Team Bath AS Counter Weather Warnings with Blistering Performances in Edinburgh

Team Bath AS rose to the challenge of competing on the international stage and the adverse weather over the weekend, as Coach Chris Alderton’s swimmers competed in the British Swimming Championships at the Edinburgh International Swimming Meet in Scotland.

Day 1 kicked off with Laura McNab in the 200 Freestyle heats swimming 2:04.42 which qualified her as the sixth fastest Junior for the evening Final. Laura got off to a flying start, going on to win the Junior Final in a time 2:02.98.

Session 2 saw Alice Barton and Rhiannon Bowen in action. Rhiannon swimming 200 Freestyle (2:08.90) and 100 Fly (1:04:51), with Alice making her meet debut in the 50 Backstroke heats in a time of 31:67. Meanwhile in Carlisle, a frustrated Mark Edmundson watched his empty lane in his scheduled 50 Backstroke heat - following the premature abandonment of his train journey to Edinburgh due to the snow.

The snow also took the toll on our swimmers for Day 2 with Misty Marshall-Welling (800 Free), Amy Gordon (50 Free), Ethan McNeil and Dylan Hood (200 Breast) all becoming the victims of airport closures. Meanwhile steely determination from Mark Edmundson and his dad meant they were on their way by land from Carlisle to Edinburgh arriving in time for Mark’s 100 Backstroke heat, which was well worth the effort as Mark achieved a new personal best swimming 1:00:17.

Alice and Rhiannon were up again on Day 2 swimming in their heats 200 IM (Rhiannon 2:24:57), 200 Back (Alice 2:26:81) with Laura McNab stepping up for the 50 Freestyle heats and quickly earning herself a place in the evenings B Final where she came second in a time of 26.25.

On Day 3 Alice Barton swam in two events 400 Free (4:38:05) and 100 Backstroke (1:08:69) with Rhiannon Bowen also featuring in the 50 Butterfly (29:25).

The final day of racing focused on Laura McNab’s 100 Freestyle and Rhiannon who was scheduled to swim in both the 100 Freestyle and 200 Butterfly heats.

In the morning session Laura produced a blistering 100 Free heat (56:71) earning herself a place in the evenings A final. In session 11, after swimming a joint 58.35 in her heat, Rhiannon found herself in the position of a swim off for the 1st reserve place in the Junior 100 Free finals. The decision was quickly taken to sacrifice Rhiannon’s 200 Fly heat to focus on her evening 100 Free performance.

As excitement among the Team both in Bath and Edinburgh built, Rhiannon coolly stepped up to open the evening finals with her swim-off and produced a signature gutsy swim. As Somerset ASA reported ‘the Team Bath AS swimmer enjoyed a comfortable victory in the spotlight’.

The excitement wasn’t over for Team Bath AS with Laura McNab swimming lining up with the fastest in the 100 Freestyle A final. While her Team mates interrupted training to watch pool-side at Bath University, Laura produced a stunning performance in the Finals, taking more time off her heat swim and achieving 6th place overall in a time of 56.66.

Head Coach, Chris Alderton said:

“It was certainly a week of firsts and challenges for us as a Team, but as always our Team Bath AS swimmers rose to the challenges and produced a great week of racing. Each swimmer has come away from the meet with what I feel are a unique set of lessons, now we will be using those lessons to push on and build toward to the regionals and the summer. It was a challenging situation to have four members of our Team unable to travel due to the weather, but I would like to say how proud I am of them for facing this disappointment head on and already getting re-focused on the next target!”