Swimming training camp in Mataró, Spain


Emilie is spending a ten day long training camp in Mataró, north of Barcelona. She arrived there last Monday late in the evening and has been taking part in the team’s activities since then. Hopefully, she will stay healthy this time 🙂

Yesterday, they had a day off and went by train to Barcelona, where she strolled around at La Rambla and filled up her stomach with a delicious pizza. Today, the training continued as usual and they all seem to enjoy jumping into the pool as you can see from the video uploaded to ÅSK’s FB page https://www.facebook.com/uintiklubiturku/videos/1226230330756253/


ÅSK Games

Here are the results from the ÅSK Games (October 8th, 2016)

Emilie set out as the first swimmer in the first relay 4 x 50 m freestyle and finished her leg at 30,51.
100 m medley: 2) 1:08,72 (new personal best)
50 m backstroke: 1) 30,34 (new personal best)
100 m freestyle: 2) 1.02,20
50 m freestyle: 2) 28,12 (new personal best)
She also took part in the finishing relay 20 x 50 m freestyle, where her team won the gold medal.

The First National Age Group Team Camp Behind

Last week (September 26th – 28th) the National Age Group Team spent three days at Vierumäki sports training center. The top seeded girls and boys swimmers born in 2002 – 2003 and 2001 – 2002 respectively were invited to take part in the first training camp of the year. The aim of the camp was to introduce the participants to the national swimming team culture of sportsmanship and to provide for both coaches and swimmers to get to know each other a little bit better. The schedule was quite tight, as usual, and there was actually no free time at all. Two swimming sessions were held each day and besides that there were both lectures and different kind of physical dry land activities in which everybody had to take part.

A nice camp according to Emilie, who was very pleased to be there once again!

Suffering from the first flu this season

Cough, sore throat, stuffy nose and fatigue – these are the symptoms Emilie has felt last week. The flu hit quite hard last Monday and forced her into bed for three days. Although she hadn’t fully recovered from the flu, she participated in the Martti Ollgren swimming competition yesterday (25.9.2016) and did quite well considering her health situation.

She made a decent time (1:04.49) on 100 backstroke, and finished third only 2 seconds behind Susanne Hirvonen and the winner Carita Luukkanen, who are 5 and 6 years older than Emilie. In 100 breaststroke she came fifth improving her personal best with more than four seconds and in 200 freestyle eighth (2:15.41) – taking off almost 5 seconds from her previous PB.

Being on the road for more than 14 hours, she was quite tired when she finally returned home at around 10 o’clock in the evening. A good night’s sleep felt quite good, I suppose.

Emilie rewarded the best swimmer among the younger girls

Last weekend the tenth swimming meet between SFI (the Swedish Finnish Sports Association) and Stockholms simförbund took place at Godby, a small village on the island of Åland between Finland and Sweden.

The boys and girls were competing in two different age groups 13-14 and 15-16. Only two swimmers were representing each country in the different individual events, and Emilie was elected to represent SFI in backstroke (100 and 200 meters) and 200m medley. She also swam in the two freestyle relays 4 x 100m and 16 x 50m. Her time on the last leg in 50m freestyle was very impressing: 26,4 seconds!

In the opening leg of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay Emilie touched the wall after 1:00,17 minutes, which means that she improved her PB from last weekend, and is very close to break the one minute limit.

Last year she came second in the backstroke events, but this year she left all the other competitors in both age groups (!) way behind.

Best girl award200m backstroke, girls 13-14
1. Emilie Pärnänen, Finland, 2:21,97
2. Paola Kylberg, Sweden, 2:27,53

200m backstroke, girls 15-16
1. Petra Äkkinen, Finland, 2:25,31
2. Ida Slöör, Finland, 2:25,42


100m backstroke, girls 13-14
1. Emilie Pärnänen, Finland, 1:04,39
2. Laura Kellberg, Finland, 1:07,13

100m backstroke, girls 15-16
1. Wilma Oura, Finland, 1:04,49
2. Tuva Glimmerud Gullbjörk, Sweden, 1:07,46

Emilie was awarded the best swimmer among girls in her age group. Well done!

One and a half month into the season

Last weekend it was time for the annual battery of tests, where the swimmers in Emilie’s club took part in different test indoors and outdoors. Compared to the results made last year Emilie has improved a lot and one of her strengths are the kicks and especially the dolphin kicks. She has always been good at kicking and her backstroke kicks are actually faster than her freestyle kicks!

Taking part in the Speedo cup competition the next day (September 10) she tried to profit from her fast kicks, and in 100 m freestyle the time stopped at 1:00.23 – a bit harmful since she could had gone faster had she not been too close to the wall in the turnings.  Nevertheless, this was her PB on short course in 100 as well as in 50 m freestyle and 50 m butterfly.  A very good start of the new season!

Workout during the summer break

The three week long summer break is coming to an end and a new swimming season will soon start. The summer break is usually four weeks long, but this year it was one week shorter due to the Nordic Age Group Championships in July.

Emilie went to see a physiotherapist the week after the championships and  since then she has been doing different kinds of exercises to strengthen her muscles in order to avoid knee injuries like the one she suffered from in late June. This is one of the exercises she has been doing:

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During the summer vacation she has also spent a couple of days in Tallinn, Estonia, and on the golf course. The fastest round was about four hours!

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Silver in the Nordic Age Group Championships

Emilie took part in two events during the Nordic Age Group Championships held in Tampere this wp-1468168923051.jpgweek-end (July 9th – July 10th 2016). In 100 backstroke (LCM) she was the second swimmer to touch the wall (only 0.35 seconds behind the winner). Emilie clocked 1:05.39, which is her second best time ever in 100 m backstroke.

In 200 backstroke (LCM) she finished fourth and her time 20160710_194823.jpg2:25.63 was also her second best time ever in 200 m backstroke. This was a very good result considering the fact that she caught a flu during her stay in Tampere and that she was still suffering from an acute injury in her right knee, which occurred in less than two weeks before the championships.

Nine countries took part in the Nordic Age Group Championships: Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Lativa, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

Congratulations on behalf of the silver medal in 100 m backstroke (LCM) and the fourth place in 200 m backstroke (LCM)!

Grand Prix Challenge

The GP Challenge swimming meet was organized in Jyväskylä last week-end (from July 1st to July 3rd). Emilie took part in only a few events due to a recent acute trauma in her right knee. Still being under medical treatment and leaving out two days of training, it was very uncertain whether she would be able to compete or not, but thanks to good medical help and a couple of days of rest, she was able to take part in all but one of the planned events.

In 50 m backstroke she finished 12th in the prelims only 0.33 seconds from her personal best, which rendered her a place in the evening final, where she kept her position. She also took part in 4 x 100 medley relay (girls 17) and clocked 1:06.25 on the first event (backstroke) – an excellent time considering the circumstances.

On the final day she got even closer to her personal best in 50 m backstroke finishing only 0,05 seconds from her record. She achieved this time in 4 x 50 medley relay (adults), where her team finished fifth only 3,11 seconds behind the winning team where both Hanna-Maria Seppälä och Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, both on their way to Rio, secured the victory to Cetus, which is the largest swimming club in Finland.

Five medals in the Age Group Championships

Turku hosted the Finnish Age Group Championships (LCM) last week-end (June 17th to June 19th) and Emilie took part in five individual trials and three relays. She earned silver medals in both 100 and 200 backstroke and a bronze medal in 200 medley – only 00.01 second behind the silver medallist. In the relays her team finished third in both 4 x 50 medley (2 girls 13-15 years old and 2 boys 14-16 years old) and 4 x 100 freestyle (girls 13-15 years old). In 4 x 50 freestyle (2 girls 13-15 years old and 2 boys 14-16 years old) they ended fourth and lost the bronze medal with only 00,59 seconds.

The outcome of the Age Group championships was quite good considering the circumstances; seldom has a bout of vomiting come at a worse moment (i.e. during the preparatory training camp in Bulgaria in late May due to bad food or the Noro virus), and furthermore, only four weeks ahead of the championships changes were made in her backstroke technique (!). No wonder she felt a bit frustrated.



IKM-tävlingarna är förbi för den här gången och trots att förberedelserna inte gått så bra kom Emilie i alla fall hem med fem medaljer från tävlingarna: två silver på 100 och 200 m ryggsim, ett brons på 200 m medley och två brons i stafetterna 4 x 100 medley F 13-15 år/ P 14-16 år och 4 x 50 frisim F 13-15 år. Det var nära att det skulle ha kunnat bli ett brons till på 4 x 50 m fritt blandat, men tiden räckte inte riktigt till för en tredje plats, utan laget fick nöja sig med en fjärde placering. På 200 m medley var Emilie ännu närmare ett silver: endast en hundradels sekund från silver!

Det blev inga individuella rekord den här gången, men bra kämpat med tanke på att Emilie drabbades av spysjuka under lägret i Bulgarien och att analysen av teknikfilmningen 18.5.2016 ledde till en hel del förändringar. Med facit på hand var det naturligtvis alldeles för sent att börja ändra så pass mycket som det nu gjordes då det återstod endast en månad till åldersklasstävlingarna. Nu gäller det att ta nya tag och återfå den gamla beprövade tekniken, som räckte mer än väl till i Berlin!



Emilie will represent Finland in the Nordic Youth Championships

Emilie has been selected to represent Finland in the Nordic Youth Championships in Tampere. The competition will be held the weekend of July 9th-10th, 2016.

The selected national junior team

Good luck in the competition!

Emilie har valts till ungdomslandslaget som representerar Finland i de Nordiska Ungdomsmästerskapen i simning. Tävlingarna hålls 9-10 juli 2016 i Tammerfors och är de sista tävlingarna för den här säsongen. Efter det följer en välbehövlig och välförtjänst semester från allt som heter simning.

Länk till Simförbundets webbsida, där representationslaget presenteras.

Lycka till, Emilie!



Minnen från lägret i Kranevo 21.5 – 1.6.2016

I slutet av maj bar det iväg till Bulgarien på ÅSK:s läger. Det var wp-1465579662504.jpgsammanlagt 25 simmare och tre tränare som sökte sig till varmare breddgrader för att få träna i bra förhållanden.

Lägret började bra, men så småningom insjuknande några simmare och när lite över halva lägret hade gått slog en magsjukeepidemi till på bred front. Emilie tillhörde de första som insjuknadwp-1465579621780.jpge, vilket naturligtvis påverkade lägret som helhet och möjligheterna till god träning – men, fy den som ger sig. Efter att ha kastat upp i nästa ett dygn och vilat en dag var det igen dags att delta i träningarna. Det intressanta var wp-1465579648515.jpgatt Emilie för första gången i sitt liv åt probiotika, men drabbades ändå av det virus som härjade bland  ÅSK simmarna.

Under lägret skrev deltagarna i tur och ordning blogginlägg, som publicerades på ÅSK:s FB-sida.

Nya rekord i Tammerfors 7.5.2016

Tävlingarna i Tammerfors inleddes på bästa möjliga sätt med personligt rekord på 100 m fritt: 1.01.80. Efter det slog en släng av maginfluensa till och de följande grenarna genomfördes på rutin. Tiderna var hyfsade med tanke på hälsotillståndet, men skulle antagligen ha varit på en annan nivå om Emilie varit helt frisk. Tiderna på 100 m rygg var 1.07.76 och på  200 m medley 2.36.71. På 100 m fjäril blev det nytt personligt rekord (1.10.06). Trots att tiderna var rätt så anspråkslösa blev det i alla fall tre medaljer (guld i ryggsim, silver i frisim och fjärilsim) och ett stipendium på 150 euro för andra bästa poängsumman i klassen F-15 år.

Stipendier delades ut åt de tre bästa simmarna i varje tävlingsklass. För att få tävla om de högsta FINA-poängen  skulle simmaren delta i 200 medley + 100 + 100. För Emilies del var det kombinationen 100 m frisim + 200 m medley + 100 m ryggsim, som gav den bästa utdelningen.

Tampereen avoimet 2016



Hela-uinnit 5.5.2016

På torsdagen deltog Emilie i Hela-uinnit i Impivaara, och simmade där 50 m frisim och 50 m fjäril. Hon deltog i endast två korta sträckor, eftersom hon idag deltar i Tammerfors öppna mästerskapstävlingar. Frisimmet gick hyfsat och Emilie slutade på en sjunde plats i klassen 10 år och uppåt med tiden 28.86. I fjäril drällde hon till med en rejäl förbättring av sitt PB, då hon sänkte sitt tidigare rekord (simmat i samband med 200 m medley) från 32.56 till 30.27.

Det ser lovande ut inför dagens tävlingarna i Tammerfors. Vi håller tummarna och önskar lycka till!