Xmas Closure Dates

All the club will be closed for training over Xmas as follows;

Last training date is Thursday 21st December with first session of the new year being Wednesday 3rd Jan 2018…have a great and peaceful Xmas.

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Swimmer Of The Month


Congratulations to Sophie King, Louie Stadler and James Wright who were nominated by the coaches and teaching staff for swimmer of the month.

Well done to Louie Stadler who was selected the winner for overall improvement and attitude during training.

Diary Dates…

Christmas is approaching, so just a reminder to keep these dates free in your diary. There are a lot of forms that are being distributed, so please ensure you hand them back in to the coaches way in advance of the deadline day to make our roles easier.

Saturday 9th December – Round 3 NASL – Warm Up 18:00pm

Selections for this league fixture will be made over the next week. The venue will be communicated through text message. Please note that selections for the gala cannot always be guaranteed.

Sunday 10th December – Presidents Evening at 15:00-18:00pm (All Pools)

All swimmers and their family are welcome to come along to our Presidents Evening. Awards will be presented around 16:00-16:30pm with the “splash & fun” beginning at 15:00pm. The slides, floats and inflatables will be available with lots of music!

Sunday 17th December – Inter-Club Gala “Club Colours” Main Pool at 15:00-18:00pm

Dan is managing this club gala. Forms are being handed out for this event, and you must hand them back in asap! Please see Dan’s post for more information.

Saturday 6th January 2018 – Round 1 Leicester Winter League

Selections for this league fixture will be as soon as practicably possible. The venue, warm up and start time will be communicated through text message. After our promotion last season, we will now be competing in division one. Please note that selections for the gala cannot always be guaranteed.

Sunday 13th January 2018 – Club Development Camp

Forms for this event will be handed out on Monday evening. This is a great chance for main and development squads to come together to develop their race skills, knowledge, and to take part in land training and team building activities. Please read the forms as the Winter Sprint Gala is connected to this event. These forms will need to be handed back in with payment by 21st December 2017.

Sunday 14th January 2018 – Winter Sprint Gala at 15:00-19:00pm (Time TBC)

Kyle is managing this club gala. The license application is currently pending approval. Forms will be handed out starting on Monday evening. Please hand back in before 21st December 2017 along with payment.

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Results Updates

Coach reports for the following events are now uploaded to the results section of the website, with all corresponding swimmers times uploaded to the members section. Thanks to Rob for collating and all those who swam, helped and supported through the events;

Long Eaton Distance Meet

Ghoul In The Pool

Arena Round 2

Open Meet Round Up…

It’s been a busy period with a lot of open meets and galas taking place, so instead of an individual post for each meet, here is a round up of all competitions with the highlights.

The Long Eaton Distance Open

Six swimmers were representing Ilkeston at the LE Distance Open at Queens Street in Derby. James & Sam were both in the 1500m Freestyle, which started in the morning. The first time that James had raced this event and he paced it well coming in on a 21.08.74. Sam has swam the event before, so he knew what to expect. Sam was consistent with his entry time, and also racing his final 1500m under Team Ilkeston.

Session two saw Eve Beharall, Eja Coe and Erin Pickard take on the 400m Freestyle. It was Eve’s first time racing a 400m Freestyle, and she looked strong coming in with a time of 5.36.31, ten seconds faster than previously raced at a time trial. Eja also raced her first official 400m Freestyle coming in 1st place and in a time of 5.21.42. Erin has raced the 400m Freestyle a few weeks earlier at the DX open posting a time of 5.47.89. At the LE meet, Erin posted a new time of 5.46.62.

Session three was Erin and Eve who were both racing the 800m Freestyle for the first time. Both swimmers looked strong and skillful with Erin posting a 11.53.18, and Eve coming in at 11.20.28. To finish off the third session, Angela Guilfoyle completed her 800m in a time of 10.50.07.

Session four, the final session of the day! Eja in the 400m Individual Medley – again the first time that she had raced this officially for a time on the rankings. A good swim coming in at 6.00.63 in first place.

Overall, a great meet for our swimmers, especially pleased to see them giving the distances a go! Well done all – results will be available in the members section asap.

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“Ghoul in the Pool”

The Belper Marlins Open, also known as the “Ghoul in the Pool” was well attended by our swimmers with 16 in action. The swimmers were; Alfie Brown, Alicia Bull, Elliot Bestwick, Erica Beharall, Erin Pickard, Ethan Hulme, Eve Beharall, James Wright, Joshua Bestwick, Katie Tompkin, Leo Charlesworth, Lewis Wright, Ollie Palmer, Tegan Hulme, Thomas Ingram and William Wright.

A total of 84 swims entered and 69 times faster than the entry time with thirteen top three placings. The first place positions came from; James Wright in the 100m Breaststroke & 50m Freestyle. Second place positions from; James Wright in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, and 100m Freestyle. Katie Tompkins in the 50m Breaststroke. Bronze placings for; Lewis Wright in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley, and the 100m Butterfly. Tegan Hulme in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. Eve Beharall in the 100m Butterfly.

A total of 28 top six finishes. Team Ilkeston came 7th top club out of 19 competing teams. In addition, the top girl and boy results included two of our swimmers. Lewis Wright in 16th position with 19 points, and James Wright in 2nd position with 32 points – just 3 off the top boy).

East Midland regional qualifications have been achieved at this open meet by:

James Wright – 100m Breaststroke

Tegan Hulme – 50m Freestyle

Lewis Wright – 50m Freestyle

Well done to all swimmers!

The results for these two open meets will be available to view in the members area asap.

Inter-Club Gala – General and Entry Info

Date: Sunday 17th December.

Warm-Up Time: 3pm.

Entry forms are now being handed out by the coaching team. If you haven’t been handed an entry form, please ask a coach for one.  

Swimmers must complete an entry form in order to participate. Swimmers are not able to participate if an entry form is not completed and handed in. 

  • The Inter-Club Gala will involve all main pool swimmers.
  • Swimmers from all squads are mixed together to create six different teams.
  • Each team will have a dedicated team captain.
  • Swimmers will participate in a range of preselected individual and relay events.
  • Points will be given to teams based on their position in each event. 6 points are awarded for a 1st place finish, 5 Points for a 2nd place finish, 4 for 3rd place, 3 for 4th place, 2 for 5th place and 1 for 6th place.
  • The team with the highest points overall will win the Gala.
  • We highly encourage all swimmers to enter this event as it is an ideal opportunity to bond with fellow team members and participate in a wide variety of races / events.

Once entered if a swimmer is then unable to participate, please notify a member of the coaching team as swimmers will be placed in a team and allocated races once entered, so then the swimmer will need to be removed from the team and races if they will not be participating. If we aren’t notified then this will have to be done on the day which we would like to avoid having to do.

The entry fee for spectators is £1.50. Programmes are provided. 

A Cake Sale and Raffle will also take place on the day. 

If you have any question or queries about the Gala, then please speak to a member of the coaching team. 

In order to successfully run this gala, we require a range of helpers. If you are able to help on the day then please let Dan Sloan know. All help is much appreciated. 

Please note that no main pool sessions will take place on this date due to the gala. All splash pool sessions will remain on as normal.

NASL Round 2 @ Bramcote

Team Ilkeston were hosting round 2 at Bramcote L.C on Saturday evening. It was another tough round in the NASL, but much improved from round 1 with a lot more swimmers in attendance, which made it a lot more manageable.

The teams on the night were; L1 Rykneld, L2 Camphill, L3 Bromsgrove, L4 Market Harborough, L5 Cheadle & L6 Team Ilkeston.

Eja Coe (50m Backstroke), Lewis Wright (100m Butterfly) and James Wright (100m Freestyle), all racing to first place finishes in their respective age groups and races. In the relay events, the 11/U girls were on form in their Medley Relay coming in first place in a time of 2.38.91, in comparison to round one with a 2.46.07.

Lewis Brown (100m Breaststroke), Eja Coe (50m Butterfly), Alicia Bull (50m Breaststroke), James Wright (100m Butterfly), Erin Pickard (50m Freestyle) and Lewis Wright (100m Breaststroke), all finishing in second place on the night. The 11/U girls also impressed in the Freestyle relay coming in second place in 2.20.24 a time difference of five second knocked off from the first round! The final second place was from the Open Boys Freestyle cannon in the last race of the night – very nearly making it a first place.

Louie Stadler (50m Backstroke), Lewis Brown (100m Backstroke), Katie Sloan (100m Backstroke), Jack Chambers (100m Backstroke), Finley O’Neill (50m Breaststroke) and Eja Coe (100m Butterfly). The boys 15/U Freestyle relay coming in at 2.01.01 in third place. The Open boys Medley relay team finishing in third place. Finally, the 13/U girls Freestyle relay coming in third place. A massive difference from their performance in the previous round. The round one time was 2.30.38 in 6th place, and in round two a time of 2.15.14.

That made a total of 21 top three placings out out 50 events.

It was a close gala with just 20 points separating us from 3rd place on the night. Basic mistakes such as setting off too early in a relay in this league will ultimately be the difference between finishing bottom or a place in the top three. The standard of judging is very high, so you have to be able to keep calm in these situations. Going forward, the mistakes that we made in this round will be learned from and going into the third round we’ll be much stronger. Remember – these aren’t failures, these are opportunities to learn and develop.

Final points and placings on the night were:

Round 2 Results Arena

Well done to all swimmers that raced on the night!

As you all know, we hosted the league gala, and it required a lot of helpers to make it a success. So, thank you to all that helped in all of your positions on the night, from officiating in all roles, team management, recording, announcing, door entry, health and safety, refreshments, lane end and splits. It is really appreciated!

Roll on round 3 – Results of round 2 will be uploaded asap