Thurrock golds

Thurrock yesterday saw Madison smash her 100 freestyle PB by ~ 4 seconds to win gold and her 100 fly PB to win gold too.

In total Madison had 6 races and won 6 medals, 2 gold, 2 bronze, 2 place.

It was a 12-13 age group and Madison beat a strong field of older competitors to get

  • 50 free – 5th out of 26 competitors with 31:07
  • 100 fly – 1st out of 5 comp with 1:19:21
  • 100 back – 4th out of 18 comp with 1:17:37
  • 50 fly – 3rd out of 15 comp with 35:57
  • 50 back – 3rd out of 19 comp with 36:07
  • 100 free – 1st out of 18 comp with 1:07:57

The 100 freestyle win gives Madison 514 GB points, breaching the 500 mark for the first time. Madison improved her PB by ~ 4 secs. Full results

This was an aged 12-13 age-group and Madison was still 12 yesterday and won against older competitors, edging more closely to the regions top swimmers.

Qualify for London region?

We are getting ready for this year’s level 1, Basildon Spring long-course meet, this weekend. Dates coincide with London region age group champs.

Madison favourite stroke is the 50 back at the moment.

The official consideration time London Age Group champs for boys is 36:7 and for girls 36, both aged 13.

A male friend of Madison got accepted for regionals with an entry time of 36:20 that equals 241 Fina points. (Converted short-course time).

Madison’s time is 36:34 (long-course). That’s 412 Fina points.

I just don’t know why London region accepts 241 Fina points but doesn’t allow 412 Fina points to apply.

We are very glad to get the opportunity of participating on the level 1 Basildon and Phoenix meet that runs concurrently on the same dates as London Region Age Group champs and all the hard work at least led to 8 qualifying times for the Basildon meet.

FINA points

Just trying to find the best way to appreciate the placings Madison has gotten in the latest County championships, where Madison did not get a podium finish but had some very good Personal Best Times.

In mixed ability races winner always gets determined by the amount of FINA points a swimmer achieves. The highest number of points is 1000 and that is the points awarded to the world record holder; all slower swimmers get awarded FINA points in proximity of that world record.

Clubs always tend to praise the podium winners the most because that is the highest award a race winner gets in any particular meet. Yet the fastest swimmer in total is the person that is closest to the world record in their particular category.

Name      year of birth      stroke      time              FINA points   place
Madison 2004                   fly             36:65            320                  28.
The current world record for

  • male 50 meter fly is 22:43  = 1000 FINA points
  • female 50 met  fly is 24:43 = 1000 FINA points
  • So all a podium finish in any race, other than a race that sets a new world record says, is that the person who won the medal was the fastest at that meet.

For the first time in her young swimming career, Madison has breached the 400 points barrier, achieving 412 points for 50 backstroke and 403 points for 50 freestyle.

All swims were of course brilliant swims and I am looking forward to the last leg of the Essex Championships on the weekend 18/19 February at the Basildon Sporting Village.

It is getting very exciting now, and the desire to swim even better at the next meets has grown immensely. All points achieved, help the club in the overall rankings within the Essex county. I think it is brilliant that a small club like LACPP managed to get to 16. so far, Madison will try the hardest in the Block C swimming competitions.