British Championships/Edinburgh International Swimming Meet
As we stepped off the plane in Edinburgh last week; you might have been forgiven for thinking you were walking out into Toronto Pearson Airport as the “Beast from the East” met us with full force and we were immediately battered by snow and ice. Not to be deterred, the team slid their way into Edinburgh ready for the British Championships and primed to make an impact.
In total, 32 swimmers qualified for the meet; an impressive achievement for a meet boasting a large contingent of Commonwealth Games athletes and coaches and some of the very best in the world and from across Europe. Not only that, but the spread of age groups from the Millfield qualifiers was staggering; from year 9 to U6 and even one OM! The list of qualifiers is below:
Isabella Renwick, Alice Chan, Rhiannon Evans, Alice Gouldby, Waris Mills, Polly Painter, Yasmine Hamerlaine, Huw Williams, Will Mitchell, David Chang, William Ellington, Jakob Goodman, Rachel Anderson, Sophia Wilson, Emma Harvey, Abigail Hurst, Candice Lam, Santos Villalon, Hamish Skillman, Tom Gambold, Jess Carroll, Louis Barker, Danny New, Jacob St-Germain, Jack Tucker, Josh Lawson, Harriet Perfect, Isabel Jones, Tom Thornley, Kieran Bird, Max McCusker, Brodie Williams (OM)
The athletes proceeded to put on a masterclass in stepping up for the big meet. Nearly every swimmer gained a PB or SB and Millfield representatives littered the Junior and B finals in the evening sessions; Abi Hurst, Rachel Anderson, Isabel Jones, Will Mitchell, Santos Villalon, Sophia Wilson and Hamish Skillman secured Junior and B finals; with a couple of A final appearances by Jakob Goodman, Kieran Bird and Brodie Williams. Brodie and Jakob came away with victories in the 200 Free and 200 Back consecutively and Rachel Anderson and Jakob secured their European Junior Championships selection with their fantastic swims. Hopefully Helsinki is a little less snowy than sunny Scotland proved to be!
As usual, the athletes were exceptional with their reflections and performances throughout the meet and the coaches came away proud of the independence and determination of our pupils to succeed and be better.
One of our junior swimmers was recently asked about the culture of Millfield Swimming and why it seems to work so well. His response was simple and sums up the experience of this meet and any other that the team attends:
“We work for each other as well as ourselves. When someone is down we raise them, and when you are having a down day, they raise you”