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Premier Division: Round two
9th December 2019
Colchester Swimming Club were in action at Becontree Heath, Dagenham as the second round of the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division took place on 9 November 2019.
On a highly competitive night the Colchester SC squad finish sixth with a number of hard fought displays to amass 181 points, just 2 points behind fifth place.
Ciara Wookey opened proceedings and gave her all in the 200m IM to achieve the regional qualification time and later claimed second place in the 100m Butterfly as her good form continued.
In the 50m Breaststroke Massimo Girolami held off strong competition to take maximum points and he put in a gritty display to take second place in the 50m Freestyle. Naythan Aung came third in the 100m Backstroke in a very close heat to record much-needed points and Jack McCarthy was in great form to claim another third place finish in the 50m Butterfly.
The 9/11 boys relay team (Jack McCarthy, Harrison Brook, Elliot Whitehouse and Massimo Girolami) gelled really well to take third place in both the 4x50m Medley relay and the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay. Not to be outdone the boys 15/u Freestyle relay team (Syd Roberts, Kai Cheng, Alfie Francis and Naythan Aung) also swam well to take third spot.
Of the younger swimmers Gabby Cornish was on fire setting PBs in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle and Anjali Tuckwell’s effort shone through as she also swam really well in this tough gala.
Other performances that caught the coaches’ eye included Corey Hare who recorded a county time in the 100m Breaststroke and Zoe Clegg who stepped up to record a PB when a teammate fell ill in the 100m Freestyle. Charlotte Tree once again swam her heart out in the 100m Breaststroke and Connor Wilken swam a new PB in 100m Freestyle. Hayden Chamberlain really stepped up and swam amazingly in 15 yr old relay when he stepped in for Syd Roberts.
Michelle Young, Head Coach at Colchester Swimming Club, commented: “Points were hard to come by but the squad worked exceptionally hard to pull things back. Although I was disappointed with our placing, I cannot fault the effort.”
Michelle concluded: “Pleasingly no DQs were recorded but this is a tough competition. We really need everyone fully firing and on their A game in the all-important next round.”
After two rounds Colchester sit in 9th place in the league with 376 points. The third round will take place on 14 December and Colchester will be competing at Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.
Colchester SC: Naythan Aung, Harrison Brook, Sandijs Cecins, Hayden Chamberlain, Kai Cheng, Zoe Clegg, Gabrielle Cornish, Keziah Cornish, Alfie Francis, Massimo Girolami, Rebecca Girolami, Greta Goddard, Joseph Guild, Corey Hare, Angelica Mason, Jack McCarthy, Lucy Morgan, Asma Parker, Daryl Rands, Molly Redgrave, Syd Roberts, Sadie Rowe, Sophie Ryan, Charlotte Tree, Zak Troman, Anjali Tuckwell, Macey Watkins, Elliot Whitehouse, Connor Wilken and Ciara Wookey.