British Summer Championships - Day 4!
George S was up first in the 200m breaststroke with his first swim at this level. He was right on his best time. It was great to see Will M focus on improved body position, in a race that he’s struggled with this term. Richard T raced a stronger 3rd 50m to even out his stroke count increase throughout the 200m, which lead to a 4 sec drop from heat to final and the biggest percentage drop of the day (4.3%) Dimi T used intelligent post heat split analysis which resulted in a race plan for the final that focused around even pacing through the 2nd, 3rd and 4th 50m. This lead to an additional 1.5 sec drop, taking him to a total drop of 2.2% for the day.
Jess P focused on back end speed during the 100m freestyle, to produce another solid performance and match her season’s best.
Huw’s 100m butterfly looked to be his most comfortable this season, due to better body position and a longer stroke, leading to a faster final 15m. David O’L utilised his great underwater phases and swam a brave race, going out really strong. Calvin F again attacked his race from the front. Jakob G raced a long and smooth heat which was PB+0.5, resulting in a reserve place in the 17/18yrs final. Evan J achieved new best times during both heat and final in the 15yrs age group. Solomon W had a brave final swim with a speedy first 50. He spotted the wall better which lead to a faster turn, assisting him in achieving a double drop and 3.2% improvement for the day. Sean T showed more control over the 1st 50m of his final swim, leading to a stronger back end and his 2nd new best time of the day.
Polly P always gives 100% effort and commitment. It is wonderful to support Polly; she he is a great role model to those that are new to this environment. Izzy W had a great debut at British Summer Champs, performing the 2nd best 200m backstroke of her life. Gemma P consistently shows great process focus and race commitment; today this was rewarded with a new best time. Ruby D attacked the final with a higher rate during the first 50m, whilst maintaining longer underwater phases. She was rewarded with a double drop - a great mental progression from the 400 IM final earlier in the week. Tati T achieved new best times during 200m events at the Island Games earlier in the month. She felt that her endurance was starting to fade and changed her focus in the final, so that she looked at the swim as a max effort training repeat. She managed to improve her 3rd 50m and drop 2 seconds from her heat swim.
Sophia W executed a great race plan to demonstrate even splits. She achieved a highly sought after drop in the 17/18yrs final, leading to a new PB and bronze medal.
4 x 200m freestyle relays
Matt H swam a great 5 sec PB. Wyatt W was wonderful - a great relay split. Sean T was brave to take on one of his lesser favoured races for the team. Clement K was right on his best time.
Calvin F moved from lead leg in the heat to anchor leg in the final to capitalise on his love of racing. Stan took the lead leg in the final, following a great heat split. He earned himself a PB, and set the team up with a brilliant start. Dimi T had a much stronger 3rd 50m during the final, resulting in a 2 sec improvement from his heat split. Evan J showed unwavering commitment during both heat and final, resulting in 2 sub PB relay splits.
The 17 and over team achieved an 11 sec improvement from their qualification swim at regionals. There was a superb PB for OM Louis B. loan E & Huw W had consistent performances from heat to final. Last up was Jakob G with a sublime anchor leg, to clock the fastest split of anyone in the final (1:48.8)
Overall day 4 saw a lot more fight and drops from heats to finals in what turned out to be a lucrative night for the whole team. Tomorrow sees 30 swimmers in action as we pass the halfway point in the week. To check out the results, you can find them HERE.
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