07 August 2017
James Chennells attends the English Summer Championships after qualifying for 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle and 200m IM, an achievement in itself, the gala took place in early August at Sheffield.
He began with 200m free and swept into the final as 8th fastest qualifier with his 2:01.62 heat swim in the morning of the first day. In the final itself, he improved his time by swimming the event completely differently. A much more conservative start saw him cover the first 200m some 2 seconds slower than in the heat. This meant that he had more left for the finishing stretch and came home 3 seconds more quickly than in the morning. His finishing time of 2:00.98 was a pb and club record, good enough for 8th place overall.
James followed this up with another final on day 2 in the 50m free. In the heat, he posted his second fastest ever time of 25.52 making the final in 10th place. The final was even quicker and James fought hard to come home in 25.42, exactly equalling his pb time from the Regional Champs in May.
The final day saw his energy levels drop slightly as the emotion of the first two days took their toll.
He swam 56.10 for the 100m Free and ended with 2:20.57 in his 200 IM finished the meet for him, placing him 9th in his heat.
Well done James, a great achievement.