British Champs 2019 - Day 4

Tom Dowden

After watching some inspiring final races on day 3 with Dan Jervis spectacularly taking the 1500m, Max Litchfield the 400IM and Alys Thomas taking the 200 Fly just ahead of Plymouth’s Laura Stephens, one Poole athlete headed down to the pool to prepare for the morning heats of the Men’s 100m Fly on Day 4.  Whilst Jasmine and Oli complete a training session.

Morning Heats

Jacob Peters was seeded third going in to the event which meant he would race in the middle lane of heat 5.  The first length was strong being flanked by Scott McLay of Stirling University on one side and seasoned athlete Callum Jarvis on the other side. McClay and Peters took a slight lead around 35m into the race and the pair worked stroke for stroke down the back end (second 50m) with McClay touching first breaking 53 seconds (52.99) and Peters second on 53.16.

This qualified Peters fourth for this evenings final and McClay second behind British Record holder James Guy.  Also in the mix for this evening was fellow junior international Lewis Fraser of Swansea University who qualified third and World Championship Gold Medalist Duncan Scott qualifying 5th.

Evening Finals

The athletes walked out on poolside and prepared to trace.  The start was quick with four athletes hitting the 15m mark together and by 25m Guy had established and early lead hitting 23.8 at the half way point, with Scott second in 24.2.  Fraser, Peters and McClay all turned with in tenth of a second between 24.6 and 24.7.

Guy held his lead with Scott and Peters closing in slightly, as they came into the finish, Scott earned silver and Peters bronze repeating the 200m Fly result. 

The time for Peters was a half second PB and enough to rank as the 10th fastest all time British swimmer in this event and take the British Record for 18 year olds.   The time was a move in the right direction with lots of positives to take from the event, but also a couple of significant areas where improvements can be made.  Following a day’s training Peters will return for the 50m Fly on Sunday.

Day 5 see’s Oliver Fairman return for the 200IM. 

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