I am just about intrigued to read via Swimvortex that the World Record of Adam Peaty is in doubt, due to a time measuring adjustment. LEN does confirm this statement. Whether is plus or minus 0.10 seconds, there is no doubt that Adam Peaty was well ahead of all his competitors.
They also doubt that Peaty could have had a reaction time of 0.47. That is information via their Facebook page, yet when I go to their main website a message appears that they stop the coverage of swimming and offer refunds to paid up members. There is no date on the page. How much sense does that all make. Either you suspend swimming coverage or you don’t.
Madison had a reaction time of 0.02 during her latest 50 freestyle PB at the London Aquatic Centre. It happens to the best of us.
Madison is not ashamed to laboriously pick up her breaststroke skills to build up the full set of strokes to be proud of.
Of course there are a quite a few swimmers in the club who already found their special fast strokes and qualified for this year’s English and British nationals but Madison will continue to build skills across the range.
Today, at the very nice Hackney Development meet, Madison swam the breaststroke and took the 50m breast by storm with a new Personal Best of 42:79 improved from 45:79.
But then, came the amazingly generous lunch that Hackney Aquatics provided for Young volunteers and that 3/4 pizza made Madison look like she swallowed a stone when she participated in the 100 breast straight after lunch with a new Personal Best of 1:36:84. yet it is an improvement from 1:37:19.
There is a very good feeling for not resting on the laurels and continuing to graft on all skills.
Being Young Volunteers is an incredibly rewarding experience for Hackney Swimmers, the club is very friendly and has skill building for the swimmers at its heart.
I am noticing lots of swimmers do over-dramatic touches at turns and at the finish to ensure they can show they touch with both hands. That is especially important for breaststroke and butterfly.
The touch should always be the natural conclusion of the stroke and not slow it down in any way.
A fast touch is very important.
In the breststroke a double-touch can happen above or below the water or on the water-line, as long as the hands are on the same horizontal plane and do not stack completely on top of each other and touch at the same time.
I see many swimmers touching and dramatising the simultaneous touch with both hands at the same level. I am under the impression they do that to avoid disqualification. But this slows down the swim.
Hesitation to touch or to emphasize the dramatic double touch slows down the swim and it is not in the best interest of the sport for this to happen.
I think swimmers should concentrate to perfect the stroke and touch as fast as possible and not worry too much about the swimming judge seeing the touch correctly.
If it happens that a disqualification occurs but the swimmer is certain that the double touch happened correctly, I think that the disqualification should be protested rather than slowing down the swim to get an over-emphasized clear touch.
If there are many protests the sport will have to move to instal cameras above each lane so that in case of query a judging team can monitor the camera footage to get an objective look at the swim. #swimfast #swimskilful
Other sports already introduced camera monitoring I think that swimming should invest in this technology.
Please note the picture is just to show breaststroke.
Junior County champs at the LAC was a two-day gala at level 1, that is the highest level possible in swimming.
Madison swam with Hackney Aquatics and the event was for 14 years upwards. All the medal winners from the club were 15 years or older. Madison is still only 13 years of age and only joined the club 4 months ago and had to do so suddenly, due to LACPP being dissolved. Madison swam for National Youth in LACPP but since joining Hackney Aquatics now swims with the second squad, the Performance Age group, which are much younger; but she did have a few training sessions with the Performance Youth squad prior to the Counties.
Despite all the upheaval, Madison managed to get 5th place in the 200S back stroke for 14 year olds and 2 reserve finalist places in the 50 and 100 back. See full results here:
Of course every reserve finalist becomes a finalist should one of the base finalists decide to drop out, which didn’t happen in Madison’s case.
In a 10 lane pool, the fastest 10 become finalists in sprint events ranging over all the 50 and 100 meter stroke disciplines. Being a finalist could result in a 10th place. Longer distance events do not have any finals.
A fifth place in the 200 back is not a medal but good progress and an excellent stepping stone to develop the swimming skills in the future.
We need to develop skills realistically and having had the courage to swim the 100 breast for the first time in a long course meet and getting a county time is not bad at all.
For Madison this is so far the best result achieved in a county meet and that is encouraging. Madison still enjoys swimming and we are not at all upset for not getting any medals this time.
I strongly want to encourage all swimmers who do not win medals to continue with the sport because we have seen so many young and very fast swimmers drop out of the sport. Being fast when you are very young does not mean that you continue in the sport, what is important is that swimmers lead healthy lives and if it is enjoyable, continue with it.