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2019 - May National Junior League R2

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Junior League round 2.--What an early evening 2nd round result!

With several swimmers on holiday Halstead produced some incredible results. Unofficially 2nd on the night, according to how the other venue results go then we could be heading for the "A" final. Until i get the official results i can't give a detailed run down on each swimmer, except to say each and everyone of you can be very proud of your performance today. The 9 and 10 year olds (boys and girls) were almost un...beatable and each relay either pushed the opposition hard or came out victorious in all ages. I have let it be known that, as a small club we find it very difficult to field a strong team during holiday periods and maybe more thought should go into planning these events. That said everyone that filled in can be very happy with their swimming and it now puts extra pressure on everyone to keep performing to their max. I will mention Liam Haylock and Monty Oliff fry, although they were both way under age, The league, knowing the date of the gala was difficult to fill relays, allowed all clubs to put any swimmers in to fill up the lanes. These 2 boys swam as though they had been doing it for years, great prospects and well done lads.



2019 - M11 JUNIOR LEAGUE Round 1

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M11 JUNIOR LEAGUE.What a performance tonight. Magnificent swimming, great attitudes and gave everything; i can't ask for more, but probably will.At one point we were in 2nd position and when you consider the size of some of the clubs we were against, you should take a lot of pride on your achievements.I don't have the official results so from memory i want to start by praising the 9 year old girls and boys teams. Rosie Candler, Phoebe Hale, Natalie Jenkins, and Rose Linney i don't think were out of the top 2 and likewise the boys Oliver Everitt, Edward Maguire, Archie Walsh and Jaiden Harvey. In particular Oliver and Rose were having their first ever competition and were outstanding.The 12 year old girls also performed admirably, with pb swims from Maya Scott,Jasmine Bale, and although there were no split times i'm pretty certain Emily Kay smashed her 50 free time. Harmonie won a comfortable backstroke which may be her last swim for the club due to moving to pastures new( hope the date is put back). The boys 12 years also gave everything, and again well done to Eddie Naylor on his first gala. Eddie will start to realise you can win even if you come last with a pb.Franklin is starting to gain the aggression required to compete and improves with each swim. To back up the 12 year boys Jack Smith and William Blunkell swam up and never let you down; William is another swimmer who seems to have flicked a switch and like Franklin he also now has the aggression to go with the hard work he puts in.
Our 10 year old girls and boys continued where they left off last year. Isabella Lewis and her new breaststroke action is now taking off and a pb will have done her no harm to her self belief. Lillia Haylocks start in the free relay was incredible coming up almost halfway before starting her stroke and Daisy Turp Daws looked good on Freestyle. Emi Rayner did what Emi Rayner does and performed to the highest level again.The boys also contributed some valuable points to the team and their consistency is their strength.Daniel Andrews fly was a pb, Jude Kirk had a good Breaststroke and Ethan Howard had a fine Back. The beauty about the boys is that as a team they are all interchangeable on strokes.The 11 year girls are improving all the time and there is real competition for places now, that will keep them on their toes. Like her sister, Tahlia Haylock had a phenomenal Backstroke start, i counted the girl in the next lane doing 9 strokes before before Tahlia came to the surface ahead of her, great underwater work, there seems to be a theme going through the squad at present where i have mentioned the aggression in their competing, and that also showed with Abi Gowers and Ruby Weaver in their Breaststroke and free swims.The boys in Jack Smith, who is probably one of the most consistent swimmers in the
club and again William Blunkell swam their hearts out in both relays and individuals. A great team performance which made me quite proud of you all, and year on year we are improving as a team. Ellis Saunders, whose free swims were again top notch following on from the Harlow open.
One last mention to the fantastic support we had tonight from the parents, i think you were the loudest and the proudest. Please keep that support up and the most rewarding point i will make is that you seemed to cheer every swimmer and not just your own, Thankyou. Keep your diary clear for the next round, venue to be confirmed.
Just one more point for those that don't realise, Camden are a massive club with over 1000 members and run their own swim lessons, Enfield are made up of 6 clubs in the area, Harrow are a top London club, Brentwood are a strong Essex outfit, and little old Halstead have around 120 members," didn't we do well"

2019 - March - Harlow Open Meet

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"Arlow - Day 1. Friday; some good swims in the 50's. Emi again won 2 golds for the back and fly, Ellie-May Bell, DaisyTurp-Daws, Finley Ames-Tull and Arthur Mooney gained valuable experience with some impressive performances. Lillia and Tahlia Haylock had a couple of p.b's. Charlotte Nicholls and Rose Vinter were slightly down on their times but still looked good in their heats.Captain Katherine Daynes knocked .04 from her breaststroke swim in winning her event and Keira Harris looked strong with a new pb in the breaststroke..Swim of the night came from Ellis Saunders who smashed his back and fly times and came away with 2 golds(to be confirmed). A credit to the work he has put in the last 12 months and his superb technique has brought him on. Well done and look forward to tomorrow.


"Arlow"- Day 2. Another impressive performance from Halstead swimmers. Thomas Bale gets better every swim and 200 and 400 free were testament to that. Sister Jasmine continues to impress and there is still a lot more to come. Franklin is learning how to put the longer distance swim together and it will be interesting to see him in 2 years time. Emily Kay had an up and down day but was exceptional in the 200 Breaststroke with a massive pb . Charlotte Nichols quietly impresses on every swim she does and yesterday was no different.Another swimmer who doubts herself is Keira Harris, but the Harlow meet should go a long way to improving her mind set with excellent pb.s. Oliver Tyrie gives his all and when his growth spurt happens we will see a considerable swimmer, patience being the key.Sister Sophie knows what she has to do and is putting it into action; her consistency will shortly see pbs a plenty.Sadie Marie suddenly showed her competitive spirit and her efforts were all a coach can ask for.Rose Vinter has become more consistent and although disappointed with her 100 free it was still her second fastest swim ever. Sisters Lillia and Tahlia swam very well with pbs and lillia in particular gaining experience over the 100m swims. Harmonie, back to competing after 4/5 months out gained wins in both back and free and also qualified for the Regionals. All in all the experience is helping Halstead improve as a club and the next 2 years should see a vast improvement. After a very hot and tiring 2 days it's a "big well done" to swimmers and also the parents for their support.

2019 - Long Course training at LAC

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Halstead SC. held their first long course training today at the LAC. The 3 groups of Development, Juniors and Senior squads were put through their paces over 3 hours, with a few of the "wrinkleys " (masters) also in attendance. From a personal point of view you can all be very proud of your efforts, many of you swimming in a 50 metre pool for the first time. In particular the Development were amazing in what could only be described as daunting on their first visit. They notched up 2000 metres of good quality swimming, which is between 8 and 500 metres more than your club nights.Simple things like not being able to put your feet down would have felt quite strange to them, so a massive well done to you all and your parents for getting up at 5. 30-6 ish to get you there. Likewise Juniors and Seniors and Masters seemed to love it and here's to more in the future.

2019 - Regional Championships

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First day at the Regionals produced a mixed bag.Kai Adams has been in excellent form over the last 2 years but today just wasn't going to be. Kai himself was disappointed with his 50 back, and although his 100 fly wasn't too bad, Kai being Kai was hard on himself after falling behind his personal goals. It's good however to come away with a very decent 100 free swim in the low 55s and i'm sure he will be back stronger than ever. One deciding factor may be the extra weights he is now lifting and time may be needed for this to even itself out, but one thing he has never done is to let the club down.
Kathryn Daynes had a strange day. After speaking to her after her 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2.50 and a devastating last 50 it is evident she is still getting to grips with long course racing; it was neither brilliant, but also not a bad swim; it looked better than the time suggested.Where Kathryn did excel though was the 50 Breaststroke with a 34 second swim, rounding off a satisfactory day for her.
More swims tomorrow from Kai, Kathryn and Sam Johnson. Good luck guys.

Just to assure everyone, the report is about what happened today and not a condemnation. These guys know when they have been exceptional, likewise also when it hasn't been up to scratch in their eyes. I would never criticise effort, and they both gave that. They are harder on themselves than i will ever be, but feed back is essential. And yes they are fully aware that Halstead swimmers and the club and the Coaches are very proud of them.

Day 2 and 3 of Regionals.
Kathryn Daynes and Sam Johnson had 3 events between them on Saturday with Kathryn up 1st in the 100 Breaststroke. Kathryn's time of 1.20 was slower than she would have liked but no one could doubt her effort. Sam, having been away at UNI for several months now and with very little, if any training behind him pulled out a 34 second breaststroke which he should be quite pleased with, all things considered. Kathryn's 2nd swim was the hardest event in the swimming calendar in the form of the 400 IM. Unfortunately she choked just before the turn on the Fly leg and although her split of 1.17 was good she found it impossible to carry on. It Happens and there is nothing worse than taking a gulp of water in and trying to swim on. It took several minutes for her to recover.MONDAY- This session Halstead were represented by Kai And Ben Styman-Heighton. This being Ben's first Senior Regional event. Having qualified for the 50 Fly he was hoping for a sub 30. A back problem stopped that being a reality but he produced a converted sub 30 for the 25metre length and can be very chuffed with himself. Kai is the ultimate professional and set his sights on his main event being the 200 Free. Firstly he chose the 100 Back as a warm up but still went a low 1.04, His 200 Free saw splits of 59. and 1.04. giving him a low 2.04, a perfect way to end a difficult and tiring Bank Holiday weekend. Although he finished the Regionals with a 50 Fly in a so so time he can go away quite happy all round. Well done all, and as always it's been a pleasure to be with you. Onwards and upwards.

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