This weekend we embarked on our first of 3 trips to Ponds Forge for the year. We took a team of Oli, Jevgenij, Christian, Harry Jacob, Sean, Panayiotis, Josh, Tamara, Sophie, Lily, Sophie Peggs, Valentyna. As a whole it was a really good team performance, it was great to see so many personal bests being set and some big swims in the relays.
Friday evening started with the freestyle relays. The women’s team of Tamara, Sophie, Lily and Valentyna put in a strong performance finishing in 1:56.50, coming in 47th. The men’s A team of Christian, Harry, Oli and Jev all swam well setting a university best time for Warwick, placing 18th with 1:35.41,qualifying them for the B final on Saturday night, led by a big swim from Christian going sub 24 for the first time in 23.96. Sean, Panayiotis, Josh and Jacob also swam well for the B team, finishing 50th in 1:40.69.
Saturday started well for the team, in the women’s 50 backstroke Sophie set a good PB of 32.48, in the same even for men’s Oli also PB’d in 27.30. 50’s carried on strongly on the breaststroke, Valentyna PB’d for the girls with a time of 35.54 and in the men’s pool Jev put in a good swim of 28.96, finishing 16th – qualifying him for the B final later on. Finishing off the morning session well in the 100 butterfly was Sophie in the women’s pool Pbing in 1:09.54. Jacob and Sean also PBd in the men’s pool in 1:00.35 and 1:00.28, narrowly missing the sub 60 barrier. In the afternoon, Oli PB’d in the 200 backstroke in 2:09.36, finishing 19th. Another 50 PB came in the 50 freestyle for Lily in 28.20, and Sean in 26.52. The Saturday afternoon session was concluded by the medley relay. The men’s A of Oli, Jev, Jacob, Christian set another best relay time for Warwick in 1:45.11, finishing 13th and qualifying them for another relay B final. The men’s B team of Harry, Panayiotis, Sean, Josh also finished well despite Harry swimming directly into the wall on the backstroke leg (see video below), finishing 57th in 1:54.49. The team returned in the evening for the finals session to cheer on Jev and the men’s relay. Both swims were faster than their respective heats with Jev finishing 3rd in 28.71 and the relay finishing 6th in 1:35.22.
Sunday morning started with the 100 freestyle with the boys putting in strong swims with all of Sean, Christian, Harry and Oli all setting best times in 56.99, 53.84, 53.11 and 53.07 respectively. In the 100m breaststroke Jev placed well in 12th, narrowly missing the A final in 1:03.61. The final of the 50s saw more PB’s in both pools for Sophie and Jacob in 30.84 and 26.69. The last event of the day, the 100m backstroke saw all three girls, Sophie, Lily and Tamara set best times in 1:12.78, 1:13.04 and 1:15.83. In the men’s pool Oli set a PB of 58.30, finishing 17th. The weekend finished off with the men’s medley B final with the boys swimming well after a long weekend in a tough race finishing 6th in exactly the same time as the heats.
Shout outs for the weekend go to fresher’s Harry and Lily for their performances on the medley relays, to Christian for his faaabulous new warm up and to Sofia Cuquerella for coming up on Sunday to support the team despite not swimming. Well done everyone!