2015 COUNTY SUCCESS
8 County Champions, 7 County Records, 14 CMK Club Records & 5 SE England Senior Records
CMK December Performances
At the end of cycle meet for most swimmers, the Maxwell Open Meet, we had some great performances from swimmers across all groups. This meet combined with some of the other Level 2 and 3 meets during the cycle has meant we go into ONB county champs with our biggest team ever (depending on rejections) and our highest number of qualifiers.
We finished fourth in the Arena League this season, one place lower than last year. However, the team performed very well after a tough first round battling back to make the final with great commitment and effort. Our focus on other meets showed in some of the times recorded. The experience of racing and the excitement of the team competition and relays (in particular the last senior mens one!) was well worth while and sets us up for exciting team and individual meets to come.
At the ASA Winter National Championships CMK swimmers performed well despite affected preparation for most of the team leading into the meet. Max Murphy came second Junior on the 1500m and Lucy Farmer finished in the top ten juniors in six different events. Both swimmers PBd in the vast majority of their events. Isobel Jones also had a strong meet finishing top twenty in the Womens 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle events. Along with Lucy the girls set four new county records between them. Other attending swimmers were Ryan Anscomb (PB and club record 50m Fly – 27th) Tom Flaherty (PB 100m Back - 27th), Oliver Lines (53rd), Grace Spong and Aiyana Lawson both on the girls relay. The Mens 4x100m Free team also just missed making the final coming 11th. Other CMK members competing for their University teams were Matt Masters, Luke Spain, Charlotte Evans (6th on 200m BK with 2 PBs), Joss Ulyett (3rd 200m Breast in a world top 25 time).
CMK Swim Club had a brilliant month in November with outstanding performance at all levels
The South East Winter Regional Short Course Champs were held in Portsmouth on 7th and 8th November. CMK Swim Club Champions were Tom Flaherty (Mens 200m and 400m Freestyle) Isobel Jones (Womens 800m Freestyle) and Max Murphy (Jnr Mens 200m Free). All 3 swimmers were selected to represent SE England in Geneva in January. Other swimmers who enjoyed podium success were Marcus Johnson (Jnr 1500m Free) and Lucy Farmer (Jnr Backstroke events).
The weekend after CMK had an important round of the National Arena League. Following a very tough first round draw CMK out performed two higher ranked teams to make the Regional final for the 9th straight year. With excellent performances in particular from winning individuals Aiyana Lawson, Jack Edwards, Oliver Lines, Max Murphy, Lucy Farmer and Isobel Jones. There were also exciting wins for the Senior Men’s and Women’s Freestyle teams in the last 2 events.
Development swimmers competed in a number of local meets in late Oct and Nov. The CMK home meet in particular was a success with swimmers visiting MK to gain early season competition experience and gain qualifying times for championship events. Swimmers are now preparing for County Champs qualifying swims in Aylesbury, the Arena League final and National Short Course championships all in December.
British Summer Championships
Four swimmers competed for CMKSC at the British Summer Swimming Championships in Sheffield starting in late July. Max Murphy had an excellent week winning a gold medal in the 1500m Free and a silver in the 400m. He also picked up 3 bronze medals in the 200m Free, 400m IM and 3k open water. Training partner, Tom Flaherty also has a great week setting new senior county records in the 200m Free and 400m Free. The later performance was good enough to gain a bronze medal in a tight finish against tough opposition. All around sprinter Lucy Farmer made finals in both 50m Fly and 50m Backstroke coming 5th in both also setting a new county record in the 50m Back. Isobel Jones swam well in the morning heats of the 200m and 400m Freestyle but was unable to better her excellent swims set in May this year. 4 other CMK members competed at the meet for their current training programs, Aiyana Lawson and Luke Spain competed well whilst Joss Ulyett and Charlotte Evans won Bronze medals in 200m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke respectively.
ASA Summer Championships
18 CMKSC members qualified for the ASA summer Championships in August. CMK finished 5th in the Womens medal table and 20th overall. There was double gold for Lucy Farmer who dominated the 15yr old 100m Fly and 100m Free events from the start. Lucy was joined on the podium by Isobel Jones who won the 100m Free for 18 yrs and over. Isobel also won a Silver medal in the 200m Back. Oliver Lines swam well throughout the meet setting club records and picking up a silver medal in the 50m Fly. Other medallists were Miles McAuliffe (15yrs 200m Back) and Helen Odams (14yrs 800m Free) both swimmers set massive new personal bests. David Witham, Elliot Jones, Aiyana Lawson, Marcus Johnson and Lucy Chenery also made finals or finished in the top ten. Annalise Wright and Ashley Frost swam well in their first National championships for originating clubs. This concluded another successful season for CMKSC who have shown progression yet again.
A photo montage from the Junior League at Leighton Buzzard can be seen here
CMK swimmers shine at Regional Champs
Some 40 swimmers from CMK Swim Club competed at this year’s recent South East England regional championships across three weekends. The meet represented the last chance for swimmers to qualify for the Summer British Championships as British Swimming adapts its competition schedule looking forward to Rio 2016 and beyond.
Swimmers aged 11-14 competed in the first weekend. Miles Drabwell, Elliot Jones, Georgia Richardson and Helen Odams all made finals in personal best swims, with Helen taking bronze in the girls 14yrs 200m Backstroke. Other team members Marcus McAuliffe, Jaimie Hanss and Isaac Lenton all performed admirably. In the second weekend, swimmers of all ages competed in the distance events. There were wins for Isobel Jones (Women’s 400m Free), Tom Flaherty (Men’s 400m Free) and Max Murphy (15yrs 400m Free, 400m Individual Medley and 1500m Free). All three won convincingly against quality opposition, with Isobel setting a new county record in the process.
In the final weekend, swimmers aged 15 and over competed in the shorter events in Crawley. There were many personal best performances from the team despite tough competitive conditions. Swimmers who won gold medals were: Tom Flaherty (Gold 100m & 200m Free), Joss Ulyett (Gold 100m Breaststroke), Max Murphy (Gold 200m Free), and Charlotte Evans who also set a new county record when winning Gold on 200m Backstroke. Further medal winners were David Witham, Isobel Jones, Lucy Farmer and Grace Spong. Lucy Chenery also won three Golds and two Silvers in the Multi-Disability competitions.
CMK were seventh overall in the unofficial medal table and were once again one of the strongest performing teams in the 15yrs and over groups, finishing just behind the top performing teams Guildford and Portsmouth. CMK are part of a network of swimming clubs in the Milton Keynes area and beyond.
City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club participates in the ASA speed awards. The scheme encourages swimmers to focus on achieving set times so they can purchase the flashes for each stroke. There are four levels Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. This Scheme is open to all Mini stars, Rising stars, Bagcat Development and Bagcat performance swimmers.
These are the times that need to be achieved to purchase these awards. These awards are very good to help motivate the swimmers in competition and training. They also help the swimmers understand the importance of personal best times and encourage them to improve them each time they swim. When the swimmers achieve the times on the strokes below you will need to email Lisa so that she can verify the time and arrange for the delivery of the award to the swimmer. She will use results on the British Rankings to verify the times. The cost of the awards are £2.00 for the large main badge and certificate and £1.00 for the flash of each stroke as they are achieved.
Congratulations to Mathew Sturgess who swims in Age Group 1 for winning the attendance award for March. Well done.
CMK swimmers compete at World Champs trials
Three swimmers training at CMKSC competed at the recent World Champs trials at the London Aquatic Centre. The trials were also for age group swimmers to try and qualify for European Youth Olympics and European Games teams later in the season.
Max Murphy started the meet with a brilliant 400m Freestyle in a 5 second Personal best, making the EYOF trials final. He improved on his time again in the final to 4.02 to finish 6th and was the second fastest swimmer his age in Britain. Tom Flaherty also competed in the 400m event and started promisingly by leading out world class swimmers to halfway but recent injuries took their toll and Tom faded in the last few metres in what was still a seasons best effort. Tom was a bit sharper on day 2 in the shorter 100m Freestyle setting a new personal best and club record.
Lucy Farmer competed in the 50m Freestyle, she performed her second fastest ever swim in this event despite a back injury that has limited her training for the last month. Max then returned for the 1500m Freestyle. His personal best time of 16.19 was a county junior record and placed him 4th in the EYOF age category matching CMK swimmers best ever placing at a trials event. Tom and Max competed in the 200m Freestyle on the final day of the meet. Max set a new personal best again to finish off an excellent meet for the 15yr old.
3 other CMK members Joss Ulyett, Luke Spain, Charlotte Evans who now all train in university programs also competed at the trials in Senior events. All 6 swimmers gained from the experience competing against the best swimmers in Britain.
CMKSC's young official Faith attends National Camp
Club member and senior swimmer Faith Kimberley, 16, has represented the County at a national sport camp in Loughborough as an official. Faith got through a selection process as one of just ten young ASA officials from across the country to take part in the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp (NTC). The unique residential experience brought together 350 of the most talented young athletes, coaches and officials across England. All candidates were selected based on their sporting/coaching or officiating achievements and a demonstration of their commitment to personal development.
During the four-day camp, Faith and her fellow young officials joined in the multi-sport, multi-role, three-dimensional camp which aimed to increase individual aspiration and ambition. Participants were stretched and challenged to aim high and achieve their sporting best. The camp was funded by Sport England and presented by Loughborough University, working with seven National Governing Bodies of Sport, including the ASA.
While on the course, Faith took part in busy days beginning with circuit training at 6.45am in the morning and with activities continuing until the late evening. They were given presentations by motivational speakers as well as preparing for a busy year ahead. Faith is now in the midst of a 12-month development programme where she can expect to be challenged and meet some unique opportunities within the aquatic sporting arena.
A squad of 16 swimmers have just returned from a warm weather training camp at the Coral Beach Hotel, Paphos.
After arriving on Monday afternoon training began immediately with 2 hours in the pool that same afternoon. Each day started with 2 hours in the pool followed by a well-deserved breakfast. 2 hours free time was followed by lunch, then quiet / rest time before another 2 hours in the pool and then land training before a well-deserved dinner. This set the pattern for the five night stay.
The facilities at the hotel were perfect for the squad – 50m pool providing excellent long course training, gym, and excellent food and leisure facilities. The swimmers worked hard during the week, spending 22 hours in the pool.
We are grateful for the support given to us by the Cyprus Tourist Organisation. The funding from CTO helped towards the cost of the camp for the athletes and is very much appreciated by the club.
The week’s arrangements were facilitated by Track & Field Tours (TFT) and Arena Sport, the ground agents in Cyprus.
Some positions have come up on the committee that we would like to fill and I am asking parents if some volunteers could step forward to fill these vacancies.
Firstly we are looking for a recruitment officer to replace Mike. This is not a huge job but mainly requires chatting to other parents to get them on board to help with other jobs or other positions.
Secondly we are looking for a second welfare officer to help support Sarah Showler.
And finally we are looking for someone to help Claudia with membership. As the club is growing this job is increasing all the time, so help to support Claudia is needed as well as imputing information into the system will be required.
If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I can forward you a full job description.