Colchester - Round Two 2015

Round two of the National Arena Swimming League saw another round of terrific performances from Colchester Swimming Club against some tough opposition.
Kaythi Aung kicked the evening off with a strong swim in the ladies’ 200IM getting the first points on the board for Colchester. Men’s Captain, Spencer Prior, followed in the same event hitting his PB set just 4 weeks ago.

Colchester’s 9/11 age group girls’ freestyle relay team of Lucy Morgan, Anita Tien, Ciara Wookey and Sophie Freeman provided Colchester’s first win of the night in a flurry of excitement.

The girls’ 13/U medley team of Olivia Norman, Ciara Wookey, Asma Parker and Ana Victoria Anderson swam to 4th and the boys’ 13/U team of Christian Tilley, William Pestell, Ben Hardy and Luke Ledgwidge raced well and held their own coming in 5th in a time of 2.20.85.

The last of the first set of relays saw some good swims by Colchester’s senior swimmers with some strong performances by both 15/U freestyle relay teams as well as the ladies’ and men’s open medley relay teams against much older swimmers in many cases.

The individual events got underway with the girls’ and boys’ 10/11 50m backstroke event seeing some terrific swims and personal bests by Anita Tien and Naythan Aung both securing 1st places and valuable points for Colchester. Pestell and Parker put in strong performances in the 13/U 100m breaststroke events, as did Olivia Norman in the 15/U backstroke.

Rory Bennett swam a personal best in the 15/U 100m backstroke breaking 1:10 with a well-deserved 1:09.57. Kaythi Aung swam well in the ladies’ open 100m butterfly securing 4th in a time of 1:06.82.  Sophie Freeman swam to a terrific 1st place in the girls’ 10/11 50m butterfly following by two 2nd place finishes for Naythan Aung in the same event for the boys and Olivia Norman for the 13/U 100m backstroke.

Strong swims by Ellie Duley and Tom Grieve in the 15/U 100m butterfly events saw two 3rd place finishes both earning valuable points for the club.  Martha Duley swam to 2nd place in the ladies’ open 100m backstroke and Ciara Wookey to 1st place and 8 points for the team in the 10/11 yrs 50m breaststroke.  Ellie continued her good form with another 3rd place in the 100m freestyle with a PB of 1:01.46.  Teammates Kai Cheng, Christian Tilley and Katie White also improved their personal bests in the boys’ 10/11 50m free, boys’ 13/U 100m freestyle and the girls’15/U 100m breaststroke respectively.

The team’s efforts continued to secure a steady stream of points in the remaining individual swims.

Steady positioning in the final set of relays enabled Colchester to maintain a strong position. Another 1st place for the girls’ 9/11 relay team of Tien, Wookey, Freeman and Morgan and strong swims in the remaining events of the evening, including the eagerly awaited ladies’ and men’s open relay, helped ensure Colchester held on to 5th place overall just 13 points ahead of Bishops Stortford.

Also securing some valuable points for Colchester were: Chloe Rudkin, Jack Howlett, William Easteal, Kalaum Corani, Jamie Coles, Philippa Davenall, Aaron Francis, Cameron Simpson and Alexander Tinnion.