Well done and good luck to all our Qualifiers for Age Group and Youth Nationals. Nancy & Tom Dean attend the Age Group Competition at Ponds Forge Sheffield in July. Abigail Dow, Connie Dean, Damian Ng, Elinor Scanlon, Katie Crowhurst and Maisie Cossins all attend Youth Nationals the following week.
Preparation in training has gone really well, so we are looking forward to some excellent swimming during this prestigious event. This is by far the largest marlins team at Nationals and a testament to the hard work put in by the coaching team and the swimmers. Sponsorship for some snazzy new poolside kit for our national swimmers has been given by BMW and SwimOptimum after concerted efforts by some of the swimmers to get financial assistance. Now the fun part - the swimming - results and live streaming of racing can be found at this link .. http://www.swimming.org/asanationals/asa-nationals-live-stream/
One of the most prestigious events of the 2014 swimming calendar is taking place this week in Glasgow. British Champs are acting as the selection event for the commonwealth games and Maidenhead Marlins is represented by 2 swimmers - Connie Dean and Damien Ng. Extremely well done to both of them to making the event and the best of luck in the coming days. On Day 1 - Thursday 10th April - Connie goes in the 200 Free and Damien in the 100 Free heats. Connie has 4 other events in the following days across Free, IM and Fly.
Live on-line video coverage of the event is at this link http://www.swimming.org/live/british-gas-swimming-championships-2014
A small contingent of marlins swimmer made the trek to Portsmouth on the 7th/8th December. Results can be seen here http://www.swimmeets.org/res/index.php?id=6&club=MADS
The stand-out achievement was the Ladies Medley relay who walked away with the trophy .. and not a small one as you can see on the photograph. This is I believe the first time the club has won a prestigious relay at a regional meet so congratulations are due to Abi Dow (BK 1:05 ), Maisie Cossins (BR 1:15 ), Lily Glover (FLY 1:02) and Connie Dean (FC 0:58). They won by a clear 3 seconds so well done to all of them.
Head Coach, Paul Lloyd, indicated he was happy with how all the swimmers performed over the weekend and said his goal is to have a bigger team performing as well in coming years.
Round 2 took place in Portsmouth on the 9th of November. After a long coach journey the team missing a number of swimmers through injury performed well being narrowly pipped into 3rd place on the night after a DQ. Some really good swims took place with many swimmers having to swim in the next age up. The result secured a place in the top gala just two points behind the leaders Newbury. The galas which will take place in December with all to swim for as double points are awarded and just 3 points separating all of the top teams.
The Arena League team performed superbly at Magnet in Round 1. There were very good performances throughout the team against some very tough competition. Maidenhead came first with Reading a close second. The swimmers of the night award was given to the u/11 relay teams. Overall Maidenhead were placed 1st in 21 of the 50 events.
Marlins Swimmers were lucky to experience the first clinic in the UK from Rod Havriluk of Swim Technology Research using his patented Aquanex system which measures hand force and synchronises to underwater video. Rod had been conducting training camps in Saudi Arabia and India over the last 2 weeks and was routing back to Florida via Heathrow. His planned session in the UK had to be cancelled and Marlins stepped in to take advantage. For those who want to read more https://www.swimmingtechnology.com/ Each swimmer was measured over a 3/4 of a length for 2 strokes and then a post session analysis for a couple of hours went into detail to review opportunity for improvements. Rod has measured over 10,000 swimmers ranging from Olympic champions to young age groupers and his experience was very evident. Rod was impressed by what he saw today at Marlins and his comment to Paul Lloyd was that the all the swimmers showed high quality fundamentals. With the hand force measurement Rod was able to see a number of areas for improvement across various swimmers and strokes which he hoped they would be able to address. Paul Lloyd will have the software installed and be able to review the testing results with each swimmer. The overall assessment was the technology and session was very useful and should help fine tune technique. Paul indicated that he would be looking to see that the swimmers have taken on board the comments. The picture below shows a screen shot showing the force curve for one of the breaststroke tests on the day with the video in sync showing someone creates more force with the left arm than the right to show the idea.