Cheam Marcuda swimmers James Naidoo and Thomas Urry both represented the London Region at the DSE National Junior Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on the weekend of 7th & 8th March. James did exceptionally well winning a gold medal in his class for the 50m breaststroke. Overall the London Squad came 7th out of 16 teams.
More success for the swimmers of Cheam Marcuda, this time winning an impressive 10 medals in the Sutton School's disability gala at Westcroft Leisure centre on 13th March 2009.Luke Mills produced great swims, earning him Gold in the year 7 & 8 66.6 metre freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke events.
James Naidoo put in a fantastic performance for the years 9, 10 & 11 age group, winning 2 gold in freestyle and backstroke and bronze in the breastroke. The 33.3-metre events were also successful with Zach Wright bringing home gold in the year 7 & 8 freestyle and bronze in the backstroke. Also in the years 9, 10 & 11 Alex King did really well, winning 2 Golds in the backstroke and breaststroke and silver in the freestyle. Daniel Holding also did not go home empty handed and earned silver in the years 9, 10 & 11 freestyle and bronze in the backstroke. See here for the full results.
Success continues for the newly formed Cheam Marcuda swimming club with an impressive victory over Staines, Isle of Wight and Bognor Regis at the Arun Leisure centre on 14th March. Impressive swims from Aaron Prince, James Ford, Jon Wileman, Charlotte Byford, Holly Turner and Athena Lewis Gkogka who all won their individual events and not content with that, all took part in winning relay squads.
The under 10s relay squad won a trophy in the 8x1 mixed squad, consisting of Sophie Goodenough, Simone Morris, Gemma Harris, Madeleine Woodland, Josh Eves, George Littell, Spiros Gkogkas and Adam Adan.
Marcuda were at times, a victim of their own success, incurring time penalties for being faster than the permitted time but this did not stop them taking the overall trophy with 110 points. Other notable swimmers were Nathan Eves, storming to victory over Staines in the last leg of the U11 mixed free relay, Natasha Browning in 2 relay events, Gemma Gilbride in medley relays and Liam O'Sullivan also in the relay The overall results saw Cheam Marcuda with 110 points over Staines with 96, Isle of Wight with 87 and Bognor Regis with 69 points.
The squad go from strength to strength with another great win in the first leg of the Octopus Sprint League, at the Spa Pool in Beckenham last weekend. Marcuda managed to beat both Eltham and Croydon Amphibians to take the top spot. With 33% of the swims being PB's it was a great effort by all the swimmers. The final result saw us with 249 points, Eltham 246 points and Croydon 241. The full list of placings and times are now on the Results page.
A number of Cheam Marcuda swimmers were picked to swim for the Sutton Primary School Team at the recent Surrey Schools Gala at Guildford Spectrum. Aislinn Flatley in the 50m Butterfly and Nathan Eves in the U10, 50m Freestyle both won their events . There were also great swims from Charlotte Byford in the U11, 50m Fly coming second and Ben Adey in the U11 50m Fly.
Marcuda swimmers Charlotte Byford and Nathan Eves were part of the winning Surrey Primary Schools team who beat Kent on Friday. In a closely fought gala Surrey emerged victorious with some impressive swims from the school teams and individual swimmers. Charlotte came 5th in the 50m Fly and Nathan also came 5th in the 50m Freestyle, they both also swam in the medley and freestyle relays.
Another great performance by the younger members of the squad saw Marcuda narrowly beaten into second place in round 2 of the Octopus Sprint league last Saturday. Eltham managed to come from behind at the half way point to take victory by 9 points, scoring a total of 240, with Marcuda on 231 and Bromley in 3rd with 228. Round 2 was a timed gala and there were some great swims with the majority of our swimmers staying within the time penalty times. Full results are available on the results page.
The Club Shop is now up and running. This is the place to order any swim equipment (swimwear, floats, googles, etc) which will be delivered direct to your door, free of charge. The Club has teamed up with SRS Leisure who operate the club shop service. For everything that is ordered through SRS Cheam Marcuda receive a commission, which brings in valuable extra revenue for the club.
A great turn out and plenty of medals saw Cheam Marcuda come 2nd overall at the Vanessa Knight Open Meet at the Arun Leisure Centre, Bognor Regis on Bank Holiday Sunday. For some it was a very early start to be in Bognor for an 8am warm up. The morning session saw the girls, 11 and under, and boys, 12 and over, competing. For the girls there were standout performances from Charlotte Byford winning 3 A grade gold medals, Aislinn Flatley with A grade gold and bronze and Caoimhe Flatley winning 2 A grade silver and a B grade gold. For the boys there was a private Marcuda battle taking place between Jon Wileman and Luke Mills for the majority of top honours. Jon came away with 5 medals and Luke got 4, with only fractions of a second separating them in the freestyle, breaststroke and IM. Every swimmer came away with a medal which was a great achievement. The afternoon session was the turn of the boys, 11 and under and girls, 12 and over. Again there were some great swims with Chloe Semikin winning an A grade gold in the backstroke and a B grade gold in the IM. Other medallists were Grace Boyland, C grade silver in the backstroke, Holly Turner B grade bronze and Rebecca Holding with 2 C grade bronze. There were many other great swims with Marcuda swimmers just missing out on medals in 4th place. Bognor Regis were the overall winners with 285 points, with Cheam Marcuda 2nd on 178 points and Brighton in 3rd. See the Results page for a full list of times and places.
After 2 great rounds, which saw us leading the Octopus League, Marcuda couldn't keep up the winning run. With a small and depleted squad the final result saw us finish in 4th place behind Croydon, Edenbridge and Eltham and we now drop to second in the league. Full results are now on the Results page
Cheam Marcuda S.C were on fine form on Saturday 6th June, with a superb win at Godalming pool in the 2nd round of the Rother league. Cheam Marcuda beat Godalming, Chichester, Sutton Atlantis, Alton and Wey Valley in a sterling display from all swimmers. This was a vast improvement on round 1, where we came 6th due to a heavily depleted squad.
The races, all relay events, were dominated early on by Marcuda and the winning continued with tremendous displays from U12, U14 and U16 age groups. The girl's U14 I.M was won by Athena Lewis Gkogka for which she was presented a trophy to add to Marcuda's growing trophy cabinet (see picture). Special mention must also go to Josh Eves and Spiros Gkogkas who should have been spectating, but due to squad shortage stepped in using borrowed kit to enable the U12 boys to compete in the relays.
Cheam Marcuda won with a total of 228 points, their nearest rivals being Wey Valley S.C with 202 points. Full results on the Results page.
After the recent voting for the Junior Captains, the results are now in. Congratulations go to Jon and Athena who have been voted in by the club members. They will both have the chance to take on their new responsibilities this weekend at the Rother Junior Trophies meet at Waterlooville. Good luck to all those swimming.
There was a great turnout on Tuesday night for the Turnbull Gala at Cheam. All the swimmers rose to the occasion, with a staggering 86% of the swims being new personal bests, which shows how much the swimmers are improving. All the results and times are now on the Results page.
In the Rother League Junior Trophies Div 2 East Gala held at Waterlooville on Saturday 20th June, Cheam Marcuda managed a creditable 5th place. Chicester came 1st with 211 pts narrowly beating Cranleigh by 1 pt (210 pts). Goldalming and Wey Valley both scored 198 pts with Marcuda scoring 174 pts in 5th and Littlehampton in 6th with 165 pts. Full results now available.
On Saturday 11th July the younger members of the Marcuda squad managed a fantastic win in the second time restricted round of this years Octopus League. This means that with 2 rounds to go Marcuda are currently in second place in the league, trailing Eltham by just 19 points and level on Gala points, which is a great result and makes it very interesting for the last 2 rounds. See the full results now on the Results page.
After the long summer layoff, the busy autumn programme of galas got underway with the final round of this years Rother League at Guildford on Saturday. Plagued again by last minute withdrawals and a relatively small squad, the team did fantastically well coming a close second on the night and managing to secure 3rd place overall in the League. After leading overall all evening, we were unfortunate to get beaten into second place right at the end by Godalming, who also went on to take first place in the League.
However, there was a major success, as the Junior Squad put in a great performance and won the Junior Trophy, which was collected by Charlotte Byford and Jon Wileman. Awards also went to Chloe Semikin and Rory Glazier, who picked up medals from the Rother League, having been nominated by the club in recognition of their efforts in this years league. Well done to both of them and all the other swimmers on the night. In the final event of the evening the veterans team could not match the success of the younger squad coming 4th in the freestyle relay. Full results now available on the results page.
The Squad rose to the challenge again and claimed another victory in this years Octopus League. With some great team and individual swims, Marcuda took the top spot in round 5, which was made all the more sweet as we were hosting the gala. There were some great performances in the relays with our teams managing to get a good number of 1st places during the evening. This included a stunning 1st place in the final race of the evening, the freestyle squadron, which was a great result considering the number of races many of the swimmers had already done. The final points were Cheam 259 pts, Edenbridge 255 pts, Eltham & Croydon 233, Bromley 199 pts, Woodside 138pts, Erith 103 pts and Streatham 77pts. Full Results here.
On Sunday 27th September five members of Cheam Marcuda SC took part in the final race of the Woking Aquathlon 2009 Series, which took place at Woking Leisure Centre. Dario Kan raced in the Tristart age group, Josh Eves and Scott Jones in TriStar 1, Nathan Eves in TriStar 2 and Jon Wileman in TriStar 3. With five members of the club entered we were legible for the Team event, where our fastest 3 places would go torwards the Team results. All five performed brilliantly, but due to difficulties on the day very few results were available. However, after a very long wait the TriStar 3 results were announced and congratulations go to Jon who took 3rd place in a time of 19 mins 35 secs. Further results will be posted when we get them.
Saturday was the first round of the Arena National League, held at Maidstone Leisure Centre. With a strong squad we were hopeful of a good result and the swimmers didn't disappoint. After a great start in the first 10 events, which saw all the squad in action in the opening relays, we held a 5 point lead over our closest rivals, Maidstone. From that point on we were locked in a tight battle with Maidstone and after 34 events we were still leading, though our lead had dropped to 2 points. We battled on into the final events of the evening with some great efforts in the final relays, especially from both the 13&U Boys and Girls relay teams who were undefeated on the night. However, even with these great results we couldn't hold onto top spot and were finally beaten into second place by Maidstone. The final placings were (6th) Folkstone 122pts, (5th) Edenbridge 150pts, (4th) Larkfield 163pts, (3rd) Hythe 186pts, (2nd) Cheam 199pts, (1st) Maidstone 213pts. Full results available here.
Please note the next round will be at Sevenoaks, not Maidstone as previously announced.
Cheam Marcuda are this years Octopus League Champions after a hard fought second place in the final round gave us enough points to take top spot in the League. Going into the final round we needed to make sure we kept Eltham in our sights and we managed to do just that.
The gala was a time restricted event and the junior swimmers stepped up to the mark with some great swims, managing to put valuable points on the board, without getting many time penalties. The lead changed hands between ourselves and Eltham all evening and going into the final 10 events we were trailing Eltham by 2 points, Marcuda on 178 points and Eltham on 180 points. All the final relays were fiercely competed, but we couldn't claw back enough points to get a win on the night and had to settle for 2nd place. However, 2nd place was good enough for Marcuda to become this years Champions with a total of 43 gala points, Eltham were 2nd with 42 gala points and Croydon 3rd with 34 gala points.
Unfortunately, most of the swimmers left the poolside before the final results were announced, so it was a rather low key presentation as Athena and Jon, as Junior Captains, collected the first place plaque.
Full results on the Results page.
A team of swimmers from Cheam Marcuda gave Sutton third place in the London Inter borough Disability Swimming Championships in Mile End last weekend. The team of 13 swimmers, all but one of whom are members of the club, finished behind Lewisham and Greenwich but came away with 19 gold medals, four silvers and four bronzes.
The men's team won most of the individual events and the men's 4 x 1 relay with Michael Herneman, Luke Mills and Jack Chandler all winning two individual events each. In the boys events Zach Wright who was racing in the gala for the first time also took two golds. The other Sutton medallists were Ashley Blay, Alex King, James Naidoo, Thomas Urry, Simon Cameron and Isaac Tidy.
In the women's events Emma Rogers and Hannah Floey both won two events each. Zoe Ardley, swimming in her first competitive gala, made up the team.
The team was in first position at the half-way stage but lost points in the relay races because they were unable to field complete teams in every event. All of the swimmers are regular participants of the Monday training session run by Mick Betteridge, which the club took over funding from Sutton Council earlier this year. Many also train with Mick on Wednesdays at Westcroft Leisure Centre.
Anyone interested in trialling for the squad should contact Mick Betteridge on 07831198019.
Thursday 12th November saw the annual Senior School Borough Swimming Championships at Cheam Baths with swimmers from Sutton schools and clubs taking part. There was fierce competition for medals and Cheam Marcuda swimmers stepped up to the mark winning 13 Gold medals, 13 silver and 6 bronze in a very successful evening for the club's swimmers. One of the highlights of the evening was the girls club 6x1 relay, where Caoimhe Flatley, Lucy Semikin, Aislinn Flatley, Holly Turner, Charlotte Byford and Athena Lewis Gkogka were triumphant over rivals Sutton and Cheam to take the Oaks Trophy(see picture).
Other medallists included Aaron Prince, Luke Mills, Jon Wileman, Tezel Hopper, Sara Byfield, James Naidoo, Thomas Urry, Chris Wileman, Heather Ford, Clara Kan, Alex King and Rebecca Holding.
Well done to all who entered. For full results click here.
Following the success in the borough gala earlier in the week, many of the same swimmers came together to swim for the squad in the second round of the Arena League (Division 2, East) held at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre on Saturday. And the success continued with a fantastic 1st place which should put us into the final for the last round. We led throughout the evening with some great 1st place performances and the girls u14 team dominating again, as they had done in the previous round. This is a fantastic result for the whole squad and congratulations to all the swimmers. Full results available here or you can check the Arena League website here.
There were 2 great nights of swimming for the Club Championships and as last year all the swimmers performed brilliantly. There were some great races and many of the younger swimmers were swimming in their first galas, so well done to everyone involved. A massive thank you must also go out to everyone who helped on the nights and especially Dennis who sorted through all the entries and put together the programme. Final results are available on the results page.
It was a mad dash to get to the event, due to most of the team being caught up in traffic from an accident on the M25. We arrived to rapturous applause from the balconies, with only moments to spare before the extra time ran out before the first event. Our first swimmer was still putting on their hat and googles as the other swimmers were stepping onto the blocks. So having had no warm up and with a boom across the pool, which made turns interesting, we were under way. As it was the top teams from the division competing, the standard was high and Bromley and RTW (Royal Tunbridge Wells) Monsoon soon went into a lead that no one else could catch. With a few swimmers still not arrived for the earlier races we were lying in 4th place after 20 events, with Canterbury ahead in 3rd and Maidstone trailing us by a handful of points. Unfortunately we couldn't hold onto 4th place and we had dropped to 5th with the final relays still to swim. At the top there was a real battle going on between Bromley and RTW Monsoon and it came down to the final event to decide the outcome with Bromley managing to get the win. The final results were Bromley 188pts, RTW Monsoon 187pts, City of Canterbury 144pts, Maidstone 117pts and Cheam 105pts. Considering the problems getting there and the lack of warm up there were still a decent number of PBs swum and we have done exceptionally well to get to the division final. All the swimmers should be very proud of their achievements this year. Full results on the results page.
Following a late night at the Arena Gala in Canterbury, some swimmers (and parents) were up bright and early to swim in the breakfast session at Donyngs Leisure centre in Redhill. There were 3 sessions throughout the day at a very well run event and the small team of Cheam Marcuda swimmers did exceptionally well, coming home with a large haul of medals. Out of 22 swims we won a total of 17 medals, 6 golds, 5 silvers, and 6 bronze and narrowly missed out with 4th place finishes in 2 others. It was also a chance to get qualifying times for the Surreys and Athena, Jon, Luke and Aislinn all managed to qualify. Well done to them and everyone who competed. Results available on our results page.