After the first two rounds of the Arena League (London) we are in 10th place out of the 16 clubs in Division One. We go into the final round on Saturday 9th December at the Hertfordshire Sports Village with the same number of league points as 9th placed Brompton who were relegated last season from the Premier Division. Read here for more details.
Team Luton was represented in over thirty events at the East Region Long Course Winter Championships with eight of our swimmers having qualified to compete.
Chantal Smith collected a Bronze Medal in the 800m Freestyle with Chiara Rogers and Celyn Walmsley both making finals. Read here for a more detailed report.
Congratulations to Rhys Davidson selected for England Programmes Phase 1 camps.
This fantastic achievement involves Rhys attending 3 one day camps through September to November aimed at developing his swim specific knowledge.
Head Coach Adam Taylor said, the selection was ” well deserved coming from (his) recent racing success. Well done Rhys – everyone at Team Luton is very proud. Make the most of this brilliant opportunity!”
With Black Friday and the festive season quickly approaching, remember that whenever you shop on-line you could be raising funds for Team Luton, without spending an extra penny. Just register with Easyfundraising and select Team Luton as your cause.
Alex Mason won the 18-24 years’ 400m Freestyle as Team Luton collected a total of seven medals (1 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze) at the Swim England Masters Championships.
The swims recorded in Sheffield mean the Men have climbed to 12th in the GB Team Decathlon competition whilst the Ladies are currently 115th. Read here for full report.
Individuals across a fifty year age range have been chosen to represent Beds County, demonstrating the depth of talent held by members of the club .
Five of our Performance Squad were up in Sheffield at the weekend competing in the National County Team Championships; Chiara Rogers (aged 13), Eleanor King (17), Celyn Walmsley (15), Rhys Davidson (13) and Freddie Symonds (15).
Meanwhile Alex Mason (21), Michael Poynton (27), Karen MacKenzie (44) and Graham Powell (61) have all been selected to swim for Beds in the Masters Inter Counties at Newmarket next month.
County caps were also won last month by Veronica Popow (10), Jack Juggins (11 and Susanna Opoku-Gyamfi (12).
Well done eveyone.
Our Masters and Seniors were in medal winning form bringing home a total of 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals from their East Region championships at the weekend.
Valuable points were gained for the National Masters Decathlon competition. As a result Team Luton are now standing 14th in the Men’s Team competition with 16,417 points, just 78 points short of their best ever total. The Ladies Team are currently in 124th position with 5,428 points from just 18 qualifying races.
Read here for a full report.
Congratulations to Chiara Rogers, Celyn Walmsley, Chantal Smith , Nicola Pasquire and Matthew Wright for your swims up in Sheffield bringing Team Luton’s 2016/17 season to a highly successful conclusion.
Finals and top ten places were secured by all, topped off by Matthew winning Gold in the English 400m Freestyle, albeit representing Bath University where he has just finished his first year’s studies. Read here for a full report.
The fantastic results are testament to all of the hours put in by our swimmers and all of our coaching staff. It was also a fitting end to Adam Taylor’s first year as Head Coach coming just after the club recognised all of its up and coming swimmers, with over 120 club records established over the last year.
Well done everyone!
Three members of Team Luton Masters are heading off to Budapest for the World Masters Swimming Championships next week.
Karen Mackenzie competes in the 40-44 year age group 50m and 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and the 200m IM. For Karen this is her debut on the World stage having only started competing as a Masters two years ago.
Graham Powell, who won a bronze over 50m Backstroke at the World Masters championships back in 1996, competes over 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke plus the 50m and 100m Butterfly in the 60-64 year age group. He is ranked 6th on entry times for both the 50m Back and 100m Fly and 7th for the 100m Back.
Colin Mayes swims in the 60-64 years 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke and the 200m IM.
There is a reduced training schedule over the Summer period from Monday 7th August until Monday 4th September. Details can be accessed here. All of these sessions are at Inspire.
The revised programme for the Masters and Senior Age Group squad from Sunday 6th August to Sunday 3rd September can be accessed here.