Junior League 2017

Round 1 - Aqua Vale, Aylesbury

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Round 1 of the 2017 Junior League took place at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury, Crusaders were drawn against some tough opposition but once again all the swimmer upped their game and put in a brilliant performance. The squad was a mixture of Dolphin, Learn to Train, Green, Black, Gold & performance squad from 12years old & below. As usual the whole team created a great atmosphere poolside supporting each other and were by far the loudest team!!

Our youngest age group of 9 year olds had a few nerves at the start but once they were in the pool the nerves disappeared and they swam their hearts out for the team achieving some fantastic PB’s.  The 9 year old boys of Cameron Gell, Lewis Masson, Humza Sheikh and Edward Jackson set a new club record in the 4x25m Special Medley Relay with a time of 1:34.24.

With so many great PB’s it is difficult to pick any out for special praise but everyone who was there will understand why I am picking out the 12 year old boys 4x25m Freestyle Relay of Billy Knibb, Daniel Miller, Gabriel Layzell and Jack Hill. Quite simply put it was breathtaking, finishing in a time of 59.99 over 4 seconds ahead of 2nd place and at least 6 seconds from 3rd place. When the time went up and you heard gasps from the spectators and then everyone applauding you realise that this was special, a sub 1 minute relay, incredible. The boys did however set a new 12 & Under 4x25m Medley Relay club record with a time of 1:06.39.

Overall Crusaders achieved 14 first places, 8 second places and only 3 DQ’s, swimmers set 16 individual PB’s and 41 relay PB’s.

Results was:

1st Place - Chesham 183

2nd Place - Linslade Crusaders 179

3rd Place - Brompton 178

4th Place - Aylesbury 165

5th Place - Newport Pagnell 150

6th Place - Oxford ‘B’ 148

As always a huge thank you to all the swimmers for making your coach a very proud one, to all the poolside helpers who without your help we cannot enter these events and to all the parents for giving up their Saturday night to come along and cheer on the team.

Junior League 2016

Round 2 at Tiddenfoot

Round 2 of the Junior League took place at Tiddenfoot on Saturday 2nd July and as expected it turned out to be a difficult night with a depleted squad in certain age groups. The swimmers that took part went above the call of duty and showed great determination to make up the points that we lost due to not having enough swimmers.

We achieved seven 1st places, eight 2nd places, we had 3 disqualifications and one swim that we did not finish. The swimmers achieved 13 individual PB’s and 9 relay PB’s another great effort. The times and PB’s are posted below but I am extremely proud of the team effort and the way the swimmers behaved.

Seeing the young swimmers improve each time is fantastic, some are just entering their first competitive galas, nerves yes but what great swims they did.

As hosts it is alway difficult so I would like to thank everyone who helped on the night whether it was on the door, the computer desk, officiating, team manages, whips and supporters.

Round 3 is on the 10th September, i will post where as soon as it is announced.

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Round 1 - Aqua Vale Aylesbury

Yet again another incredible night of swimming with some outstanding swims on the night. It was a tough night as we were drawn against some strong opposition who have more pool time than us but as always the Crusaders team pulled out all the stops. Overall we achieved 12 first places and 6 second places, unfortunately we had 3 DQ’s on the night.

In the younger age groups we had swimmers representing the club in their first team gala and they all swam brilliantly, the team atmosphere as always was great with the older swimmers helping the younger swimmers to keep calm.

3 special mentions go to the following swimmers:

Bethany Hamer in our Learn to Train squad who did 22.51 for the 25m Freestyle

Amy Cobb in our green squad who completed her first 25m Butterfly in a time of 29.86

Olivia Newman-Baronius for an amazing 50m Butterfly in smashing her PB by 3 seconds with a time of 38.89 and will shortly break the club record in this event.

The team achieved 27 relay PB’s and 15 individual PB’s which is remarkable considering many of these have recently been set at the recent splash galas or the Aylesbury & Amersham galas.

Result was as follows:

1st = Dunsatble 223 points

2nd = City of Milton Keynes 218 points

3rd = Aylesbury 190 points

4th = Linslade Crusaders 176 points

5th = Hounslow 102 points

6th = Brent Dolphins > did not start

We are at home and hosting round 2 on July 2nd.

A big thank you to all the poolside helpers, a great team to support the brilliant swimmers.

Round 1 on the 4th June - Pool instructions and times are attached below “Milton Keynes Junior league Invite” has details regarding parking at Aqua Vale.

Junior League dates are as follows:

Round 1 > 4th June 2016, we are drawn to swim at Aylesbury

Round 2 > 2nd July 2016

Round 3 > 10th September 2016

Junior League is a fastest wins league for 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds, age for the swimmers is “age as of 31/12/2016” I have attached all the rules to the web site but the basis for the competition is as follows:

By June 1st each year I have to submit a squad to the league, all swimmers must be ASA registered category 2, once this list is sent in I am not allowed to pick any swimmers who are not on the list.

The squad is chosen by taking the fastest swimmers in each age group across all strokes, the aim is to submit at least 10 name per age group to the league in case swimmers are not available. If your swimmers fits into this then please try and keep the dates free once they are announced.

There are 3 rounds, normally the 1st weekend in June, July and the 2nd weekend in September, once the AGM has been held I will have the confirmed dates. Crusaders are currently in Division 2 out of 3 and last year we finished 7th out of 18 teams in the division which was a fantastic result considering the teams we are up against, i have uploaded the final league table for 2015 to the web site. Linslade Crusaders have offered to host some of the rounds so hopefully we will be at home for some of them.

My philosophy is to try and get all swimmers to have 3 swims each, sometimes this is not always achievable depending on the events as some of the younger swimmers may not be legal in Butterfly or Breaststroke, but on the whole we do achieve this.

This is a very competitive league and the swimmers really enjoy it and it helps develop their competitive edge, last year we achieved 47 individual PB’s and 84 relay PB’s, an incredible performance and I hope we can replicate this during this years event.