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.
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.
Age Group qualifiers Connie and Tom Dean - along with Marlins member Zoe Rolls representing Millfield - return home. Connie brings with her a silver medal for the 100 fly - won with a time of 1.02.62 - pipped for gold by .42 seconds. Qualifying for 7 events, Connie made finals in her key races breaking club records in the process, securing a 4th place for the 200IM and moving 20 places up the rankings for her 800 free - swum with a 10 second PB. Tom made the finals of the 100 breast with a personal best of 1.15.08. There were some incredible swims on show - and five GB records won by young swimmers representing the best of GB young competitors.
Good luck also to all swimmers competing in Welsh Nationals at Swansea. On Day 3 Elly Scanlon won gold in the 100 Breast in a new PB and club record of 1:17.51.
Youth National Swimmers Elly Scanlon, Abi Dow and Damien Ng swam well in their first days events being close to PB's. Abi Dow later in the week set club records in the 50 Back 30.96 and 50 Free 27.26 qualifying for the the Semi-Final and then the Final in the 50 Free. Damien Ng commented on how much better it was to be at a nationals event with a team and looked forward to next years events with a bigger team. All the swimmers achieved this years NQT at the event for their next years age groups so if times remain as they were and they continue to improve it all augurs well.
There is no question that the overall national results are the best the club has ever experienced so well done to the swimmers and the coaching team. Head Coach Paul Lloyd expressed pleasure in the performances and indicated that he is looking forward to working with the swimmers to create a positive, enjoyable team atmosphere in the coming season and that the swimmers should enjoy their break.