British Swimming Selection Trials - Day 2

Simon Shaw

Day 2 at the British Swimming Selection Trials

Today saw six club members step out for more exciting swimming at the British Selection Trials.

Men's 100 Backstroke

First up were James McFadzen (representing Loughborough Uni) and Cameron Brooker (representing Bath National Centre) in the Men’s 100 Backstroke. Both swimmers, back in from their incredible 200 IM performances the day before stepped up and swam personal bests. James lowered his 55.99 to 55.80 whilst Cameron lowered his 56.81 to 56.01.

Distance Events

The next events with Wycombe representation were the Women’s and Men’s 800 Free.

Wycombe Swimming has developed its offering in the open water and the distance events. We have achieved great performance results in distance swimming for many years with a number of our swimmers in 2019 winning medals at the British Summer Championships. Some of these swimmers were up on the blocks today after a highly interrupted year. All four swimmers were seeded into the fastest heats.

Women's 400 Free

Ella Dyson, our British Summer Gold Medallist and European Junior Silver Medallist was first up and performed incredibly well. Ella  started out at local partner club, Bourne End and upon her transition to Wycombe she quickly adapted to the longer sessions and volume increases. It was Coach Josh that introduced her to Open Water swimming after some successful progression in her distance events. Her naturally high tempo works so well for the longer distance events. 

Time wise, it was far from a personal best, but after only two weeks of Elite (and Lido) training the result was an outstanding success. DIstance swimming is particularly influenced by the ability to put in the time in the pool so this bodes incredibly well for when she gets a good block of work under her belt in the months to come. Ella swam a time of 9:12 and finished in 7th place with her entry time being her PB from 2019 of 8:54. This will undoubtedly be an exciting final for her in a year’s time.

Men's 400 Free

In the Mens final yesterday’s 400 Free winner, Kieran Bird went into lane 3, Josh Williams went into Lane 8 and Josh Weston went into lane 1. Quite an achievement having three club members in one senior final!

Josh Williams progressed from Thame SC back in 2016 when his then Coach Ian Blyth recognised Josh needed the input a bigger training programme could offer. Since this time he has been unstoppable in his continued progression. His key events are 200, 400, 800 & 1500 free and he looks set to continue pushing up the rankings in these events. 

Josh Weston progressed to Wycombe from Maxwell SC in 2017 and his rise to National success has been impressive. After his medal winning success at British Summers 2019 he has his sights firmly set on European Junior selection pool and/or open water in 2021/22. 

All three boys put in tremendous efforts with Kieran moving his time on from 8:00.27 to 7:50.75, narrowly missing his Olympic Consideration time, once again showing his incredible finishing speed, Josh Williams moved his PB on from 8:25.48 to 8:16.29 and Josh Weston, having had similar pool access to teammate Ella Dyson, also did himself proud, swimming a time of 8:38.18 having gone in with a PB of 8:24.57.

Day 3

Next up, tomorrow Yusuke makes his racing debut at the BSSM in the blue-ribbon event, the Men’s 100 Free. Cameron Brooker, Jan Poulton and Luke Ibbeson compete in the 400 IM. Ella Dyson is also hoping for a quick recovery form the 800 free as she goes into the 400 Free.

Watch Day 3 Events here

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