A big WELL DONE to Katie Crowhurst who put in a series of fantastic swims at Ponds Forge over the weekend. Katie was representing the South East Region at the DSE Junior Disability Championships in the S13 category. Swimming as a 10 year old, she managed to win 5 gold medals in the 10 - 13 Age Group.
100m Breaststroke 2.14.53
100m Freestyle 1.39.23
Katie has been selected for the National Spotlight programme which is managed by the England talent team. Fantastic news for both Katie and Maidenhead Marlins.
Well Done to the A team who performed superbly to finish second, which matches the clubs best ever finish in the TVJL. It was a fabulous all round team effort, so well done to all those who took part.
During the Early stages among some exciting races, Maidenhead were in Second place. Newbury came on strongly during the mid point of the gala, to move into second place. A strong set of relay performances in the final segment capped by a fine win by the "Cannon Relay" team led to the 2nd place finish.
1) Amersham 205
2) Maidenhead 195
3) Newbury 175
4) Windsor 169
5) Bracknell 144
6) Reading 140
The team sprirt and execution of technical skills was the most pleasing aspect of this development league gala - the very intention of this league is facilitate the development of these skills in a competitive environment. For the first time this year marlins also entered a B team and it was great that those swimmers also gained from this experience with many good performances taking part, Due to illness and injury the B team were missing a number of swimmers on the night but still performed admirably.
A big thank you to all coaches and poolside helpers for supporting both the A and B team.
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.
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.