18 April 2018
Jacob Peters made Poole Swimming Club history last week at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Jacob, 17, who has been with PSC since he was 8, swam nine races in six days, reaching the finals of all three men's butterfly events. This culminated in him also swimming in the heats of the 4x100m medley relay and winning a silver medal. He was the youngest in all three butterfly events and the only teenager in two of them.
His first event was the 50m fly, in which he broke his own Dorset junior record in the heats qualifying sixth fastest in 24.19. This was surpassed in the semi-finals, where Jacob finished in 24.05, in the process taking off 0.06s from Ben Proud's 2012 British 17 yr age group record. Yet again, in the finals, Jacob excelled, lowering his time to 24.00 and finishing 7th in an edge of the seat race won by South Africa's Olympian, Chad le Clos.
In the final of the 200m fly, Jacob made a significant improvement on his qualification time of 1:58.42 to finish in fifth place in 1:57.75.
Placing sixth in the heats of the 100m fly (in 53.72), joint sixth in the semi-finals in 53.40, he finished joint fifth in the final in 53.11.
All of this earned Jacob the butterfly leg in the heats of the 4 x 100m medley relay, helping England qualify in second place for the final behind Australia. In the final, Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Ben Proud came within 0.09s of the Australian team, with them and the English heat swimmers winning silver medals.
To top it off, Jacob, as the second fastest British swimmer in the 200m fly, secured himself a place in the European Championships in Glasgow in August, already having the European Juniors in Helsinki in June on his calendar.
Massive congratulations to Jacob on his achievements and now holding the British agre group record for all three fly distances.
For a copy of the Bournemouth Echo article on Jacob and Alice Tai's debuts at the Commonwealth Games: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/swimming/16152915.Alice_Tai_and_Jacob_Peters_do_Dorset_proud_at_Commonwealth_Games/#comments-anchor
(Photos of Jacob at the Commonwealth Games courtesy of Swim England/SW pix.com)