SwimMark Club

Leander success at British and English Nationals.

Leander Swim

This Summer, six Leander swimmers competed in the English and British Championships, all of them on their debut at these events. We are delighted to share their awesome achievements which include:

2 Gold medals,
6 finals races
4 New Leander Open Age Group Records
12 personal bests

English Nationals

Sonny Thomas (16) put in a spectacular performance in both the 400m and 800m Freestyle, winning Gold in both events and also smashing our own all- time club records.
In the 400 Free, he took 6 seconds off the club record in the heats and another 2 seconds in the final to win with an incredible time of 4’14”24. In the 800 Free, from 7th seed, he won with a time of 8’51”12 this time breaking his own all-time club record.
In the 200 Free Sonny placed 8th (from 14th seed) and again broke the Leander all-time record.

Jimmy Dakin (17) swam a stunning race in the 1500 free, establishing a New Club Record with a time of 17’27”76 (an improvement of 25 seconds) placing 5th.

Alexander Lawrie (15) achieved 3 finals in 4 races and in all of them he swam personal bests - 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 400 free.

Jessica To (16) put in two brilliant performances. On 50 free she was seeded 15th and achieved 13th and on 50 butterfly she reached the final.

British Nationals

In this event, only the top 24 in the UK in each event can participate (top 18th in 800/1500 Free) so just being at this event is a huge achievement.

Lachlan Myers (14) swam a long course personal best in the 50 breaststroke, seeded 16th, he placed 13th (31”94).

Jessica To (16) placed 16th in the 100 butterfly, Alexander Lawrie (15) placed 18th in the 50 butterfly and Kiera McArdle (18) was seeded 23th and placed 21th in the 50 backstroke.

We also wish to mention Adrien Lespiau-Curial who made Winter nationals this year with his 50 Breastroke.

We are so proud of ALL of our swimmers. These incredible performances are the end result of months of hard work, effort and dedication by the swimmers, the unfailing support of their parents and of course the knowledge, skill and passion of our coaching team.

As we approach the start of the new season, we hope you will share these incredible results with your swimmers as inspiration to train hard and train well.
We are excited to see what the season will bring!

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