Day Six Finals
And away. We. Go!
The final day of finals hit us hard and fast today; kicking off with a 200 Free that held some promising opportunities for our young men. Huw, Jakob and Gillie all swam impressive races in tough fields. Huw took the race out hard and forced the field to respond, holding on for a 4th, whilst Gillie used his back end speed to swim a tough final race for Millfield. Jakob got himself in a dogfight and came away with a well earned first ever National Gold!
Tom Thornley was our lone representative in the 200 Back finals, and showed an impressively ability to consolidate his work in the heats by going the exact same time in the final! Lots to come from this young man.
Emma Harvey and Isabel Jones competed in the last race of an extremely busy summer in the 100 Fly and did sterling jobs. Harv swam a lifetime best and Izzy dropped the second fastest swim of her career in two awesome races.
Calvin Fry was in and finished before we could blink in the 50 Fly, just missing on a medal but smashing the school record and was the fastest in his age at the meet. Huw Williams swam a fast 50 Fly and only just missed out on the podium.
The girls relay stepped up and performed like absolute champions, surpassing all expectation to grab a Bronze and smash the school record!! Coach Aldington has done a great job with our young girls and it showed with this fine performance.
The boys were then up and racing, with the Junior boys needing to perform as a unit to get something from their race. They did just that, with a fine swim from all four young men to grab 4th place; pure guts from four brave young men.
The Senior boys then stepped up for the final race of the meet and for some of the team, a chance to cement their Millfield Swimming legacy. And that they did. Brodie, Zak, Max and Louis absolutely smashed the field to grab a silver medal and finish the meet and the highest of highs.
It has been a week of fatigue, elation, speed and the power of positivity and the coaching staff could not be prouder of the entire team of young athletes.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our updates and we wish Harry, Tom, Zak, Luke, James and Adam the best of the luck in their futures and we are proud to have been a part of the journey.
Day Six Update
Good morning everyone! We have reached the last day here at British Summer Nationals and it has been a successful session for the Millfield crew. 12 Finals will be contested tonight by Millfield athletes and we have the excitement of the 4 x 100 Medley relay!
The boys were up first this morning with the 200 Free, with a large contingent of Millfieldians lining up for their shot at glory. Huw, Kieran, Jakob, Thomas, Gillie and Max all swam well, with Huw, Jakob and Gillie swimming their way into the finals tonight. The 200 is always a hotly contested race and these finals should be no different.
Gambold and Thornley jumped in for the 200 Back and both swam well. Thorno finished well and grabbed a spot in the final, and Gambold unfortunately got DQ’d. The women’s 100 Fly then hit the blocks, with Emma Harvey and Izzy Jones striving for a finals place. Both swam well to grab a spot in their respective evening races and will look to push on.
The 50 Fly boys were up next, with Rocco, SP, Calvin and Huw swimming great races. Calvin and Huw did well and are progressing to the finals tonight with a podium finish in mind.
Finally we hit relay time! The Junior girls did a fantastic job, speeding into the final ranked 4th and looking to grab a relay medal to close out their week. The Junior boys swam a solid race, qualifying in 7th and they will certainly be thinking about a top three finish from the outside lane. Finally we had Millfield A and B squaring off once more in the Senior relays. Both teams swam with heart and grit, with the A team making the final in 5th and the B team finishing just outside the final spots.
This is shaping up to be a fantastic night of racing and we are pumped and ready to go!!!
Day Five finals update
We are firmly at the tail end of the meet now but the energy level in camp Millfield is still up in the stratosphere! Day five (One) finals started with a bang as Will Ellington swam a fantastic last 50 in his 200 IM to claim a Bronze to cap off an amazing meet for the young man.
Sophia Wilson broke the school record to win her 200 IM final to add to her impressive haul of podium swims over the week. Stan, Max and Louis all put the jets on in their 50 Free, with Louis snatching a Bronze by his fingernails in a close race and the boys all swam personal bests.
The girls then faced the bright lights of the finals in their 50 Back, with four Millfield superstars hitting the pool for the splash and dash. Tati smashed her final to take the Gold, with Yasmine not far behind with a great swim. Alice and Harv swam brilliantly for two awesome swims and battled hard.
Then it was relay time!!! The Junior boys were first up with the team of Rupert, SP, Stan and Huw looking to improve on their heat time and crack the top four. They succeeded in smashing their heat time but just got touched into 6th despite a fantastic effort from the boys. This team has huge potential and the next few years is going to be amazing.
The senior boys had a the unique opportunity to race each other as Millfield A took on Millfield B in the battle of #sprintlife! Millfield A consisting of Max, Luke, Louis and Tom Kingham swam an awesome race in another intense battle against Sheffield and grabbed a Bronze, with the B team showing guts and grit to touch in 8th after a nail biter of a finish. Well done to Gillie, Hamish, Harry and Zak for their effort.
We closed out with the girls trying to grab a medal and show their speed in the Junior final, and man did they give everything! What a great swim by the 4 speedsters and the future of this team is full of potential which was on full display here with their 6th placed finish.
Day One begins tomorrow!!!!
Day Five Bulletin
The weekend is here!!! Saturday welcomed us with a packed morning of events; including the 200IM, 50 Free, 50 Back and the 4 x 100 Free relays. A whole host of Millfield swimmers took to the Forge looking to show their best and set the meet alight.
We began with a great showing from Will E, Huw and Jakob in the 200 IM, all making finals tonight and showing their versatility in a tactically demanding event. Sophia did the same in her 200 IM, swimming herself into a good spot this evening and looking to consolidate her great swim. Waris Mills swam well in the same event but just missed out on a spot in the final.
#sprintlife was in full effect this morning as the men’s 50 free and the women’s 50 back took to the water. Stan Chausson made his presence felt with a blistering time to place in 7th ready for the final. Huw, Sean, Rocco, Hamish and Rupert all swam brilliantly with a collection of best times and seasons bests. Louis and Max swam themselves into the final, promising another gear as they step up tonight.
The women’s 50 back was a similarly speedy affair, with Alice, Tati, Yasmine and Harv showing some twitch to all make finals this evening and Izzy Jones just missing out. I spoke with Emma Harvey after her race:
“I feel like a few days of racing has refreshed me and I felt good in the water this morning. There are a few bits to work on that I will nail in the final; but I’m also super excited about the girls relay making it back. It’s awesome to have a group of girls that have such potential and being a part of that will be fun”
Speaking of the relays; all Millfield teams made it back for the final tonight; including the Junior girls and boys and both Senior Male teams. The depth of talent that is emerging is fantastic and it’s going to be a great evening with some FAST swimming!!
Finals Day 4!
We are deep into the week now and the finals of Day 4 have come and gone with the blink of an eye! Ten swimmers and a Relay were in the water tonight as the bright lights hit and the adrenaline began to flow.
The 200 Breast was up first for the boy’s and they responded well to the atmosphere. The two juniors (Will E (Silver), Will M) both hit lifetime bests in their finals and Adam Brown swam a tough race from the outside lane. Emma Harvey then showcased her talent in the 100 Free, swimming well and looking like she had speed to burn as she touched in 9th in what may well be her thousandth race of the last few weeks.
The 100 Fly boys hit the pool fnext and they set the tone for the rest of the session with five brilliant swims! SP, Sean, Will (Silver), Huw (Silver) and Max all smashed their personal bests to grab a couple of medals and really put Millfield into a new gear. The future looks bright with these young guns and they have all responded well to the pressure of the big meet.
Sophia Wilson swam a great race to hit a lifetime best in her 200 Back, and earned a Bronze, which left the senior 4 x 200 Relay to go. The boys hit the water full of confidence and it showed as they hit the center lane and led by example. They were immediately embroiled in a dogfight with a massively impressive Sheffield team, who took a deserved Gold, with our boys smashing the school record to earn a Silver. Great swims by all four young men.
Another amazing day in the Forge capped off with an exciting relay. Make sure you keep checking for the updates and I hope you enjoyed our interview with the awesome Waris Mills on Twitter.
Day 4 Heats
First an apology from myself for being a little late with the update today. With that out of the way, let’s launch into the heats session update!!
We kicked off the morning with the men’s 200 Breaststroke, with Will E, Will M and Adam Brown all swam well in their heats to secure finals positions. Josh and Zak both finished just outside the finals places but swam well.
The women’s 100 Free then came around with Harv and Liv swimming well and Harv grabbing a finals spot. The boy’s 100 Fly then took to the water, and the Juniors set the heats session ablaze as they fired into finals. Sean Tsai, Will E, SP and Huw all secured a place in tonight’s finals with great swims with Calvin just outside the final places and Millfield legend Max McCusker took his spot in the 17/18 years final looking to step up tonight.
Polly Painter paced her race to perfection as she swam well to finish just outside a finals spot and Harriet Perfect put together a great race. Sophia secured her spot in the final as she goes in ranked second on the hunt for more silverware.
The relays then jumped in, with the junior boys up against it with some fast teams in the 4 x 200, but gave a good account of themselves and gave a glimpse into the future of a talented relay. The senior boys cruise into the final ranked 1st and the boys will be looking to dominate as they take to the water in what has become the signature race of the seniors.
Keep updated and on the ball with the finals update tonight!!!
Day 3 Finals!
Day three finals are done and dusted and the team found themselves with some hardware once the final race had concluded. First up was the final heat of the 1500 Free, where Jakob and Kieran went head to head in their attempt to crack the podium places. After a tough summer of racing, both stepped up fantastically to swim close to a best for Keiran and the first venture under 16:00 for Jakob. They were rewarded for their efforts with a well deserved Gold and Bronze. We spoke to Jakob after his race:
“That was a really tough race; I knew Kieran was going to switch gears at some point and I did my best to hang with him. I’ve had such a good summer with all the experiences at the European Juniors and Commonwealth Youth Games and I’m glad to be here and carrying that form into the meet”
Izzy Jones then took to the water in the 200 Fly, swimming the typical Jonesy race and showing us her grit down the last 100 to grab 5th place. The 100 boys stepped up in tremendous fashion, with Huw Williams being pipped to first by .02 but coming away with a well deserved silver. Louis and Max raced well and Louis did the classic double dip to come away with 5th place and both set new lifetime bests.
Waris then took to the water in her first ever National final, taking 8th place in a fast final. Great experience for the young speedster who has big things to come in her career. Finally the boys closed the day with the 400 IM. Will Ellington took on the event from the start to smash his PB and take 5th place, and Brodie Williams took silver, but unfortunately was disqualified.
What a day! PB’s, SB’s, medals and finals all over the place by our young team and a proud bunch of coaches.
Day Three Update
Day Three (One) is upon us and Millfield began their assault upon the morning session with renewed purpose and energy. The day began with the battle worn Izzy Jones taking on the 200 Fly, toughing it out and grabbing a place in tonights final. The men’s 100 Free then began in earnest, with the big dogs in and racing. SP smashed a new PB and Louis Barker, Max McCusker and Tom Kingham swam well to set themselves up for some fast racing tonight. Huw Williams dropped some more heat on the heats as he cruised into his final ranked 3rd.
The sprinters then took to the water and the girls did a great job. Waris made up for the disappointment of her swimoff loss yesterday and flew into her final ranked 6th. Great work from Liv Halcox and Alice Gouldby left them just outside the finals spots.
We finished off with the 400 IM boys and the girls 4 x 200 Free relay. Will Ellington crushed his heat to go into his final ranked second and hunting for more medals. Jakob Goodman jumped into his heat fresh from the Bahamas and a great showing at the CYG and alongside Brodie and both made finals with tough swims. The girls finished the morning with a great showing in the relay and beat their entry time to finish just outside the finals.
Jakob and Kieran go in to the fastest heat of the 1500 this evening to add to the finalists we have in. Another morning of great work from the team, as we move through the week and the fatigue begins to set in, the athletes and coaches are doing a fantastic job at maintaining energy levels and are ready to go this evening.
Day 2 Finals Update!
The big lights are on and the music is pounding; that can only mean one thing - finals time! 11 swimmers made it to the finals session tonight, and the team kicked off with Emma Harvey racing in the 100 Back after only returning on Monday from the Bahamas after repping Scotland at the CYG. Harv did a great job, racing tough in an outside lane. We then moved on to the mens 200 Fly, and the resumption of the battle between Will Ellington and Sean-Patrick McGowan. The boys went back and forth until the last 50, where Will turned on the jets and earned his second medal of the meet; touching in Bronze position. Huw Williams then entered the fray, going into the final ranked third and ready to get in a fight. Huw swam brilliantly and surprised even himself with some back end speed to separate from the field and win his first Gold of the meet! Huw spoke to us and said:
“I was surprised that I had that much left on the last 50, but I managed to hold off the other boys and stay strong. I’m happy with the Gold but tomorrow is a new day! I just keep turning up and doing everything as best I can”
Sophia Wilson was up next, competing in the 200 Breast as an outside smoker! Sophia improved on her heat time and surprised the field to come home in an awesome 4th. We then had the boys up in the 100 Back, with Tom Thornley repping the windmill in this one and improving on his heat and smashing a PB.
Then the speedsters were up! Alice and Harv went head to head in the 50 Fly, with the race coming right down to the wire. The two were literally inseparable as they came home in a dead heat for 4th! Once again we had the two Will’s duking it out for Breaststroke dominance and on the medal hunt again. Will E raced well to touch in 4th, just missing a third medal of the meet and Will Mitchell flew down the pool to grab his second silver of the meet. In the final race of the evening, the senior final was under Zak attack!!! Zak swam well to improve on his heat time to grab a hard earned 9th, breaking a school record.
Amazing work from the team today and an awesome job from the athletes and support team to stay primed and ready to race.
Big shoutout to Waris Mills who competed hard but just missed her final after falling in a swimoff. Big things ahead for the most positive girl in the world!!
News Bulletin Day 2
A quieter day over in Hungary today, with Rachel Anderson swimming a tough 400 Free this morning and improving as the week goes on. She will look to tear up the pool in the 200 Free on Friday. Santos will also not swim until Friday, when he takes to the water in the 200 Fly and 4 x 100 Medley relay. Good luck to both Team GB and Team Spain!
Back in Sheffield Day Two (#dayone) has started well, with the girls tearing up the 100 Back and Emma Harvey swimming tactically to get the outside lane in her final. Great work from Alice, Yasmine and Harriet in their heats bodes well for their swims later this week.
The boys then took on the 200 Fly, with Will and Sean-Patrick both making finals in the younger age group and Huw Williams putting in a strong performance to go into his final ranked 3rd. Max McCusker and Kieran Bird swam solid races and will look to improve their performances as we continue the championships.
Izzy Renwick and Sophia Wilson swam in the 200 Breast, showing great trust in the process and taking the event in their stride. Sophia sneaks into the final in 10th and looks to be the classic outside smoker this evening. The Prep school swimmers are really holding their own in a tough environment; a credit to their coaches and Director Helen Gouldby.
The mens 100 Back was tightly contested, with Harry Chesterman racing in his last race in Millfield colours and he performed very well, dropping a PB on it and narrowly missing a final. A proud race for a proud Millfieldian. Tom Thornley dropped some serious heat and goes in 4th tonight.
We finish with the speedsters in the Female 50 Fly and Male 50 Breast. Emma Harvey and Alice Gouldby both swam well to make finals in 3rd and 4th respectively. Izzy Jones swam well after a long summer of racing and just missed a final. Waris Mills strives to make her final as she will compete in a tense swimoff at the end of the session; pressure makes diamonds and everyone loves a swimoff!!! Will Ellington and Will Mitchell both cruised into their finals ranked highly and will look to make it two medals each in two days. Zak attacked his 50 with vigour and swam a twitchy season’s best to place himself well for the final.
Check back after the finals tonight for updates and the result of Waris’s swimoff!!!
News Bulletin Day One
A day of great swims to kick off the meet in style concluded with some speedy 50’s by the backstroke boys. The boys started the morning well; with James Gillie, Max McCusker and Kieran Bird making finals and the Wills (Mitchell and Ellington) also making finals in the 100 Breaststroke in season’s bests swims, ranked 1st and 3rd respectively. Zak Aitchison swam a PB in the 100 BR but narrowly missed the final. He will reload and prepare for the 50 later in the week. Sophia Wilson swam a tough 400 IM, making the final ranked first and ready to make an impact in the evening. The speedsters were then on the blocks, with Izzy Renwick swimming a personal best to make her final and all three 50 Backstroke boys (Chesterman, Fry, Thornley) smashing their entries to bulldoze into their finals.
Once the finals started Millfield kicked into high gear. Gold medals for Sophia Wilson (400IM) and Will Ellington (100 BR), Silver medals for Kieran Bird (400FR) and Will Mitchell (100 BR) and some fantastic swims by Calvin Fry, Izzy Renwick, Tom Thornley and Harry Chesterman in the 50’s rounded out an excellent first day in the pool.
There were 12 swimmers in the pool this morning on #DayOne and 11 finals were competed in this evening, and Director of Swimming Euan Dale had this to say about the first day of competition:
“It’s been a hugely positive start to the meet for us and the athletes that have kicked everything off have done exceptionally well. Stepping up from a heat to final is an essential skill and it’s encouraging to see those behaviours from our guys and girls. Get ready for some more! Bingo Bango!”
Over in Gyor, Hungary; Santos made an appearance for Spain in the 4 x 100 Mixed Medley relay; quite literally flying through in a 55.1. The prospects for his two finals tonight look good and he added that Spain were “gunning for a medal” in the mixed relay.
UPDATE - Santos smashes the final and comes in 5th with a new PB and helps Spain to a 5th placed finish in the 4 x 100 Medley!
Day One is in the books. Make sure you keep checking Twitter and Instagram for updates!
Summer News Bulletin Day Zero
British Summer Championships started with a bang on Monday, despite no swimmer racing in Ponds Forge. The coaches were glued to the results from the European Youth Olympic Festival; where Rachel Anderson (GB) and Santos Villalon (ESP) were tearing up the water for Millfield and their countries. Rachel made a solid start with the 200 Fly, and supplemented that with a great relay split in the 4 x 100 Free relay. Santos began his campaign with a blistering 100 Back to make the semi’s and then followed that with a strong 100 Fly to put him in two semi-finals for the evening. The Spanish superstar stepped up in the semi’s of the fly to post a seasons best time and qualified for the final. We spoke to Santos and Rachel who both said that the “atmosphere was amazing and the competition was fierce”. Santos added that he was “ready for the final, and thinks he can go out faster!”.
Back in the UK we had several swimmers in and priming for their races on Day 1. Thirteen swimmers take to the water today to kick off the championships and make an impact.
Check in later today for more updates!