East Midlands News

CMKSC make the National Arena League Swimming Final!

City of Milton Keynes Swim Club had their best league result ever on Saturday 10th December in Cambridge. Competing in the National Arena League, CMKSC were crowned champions of the East Midlands region and now qualify for the National Final in Cardiff against the other top teams in the country.

Norwich Swan - R3 2016

Norwich Swan Swimming Club played host to the National Arena Swimming League East Midlands Division Two Final at Wymondham Leisure Centre. Having won both of the two previous rounds, Swan were tied at the top of the league table on maximum points with Calverton and Bingham and St Ives so the stage was set for an extremely tight and competitive gala. This was the third year in succession that Swan had made the final. They finished fourth in 2014 and third last year so they were hopeful of gaining promotion into the Premier League this time.

East Midlands 2016 AGM

The East Midlans League AGM will take place on the 5th June 2016 at Fletton House ,Fletton Way, Glapthorn Road, Oundle  Peterborough PE8 4JA. At 10.00am for 10.30am start. Please could all clubs if not attending send apologies by the 1st June 2016, with no meeting last year no minutes or matters arising if clubs have any points to bring please forward ASAP.

The league fees are the same as last year and need to be paid by the 1st June 2016 to Mel Hickman or pay by BACS  Natwest Bank, Sort Code 52-30-21, Acc No 33654263, Acc Name - The National Swimming League East Midlands, Please indicate the team or teams name The fee is £80-00 per team, any problems please contact Brian Collis.

The 2016 AGM can be downloaded here.

Norwich Swan - Round Two 2014

Following their outstanding performance in round one of the National Arena League, Norwich Swan travelled to Peterborough determined to follow up their victory with a second win and consolidate their position in the top three teams of the East Midland Division 2. It soon became apparent that the host Club, City of Peterborough were going to be Swan’s main opposition.

Sherwood Colliery - Round Two 2014

Following on from a solid Round 1 performance & a trip down the A1 to Biggleswade, the black & gold colours of the merry men & women from Sherwood Colliery were hoping for somewhere slightly more local; with local rivals Chesterfield SC in the draw, fingers & toes were crossed.

So, with the draw pulling out a trip down the M1 to Milton Keynes, the coach was booked and once again the black & gold army headed off with (I suspect) the Chesterfield SC coach either just in front or not far behind.

With teams from Northampton A (who we drew in the first round) & City of Milton Keynes, it was always going to be a tough one.  Throw in Chesterfield, South Lincs Comp & West Norfolk for good measure and the squad knew they were going to have to be at the top of their game.

In the bright and airy 8-lane pool at Bletchley, the squad didn’t disappoint.  Consistent performances all evening saw us pull ahead of South Lincs & West Norfolk from the first points tally, and a strong Chesterfield squad seemed to be within our sights.

Our National Age Group Champion, Lily Boseley, gave us our first wins of the night in the backstroke events and a nice run of firsts & seconds from the younger age groups saw us pull within touching distance of the third spot.  However, with many swimmers having to compete out of age and, in some cases, out of their comfort zones, the points seemed to stretch away from us again in the final events & we had to settle for another solid fourth place finish.

That wasn’t where the drama ended however.  With a buoyant coach full of chatty swimmers & parents heading back to Nottinghamshire, the dreaded ‘M1 Closed’ overhead notices started to appear, and our fears were realised when, at J16, and at 10pm, the coach was diverted out into the Northamptonshire countryside.  As beautiful as that might be under normal circumstances, it added almost 2 hours onto the journey and meant a 2am arrival back at our home pool, the Rebecca Adlington Swim Centre.  The lengths some people will go to get out of Sunday morning training!

Many thanks to our hosts down in Bletchley who battled a series of technical problems and to the patient swimmers and spectators who amused themselves in the delays with some excellent Mexican Waves.

Head coach, Ian Negus, praised the squad’s performance & resilience in difficult circumstances, commenting “The National Arena League is the toughest competition we enter and our committed squad put in another gutsy display against some massive clubs in the Premier Division; all of the coaching team are very proud of their efforts.”

Modernians - Round One 2014

Overall, I think that the approach to the arena league was spot on. Fresh from 5 weeks of predominantly skill work, the coaching team and I, tasked the swimmers with one skills target for their race, and they were rewarded with a percy pig sweet if they completed the skill well under race conditions.

Around 80% of skills were transferred from training into the competition which is a huge amount. The key theory behind this is looking for long term gains at the Bedfordshire county championships in 2015 and beyond. We are looking to mould the correct skills, so when the training is undertaken, and the results in fitness show, the skills will benefit the swimmers, not only in winning races, and medals but ensuring that they have longevity in the sport. It is easy to look for short term gains in putting the swimmers through hard training in early season, but without constant technical additions to their repertoire, the limiting factor for their swimming career will be their technique NOT their genetic composition.

I was most pleased to see that when Brandon Nabarro completed his back to breast rollover turn, he gained a massive cheer from his team mates, and I feel that this set the standard for the rest of the competition. I did not feel that anyone had a bad swim. Some have a few more things to work on than others, but we showed good speed in the 50's and good tactical awareness too.

There were several good swims in seniors, but the standout swims were by Jamie MacCaffray. Jamie expresses power very well in his stroke, and for this season he has been working on holding the power over an increased stroke length. The analogy of a high gear in cycling versus a low gear, has helped him immensely. This transferred into a 7 second personal best in his breaststroke and a 3 second personal best in his butterfly. Jamie has also been training very hard, with lots of focus on his skills every session.

Other notable swims were Tia Wilson, hitting 29 on her relay leg on freestyle, totally missing out the 30 seconds; skill work by Aiyana Lawson on her 100m breaststroke, Ollie Maltby hitting 23 on the last leg of the relay, Paddy swimming his butterfly to an extremely high skill level, Jacob Bailey taking 6 seconds off his 50 free pb in his relays to name but a few.

I would personally like to congratulate all swimmers for a great team effort, and I am looking forward to faster, more skilled swims in round 2.

Vicky Simpson - Head Coach

 All inters were given the skills target of streamlining off the start and turns making  feet past flags underwater as well as some specific individual targets. Orla made a great start for technique improvement with a brilliant leg in the freestyle relay,really going hard breathing only when she absolutely had to. She later swam the breaststroke individual and really leg, showing off her improved leg kick keeping her head still the whole way. Jack.T, Josh and Thomas also worked incredibly hard on controlling their breathing in both freestyle individuals and relays. Josh also achieved his skill target keeping his long stroke at the front of his freestyle. Thomas took in all the feedback from his individual butterfly into the fly leg of the medley relay, working hard on his kick to help get his hips up. Jack again took notes from his first backstroke swim to achieve his skills target to keep his head and shoulders back. A great improvement from all swimmers in the first month of the season, showing how hard work and attention to detail can really make a difference. Hopefully more skills and PBS to follow.

 Louise King – Inter Squad Coach

 The Junior swimmers did fantastically well at this weekends Arena League. To encourage the swimmers to complete their skills & targets correctly if they achieved the set target they got a Percy Pig!
They worked extremely hard, the goals ranged from streamline kicks 5m off the wall, not breathing into or out of turns, not looking over shoulders coming into the wall on backstroke. I believe out of all of the Junior swims only 2 goals were not achieved which is fantastic and this system will be being used again at future meets to encourage targets to be achieved. Not only did the swimmers show skillful swims but some of their times really chunked down which at the start of the season was really exciting to see!

Charlotte Ovenden – Junior Squad Coach
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