Long Eaton Open

19 swimmers entered the Long Eaton Open as a preparation open meet before the County Championships. Swimmers racing at this meet were; Alex Baldwin, Amber Wilkins, Angela Guilfoyle, Charlotte Mitchell, Eja Coe, Emma Wilkins, Erin Pickard, Ethan Hulme, James Wright, Lewis Guilfoyle, Naomi Forbes, Ollie Palmer, Paige Baldwin, Sam Hardy, Sophie Stone, Tegan Hulme, Thomas Ingram, Tristan Guilfoyle and William Wright.

In session one there was ten top three placings which were; James Wright – 200m Freestyle (6th), Eja Coe – 50m Freestyle (4th & Finalist), Emma Wilkins – 50m Freestyle (6th & Finalist), Paige Baldwin – 50m Freestyle (3rd & Finalist), Alex Baldwin – 100m Backstroke (6th), James Wright – 100m Backstroke (4th), James Wright – 100m Freestyle (3rd & Finalist), Eja Coe – 200m Individual Medley (3rd), Emma Wilkins – 100m Butterfly (6th), and Eja Coe – 100m Butterfly (3rd). There was a total of 18 pbs in the heats of the morning session.

The finals of the 100m Freestyle for the boys and 50m Freestyle for the girls were the events to complete session one. James Wright was the only boy in the 100m Freestyle final achieving a bronze medal. Whilst in the 50m Freestyle final for the girls; Eja Coe and Emma Wilkins were both racing in the 10 & 11 years final and both achieving a 6th place finish. Paige Baldwin was racing in the 12 year old age group and achieved a bronze medal in her final heat.

Session two started in the afternoon after the lunch break with the first event being the 200m Freestyle for the girls. Erin Pickard (6th), Eja Coe (3rd), Tegan Hulme (6th) and Angela Guilfoyle (5th). Up next was the 50m Freestyle heats for the boys. James Wright (5th & Finalist) and Sam Hardy (3rd & Finalist). The 100m Backstroke for the girls included; Erin Pickard (5th), Eja Coe (4th) and Tegan Hulme (3rd). In the 100m Breaststroke; James Wright (1st) and Sam Hardy (4th), whilst Tegan Hulme came 4th in the 100m Freestyle, which meant she would swim in the final later in the session. In the 200m Individual Medley were James Wright (2nd) and Sam Hardy (3rd). Closing the heats session were Sam Hardy (4th) and James Wright (2nd) in the 100m Butterfly. A total of 19 pbs in the heats of the afternoon session.

The finals of session two involved three swimmers; Tegan Hulme in the 100m Freestyle final coming in fourth place and achieving a faster time than earlier in the heats. James Wright finishing in 5th place with a faster time than in the heats, and Samuel Hardy also in the 50m Freestyle final finishing in 4th in his age group.

Well done swimmers

League Table: Leicester WL 2017

After round 1 of the Leicester Winter League, here is the league table! Taking into consideration that we only had five teams in our gala, which is why the points have been adjusted – it puts us in a great position with two rounds left to go! #TeamIlkeston


Leicester Winter LR1

The first round of the Leicester Winter League held at Loughborough Leisure Centre was a fantastic start to the New Year. After a year out of the League and only three sessions back in the pool after the festive period, we were looking strong, and this was with several swimmers missing too! Everyone that raced gave everything they had for their team mates and we finished in the top three in 39 races of 49 events. A total of 21 first places, 13 second places, and 5 third places. 16 individual race pbs, and 62 relay split pbs, making a total of 78 pbs on the night.

Overall, the points total of 235 on the night, which I believe is a record points total for a Leicester gala for our Club in recent times. Just behind us in second place by 1 point was Long Eaton who also swam well and gave us a close battle all the way until the end of the gala. Followed by Shepshed in third, in fourth place was Loughborough Town and in fifth place was Coaville.

Swimmers that made their competitive debut in the LL were; Amber Wilkins, Dominic Wynn, Eja Coe, Erin Pickard, Erica Beharall, Emma Wilkins, Eleanor Higgins, Eleanor West, Finley O’Neill, Leo Charlesworth, Louie Stadler and Thomas Ingram.

Thanks to all that helped on poolside, judging, time keeping, team managing and coaches.

Well done swimmers