Please see the attachments for the accepted entries and session times for the invitational open meet. The good news is that the meet has been very popular, in fact too popular as to meet the ASA guidelines it has not been possible to accommodate all entries. In line with the meet conditions a small number of entries across all clubs have had to be scratched. The scratches have largely been at the younger age group end of the clubs and for those unfortunate swimmers who have been scratched don't worry there will be other opportunities in the near future for you to swim those events. We would like to thank all those who have put in a tremendous amount of work both within Marlins and Otters in preparing and processing entries. Additional details for the meet can be found http://www.chalfontotters.org.uk/index.php/meets
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.
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.