L3 Autumn Meet
18 & 19 November
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L3 Summer Open Meet
17 & 18 June
L3 Spring Open Meet
2016 REGIONAL SUCCESS
4 Regional Champions and 39 CMK swimmers qualified
Not just in the pool!
Saturday 8 July saw CMK take some of its more adventurous distance swimmers to Chichester to compete in Swim England South East 2017 Open Water Championship, Age Group Finals.
This challenging event is an exciting addition to the usual pool competitions CMK attend and has two distances for the competitors - 3k and 1500m. All swimmers gave a great performance with Kaylaeh Lawson finishing 1st in the 3k. Kaylaeh now qualifies for the national open water finals later this month at Rother Valley, Sheffield. She was closely followed by Rhiannon Jeffereys in 5th. Rhiannon was competing for the first time in an open water event, as was Will Barry who representing the boys, came in 11th.
Jayden Hill and Ellie McManus competed in the 1500 event and finished 6th and 7th respectively in their races. It was also Ellie’s first open water competition.
CMK Swimmers at British Championships
Six CMK swimmers competed at the British Championships in Sheffield in April. This meet is the key selection meet for British Swimming.
Max Murphy had a very good meet making Junior (18 and under) finals in the 200m and 400m freestyle. Max swam brave race plans, leading at halfway but just getting caught towards the finish.
Following these excellent performances Max will swim for England in the Mare Nostrum Series later in the year.
Lucy Farmer and Aiyana Lawson both swam personal bests, just missing out on qualifying for finals. CMK swimmers had their best team performance at this meet.
Isobel Jones, who returned from university in the US to swim for CMK, struggled early in the meet but showed great character to swim a strong 200m backstroke winning the ‘Target Tokyo’ final.
Joss Ulyett and Charlotte Evans who now both train at Loughborough University continued their growth as World class athletes. Joss won the 200m Breaststroke in a new British Record, currently ranking her 2nd in the World. She also placed 3rd on the 100m. Joss will now prepare for the World Champs with the British team. Charlotte Evans produced significant personal bests throughout the meet and came 3rd in the 200m Backstroke. Mike Witham and Cameron Manley (both former CMK swimmers), also performed well.
CMK Head Coach said ‘This is a milestone meet for us. Our junior athletes performed really well; we got our preparation just right. The seniors away at Universities had stunning success.’
CMK Swimmers at South East Region Championships
CMK swim club finished an excellent 4th on the medal table at South East Region Championships in Wycombe over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Max Murphy (6) Aiyana Lawson (2) and Lucy Farmer (2) were all crowned Regional Champions despite focusing on British Champs the week before. Oliver Lines also won the Men’s 50m Butterfly in a new club record. Other medallists were Grace Spong and Kaelah Lawson.
This meet serves as a qualification meet for National Summer Champs, with many swimmers looking hopeful. The relay teams had a one off chance to qualify and CMK look to have four teams going through at this stage, pending races by competitor teams still to take place within the tight qualification window.
Ulyett breaks British record in Sheffield
Loughborough University’s Jocelyn Ulyett impressed the crowd in setting a new British Record and winning her first national title in the 200m Breaststroke on the second day of action at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield. Jocelyn swam with CMK for many years and we send her our congratulatons. Further details here
CMK at National Swimming Final
City of Milton Keynes Swim Club qualified for the National Arena League after winning the East Midlands final last December. The National final was held in Cardiff on Sunday 9 April.
Forty Swimmers aged 11 years and over competed in 50 events, racing against the other top nine teams in England and Wales.
This was the first time CMK made it this far in the competition and the excitement was shared by the swimmers and in the gallery where they were supported by parents and volunteers dancing and chanting throughout the meet.
In the pool CMK swimmers swam well and maintained their pre-meet ranking of ninth out of the ten competing teams. The only individual win came from Jamie Hanss in the 13yrs 100m Freestyle, but there were strong performances throughout the competition.
CMK swimmers are now switching focus to individual performances with 4 swimmers preparing for the British Championships in Sheffield (week commencing 17 April), while many of the group focus on the Regional Championships later in the month.
CMK Excellent performances at Counties
The Oxford and North Bucks county championships have been completed after 4 weekends of racing in Oxford and Aylesbury.
The meet started very well for CMK with record performances from Lottie Wynne-Jones and Marcus Johnson in the distance freestyle events and wins in all of the age group boys relays. There were further championship wins for Max Murphy and Aiyana Lawson (jnr) in the 400m events and medals for each of the girls age group teams.
In the main weekends, Milton Keynes and Oxford swimmers dominated the Championships. CMK county champions were Lottie Wynne-Jones (7), Aiyana Lawson (6), Ryan Anscomb (5), Lucy Farmer (3), Max Murphy (2), Elliot Jones (2), Miles Drabwell (2), Oli Lines and Marcus Johnson.
In age group events there were debut medals from Keilana Summers and age group wins for Holly Showler, Harry Wynne-Jones, Kaelah Lawson, Jamie Hanss and Josh Press in addition to the champions named previously.
There were also relay wins for CMK in 8 of the 16 team events throughout the meet with many relays coming down to very close finishes and even a draw in the mens junior free team! CMK came 4th in the junior points and 2nd in the overall points table.
CMKSC make the National Arena League Swimming Final!
City of Milton Keynes Swim Club had their best league result ever on Saturday 10 December in Cambridge.
Competing in the National Arena League, CMKSC were crowned champions of the East Midlands region and now qualify for the National Final in Cardiff against the other top teams in the country.
The premium national team competition is a 50 race gala and involved 40 Milton Keynes swimmers competing in a variety of senior and age group events. The evening was very close with past champions Peterborough, CMK and Northampton switching places time and again. Eventually CMK pulled ahead with 10 races to go and held on to pip Peterborough by 4 points. The team didn't know for sure until the final results were read out, when it was announced the team celebrated loudly with the trophy.
CMK at British Summer Champs
15 swimmers from CMK swim club were involved in the British Summer Championships in Sheffield in July.
Max Murphy started the meet with an excellent 400m Freestyle. His time of 3.58.00 was in the top 20 UK junior swims of all time but was unfortunately 0.02 of a second from winning a medal. Max continued to have an excellent meet setting large personal bests on 200m Free and 400m IM coming 5th on both. Distance Freestyle training partner Tom Flaherty swam very well in the Senior age group gaining an excellent 6th place also on the 400m.
Senior Distance Freestyler Isobel Jones had a fantastic meet setting county records on 200m, 400m (6th) and 800m Free (5th). She also set personal bests on 100m and 200m Backstroke (6th) Isobel flew to the USA after the meet to join her new University team having gained an athletic scholarship there. Senior CMK swimmers training at Loughborough University performed very well with Charlotte Evans (3rd) and Joss Ulyett (1st & 2nd) delivering world class performances.
Aiyana Lawson had a strong meet throughout with many swims, her best performance coming in the 100m Breaststroke with another personal best but just missing the final. Lucy Farmer also had strong performances in 100m Freestyle and Backstroke improving on her rankings but also just missing finals. Lucy did make finals on 50m Fly and 50m Back (7th).
Oliver Lines swam on 3 individual events but saved his best for the Mens 4x100m Relay. With big improvements as well from Tom Flaherty, Owen Drabwell and Ryan Anscomb the CMK team set a new county record and qualified for CMK’s first mens senior national final as a team. Other team members competing in Relay teams were Marcus Johnson, Miles Drabwell, James Chandler, Miles McAuliffe and Isaac Lenton.
CMK at ASA English Summer Champs and Open Water
In July there was a testing 1500m lake swim for open water swimmers. Only Kaelah Lawson entered for CMK but swam brilliantly improving her ranking to 12th with a brave fast early paced swim.
The ASA pool meet in August started well for the team with victories in the Senior Mens (Tom Flaherty) and Womens (Isobel Jones) 200m Freestyle. However it was a similar story to the British Nationals the week before with swimmers performing personal bests but just missing out on medals Isobel Jones, Max Murphy and Aiyana Lawson all were narrow 4th on events.
Marcus Johnson swam well to make the Mens 17yrs 400m Free final despite an injury in the lead up to the meet. Grace Spong also swam a very fast 50m Backstroke only to be disqualified for a starting before the signal. It was Isobel Jones win in the senior 100m Backstroke that concluded the teams medal. Greg Buck, head coach said: “This was a summer of many narrowly-missed finals and medals but there was progression with much to be proud of and to look forward to next season.”
Important information from Greg
We were due back to our full programme on Sunday but this will be delayed until Monday 5th January with Stantonbury opening then. Apologies for late notice but I wanted up to date info from Stantonbury.
The Sen 1 Luton session will still go ahead on Sunday 4th but there will be no other training that day for other groups.
There are changes to Sunday listed but other than that we will return as normal. I expect to make adjustments throughout September to both training times and squad placements to conclude by 1st October. If you have any queries please email your coach.
Goal Setting form
This is for swimmers in Sen1, Sen2, Sen3 and AG1. Older swimmers in AG2 may also benefit. This needs to be printed off and part one should be completed at home before bringing in to discuss with your coach. I suggest this is done this week whilst off school but would like them completed by the end of September. There are some guidance notes on the document, younger swimmers may need help.
We will begin the season with low intensity skill and base strength work, swimmers do not need to build up attendance in Sept as we are building the training load within the program. Swimmers should be attending at or above the minimum requirement in order to benefit from the planned activities.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during the summer closures. I trust swimmers and parents (and coaches too) are refreshed and looking forward to another successful season.
Great results at Luton
A large number of CMK swimmers attended the Luton Fast And Furious end of season meet on 16th July. There were a number of outstanding swims and all those who attended achieved personal best times. The top 16 of each event then competed in A and B finals with top places going to the following:
1st places - Yasmin Dos Santos 50 and 100 Butterfly, Marcus Johnson 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, Edith Patey 100 Breaststroke, Kaelah Lawson 50 Freestyle and Jamie Hanns 50 Freestyle. 2nd places - Aiyana Lawson 100 Butterfly, Austin Getter 50 Breastroke, Dom Frost 100 Freestyle, Marcus Johnson 50 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle, Ellie Ward 100 Breaststroke and Grace Spong 50 Freestyle. 3rd places - Jamie Hanns 100 Freestyle, Miles McAuliffe 50 Backstroke, Rhiannon Jefferies 50 Backstroke, Aiyana Lawson 50 Butterfly, Ellie Ward 100 Backstroke and Tyler Reeve 100 Backstroke.
Well done to the all swimmers who participated at their last end of season meet.
Milton Keynes swimmers at Olympic Trials
Three swimmers represented City of Milton Keynes Swim Club at the 2016 British Championships in Glasgow. The meet was attended by the top GB swimmers hoping to qualify for a number of major meets in the summer, in particular the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Max Murphy swam well with a new personal best coming sixth in the Junior 400m Freestyle final. Oliver Lines also swam a personal best and club record 100m Butterfly with a very strong finish. Unfortunately, Tom Flaherty was affected by illness and injury in his preparation. Two CMK members who now train in Loughborough had excellent results. Joss Ulyett came sixth in the 200m Breaststroke final and Charlotte Evans won the Target Tokyo  final gaining selection to the GB squad for European Championships. CMK are very proud of all these results in our best performance at “trials”.
Milton Keynes swimmers at South East England Champs
CMK Swim Club took 25 swimmers to the ASA South East Regional Champs in Portsmouth on Bank Holiday Monday weekend. The meet was for swimmers aged 15 and over. With a new separate finals programme the meet was faster and more exciting than in previous years.
CMK finished seventh in the medal table which is not quite as high as recent years but amassed a large total of medals. There were wins for Max Murphy (200,400 Free), Isobel Jones (100 Back, 800 Free) and Lucy Farmer (50 Fly) with medals for Tom Flaherty, Oli Lines, Marcus Johnson, Helen Odams, Aiyana Lawson, the Men’s 4x100m Free team and the Boy’s 4x200m Free team.
The focus for many was on gaining Summer National qualification. At present CMK may well improve on last years numbers at British Summer Champs, however there are further qualifying competitions in May to go.
Brilliant performances by CMK at ONB County Championships
Swimmers at CMKSC put in fantastic performances at the Oxon & North Bucks County Swimming, held recently across two weekends in Aylesbury. This year saw further development to the programme as everyone adjusts to the new swimming annual calendar.
CMKSC took their largest ever team to the meet with around 70 members competing, including those in partnership programmes. In the overall points trophy CMK were second behind by a very strong City of Oxford SC team but there was progression as we finished 3rd in the junior points, our best showing in some years. Much of this success is credited to the junior and age group coaches and swimmers working in the new structure implemented in 2014. There were as ever some stunning swims in particular Ellie Ward (100m Breaststroke) and Yasmin Dos Santos (100m Fly) had huge Personal Bests. Young swimmers (13&U) making age group finals were: Eamon Bradley, Holly Showler, Abby Murrell, Fern Boyden, Amy Delderfield, Ellie McManus, Edith Patey, Lucy Lennon, Leo Hanss, Tyler Reeve, Jack Edwards, Jayden Hill, Jamie Hanss, Marcus McAuliffe and Josh Press.
The following swimmers won Senior or Junior County Championship titles: Max Murphy, Lucy Farmer, Tom Flaherty, Isobel Jones, Oliver Lines, Aiyana Lawson. Isobel Jones did so setting a new county record of 2.00.11 on the women’s 200m Freestyle. The relays provided a very exciting finale to each day’s session, with CMK winning the men's freestyle and medley relays and the junior girls freestyle relay.
City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club participates in the ASA speed awards. The scheme encourages swimmers to focus on achieving set times so they can purchase the flashes for each stroke. There are four levels Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. This Scheme is open to all Mini stars, Rising stars, Bagcat Development and Bagcat performance swimmers.
These are the times that need to be achieved to purchase these awards. These awards are very good to help motivate the swimmers in competition and training. They also help the swimmers understand the importance of personal best times and encourage them to improve them each time they swim. When the swimmers achieve the times on the strokes below you will need to email Lisa so that she can verify the time and arrange for the delivery of the award to the swimmer. She will use results on the British Rankings to verify the times. The cost of the awards are £2.00 for the large main badge and certificate and £1.00 for the flash of each stroke as they are achieved.