News April 2011
Keep up to date with what's happening at Dartes and performance swimming in Doncaster. This page records the news as it happens -- history in the making!
The Stories behind the Headlines
Another Busy Weekend
30 Apr: While Coach Wallace travelled to Sunderland for Junior/Senior NERs, Coach Dave finished morning training and raced down to Loughborough for their Spring Coaches Workshop. Here's his observations on the day.
There's something special about Loughborough University. As you leave the M1 at junction 23 and head East along the A512, hidden behind the trees running the length of New Ashby Road you very briefly catch glimpses of a World most can only dream of being a part of. Most of you will be aware that The ASA and British Swimming have recently moved in to new premises. Their new address, the rather grand sounding: SportPark! SportPark lies adjacent to the University, behind those very same trees, and the name just about sets the tone for what you drive past next.
Further up the road, peeking out between the trees are buildings that any current or former student would recognise as Halls of Residence. Immediately following them are the features Loughborough is renowned for: Cayley Soccer Pitch (hidden behind that, out of sight from the road, a hockey pitch and another football pitch); then the Paula Radcliffe Athletic Stadium (hidden behind that the Haslegrave Cricket Ground). Eventually you pass the big students union building and your first glance at the 8 lane 50m Swimming Pool as you drive around the roundabout leading to the campus' east entrance.
Entering the campus this morning I drove past the pool on my right while admiring the Rubber Crumb pitches to my left. The Hazlerigg Tennis Courts and England Cricket Board nets were dead ahead, but I turned left for today's workshop and drove past the 1st XV Rugby Pitch. Ahead of me, beyond where I would be driving but the subject of another story you'll hear later, was the aptly named Towers Hall, accompanied by its own Rugby pitch and Tennis courts. In the distance, over the other side of the 1st XV pitch I could see Brockington's Soccer Pitch and Cricket Practice Ground.
All of them being used by University teams as I arrived at 10am this morning to the accompanying up-beat music entertaining everyone on campus via the street light mounted tannoy system.
I could go on, but you'll be getting the picture by now. Loughborough University is the closest thing that the UK and probably Europe has to the sporting facilities of those American Universities we all see in the movies (albeit on a much smaller scale). It's probably also the closest thing we have to the American university sporting culture and team spirit. I love this place, and after studying at 3 different British Universities (alas, unlike my sister, I didn't get the chance to attend this one) I can say with a limited amount of authority, that most others are a huge disappointment when it comes to performance sport!
If you're serious about moving your swimming forward when you go to University, this is the place to be (you'll need the grades - it's a prestigious academic school too - and the sporting prowess to match). Don't just take my word for it though. Let's face it, my opinion could easily have been swayed by the sight of 4 or 5 ladies Netball teams sitting around in the sun outside the Marital Arts Centre and Powerbase Gym (probably the most advanced strength and conditioning facility in the country). Instead, lets hear it from the experts: the Times Higher Education Best Student Experience award 2010 goes to ... LU - for the 5th year in a row!
You'd think the others would learn.
Little wonder then, that when we saw this year's Coaches Workshop advertised for 30th April, myself and Coach Wallace were bitterly disapointed. We had a clash of dates with North East Regionals! To make matters worse, the first lecture of the day was a topic of immense interest to both of us: "Creating a Swim Team Environment Where Success is Inevitable". That's exactly what we've been striving to achieve for the past 4 or 5 years at the Age-Group level here in Doncaster.
It was clear that one of us had to attend. Thankfully, it was only Junior/Senior NERs, so while the head man travelled North to Sunderland, I got to travel South -- Hurrah!
Just like last year, the speakers were all in-house Loughborough staff. Dr David Fletcher (Performance Psychology) presented the headline seminar. Don't worry, I'll save you the Psychology lecture and get straight over to the pool. Last year, Director of Swimming Ian Armiger treated us to 45 mins of pool work with British/Commonwealth Record Holder Joe Roebuck. This time, the pool work was orchestrated by ITC Head Coach Ben Titley, who very kindly brought along a young lady by the name of Lizzie Simmonds (some of you might have heard of her). Now those of you who pay attention to the "Team GB Tweets" underneath the menu to the left will know Lizzie as the highly entertaining @QueenMond, and may have read with amusement her tails concerning the cross training Ben has his squad doing. Last year it was all hand stands and climbing walls; this year they're kickboxing and ballet dancing - yes, Liam Tancock is ballet dancing!
To have a crack at remembering the words Ben used in explanation: "Ballet is all about poise, balance and control; and kickboxing is, well, that's just fun!"
On the walk over to the pool, Ian also pointed out Towers Hall behind us.
"Ben also has them running up the stairs for a time - it takes them about 2mins! They'll do it 3 times with a gentle walk back down."
Just to back that up, the following Tuesday morning one of Ben's squad tweeted:
"On the 3rd time of running up 21 floors of stairs this morning, floor 17 was not the place I wanted to bump into a rather confused #student"
Which reminds me a bit of the start of this:
Right, back to the pool. Most of you will have seen Lizzie as the bubbly, short girl standing next to the giant Spofforth in TV post-race interviews. Up close and personal she's not remotely small, which makes you wonder how tall is her partner in crime! She's also one of the most disciplined swimmers you'll find. Our Phase 4 swimmers perform 4 Fly kicks out of every turn in training - hold your breath - Lizzie does 11! Next time you watch her race a 200m Backstroke, count those kicks. Her race plan is 13 off the start, 11 on the middle two turns, then 12 to bring it home. I sat and watched her for 45 mins perform 10-15m turns consistantly and in most cases effortlessly.
Sounds easy until you've tried it. Phase 4 can pretty much manage 4 kicks (about 5m), although leading up to Nationals Mark Beech (Spa) is trying to set the standard higher by holding 8 consistently - and doing a decent job so far! When you know how much effort goes in to making that particular skill look that effortless it's very nice to see the end result in person!
So what do they do at Loughborough to make that happen? Lots and lots of breath holding work seems to be the simple answer. Ben described a set of 100m Freestyle swims on just a single breath per rep - read that again! We watched Lizzie perform a shorter version without any alteration to her silky smooth stroke. Steady, relaxed, and long - with no concerns or panicky rushed strokes that coaches associate with such drills. Rumour has it there was a slight competitive incident where she figured she could manage the 100m without even that single breath. No problem, except it was the 6th 100m of the single breath set and already in oxygen debt!
The highest compliment a coach can pay an athlete followed a few minutes after telling that story: "She's special. I don't need to watch her. She always does everything correctly - or she'll pass out trying!" Good job he was watching on that occasion.
Which is a good time to ask the question: what sets Lizzie Simmonds apart from your average swimmer? Why is she an Olympic medalist hopeful instead of the millions of others who never made it.
After watching for 45mins, here are my suggestions, in no particular order:
- Environment - surrounded by equally ambitious athletes of the same age feeding off each other's energy
- Determination - to push herself to the limit
- Environment - surrounded by brilliant coaches and support staff
- Determination - to perfect skills and techniques
- Environment - a university campus that inspires
She's clearly a grafter with an eye for detail. I refuse to taint her with the word talent. All that horrible word ever does is dismiss the years of incredible hard work that have gone in to making her look so supreme, as though it was something she was born with, rather than something earned through pain, sweat, and the occasional tears over the past 10 years.
We walked back to the lecture room (past the netball girls still lazing around in the sun) for the Lead Physiotherapist to the English Institute of Sport, Carl Butler, to talk bodies. After that we enjoyed a master class in Technical Analysis from British Swimming's Lead Biomechanist Jodi Cossor. You'd be amazed at the quantity and quality of analysis being undertaken by British Swimming to support the coaches of our top international athletes.
The level of detail that goes in to fine tuning the race plan and training of the World's best swimmers is mind-boggling. There are databases full of 25m race segments covering velocity, stroke rates, stroke counts, distance per stroke, reaction speeds, turn speeds (in and out), finishing 5m times. They can compare all of that data with practically every international final swim from the last few years to analyse an athlete's strengths and weaknesses. They're even in the final stages of testing a video playback system so coaches can review races as soon as they've happened, beamed directly on to their iPads poolside while waiting for swimmers to arrive at swim down! If you happen to pop over to Nationals this year, keep an eye on the hard working guys in blue shirts sitting above the Omega suite. They're the ones doing the video analysis.
A huge thank you to Ian and Ben for a brief look in to their world. An even bigger thank you to Lizzie for a brilliant demonstration of World class Backstroke. And thanks to David, Carl, and of course Jodi for a very interesting day.
And here's Ben Titley being interviewed by James Parrack at a GB Training Camp at the BEST Centre in Mallorca.
Where Do I Rank Down Under?
30 Apr: Earlier this month the Australian National Age-Group Championships took place, many of you followed the results via our World of Swimming news feeds. Obviously Australia is one of the countries held in high regard in the swimming world, so we thought it would be nice to compare some of our National Squad swimmers with their peers from down-under.
Let's start with those qualifying most recently. Unfortunately for Mark Beech (Spa) the Aussies don't contest Nationals until they're 12, so there's no comparison for him. But what of our other Backstrokers?
Taking the current 200m Backstroke PB for Joe Litchfield (Spa) would easily place him in the 13 year olds final. His 2:23.27 would actually have placed him 9th, a little way off the winner on 2:07, but then so was everyone else! Even more impressive when you realise that Joe only turns 13 a few weeks before our own Championships in July. He normally struggles at them because of the inconvenient birthday, so nice to see he'd have been up there in the final a year early!
Next up, let's have a look at Jamie Clarke (Arm) Not quite such good news, but 23rd place with 1:04.88 is still pretty good. Especially considering 10 of those swimmers ahead of him also swum 1:04s. Maybe a target for Jamie to aim for in the summer, can he record a time capable of making an Aussie National final? There's only a second or so in it!
On to the girls, and Caitlin Dixon (Arm) in the 200m and 800m Freestyle. For the 200m, her 2:10.86 would leave her a couple of seconds outside a final berth. Judging by some of the entry times though, she would have been right in the mix. The scary thing however, is that in the land where distance Freestyle swimmers are Gods, Caitlin's 9:24.41 would have left her 8th fastest. And with no final, that's where she would have finished.
In the same age group in the 100m Backstroke Shannon Dodson (Adw) would have managed 27th in 1:08.83. Plenty of time between now and the end of July to climb up from there though. A 1:07.17 required for that final.
So what of Max Litchfield (Spa) and Richard Lee (Spa). We'll leave them both to look for themselves after their performances at NER Championships this weekend. Suffice it to say that Max should be in the medals for Backstroke and Medleys while Richard should be challenging for finals in his events.
Take a look at the Aussie results for yourself, and compare your times with those down under.
Sports Psychology Questionnaire
28 Apr: In the near future we've arranged for Loughborough University's Julie Douglas to pop over to Doncaster in association with the DMASA to present a seminar on Sports Psychology for parents and swimmers. Keep an eye open for announcements about that in the summer.
In the meantime, the former Northern Ireland International swimmer would like you all to participate in research that her team is conducting as part of a PhD study to help understand parental perceptions of, and attitudes towards the psychological, social and emotional development of swimmers.
This is the latest in a series of surveys undertaken by her team.
In the past our coaches have taken part in similar research aimed at understanding similar topics from a coaching perspective.
Start Survey ...
Another Yorkshire Junior Record
23 Apr: Two years ago (has it really been that long) Sophie Taylor (Arm) was winning National medals for Dartes and rapidly climbing up the national rankings. Then a family move forced a switch North to the City of Leeds and new coach Richard Denigan. Here at Dartes though, we never forget our former stars and we're delighted to hear that Sophie has set a new Yorkshire Junior Record for 100m Breaststroke.
It happened at last weekend's National Arena League final at Ponds Forge, helping City of Leeds (and thus Yorkshire and the North East) to 3rd place overall. Her time of 1:11.35 squeezed her ahead of Siobhan O'Connor (1:11.65) who is coached at Cheetas by former Breaststroke World Record holder Zoe Baker. Coincidentally, Zoe owns the 50m and 100m Yorkshire Womens Short Course records from her time with City of Sheffield.
Sophie's swim also edges her very, very close to being ranked in the top 10 nationally. Outstanding performance Sophie, we're proud of you. Well done to Coach Denigan too.
Meet the Swimmer: Federica Pellegrini
24 Apr: Last weekend we brought you a Swedish megastar of the pool, this weekend we have the Italian version. Never far from the headlines, Italy's glamour girl Federica Pellegrini looks set to be Rebecca Adlington's big threat at London 2012. Her long term coach and mentor Alberto Castagnetti (who died in 2009) told her she was capable of taking Gold in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m Freestyle in London. To honour his memory she is determined to give it her best shot.
"Yes, it is crazy," said Pellegrini.
"I did not find many people who say to me that it is possible.
But Alberto believed in it.
This is enough for me.
It was our secret.
I did not say that I was going to earn four gold medals.
But I am going to try."
Just like Adlington who won Gold at British Championships earlier this year for 200m, 400m, and 800m, last week at the Italian Nationals Fede demonstrated her credentials going one better and claiming the 100m as well!
But who is guiding her swimming career now after the passing of Castagnetti? The short answer is controversial French Coach Philippe Lucas. But as a story worthy of a spicy American soap-opera, the short answer isn't really adequate.
Those of you with long memories may well recognise the coach in question; hard to forget the Hulk Hogan of the swimming world. Hard to forget his head strong, fiery, French, former protegé too: Olympic Champion (400m Freestyle) and World Record holder Laure Manaudou, still the only French woman to win an Olympic swimming Gold (above with Lucas).
Just before the Beijing Olympics, Laure upped sticks and left for Italy to live and train with Italian boyfriend Luca Marin. Within 6 months Manaudou's relationship with Marin had fallen apart and she returned home. Before long Pellegrini and Marin were dating and she was knocking on the door of Manaudou's records. Europe's back pages, actually front pages and centre folds too, were full of the love triangle and fierce rivalry.
In Beijing, Manaudou's illustrious career came to a crushing and very public end. Four years earlier she'd been France's flagship in the pool, but the events preceding the Olympics clearly took their toll and were clear for all to see at the end of the 400m Freestyle. Pellegrini on the other hand soared to a World Record in the 200m (that too had been Manaudou's Record) and smashed her rival's Olympic record in the 400m semi after claiming her World Record a few months earlier. And now she has her coach too!
Of course, Fede's 400m didn't quite go to plan either - there was a girl by the name of Adlington who saw to that.
Since 2008 the scorecard between the Brit and the Italian has generally gone the other way, with Adlington stumbling for a few years. Things are starting to look good for the Mansfield girl again though, and the showdown looks set for fireworks in 3 events come London with a dress rehersal at World Championships later this year. This could very well become the most exciting rivalry at the games. Of course, things could become even more tempestuous. Making a comeback in a pool at Auburn University in the States is an older, wiser (probably calmer) Laure Manaudou. Now the mother of a child with husband Fred Bousquet, rumour has it she's focussing on Backstroke, but in the unlikely event that these 3 girls go head to head in the 400m Freestyle (the current World Record holder, the former World Record holder, and the home town favourite) you can forget the Thorpe vs Phelps hype, this will be the hottest ticket in town!
Below is an interview with Pellegrini and here's the official Federica Pellegrini website.
Doncaster Sports Awards
19 Apr: It's nearing that time of year once again when Doncaster's finest sports stars gather together at the Keepmoat Stadium to celebrate another successful year. The Doncaster Free Press sponsored Doncaster Sports Awards ceremony goes from strength to strength every year and Dartes have had lots of success since it began in 2009.
In its first year we came home with the award for Top Amateur Sports Club after our sudden rise up the rankings at Yorkshire Championships, and victory in the Most Improved Club competition. That was followed up last year by Max Litchfield (Spa) being awarded Hope for the Future.
For 2011, our nominations are as strong as ever. In the Sports Personality of the Year award, [Name Removed] (Adw) is up against Doncaster Belles Captain Vicky Exley, among others. In the Junior Sports Personality of the year we have Max, who is also nominated for the Outstanding Sporting Moment. Disability World Championships finalist [Name Removed] is an outstanding candidate for Disabled Sports Personality of the Year and she'll be up against Edlington's Ben Sweeney among others.
Nominated once more for Amateur Sports Club of the Year is, well, everyone at Dartes! After winning Most Improved Club for the 2nd year out of 3 at Yorkshires (after being pipped at the post last year), and coming away runner-up club behind City of Leeds in the BAGCATs Championships we feel our nomination is even stronger than when we won in 2009. But which way will the judges vote?
As ever, we expect a strong Dartes presence at the Keepmoat for this dazzling evening to celebrate sport.
Anyone wanting tickets should speak to Donna Litchfield or Helen Smith for more details.
The complete Free Press article and short listed nominations are available from the link below.
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In Swimming Times Again
18 Apr: Trust Swimming Times to surprise us!
Back in October we enjoyed our winter training camp at the BEST Centre in Colonia St Jordi, Mallorca. We'd left home equipped with banner and copy of Swimming Times magazine in the hope of twisting the arm of Olympian and Commonwealth Medallist James Parrack in to posing with us for the team photo.
It was an admittedly cheeky attempt at getting our photo in Swimming Times, but James (who owns the BEST Centre) was only too happy to play along and donned a Dartes National Squad shirt for the occasion. We submitted the photo to the magazine as soon as we returned home, and then waited.
The months ticked by, and we didn't appear :-(
Just when we'd all completely forgotten about it, and given up hope, May's edition dropped through the letter box and who should be gracing the inside back cover but our happy smiling faces lapping up the Mallorcan sunshine.
Thank you Swimming Times and thanks also to James.
Mallorca Photo Gallery ...
Meet the Swimmer: Therese Alshammar
17 Apr: As London 2012 gets ever closer, we thought it would be nice to introduce you all to the likely stars of the Olympic swimming pool and showcase some of the World's finest athletes. We've missed a couple of months but we've already brought you Hannah Miley and Aaron Peirsol (even though the latter has since retired), and we're going to continue with one of the biggest rivals for Team GB favourite Fran Halsall.
Sitting pretty on top of the World rankings list for 50m Butterfly today is the same woman who finished 2010 ranked World #1. More importantly for the Olympics, she also finished 2010 ranked World #1 for 50m Freestyle and was #2 in 2009 (Long Course). In Short Course competition she's been ranked in the World's top 3 for 50m Freestyle every year since the turn of the century!
At 33, Therese Alshammar would be considered the old woman of World Swimming were it not for Dara Torres and has an enviable reputation in the World Cup series having been crowned top performer in 2006, 2007 and 2010. She was 2nd in 2008 and 2009.
The swede certainly has pedigree. Her mother Britt-Marie Smedh was herself an Olympic finalist in 1972 finishing 7th in the 100m Breaststroke. In 1998 a popular Swedish men's magazine named her Sweden's Sexiest Woman. Whether that had anything to do with the tattoo she has printed at the small of her back is not known - DIVA it says (goddess in Latin)!
Asked by Sports Illustrated in 2000 if the 1998 moniker still held true, she replied: "Once the sexiest, always the sexiest. It's for life." Oh, and some wild rumour a few years ago had her linked with Prince William, who knows?
So here, courtesy of her Team Arena promotional video, is the Swede with the icy scandanavian stare!
Backstroke Dominance Continues
10 Apr: The results sheet from the first Boys event at Bexley made for very satisfying reading. The locals must have wondered what was going on, and who this small team from Doncaster were. We had 9 entered for the 100m Backstroke spread throughout the age groups. The Gold medal in the 11&unders went to Mark Beech (Spa). Gold medal in the 12/13 years went to Joe Litchfield (Spa). We weren't quite in the medals for the 14/15 years, but Jamie Clarke (Arm) had other concerns anyway. He finished 4th as the fastest 14 year old and sneaked inside the National Qualifying Time that he just missed at Yorkshires - far more important than any Gold medal. Then the pièce de résistance, Max Litchfield (Spa) claiming a comfortable Gold in the Open age.
From four age-groups, 3 Gold medals and a new NQT for the Boys. Great job.
Looking through log books our coaches often see swimmer goals such as: National Time in this or that event. Good to have such goals, but for many of our athletes, what exactly does that mean? What level of performance is required to achieve those goals? There's a target time to be hit, obviously, but how easy is it to compare such a time with what you do in the pool week in and week out, and away at meets? Just take a look at those 4 names above, there's something common about all 4 in addition to having qualified for Nationals this year:
- Mark - Yorkshire Champion 200m Backstroke
- Joe - Yorkshire Champion 100m/200m Backstroke
- Jamie - Yorkshire Champion 100m Backstroke
- Max - Yorkshire Champion 100m/200m Backstroke
As a general rule of thumb, if you want a National Qualifying Time you need to be winning the Gold at Yorkshires. It's still not guaranteed of course, but it's probably easier to understand how far off (or close) you are based on a meet you've just swum than comparing yourself to some abstract time. Look through the rest of our National Squad to date, and previous years too, the rule pretty much stands up. With NERs a couple of months away, there's a similar rule for those Championships too - you need to be winning NER medals. In other words, you need to be training harder and more skillfully than everyone else in your age group in the whole of Yorkshire! That's what it takes.
So if you don't have a Yorkshire Gold, or even a Yorkshire medal, does that mean you may as well pack up now and reduce your goals? Not a bit of it!
For a small minority, National Times are recorded right from the word go. Mark, Joe, and Max for example, all qualified in their first year of eligibility at 11. Lucky for them, but the vast majority have to work very, very hard to catch up and many do just that - just ask Jamie.
Many moons ago, 2007 to be exact, Jamie only managed to contest the 200m IM at Yorkshires. He finished 12th. The following year Butterfly looked set to be his stroke with 13th in the 200m. Another year behind him and he's contesting the 100m Butterfly finishing 14th, with a bash at both Backstrokes too (17th and 26th). Fairly ordinary results then, certainly nothing more special than many of you reading this and dreaming of NQTs of your own.
Last year was the big turning point with a Bronze medal (200m Backstroke) and a few other finalist places too. Then this year's brilliant win in the 100m Backstroke to leave him a finger nail from Nationals. The point being, through enormous hard work and lots of determination, Jamie has dragged himself from average placings at Yorkshires to medals and Nationals over the past 3 or 4 years. It's something each and every one of you can also do. So those goals of National Time in this or that event are actually perfectly achievable, even if you're starting with fairly average results at Yorkshires!
A big well done, and congratulations to Jamie!
Let's see who can emulate him over the next few years.
In addition to the new members of our National Squad (Joe also qualified at 200m Backstroke), Max was out breaking records again. This time another legendary name from the past was knocked off his perch. At 1995 Nationals Sam Seddon (Adw) won Gold in the 100m Breaststroke in 1:09.60. 16 years later Mighty Max shaved off 0.3sec to set one of two new Club Records over the weeeknd. Record number 2 came at the expense of a similarly big name in Doncaster Swimming. Head Coach at Armthorpe Kingfishers, Dave Holmes (Arm) set the 100m Butterfly standard at the Arena League NE final last season. Max chipped another half second off that time too.
There were of course plenty of other strong performances from our team, many of the younger ones were hunting NER times. All results can be found in the results archive. Prize for biggest PB of the meet goes to Alex Pollard (Arm) knocking a whopping 50sec off his 400m Freestyle time but not quite dipping under NER qualifying. On the other hand he did sneak inside the 200m Butterfly time (he'll be pleased about that).
The weekend was a chaperoned meet. Parents could enjoy a quiet weekend without (at least one of) their hyper-active athletes while the coaches and chaperones got to show them around the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. According to Chaperone Helen, walking around the grounds elicited a few Ooooohs and Aaaaaahs.
Even though we have two superb Long Course facilities back home in Yorkshire, we like to compete in different pools around the UK whenever we can. The Bexley meet may become a regular on our competition fixture list, then again we might travel elsewhere for next year's chaperoned meet. You'll just have to wait and see.
The Times, They Just Keep Falling
2 Apr: Just over 1 year ago Kim Smith (Adw) was the first to dip a toe beneath the 11min mark for the Phase 4 2x800m test. More have done so since, bringing the time to beat right down to 10:14 along the way. This morning the sub-11min club has two new additions in Kathryn Shepheard (Adw) and Yorkshire 1500m Silver medallist Mark Beech (Spa). In fact, looking all the way down the list this morning there are big time drops everywhere.
Although 11mins remains the mark of quality on these swims, the squad record is inching ever closer to 10mins. After setting a blistering pace in round 1, George Scatchard (Spa) touched in 10:10 for only his second sub-11mins performance, and backed that up immediately afterwards with 10:37 (his 2nd best time ever) in round 2. We're now left wondering how long it will be before the 10min mark is broken. His performance bodes well for the up-coming trip to Bexley.
|Georgia W||2 Apr||5:47||11:49||5:40||11:39|
For those who haven't done many of these previously, the history of the leading three should make interesting reading. As we've seen many times before, a swimmer's progression on this set over the first 12 months can be quite staggering. George's first times set last March were 13:47/14:04 - today he set the record at 10:10! Everyone in the pool this morning beat those times, which suggests that with the right attitude and determination all of you should follow a similar progression towards 10mins by this time next year.
Set your goals, work hard, earn your time drops!