Hamilton Aquatics will yet again bid farewell to three star pupils next year when they head to US universities.
Finn Page and Maria Iorini (both Brown) as well as Sean McNicholl (Georgia Tech) have secured their spot to study and further progress in their sports.
They join previous Hamilton Aquatics students who have gone on to attend top schools across the globe including Princeton, Indiana, Virginia, UCLA, UCSD, Yale, Bath, Loughborough, Manchester and other major universities.
But closer to home swimmers are preparing for a hectic few weeks that began this weekend.
Speedo Swim Squads are hosting a short course meet with Hamilton Aquatics director of swimming Ash Morris entering the meet confident of his team’s chances following past performances in previous year’s events.
But next weekend’s results are not as assured when Hamilton Aquatics hosts the first long course meet of the season.
Third in a trio of busy weekends is an extravaganza of swimming on Dec 13-14 with teams spread out across the HA Development Gala, Speedo Swim Fast League and UAE Abu Dhabi Championships.
It may seem like a heavy workload but Morris and his fellow coaches are well versed in preparing their swimmers.
“At Hamilton Aquatics we plan our training cycles to peak at main events,” he said.
“From this we then build the fitness into a main training block which can be very tough, before getting ready to prepare for the meets where we will do a lot of race specific training and refinement to individuals.
“We have to plan for different swimmers, meets, ages and nationalities for their home nationals.”
Morris has also recently taken on a new budding group of swimmers as Dubai continues to nurture the next generation.
“A few swimmers have joined from My Swim Club who have done a great job at getting swimmers involved in the sport, before joining us to take it to the next level,” he said.
“These relationships are important for individual swimmers to maximise their potential.”