Posted : Sun 12th May 2019
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"