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British Championships Day 4, Final Day

With a short burst of snow on the way, the final brisk walk to the pool ensued for Jasmine, Jacob, Corinne and Barry.

Jacob was up in the 100m Fly and Jasmine 100m Free, the pair went about their half an hour preparation (mobility, rolling and activation) prior to jumping in the warm up for 40minutes.

Jacob was up first in the final heat of the 100m fly and put in a decent heat swim, earning him a second-place spot for the A Final.  He would be the fastest Brit in the final, with improvements to be made around the place where you break from the underwater fly kicks into the first stroke.  However, keeping in line with one of his targets for the week, he did time the turn approach well.

Remembering her race costume today, Jasmine was ready for the 100m Free.  Showing good power and underwater on the start, Jasmine struggled to hit the stroke rate needed for a swim close to her PB, this caused an over-reaction of forcing the stroke and losing the normal smooth control around breathing and arm recovery over the water with hands flying high minimizing the stroke length and ‘catch’ on the opposite hand.   The finish was 4th in the heat slightly off her PB.  It would not be enough for the final.

This left both coach and swimmer to reflect on a week that was partially successful with a British Junior Title and meet record (4th Senior) in 50m Free, 3rd Junior in 50m Fly.  However, it was not all that they had they had worked for.   Questions and smart solutions will be found over the coming days and with the resilience of the athlete along with the resourcefulness of coach tweaks to Jasmines brilliant journey will be made.   


Afternoon Heats

Kelvin making his British Champs debut was up in the 50m Breast.  He had enjoyed two days of training, midday, working on the finishing touches of starts and timing of the inwards action of his arms.  So, behind the block, Kelvin stood confident on what he needed to do. He hit 15m in a best time (15m is a typical measurement of how effective starts are), this continued to the midway 25m mark in an impressive 13.2 seconds. Then in the opposite to what normally happens, his control turned into upping the stroke rate in the final stages of the 50m and he surged a body length ahead of the rest of the field, the finish hit on an awkward half stroke but time was an impressive 30.97, a PB by nearly a whole second.   Kelvin, so passionately excited by this race result, delivered a post-race statement of ‘yeah…that was okay’.  Well, we are all excited to find out what good is!


Evening Finals

Jacob would be in the A Final for the 100m Fly, going in as the fastest Brit, behind the multi-talented event Italian swimmer Federico, who between them have shared and swapped podiums brilliantly over the last 12 months.  The final also had Britain’s 100m Free record holder Duncan Scott and Irelands Brendan Hyland in.   

Interestingly no one made the half way point sub 25 seconds, with Federico turning first.  He held on to the lead he had started with an impressive stroke rate on the final 50m, with Jacob and Hyland catching slightly on the last 15m.  It was not enough and Federico took the win, with Hyland 2nd and Jacob 3rd

This meant Jacob finished 3rd in the Edinburgh International part of the meet, but had held on as the fastest Brit in the final becoming Poole’s first ever Senior British Championship winner. His time of 53.78 was five hundredth of a second slower than his heat time, but both swims were the fastest he had delivered ‘in training’.

This ended an overall successful meet for the four swimmers who had competed collectively in every stroke at this level.  To come away with a British Senior Title, 3 x Junior Titles and 3 meet records is very impressive.  With every race being an opportunity to learn these young athletes will continue their record-breaking journeys and we can’t wait for the next major meet.  


Edinburgh was filled with so many stories of helpful and brilliant people, as hotels provided cover for those stranded, restaurants stayed open, leisure center staff clubbed together to keep the meet running, and officials travelled from far and wide during the quick beast from the east storm.

Thanks of course go the brilliant families, that helped organise meals and of course to Corinne for her expertise in recovery and massage.