British Summer Champs 2019 - Day 5

Tom Dowden

Whilst the team in Glasgow prepared they wished the 40 swimmers from Poole who would be travelling to the Olympic Pool in London to compete in their end of season meet with coaches Becky, Chris, and Phil.

In Glasgow, Thea was first down to the pool and went about her business with an extended warm up in preparation for the 400m Free. Robbie and Oli were in shortly after perfecting strokes and turns for the 200IM.  Robbie would prepare for the 50m Free following the IM Heat.

Later in the morning the girls relay team for the 4 x 100m arrived, with the rest of the crew coming in for training in preparation for an action packed final day of the competitions

Mornings Heats

Thea was first up in the 400m Free and started with a decent pace & stroke splitting at 2.15 at the half way point, her second half of the race was hard and she finished with a time of 4.37.20   Although it wasn’t the time she hoped for, it was a big step towards feeling better in the water and 20th overall.

Robbie was up next in the 200IM and set off controlled on the fly and came through on the backstroke leading the heat at the half way point, he kept the pace going and continued to lead finishing first in a 2.13.59 to book the fourth position slot for the final.

Oli three heats later, got caught with a deep dive, mis-timed his usual brilliant crossover turn from back to breast and struggled to find the form he had held in this event at the British Champs in April, still a 2.10 finish with mistakes is not a bad time, but not enough for the final, finishing 14th.  Oli went about recovering well and preparing for his final individual event in the 200 Back on Sunday.

40 minutes later Robbie returned to the blocks for the 50m free and put in a strong start with a sub 6 second first 15m, from 15m -25m his split was 5.0 secs, then 25m-35m he hit 5.4 seconds, and the same from 35-45m, before putting in a surge for the wall to hit a 25.48 and finished 19th.  There is room from improvement trying to get those 3 x 10m Splits the same, pacing the first 10m to maintain. 

Fiona H in her 14th National Championships in a row joined Jasmine H, Thea O’K and Izzy H in the 4 x 100m Free team.  With very good skills Fiona led the team out and finished in 1:01.50, passing on to Izzy H who hit a high stroke rate, challenging all the way to touch in 1:02.7, Jasmine H was up next (another veteran in her 8h Nationals) pushed out a 1:01.20 leading on to Thea who hit a 1:00.42 with nearly an even pace split.  The team finished 15 overall.

Evening Finals

Arriving two hours before his race time, Robbie prepared for the 200IM.  When it came to the race he started with determination and touched in first place after the fly, his lead had extended to almost two seconds by the end of the back stroke, but the three swimmers that he was ahead of came through strong on the Breast-stroke, even though Robbie was 0.7 quicker on this split.  A race for the finish confirmed Robbie in 4th place in a 2.11.71.  An overall improvement of 4 seconds and up 14 places from where he was ranked at the start of the day.

The final days sees an action packed morning with Robbie, Alex and Oli up in the 200m Back, Ella and Catherin in the 100m Fly, Alex C, Alex B and Robbie in the 50m Fly, then the 4 x 100m Medley team of Teagan, Izzy, Fiona and Thea followed by the the means Medley Team of Oli F, Ollie W, Alex B and Ollie C.  A high energy finish.