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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Essex Mini League – R3

Penguins continued their Essex Mini League programme at Harlow LeisureZone on Saturday 13th May. Overall the Club finished 4th on the night, but some of the times set by the swimmers were really impressive, there were in total 20 PB’s in the 32 individual events, and some of the improvements were massive and the swimmers should be congratulated for their achievements,

Big PB’s contributed to the Club’s overall position at the end of the night, with 8 time faults which if you put in context, Basildon had 3 but only beat Penguins by 15 points! That said, ultimately PB’s are the name of the game!!

On the night, we scored 11 first places and 11 seconds and perhaps most pleasingly 0 lasts!

Final points on the night were:

1st Basildon Phoenix 157
2nd Colchester 153
3rd Braintree 143
4th Harlow Penguins 142
5th Maldon Sharks 89

Another great team performance from the Club’s swimmers, thanks to Sarah Stringer & Nicola Arnold for managing and coaching the team poolside.

Big thanks to those parents who officiated and those that helped run the event on the night. Me – back to the drawing board for selection, this lot are now too fast!!

Full details of swimmer times and relay splits can be found on the following file:

Essex Mini League Result

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Essex League – R3 Basildon

Penguins were in action last night in the Essex League at Basildon Sporting Village and overall the Club finished third behind home club Basildon Phoenix and Romford SC.

Final points were:

1st    Basildon Phoenix       312
2nd  Romford Town           279
3rd   Harlow Penguins       210
4th   Dunmow Atlantis       208
5th   Braintree & Bocking  158
6th   Saffron Seals               103
7th   Witham Dolphins        99

This was in many respects an experimental team for the Club, many of the youngest swimmers chosen were competing in their first Essex League gala and some of the Clubs more experienced swimmers were competing in older age groups than they would normally swim, to test them against older competitors.

Swimmers responded well to the challenge and there were some significant PB’s set which was really pleasing.

Full results and relay splits are on the attached file below.

Essex Swimming League – Result

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Academy & Development Time Trial

Attached are the Time Trial results from Friday 31st March at Leisurezone.

March 31st Time Trial Results 2

Can all parents please keep a note of your child’s times, compare them to previous times set and get to know your swimmers Personal Best times (PB’s).

Given that we are a competitive Club, all our events are held under ASA Laws and therefore we do record disqualifications (DQ’s). Coaches have been made aware of potential issues and we will be looking at a running couple of initiatives to address some of these issues.

Results may differ slightly from those seen on the board on Friday, please note that we  have checked through the results to make sure times recorded are correct. For those of you new to TT’s, some of the times did not come up on the board, but we have a manual backup on the timing system as well as a stopwatch on each lane, so rest assured we will have the correct time.

A time trial is a major event for the club and takes a great deal of hard work for a few and commitment from about 30 to 35 volunteers! If anyone wants to help at such events, please see the desk on a Friday or contact Julie Hayes.

Last but not least, thanks to all those swimmers that turned up an competed, there were some promising swims and above all else great commitment.


Martin Stringer

Head Coach – Harlow Penguins

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