British Summer Championships: REPORT

Five swimmers from West Suffolk SC travelled up to Sheffield last week to compete in the annual British Summer Championships (long course) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

The top 24 swimmers in the Britain are selected to compete in the 13/14yrs, 15yrs, 16yrs, 17/18yrs and 19yrs & over age groups. It was a fantastic achievement to qualify for the Championship meet and it was a great chance for the swimmers to race the best swimmers that Britain has to offer.

Jack Bowyer had qualified in 3 of his favoured events - 50m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 50m Butterfly. Jack stepped up to gain new best times in all 3 of his events, narrowly missing out on the final in the 50m Backstroke by 0.15 of a second, finishing in 11th place in the 16yrs age group. In the 100m Butterfly, Jack swam just outside his best time in the heat, but managed to qualify in 10th place going into the final. A great swim in the final saw Jack drop 0.8 of a second to pick up a new best time and 9th place. Saving the best for last, Jack put in a great heat swim in the 50m Butterdly event to gain a new best time and qualify 3rd fastest going into the final - which was on the final day of the competition. In the final, after a slower start, Jack accelerated through the second half of the race in a real fight for the finish with his other competitors. Checking the scoreboard, Jack had dipped below the 26 second barrier to earn the bronze medal in 25.81, only 0.05 of a second away from the silver medal!

Competing in two events at this prestigious competition was Myles Turner (18) who had qualified in the gruelling 400m IM and 800m Freestyle events. After competing a few days earlier in both the 3km and 5km Open Water races at the Regional OW Championships, Myles outside his best in his first event - the 400m IM to finish in 19th place. In the 800m Freestyle, which he was swimming for only the 3rd time, Myles finished in 16th place in Britain - with a lot more to learn about racing in this new male event which has been added to the Olympic programme.

Ella Hale (15) competed in the splash and dash 50m Butterfly event in Sheffield, swimming just 0.3s outside her best time that she had swum to qualify her for this event. This swim placed Ella 20th in Britain. 

Competing in their first British Summer Championships were Charlotte White (13) and Henry King (15), who had both qualified in the 200m Breaststroke event. Charlotte, who had qualified for the Swim England Summer National Meet in 2017, but was too young to compete at the British Summer Championships, was one of only 4 13yr old swimmers that had qualified in the 13/14yrs age group. After going out in her fastest first 50m split time, Charlotte dropped off the pace in the second 100 of the event, to finish in 17th in the double-age age group. Henry also gained some valuable experience competing at this level, finishing in 22nd place in the 15yrs age group. 

FULL RESULTS can be found HERE.

Well done to all that competed last week and good luck to the them again, as they will be joined by Robbie Brindley, Lucy Hudson, Niamh Perry, Ciaran Riches and Evan Thomas-Mansfield when they race in the Swim England National Meet which will also be held in Sheffield.