Due to the ever increasing cost of pool hire, fluctuating numbers of swimmers within the club and increasing coaching costs, it has become necessary to increase the fees for 2010. The fees haven't increased for the last 2 years and the small increase now is to save the club from having to make a more substantial increase in the near future. Details are on the Club Info Page and will come into force from 1st January.
All swimmers taking part in competitions please take note that from 1st January 2010 all competitions in England, Scotland and Wales will be applying the FINA rules below in relation to Swimsuits for swimming (excluding Masters and Open Water) competitions.
BL 8.2 In swimming competitions the competitor must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. No additional items, like arm bands or leg bands shall be regarded as parts of a swimsuit.
BL 8.3 From January 1, 2010 swimwear for men shall not extend above the navel nor below the knee, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor shall extend below knee. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials.
Please can all swimmers ensure their suits meet these requirements for all galas.
The year starts in winning fashion with victory in the first gala of 2010. A great performance by all the swimmers saw Cheam Marcuda take first place in round 1 of this year's Wey B League. The gala was time restricted, which meant many of the swimmers were from the junior squad or swimming in their first gala, which makes it an even more impressive performance. There were some great individual swims and we did really well in the team events with 9 first places overall. The final scores were 1st Cheam - 183 points, 2nd Ringwood - 162 points, 3rd Elmbridge - 144 points, 4th Bognor - 141 points and 5th Andover - 124 points. We won the Wey B League last year so it is great that we have started so well and now have a great chance of retaining the title for a second year. Round 2 is on March 20th, venue TBA. Congratulations also go to Luke Mills who has gained his Junior Timekeeper award having helped timekeep at the gala on Saturday, well done Luke. If anyone else is interested in doing the junior timekeeer course please see Dennis. Full results and times will be available shortly.
Cheam Marcuda have got off to a great start winning the first round of this year's Octopus Sprint League. It certainly felt strange to be heading to a gala at 3.30 on a Sunday afternoon, but all the swimmers took it in their stride and pulled out some great performances to earn a narrow win by only a handful of points. Just like the previous week there were quite a few new swimmers, swimming in their first few galas, with the rest of the team coming from the regular squad. This year's League is time restricted for all 6 rounds, which is a different format to previous years. Our swimmers managed to get only a handful of time penalties throughout the evening, with there being only 5 events when we got no points by swimming too fast. There were a number of first places including Zane Ridge in the 11&U boys 25m backstroke, Nathan Eves in the 13&U 50m freestyle and the 13&U Mixed Relay team of Lucy Semekin, Caoimhe Flatley, Ben Adey and Nathan Eves were undefeated on the night.. The final results were 1st Cheam Marcuda - 218 pts, 2nd Eltham - 214 pts 3rd Bromley - 203 pts, 4th Edenbridge - 170 pts, 5th Erith - 167 pts, 6th Woodside & Thornton Heath - 152 pts, 7th Streatham - 124 pts, 8th Croydon - 110 pts. Full results to follow shortly
Well done to all the swimmers who competed at the Surrey Age Group Championships at Crystal Palace last weekend. The Saturday session started with the girls 50m freestyle, where we had 3 swimmers competing. Athena managed to place highest, in her age group, coming 11th overall, Chloe came 17th and Charlotte came 19th. In the boys 50m butterfly Luke was our only entrant and managed a magnificent 9th place only just missing out on a place in the final. In the afternoon it was the turn of the boys in the 50m freestyle where we had 5 boys swimming. First up in heat 1 was Thomas Urry who managed a time of 49.35 sec, Nathan Eves was next coming 18th overall. Swimming in the 16 year age group James Naidoo got a time of 31.11 sec coming 2nd in his heat. Finally we had Jon Wileman and Luke Mills, both swimming in the 14 year age group. Jon came 18th overall and Luke came 13th with a time of 28.59 sec. The 50m backstroke events were next, for the girls Athena swam well and managed 13th place overall with a time of 36.14 sec. For the boys we had Thomas who got a time of 1.00.86 secs, Nathan with 40.45 secs and James with 37.63 secs. The final event on Saturday was the 50m Butterfly for girls. We had two swimmers, Charlotte and Athena. Charlotte came 11th overall and Athena managed to reach the final, where she came a brilliant 6th overall.
On Sunday it was the relays where we had teams entered in both the morning and afternoon sessions. In the morning we had Chloe, Athena, Charlotte and Holly swimming in the Under 16 4 x 100m Medley Relay where they managed 16th place overall. In the boys under 16 4 x 100m Freestyle relay the team, made up of Luke, Aaron, Rory and Jon, came a very commendable 14th overall with a time of 4'26.07. The same team was swimming again in event 31, the boys under 16 4 x 100m Medley Relay, where they again swam well coming 13th overall. A slightly changed girls team of Chloe, Caoimhe, Charlotte and Athena were in action early in the afternoon session swimming in the girls under 16 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay where they came 18th overall. They were shortly followed by Nathan, Ben, Ryuichiro and Spiro in the boys 9-11 4 x 50m Medley Relay coming 3rd in their heat and 21st overall, with a time of 2'55.99. The girls 9-11 Freestyle team, consisting of Emily, Aislinn, Hannah and Simone, were up next in the 4 x 50m Relay. The girls swam well coming 29th overall with a time of 2'37.18. The next event saw Cheam swimmers competing again, this time in the girls 12-13 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. The team of Charlotte, Holly, Caoimhe and Athena swam really well placing 11th overall in a time of 2'08.94. The girls 9-11 year team was in action again, this time in the 4 x 50m Medley Relay coming 23rd with a time of 2'58.57. They were followed shortly after by the boys, this time in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. Ryuichiro, Spiro, Ben and Nathan did well managing 21st place overall with a time of 2'32.07. The last event we had a team entered in was the girls 12-13 4 x 50m Medley Relay. The team of Lucy, Athena, Charlotte and Holly swam well, finishing in a time of 2'33.94 giving them 16th place overall.
Last Saturday was the 2nd and final round of this years Wey B League at the Excel Leisure Centre in Walton on Thames. We had a relatively inexperienced team for this time restricted gala, but there were some good swims and all the swimmers gained valuable experience, which will be useful in the future. Some of the swimmers swam a lot of events, due to last minute withdrawals, especially Sophie Jones, who seemed to spend all evening on the starting blocks.
We came 5th overall and at the end the gala Lucy and Aaron went up to collect the 5th place shield. Full results are available on the Results page.
A great night was had by all at the Presentation night on Saturday evening. Well done to all the swimmers who turned up to receive their trophies, some of the tables had little room for food and drink due to the number of trophies they had won. A great big thank you also goes to Lisa Swain who organised the night and did such a great job. Well done Lisa. The new club captains, who all the swimmers have been voting for over the last few weeks, were also announced. Congratulations go to Ashleigh Wright and Chris Wileman who will be the club captains.
A great performance ensures Cheam stay in top spot in the Octopus League. In the first of the Sunday Galas at Beckenham Spa and during the middle of the Easter holidays, the team were narrowly beaten into 2nd place by a single point to Erith. However, second place was good enough to keep us at the top of the league. There were some great performances with 25% of swims being new PB's and a healthy number of first places. There were new PBs for Josh Eves, Spiros Gkogkas, Hannah Morris, Tetsushiro Suzuki, Chloe Semikin, Aaron Prince, Scott Prince, Hallie Agabeg, Ben Adey and Ryuichiro Suzuki as well as first place finishes for Tetsushiro Suzuki (50m Breast), Chloe Semikin (50m Fly), Holly Turner, Ben Adey, Lucy Semikin and Nathan Eves in the U14 Mixed Free Relay, Ashlyn Whitty, Ryuichiro Suzuki, Hannah Morris and Spiros Gkogkas in the U12 Mixed Free Relay, Lucy Semikin (50m Free), Ashlyn Whitty (25m Fly), Charlotte Byford and Nathan Eves (50m Back).
Full Results available on the Results Page. The next round is on May 16th (Sunday) also at Beckenham Spa.
This year's Turnbull Gala was held at Cheam on Tuesday 11th May. There was a great turnout and all the swimmers did fantastically well. Almost every swim was a personal best and there were medal wins for many. A full list of times and places is now available on the Results page.
A narrow defeat in round 3 of the Octopus League means Cheam Marcuda remain well in the reckoning to retain their Octopus League Trophy. It was a hard fought battle with the lead changing hands between a handful of clubs throughout the evening, but we narrowly missed out to Bromley who managed a narrow 2 point win. There were some notable performances during the gala, helped by a great team atmosphere and plenty of support for the swimmers. The most swims award goes to Scott Jones, who swam 8 events and managed a couple of PB's. The mixed U14 Team of Ben Adey, Charlotte Byford, Nathan Eves, Aislinn Flatley and Lucy Semikin were unbeaten on the night. Aislinn also managed a first place in the U14 50m Fly as did Chloe Semikin in the U17 50m Fly. Overall though it was a great team effort which managed to secure second place at the end of the gala. Final points were 1st Bromley 206pts, 2nd Cheam 204pts, 3rd Erith 191pts, Joint 4th Eltham & Woodside 166pts, 6th Edenbridge 156pts, 7th Croydon 141pts, 8th Streatham 138pts.
Full results are now on the Results Page.
This year's Rother League got under way on Saturday and the Marcuda squad put in a great performance managing to get 2nd place, losing out to a strong Wey Valley Team who took top spot. There was a great atmosphere and one of the largest teams we have taken to a gala recently. Marcuda started well, getting a few 1st place finishes in the opening events, but unfortunately lost ground to Wey Valley in the final relay events. There were many great performances, with individual event wins for the following swjmmers Ben Stokes, Tetsushiro Suzuki, Sophie Adey, Charlotte Byford, Hannah Morris, Zane Ridge, Athena Lewis Gkogka, Nathan Eves, Caoimhe Flatley and Ben Adey . The relay teams also did well with the U13 girls team of Aislinn Flatley, Sian Hilditch, Emily Newton and Charlotte Byford winning both the Medley and Freestyle relays and the squad winning the final event the mixed freestyle squad. Well done to all who competed.
The full results are now on the Results page.
A fantastic 2nd place in the overall club competition and bundles of medals all round meant it was another great year for Cheam Marcuda swimmers at the Vanessa Knight Memorial Open Meet in Bognor Regis. The morning session got underway early and it was the 10 years and under girls and 12 and over boys swimming in this session. The medal haul began in the first event, the girls 50m Backstroke (9-11) with a B grade bronze medal for Sophie Adey. In event 2, the 50m Freestyle, there were medals for Tetsushiro Suzuki (A grade, Silver) and Ben Adey (B grade, Silver) in the 12 year category. The was double gold in the 13 year age group with Aaron Prince getting the A grade gold and Tezel Hopper winning the B grade and in the 14 years and over Rory Glazier got a bronze medal in the B grade. Event 3 was the 50m Breaststroke for girls and Aislinn Flatley won a B grade silver in the 11 year age group. Next it was the boys 50m Butterfly where there were more medals for Ben Adey, C grade gold, Aaron Prince, B grade gold and Rory Glazier, C grade silver. The medals kept on coming in event 5, the girls 50m Butterfly with Sophie Adey getting a B grade bronze and Aislinn Flatley getting first overall with an A grade gold. There was more gold in event 6, the 50m Breastroke, with a B grade 1st place for Ben and C grade gold for Tezel. The 50m Freestyle for girls (9-11) was event 7 and Aislinn medalled again, this time winning a B grade silver. There were medals all round in the 50m Backstroke for boys (12 & over) Ben won C grade gold, Aaron added to his haul with A grade gold, Tezel got the C grade silver and Rory won the B grade gold. The last events of the morning session were the IM's and the medals kept on coming with an A grade silver for Aislinn, and a B grade gold for Aaron.
The afternoon session got underway on time at 2pm and the boys 9-11 and girls 12 and over were soon adding to the already impressive total from the morning session. In the 50m Backstroke there was a great 1st place overall for Zane Ridge who won A grade gold in the 10 years & under. Event 12 was the girls (12&over) 50m Freestyle where Caoimhe Flatley won overall gold with A grade 1st place in the 12 year age group and Rebecca Holding won C grade silver in the 14 & over. There were more medals in event 13, the boys 50m Breaststroke, with C grade gold for Spiros Gkogkas in the 9-10's and C grade silver for Ryan Kan in the 11 years. In the 50m Butterfly for girls it was A grade silver for Caoimhe and B grade gold for Athena Lewis Gkogka in the 14 year old age group. In the boys 50m Butterfly our only medal was won by Ryuichero Suzuki who won B grade bronze. Event 16 was the girls 50m Breaststroke where there were more medals for Caoimhe and Athena, with A grade gold for Caoimhe and B grade silver for Athena. Event 17, the boys 50m Freestyle, saw Zane pick up another medal with an A grade 3rd and in the 11 year age group Nathan Eves won A grade bronze. Caoimhe was in the medals again in the 50m Backstroke with A grade silver and there was B grade silver for Athena. After a long day we were at the final events, the IM's and Zane kept up his winning ways with B grade silver, Ryuichiro won B grade bronze, there was another A grade bronze for Nathan and a C grade silver for Ryan. For the girls there was another A grade gold for Caoimhe which took the overall medal haul to 18 golds, 13 silvers and 9 Bronze. It was a great peformance by all the swimmers will many other great swims which narrowly missed out on medals but won valuable points which meant we secured 2nd place overall. The full list of results and times is now available on the Results page.
Two Cheam Marcuda swimmers represented their boroughs on a recent trip to see the new Olympic Aquatic Centre. Athena Lewis Gkogka (Merton) and Luke Mills (Sutton) were two of sixteen young swimmers who enjoyed an inspirational visit to the London 2012 Aquatic Centre in the company of Olympic Medallist Stephen Parry.
To read the full story and see an interview with Steve Parry see the London Youth Games website.
Good luck to any of our swimmers who are representing their boroughs in the forthcoming London Youth Games or Mini Youth Games. If you have any news to share please email with the details so we can put it on the website.
It was a great night on Saturday as Marcuda scored a fantastic win in Round 2 of the Rother League. With all the swimmers wearing the new club tattoos, which looked great, there was a great team spirit. Round 2 is a slightly different gala, with all the events being relays, which meant every event was a team event. The practice of change overs earlier in the week certainly paid off and after the first 10 events it looked like we were going to be in a three way battle with Wey Valley and Chichester. But by event 20 we had moved into the lead, Chichester having dropped back to third, with only a handful of points between us and Wey Valley. It continued like that through the rest of the evening. There was some fierce competition in the final squad events, as both teams knew it was very close. With 10 events to go we only had a 2 point lead, but a great win in the final event the 8x1 free squadron, meant that we sealed the victory by 3 points.
Although it was a great team performance, over 50 PBs were swum on the night, there was one notable individual result. In the U14 girls 100m IM Caoimhe Flatley won the IM trophy, which means we have won it 2 years in succession, well done Caoimhe.
The final scores were Cheam 179 pts, Wey Valley 176 pts, Chichester 143 pts, Alton 130 pts and Sutton Atlantis 109 pts.
Full results now on the Results page.
There were plenty of great swims for the small team that went to Cranleigh for the open meet on Sunday. It was an all boys team and we had swimmers in almost every event.
In 50m Backstroke Aaron Prince won gold in the 13 yr age group with a time of 35.75 sec, Nathan Eves won 11 yr bronze in a time of 40.66 sec and Josh Eves came 6th in 9 yr age group with 48.06 sec. In event 10, Boys 200m Freestyle, there was gold again for Aaron with a time of 2'28.88, smashing his previous PB by nearly 8 seconds and a 5th place finish for Nathan with 2'47.40.
In the afternoon session the first event, the 200IM, saw Silver for Tetsushiro Suzuki in a time of 2'49.93 and a 7th place finish for his brother Ryuichiro in 3'32.88. There was double gold and a bronze in the 50m Butterfly with Aaron getting his third gold with a time of 35.24 sec, Luke Mills also getting gold in the 14 yr age group with a time of 31.67 sec and Ryuichiro getting bronze in 50.78 sec. Aaron was our only competitor in the 200m Backstroke where he won silver in 2'44.10 which was another great PB. The final event was the 50m freestyle and there was a handful of medals for our swimmers. Aaron picked up his 4th gold of the day with a time of 30.75 sec, Luke won SIlver as did Nathan with times of 28.53 and 33.54 respectively and Tetsushiro won bronze in a time of 31.63. Josh came 6th with a time of 41.18 which was a great PB.
Congratulations must go to Aaron who won best boy for the whole gala. Well done Aaron and well done to all who competed.
Saturday saw the last round of this years' Rother League and going into the gala it was between Marcuda and Wey Valley for the top spot in the League. All the swimmers performed exceptionally and there were some great individual and team performances. The team started brilliantly with wins in almost all of the first 10 events, which meant we were in leading overall with Wey Valley trailing well behind. But as has happened in the previous rounds the gap between ourselves, Wey Valley and Alton narrowed as we went through the evening and as we went into the freestyle squadron the gala result and overall league position were to be decided by the final event. There was great excitement between all the teams and this helped to spur on our swimmers to a fantastic win, beating both Wey Valley and Alton, in a race that we looked like winning from the start, as our swimmers opened up a commanding lead. Unfortunately, due to a technicality in a previous event, which meant we lost those points, we ended the evening dropping back down into 2nd place overall, narrowly missing out on the top spot.
It was our evening for 2nd places with the Senior Team coming 2nd to Alton in the Senior Team competition, a 2nd place on the night and 2nd place overall in this years League. Final positions in the Senior Team Competition were 1st Alton, 2nd Cheam, 3rd Wey Valley. The Gala result was 1st Wey Valley, 2nd Cheam, 3rd Alton and the final league positions for Div 4 East were 1st Wey Valley, 2nd Cheam, 3rd Alton, 4th Chichester and 5th Sutton Atlantis.
It was also an emotional evening for the team as we said goodbye to Aislinn & Caoimhe Flatley who were swimming in their last gala for the club before moving on to pastures new. They have both been fantastic members of the club and we wish them all the best for the future.
Full results are available on the Results page.
There was a good turn out by club swimmers at this years Sutton Secondary Schools gala and almost everyone went home with a medal or trophy, spread across the A, B and C grades. There were also many Marcuda swimmers who were swimming for their school and it was also the night of the annual Sutton Clubs race, which is always a two horse race between ourselves and Sutton and Cheam. Unfortunately we couldn't match last years performance and lost out in both races to very strong Sutton and Cheam teams.
Well done to everyone who competed.
Cheam Marcuda swimmers are involved in the ASA's 'Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming' programme. On 5th November cousins Jack Chandler and Michael Herneman both spent their '25th hour' travelling across London to meet their mentor and other volunteers on the programme.
The 'Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming' programme is delivered by the ASA and aims to increase the number of young disabled people volunteering in the swimming community through training 42 young people and offering them the chance to volunteer at the 2012 Paralympic Trials.
For more on Jack and Michael's exploits follow this link.