Celtic Connections

Four of our swimmers represented the club at recent national events in Wales and Scotland.

Ben WilliamsBen Williams swam in the 100m Freestyle at the Swim Wales Long-Course Championships held at the Wales National Pool Swansea in March. His time of 1.03.80 was a big PB and placed him in a very respectable 15th overall

Three swimmers attended the Scottish National Age Group RoryChampionships in April, held in the Commonwealth Games pool at Tollcross, Glasgow. Rory Plewes swam in two events on Day 1 producing a good swim in his 50m Butterfly to finish in a creditable 19th out of 30 competitors. His 100m Backstroke later in the same session was just outside his best.

Ella Hamilton was hoping to improve on her bronze medal at last year’s event in Aberdeen and gave herself a good medal chance by qualifying second fastest for the final of 200m Breaststroke on Day 3. While East Kilbride’s Lucy Ross was a runaway winner, setting the fastest time in Britain this year by a 14 year old, Ella held off a late challenge to take silver in a PB of 2.46.61, aNaomi & Ella new club record. Ella made two more finals finishing 7th at 200m IM in an Open club record and 4th at 100m Breaststroke.

Naomi Van Dongen was targeting the 50m Breaststroke for a medal chance having finished 4th last year. A fast heat swim placed her 5th going into the evening’s final and she pulled out a great swim in the final to take bronze in 34.51, a new Age 16 and Open club record. Naomi also had great swims at 100m and 200m Breaststroke, breaking club records and qualifying third fastest for the finals of both events. Both her final swims produced big PBs and new Open club records but she just missed out on the podium finishing 5th and 4th.

All in all SNAGS 2016 was a very successful competition and a great opportunity for our swimmers to compete in an excellent facility against top opposition. Thanks to Head Coach, Rob, for his support.

Viva Alton!

No TV or touch screens this half term for this lot, as they fly to Barcelona for a week’s training camp, building stamina and technique in time for the gruelling winter competition season.
Under the watchful eyes of Rob and Hannah, they will start their days early, with outdoor training in an Olympic standard, 50m pool.
After lunch it’s circuit training, then back to the pool for more dives, tumble turns, and length after length.
It’s not exactly what you’d call a holiday; will those smiles still be as wide after a week of tough training?!
Oh today we’re off to sunny Spain …….

ESSA National Championships

Will E (ESSA)Will Ellington (12) was selected to represent the South East Division in the ESSA National Swimming Championships in Leeds on 3rd/4th October 2015.
Swimming in the Junior age group (years 7 & 8) 2 great swims saw Will win silver medals &  set new PBs & club records for both his individual events [100m butterfly – 1.06.28 / 200m Buttefly 2.25.78] he also picked up a 3rd silver medal as part of the medley relay team.
Well Done Will.


Head Coach Announcement

The club are pleased to announce that from the 1st of September we will be appointing Rob Turoczy to the role of Head Coach.
As most of you will be aware Rob joined us in March and in the short time he has been with us, he has demonstrated that he has the right drive, experience and capabilities to continue with the club’s development.
At the same , we have taken the opportunity to promote Shaun Dominy into the role of Assistant Head Coach . Shaun will work closely with Rob and the other members of the senior coaching team to ensure this transition period will run smoothly.
We firmly believe these appointments will enable the club to move forward in the right direction and provide our swimmers with a degree of continuity and consistency of training.
Congratulations to both Rob and Shaun on their well deserved appointments.

Alton Swimmers Head to Sheffield

A year of hard work and dedication in the pool has paid off for three swimmers from the club who will compete at two major championships in Sheffield this summer. Megan George (Age 16) will compete in the 50m Butterfly at the British Summer Championships on 28th July. 

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Megan is a Hampshire county bronze medallist and South-East region finalist in her event and it was her swim of 29.66 at the County Youth Championships in March which placed her in the top 24 in the country in her age group and triggered an automatic invite to the British champs. The ASA National Summer Championships take place at the same venue the week after and is for the next 20 swimmers in the rankings for each home nation. Will Ellington (12) will compete in the 200m Butterfly on 6th August and he’ll be joined by Naomi Van Dongen (15) who goes in the 50m Breaststroke on the 7th. Will is the current Hampshire and South-East region champion in his event and Naomi is a Hampshire silver medallist and  regional finalist. Rory Plewes also qualified for the 50m Butterfly at the Scottish Summer Meet in Edinburgh in July but is unable to attend. Good luck to Megan, Naomi and Will this summer. (pictured above, from left) Rob, Naomi, Megan, Will and  Balazs

Novice Gala 2015

This is an annual event which gives young swimmers in three of our teaching groups (Goldfish, Piranhas and Stingrays) an opportunity to enjoy competitive swimming in a friendly atmosphere. The format sees two teams competing over 31 individual and relay events. This year Team Proud (Red) were managed by Hannah Druce and Erin Williams and Team Taylor (Blue) by Gemma Boylan and Sophie Druce. The main focus of the event is to have fun while supporting your team and the swimmers rose to the occasion producing 70 PBs and some exciting races. At the end of the evening it was the Blue team who triumphed by 223 points to 202. Full Results


South East Regionals 2015

The Regionals were held over three weekends between 16th and 31st May. The first weekend at the K2, Crawley, saw swimmers aged 11-14 competing over 50m, 100m and 200m distances. Mark Szentpeteri, the youngest competitor in his event, produced an excellent PB swim to finish as second reserve for the final of the Age 11/12 200m Breaststroke, breaking the Age 11/U club record in the process – a great effort in his very first race for the club. In the Age 13 category Rory Plewes was outside his PB in the 50m Butterfly as was Ella Hamilton in three of her five events. However her 200m Backstroke produced a PB and set a new Age 13 long-course club record as did her swim in the final of the 200m Breaststroke where she finished just outside the medals in 4th. willWill Ellington, last year’s SE Region Age 11 Bagcats champion, was in brilliant form breaking his own Age 12 long-course club records in each of his four heats (50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly and 200m IM). He then proceeded to break them all again in each of the four finals, picking up medals along the way. In the 50m Butterfly final he took over a second off his heat time, taking silver in 31.29. In the 200m IM he took four seconds off his heat time, again taking silver in 2.36.65. In the 100m Butterfly final he swam a brilliant 1.08.94 to take gold, a two second improvement on his heat time and in the 200m Butterfly final he improved his heat time by four seconds to take another gold in 2.33.19, five seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.  Read more

Scottish National Age Group Championships 2015

Three swimmers used their Celtic connections to compete at this national event held at the Aquatic Centre, Aberdeen Sports Village, between 31st March and 5th April. For Rory Plewes, Ella Hamilton and Naomi Van Dongen it was an opportunity to compete against some of the UK’s top age-group swimmers and experience the pressure of a high-level event and they all rose to the challenge. Read more

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