As the team travelled to the 2 day championships, they were hoping for medals but also wanted to gain more competitive race experience. The competition featured heats in the mornings and then the top swimmers progressed into the evening’s finals, this is a very different style of swimming and was exactly the practice they were looking for ahead of the BUCS short course nationals competition that is taking place later this month.
First up was William Slawson, who swam a 1:54.30 to qualify 2nd into the B-final, where he dropped a second to finish 3rd with a new PB of 1:53.36. Lucy Clayton followed with a 35.16 in the heats to take lane 1 in the B-Final where she stepped up to take 6th place in 35.07.
Scholar Issy Griffiths swam a 200m Butterfly to finish in 10th place overall and then backed this swim up with a 12th place finish in the 400m Freestyle; whilst in heavy training. Caitlin Day swam a solid 200m Breaststroke just off of her PB, whilst getting the process right.
“A fantastic set of swims from our UoB swimmers at the winter regionals, swimming fast and setting best times after a tough week of training. It’s so much fun to be back racing again.” – Gary Humpage, Head Coach
Marcus Birmingham swam the 200m IM just off of his PB to finish 24th, whilst William Slawson qualified for the A-final of the same event where he took 8th place. Marcus also raced the 100m Butterfly to qualify for the B-final where he set a PB of 59.00 to take 1st place, teammate William Carter set a new PB of 59.82 to just miss the final. The 50m Freestyle saw George Boulton and William Carter swim Seasons best to finish in 47th and 53rd place in a rapid field.
Sunday saw Jessica Shaw swim the 200m Freestyle, 200m IM, 50m backstroke and 50m Freestyle, where she qualified in all events finals in the evening, where she set a PB and Season’s Best to win 2 gold medals. David Shipman raced the 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke where he qualified for the B-finals in both; the former David took 2nd place in 26.17, whilst the latter he took 1st place in another PB of 29.77. William Slawson was back in action in the 400m IM, where he took bronze in a brand new PB of 4:28.53; William also qualified for the A final of the 200m butterfly where he was just off his PB to take another Bronze medal.
Overall the squad were delighted with the medals, but also to get more competition practice ahead of BUCS Short Course Nationals that is taking place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield later this month.
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