Cheshunt Swimmers Storm Peanuts Squadron Relay
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2015-05-10 01:19:00
Saturday 9th May saw Cheshunt Swimming Club youngsters make an excellent start competing in the 1st Round of the Peanuts League where they were up against swimming clubs; Hatfield B, Hoddesdon, Tring, Welwyn and Hertsmere Flyers. Following a good campaign last year, our swimmers made a promising start by coming home in a very credible 3rd place, in what was a very competitive gala.

The 1st round saw Peanuts League debuts for Hugo Connelly-Harding, Evie Grattan, Dayna Shepperson, Evie Brown, Emma Lenahan, Tara Safavi-Zadeh,  Sinran Misir, Ashlee Willett, Woody South, Ben Crossman, Jake Evans & Josh Horner.

The first win that we achieved came from Aaron Pickard (Boys U/11 Freestyle, 16.53), this was then followed by Mille Clarke (Girls U/12 Backstroke, 19.28), Jake Evans (Boys 9 Years Freestyle, 17.93), Sinran Misir (Girls 9 Years Breaststroke, 26.66), Woody South (Boys 9 Years Breaststroke, 23.96).


Peanuts Round 1 Squad 2015

We also saw strong 2nd places from Anastasios Karameros in the (Boys U/13 Breaststroke, 44.22), Emily Lush (Girls U/13 Backstroke, 36.78) Zane Batt (Boys U/13 Backstroke, 36.78), Taylor Coe (Boys U/12 Backstroke, 19.90 & U/12 Butterfly, 19.47), Ben Brookman (Boys U/12 Freestyle, 16.97) & Chloe Berko-Boateng (Girl U/13 Butterfly, 33.53).

Other strong swims also came individually too for Aimee Williams (Girls U/12 Freestyle), Rosie Batt (Girls U/12 Butterfly), William Brookman (Boys U/11 Backstroke), Dayna Shepperson (Girls U/11 Butterfly), Emilia Gitev (Girls U/11 Breaststroke), Tara Safavi-Zadeh (Girls U/11 Backstroke), Ben Crossman (Boys 9 Years Backstroke) and Ashlee Willett (Girls 9 years Backstroke).

There was also success for Cheshunt, in the relays, for Jake Evans, Woody South, Ben Crossman & Josh Horner (Boys 9 Years Freestyle and Special Relay) and Aaron Pickard, Rohan Misir, William Brookman & Woody South (Boys U/11 Freestyle Relay) who finished 1st retrospectively. Second place finishes came in the relays for Taylor Coe, Aaron Pickard, Ben Brookman & Peter Lenahan (Boys U/12 Freestyle Medley Relay) , Emily Lush, Chloe Berko-Boateng, Evie Grattan & Mille Clarke (Girls U/13 Medley Relay), Zane Batt, Anastasios Karameros, Taylor Coe & Hugo Connelly-Harding (Boys U/13 Freestyle & Medley Relay).

The highlight of the night had to be our 8 x 1 Mixed Squadron Relay team consisting of Sinran Misir, Woody South, Evie Brown, Aaron Pickard, Millie Clarke, Taylor Coe, Chloe Berko-Boateng & Zane Batt who stormed to a fantastic first place finish.

It was an excellent night for all the swimmers involved and with another 2 rounds to go we can only get stronger from this result. It was especially pleasing to see some of the swimmers in their first club gala and we hope that this experience will be a huge encouragement for their future galas.

Round 1 Finishing Places: 1st Hatfield B 141pts, 2nd Tring 150pts, 3rd Cheshunt 160pts, 4th Hoddesdon 176pts, 5th Hertsmere Flyers 195pts, 6th Welwyn 205pts.


  Cheshunt Trio Shine At Regional Championships
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2015-05-05 01:17:00
Last weekend saw the East Region Championships held at the Inspire pool in Luton.

Cheshunt Swimming Club had 3 qualifiers for the weekend, who between them took part in over 20 events.

First up was Tegan Wollaston in the 400m Freestyle in which she set the bar high, with a personal best time of 4:41.07, finishing 7th fastest – in the region - in the 16yrs age group. No time to rest as Tegan was straight back in the pool in the gruelling 200m Butterfly again coming away with a strong time of 2:36.17 as well as qualifying for the evening final.

Session 2 saw Olivia Pawson and Daniel Lush enter the fray.  Olivia recording a very strong 200m Backstroke time of 2:30.60, which qualified her for the evening finals in 4th place.  Daniel opened his account with an excellent PB of 58.32 in the 100m Freestyle.

Session 3 saw both Tegan & Olivia hold onto their 6th (2:34.84) and 4th (2:31.32) places respectively in the 200m Butterfly & 200m Backstroke finals.  Megan Pope &Alara Norton made the trip to Luton (as the youngest competitors) for the 4x100m Freestyle relay.  Strong swims from all 4 girls saw them finish in 10th place over all.


Regional Squad Weekend 1 2015

The following morning saw all Daniel, Olivia and Tegan back in the water.  This time it was Daniels turn for the 400m Freestyle.  A strong swim from Daniel saw him dominate the race and he was able to mark up yet another excellent PB of 4:38.26. Another fantastic swim from Olivia saw her qualifying for the 50m Backstroke final in a time of 32.78 and Tegan finished 16th in the region for the100m Butterfly with a time of 1:11.88.

Continuing their busy day the afternoon session saw Tegan in the 400m Individual Medley with Olivia in the 100m Freestyle.  Both girls swam excellent races with Olivia in 13th place with a time of 1:04.15 and Tegan just outside the medals in 4th with a time of 5:30.20. The club also entered the 4x200m Freestyle Relay with Megan and Alara joining Tegan & Olivia.  It was really good experience for the team as out of over 20 clubs taking part in the championships only 2 others entered teams. Alara & Megan have 2 more years in the age group which will stand them in great stead for the future.

The finals session saw Olivia finish a credible 7th in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 32.93 and also saw the 4 girls compete in the 4x100m Medley Relay finishing 5th in their heat.

Monday was the final day of the Championships and saw all 3 Cheshunt swimmers back in action. Daniel competing in the 200m IM and the 200m Freestyle where he again achieved PBs in both events finishing in 15th (2:28.23) & 12th (2:08.66) position in a very competitive age group. Tegan completed her championships with another final in the 200m Freestyle finishing in 7th place in a time of 2:15.33.  Not to be outdone Olivia managed to reach the final in both the 200m Individual Medley as well as the 100m Backstroke.  She came 8th in the 200m IM final in a time of 2:36.51 and left her best performance until last with an excellent PB of 1:09.05 and 4th place in the 100m Backstroke.

Next up for Cheshunt swimmers is the 11-14yrs Regional Championships at the end of the month in Norwich.  The club has it biggest contingent of swimmers for many years with a total of 8 swimmers qualifying to compete against the best in the East Region.


  Medals Galore For Cheshunt In Second Weekend Of County Championships
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2015-03-27 01:13:00
Last weekend saw the first full weekend of the County Championships at The Venue, Borehamwood.  In action for Cheshunt were 22 of their 23 qualifiers. First up were the girls in the 100m Freestyle where Cheshunt had 9 competitors. Setting the tone of the weekend was Emily Lush (12yrs) with an excellent swim finishing in 1.08.93 which is a new personal best.  Up next, also with a new pb, was Courtney Burke (13), 1.07.98, Alara Norton (13) also gained a new pb, 1.06.77, as did Emily South (14), 1.03.01. Finally in the 100 freestyle was Olivia Pawson (15) coming 4th in her age group and whose time of 1.01.91, was also a regional qualify time!

Following the girls success were the boys with the 50m Fly. All 5 boys had excellent swims with Taylor Coe (10), 40.44, Adam Bailey (14), 32.00, Callum Wollaston (13), 31.72,  Daniel Lush (14), 30.51 & Lewis Pope (15), 30.17, all boys gained new personal best times and Callum his regional qualifying time!

The final event of the morning session was the girls 200m Breaststroke. Rosie Batt (10) claimed PB's on her 50 & 100 split but just missed out on her final time of 3.53.49.  Ela Norton (11), 3.36.67, and Chloe Berko-Boateng (12), 3.11.25, both had very strong swims and gained new personal bests with Chloe taking 4th place in the 12yr old age group. Whilst just outside her pb Alara Norton (13) swam a strong race claiming Cheshunt’s 2nd medal of the championships and a bronze in her age group with a time of 2.56.96.

Unfortunately, due to a water temperature problem the swimmers then had to wait until Sunday to continue the championships. Upon their return to the pool on Sunday the Cheshunt boys competed in the 50m breaststroke. Continuing the run of personals best times were Taylor Coe (10), 49.41,  Aaron Pickard (10), 49.40, Daniel Lush (14), 35.95, and Lewis Pope (15), 34.54 with Lewis also finishing 4th in the 15yr old age group. It was the girls turn next, swimming the 100m backstroke with a whole host of personal bests from Emily Lush (12), 1.18.35, Courtney Burke (13), 1.16.23, Megan Pope (13), 1.14.20, Eleanor Turpin (13), 1.16.17 and Tegan Wollaston (15), 1.12.17. Olivia Pawson then swam a strong heat which then qualified her for the County final. A fantastic swim saw Olivia finish in 5th position in the open age group but she also picked up a Silver medal in the 15yr old age group with her time of 1.08.46.


This session ended with the boys 200m individual medley. Taylor Coe (10) continued the success he had had in previous events with yet another personal best, this time finishing 5th place in the 11yr old age group swimming a time of 3.13.73. Zane Batt (11), 3.00.94, Callum Wollaston (13), 2.34.19, Daniel Lush (14), 2.25.60, also swam personal bests with Callum and Daniel 5th place in their respective age groups.

In the final session of the weekend Courtney Burke, Megan Pope, Tegan Wollaston and Millie Donovan swam in the 100m Butterfly. An excellent swim from Courtney (13), 1.18.14, saw her take nearly two and a half seconds off of her previous best time! A great swim from Millie (16) saw her claim the bronze medal in the 16yr old age group.


  Cheshunt head into second weekend of County Championships in 2nd place
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2015-03-27 01:12:00
Following the huge success of last year, Cheshunt Swimming Club have been training hard and preparing for the Herts ASA County Championships. Cheshunt Swimming Club are proud to say that this year a record number of swimmers have qualified for the championships and between them will be competing in over 180 events! Head Coach Paul Wollaston commented “I am really pleased with the progress the swimmers have made. The record number of entries are down to the hard work and dedication shown by the swimmers. I can’t wait to see what the County Championships brings for the club!”

Last weekend the club and its swimmers had their first taste of what was to come when they attended the first session of the 2015 Hertfordshire County Championships which took place at The Venue, Borehamwood.  Cheshunt Swimming Club had 4 swimmers competing in the distance events. Tegan Wollaston, Megan Pope & Alara Norton competing in the 800m and Callum Wollaston in the gruelling 1500m. First up was Megan Pope who started off strongly and by half way was beginning to move through the field, a strong second 400m saw her finish in 10:18.99, a 20 second PB.  Alara was next up and again set a good pace in her heat. This was only her second ever race at 800m and she finished in a very respectable 10:21.70.  Megan and Alara finished 8th & 9th respectively in the 13yrs age group. Next up was Tegan Wollaston who was seeded fastest, taking pole position, in the final heat. After 200m Tegan turned in 3rd position, a body length behind the leader. The next 200m saw her slowly claw back the lead, going on to win in a fantastic time of 9:13.51 becoming both Junior and Senior County Champion. This is an amazing achievement which not only demonstrates her ranking within the county but her outstanding hard work and dedication to the sport.


Last up was Callum Wollaston in the 1500m Freestyle (the longest event).  He started off steadily turning in 6th place at 400m. From here onwards Callum showed endurance moving up through the field and finally finishing 3rd in his heat and 4th in the 13yrs age group, in a time of 18:18.51 a whole minute quicker than his entry time!

Cheshunt head into the second weekend of the County Championships in 2nd place on the Championship Table. 1st Hatfield – 15 Points, 2nd Cheshunt – 8 Points, 3rd Bishops Stortford – 7 Points, 4th Hemel Hempstead – 5 Points, 5th Potters Bar – 5 Points, 6th CoStA – 4 Points & 6th Hitchin – 2 points.


  Now Recruting For September, Learn 2 Swim - Love 2 Swim
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-08-17 01:09:00
Cheshunt Swimming Club has been involved in some great successes this year. Our dedicated, enthusiastic coaching team of Richard Walker, Jane Shine and Lessons Coordinator Ryan James under the expert guidance of head coach Paul Wollaston has lead the club to one of its most rewarding years ever. A record number of swimmers competed in the County Championships. This then lead to Cheshunt having one of the largest numbers of entries from the local area in the recent Regional BAGCAT Championships.

Cheshunt is a club that is ambitious and has designs on going places. It provides excellent quality teaching and coaching from our “Learn to Swim” programme through to those aspiring to reach National Championships. We have 13 hours of water time available for our top squad and this provides excellent value for the money.

Whether it's lessons, competitive or Adult & Child Swimming your interested in or you'd simply like to find out more information about our club then please do get in touch with our head coach, Paul Wollaston at

Learn 2 Swim - Love 2 Swim!


  Cheshunt Swimmers dominate at the Regional Open Water Championships
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-08-17 01:08:00
Sunday saw the East Region Open Water Championships held at Wittlingham in Norfolk.

Three swimmers from Cheshunt SC entered.  The first race was the 800m in which both Callum Wollaston & Holly Atkins were competing in their very first open water event.  Callum went in the 1st Heat and started out very strongly leading the pack of 40 swimmers to the 1st marker.  As they returned to the finish he touch just behind the 2 girls who were in the older age groups.  By the time the results were all in Callum came away with a large haul of silverware finishing:

Cheshunt SC Open Water


1st in the Region in the 13/14yr age group

1st in the County in the 13/14yr age group

1st in the County for the Junior (U16) age group 

1st in the County for the open age group




In the next heat for the 800m was Holly Atkins.  Again this was Holly’s 1st venture into open water swimming.  At the start she got a little boxed in but as the swimmers spread out she soon found her rhythm and swam a strong race.  Again once all of the results were in Holly found herself finishing:


Cheshunt SC Open Water


13th in the Region in the 13/14yrs age group

1st in the County in the 13/14yr age group

3rd in the County for the Junior (U16) age group

3rd in the County for the open age group





Emily South was last years County Junior & Senior champion at 800m and stepped up to the 1500m this year.  Her experience from the previous year meant that she got herself into a good position in the opening 200m which kept her out of any trouble.  As she disappeared off into the distance she settled into a good pace in the middle of the pack.  Emily finished strongly in the final stages and when the results were all in she achieved:

Cheshunt SC Open Water


14th overall in the 13/14yrs age group

1st in the County in the 13/14yr age group

1st in the County for the Junior (U16) age group





Head coach Paul Wollaston said “ It was a fantastic result. We had two County Champions and a Regional Champion from our swimmers”.


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