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”.


  Cheshunt goes all out for the second round of the Peanuts League.
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-06-18 01:06:00
Cheshunt swimmers pulled out all the stops last weekend for the second round of the Peanuts League in Stevenage. Having finished 2nd in the first round they were determined to gain a top 3 position on the night and they did not disappoint. The team posted some strong swims with a grand total of 16 first place positions along with 6 second places and 7 third’s!

Millie Clark started the night off finishing 3rd in the Girls Under 11’s 25m Freestyle, in a time of 16.68. Emily Lush & Zane Batt then both came into 1st place in the Under 12’s 25m Backstroke finishing with times of 17.88 & 18.30 respectively.Next Megan Pope took 1st place in the Under 13’s 50m Breaststroke with a new personal best (PB) of 38.80.

Not to be outdone, by the older ones, Aaron Pickard & Lara Stevens then brought home 2nd and 3rd places for the 9 Years 25m Freestyle finishing in 17.81 & 19.54. The Under 11’s 25m Butterfly saw Rosie Batt& Taylor Coe finishing 2nd. Rosie came in at 21.81 & Taylor 21.27. Emily Lush & Zane Batt raced again pulling in another two 1st place positions for Cheshunt in the Under 12’s 25m Freestyle.

Megan Pope once again finished in 1st place, this time in the Under 13’s 50m Backstroke, finishing in a time of 35.47. The 9 Years Freestyle Relay team with Lara Stevens, Imogen Gildersleeve, Ruby Taylor & Emilia Gitev showed off their future potential finishing in 3rd place position while the boys team of Aaron Pickard, Rohan Misir, Bradley Hewitt & William Brookman proved a force to be reckoned with pulling an impressive 1st place out the bag. Whilst the Under 11’s Girls Medley Relay team of Rosie Batt, Ela Norton, Millie Clark & Emma Lenahan held on for 3rd place.

Emily Lush, Courtney Munson, Ellie Clark & Lauren Lee finished the Girls Under 12’s Freestyle Relay in a great time of 1:05.94 with Lauren bringing them home in 2nd place.

Peanuts Squad Round 2Competing in the Under 13’s Girls Medley Relay team was Emily Lush, Megan Pope, Courtney Burke and Neave Brookman who gave the crowd a exciting race to watch smashing home a 1st place in a fantastic time of 1:05.94.

The excitement remained as Aaron Pickard then gained 1st in the 9 years 25m Backstroke in a time of 21.80 and was followed by Ela Norton in the 25 Breaststroke also finishing 1st in a time of 21.84. Courtney Munson, in the Under 11’s age group, then flew into 3rd in the 25m Butterfly and 1st in the 25m Breaststroke in a time of 20.73.

Courtney Burke swam in the Under 13’s bringing home two 1st place positions finishing the 50m Freestyle in an impressive 32.08 and the 50m Butterfly in 36.86. Faith Ruoff made her debut for the Peanut’s squad and swam in the Girls Under 11 25m Backstroke grabbing a 3rd place in a time of 22.67. Taylor Coe also swam the 25m Backstroke in the same age group pulling in a 2nd place in a time of 21.18.

The 9 year old boys special relay team finished in 1:36.37 with William Brookman bringing them home in 2nd place.The Girls Under 12’s Medley Relay team then secured another 1st Place finishing in 1:17.54. The Boys team of Zane Batt, Anastasios Karameros, Taylor Coe & George Popa finished in 1:21.41 with George swimming them home in a comfortable 1st place.

Megan Pope, Emily Lush, Neave Brookman & Courtney Burke then showed what they can really do finishing in a brilliant time of 1:01.25 in the Under 13’s Freestyle Relay with an impressive lead throughout and Courtney bringing them home into a fantastic 1st Place.

The highlight of the evening though had to be the 8x25m Squadron Freestyle Relay. To the roar of the crowd Megan, Terry, Lara, Aaron, Millie, Taylor, Emily & Zane brought the team home in 1st place!

Assistant Head Coach Richard Walker said “Despite missing some swimmers who were competing at the East Regional Championships, the squad showed that all their hard work and determination to swim is paying off. Finishing the second round in 2nd place is a fantastic achievement and I’m really proud of all of them”.


The team are now preparing for the final round on the 12th July.


  County Call-Up for Holly Atkins
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-06-15 01:03:00
Holly Atkins has been selected to represent Hertfordshire ASA at an Inter-County competition on July 6th at Basildon.

County Call-Up for Holly Atkins

Well Done Holly!


  Cheshunt Swims Strong At Regional's - Weekend 1
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-06-13 01:01:00
Last weekend saw Cheshunt swimmers compete in the East Region championship at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The first weekend saw 7, of the 8 swimmers who qualified, in action.

Olivia Pawson was first in the water in the 200m Individual Medley.  A strong swim saw her finish in 15th place in the East Region 14yr age group, in a time of 2:38.59. Next up was Tegan Wollaston also in the 14yrs East Region age group swimming 800m Freestyle, her strongest event. An excellent swim saw her not only knock 8 seconds off her PB but also put her on the podium with a 3rd place, in a time of 9:45.47, and a bronze medal.

Regionsl Qualifiers 2014Emily Lush, Megan Pope, Olivia Pawson and Tegan Wollaston were all in action the 100m Freestyle with Emily finishing 23rdin the U12 East Region age group, in a time of 1:12.69.
Megan finished 16thoverall in the U13’s, in a time of 1:08.33. Olivia was 15thwith a time of 1:05.28 & Tegan 24thwith a time of 1:06.51 respectively in their age groups.  Last race of the day was the gruelling 200m Butterfly.  Tegan swam well in the heats qualifying for the final in which she came 7th in a time of 2.39.63.

The Sunday morning session saw the team back in action. Tegan swam in the 100m Butterfly finishing in 9th place with a time of 1:12.10.  Daniel Lush then opened his Regional account in the 13yrs 200m Breaststrokefinishing in 11th place with a time of 2:57.40.  The final event of session 3 was the girls 400m Freestyle with Tegan & Olivia back in the pool.  Olivia again producing a solid swim in 12th place finishing in a time of 4:53.63 and Tegan continued to show her strength at the longer distance coming 8th in the 14yr age group in a time of 4:46.52.
The final session on Sunday saw Alara Norton & Holly Atkins in the 12yrs 100m Breaststroke.  For Holly this was her first Regional Championships and she ended up in 11th place with a time of 1.29.35. Alara who was seeded behind Holly swam an excellent heat placing her into the final in which she came a very respectable 7th with a time of 12:26.21.

 Regional Qualifiers 2014

Today sees the final weekend with a further 17 swims to be completed by Cheshunt swimmers.


  Millie At The Youth Regionals
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-06-10 00:59:00
Millie Donovan has moved up this year into the Youth Regional Championships which were held at the Inspire Pool in Luton, home of the popular TV show Splash. This year Millie achieved her biggest haul of Regional Events yet qualifying in no less than 5 events; 100m, 200m  & 400m Freestyle as well as the 200m & 400m Individual Medley.

Millie Donovan at the Youth Regional Championships 2014

Unlike the BAGCAT championships all these events are held over the same weekend. Millie performed well over the weekend with finishing times of 2:45.77 for the 200m Individual Medley, 5:50.22 for the 400m Individual Medley, 2:21.51 for the 200m Freestyle & 4:59.81 for the 400m Freestyle. The pick of the swims for Millie has to be the 100m Freestyle finishing in a time of 1:05.39.

Head Coach Paul Wollaston said "With this being Millie's first year at the Youth Regional Championships it was really great to see her qualify for so many events and having some strong swims over the weekend".


  Cheshunt Shines with Regional Entries
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2014-06-10 00:58:00
This year’s Regional Swimming Championships in Norwich are being held over the first two weekends in June. Cheshunt Swimming Club have achieved their biggest number of qualifiers ever for this competition.

Regional Qualifiers 2014Having had five Regional swimmers last year this year we have a total of eight swimmers competing in a magnificent total of over 30 separate events. There are only four other clubs in the County with more Regional swimmers than Cheshunt.

Competing for Cheshunt are Tegan Wollaston who is swimming in 7 events.  She has qualified for all the Freestyle events as well as the 100m & 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley.  Last year she won silver in the 800m Freestyle as well as making the final of the 200m Butterfly.  This year she is hoping to make more finals and be in contention for some more medals in the U15 category. Also swimming in the U15 category is Olivia Pawson. Olivia will be competing in no less than 6 events this year. The 100m,200m & 400m Freestyle, 100m,200m Backstroke as well as the 200m Individual Medley.  Last year she made 3 finals coming 5th in the 100m Backstroke & 200m Backstroke as well as 7th in the 100m Butterfly.  This year she too will be hoping to contest more finals.

Also in the U15 age group is Daniel Lush, swimming in his first Regionals. Daniel is competing in the 100m,200m,400m Freestyle, 100m,200m Breaststroke as well as the 200m Individual Medley. Callum Wollaston will be swimming in the U13 events racing in all the Freestyle events,  as well as the 200m Individual Medley.  For the first time Callum will be swimming in the 1500m Freestyle and his qualifying time puts him in contention for the medals.

Alara Norton has continued to show that she is a talented Breaststroke swimmer with again qualifying for the 100m & 200m Breaststroke.  Last year she made 2 finals the 100m Breaststroke coming 7th & 5th in the 200m Breaststroke  This year she is again hoping to contest the finals.Regional Qualifiers 2014

Holly Atkins has been one of the real success stories this year.  Before this year’s County Championships she only had a couple of County qualifying times.  She now goes to her first Regional Championships having qualified in both the 100m & 200m Breaststroke.  Her times also put her in competition for a place in both finals being seeded 6th for the 100m Breaststroke & 7th for the 200m.

Megan Pope, swimming in the U13,  has continued to show that she is a strong Freestyle swimmer by again making the 100m event.  Continued hard training will see her increase her number of events next year as she has a lot more to offer in the other strokes. Emily Lush has again made the Regional times.  In the past her strength has been in her Backstroke and whilst this is still improving her Freestyle has made even bigger leaps forward with her qualifying with an impressive 100m Freestyle time.  Emily is another one to watch over the coming year as she has been working on her technique and her other strokes will, I am sure, start to improve.

Head Coach Paul Wollaston said “The commitment and dedication shown by the swimmers at Cheshunt Swimming Club has really been exceptional this year. This shows with the increase in our County and Regional entries. I wish them all the best of luck.”


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