15 March 2018
CMK swimmers at British Championships
Six Milton Keynes swimmers made it to Edinburgh for the British Swimming Championships recently. The adverse weather conditions north and south put an unexpected challenge on the meet and meant that swimmers from all over the country found it hard to get there. Most of the CMK swimmers got there, but sprinter Elliot Jones, 16, was thwarted in his efforts when the snow worsened on the first day.
The meet itself differed from recent British Champs, which usually take place around April. Being earlier in the season meant significant changes to preparations had to be made. Many teams found this difficult but CMK again adapted better than most, with two-thirds of the team setting personal bests (“PBs”) on key events.
Distance freestylers Max Murphy and Marcus Johnson had their key events over the first few days. Max performed his second best time ever on 1500m Free and Marcus set new PBs on both the 1500m and 400m with determined swims and leading his heats early on. Max showed great strength of character after being disappointed with his first days, to fight back and produce a South East England record and 3rd place in the Junior 800m Freestyle on day three.
Aiyana Lawson and Miles Drabwell, both 17, were on great form going into the meet with significant PBs already in the season and, as is often the case, found it hard to better these at the Champs. The experience of swimming against the UK’s best swimmers as well as international competitors from Germany and Spain will help as they move into senior ranks.
Lottie Wynne-Jones had seven swims, with her key events first and last. She started by matching her own county record on 100m Butterfly, making the junior final in the process. After a series of sound performance on other strokes she again performed well on the 50m Butterfly at the end of the meet.
Grace Spong also swam the 50m Butterfly with a strong performance. Grace started the meet with a significant personal best on the 50m Backstroke, a swim which was the fastest by any swimmer in that afternoon session.