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English Summer Nationals Day 4

Fueled from the evening before, the small group of remaining swimmers woke up focused, completed some morning mobility and went about their business as usual.  Some great news early on confirmed that Miles had earned his first Club Junior Record for Poole in the 800m free having now been a member longer than 90 days - Congratulations!  

Morning Heat

For todays racing, Coach Jan and Robbie were the first to head down to the pool to warm up in preparation for the 100m Back Stroke heat, with Ella, Teagan and Izzy heading down to support from the sidelines. Jumping into the pool and holding on for the starters orders, Robbie began the race well and utilized 9 fly kicks underwater to hit the surface in the lead, he held a constant rate turning under PB pace on 30.63 at the halfway mark, he held on well down the second 50m to touch in a new PB of 1.03.37 and qualify 4th for this evenings final.

Mid Day 1500ms

In the early afternoon Barry met with Izzy and Teagan and discussed the best strategy to warm up for the 1500m.  Which meant completely missing the hour warm up hosted by the organisers and utilising the swim down pool to prepare closer to their heats.

Primed and ready for action, Izzy was up in heat 5 and set out with a strong pace settling on mid 37’s for her 50m splits, going through the first 500 at in 6.04.  The pace held well through-out the middle 500 with a 6.13, then with 500m to go Izzy couragously stepped it up bring her spits down to the low 37second mark to achieve a 6.08 for the final 500m.  The combined time was and 18.25, shaving 3 seconds off her PB and earning Izzy her highest finish of the week with a 6th with yet another Club Junior Record. (The 14th set by swimmers across the two weeks)! 

The Club's main record board consists of Club Junior Records for swimmers aged 15 and under and Club Senior Records are for any age in the club.    Alongside these are Club Age Group Records, which are for each individual age from 8 years upwards.

Izzy qualified for an impressive 5 events, and not only made her first final in the 100m Breast, but did so in the 200IM, and then gained another high finish in the 1500m, a very positive week, showing impressive progression, well done!

In the final heat of the 1500m Teagan had a plan from the start and her parents and coaches would be lying if they didn’t feel a little concerned at her starting pace over the first 200m, but Teagan confident in herself carried it on and by 500m had established a joint lead with one other swimmer turning in 5.55,  two seconds behind the race leader, and four seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.  For the next 500m Teagan continued to hit even place and earned a 6.03, and had gradually closed the gap to within a second of the race lead. Over the next 500m, the pair continued to swap places and still with 50m to go the pair were even, putting everything into the final length, then with the grit of someone that wanted to win Teagan impressively held her breath and went into a straight arm sprint freestyle for the last 12m, it did the trick and Teagan touched first in a new PB of 14 seconds, breaking 18 minutes and earning the GOLD medal!  If any of the younger readers can watch back the live stream you will see the effect of a strong finish which meant Teagan beating her rival by a full second with just 12m left of a race.

Following the medal presentation and a well done hug from her coach, she went about recovering as best as possible for tomorrow’s 800m event.

Evening Final

Robbie and Jan prepared for the final of the 100m Back stroke. Going in ranked fourth it was going to be a tough race.  Robbie set down the first length with an even better underwater kick and pushed his stroke rate as hard as he could and turned in a similar time to the heat by the halfway mark, just in third place.  Working as hard as he possibly could he pushed all the way fin himself in a finish neck a neck with his rival in lane 6, the pair both touched at the same time, then a split second later (that felt like an hour) the result was displayed and the fourth place awarded to Robbie just 100th of a second outside of the medals,but knowing he could not have put more into the race and gaining yet another PB, Robbie went about congratulating the other swimmers and was happy in his performance.

An impressive two weeks for Robbie (at his first Nationals) and for coach Jan, who can be proud of the performances and rankings establishing himself at National Level.  With skills all ready higher than most in his age, as the maturity growth rates of his competitors slow down, with some hard work and consistent training he will certainly be one to watch for the future.

After yet another positive day, it was back to the apartment for a chicken and ginger stir fry, and once the athletes had retired for the evening, the parents and coaches took part in a hilarously competitive game.  This involved placing ‘After Eight’ mint chocolates on your forehead and using only your face muscles you had to slide into to your mouth!   We have a funny feeling that the winners of this contest were ‘papped’ on video and will no doubt appear at a ‘club celebration evening’ hosted very soon!

The final day see's Ella in the 50m Fly and Teagan in the 800m Free.