Seven members of the City of Newport Swimming Club travelled to Tollcross Glasgow for the British Summer Championships from the 23rd- 28th July. Just to qualify for the championships you must be ranked top 24 in Britain which is no mean feat in the first place.
The standard of racing from the Newport swimmers was outstanding with many making finals (top 10 in Britain) and some even winning medals.
Megan Allison Kicked off Day 1 of racing with the women’s 17-18 200 Freestyle, she swam a very solid 2:06.66 finishing in 14th place. Scarlet Major was second up with the 400 Individual Medley (IM), she swam a strong heat finishing in 5:06.62 finishing in 11th place to just miss out on a final swim. Alex Griffiths then started his weeks racing with the 50 Backstroke, he swam a lifetime best in the heat to qualify for Newport’s first final in 5th place. Alex then swam a further 0.28 seconds quicker to finish in a tantalising 4th position with a time of 27.50.
Scarlet Major kicked off day 2 with the 100 Backstroke, she swam 1:05.55 in the heat to comfortably qualify for the final. She was then able to really show her class stepping up to swim a lifetime best of 1:04.73 for 5th position. Jack Knight swam an awesome best time in the 200 Butterfly of 2:10.97 knocking 1.91 second of his best time to give him 11th place in the 16 year old age group. Megan was back in action again with the 50 Butterfly, Megan finished in 28.48 with another 11th place for Newport.
After her warm up swim in the 50 Butterfly the previous day Megan was ready to start day 3 with an extremely strong 200 Butterfly. Megan swam 2:16.78 to book her place in the final in 5th position. The final saw megan smash her previous best time of 2:16.27 that she had only set at the Sette Colli meet in Rome the previous month to go 2:15.57 for 5th place. Alex Griffiths was back in action with the 100 free, finishing in 11th place with 54.17. Scarlet Major was then back in the pool this time with the 50 Freestyle, Scarlet Swam 27.29 to qualify for the final in 5th place. In the final Scarlet found an extra gear going 26.81 but still finishing in 5th. Megan’s 50 Freestyle heat time of 27.05 was not quite good enough to make the women’s 17-18 final, but was still a solid swim.
Day 4 kicked off with the women’s 100 Freestyle, with both Megan and Scarlet back in action. Scarlet’s heat swim of 58.97 was only good enough for 2nd reserve for the final, but Megan’s 57.83 was good enough to give her lane 1 for the final. In the final Megan stepped up massively to finish in 5th again with a new lifetime best of 57.07.
In the heats for the 200 IM on day 5 Scarlet was a little off her best pace with 2:21.96, but such is Scarlet’s talent in this event she still qualified in lane 4 in 1st place. Alex Griffiths then booked his place again in lane 4 in 1st place in the 50 Freestyle with a massive lifetime best of 23.99. The women’s 14-16 Freestyle relay team finished off the heats for day 5, Scarlet Major lead the team off, she was followed by Sophie Linton, Isobel Stevens and Ellie Ward. The girls all swam out of their skin smashing the time they had swam in qualifying. After waiting 4 days for a medal, 2 came along within 20 minutes of each other. Scarlet Major opened the medal count with a silver and lifetime best in the 200 IM 16 years final with 2:19.38, and Alex Griffiths also with a silver in the 16 years 50 freestyle in 24.23.
The racing on the last day of the meet was fast and furious, Alex Griffiths started the day with a solid 1:59.72 in the 200 Freestyle finishing 18th, Scarlet Major was around her best in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:15.94 finishing 14th. Jack Knight then swam another lifetime best in the 200 Backstroke, making it 100% personal bests from him finishing the same as Scarlet in 14th with 2:12.57. Megan Allison finished the heats off by blasting out a 1:02.60 to qualify for the final of the 100m Fly in a familiar 5th place. In the final Megan stepped up massively swimming a new lifetime best of 1:01.68 again finishing 5th in the 17-18 age group, but the fastest 17 year old.
Well done to all the swimmers who swam so well in Glasgow, and good luck too all the swimmers swimming in the Welsh Summer open this week.
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