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Swim England Nationals 2017 Day 4

It was back to business as normal on the poolside as Jacob and Jasmine turned up for their final day of racing.  Jacob would feature in the 100m Fly and Jasmine 100m Free.

After seeking medical advice and a discussion between athlete, coach and parents, A frustarted Ollie would return home today.  He had worked through illness well, but it was now at a point of being sensible. 

We hope you feel better soon Ollie.

Morning Heats

After a warm up involving a lot of handshakes congratulating his previous evenings performance, Jacob was up first in the 100m Fly heats.  In a relaxed style, he led his heat from start to finish touching just six hundredth of a second shy of his personal best to take the lead lane for the A final.

During her warm up and over the course of the morning Jasmine showed signs of not being well, but doing her best to mask it she set off for the 100m Free, after a decent first 25m her power decreased and breathing every 2 arms followed, not her usual breathing pattern for such an event.  Jasmine held on for a performance just outside her personal best.  Enough to finish 29th.   Jasmine will remember the huge positives of the week taking home a Senior Medal (Silver in 50m Fly) and 2 Dorset Records.  

The Final

The 100m Fly Final was the final race for Poole Swimming Club and Jacob Peters at the 2017 National Winter Champs.  With Ollie, Jasmine and Jacob gaining 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze so far between them.  Could Jacob add another?...

Jacob started well and was leading by the 40m mark.  Then his turn can only be described as an Egg Splatting on the wall, as an increase in stroke rate had required an extra half a stroke, well not even half a stroke as head and two hands all touched the wall as one, making it a slow process trying to turn so tight on the wall.  However,  with brilliance and quick minded problem solving, Jacob held an extra fly kick than had been planned and didn’t breathe on the first stroke on the 'break out'.  It was enough to put him back in contention with Manchester’s Sam Horricks on his left and Mount Kelly’s Frederico Burdisso on the right.  He was still a half a body length down with 25m to go, but with a calm, powerful range of stroke he clawed back level with the leading pair with 5m to go.  The last stroke and finish was critical and thank fully Jacobs last stroke finished around 10cm short, but stretching his fingers to full extent he touched first, in 52.92.  Sam was 2nd in 52.94 and Frederico 3rd on 53.00. 

Since September the squad has been technically improving, measuring and timing turns and finishes, drilling home how these areas can win or lose races.  This race was both a perfect example of how having the experience to deal with a bad segment and the glory that good technical knowledge can bring.  In the end, all but six hundredth of a second sperated the race winner to bronze medalist.  At roughly the same time in Copenhagen, at the European Short Course Champs, all but two hundredth of a second separated the first 4 athletes in the Men’s 50m Butterfly final.  On reaction time (from the start block) alone, was difference between a medal and not winning a medal. (Congrats to Ben Proud).

Jacobs 100m Fly time lowered his own British Record in the 17 years old age group and provided Dorset County and Poole Swimming Club with another Senior Record to rewrite.

Another successful week for Poole Swimming Club on the National stage.  No Senior medals had ever been gained before and two athletes made the Senior Medal podium.  With all 3 athletes coming home with a medal.  3 British Records (17 years) 1 x Swim England South West Senior Record and 5 Dorset Senior Records & Poole Swimming Club Records were broken.  It is now a waiting game to hear if Jacob’s effort on the 200m Fly will be rewarded with a place in the Commonwealth Games team early next week.  

We would like to offer a huge thank you once again to the brilliant Corinne of Holistic Sports Therapies for providing brilliant support, calming influence and once again keeping the athletes in the best shape possible pre & post races.  (As well as booking all the team meals).     

Good Luck to all athletes competing at the City of Bristol Christmas Meet this weekend.  Early reports have suggested 5 Club Records and a massive PB rate,  just in the first morning. 

We wish Emily Clarke the best of luck in the 400m Free on Sunday.