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British Championships 2018 Day 2

The ‘beast from the east’ storm unfortunately did its best keeping the Collins family holed in 28 miles from Edinburgh, so near, but in times like this safety comes first and thanks go to the kind family that took them in overnight as their vehicle was swept up in snow 3-foot-with roads closed, halting their final chances of making it to the champs. For another day and night they would continue to wait for a digger and snow plough to eventually come yto thier assistance.  A traumatic yet valiant experience.

Morning Heats

It was a slushy walk to the pool for Jasmine, Jacob and Oli.  On poolside, a Dorset contingent was formed as friends from Poole and Bournemouth Collegiate School sat together raising energy ahead of a fast day of short races.

It was an interesting place to sit for coaches Barry and Zoe, just 5m away from where some of the world’s best were race marshalling.  A game ensued where 9/10 times the pair correctly predicted which athletes would race well just based on their body language and pre race preparation.

Jasmine was up first in the 50m Free.  After a couple of simple adjustments to her race start Jasmine put in a solid heat and qualified for the evenings final as the second fastest junior. 

Ten minutes later Jacob was in action in the 50m fly and led out his heat to earn a second-place qualification into the senior final, which doubled up as a skins event.  The skins is is swimming’s equivalent to it’s a knockout as 50m fly’s are repeated with the swimmer who finishes last being removed until just two are left.  Jacob’s time of 24.42 set his second Edinburgh International Swim Meet Junior record of the week.

Afternoon Heats 

Oli was up in the 100m Back in the afternoon, like the previous day he set out with a great start and opening 25m.  A little time was lost on the turn approach, but a strong second 50m earned him exactly the same time he set at the winter nationals equaling his PB. 

Corinne picked up some tips and techniques from the Spanish National team masseur and went about helping our athletes prepare for the finals.  The afternoon saw the arrival of Kelvin and family who had just made it through the storm. Kelvin jumped into the pool to work out the travelling.

Evening Finals

Jasmine stood up for the 50m Free, confident from some work gaining final tweaks to her start and finish during the afternoon. With wide eyes, a big final breath through the nose, she stepped on to the block and nailed her start, leading the field from start to finish to take the win.  The time was a new personal best in becoming the junior champion, being the third Edinburgh International Swim Meet Junior record set by Poole over the first two days.  The time also a PSC Senior Club Record.

Next up was Jacob in the 50m Fly.  The first round would decide the medals.  Using this week as a training week, Jacob had been working on his starts with the aim of hitting the water quicker, especially for the 50m.  Doing just that he hit the water so quick he gained an impressive depth that gave the bottom of the pool a skin graft from his nose.  A quick recovery saw him claw back to finish 5th.   This was outside the medals, but led him into the next round of the ‘skins’ event, where one by one, him and James Guy took all the other swimmers out.  Jacob even winning Round 4.    Finally, as the last two standing the pair lined up for the final head to head battle.  With Jacob never really gaining the hang of having to be ready for a start (that was a beep, with no ‘take your marks)’ he was slower from the blocks giving Guy the advantage who stayed in charge for the first 40m, Jacob gained slightly with 10m to go, where both swimmers upped their rate and gave everything to the wall.  Guy coming out on top, with the young challenger runner up.


An exciting evening or racing and a great night for Poole Swimming Club. 

Following a much-needed extended swim down of 45 minutes Jacob could walk again and the team all met for their evening meal.

Day 3 see’s Oli first up in the 200m Back morning heats, with Jasmine in the 50m Fly.