14 December 2017
Swim England Winter Nationals 2017 Day 2
After a busy first day, today turned out to be somewhat of a less busy affair. After an early morning discussion Ollie unfortunately had to pull out of the 400m IM he was looking forward to due to being unwell. A light swim in the evening ensued with positive news of him feeling a little better. Coach and athlete agreed that following his strong training block and with a maturing resilient attitude that all efforts can be placed towards feeling semi-healthy and racing the 200m Back on Sunday (and possibly a 50m Back tomorrow).
Last year’s National Junior Champion Jasmine ‘Lightning’ McCrea focused on the 50 Free, battling it out with the best seniors this time around. The heat swim was solid and qualified Jasmine 6th in the B Final where she aimied to step up her heat time and push to replicate her win from the previous evening.
Meanwhile Jacob was in the training pool working on his affinity with the 200m Fly along with his affinity for the massage table and Corinne’s healing hands working out sore areas in preparation for Fridays event.
Having prepared in the warm up spending time on head positioning and underwater kicks, Jasmine stood behind the block confident with where to improve her 50m Free.
Indeed, her times to 15m and 25m were faster than the heat and Jasmine led the pack until the 35m mark. Still battling hard- the rate started to slow down and with five girls hitting the wall very close together, Jasmine touched 4th. The time of 26.40 was another great step up from the heat (by 0.22 of a second) leaving Jasmine with a big smile post-race, knowing she was the fastest English 16- year-old and 13th overall.
Loughborough Univeirsty's and Poole's Emily Clarke featured in the 800m Free Fastest Heat and pulled out a great swim to finish 7th overall.
Tune in tomorrow to find out how Jasmine does in the 50m Fly, how Jacob does in the 200m fly and Ollie does in the 50m Back.