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Summer Nationals 2018 Success

Once again, our team of National Qualifiers represented the club in fine fashion at the British Summer Championships and Swim England National Meets over the past two weeks. At the British Championships, from 19 individual events we qualified in, we saw 15 personal best times, 11 top ten placings and 2 medals. From the 5 relay events we saw 4 teams improve on their performances at Regional Championships with the exception of the Junior Boys Medley team who had a last-minute injury substitute. Stand out performances include Ben Hooper’s 200m Butterfly, Cara O’Toole’s first ever British Championships final, the Junior Girls 4x200 Freestyle team improving on Regionals, the Junior Boys 4x200 Freestyle team improving on Regionals and Senior Men’s 4x100 Medley team breaking the club record! Notably, the absence of Loulou Vos who was away on camp preparing for European Championships would have most likely added to our results with her season’s best times placing 1st, 1st and 2nd in the 200/400/800m Freestyle respectively.

At the Swim England Open Water Festival, we first saw Diana Bernatskaya compete in her first ever national competition. She finished 21st and came out from the water with a grin from ear to ear, and she is determined to qualify again next year. James Harrington then toughed out a big 3km swim to finish in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a medal. Cara and Emily then competed in the 15yrs girls 3km in what was a hugely competitive field with experienced open water specialists and they finished a credible 5th and 9th respectively.

The team then headed back to the pool for the Swim England National Meet, which would bring further success to those competing, with more personal best times and top 10 placings. Notable performances include Dillon Chana in the 100m Butterfly, Cara O’Toole in the 400m and 800m Freestyle and Ellie Williams in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.

Congratulations to all the team on a season of hard work, commitment and success!

British Summer Champs Top 10 Placings
Silver Ben Hooper – 17/18yrs 200m Butterfly
Bronze Ben Hooper – 17/18yrs 50m Butterfly
5th Dillon Chana – 15yrs 50m Backstroke
5th Ben Hooper – 17/18yrs 100m Butterfly
6th Aarian Lally – 15yrs 1500m Freestyle
7th Dillon Chana – 15yrs 50m Butterfly
8th Ben Hooper – 17/18yrs 200m Freestyle
9th Antonio Nikolaou – 15yrs 200m Backstroke
10th Aarian Lally – 15yrs 400m Freestyle
10th Cara O’Toole – 15yrs 400m IM
10th Cara O’Toole – 15yrs 200m Breaststroke

Open Water Top 10 Placings
5th James Harrington – 14 years 3km
5th Cara O’Toole – 15 years 3km
9th Emily Driver – 15 years 3km

Swim England National Meet Top 10 Placings
Gold Dillon Chana – 15yrs 100m Butterfly
Gold Cara O’Toole – 15yrs 800m Freestyle
Silver Aarian Lally – 15yrs 200m Freestyle
Silver Cara O’Toole – 15yrs 400m Freestyle
Bronze Ellie Williams – 15yrs 50m Breaststroke
Bronze Ellie Williams – 15yrs 100m Breaststroke
4th Antonio Nikolaou – 15yrs 100m Backstroke
5th Dillon Chana – 15yrs 200m Freestyle
5th James Harrington – 14yrs 1500m Freestyle
6th Emily Driver – 15yrs 100m Backstroke
7th Ben Hooper – 18/Over 100m Backstroke
10th Cara O’Toole – 15yrs 200m IM
10th Cara O’Toole – 15yrs 100m Backstroke

Farewell and Thankyou Matt

We bid a fond farewell to Matt today as he returns home to Wales after 3 years with our Club.

THANK YOU for all that you have achieved and contributed and we send our best wishes as you start your new job.

A successful end to your 3 years!

Squad coaching and rep changes

To all swimmers and parents,
There have been a number of improvements to the website recently which we hope will improve how you intereact with the website.  We have simplified the Contact information for all squads, coaches and reps.  As a result of this, please can you familiarise yourselves with the new pages etc

Contact Us > Coaches
Contact Us > Squad Reps


Please can all parents ensure that you reply to the invite to join the new payment system (if you have not already done so) as this system is now operating across the whole Club and is the only way to pay for gala entries.

The aim is to ensure we have a more efficient system that reduces the workload of the volunteers who are processing the gala entries and your assistance in responding promptly will be much appreciated.

Competition calendar for 2018/19 released

A new Competition Calendar page has been added to the website, it can be found under the Competitions menu.  It is designed to make it simpler for swimmers in all squads to know which Open Meets they are required to attend.  This page will be updated through the year when new Open Meets are announced.  So please look at the page regularly so that you can plan your time correctly.

HSC at London Youth Games 2018

On Saturday 7th July saw the London Youth Games take place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, with Hillingdon Swimming Club swimmers representing the borough across a number of different sports including Swimming, Netball, Sailing, BMX and an Aquathon. The swimming team competed against 27 other boroughs on a boiling afternoon in the pool. The mini team raced in the morning when temperatures were cooler and had a fantastic morning racing long course.  As the afternoon began and temperatures rose it saw the youth and senior teams begin racing with 3 medals being taken home a gold from Ellie Williams in the 50m Breaststroke, a silver for Luca Martin Mckevitt in the 50m Freestyle and a bronze for the senior girls medley relay team consisting of Joanne, Sophie, Emily and Ellie.

A big thank you to all swimmers involved in the team and big well done for the fantastic way you represented the borough which led to the Hillingdon team receiving the ‘Respect the Games Award’ for our positive attitude towards the competition and other competitors that were taking part.

Harrow Summer Meet July 2018 - Review

The weekend of the 14th/15th July saw the End of Season Harrow Meet take place and Hillingdon Swimming Club filled the Meet with 84 swimmers. Poolside was a sea of green with Hillingdon swimmers taking up over half the seating in the Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre. This led to an electric poolside environment for the team, with swimmers talking about this being a Club Champs for Hillingdon due to heats of 8 being filled with 7 Hillingdon swimmers.

Highlights of the weekend were the inclusion of the distance events in the meet (800m/1500m) and the number of swimmers who took on the challenge of entering these events. The support that was shown through-out the weekend from one swimmer to another was fantastic, all swimmers were doing a great job at cheering on fellow Hillingdon swimmers when they were racing and it was good to see the older swimmers learning names and talking to the younger swimmers, passing on advice and helping to create a relaxed environment for them on poolside.

Also a massive thank you to the 13 parents we had officiating at the meet enabling it to run so smoothly and successfully and a big congratulations to Adam Pawlik, Natalie Wagjiani and Simon Beran who all are now qualified Level 1 Judges.

The results are available to view and download via the link on the Open Meets page

Congratulations to Simon, Adam and Natalie

Well done to Simon Beran, Adam Pawlik and Natalie Wagjiani who successfully completed their assessments at the Harrow Meet and are now qualified J1's.

If anyone is interested in undertaking the training to become a qualified Judge 1 please contact Club Chairman - Teresa

Training Schedule Released for September 2018

The revised training schedule for next season, which starts at end of August, is available to view on the RNSS Training and Elite Training pages.  Please check the timetable to ensure that you turn up to the correct pool on the correct day and time.

HOAC 2018 - Thank you

We had a great day in the sunshine at our family day with 40 participants including coaches Lin and Alex taking part in a range of activities including the raft building race.

Special thanks to Taj Randhawa for organising the event and to our team of barbeque chefs who did a brilliant job in very hot conditions cooking for all the swimmers and parents - Dave Neal, Simon Beran, Graham Bowley and Leon Van Zyl.

Thanks also to the volunteers who helped with setting and clearing away.


Club Champs Sun 8th July 2018 - psych sheet

The psych sheet for Sunday's club champs is available to view and download via the Club Champs page.

Harrow Summer Meet - Accepted Entries

The accepted entries list for the Harrow Summer Meet has been released and it is available to view and download via the Open Meets page

London and Middlesex Open Water Championships 2018

A beautiful June 30th saw swimmers attend the London Region and Middlesex Championships.

Competing across distance such as 2km, 3km and 5km, our swimmers brought home the medals as well as some great experience, fun and of course some National Qualifiers.
Diana won the 12 year Girls 2km race, alongside that qualifying for Open Water Nationals. A first for Diana, Coach Anthony and Elite 3! Well done both!
Cara O Toole also won the 3km 15 year old Girls race!

In total the team has 17 medals, with 17 swimmers racing. Well done Team!

London Medal Winners
Cara - Gold
Diana - Gold
Dillon - Silver
James - Silver
Emily - Bronze

Middlesex Medal Winners
Cara - Gold
Diana - Gold
Dillon - Gold
James - Gold
Jamie - Silver
Aoife - Silver
Joanne - Silver
Alexander - Silver
Emma - Silver
Emily - Silver
Luca - Silver
Jordan - Bronze

Club Champs Sun 8th July 2018 - Flyer

The next round of the Club Champs is rapidly approaching.  The information flyer is available to view and download via the Club Champs page.

Urgent traffic issues near Merchant Taylors School

Warning! There is a possibility of delays near Merchant Taylor's tonight due to a traffic accident, so please allow more time to get to training.
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