Arena League R1 2018

The Arena League Is the highest level League that Penguins competes in. Clubs from all over the UK swim in 6 regional leagues, and this Saturday there were some 53 individual galas held across the UK. Penguins compete in the Premier Division of the “London” area league and they will swim against some of the top swimming Teams in the UK.

On the night, Penguins achieved an outstanding result, possibly one of their highest placings in recent years finishing 4th on the night, details of the final placings are detailed below. Please do not underestimate the achievement of beating a team such as Chelsea & Westminster and of course it is great to beat local rivals from Stortford.

1st. Team Ipswich 246
2nd. Camden Swiss Cottage 321
3rd. Teddington 234
4th. Harlow Penguins 192
5th. Bishops Stortford 185
6th. Chelsea & Westminster 179
7th. Enfield Swim Squad 172
8th. Leander 164

Individually there were outstanding times set, 17 PB’s in the 32 individual events, but this is a “Team” event and there were some 29 fastest relay splits recorded. Amongst the PB’s set there were new Regional times for William White, Phoebe White, Ben Stringer, William White& Misty Eren and it was great to see Kitty Jarvis and Claudia King going through the 50m Free 30sec barrier for the first time.

On the night, 1st places were hard to come by with Ipswich and Camden claiming 40 victories between them in the 50 events swam, however we claimed 7 second placed finishes, congratulations to Brianna Hansen-Hoare (50m Back), Alessandro Rioda (100m Brst), William White (50m Fly) and Phoebe White who finished 2nd in both the  100m Free and 100m Fly.

It was pleasing to see our relay squads achieving outstanding results, the Boys 11&U 4x50m Free squad of Kevin Moldovan, Jack Banning, James Gourpinar and William White gained 2nd place as did our 15&U squad of Ethan Peirce, Tyler Jackson, Daniel Monk and Alessandro Rioda.

Full details of times and places are on the attached file:          Arena League – Result,


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Kingswood Camp

25 of the Clubs younger swimmers with Head Coach Martin Stringer and Team Manager Toni Howard, attended our first Junior Swim Camp at the Kingswood Grosvenor Hall site in Ashford over the weekend of the 5th-7th October.

Departing Friday and returning Sunday, the Camp was a combination of the sites adventure activities, including, Aeroball, 3G Swing, Fencing, Obstacle Challenge (blindfolded!), Laser and 4 swimming training sessions in the 25m pool.

To say the swimmers had a blast would be an understatement, it was great to see them all working together as a team and above all else, taking home with them some great memories.


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Club Swimming Hats – Training & Competition                          

Following discussion between coaches and subsequent agreement at Committee, please note we will be introducing the following policy regarding wearing swimming hats, with immediate effect:


  • Academy swimmers in the yellow “Penguins Academy” hat.
  • Development swimmers in the light Blue “Development Squad” hat.
  • Performance and Competition Squad members in the navy “Club Hat”

We are currently trying to raise the Club’s profile in the pools we train in, not least to recruit new members and this is an effective way to market the Club.


  • All swimmers will compete in all competitions in the navy “Club Hat”
  • Named hats are available from Stortford Sports Supplies
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Stewards Session Times – Tues/Thurs

Detailed below are the session times for the groups that are training at Stewards on a Tuesday or Thursday.

Stewards Session Times

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Summer Training Programme

In line with previous years, the Club will run reduced training hours over the summer period, details are as follows:

  • Morning Training – all Leisurezone morning training sessions are cancelled commencing Sunday 29th July and will restart on Monday 3rd September. This will include the Sunday morning 8:30-10:30 session at Leisurezone.
  • Total Shutdown – all Leisurezone sessions are cancelled-from Friday 24th August (Bank Holiday weekend), until normal training recommences on Monday 3rd September.
  • Sunday Evening LZ – the 17:00-18:30 session will move to 18:00-19:30, i.e. start an hour later from Sunday 29th July.

Details of revised training schedules for Burnt Mill and Stewards pools have already been sent out by e-mail.

Summer Schedule – Leisurezone

Summer Schedule ST & BM 2018

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Burnt Mill – Summer Closure

Having initially confirmed that Burnt Mill would remain open over the Summer period, we were advised on Monday 25th June that due to the continued building works on site the pool would close from week commencing Monday 9th July and would reopen on week commencing Monday 3rd September.

Since being advised, we have contacted Stewards pool to see if they could provide any pool time we could use. They have confirmed we are able to hire their pool which is great news, however there are some restrictions on the time available.

Stewards Sunday morning sessions will run as normal from 9:30-11:45 except for:

  • Sunday 12th August due to building works at Stewards.
  • Sunday 26th August which is Bank Holiday weekend.

BM – Tuesday & Thursday sessions – these sessions will be transferred to Stewards for the summer period, however due to Stewards existing bookings and building works, there are no sessions on:

  • Tuesday 10th and 17th July and Tuesday 14th August
  • Thursday 12th and 19th July and Thursday 9th and 16th August.

Session Times – due to Stewards having existing bookings, please note all sessions will commence 45 minutes earlier. Details of revised times are as follows, please follow the link to see a full timetable for each squad:

We recognise that these arrangements may not be ideal but the alternative was to simply cancel all sessions over the summer period, however in terms of the continued development of the swimmers, we felt it important to maintain as many sessions as we could.

A full timetable of the changes are detailed in the attached file:

Summer Schedule ST & BM 2018

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M11 Junior Swimming League – R2

A seriously depleted M11 team competed in the second round of the League at Hillingdon on Sunday 20th May and the team performed some minor heroics against really strong opposition.

The Club’s only winner on the day was Brianna Hansen in the 10yrs 50m Backstroke, her time of 37.78 putting her well clear of the opposition. Brianna followed this up with a PB in the 50m Freestyle, her time of 33.59 gaining her a 3rd place.

Glennon Lee continues his rise to prominence in the breaststroke events, his time of 43.75 placed him second.

Ella Edwards continues to confirm her rising talent, her time of 17.94 in the 9yrs 25m Freestyle placed her 3rd in a close finish.

Overall on the day, the showed great team spirit and produced some great time times, 15 PB’s in 32 individual races, there were a further 21 fastest ever relay splits. Some of the swimmers were doing 2 or 3 relay swims consecutively and that’s not an easy task, never mind some of the great times they were then producing.

Results, times and splits:    M11 Junior Swimming League R2 2018 Result

Overall, the Club finished 7th, but its great to put nearly 50 points on your nearest local rivals!

Basildon Phoenix 340
Camden Swiss Cottage 271
COCSE Cambridge 268
Hillingdon Swim Club 213
Hackney 208.5
Kingston Royal 187
Harlow Penguins 152
Epping Forest 108.5

Next Round – Sunday 24th June – Braintree, 3:00 Warm up, 3:30 start


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