Sub Regionals – November 2019

Congratulations to all Monnow Swimmers who took part in the South East Wales Sub Regional Competition from 22nd – 24th November 2019 at the Newport International Sports Village.  20 of our swimmers took part with Sam Strutt-Izzard and Megan Townson both competing for the first time.  There were numerous personal best times and some impressive first swims.  Well done to Eleanor Wood and Rhys Townson for competing in the 400m free for the first time (Rhys enjoyed this event so much he decided to swim 2 more lengths!).  Of the personal bests the most impressive I saw were from Saffi Jarvis (23 seconds off her 200m Free time) and Matthew Lynch-Warden (15 seconds of his 100m Back time).

Monnow achieved an impressive 20 medals, of which 6 were Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze.  Our medallists were:

Henry Masters aged 10:

Gold – 1500m free/800m free/400m Individual Medley/200m Individual Medley

Silver – 400m Free

Sam Willis aged 10:

Silver – 1500m free/800m free/100m Breast Stroke

Bronze – 50m Breast Stroke

Emily Sanger aged 10:

Gold – 100m Breast Stroke

Silver – 800m Free/100m Free/200m Individual Medley

Bella Carter aged 10:

Bronze – 800m free/50m Breast Stroke

Joshua Murray aged 14:

Gold – 50m Breast Stroke

Silver – 50m Butterfly

Matthew Lynch-Warden aged 13:

Bronze – 100m Breast Stroke

Iggy Howe aged 10:

Bronze – 800m free

Harry Williams – aged 13:

Bronze – 200m Individual Medley

Also congratulations to Bella for coming 4th in both the 50m and 200m free in personal best times and against a lot of competition. 

Sprint Club Championships

Awards Evening Dec 2018

Coaches Award: Dylan Hughes

Most Improved Swimmer: Saffi Jarvis

Recent Meets in Hereford and Cardiff

Monnow Swimming Club win more medals


Since the Monnow Swimming Club Championships in June the swimmers have continued to compete in The Hereford Open Meet on the 7th of July and The Cardiff Bay Sprint Meet in the 50m pool on the 14th July.


In Hereford Katie Cameron and Laura Willis won 3 gold medals, Lucy Creasey won 1 gold medal and 2 silver medals and Nanci Edwards won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.


A week later in Cardiff the club won a further 15 medals.  The pinnacle of this meet was the 200 IM in which the 10 fastest competitors who had accumulated points in other races were selected to compete in this event.  Six Monnow swimmers were able to qualify and they included Emma Goddard, Matthew Lynch-Warden, Nanci Edwards, Rhys Townson and Elliot Lynch-Warden and Emma. Nanci Edwards did particularly well winning the 200 IM in her age category.


The swimmers will be back in action after a well deserved short summer break

Club Sprint Championships 23rd June

A total of 10 clubs records were broken. The swimmers who broke records included Sophie Williams (9) in 50m backstroke, Emma Goddard (9) in 50m backstroke, Eleanor Emmes (12) in 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle, Amelia Phillips (13) in 50m backstroke, Laura Willis (14) in 50m backstroke, Bartek Skrzypnik (9) in 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke, Owen Hughes (11) in 50m breaststroke and Ethan Chick (13) in 50m breaststroke.


Torfaen Dolphins Long Course Meet 16th and 17th of June in Cardiff

This was an excellent opportunity to race in a 50m pool.  A small numbers of swimmers from Monnow made the trip down to Cardiff and gave good accounts of themselves.  The results are on the website.

Junior Development Meet

Monnow achieved some excellent results at the Junior Development Meet.  The standard at this meet were high and swimmers faced stiff competitions from swimmers from clubs such as Cardiff and Newport. The results are on the website.

Newport Christmas Cracker 10th December

Despite the weather some of our swimmers made it down to Newport.  Well done to Laura W for wining silver in 50m breaststroke and bronze in 50m backstroke and Kate C for winning golds in 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Awards Evening 1st December

Congratulations to all involved in organising this event and to all the swimmers who have worked hard all year. We had an excellent turn-out and a very enjoyable evening.


Coaches Award: Amelia Phillips

Most Improved Swimmer Award: Nacci Edwards

Academy Award: Bartek Skrzpnik

Monmouthshire County Championship


After a long summer break the Monnow swimmers had only three weeks to prepare for the Monmouthshire County Championships on the 23rd and 24th of September in Newport. Monnow Swimming Club swimmers joined swimmers from Chepstow swimming club and Abergavenny swimming club to compete in events that ranged in distance from 50m up to 200m in all four swimming strokes and the Individual Medley. Monnow also used this meet as their club distance championships to complement the club sprint championships that took place on the 10th June.

The swimmers from Monnow managed to win an impressive tally of medals. Nanci Edwards (10) won 5 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Amelia Phillips (12) won 6 gold medals and 1 silver medal. Emma Nock (9) won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal. Daisy Phillips won 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals. Lucy Creasy (14) won 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. Ethan Chick (13) won 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Emma Goddard (8) won 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal, Abi Agami (10) won 2 gold medals and 1 bronze medal, Archie Cowton (10) won 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Philip Lawler (11) won 2 silver medals. Elliot Lynch-Warden (12) won a bronze medal and Laura Willis (13) won 3 bronze medals.

For many of the Monnow swimmers it was the first time that they had competed in distances over 50m and many of them discovered that they were well suited to these longer distances and clocked up some impressive times. Some of the races were quite gruelling such as the 100 metres butterfly but the swimmers took them in their stride. The results of the sprint meet in June and this distance meet will be used as the basis for judging which swimmers will receive club awards. These awards will be announced at the club’s awards night in December.

The club’s busy schedule continues in October when the club will host a local gala at Monmouth Sports Club. This is a team event against other local swimming clubs. Later in the month the swimmers will compete in another meet in Newport.

Swimming Starts on Monday 4th September

Please note the new swimming squads.