Madwave Challenge 2017, Tartu

As part of the Top team within the Swedish Sports Association (SFI in Swedish) Emilie packed her swimming bag once again and early in the morning on Friday 10th she went by car to Helsinki West Harbour, where the rest of the SFI group was waiting. From there they went by ferry to Tallinn and arrived in Tartu late in the afternoon after a couple of hours ride by the express bus.

The competition took place during the week-end and the 100m events were held as direct finals while the 50m events had both preliminaries and finals. Emilie took part in 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 50m free. She made her way to the finals in all three 50m events, but due to faulty start lists in 50m freestyle, she missed the final. In 50m butterfly she finished fifth.

She made a new meet record in 100m backstroke for girls 14-15 years old, finishing first in a modest 1:08.06 minutes. In the 50m backstroke preliminaries she also made a new meet record, 31.35 seconds, which equals 643 FINA points, but was defeated by Kertu Kaare by 00.34 seconds in the finals.

The best swimmers (according to FINA points) in every category were awarded with a cup and Emilie had the second highest FINA points in her category Y1 (girls born in 2002 and 2003).

 

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Awards in the picture:

Estonia Open 2017 (according to the FINA points girls 14-15y)
Gold medal (100m backstroke girls 14-15y)
Silver medal (50m backstroke girls 14-15y)

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Emilie awarded the best girl swimmer in 2016 within the Swedish Finnish Sports Association

The Swedish Finnish Sports Association’s Championships in swimming 2017 (short course) took place in Mariebad this week-end (February 4th-5th). Emilie took part in four individual events and five relays, and she won three individual gold medals (100m fly, 100m backstroke, 200m medley) and one silver medal (100m freestyle). In the relays she won three more gold medals together with her teammates.

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At the very beginning of the Championships the best girl (15 or younger), the best boy (15 or younger), the best woman and the best man swimmers of 2016 were also announced, and Emilie was awarded the best girl swimmer within the Swedish Finnish Sports Association in 2016. Congrats, Emilie!

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With only five weeks into the new year, the heat is on

After well deserved Christmas holidays Emilie is back in the pool. So far she has taken part in two competitions: the Turku Super Games and the Swedish Finnish Sports Association’s Championships 2017. She has also participated in the national age group team camp in Vierumäki (January 26th-29th).

During the week ahead of the TSG she measured her heartbeats (24/7) to find out how fast and how well she recovers from the swimming sessions. She is still waiting for the results of the analysis. She has measured her heartbeats once before and that was a couple of years ago when she suffered from exhaustion due to bad recovery. In order to avoid stress and to enhance recovery it’s very important to learn more about the own body and what factors affect the well-being and performance.

8 medals in the Age Group Championships

Last weekend, IKM 2016 200 suEmilie really tested her range in the Age Group Championships, where she entered 14 events in three days. She could had entered 15, but chose not to participate in the 100 breaststroke final. Despite this ordeal she managed to claim not less than 8 medals, 5 individual and 3 in the relays. She also broke her records in six events and made two other personal bests in the relays – unfortunately, not statistically significant.

Emilie´s entries and results

Friday morning
50 fly (girls 12-15): 11) 29.68 (PB) (- 0.61 s)

Friday afternoon
200 IM (girls 14): 3) 2.25.67 (PB) (- 2.19 s)
50 free (girls 12-15): 11) 27.78
4x100m free relay (girls 15): 2) 3.55.67 (Emilie´s unofficial time 58.74 – PB)

Saturday morning
50 back (girls 12-15): 5) 29.83 (PB) (- 0.45 s)
100 fly (girls 14): 3) 1.05.37 (PB) (- 0.11 s)
4x100m IM (girls 15): 2) 4.19.25 (Emilie´s individual time 1.04.01 in backstroke)

Saturday afternoon
400 IM (girls 14): 2) 5.13.06 (PB) (- 2.14 s)
100 back (girls 14): 2) 1.04.32
4x50m IM relay (2 girls 15, 2 boys 16): 3) 1.52.52 (Emilie´s individual time 30.02 in backstroke)

Sunday morning
200 back (girls 14): 2) 2.24.95
100 IM (girls 12-15): 8) 1.08.19 (PB) (- 0,53)

Sunday afternoon
100 free (girls 14): 12) 1.01.39
4x50m free relay (two girls 15, two boys 16): 4) 1.42.63 (Emilie´s unofficial time 26.78 in 50m free – pB (!))

Emilie managed well considering the fact that she had almost no time for recovery between some of the events. On Saturday, for example, there were only 30 minutes between the energy consuming 400 IM and the following 100 back. Still she touched the wall in 1.04.32.

On Sunday morning, she seemed to be quite exhausted finishing 6 seconds behind her personal best in the 200 back. Still finishing second. Immediately after having received her medal she was back in the pool taking 0.53 seconds (!) off her personal best in the 100 IM. What makes it quite unbelievable is that there were only 25 minutes between the two events. The same thing seemed to repeat itself in the afternoon where she finished the 100 freestyle in 1.01.39 and one hour later she finished the 4x50m freestyle relay with a new personal best in 50m: the impressive time of 26.78! No wonder her trainer was speechless! The team finished fourth in this relay.

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Fourth in the Junior Finnish Championships

Emilie did well in both the Junior Finnish Championships and the Finnish Championships, which took place in Vaasa this week (November 17t-20th, 2016).

In 200 backstroke she lowered her personal best to 2:18.63 (- 3.34) and in 100 backstroke to 1:03.20 (- 1.02). In 200 backstroke she was fourth among the juniors (17 years old) and earned herself a place in the A-final, where she finally stepped up one position and ended sixth among the adults. In 100 backstroke she was eighth among the juniors and 16th among the adults, which gave her a place in the B-final for adults. In the afternoon, she then won the B-final for adults, and lowered her personal best a second time. The first time she did that was in the relay on Friday (1.04.05) and the second time on Saturday in the B-final (1.03.20).

The other girls who took part in the relay (4 x 100 medley) were Iida Reini, Ida Konkka and Roosa Mört. Their team finished fifth among the juniors (4.15.32).

Emilie also took part in 50 backstroke, where she ended 10th, and in 100 fly, where she was 12th among the juniors. Very good achievements considering her young age.

8 new SCM records last week-end

Emilie made 8 new personal bests in the qualifying events last week-end on the short course (25 m):

50 butterfly 00:30.29 (- 0,03)
100 butterfly 01:05.48 (- 1,12)
50 backstroke 00:30.28 (- 0,06)
100 breaststroke 01:18.05 (- 0,84)
50 freestyle 00:27.60 (- 0,52) in the relay 00:26,95 (inofficial time)
100 freestyle 01:00.13 (- 0, 04) in the relay 00:59,15 (inofficial time)
200 medley 02:27.86 (- 0,70)
400 medley 05:15.20 (- 0,22)

Age Group Competition – Swimming Qualifying Events

Swimming qualifying events have been held in seven different regions this week-end (November 4th-6th, 2016). The Age Group final for girls 13, 14 and 15  will take place in Raisio the first week-end in December.

Emilie had quite an ordeal in head of her, taking part in 11 individual events + 4 relays! No wonder she felt tired! What made it even worse was that there was only half an hour of rest between many of the events leaving her with actually no time for recovery. Still she earned herself a place in the finals in not less than 9 individual events and in all four relays. And in the two events where she didn’t finish among the 16 best swimmers she was 17th! The first one to be left outside the finals, unless there are some cancellations within the three next days to come.

The results from the qualification events are (listed in the same order as they were swum)
100 m breaststroke 1:18.05 (personal best) and 11th in the national ranking for girls aged 14
4 x 100 freestyle Girls 15: Emilie’s individual time was 59.15 (inofficial time)100 m butterfly 1:05.48 (personal best) and third in the ranking
200 m medley 2:27.86 fifth in the ranking
50 m backstroke Girls 12-15: 30.28 fourth in the ranking
4 x 100 medley Girls 15: Emilie’s individual time in backstroke was 1.04.87 (official time)
400 m medley 5:15.20 (personal best) and third in the ranking
50 m butterfly Girls 12-15: 30.29 (17th in the ranking)
100 m backstroke 1:05.23 second in the ranking
4 x 50 medley mixed: 30.44 (official time)
50 m freestyle Girls 12-15: 27.60 (personal best) and 13th in the ranking
200 m backstroke 2:23.98 second in the ranking
100 m medley Girls 12-15: 1.10.05 (17th in the ranking)
100 m freestyle 1:00.13 (personal best) seventh in the ranking
4 x 50 m freestyle mixed: Emilie’s individual time was 26.95 (inofficial time)

On Saturday she had 8 different events including 200 and 400 medley!

Chapeau!

UGP4 2016 in Stockholm

A couple of weeks have already passed since Emilie took part in the UGP4 in Stockholm, Sweden. The competition was only three days after her return from Spain, so there was actually no time for any rest or recovery from the training camp abroad. She didn’t even have time to unpack her luggage before she had to pack her rucksack again.

During the week-end of October 21st-22nd, she took part in five events:
400 m medley 5:15.42 (silver medal) – new personal best on short course
200 m backstroke 2:22.68 (silver medal)
100 m butterfly 1:06.60 (fourth) – new personal best on short course
200 m medley 2:28.70 (sixth) – new personal best on short course
100 m backstroke 1:05.26 (gold medal)

Swimming training camp in Mataró, Spain

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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/

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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

and

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!