Millfield Swimming News

Plymouth Last Chance Meet

As the first half of the Summer term came to a close, so too did the window for posting times onto rankings, that lead to selection for the British Summer Championships & English, Welsh and Scottish Nationals. Battling the south bound holiday traffic, 51 athletes and 4 coaches made their way to the Plymouth Life Centre, for 3 days of action packed racing.

With the potential to perceive that there was much at stake, the athletes managed any nervous energy well, instead turning this into an excited buzz. Highlights of the meet included:

  • Gemma P - this girl has high aspirations! After an operation earlier in 2019, forcing her out of the water for weeks, Gemma has worked tirelessly to return to race fitness. Her new best time in the 200 backstroke final was just reward for her persistence and resilience.
  • Sam D - buoyed with excitement at the thought of racing in front of family, Sam performed a great new best time in the heats of his 100 back. Following an assessment of his stroke rates (47, 42, 45, 41), he designed a race plan of the final that saw him attack the finish stronger (48, 43, 46, 45), resulting in a further 0.5 sec improvement. Race reflection and self improvement demonstrated brilliantly
  • Izzy R - after having struggled with breaststroke for countless months and her race times plateauing, Izzy’s recent improvement in training performance and outstanding race day routines over the weekend lead to multiple new best times....most excitingly (arguably) in the 100 breaststroke
  • Alice G was the epitome of guts and determination as she raced hard in a training suit (following an ‘equipment failure’ during the warm up) during the 50 backstroke, only narrowly missing a place in the final. Although this must have been disappointing, Alice refocused and remained positive and professional for her other races
  • Polly P (2:16, 2:21, 2:21, 2:21), Izzy W (2:23, 2:25, 2:25, 2:27) & Solomon W (2:16, 2:22, 2:23, 2:23) - awesome demonstrations of pacing, patience and perseverance during the 800 free


As always at the Life Centre, camping chairs are the hot commodity and Coach Gouldby shared hers with countless athletes whilst reminiscing with the Senior Swimmers about the shenanigans of their time at Prep School.

Coach Clarke was again impressed with the level of professionalism shown by Millfield athletes; time management around races was improved, including choices around warm ups, priming and swim downs.

The weekend’s racing brought smiles to many a face but more importantly, lead to conversations regarding training over the remainder of the term and training targets that will enable athletes to continue to be the best that they can be.

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