2020 Covid-19 statement

Harlow Penguins 2020 Regional Qualifier meet is still going ahead as planned on 13/14 March.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.

The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.


This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.

For spectators please follow the above rules in addition to the below:

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterward

If your are feeling unwell prior to the event, please follow the WHO guidelines and refrain from attending.

Thank you

This email was sent by Francesca Hansen-Hoare who is the Chairman

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Christmas & New Year Training Schedule

Detailed below is the Christmas & New Year Training schedule for 2019/20:

File for download:    Xmas Schedule 2019

Xmas Schedule 2019

  • Last Training day before Christmas is Monday 23rd December, normal training will resume on Thursday 2nd January.
  • Burnt Mill sessions – last session will be Thursday 12th December, sessions at Burnt Mill will restart on Tuesday 7th January.
  • Stewards sessions – last session will be Sunday 22nd December, sessions at Stewards will restart on Sunday 5th January.
  • LeisureZone session on Friday 20th December, will be:
    • Swim School as normal 6:00-7:00
    • “Fun Swim” with inflatables, floats etc. will start approx 7:30 (pool set up required) Details of timings will be sent out.

There will be 3 “Special” Sessions over the Christmas period, details of Squads attending and timings will be sent out by e-mail:

  • Friday 27th December (LZ) – 6:00 – 8:0
  • Sunday 29th December (LZ) – 6:00 – 8:00
  • Monday 30th December (LZ) – 6:00 – 8:00


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Harlow Penguins – County Qualifier Meet

Another weekend of swimming for Penguins, this time at home at The Leisurezone in the Harlow Penguins County Qualifier Meet where Penguins put out their biggest ever squad at an Open Meet, in total there were 94 swimmers on the pool deck, which is a massive achievement in itself and congratulations should go to the coaching team who are continuing to deliver improved standards of performance across all squads. 94 swimmers on poolside involves some serious team management!!

As the name suggests, one of the main aims for swimmers was to set new PB’s and County Qualifying times, top performers in terms of PB’s were the swimmers detailed below who achieved 7 PB’s over the course of the weekend, congratulations to those:

Name Count of Event Count of PB
Charlie Plume 8 7
George Jones 8 7
Theodore Perrin 7 7
Atikan To 7 7
Ben Stringer 7 7
Jack Banning 7 7

Some of the individual improvements to PB’s were massive but it is worth noting that of the 94 swimmers taking part, 86 of then hit at least 1 PB. Perhaps the biggest achievement of the Meet was Academy A’s Lucas Pintilei who not only swam a PB in the 50m Breast, but also hit a County Qualifying time – just shows what can be achieved with the pool time available to these groups.

Full results are detailed in the following files:

Many thanks to all the parents who helped organise and run the meet, officiated poolside or ran the timing systems. Without your help these meets simply cannot take place and the opportunity they provide our swimmers is invaluable.


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City of Milton Keynes SC – Autumn Meet 2019

Weekend of swimming at The City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club – Autumn Meet 2019, a new venture for the Club and some quality opposition, its worth noting that as a Club, MK finished 1 place below Ipswich in this years Arena League B final!

Over the weekend there were some outstanding swims from the Penguin swimmers, and there were some disappointments, but above all else it was great to work with a group of 25 swimmers who took on board advice, wanted to listen to feedback and were looking to improve.

There were some outstanding performances, to see the diminutive Cooper Smith stand on the blocks against a 14 year old giant in the 200 Breast and then beat him was a real highlight, and then right at the end of 2 days tough competition and 9 events, have Kevin Moldovan hit PB in the 100m Fly was outstanding. Along the way Jasmine Hall pretty much swept all before her with times that would have won races in the next age group up!

There were disappointments, but its great to get those swimmers analyse what went wrong, look to make improvements and then move on to the next race.

Full results are detailed in the following file:


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Arena League R2 – 2019

Penguins achieved an outstanding result in the first round of The Arena League, finishing 5th against some of the Regions best Swimming Clubs.

1st. Hatfield 344
2nd. Team Ipswich 338
3rd. Basildon & Phoenix SC 263
4th. City of St Albans 200
5th. Harlow Penguins 183
6th. Colchester 181
7th. Romford Town 168
8th. Enfield Swim Squad 122

Individually there were some outstanding swims not least from the Club’s 2 winners on the night,

  • Max Arnold in the 13/U 100m Free set a new PB of 58.83
  • Georgie Pryor in the Open 100m Back, her time of 62.31 was a new PB but unfortunately was 0.01 short of a National Qualifying time. 

Georgie got the Club off to a great start in the gala, her time of 2:19.31 in the Open 200IM was a new PB and 2nd place in the opening race. Georgie followed this up with a further PB in the 100m Free, her time of 57.48, gaining another 2nd place.

Making her Arena League debut, Lily Mills produced 2 PB’s on the night in the 11/U 50 m Free 39.17 and the 11/U 50m Fly 46.73. Also hitting new PB’s were Daniel Monk (200IM), Thomas Moody (50m Brst),  Glennon Lee (100m Brst), Dmitrijs Gracovs (50m Fly), Ralph Davies (100m Back) and Ethan Peirce (100m Brst).

On the night, the Club recorded seven 2nd places, Alessandro Rioda claimed 2 in the 15/U 100m Fly (59.74) and 100m Free (54.57), and then teamed up with Daniel Monk, Ethan Pierce and Tyler Jackson to claim 2nd in the 15/U 4×50 Free and Medley Relays. A great team performance was also achieved by Man Arnold, William White, Glennon Lee and Maxx To in the 4x50m Medley Relay who were also placed 2nd.

This was an outstanding performance on the night by Penguins, some of the relay splits achieved were huge best times. A repeat performance in the last round in December has the potential to lift Penguins to its highest position in the League for years.

Full Results and Splits can be seen on the following results file: Arena League – Result



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Swim England East Region Short Course Championships

Weekend of 1st -3rd November, 10 of the Club’s swimmers were competing in the Swim England East Region Short Course Championships at Basildon.

Full results service is available: Results

Friday 1st Nov – Session 1
Friday evening, Daniel Monk starts the ball rolling in the 1500m Free, finishing 20th in a time of 17:46.10.

Saturday 2nd Nov – Session 2 & 3
Well done to:

  • Carys Brealey – 100m Free & 200m Backstroke
  • Celeste Andrew – 50m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle 50m Butterfly & 200m Backstroke
  • Ethan Peirce – 50m Freestyle (PB 25.56) & 50m Butterfly
  • Jack Mansfield – 100m Breaststroke
  • Lauren Nelson – 200m Butterfly & 50m Butterfly
  • Phoebe White – 100m Freestyle (1:01.00 PB)
  • Ralph Davies – 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke & 50m Butterfly

Day 2 – Finals – Session 4 – Congratulations to Georgie Pryor making finals in all 3 of her races today.

  • 1st – 50m Fly 🥇  (27.67 Heat time qualifies George for the Swim England National SC Champs)
  • 3rd – 50m Backstroke 🥉 (29.17)
  • 4th – 100m Freestyle 4️⃣  (58.22)

Sunday 3rd Nov – Session 5 & 6
Great swimming from:

  • Carys Brealey – 200 IM, 400m Free (new 3 sec PB – 4:35.61) 200m Free
  • Celeste Andrew – 100m Backstroke & 50m Freestyle
  • Tyler Jackson – 50m Back & 200m Breast
  • Ethan Peirce – 100m Butterfly
  • Jack Mansfield – 200m & 50m Breaststroke
  • Lauren Nelson – 50m Free & 100m Butterfly
  • Daniel Monk – 400IM (A massive 5 sec PB  5:02.25)
  • Phoebe White – 200m Freestyle (2:10.47, new PB)
  • Ralph Davies – 50m Backstroke (new PB – 27.87), 100m Butterfly, 100m Free and 50m Breast (new PB 27.87)

Day 3 – Finals – Session 7 – Georgie Pryor continued making finals in all her races.

  • 1st – 100m Fly 🥇  (60.96 – a further Swim England National SC Champs qualifying time)
  • 6th – 100m Backstroke  (Heats – 1:03.19) 
  • 8th – 50m Freestyle  (26.97)

There is no doubt that Georgie Pryors times were outstanding, 2 Regional titles but also times that will qualify her for the Swim England National SC Championships and will also get her into the Olympic Trials in April 2020.

That said there were some outstanding swims and new PB’s for Phoebe White, Carys Brealey, Ralph Davies, Daniel Monk & Ethan Peirce.



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Cheshunt Autumn Open Meet

54 of the Club’s swimmers competed in the Cheshunt 15th Autumn Open Meet at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday.

The swimmers, mainly from the Club’s Competition Squads achieved some outstanding times, there were numerous new County Qualifying times gained and the level of some of the improvements made were huge. Massive congratulations to all those who swam.

Many thanks to all those who helped at the meet, big thanks to Olivia Smith-Lal  and Toni Howard for helping manage the swimmers, getting them to the blocks and sharing the success of the Club’s swimmers.                                                                                                

Full meet results are on the Cheshunt Meet web-page, use the link detailed below:

Meet  results have also been posted on the Rankings Database:

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Arena League R1 2019

Penguins achieved an outstanding result in the first round of The Arena League, the highest level League that Penguins competes in. Competing in the Premier Division of the “London” area league and they were swiming against some of the top swimming Teams in the UK.

On the night, Penguins finished 5th, tying on points with local rivals Bishops Stortford, but taking the higher placing on a higher number of 1st place finishes over the 50 event programme.

1st. Team Ipswich 338
2nd. Chelsea & Westminster 306
3rd. Basildon & Phoenix SC 278
4th. Hillingdon SC 238
5th. Harlow Penguins 175
6th. Bishops Stortford 175
7th. Romford Town 162
8th. Teddington 125

Individually there were outstanding times set.

On the night, 1st places were at a premium, however the Boys 15/U squad of Alessandro Rioda, Tyler Jackson, Ethan Peirce and Daniel Monk dominated events, between them  claiming 4 of our 5 1st place finishes, winning  both the Medley and Freestyle Relays.  Alessandro Rioda claimed an individual double, winning both the 100m Butterfly (58.35) and the 100m Freestyle (55.14).

Georgie Pryor claimed the Clubs other 1st place in the Girls Open 100m Butterfly (62.56), in addition she also claimed two of the Club’s three 2nd place finishes in the Girls Open 100m Backstroke (63.92) and the Girls Open 100m Freestyle (59.25).

Max Arnold was the Clubs other 2nd place finisher in the Boys 13/U 100m Backstroke (1:07.00). Max was also a key element in the Boys 13/U relay squads with James Gourpinar, William White, Glennon Lee and Max To where they finished 3rd in both the Medley and Freestyle Relays. Glennon Lee was also placed 3rd in the Boys 13/U 100m Breast (1:17.17). Not to be outdone by the boys, Misty Eren returned to her best in the Girls 13/U 100 Breast (1:19.71) to claim 3rd place. 

It is worth noting the Club’s performance in the relay events where swimmers were producing outstanding split times, Jasmine Hall, Sophia Dixon, Joe Quelch making their Arena debuts.

Outstanding result, great swims and an atmosphere to thrive in, bring on the next round on the 9th Novermber!

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


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Essex Mini League – Round 5 – Halstead

Penguins – 1st gala of the new season.

First gala of the new season was also the final gala of the 2019 Essex Mini League.

6 Time Faults and a DQ cost us dear on the night in a really close fought gala where just 26 points covered all 5 teams, but fast times are the name of the game and its great to see PB’s early in the season.

Congratulations go to Cooper Smith (2), Charlie Plume, Atikan To, Aaron Peirce, Freya Gordon (2),  Dmitrijs Gracovs, Hannah Death, Grace Lamprell, George Jones and Olivia Perrin who all produced PB’s on the night.

Many thanks to all those who helped with the running of the team, it is great to see some of the senior swimmers actively getting involved, and as always we are indebted to our officials who without their time and effort we would not be able to enter these leagues.

Final official points on the night:

1st. Braintree 152
2nd. Halstead 150
3rd. Basildon Phoenix 148
4th. Rochford 134
5th. Harlow Penguins 126

Detailed results including Relay splits are on the attached files:


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British Summer Championships

Tomorrow, Georgie Pryor, Carys Brealey and Alessandro Rioda, compete in the British Summer Championships at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. Detailed below is the programme of events:British Champs Schedule

  • Georgie has qualified for 50 & 100 Fly, 50 Back.
  • Cary’s  – first time at British, competes in the 50 & 100 Bsck.
  • Alessandro has qualified for the 100m Back & 50m Fly.

They are competing at the highest level in British Swimming. As a Club this is Penguins biggest qualification for the Championships in years and we should all congratulate them for achieving that, these are outstanding achievements.

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