25 January 2018
Having just touched down from the TYR Pro Series in Texas, it was off to Antwerp for Coach Barry along with eight PSC swimmers for the renowned international Flanders Speedo Cup event. The Poole team were priveledged to be travelling to and from the meet with the mighty Millfield School athletes and its coaches, setting off from the school on Thursday. Other British clubs and associations represented included the South East Region, London Swimming region, Ellesmere College and Loughborough University.
Amongst some of the best British Youth Swimmers, Poole Swimmers would be lining up against World and Olympic Champions. To make the top 50 in a European Meet of this standard would take some special racing.
From PSC, swimmers were Jacob P, Jasmine McC, Thea O'K, Teagan G, Ollie F, Izzy H, Matt C and Kelvin W. For some, the aim was to achieve British Trials qualifying times. For others, it was to experiment or consolidate race processes. The areas of focus for the group included self-management, timelines for preparation leading up to races and self-reflection on performance and process.
Having returned from Texas three days prior, Jacob P, who was training throughout the event made all three butterfly finals against strong international competitors, finishing 4th in the 100m, 5th in the 200m and 7th in the 50m.
Notably, Teagan G placed 7th in the women's 1500m freestyle, while Jasmine McC was 2nd in the 50m butterfly B final.
In addition, the following outcomes were achieved from their races:
Jacob P: 100m freestyle - 59th
Jasmine McC: 100m fly - 18th; 50m freestyle - 23rd; 100m freestyle - 32nd;
Teagan G: 800m freestyle - 14th; 400m freestyle - 22nd;
Thea O'K: 800m freestyle - 12th; 200m freestyle - 20th;
Oli F: 400m IM - 18th; 100m backstroke - 20th; 200m back - 24th;
Izzy H: 400m IM - 11th; 200m breaststroke - 18th; 400m freestyle - 37th;
Matt C: 50m fly - 32nd; 50m freestyle - 48th; 100m fly - 49th; 100m freestyle - 73rd;
Kelvin W: 100m breast - 24th; 50m breast - 25th; 50m free - 62nd; 100m freestyle - 103rd.
Coach Barry commented "Most of all, this was a team trip and an opportunity to watch and observe a proportion of the best swimmers in the world and for our swimmers to come back into training inspired to work hard. It was also to enthuse them to make sure they can keep progressing on the journey through swimming and start making national finals, medals and junior or senior teams and, of course, enjoy more competitions like this in future. Our special thanks go to Millfield for their help and support with our transport."
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