British Summer Champs 2019 - Day 4

Tom Dowden

Day 4 started smoothly with Alex C arriving at the pool first to warm up in the lane he was down to race in, shortly followed by Robbie who used the Swim Down pool to conduct his warm up in, whilst the Men’s relay team came in a little later to support their younger team mates before preparing for their event. 

Alex C, coached by Jan Hutchings since joining the club, was going into the 100m Fly ranked 20th.  

With great pre-race preparation and with dogged determination he went out strong and smooth turning just outside his actual 50m PB at the half way mark, he then held his stroke and returned fighting all the way with the result earning him a PB by over a second in 1.01.90. 

The result placed him joint 12th, which meant by the rules a swim off for the second placed final reserve had to be swum.  Alex jumped at the chance and raced well in his second race and dipped under the time he had originally set just an hour earlier, he finished runner up in the swim off by a small margin.  His new PB of 1.01.82 was 13th best in Britain and impressive step up.  A perfect start to his first British Summer Champs.

In the same event Robbie was up next and went out with intent, his stroke was smooth and he turned on goal pace in 27.99.  The stroke was low on the return 50m but lacked the power he had gone out with.  The overall times was 1.00.59 just 800th of a second of his personal best.  The time ranked him 18th, an improvement of 3 places.  Robbie did an extended swim down and will spend the rest of the day resting, hydrating and refueling ready for the 200IM and 50m Free on Saturday.

The 4 x 200m team stood up and with their collective target of 8.04.44 to beat Birthday Boy Ben C lead the charge with a very decent 2.02.1, handing over to Ollie C in 5th place who worked like a horse throughout and touched quicker than his PB in 2.04.1 maintianing the position. Alex put in a solid swim and dipped under the 2minute mark with a 1.59.3, under PB pace, it was not enough to change the team position but had bought Poole closer to Glasgow and Warrender.  Oli F dived in to anchor the team home and clawing back City of Glasgow and Warrender who had a 10m lead, he picked his sprint finish and surpassed them in the last 15m to bring the team home in another split under PB pace in 1.57.1.  The team had beaten their entry time and finished in 8.03.88.

The ladies all trained in preparation for the 4 x 100m Free team, Thea the 400m and Catherine and Ella prepared for their 100m fly on Sunday.  Oli is up in the 200IM, with Robbie in the 200IM and 50m Free

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