County qualifiers

Qualifying for County is the first serious step any competitive swimmer can take. The Counties are the first stage to competition.

We are practically having to work well ahead of age. The counties age-band works that you have to be swimming at the age that you would be at the end of the year that the competition is in. Plus you need to gain those qualifying times in the year prior to the competition.

If you are born in the first six month of any year, you are having to work way ahead of schedule. Madison is born in June and now 13 years old. But next years County competition she has to swim as if she was 14, the competition is held in January 2017 when Madison is still 13.

Madison by now in 2017 has gained 2 automatic and 7 consideration times for next year. There are still a few qualifiers coming up this autumn. The qualification times have to be set in the 12 months prior to the competition in January / February next year.

Madison go the consideration time for the 400 IM last year and now strives to up-date this.

Yesterday Madison swum 2 races and improved one county time in the 100 fly and is now within 1 second of the automatic time and gained the consideration time for the 200 back-stroke.

It’s great to be an all-round good swimmer and gain County times in as many strokes and distances as possible.

LBWF meeting 25/9/16, 4 medals but mixed feelings

Madison won 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals but did not get all PB times with those medals won.

Whilst I have mixed feelings about the statistics of the times achieved, Madison and her friends enjoyed themselves tremendously at the meet. Swimmers have great comradeship and enjoy the competitions.

Here are the facts, all medals won in age group 12 in 50 meter pool, all times stated 50 m times. See the published results here for

  1.  1 Gold 100 back 01:24:61 (previous best 01:23:21)
  2. 1 Silver 50 free 33:34 (previous best 32:27)
  3. 2 Bronze 200 free 02:46:08 (new PB) and 200 back in 03:00:41 (previous best 2:57:90)
  4. 5th place 200 free 01:16:12 (previous best 1:14:83
  5. 6th place 200 IM 03:06:64 (New PB)

It was the first meet of the season and swimmers have to warm up after the long summer break. Obviously I would love to see new PBs with all races entered and medals won.

Madison raised awareness for her new club LACPP, due to circumstances, she was the only swimmer for her new club and many swimmers enquired what LACPP is, as they never heard of it. They have heard about it now.