The Daily Deal - Vol. 4
DAY FOUR – IT’S STILL HOT
• FULLY LOADED...
Friday was truly a fully loaded line up for the Millfield squad with Mitch and Elly going head to head once more on the 200 Breast; the girls representing the windmill in force in the 200 Back and a host of exciting races in the 100 Fly and of course, the first relays of the week with the 4 x 200 boys hitting the pool.
• The breaststroke superstars Will and Will took to the pool first; both looking to secure good positions for the final after swimming brilliantly earlier in the week. Mitch swam a huge best to put himself directly in the centre lanes for the final and Elly showed great composure and pacing to do the same. An exciting evening was in store!
• Gemma, Tati, Polly, Rachel and Sophia were up next in the 200 Back. Tati, initially apprehensive at being the slowest entry, swam a confident, well-paced race to grab a place in the final with a new best time. Gemma and Polly swam their 2nd best ever times, with great post race reflections, which saw them just missing out on the finals. Rachel and Sophia rounded out the girls event by swimming two outstanding races, showcasing some high quality technical swimming to secure an evening swim.
• The boys 100 fly rolled around quickly as Sean, SP, Calvin, Will, Simon, Huw, Santos and Jakob all vying for places in their respective finals. The boys showed great tenacity to compete hard in their heats; with Simon Sweatman making his first Millfield appearance at nationals. All in all, seven Millfield athletes made finals and all showed their technical and physical work was paying off!
• After that we hit relay time!!! The junior boys were up first, in a very tough event to make the final. The boys did their utmost to grab their final place, but just missed out. All four boys swam exceptionally; posting personal bests on all their legs. Next the senior boys hit the blocks to try and retain their position at the top of the relay pile. A brilliant leg from Kieran and two solid swims from Santos and Louis set up OM Tom Kingham for a smooth and powerful final leg; leaving Millfield in pole position heading into the evening.
DAY FOUR – FINALS FINALS FINALS
• BRING IT ON...
Unbelievably, it was finals time again. With Rachel, Sophia and Tati repping the girls in the 200 Back and seven boys ready to roll in the 100 Fly, alongside the senior relay; it was shaping up to be a BOOMIN’ night.
• The breaststroke boys took centre stage first. Elly has swum a controlled and smart race in the heat to position himself for success in the final. He left it till the very final meters, but staged on of the comebacks of the meet to just grab a gold in his favoured race. After setting a huge personal best in the heat, Mitch had a lot to do to improve in his final. He showed his guts and grit to come home in his second fastest time ever and just missed out on the medal places this time around.
• Girl power took over the arena next; with Tati, Rachel and Sophia ready to roll in the 200 Back. Tati swam another great event to finish 8th in a hotly contested race. Rachel was up next, looking to get her 5th medal of the meet and continue her run of dominance in the bright lights. Rachel was in control of the race from the 100 mark and with huge grit, surged like never before to move beyond her own expectations to smash another school record by three seconds and add another gold to her medal collection. Sophia was ready to get in on the medal action next; swimming an amazing second 100 to burst through the field and grab her first medal of the meet. Sophia showed great detirmination to finish hard and collected a well earned bronze.
• The 100 Fly boys then took over centre stage with seven young men ready to compete. Calvin was up first; gamely battling a very fast field to finish 5th showing toughness to come from an outside lane to just finish outside the medals. SP, Sean Tsai and Welly then went head to head in the 15 years age group. All three went out like rockets, but Sean Tsai managed to hold on to best the other two speedsters, just missing out on the medals. We will see all three boys in the 4 x 100 medley relay later on this week. Huw was up next, taking on his Welsh rival once more. The raw speed of the heat hit him hard on the first 50 but he came back hard to swim another personal best. Santos and Jakob rounded out the fly swimmers with an outstanding race. Both boys went out fast but Santos showed his back end speed to grab second place by mere hundreths.
• The excitment only pitched up from there. After being pipped to the finish by Sheffield last year, the senior boys were pumped for the 4 x 200 Relay; the annual contender for race of the year. They didn’t disappoint the crowd of supporters as Tom Kingham and Kieran Bird surged forward to an early lead, giving noted sprint life enthusiast Louis Barker a nice cushion to swim the longer the distance. Louis swam a brilliant leg to give Jakob Goodman a good lead into the final leg. Jakob smashed his way through the 200, going out like a demon and coming back to earn Millfield the gold and redemption from last year.
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