13 November 2017
At the British Universities short course champs in Sheffield. Jack Filer swam for Durham & Ollie Hurst and Ellie MacDonald competed for Exeter. All 3 showed that there is life in the sport after leaving Berkhamsted for University and just how quick they can continue to be and as an inspiration to their younger club mates.
Filer began with an impressive 1.15 second improvement on his 50 Breast time, clocking 30.59.
Ellie MacDonald then came within a second of her 100 Fly pb with 1:12.68 before Ollie Hurst set an Exeter University team record for his 200 Breast when he finished hard in 2:37.71. An impressive last 15m from the youngster brought him home to a heat win as well.
On the Sunday, all 3 were in action, starting with the boys in the 100m breast just one heat apart. Jack Filer was up first and touched out in 1:09.95 having gone out in 31.53, finishing just half a second outside his best. In the following heat Ollie Hurst was then out slightly slower but hung on well to just pip his club mate with 1:09.91.
Then Ellie MacDonald led from the off in her 100 Free heat with a typically brave swim splitting 29.68 at 50m and holding on to win in a time of 1:03.22 which exactly equalled her pb.
Jack Filer then finished the individual events by slicing another huge chunk from his 50 fly in clocking 27.12.
It is great to see the swimmers still proud to be competing and all supporting each other as well as their Uni team mates.