British Summer Championships (Day 5)
Starting day 5 (day 1) with the 400m freestyle, Rachel A experimented with new race tactics during the heat. She returned to her favoured race plan in the final to take 17/18yrs Silver, right on her best time.
Heat 1 of the men’s 200m IM saw Adam G achieve a 4 sec PB with efficient fly technique and by holding a high backstroke stroke rate. Dimitrios T swam a new life time best, having increased his butterfly stroke rate into the turn. Solomon W was brave; he also achieved a new best time, after taking the race out strongly. Evan J had a fast finish to his IM, to be close to his best time.
In the women’s 200 IM, Ruby D showed strength and efficiency through the first 100m. Polly P attacked the backstroke with a great stroke rate. Izzy R showed power and bravery during the first 25m of the breaststroke, following a strong backstroke leg. Jess P worked breaststroke technique to great effect. Sophia W took the race out fast to achieve a season’s best. Lily B started her final with a PB for 50m butterfly on the way to a 2sec 200 IM PB by increasing her freestyle kick, to become 17/18 British Summer Champion.
Now was the time for the fastest men in the water:
Dimi T had a strong start and held a high stroke rate. Stan C swam fast with good easy speed. Sean T stepped up to achieve a fast finish. Adam G dedicated time to work on starts during the warm up and implemented this during the race. He lead from the front to take 13/14yrs Gold. Calvin F loves to practice starts; his underwater speed saw him breakout in front. Restricting his breathing helped him to take the 15yrs title, breaking Mark Foster’s 33yr old school record in the process.
Gemma P attacked the 50 backstroke with a great high rate and held on to finish within 0.2 sec of PB. Polly P had great swim speed. Yasmine H, Izzy R & Tati demonstrated fabulous underwater phases and transitions, holding rate and replicating their swims to within a few hundredths of a second from heat to final. The biggest Millfield representation in a single final throughout the week, a new best time for Izzy and the 16yrs bronze for Tati.
Ioan E dropped 6.5 sec in the 800m freestyle by racing with even splits - the best pacing that he’s shown all week. Jakob G had a strong 1st 100m, backed up with even splits, to PB by 3 seconds and edge ever closer to the school record upon which he has his sights set.
Time for the 4 x 100m freestyle relays:
Wyatt W controlled his 1st 50m, building his stroke rate into the turn, swimming faster than his PB. Matt H equalled his relay effort from regionals. Dimitrios T was 2 sec inside his 100m freestyle PB. Adam G matched the PB that he achieved in his individual.
Ioan E used straight arm freestyle to great effect. Hamish S dug deep, utilising a strong kick. Marcus R swam the best final 15m that e have ever seen. Huw W swam with spirit and heart; the fight was visible. Louis B controlled the first 25 to allow him to attack the 2nd 50m with power and great speed. Jakob got stuck into a scrappy fight which anchored the team to within 0.3 sec of the school record.
Tati T had a great lead leg with a visible up rate into the turn. She achieved 2 sub PB swims. Rhiannon E had improved control from heat to final, to equal her best time. Astrid H found a fabulous time to come back to form with two sub PB swims. Yasmine H had wonderful breath control to hold her stroke rate and split 1.5 sec under PB. The team recorded a time under the magical 4:00 barrier.
Jess P used her excitement to fuel her first 50m. She swam 2 season’s bests.
Sophia W again demonstrated her front end speed, chasing down the competitions and tricking her breathing. Lily B had a strong, gutsy fight to split sub 60 for the first time. Rach A gave 100% throughout her leg to anchor with an awesome split.
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