCATS. Any swimmer in possession of one of the banned suits will still be able to compete in it.

As of 7th of May 2013, the Arena website announced that certain Arena POWERSKIN Carbon-Pro models were not valid anymore for FINA sanctioned events.

The following statement has today, been issued by the ASA and British Swimming:

New Procedure for Claiming Club Records

16th May 2011

Please note it is now the responsibility of the swimmer to notify the club when they have broken a club record. You will need to complete the new club record form within the Club Records section and return it to clubrecords@chelmsfordswimmingclub.org.uk for approval.

If this procedure is not followed then the new time/record may not be recognised.

The Importance of the Underwater Kick !

9th February 2011

Sean sent this out recently. It shows what can be achieved with a good underwater kick in backstroke. Watch Hill Taylor in Lane 6.

New Swimsuit Rules

26th November 2009

New FINA bylaws on swimwear with effect from 1st January 2010 for all competitions except Masters events.

Training and Sickness do not mix !!

26th October 2009

Over the last few weeks quite a few swimmers have been turning up to training with the start of a cold or flu, and getting out early or not training fully, which in the hot damp environment of the pool spreads the illness rapidly around the rest of the swimmers

Unless you are well enough to train properly, you should not attend a training session. Swimming is an intensive sport and requires 100% fitness, so if you are unwell please do not come to training and spread your germs to others. A few days off usually means you are not contagious, so please respect the other swimmers in your squad.

If you are interested in any of the activities undertaken by Chelmsford Swimming Club and wish to find out more, please email us at info@chelmsfordswimmingclub.org.uk.