Damian Ng and Connie Dean performed superbly at British Championships at the commonwealth pool in Glasgow.
Both swimmers competing for the first time in the highest level of domestic competition rose to the challenge superbly. On day 1 Damian Qualified for the senior Final of the MC 100m Freestyle. Connie improved her lifetime best in the 200m free and was first reserve for the junior final. She went on to earn a place in the Junior 100m Fly final.
On day 2, Damian improved his heat time in his final. Connie finished a very creditable 4th place in the 100m Fly Junior final with a life time best of 1:01. She was agonisingly 100th's of a second outside the qualification standard for the Junior European Championships. She also earned her place in the 50m Free and Fly Junior Finals.
The best was yet to come. In her best event the 200m Individual Medley, Connie swam a superb time to earn her place in the Junior Final. At the tender age of 15 she was placed 14th overall. In a hotly contested final Connie was narrowly beaten to second place. Her time of 2:18:85 was inside the qualifying standard for Junior European Championships.
Very well done to both Damian and Connie.
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
Well done to all the swimmers who successfully represented Maidenhead Marlins at Ponds Forge over the Weekend. The derventio Excel Open Meet licenced at level one for entry into national championships, attracted a high calibre of swimmers from all over Great Britain. Competing in this level of competition did not faze the plucky Marlins swimmers and they acquitted themselves admirably.
Alyssa Basinger competing in the 10 year old age group brought home a range of medals and showed her consistency across all strokes and distances. Tom Dean and Maisie Cossins both attained the standard to qualify for National Championships. Tom in the age group 14 , 100 & 200m Breast. Maisie reached the standard required for Senior National Champs in the 50m Breast. Nancy Dean was very close to National Qualifying times and an age group gold medallist.
Head Coach Paul Lloyd Commented " iIt was a fantastic weekend of racing. All the swimmers rose to the challenge of facing such a high standard of competition. Team spirit was superb and it was an excellent development opportunity for all the swimmers. It highlights the progress the club are making in terms of becoming a competitive force at the highest level of Age group and Youth swimming within Great Britain."
We are pleased to announce the availability of an Easter Training camp on April 14th to 18th. This will be offered to Junior 4 and Junior 5 swimmers who are 10 years and above as at April 14th and will take largely the same format as last years successful camp which the swimmers universally enjoyed. They all really benefited from the 8 swimming sessions in a long course pool alongside 4 Land Training Sessions plus a number of fun events.
Full payment will be required 1 month before departure and an initial £150 deposit will be required in mid January. Any question about content and nature of the course please email Chris or talk to last year team managers Cathy Scanlon and Helen Hepworth who have already offered to repeat the experience this year.
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.