CMK get set for busy year ahead
Swimmers at City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club enjoyed a short Christmas break before getting back into the pool to prepare for the start of the Oxon and North Bucks Counties. These kick off earlier than usual this weekend with the distance swims at Bletchley Leisure Centre. The boys' 15000m and girls' 800m freestyle events take place, plus the boys' relays. Later this month three swimmers from the club head off to warmer climes in Barcelona to take part in the Catalan Championships, representing South East England. The three earned their place on the team in December when they took part in the Regional Short Course Championships in Portsmouth. Elite swimmers from the club took part in these championships and it was good news all round with every swimmer gaining at least one new PB. South East England Champions from CMKSC were Lucy Farmer, Oliver Lines, Tom Flaherty, Max Murphy and Isobel Jones.
It was a very busy December with around 80 swimmers from City of Milton Keynes Swim Club competing in competitions. Whilst the elite swimmers were in Portsmouth, 40 age group swimmers competed at Aylesbury to try to secure County Championship qualification. A huge number of swimmers improved, many of whom are now expecting to qualify. Head Coach Greg Buck said: "These two meets combined make this weekend one of our most successful in terms of personal bests ever." Later in December the swimmers joined forces for the
final of the East England Arena League points competition. Perennial favourites City of Peterborough SC were strong from the start and it was left to the three remaining teams - Northampton SC, Norwich SC and CMKSC -
to battle it out for second place to make the National final. There were some excellent swims, especially in early relay events, but sadly CMK were beaten into third place by Northampton. This still represents the club's
strongest ever finish in the competition.
The next day the club's younger swimmers met for the annual Christmas Cracker gala at Bletchley Leisure Centre. Hosted by CMK, many swimmers competed in the sprint events and enjoyed the Christmas themed relays in what was a great way to end the 2014 competitive calendar where CMK have gained so much success.
Once again CMK will be participating in the Community Car Raffle. For further details see here.
Changes to Swimming Competitions
British Swimming have made changes to planned competitions and further information is on Greg's page.
Women's Water Polo
Water Polo is a fast paced sport played by two teams in a swimming pool. If you want to give it a try MK Water Polo is offering women over 16 the opportunity from 13 November at Stantonbury. Further details here and here.
CMK Development Meet
Well done to all the swimmers who took part in CMK's Development Meet on Saturday - some fantastic PBs were achieved and a great atmosphere all round. A huge thank you to all the volunteers & officials who helped out (some in new roles, well done!) and many who had no swimmer there at all (a MASSIVE thank you, to you!).
A new training schedule starts on Sunday 7 September.
The Committee has undertaken an assessment of the Club’s position at the start of the new season 2014/2015. As a part of this, the club’s fee structure was reviewed and the decision was taken to increase the squad fees from 1 September 2014.
This decision was not taken lightly and took into consideration our increased running costs, the reduction in funding revenues and the requirement to access more pool time to support our growth strategy. In parallel we continue to actively seek new funding to support the growth and long term sustainability of the club.
We assure you that only these additional costs are passed on in the monthly fee. The new fees can be seen here.
Medals for CMK at Nationals
It was a bumper year for City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club at
this year’s ASA National Championships, collecting no less than
five medals across the Youth and Age Group competitions >>
CMK continued their outstanding performance record at the Oxford and North Bucks County Championships in 2014. Against very strong and improving opposition CMK maintained its position as the most decorated club on the podium. 9 times CMK swimmers won all 3 medals on offer. As always the relays provided a lot of the excitement. CMK took 7 titles and lost out by hundredths of a second in a further 3. The senior girls teams set records in 3 events including the girls senior medley in a time of 4.12.64.
Congratulations to Lucy Chenery who achieved a British Disability Record, Joss Ulyett for achieving four South East England Senior Records and Charlotte Evans, Oliver Lines, Rebecca Marshall, Isobel Jones, Emily Jones and Joss Ulyett for achieving County Records.
The biggest cheer of the meet was reserved for Ryan Anscomb's close win in the Mens 100m Free from Lane One. Congratulations are also due to swimmers who gained their first regional qualifying times: Owen Drabwell, Yasmin Dos Santos, Edith Patey, Charlotte Folkes and Georgia Richardson, and indeed all those who contributed.
All the results can be seen here
2014 COUNTY HEROES
19 County Champions, 21 Junior Champions, 10 County Records, 36 CMK Club Records,
4 SE England Senior Records & 1 British Record