Progression for Team Bath AS Swimmers at 2019 British Swimming Summer Championships

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Eleven swimmers represented Team Bath AS at the British Swimming Summer Championships (23-28 July 2019) held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.


In the 2019 line up, five Team Bath AS swimmers made their British Championships debut in Glasgow achieving some impressive results. Just missing the podium Niamh Ward finished 4th in the 15yr 200 Backstroke in 2.21.07 and 10th in the 100 Backstroke; Max Adams competed in four finals - 200 Butterfly (2.16.38), 100 Freestyle (56.35), 100 Butterfly (1.01.16), 50 Freestyle (25.69) coming 8th, 6th, 7th and 6th respectively, while also accumulating an impressive collection of personal best times over his 6 events at the meet. Katie Butcher achieved a new personal best of 30.85 in the 15yr 50 Backstroke final to take 9th place and on the final day of the meet, Olly Watts pulled out three consecutive 50 Butterfly PBs in a day, including one in a victorious swim off to win him the last place in the 13/14yr final where he improved his placing further finishing 8th in 27.70.

The more experienced (17/18yr) members of Team Bath AS also made their contribution to the week’s eleven Final places with Rhiannon Bowen placing 8th in the 200 Freestyle in 2.06.12, Laura McNab finishing 9th in 50 Freestyle in 27.76 and Mark Edmundson taking 10th in the 100m Backstroke event with a PB of 58.21.

Aiming to improve both their competition position and gain valuable experience at National level, Team Bath AS swimmers showed determination in the pool putting training and technique to good use. Rhiannon Bowen’s 58.42 in the 100m Freestyle moved her up to an 11th place finish. Having faced a swim off, Mark Edmundson just missed out on the 200m Backstroke finals finishing joint 11th while also taking 17th in the 50m Backstroke race (27.50) and Finlay Saunders advanced his position to 17th with his 1.01.53 swim in the 100m Backstroke matching his placement of 17th in the 200m Backstroke event.

With swimmers separated only by the tiniest of margins in the sprint events, Olly Watts’ (13/14yr) 50m Freestyle swim in 26.33 gave him 17th place while the Team’s youngest swimmer at British, Rue Fowler, gained valuable race experience at her first British Nationals with her 18th place finish in the 13/14yr 200m Individual Medley. Competing in the 17/18yr 200m Breaststroke Ethan McNeil finished in 17th with Misty Marshall-Welling’s swims in the 200m and 50m Freestyle placing her 22nd and 24th respectively.

The British Swimming Summer Championships are the national season finale. Swimmers are invited to compete based on national rankings. The top 24 in each age group and event are invited, with the exception of the 800m and 1500m events where the top 18 take part.


Team Bath AS Results for the 2019 British Swimming Summer Championships:


Max Adams (13/14yr): Finalist 50 Free (6th), Finalist 100 Fly (7th), Finalist 100 Free (6th), Finalist 200 Fly (8th), 200 Free (12th), 50 Back (21st)

Rhiannon Bowen (17/18yr): Finalist 200 Free (8th), 100 Free (11th), 100 Fly (24th)

Katie Butcher (15yr): Finalist 50 Back (9th)

Mark Edmunsdon (17/18yr) Finalist 100 Back (10th), 200 Back (=11th), 50 Back (17th)

Rue Fowler (13/14yr): 200 IM (18th)

Misty Marshall-Welling 17/18yr): 200 Free (22nd), 50 Free (24th)

Laura McNab (17/18yr): Finalist 50 Free (9th)

Ethan McNeil (17/18yr): 200 Breast (17th)

Finlay Saunders (16yr): 100 Back (17th), 200 Back (17th)

Niamh Ward (15yr): Finalist 200 Back (4th), Finalist 100 Back (10th)

Olly Watts (13/14yr): Finalist 50 Fly (8th), 50 Free (17th)