With the Scottish National Age Groups being in Aberdeen for the first time this was the ideal opportunity for the club to take the qualifying swimmers away as part of a team. This is enabling them to experience what it is actually like to be at a competition for 5 days, as well as how to prepare effectively when there may be a day or two between swims or recover properly in order to swim fast again at night in a final. Even though quite a few of the swimmers have been competing at this level for a number of years it is a rare opportunity to be staying away as the location of the competitions tend to be driving distance from home and so there is still the luxury of being able to sleep in your own bed.
Over the course of the meet, swimmers have been grouped together and allocated a day to reflect and write a little blog on, here is the report from Day 1, courtesy of Elinor, Emma and Madeleine:
Most of the swimmers travelled up to Aberdeen on Tuesday, arriving just in time to dump bags and head to the new Aquatics centre for a little dip in the pool.
The flats we are staying at really close to the pool and we are settling in very well (some too well, with the boys being found watching the world cup topless...). The rooms are clean and comfortable, proving useful for tired swimmers, bonus with it being a 5 minute walk to and from the pool. Everyone very much enjoyed the lasagne Claire Gill sent up for dinner, thanks to Hilary. The rest of the day was spent chilling out. Thankfully we were not one of the clubs that had to get up in the middle of the night because of the fire alarm going off!
Rosie started off the meet with the 200m fly, swimming just over her PB. She narrowly missed the final. 3 swimmers made finals with Liam qualifying for the 200m breaststroke with a great PB. Scott also did a great swim to make the final for his age group.
Ella also made the final after fantastic swim in the heats of the 400m IM. The boys relay team put in a good effort to finish 7th in their heat. Other swimmers in this session were Benedict Tortolano, Elinor Spencer, Cara Smith and Jamie Murray.
In the afternoon session Amy performed well in her first long course 200m fly to finish in 2.59.58 and Logan finishing in 1.12.25 in the 100m back with a 2 sec PB. Amy also competed in the 400 I.M, obtaining a long course PB in her race, finishing the second session on a high.
Great team spirit and racing last night at the finals to round day 1 off.