2018 Swimming Round-up

Neptunes Swim Section 2018

2018 has been another eventful year for the swimming section of Neptunes. It is of encouragement to see two relatively young swim squads which augurs well for a bright future for Neptunes swim squads. There is also an element of older swimmers which the younger swimmers could look up to for inspiration, guidance and advice. The teams have adapted to the new training methodology introduced by Head Coach Roland Eskudt. Mr. Eskudt took over the club in October 2017. He has extensive experience in the field where he formed part of the Hungarian National swimming coaching teams for European Youth Championships & European Championships, Mr. Eskudt also coached several (medaled) swimmers qualifying for and participating in Junior Europeans, Europeans, World Championships, Olympic Games.

Throughout 2018 the swimming section has participated in a number of international events and also and obtained a number of records throughout 2018. The swimming section also organized a number of social events throughout the year.

Social Events

A number of social events were held throughout the year. These started off with a Celebration dinner held on 20th January. The celebration was well attended by swimmers, parents and coaching staff where the team had the opportunity to wind down and enjoy some social time together. It was a good opportunity for families to get to know the new coach outside the usual setting of the pool deck.

April saw the annual event of the Spring Neptunes Fun Gala 2018. The event was held at the Neptunes pool. The gala was well attended by Neptunes swimmers, together with Verdala International Swimming Club and Inspire Malta. The event included a full day of games and events where the swimmers from the different clubs had the opportunity to team up with swimmers from other clubs and compete in the different fun game challenges.

As the 10 month swimming league 2017/2018 came to an end a lovely end of season BBQ was organized during July 2018 at Neptunes pool. It provided another opportunity for the team to come together and enjoy an evening together. Parents assisted in the event by preparing and cooking during the event. Token memorabilia was given to each swimmer in recognition of their commitment and improvement throughout the swimming season.

Every summer the Neptunes swim section organizes a summer swim school which is very well attended. Young swimmers sign up for classes which are given at Neptunes pool throughout the summer months. The youngsters are introduced to swimming and given the proper technical skills to gain confidence in the water. The swim school is headed by Coach Monique Mangion who is assisted by top squad swimmers who share their knowledge and experience with the young swimmers. Improvement in the youngsters is fast and evident as the summer school progresses. As the summer school comes to a close and just before the commencement of the next swimming league a celebration was held at Neptunes pool in September. A day of activities and races was organised were the young swimmers could showcase their newly acquired skills. The day came to a close with a BBQ organised on the pool deck to celebrate the youngsters success and to kick off training for the swim teams upcoming season.

Special thanks goes to Strand Electronics, Infinitely Xara, Chop Shop – Zabbar, Dolci Peccati, Park Tower Supermarkets, Toyota Malta, Amigos Malta and NAAR RestoBar who all support the club’s initiatives.

International Events

During 2018 the club participated in the local Time Trial events throughout the season, The Easter swimming meets and the National Championships all held at tal-Qroqq pool Msida. A number of swimmers have also participated in a number of events overseas.

In September 2018 the team went on an 11 day training camp in Celldomolk, Hungary in preparation for the new season 2018/2019. Swimmers training was held in an indoor pool which offered all the necessary facilities for the training camp to be a success. The swimmers underwent between 50km and 80km of swimming during the camp – depending on their age group. The swimmers had multiple sessions per day which also included land work. The 11 days were designed to structured training, rest and nutrition of the highest level. The training camp forms part of the coach’s long term goals to raise the level of swimming and ensure better results.

The second event which was attended overseas by the club was the swimming meet at the VIII BVSC Competition 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, in December. The club was represented by 18 swimmers. The format of the competition was designed with heats in the mornings and finals in the afternoon, a format which Neptunes swimmers are not accustomed to and which the swimmers will be exposed to as they attend more international events in the upcoming years. The competition was of a high level and the team managed some impressive results obtaining medals, placings and personal bests across the board.

During 2018 a number of swimmers have been identified to represent Malta and Neptunes in international events. These are as follows:

Mya Azzopardi

  • March 2018 Hi Point Zurich Swimming competitions
  • April 2018 Atus Graz Trophy 2018, Austria
  • July 2018 LEN Junior Europeans Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • October 2018 27th International Meet at Saint Dizier, France
  • October 2018 FIN Veneto Meeting in Rosà, Italy
  • December 2018 FINA World short course Swimming Championships in Hangzhou China

Dylan Cachia

  • March 2018 Hi Point Zurich Swimming competitions
  • May 2018 Luxembourg
  • July 2018 51st FISEC games in Genk, Belgium

Timothy Hansford

May 2018 Coji games in Sicily

March 2018 Hi Point Zurich Swimming competitions

Maya Galea

May 2018 Coji games in Sicily

Martina Micallef

July 2018 51st FISEC games in Genk, Belgium

Martina Micallef

July 2018 51st FISEC games in Genk, Belgium

Emilia Galea Testaferrata

July 2018 51st FISEC games in Genk, Belgium

Jacques Boffa

March 2018 National 2 French Spring Swimming Championships in Massy, France

Records

2018 was another year were Neptunes swimmers managed to break local records:

Mya Azzopardi

April 2018 broke the Senior National record in 200 Medley with a new time of 2:26,18 at the Atus Graz Trophy 2018, Austria. This is also a New Age Grp D Record.

July 2018 presented with trophy by the ASA for winning the females ASA Junior Swimming league 2017/2018. This was Mya’s 4th consecutive cup.

July 2018 200m Individual Medley National Record and Age Group D record in a time of 2:24.18 in Junior European Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

July 2018 100m Freestyle Age Group D record in a time of 58.90 in Junior European Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

July 2018 new National record in 100m freestyle as part of the 4 x 100 relay 100m Freestyle with a time of 58.26 in Junior European Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

July 2018 50m Backstroke Age Group D record in a time of 30.96 in Junior European Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Early November 2018 set a new national record in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:22.68 at the III Trofeo Mario Battistelli SC Meet in Rome.

November 2018 a new national record short course in the 200 Medley with a time of 2:21.97 at the Italian National Swimming Short Course Championships at Riccione.

December 2018 a new National record in the 4 x 50m mixed medley short course where Mya formed part of the team in Hangzhou China

Dylan Cachia

July 2018 overall winner of the B’Kara St. Joseph Sport Club open water race series.

July 2018 presented with trophy by the ASA for winning the males ASA Junior Swimming league 2017/2018.

October 2018 set a new national record in the 400m Freestyle in Wuppertal Short Course Swim Competition in Germany.

November 2018 Age group D record at the 2nd Age group swimming time trials in Malta, in the 400m freestyle long course, with a time of 4:13.67.

Andre Camilleri

November 2018 Age group C record at the 2nd Age group swimming time trials in Malta, in the 400m freestyle long course, with a time of 4:22.59.