Essex Mini League Champions 2017

Congratulations to all the swimmers who have competed in the 5 rounds of the Essex Mini League in 2017, this is the first time since 1994 that the Club has won the League and it is an outstanding achievement.

Final positions can be seen using the following link:     Final League Table

There is no doubt that this has been a long journey since claiming 1st place in the gala at Southend in February and following that up with further success at Saffron Walden in March. Our unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt in May when we were only placed 4th in our home gala at Leisurezone. In June we visited Central Park in Hornchurch where the 33.3m pool provided some big challenges and we finished 2nd on the night. Our final gala in July at Braintree saw Penguins dominate and we recorded our highest point score of 188.

This League is important for the Club, it allows us to give our youngest swimmers the chance to compete for the first time and also gives swimmers who may not get individual events in other leagues the chance. Over the course of the league we have used 71 different swimmers and those swimmers have been drawn from all groups across the Club, from the new starters in Academy 2 to the occasional dip from Toni Howard!

On a personal note, selection for this League is a selection nightmare, it can literally take days and does not help when you have an Open Meet the week before and the swimmers you have selected,  PB and take them past the the Time Fault limits!

In 2017 we had 29 Time Faults (9 at Harlow, which may explain 4th place!!) in total but it has to be recognised that all these will have been personal best times.  I may curse a swimmer under my breath as another 5 points goes into the deep end but in some cases swimmers have smashed PB’s which in swimming is all a coach can ask for!!

I’d like to thanks all the Clubs officials for giving up their time and making this possible, Toni Howard for multitasking as a swimmer and coach, Patrick Arnold for leading us to victory in the early rounds and Nicola Arnold for managing the team and also taking 450 relay splits over the course of the 5 galas. This is very much a Club event and success and should be celebrated on that basis.

Martin Stringer
Head Coach – Harlow Penguins

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Club Championships – Live Results!!

Many thanks to Jonathan Chan who has been working behind the scenes to provide us with our first trial of LIVE RESULTS on the night!

Please use the link below!!


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Summer Training Hours

In line with previous years, the Club will run reduced training hours over the summer period, generally we will cut mornings for August, however please note that as an extension of this there will also be a total shutdown over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Full details are as follows:

  • Senior Sunday Morning Session: This will stop from Sunday 23rd July and restart on Sunday September 3rd.
  • Morning Training Sessions: These will stop from Monday 31st July and restart on Monday 4th September.
  • August Bank Holiday Weekend: We are proposing that there will be no Club sessions over the Bank Holiday weekend, this will include all sessions on Friday 25th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th August.


Martin Stringer
Head Coach – Harlow Penguins

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Essex Mini League – R5

Saturdays Mini League gala at Braintree saw Penguins dominate events, winning 25 of the 49 events on the night and record a convincing win, final points on the night:

1st Harlow Penguins 187
2nd Braintree 167
3rd Clacton 144
4th Witham Dolphins 132

There were 11 PB’s in the individual swims on the day and numerous best times in the relay splits, congratulations to Richard Kent who was making his Penguin debut.

This was the last round of the Mini League for Penguins, many thanks to all the swimmers who have competed, thanks to those parents who helped with the officiating etc.  Now for the big wait, the League programme does not finish until November, so we will not find out what position we will finish in the League until then!! You never know, we might even win it!!

Full results/splits etc. are on the attached file:

Essex Mini League Result

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Braintree Spring Meet 2017

Attached are the results from the Braintree Spring Meet:

Braintree Spring Meet 2017 results

Overall results were really impressive, good to see some swimmers trying out new events, especially the 200m Free and 200IM where some big PB’s were achieved.

In terms of PB’s, there were 93 set on the day in total out of 199 swims, top PB’er of the day was Ben Templeton-Knight who set 5 out of 6 events competed in. Ljiljana Raven, Kallie Jackson, Chloe Martin, and Misty Eren closely followed with 4 each.

Name Events PB’s
Ben Templeton-Knight 6 5
Ljiljana Raven 4 4
Kallie Jackson 4 4
Chloe Martin 4 4
Misty Eren 4 4
Overall Swims 199 93

In terms of medals,  18 of the Club’s swimmers claimed gold which is a third of those competing. Top gold medallist’s were Tyler Jackson, William White, Ben Stringer and Adam Fearon with 4 apiece,

Swimmer Gold Medals
William WHITE 4
Lilly-Mae KILBEY 3
Glennon LEE 2
Ethan RYAN 2
Kitty JARVIS 2
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Colchester – Midsummer Meet


42 of the Clubs swimmers travelled to a HOT Colchester Leisure World for the 4th Midsummer Madness Meet and put in some great performances which resulted in Penguins being awarded the Trophy for Top Visiting Club!!

The following swimmers achieved Top 3 places in their swims, congratulations to all, there were some great performances and new PB’s in these places.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tyler JACKSON 2 3 5
Ethan RYAN 1 1 2 4
William WHITE 2 2 4
Kai HENSON 2 1 3
Olivya HOLLEYMAN 3 3
Misty EREN 1 1 2
Lilly-Mae KILBEY 2 2
Joseph QUELCH 1 1 2
Brianna HANSEN-HOARE 1 1 2
Alexander MCGOWAN 1 1 2
Ashleigh JOLLEY 1 1 2
Patrick HANSEN-HOARE 1 1
Ellie CRONIN 1 1
Phoebe WHITE 1 1
Lottie DOBLE 1 1
Total 11 18 11 40

Attached is a full list of the times achieved:

Colchester Results 2

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Essex Mini League – R4

Round 4 of the Essex Mini League programme, saw Penguins competing at Central Park Hornchurch, which as one of the few remaining 33.3m pools presented swimmers with an interesting challenge, albeit probably not as interesting as yours truly trying not to select a time faulted team!!

Overall the Club finished 2nd on the night, PB’s – who knows!  but with 13 1st places and 15 2nd places, some of the swims by the swimmers were really impressive, including great debut swims from Oliver Wiggett and Ethan Hedges in the 9 year old boys events.


Final points on the night were:

1st Romford Town 172
2nd Harlow Penguins 159
3rd Braintree 144
4th Saffron Seals 117
5th Harwich 115

Another great team performance from the Club’s swimmers, thanks to all those helping poolside, either coaching, team managing or officiating.

Full details of swimmer times and relay splits and current League positions can be found on the following files:


Essex Mini League Result

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