10 August 2018
Report: Home Nations Summer Nationals 2018
Staines Swimming Club had swimmers representing in the English and Welsh Summer National Championships. The team secured an impressive 11 National medals, swimmers qualified for 21 finals, the team secured 34 top ten finishes and amassed over 40 personal best swims.
The Swim England Summer Nationals took place at Ponds Forge Sheffield just a day after the British Championships had finished. Swimmers had to qualify for this event during the national window between March and May. Ewan Taylor (16) got the team off to a great start on day 1 securing a season best swim in the heats of the 50m Freestyle 25.20 to qualify 8th for the final to be held later that evening.
In the final Scottish sprinter Taylor put in a life time best performance to dip under the 25 second barrier for the first time to finish in 24.99 in an incredibly close race Taylor moved up to 5th just 0.19 of a second off a podium finish. This now ranks Taylor 2nd in Scotland in his age group.
Ross Philp (16) continued to produce outstanding performances despite two straight weeks of competition. Ross qualified for finals in all five events entered spread over five days. Ross secured his place in the 200m freestyle final dipping under the 2-minute barrier for the first time finishing 5th after the heats in 1.59.92. Later in the session Ross qualified for the 100m butterfly final in 1st place with a personal best of 59.78 a break through swim the first time Ross had gone under the minute barrier. Due to the finals being so close in the evening session an executive decision was made and Ross withdrew from the 200m freestyle final to focus on his favoured butterfly event. In the final Ross produced an outstanding performance and lead from start to finish in an emphatic victory to secure the English title in 58.98. This was another feather in the cap of Head Coach Chris White who coached a swimmer at his previous club to this title just 12 months earlier.
Ross continued to deliver he secured a place in the final of the 100m backstroke qualifying in 3rd place with another personal best. Ross surprised himself and in the final and nearly broke the minute barrier finishing in 1.00.23 to secure the silver medal and another podium finish.
On the final day of competition Ross went in the heats of the 200m backstroke and the 400m freestyle. Ross qualified 1st for the 200m backstroke and 2nd for the 400m freestyle finals both times were personal bests. In the 200m backstroke final Ross swam what can only be described as the “perfect swim” controlling the race from start to finish swimming 64 and 65 second splits for the 100’s, securing his second national title winning in 2.10.77 nearly a second ahead of the next placed swimmer.
In the 400m freestyle Ross put in a gutsy display after so many races over the last two weeks Ross secured his 16th personal best of a phenomenal British and English campaign to finish so close to a third podium place, narrowly missing out on a medal by 0.03 of a second to finish 4th in 4.12.12.
Para swimmer Maya Brisco secured two lifetime bests in the 50m freestyle and attained over 500 points for the first time. Maya swam 35.64 in the heats to finish in 10th place and surpassed this with her finals swim to finish in 35.46 and 505 points maintaining her entry position to finish 10th.
Maya also swam in the 100m freestyle and narrowly missed out on the final finishing in 11th but in her favoured event the 400m Freestyle Maya qualified 8th for the final.
In the final Maya produced an outstanding performance with her highest ever national finish of 7th place Maya swam very close to her personal best achieved in May breaking the 5.50 barrier for only the second time to finish in 5.49.80. This was great preparation for Maya in the build up to the World CP Games where Maya will be representing England in Barcelona.
Mitchell Coombes (19) competed in the 200m breaststroke in the open category and put in a great first 100m but found the going harder in the second to finish slightly outside his personal best finishing 14th overall.
Isabel Harry (15) competed in her favoured 200m backstroke in a strong field Isabel finished just off her entry time with a very credible 13thplace finish.
The Swim Wales Summer Nationals ran at the same time as the English meet held over 6 days in Swansea. Nine swimmers took part in the full competition and three in the Swim Wales Development Meet for swimmers aged 11 years and under.
Kieran Adams (16) lead the way for the team with a number of outstanding performances securing the Welsh title in the 400m freestyle in a new personal best of 4.22.58, Kieran also secured the silver in the 1500m freestyle and bronze in the 200m and 400m individual medleys.
Harry Degan (16) swan a phenomenal personal best to secure the silver in the 200m butterfly in 2.19.71. Harry has now taken seven seconds off his fly personal best since counties in February.
Isabel Harry (15) who also competed at the Swim England Nationals, swam personal bests and made finals in the 50m and 100m backstroke. Isabel swan a fantastic 100m backstroke to secure the silver in 1.08.70. Isabel also swam the 1500m freestyle for the first time securing 4th place with a time of 19.05.53.
Daisy Degan (15) swam a number of personal bests and secured final places in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly. Daisy finished 5th in the 200m freestyle final with a personal best of 2.15.05 a very good improvement. In the 200m butterfly final Daisy finished 8th.
Lauren Kent (16) qualified for two finals, the 200m IM and 50m freestyle. Lauren secured a personal best in the 200m IM after an excellent butterfly leg and was close to her 50m freestyle best, finishing in 29.20. Lauren finished 7th in the 200m IM and 6th in the 50m freestyle.
Ana Stevenson (14) swam an excellent 50m butterfly finishing in 31.07 in the heats in 7th place. Ana pulled out all the stops and swam 30.90 in the final to narrowly miss out on a medal finishing 4th.
Beau Doran (14), Ellie White (15) and Rosa Harry (13) all swam personal bests at the championships, Beau in the 800m freestyle, Ellie in the 200m IM and 800m freestyle and Rosa in the 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
Youngsters Alicia Irwin (10), Troy Burton (11) and Samrath Johal (10) all competed in the Swim Wales Development Meet. Alicia put in two outstanding displays to finish second in the 200m freestyle in 2.39.68 and in the 100m freestyle Alicia went one better to win in 1.12.09, both times rank Alicia in the top ten in GB.
Both Troy and Samrath secured personal bests in all five races entered. Troy secured notable personal bests in the 100m butterfly 1.34.12 and 200m freestyle 2.46.09, Samrath showed great potential with personal bests of 2.45.03 in the 200m freestyle and 1.51.83 in the 100m breaststroke.
Overall it was a fantastic finale to the season for the Staines team with so many medals won and personal best swims. It will give great confidence and encouragement for the new season ahead.