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Swim England National Summer Meet 2017

11 Royal School swimmers took on the challenge of the Swim England National Summer Meet. The 2017 Swim England National Summer Meet, took place across five days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 2nd- 6th August. The Championships form part of a broader Performance Pathway Strategy aimed at increasing and supporting junior talent on the journey towards senior medal-winning performance, as well as offering more athletes across the home nations an opportunity to compete at one of the end of season events. A couple of days earlier the National Open Water championships were held at Rother Valley Country Park on the 31st July

Open Water Championships-

In Sunny but somewhat choppy and windy conditions. From the Age Group squad Christian Roe and Katie Leary were first in to the lake, completing two circuits to cover 1500m. Christian finished 33rd and Katie 22nd. They were followed shortly afterwards from the Elite squad Tom Watkins and Dan Johnson who had to cover 3000m. Tom came in 16th with Dan a creditable 7th.

Day 1- Ben Cope, Thomas Watkin and Kane Murcott all swam well to make the 200 fc finals. Tom improved his ranking finishing 10th and a best time. Kane finished 5th producing two best times and Ben who only narrowly made the final, but from lane zero smashed a 2 second best time of 1.59.18 to claim a silver medal.

Ellie Hatton made the 100 breaststroke final finishing 7th just off her best time.

Day 2-

Katie Hawkins swimming her first Nationals in the 200 breaststroke swam well in her 2nd fastest swim ever finishing 16th. She will benefit from the experience. Ellie Hatton swam a great heat finishing strongly to the make the final, then swam a fantastic final to narrowly miss a medal and smash her best time by 3 seconds to 2.29.32 .

Thomas Watkin came 9th in the final of the 50m freestyle dropping his best time.

Kane Murcott finished 7th in the 100m Butterfly final dropping his best to 58.07

Ben Cope dropped a two seconds best time in the final to finish 8th in the 200m breaststroke.

The boys 1500m saw Jack Jones make his debut. Jack found this tough and finished 12 of 12. Thomas Watkin on the other hand had a fantastic swim for a 12 second best time to finish 6thin 17.14.11

Day 3 –

Katie Leary and Keeley Murcott both made their first National finals in the 400m freestyle, Keeley with a best time. They both improved from their morning swims, Katie finishing 9th and Keeley with a really gutsy swim, during which with her splits she did a 50m pb, a 100m pb, a 2nd best time at 200m and an overall 2 second improvement from the morning. She finished 9th.

Holly Shepherd showing what a resilient young lady she is, made the 50m bk final coming 8th in 30.92

Day 4 –

Bethany Smith, only 12 years old, making her debut in the 50m breaststroke showed her potential with a great swim, just off her best time, following a poor finish, finishing 16th overall.

Sam Harris made the 200 fly final finishing 10th, slightly dropping his time from the morning, but pacing it differently.

Tom Watkin and Kane Murcott both produced best times in the heats and progressed to the final. Tom brought his time down again to 4.19.08 finishing 9th.

Kane really committed to the final and collected a bronze medal for his efforts. His time 4.09.71

Day 5 –

Katie Leary was our sole representative on Day 5 in the 800m. Having brought her time down a huge chunk over the season, it was going to be tough to do it again. She did not quite get the pacing right but still swam well for 11th place overall. Gaining invaluable experience and starting to feel at home at this level.

In Wales, at the Swim Wales National Summer meet, Jake Morris made several finals but just failed to collect any medals, but with lots of new best times, will have benefited from the week. Ella Shaw had a full week making best time in her 200 freestyle. Abby Shepherd made the 200 freestyle final and was doing really well until she missed a turn, ending 9th. All gaining good racing experience ready for next season.

Well done all from Marc, Dave and Tom.

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