On March 1-4th Michaela Stephen, Campbell Stephen, Ellie Mitchell, Luke Skelding, Greg Butler, Shay Bradley and Sophie Yendell battled the Beast From the East and plowed through Snowmageddon to conquer the Edinburgh International Meet Incorporating British Championships. A trip full of adventure and challenges worth overcoming. From the 2 day journey for the Skelding family to the road closure fiasco for the Stephen family it was a memorable journey.
The meet itself was of a high standard with 13 countries in attendance and the selected swimmers to Commonwealth Games competing unrested as part of their final preparation leading into April. The meet was split by age: Open and Junior (girls born 2001 and younger, boys born 2000 and younger) with the Junior age swimmers competing for a spot on the GB European Junior Team heading to Finland in July.
Our team of swimmers put in their best effort and came away with personal best times, new experiences and a firsthand view of what the next level of swimming looks like. For Campbell, Luke, Shay and Michaela it was their first British Championships. An opportunity for them to learn and fuel motivation for the future of their swimming. For Ellie it was a reward for the hard work she’s put into returning from injury. Dedication and resilience are two tools in her kit. She’ll continue to power through her build to full strength over the next month. Greg and Sophie are veteran British Championships competitors with their sights having been set on producing fast enough times in prelims to qualify for finals and racing for placings in finals.
As you will have read from the blog posted on Saturday, Greg was competing for a spot on the European Junior Team in the 100 Breaststroke. He executed a great race and posted the fastest time of all Junior swimmers in Great Britain. The team selections will be announced by British Swimming on Friday.
A special congratulations for the following:
-Sophie for producing a Youth Meet record in the 50 Fly and demonstrating a willingness to learn and adapt.
-Our relay teams of Ellie, Luke, Cam, Sophie and Shay for competing against international level swimmers who were up to 15 years their senior!!! Their experience included a proper march out to the blocks with spot lights and camera. Great practice for the future!
-Michaela for continuing to show improvement meet after meet and persevering in a hard age group of 16 year old breaststrokers. Keep up the great work kid!
-Greg for implementing complicated technical changes to his stroke and seeing the benefit by coming out at the top of the Junior rankings in 50 and 100m breaststroke.
-Luke, Cam, Michaela and Shay for managing the pressures of competing at their first British Championships.
-Sophie for qualifying for and competing in the 50 Fly and 50 Free finals.
-Greg for qualifying for and competing in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke finals.
Now we are back to training with a focus on the Summer National qualification window!
Good luck, train hard and continue enjoying your sport.