Swimmers Commit To First Long Course Hit Out Before Christmas

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When most people were finallising their Christmas shopping, swimmers in NP and RP raced at the Northampton Winter Festival in order to be one step ahead for the Long Course Season. Before Christmas, the swimming programme runs predominantly across a series of short course pools and competitions. Post Christmas, the competitive swimmers step up to racing in a 50m pool consistently - the hope is to achieve British Championships and National qualifying times.

The transfer from racing in a 25m to a 50m swimming pool is always tough but gallantly, across the heavy program, swimmers still achieved 10 CLUB RECORDS and multiple personal bests. 

Henry Gray produced some super back to back swims all weekend, with some exceptional best times regardless of the event. Always postive and determined, Henry swam personal bests every time he got into the water. Such momentum lead to Henry achieving the 50m and 100m backstroke club records. Team mate Lanre Pratt was also similarly very successful in his freestyle and backstroke events, matching the strong short course series of swims he's previously just had. Another swimmer with a heavy racing program was Edward Whittles. Achieving club records in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly, Edward started his long course season in most events where he finished it last year when rested for Nationals! This is a great place to start.

Club new comer Jason Mahmutoglu continuued his focus on delivering process lead races across all his events. Looking longer and stronger in the water, Jason executed some key staging points in order to deliver best times on the majority of his swims. Jason dominated his 50 freestyle from the start, smashing the club record. Training partner Jarvis Parkinson was another swimmer that swam a process lead meet, focussing on some specific event details. Finishing this first cycle solidly, Jarvis even collected a couple of unexpected personal bests as well as achieving the club record in the 50 butterfly, 50/100 freestyle and 200 IM.

Arriving fresh from a week at the British Swimming National Event camp, Zoe Musial secured some strong results. Zoe's been really focussing in training on executing a secure breathing pattern across her freestyle events. Even when next to and in the same heat as World Championship Swimmer Anna Hopkin, Zoe kept her cool and delivered on her breathing pattern process setting some great long course season benchmarks. Matilda Littlemore has also been making technical adjustments in training that were really apparent when racing this weekend. Swimming best times across the board, Matilda's butterfly in particular was rhythmic and smoothe.

The environment itself was particularly challenging with the Friday evening session finishing at 9.30pm and the Saturday and Sunday 12 hour days starting at 7am! The swimmers never mentioned this, stepped up to show their resilience and kept focussed throughout the meet. 

A great sign off for 2019, leaving us with a taste of what's to come for 2020 - well done all.