The National Development squad headed to Braunstone Leisure Centre for our second meet of the season. It was a high quality meet with several Olympians and good clubs competing. This would show whether the swimmers hard work on improving their process goals in the first few months off the season was starting to pay off. We had worked hard in particular on medley work and starts.
Friday evening was all about the 200 IM and 50m form strokes. The medley work was rewarded as virtually every swimmer recorded best ever times with improved skills shining through. Big improvements in particular for Bethany Smith, Tom Harris and Theo Clark. Erin Hull dropped under 35 seconds for the first time for her 50m breaststroke, while several swimmers smashed out fast 50m butterfly swims.
Saturday started with the 400 front-crawl and two big swims by Theo Clark and Dan Parsons, both taking over 5 seconds off their previous best swims. The 100m front-crawl also showed good improvements with best times for Faith Shepherd, Emily Tite, Jessie-Leigh Jenns and Bethany Smith. The 100m breaststroke produced some great improvements with, Tom Harris, Dan Parsons and Jake Morris making Junior and senior finals. Abby Shepherd made the 200 backstroke final.
Tom Harris produced another exciting swim in the 200 backstroke, making the junior final with a big new best time. The boys faired just as well with lots of best swims in the 100 front-crawl. But, anything the boys can do, the girls can do better with the 100m Breaststroke. Jessie Leigh winning gold in the junior final with Erin Hull 4th.
Tom Harris carried on his excellent weekend with another huge best time in the 200 Breaststroke, with himself Dan Parsons making finals.
Day 3 started with an excellent 400 I.M. performance from Holly Gregory smashing a 6 second best time. Jessie Leigh won gold in the 200 breaststroke with a powerful last 50m.
Overall it was a really positive weekend with big chunks being knocked off several swimmers key events. Harry Negrine achieved more regional times and gratifying that the medley work and start work all paid off.
The biggest compliment to the swimmers was how they conducted themselves the whole weekend, in preparation and recovery on a crowded poolside and in a very competitive environment.