British Summer Champs 2019 - Day 3

Tom Dowden

Liam and Steve chaperoned Robbie, Ella and Catherine on their early wake-up walk. For those familiar with the saying ‘two birds with one stone’, well in Scotland the local Gorbles hardened colony of Seagulls have a saying of ‘two humans with one….'blessing of good luck’.  After Liam and Steve changed their T-Shirts all were good to head down to the pool.

Catherine was up first in the 200m Butterfly.  After brilliant preparation, Catherine stood behind the blocks and went for it from the outside lane.  Turning second the pace had been very fast in the first 50m and the enthusiasm continued down the second 50m turning in 1.08.  The third 50m was unforgiving and taught Catherine a quick lesson in the art of pacing in a 200m fly as she battled through the fourth 50m, the time was a respectable 2.31.89 and finished Catherine 23rd overall, equaling her pre-race ranking.   With strong underwater technique and obvious power under the hood, Catherine looks forward to the 100m in two days time.

A few races later and Robbie was standing up for the 100m free, again in lane 9, Robbie went out with the pack and turned with the leaders, he kept on the gas on the return 50m and touched on 55.39keeping his personal best rate going.  This improved his ranking from 22nd to 17th.

Next up was Ella in the 50m Free.  An improved start set Ella up with great speed down the first half of length and a good first breath kept the speed going into a strong finish where she touched in 27.74.  It was her fastest heat swim, just shy of her best and finished Ella 18th overall.

Recovered from the 100m Free Robbie stood up for the 400IM, where he went out to practice the pacing target he had worked on every Friday morning.  His 50m Fly was easy turning in 10th and returning down the second length he was 8th and on target pace wise, this easier fly allowed him to work the rate on the back stroke where he negative splitted (second 50m quicker) the leg, what was impressive on this turn was the X-Over turn fell on his weaker arm and he nailed it into the Breast-stroke leg, with even splits on the Breast-stroke touching in 8th, Robbie attacked the freestyle and came home in 4th place in the heat with a two second personal best in 4.49.50.

The final race of Wednesday would see the ladies 4 x 200m Free Team in action. Thea kicked of the team and finished in 2.10, switching over to Poole Swimming Club veteran of Nationals Jasmine H having just completed her first ironman she put in a solid 2.14.  Izzy dived in third and stepped up two seconds from the regional heat with a 2.13 and Teagan anchored the team home in 7th in a 2.13.  The overall time of 8.51.94 was enough to move the team up a place in the rankings to 13th.

After flights being cancelled for Ben and Ollie, the boys are dedicating their relay on Friday to Greg C who quickly drove them up to Bristol to catch another flight so they could make it. 

In the early evening Alex C, Ben, Ollie and Fiona trained.  Then the girls relay team had a meal prepared by Mrs O’Keefe , whilst the rest of the team enjoyed Prezzo’s

Day 4 sees Alex C and Robbie up in the 100m Fly and the boys in the 4 x 200m Free Relay