Essex Masters 2012
Hannah Ueckermann was again in action recently, in the Essex Masters championships. The Witham Dolphins’ swimmer entered eight events and came away with 8 medals including five golds. The highlight was a new Masters Eastern region record for the 100m Breaststroke.
Hannah was one of four Witham Dolphins’ masters swimmers taking part in the Essex Masters championships. Dean Shepherd also had an excellent championships wining gold in the 200m Freestyle, silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
Donna Goddard put in excellent performances to win silvers in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly and a bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
A very nervous Kelly Stevens was Dolphins fourth competitor, taking part in the championships for the first time and recording an excellent personal best in the 50m Freestyle.
Halstead Gala 15th Apr 2012
Lauren Baker performed brilliantly during the recent Halstead Open gala to take the award for best girl. Her 10 events resulted in 3 golds, 3 silvers, 3 bronze medals and a fourth place as well as recording a new personal best in the 200m Freestyle.
Lauren was one of 27 swimmers from Witham Dolphins to compete at the Halstead gala with nearly all recording at least one personal best.
Abby Colton and Emily Easton came away with 4 gold medals each and medals in the other 2 of their 6 events. Lauren Colton also came awaywith medals in all of her six events and Micky Gore scored gold in the 50m breast stroke despite suffering a heavy cold.
For the boys Callum Marley was the star with two first places out of his 4 events and set personal bests in both the 100m and 50m butterfly events. The PB for the 100m event was all the more remarkable as he set PBs in this event only 2 weeks earlier in both the heats and the final of the Essex Championship. Josh Fowles also came home with gold in the 200m freestyle and Cameron Brown won 3 silvers with new best times in the 50 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle events.
Of the less experienced Dolphins competitors, Annie Fynn stood out with an excellent 2nd place in the 50m Butterfly and personal bests in all but one of her six events. Connie Slater also had an excellent day with four personal bests out of four events with a very creditable 5th in the 50m breaststroke and 6th place in the 50m butterfly. Mollie Wilson and Beth Bentley recorded 3 PB’s out of three events.
Essex Championships 2012
Some great successes at this years County Championships. Detailed results available
Basildon Open 27th and 28th October 2012
Witham Dolphins Annie Fynne had a great Basildon Open gala. She won medals in seven of her eight events. She took gold in the 50m Butterfly and silver in the 50mm Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke and notched up a further 4 bronze medals recording five new personal bests as well.
The ever reliable Emily Easton took three gold medals in her four events over the weekend and at the same time broke two Dolphins club records. Aoife Marley recorded her first gold medal at an open event taking first in the 100m Breaststroke while Lauren Colton took a first and second in the 200m Butterfly and the 200m Individual Medley.
There were some superb performances by the young Dolphins , Holly Kilcast, Jessica More, Emily More, Rhiannon Cockell and Jasmine Wood most of whom were attending their first open gala. The standout performance came from Jasmine Wood, who took second in the 50m Breaststroke.
Callum Marley was the boys’ top performer with two seconds and two thirds in his four events. He took second in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. Cameron Brown just missed out on medals getting three fourth places and a fifth in his five events. David Shreeve was the only other boys medal winner, when he took bronze in the 100m Backstroke also knocking over 10s off his personal best for the event.
Full results available
Masters National Championship
Hannah Ueckermann was swimming at the Masters Great Britain championships where she took gold in the 200m Breaststroke. This followed hot on the heels of her performance in the Masters East Region Championships where she came home with a total 10 medals including seven golds. Hannah has now been selected to swim for Essex in the Masters Inter -County Championships in November.
Bishops Stortford 22nd and 23rd September 2012
Emily Easton won medals in all seven of her events in the 11 years age group taking 6 firsts and one second place. She also recorded 6 personal bests in the process. Lauren Baker took three golds, a silver and two bronze medals out of her nine events.
Although not quite so successful in winning medals, Isobel Banning and Lauren Colton had excellent weekends, both setting five personal bests in their six events, while Frankie Brown set three new PBs in all three of her events. New personal bests were also recorded by Annie Fynne, Beth Bentley, Hannah Scott, Jessica Craddock, Jasmine Holland, Rebecca King and Micky Gore.
Dolphins’ boys also had a good weekend, with Callum Marley taking one first and one second place in his four events, while Nathanial Downes took a second and third in his 2 events, with new best in both events.
Aiden Wood and Josh Downes both recorded new personal bests in all four of their events and Woods’ performances also earned him three third places. Cameron Brown, Josh Fowles and Joe Bentley also chipped in with new personal bests over the weekend.
Full results available
Colchester Open June 2012
Witham Dolphins had a tremendous day at the recent Colchester Open being awarded the trophy for the best visiting club and Emily Easton also won the trophy for best girl. Emily won all five of her events and recorded a new personal best in the 50m freestyle into the bargain.
Emily was ably supported by Cameron Brown who won three of his five events and also chipped in with a second and a fourth place. Dolphins’ other first places came from Josh Downes in the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle.
For the girls Annie Fynn also had a good day swimming in the same age group as Emily Easton she managed a second place and two third place finishes along with two further top 6 finishes which helped towards Dolphins top club award.
Other top 6 finishes came from Mikeala Gore with a third, fourth and a fifth in her three events : Jessica Craddock with a third and top six finishes in her other 4 events: Jasmine Holland with a third and two top six finishes in her three events: Aoife Marley, Isobel Banning, Josh Fowles and Rory Grimshaw.
Full results available
Braintree Open Meet 2012
A squad of Witham Dolphins’ less experienced swimmers had great success at the recent Braintree Open Sprint Meet coming home with a total of 7 gold medals between them. Jasmine Holland was the star, on this occasion, winning 2 gold and 2 bronze medals out her 5 events while recording 3 personal bests. Annie Fynn weighed in with a gold medal and a silver medal in her 3 events.
For the older girls Amber Adamson won her first gold medal in an open event while Kira Jarvis took silver in the same event with, also her first medal in an open event. There were also medals for Aoife Marley, 2 bronzes, Rebecca King, 2 bronzes and Beth Bentley with a single bronze. Maia MacPherson and AoifeMarley also recorded the 2 best times for the 100IM event in their age group but were ruled out of the medals because their times were faster than the qualifying time for the age group. Good performances were also recorded by Isobel Banning, Nicole Adamson and Frankie Brown who, although they missed out on the medals, all recorded at least one personal best during the day.
For the boys Cameron Brown put in Dolphins’ best performance with a gold and two silvers and narrowly missed out on medals with 4th places in his other two events. Josh Downes also won gold in the 50m Breast Stroke while brother Nathanial, taking part in his first open event, recorded the fastest time for his age group in the 50m Breast Stroke. Unfortunately he missed out on a gold medal because his time was faster than the qualifying time for the event! Completing the boys’ line up was Joe Bentley who chipped in with 2 bronze medals and David Shreeve who won a single bronze in his 2 events.
Full results available
Eastern Region BAGCAT's 2012
Witham Dolphins’ Emily Easton returned from the recent East region swimming championships with an excellent bronze medal for the 100m Butterfly event.
Emily competed in 11 events over the 2 weekends of the championships and after finishing 4th in the 100 Butterfly heats she improved her time by 4 seconds to take an excellent third place in the final. Emily also just missed out on a medal in the 200m Butterfly event with a creditable 4th place.
In her other 9 event s Emily was placed 6th in the 400m Freestyle and finished with top 15 places in all of her other events.
Abby Colton was also competing for Witham Dolphins and she finished 20th in the 200m backstroke.
Also swimming recently was Dolphins’ Hannah Ueckermann who was competing in the Masters World Championships, this year held in Riccione in Italy. >
More than 900 competitors took part over the course of a week. Hannah’s best result was seventh in the 200m Breaststroke.
British Masters 2012
Hannah Ueckermann stormed to victory in the 200m Breast Stroke, recording one the top ten fastest times in the world (for her age group).
As well as winning the 200m Breaststroke Hannah also took silver in the 100m Breaststroke and in the 800m Freestyle. To round things off she took bronze in her fourth event in a tightly fought race for the 200m Backstroke where the three medallists were covered by just 1 second.
Over the same weekend two other Dolphins were in action at the East Region ASA Youth Championships at Basildon sporting village. Lauren Baker took part in 6 events making the final in two of those events while Mikeala Gore contested 2 events in her debut at regional level.
Thurrock Open 13th May 2012
Lauren Colton was the star for Witham Dolphins at the Thurrock Open Gala being the only gold medallist out of a 14 strong squad that attended the gala. She won gold in the 200 Butterfly event and also improved her personal best for the event by nearly 3 seconds. She also took bronze earlier in the day in the 400m Freestyle and gained a 4th and 5th place in her other two events.
Lauren’s sister Abby was also on good form taking silvers in the 200m Freestyle and 200m IM and a bronze in the 200m Breastroke with a 4th place in her last event.
For the boys Cameron Brown and Callum Marley were the pick of the bunch each taking a silver. Cameron was second in the 200m Breastroke and Callum took second in the 200m Butterfly. In addition Cameron also took a bronze in the 200m Butterfly reducing his personal best by nearly 30 seconds!
Several Dolphins also put in great performances without winning medals. Isobel Banning reduced her 400m Freestyle personal best by nearly a minute, while Beth Bentley, in the 200m Freestyle, reduced her best by over 15s and nearly 30s in the 200m IM.
Full results available
Canvey Island 4th Dec 2011
An excellent performance from Witham Dolphins Abby Colton saw her win take a first and second place at the recent Canvey Island Open gala. Abby won the 200m Breaststroke and gained a silver in the 400m Individual Medley. In her third event of the gala, the 200 Freestyle she gained a creditable 6th place.
Micky Gore was again on top form winning the 50m Breaststroke while setting yet another personal best, and a qualifying time for the regional championships.
Another great performance was produced by 10 year old Annie Fynn who managed to gain second place in the 50m Breaststroke (10yr age group). Rebecca King also managed a very creditable performance in the 200, Butterfly coming in fourth.
Essex Senior Championships 25th Nov 2011
Witham Dolphins’ Lauren Baker grabbed a bronze in the recent Senior Essex Swimming Championships. This was a return to form for the Maldon swimmer who has been out of swimming for much of the past 12 months due to illness.
The third place in the 100m breaststroke capped a good weekend for Lauren who narrowly missed a second medal in the 50m breaststroke with a fourth and finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke.
Three other swimmers were also competing in the Essex Championships over the weekend with Lauren Flight competing in 5 events and Abby and Lauren Colton making their debut and recording new personal bests in the 800m freestyle.
Epping Forest Autumn Gala 13th Nov 2011
Over a busy week-end for Witham Dolphins a small squad of mainly younger swimmers attended the Epping Forest SC Autumn Gala on 13 November.
Micky Gore was the star turn for Dolphins taking a first and 2 second places out of the four events she entered, with a creditable fourth place to round things off. She took gold in the girls 50m breast stroke with a personal best and followed up with another best performance while winning a silver in the 100m Individual Medley. She also won silver in the 50m Freestyle.
For the boys Callum Marley was on top form taking three second places in his three events recording 2 personal bests. Josh Fowles and Meg Vaughan also put in good performances with 2 third places for Josh and a silver medal for Meg.
Of Dolphins less experienced swimmers, Isobel Banning stood out with personal best performances in all four of the events she entered and 11yrear old Jasmine Holland who gained a top 10 placing in all five of her events in the very competitive 11-12 age group. Her best performance was recording her first qualifying time for the Essex Championships in the 50m freestyle
James Gibson Development Gala 12th Nov 2011
of you there at a slightly cooler than normal South Woodham would have seen Witham Dolphins triumph for the 7th time in the 9 year history of the James Gibson Trophy.
This year we invited teams from Halstead, Maldon Sharks and Havering Dolphins and the final result was:
Dolphins also entered a ‘B’ team but because of the lack of swimmers in some categories the ‘B’ team members swam for times only, with may excellent performances on the night.
|Witham Dolphins|| 197 points|
|Halstead || 165 points|
|Maldon Sharks || 155 points|
|Havering Dolphins|| 142 points|
As you may know the James Gibson is named for our most famous Dolphin, former world champion James Gibson and on the night we were privileged to have Margaret and John Gibson (James’s parents) who presented the trophy to our acting captains – Lauren Flight and Casey Reed.
A big thank-you to all who helped out on the night, and especially Annabelle, who was responsible for selecting 2 teams. Finally a big thank-you to all the parents for getting their swimmers there on time and providing great support.
Thurrock Open 9th Oct 2011
The top performance was from Abby Colton recording personal bests in all of her nine events and taking home medals in all but one of those events. The standout performance was her 200m breast stroke where she improved her time by 10 seconds and gained a first place.
This excellent performance was matched by Emily Easton in the 400 Freestyle where Emily improved her PB by 13 seconds and was rewarded with a silver medal.
Dolphins’ two boys, Callum Marley and Josh Fowles, also put in strong performances recording personal bests in all of their events. Callum performed particularly well to also take home two gold medals out of the six events he competed in.
There were also strong performances from the other Dolphins with Mikeala Gore recording three PBs out of five events and Lauren Colton also recording a number of PBs and taking home several medals. Maldon’s Lauren Baker continued her return to fitness after a lay off last year with a top three placing in all of her events.
Success at Ipswich Sprints 10th July 2011
A squad of Witham Dolphins swimmers took part in the Ipswich July Sprint Meet at the Crown Pools in Ipswich.
Dolphins’ regional medallist 10 year old Emily Easton, had an excellent day gaining top six places in all of the nine girls’ events, five of which were silver medals.
She also set a personal best in two of those events and finished the day narrowly missing out on the best girl award for her age group.
Abby Colton was close behind gaining a top six placing in all six of the events that she entered and setting 5 personal bests.
There were also excellent performances: from Lauren Colton who set four personal bests in her five events; Ellie Cullum who set a personal best in all except one of
her five events and Micky Gore who set three PBs out of five events.
For the boys Callum Marley was the star of the day with 2 PBs and three top six finishes out of the three events he entered.
PBS were also swam by Emma Vaughan, in her first open gala, Jaymee and Fin Cuthill, Casey Reed, Cameron Brown, Meg Vaughan and Maia McPherson, who also gained a creditable sixth place in the girls 50m Breast Stroke.
Club Summer Championships
Over the weekend 18 & 19 June we held our annual Summer Championships, but this time with a difference. For the first time in Dolphin history the event was licensed – and what a success it proved to be.
Licensing the event means that the times swum will be published on the ASA Ranking Database and any times that meet the new Essex times (when they come out later this year) means we’re already qualified. How cool is that ? No less than 19 swimmers achieved the 2011 Essex times. That’s fantastic and sets us up nicely to take more swimmers to the County Championships in 2012.
Of the 361 swims, we had a fantastic 163 PBs – that’s over half of all the swims in the champs, plus a brilliant 47 events swum for the first time. Well done to eveyone who took part.
Full results are available on the
The Summer Skins events were won by Lauren Flight, who beat Lauren Baker and Mikeala Gore into 2nd & 3rd places and Val Kostiuk, who beat Jordan Brice and Casey Reed for his 1st skins title.
At the AGM last weekend, our Chairman, Colin Flight was pleased to announce that our most famous Dolphin
(so far), James Gibson MBE, had accepted the invitation to become Club President. James said he was delighted to be offered and he would be honoured to hold the
position. James takes over from Roger Alexander who has held the position since it was introduced in 2007. Roger, who said he couldn’t think of anyone else he’d
rather hand over to than James, has accepted the position as Life Vice President, saying he would be proud to accept the role.
Details of the committee voted in can be found
and the new fee structure agreed at the AGM, click
Clubs Records broken...
2011 has seen no less than 8 Club Records being beaten. An updated chart of all the Club Records can be seen by clicking
. More details will be announced at the BBQ.
Masters National Success
Two of Witham Dolphins Masters’ swimmers had great success, competing in the British Gas ASA National Masters Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
Hannah Ueckermann came away with Gold and Silver medals, recording three personal bests along the way. Hannah won silver in the 800m freestyle improving her time by three seconds and setting a new Eastern region masters’ record.
She then went one better in the 1500m freestyle, winning gold and improving her time by over 30 seconds, also setting another eastern region record.
To top off a great weekend Hannah also recorded her best time for the 400m freestyle event in yet another eastern region record.
To add to Witham Dolphins’ success Sarah Berry also made the final of the 200m Butterfly event where she went on to win a silver medal.
16/11/10 Braintree Open Gala
Three young Witham Dolphins took part in the long distance events in the Braintree Open gala at Freeport which took place last weekend.
The Trio each swam at all 5 200m events. Young Emily Easton (10y) achieved an Essex Qualifying time in her 200m Individual Medley and
gained a fourth place medal. She also had an excellent swim in the 200m Butterfly event, finishing second with a personal best time and
came home with a silver medal. Twins Lauren and Abby Colton (11y), both did PB times in all of their events. Lauren won a bronze medal
in the 200m Butterfly and a 4th place medal in the 200m Breaststroke. Sister Abby won 4 medals for being in the Top Six.
9/11/10 Lauren Baker at the East Region Short Course Championships
Fifteen year old Lauren Baker is the starlet of the Witham Dolphins swimming club. She qualified to take part in 5 events in the
East Regional short course championships in Norwich last weekend. After swimming four events, making two finals and swimming a
magnificent PB in the 100m IM, she surprised herself and the coaches, when she knocked 7 seconds off her recent personal best time
in the 200m Breaststroke event.
Not only did she win a bronze medal for the OPEN girls age group, she also won the silver medal for finishing second in the under 15y girls age group. With that excellent swim Lauren became the first Dolphin for many years to achieve a National Qualifying time for her current age group and only a fraction of a second away from the 16y age group she needs to qualify for next August’s Nationals - which we are certain she will achieve in the coming weeks. Lauren is certainly a role model for all the youngsters in the Witham Dolphins swimming club. The committee and coaches as well as her fellow swimmers are very proud of her achievement.
Hannah Ueckermann grabs Gold and National Title in Sheffield
Maldon resident and World masters' swimmer Hannah Ueckermann competed in the Amateur Swimming Association's Masters Championships in Sheffield last weekend. Not only did she came home with a gold medal in her favourite event, the 200m Breaststroke, and retained her title of British champion in her 45+ year age group, she also improved on her 400m Freestyle event time with a personal best time of more than 5 seconds.
Earlier this summer, Hannah took part in the World Masters Championships in Gothenburgh , Sweden and achieved a TOP 5 place in the 200m Breaststroke and a Top 6 place in the 400m Freestyle.
Hannah has featured in the World Top Ten rankings for the past 4 years. To reach this level of competitive swimming, a great deal of commitment is needed. Hannah trains regularly at the Bramston Sport Centre in Witham.
2/10/10 Blackshotts Season opener
Six Witham Dolphins represented the club at the Season Opener Gala at the BlackShotts Pool in Grays last weekend.
Every one of them came home with at least one medal and plenty of PB times! Top of the crop was fifteen year old Lauren Baker who
competed in 9 events and won 8 of them! Not only did she swim PB times in most of her events, but she re-wrote the club's record books
in the 200m Breaststroke event. The 12 year old record was broken by Lauren in a Regional Qualifying time of 2:46.11.
Lauren qualified for the Essex and East Region championships in all 3 of the breaststroke events, plus also swam an Essex time in
the shorter 50m Freestyle. Meg Vaughan (11), was in excellent form and broke the club record in the gruelling 400m IM event. She swam
it in a time of 6:36.81. Meg competed in a phenomenal amount of 10 events over the weekend- and was in the Top 10 in 6 of them.
Her bronze medal came from the 100m Butterfly event.
Lauren Flight (16), was very pleased with her Backstroke events- the swam PB's in the 50m, 100m and 200m distance and got her gold
medal for her 200m Backstroke time of 2:39.47. Lauren also qualified for a number Essex events.
Mikaela Gore (13), got a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke, and swam a number of PB's in her 7 events over the weekend.
For the young boys, it was Matt Holland (13) who swam an excellent 100m race in a PB time of 1:03.88. He got two bronze medals for his
freestyle events. Matt Stoker (15), was in the top 5 in of all five of his events, including a brilliant 28.15 seconds time in the 50m
The Witham Dolphin club's coaches are proud of the clubs' swimmers who took part in the open event and swam such a magnificent number
of PB's, Essex and Regional qualifying times.
2/10/10 Mini League Success
The last of this year’s Essex Mini League galas was
held at Saffron Walden last Saturday.
Once again the Witham Dolphins swimming team finished as runners up with 145 points. Romford won with 159 points, Maldon Sharks were
third with 135 points, Dunmow fourth with 128 and Saffron Walden 5th with 94 points.
Witham Dolphins had a number of excellent first places- young Jaymee Cuthill won the girls under 11y Freestyle event.
Val Kostuik won the boys over 14y Freestyle event. Two Breaststoke events were won by Matt Stoker and Lauren Flight in the 14+
age group and our Backstroke first places came from Hannah Flight and Casey Read. The Fly events were won by Rhona James
(13 and under), Josh Fowles (11 and under) and Matt Holland in the 14+ age group.
Our U11 Freestyle race winner, Jaymee Cuthill
27/09/10 Mini League Success
The Witham Dolphins swim team came second in the Essex Mini League Competition last Saturday. The Dolphins had
164 points, only a small number behind Maldon Sharks who won the event with 176 points. Third were Harwich with 137 and
fourth, Havering Dolphins with 129 points.
The Dolphins achieved many first places, but special mention should be made to the under 10 year boys Breaststroke relay team of Josh
Downes, Todd Shepherd, David Shreeve and Chris Stott - who all swam very well to win their event and three under 11 swimmers, Jasmine
Holland (33m fly) , Zak Mainwaring (33m freestyle) and Nicole Hull (33m backstroke) - all won their individual events.
Other first places were obtained by Sarah Beasley, Casey Read, James Dickson, Josh Fowles and Lauren Flight.
The girls under 11 years freestyle relay swam their hearts out to get to the end first - Jessica Cradock, Jasmine Holland, Jaymee
Cuthill and Nicole Hull. The other 3 winning relays were the male and female 6 x 1 breaststroke teams, the boys 14+ freestyle team and
the boys under 13 freestyle team.
Two of our winners - Jasmine Holland and Zak Mainwaring
31/10/09 Photos from the James Gibson Development Gala
19/07/09 Summer BBQ and Presentation Evening.
A great evening for all Dolphins and the weather was kind to us. Below are some pictures from the presentations but if anyone has
some photos from the fun and games outside then please send them in.
22/03/09 James Gibson Visit.
James Gibson MBE visited the club on Sunday for the evening training session. James spent several
hours at the club during which he raced many Dolphins even losing to
some (having first given a 12m headstart!!), he then led an
informative question and answer session before signing autographs
and having photos taken with club members. Everyone at the club was
extremely grateful for James to find time in his busy training
schedule to pay us such a wonderful visit. Thanks James.
Essex County Age Group Championships 2009
Eleven Dolphins qualified this year for the Championships and
all performed at their very best. Lauren Flight achieved two
regional times for backstroke and freestyle and was also a
reserve finalist for backstroke. Abbey Colton finished sixth in
the butterfly final. Grace Hellier achieved a regional time for
the 200m freestyle. Lauren Baker was 5th
in the breaststroke and
was a reserve finalist in the freestyle setting a regional time.
Jenn Stott was a fantastic 3rd
in the breaststroke again
setting a regional time. Lauren Colton, Cameron Crozier, Hannah
Flight, Mikaela Gore, Joe Hellier and Meg Vaughan all had great
swims. The teams success is featured in the Wednesday 4th
edition of the Witham and Braintree Times.
James Gibson Development Gala 22nd Nov
The A Team was on top form and we certainly weren’t disappointed with no
less than 21 first places, nine 2nd
places and 15 PBs. A
fantastic result by any measure.
Our B Team had many swimmers who were competing as a Dolphin for the
first time and a number who have only swum in 1 or 2 events so far.
Again there was no disappointment with everyone swimming really well
and actually beating other established teams in about half of the
races on the night and achieving no less than an outstanding 22 PBs
in the 32 non relay races. Absolutely amazing.
17/1/09 New Website Launched.
If you are reading this then you may well have noticed that the
club now has a new website. The intent is to have a site that is
easier to navigate with a theme in line with the clubs' aims. The
background picture is designed to portray exactly what the club is about far
more than any words could. The new website has been developed with the help
of Mark Martin. For more of Marks work checkout his website at