25 March 2018
Rushmoor Royals Distance Meet
A small band of Poole Swimming Club aerobic animals headed in a rare easterly direction up the M3 to compete in reverse distance events with the aimi of setting times within the Summer meets qualifying window.
PSC’s young female metre-eaters were up first and stood up against both boys and girls in the mixed gender 1500m event.Holly H and Aimie Q were drawn in Heat 3. Both girls went out fairly strong on the first 100m with Aimie forging ahead over the first 500, turning in 6.16 compared to Holly’s 6.20. Settling on to even pace the next 500 saw Holly claw back two seconds hitting 6.31 with Aimie turning on 6.33. The same gap repeated itself in the next 500 with Holly gaining further 6.29 and Aimie 6.31. Aimie just managed to hold on and finished in 19.21.30 and Holly 19.22.71. Both girls by default earned a Long Course PB, setting a time in this distance for the first time and both impressively smashed the 20minute barrier, with Aimie finished 3rd and Holly 5th.
In the following heat Izzy H was up, who went out fairly hard to begin with settling on a 6.07 for the first 500m. Steady pacing ensured the next 500m earned a 6.16, with an impressive last 500, kicking harder for each one of the remaining 100’s to finish on 6.11. The finishing time of 18.35.11 took the GOLD medal and again by default set a new LC PB.
The following heat saw Teagan compete strong with a heat that went out super-fast, at the first 500m mark Teagan was in 8th place and had wasted some energy on trying to keep up causing some over stroking. But such as the machine that Teagan is she soon settled in her groove and went about picking people off through the race. The first 500m was a 6.03, followed by a 6.07, finishing on a 6.03 for the final third. A very well paced race that earned a PB in 18.13.80 and enough to claim the Bronze medal in her age. Her final heat position was 3rd demonstrating what good pacing can do.
In the final heat Thea swam heading out in 5.57, dropping to 6.18 for the second 500 and maintaining to hit 6.19 for the third block of the race to earn a finishing time of 18.42.02. The time wasn’t where Thea was hoping, but such is her quality it was enough for the Gold medal in the Open age group. Another PB by default. A day or two to mull over the race and pinpoint where improvements can be made will lead to a more fun attempt next time round.
Three lads had made the trip to compete in the 800m. First up was Ryan O who blasted out a strong first 100, settling on an even pace to 400m, an impressive step up at 400m lowered his splits leading to perfect pacing hitting 4.55 for both 400m’s. The finishing time of 9.51 claimed the Silver medal. By default another Long Course PB.
Liam O followed in the heat after, a decent first half of the race started with Liam turning in 4.46, but then splits slightly dropped as the stroke length decreased, resulting in 4.58 for the second half to finish in 9.44.66. A similar thing happened to Ben in the following heat in 4.44 and a 4.59 to finish 9.43.24. Both boys had set LC PBs and times, but like Thea earlier had not been where they had hoped.
All things considered some solid swims and impressive results with the aim of setting times complete.
For some of the senior swimmers that have been training hard, their back-end drop off’s (2nd half of races) may suggest where they are in their cycle of work with a fair amount of residuel training overload and fatigue. This was a meet that came about in order to set race times, without any tapering down into.
Each individual will reflect good and bad on their races, with a few more areas to look at, not least results at the Regional Championships where tapered swims should paint a different picture.
A big well done to all swimmers and parents and a huge thank you to Rushmoor Royals and all of the officials that gave up a spring Saturday evening to make this meet possible, offering some rather tasty Hot Cross Buns to visitors.