After months of hard work and dedication the Royal School began the 1st day of the British Summer Champs with intent. Daniel Johnson raced the 400FC moving his heat swim of 4.07.78 on to the final 4.05.10 placing an excellent 8th. Ellie Hatton dropped her 400IM time from heat to final finishing in 6th place on 5.05.34. Niamh Hofland made it through the 400IM heats to progress to a really competitive final and finishing in 4th position in a time of 4.57.72.
We have our first medal! Niamh Hofland powers through the gruelling 800FC to bag the Silver in a time of 8.56.98. Narrowly missing the Gold winning time of 8.56.71 by Rachel Anderson of Millfield School. Kane Murcott also got stuck into the 200FLY posting an excellent new PB in the final placing 7th.
Now we’re warming up! Matt Richards and Tom Watkin double up in the 100FC both making it through to the finals with Matt narrowly missing the 15yrs British Age Group Record but taking the Gold Medal in a time of 50.57. Tom also did an outstanding swim finishing 7th in a best time of 53.19. Alicia Dingle made it through the 50fc heats to finish in the final on a 27.26 8th place. The mile was up next with the distance boys Daniel Johnson and George Barber in the 1500FC. Dan placed an excellent 5th in a new PB of 16.22.50 and George toiled in 11th after his Open Water experience a week earlier at the European Junior Open Water Champs. This was a great opportunity to see what George was made of.
The Royal continue to prove what a great squad we are with Matt Richards taking the Gold in the 100FLY in a new 15 yrs British Age group Record! 54.51 Awesome! The 4×200 boys swam an excellent heat with Finn Nicholl, Dan Johnson, Tom Watkin & Theo Clark qualifying in 3rd position in a time of 7.56.09. For the final we swapped Theo for Matt Richards and brought home the Gold medal in a new club record time of 7.39.46. A fantastic swim from an awesome team. Super Niamh Hofland showed her class again in the 1500FC pushing into the medals again taking Silver in a time of 17.18.03.
A busy day! Niamh Hofland crushed her 400FC heat swim (4.27.66) taking her third Silver of the champs in a time of 4.21.48. An excellent swim. Maat Richards back in action with his training partner Tom Watkin in the 50FC both making the finals with Tom racing to 4th in 24.34 (new PB) so close! Matt beating the opposition again in a time of 23.38 also under his best time and the Gold! Holly Shepherd raced the 200IM advancing from the heat in 2.23.04 to finish 8th in the final on 2.21.59. Charley Jones stepped up and finished 8th in the 50BK final. Dan Johnson and George had the 800FC in the middle session and swam good races to finish well. Dan with 8.33.45 in 7th and George putting his fatigue behind him and doing a new PB of 8.21.56 to finish 6th. Up next- the 4x100FC relay heat with Finn Nicholl, Tom Watkin, Dan Johnson and Zak Westwood excellently qualifying in 4th place in a time of 3.37.64. Again for the final we switched Zak for Matt and cruised through to the Gold Medal in a time of 3.32.64. All 5 swimmers from the heat and final receive a medal. The Royal School Principle Mark Heywood was in attendance to support the team and it had a great effect!
The final day! What a heats session- Finn Nicholl (1.57.96), Dan Johnson (1.56.77) and Matt Richards (1.54.79) all advanced through in the 16yrs 200FC to the final. What a final it was! Dan finished on 1.56.40 in 8th place. Finn crushed his PB in 1.55.83 finishing 6th and Matt has an outstanding swim to finish with the Gold and new 15yrs British Age Group Record in 1.50.84 not finished there Matt also went on to win Gold in the 50FLY in 24.93. Wow what a session, what a meet.
18 Medals (15 Gold, 3 Silver), 10 new club records, 2 British age group records!
Eleanor Bainbridge and George Barber tackled the challenging course at Rother Valley Country Park near Sheffield at the Swim England Open Water Festival. Ellie up first in the 3k leading from start to finish to take the Gold in style. Ellie was 35 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor to take her 4th Gold in a row. Outstanding Ellie. George was positive on the back of his performances in the pool and showed what a talent he is by swimming a tough solo race to take the Silver medal.