Team Leander members spent late July and early August in Sheffield racing the fastest swimmers in the country at The British Summer Championships (British Nationals) then The ASA Summer Meet (English Nationals).
Swimmers are invited to take part based on their position in the national rankings on June 30 each year. The top 24 swimmers in England, Scotland and Wales in each age group are invited to the British Nationals. The next 20 swimmers in England are then invited to the English Nationals.
Our British Nationals qualifiers were Kirstin and Jordan.
Kirstin swam in the 50m Fly in a new PB of 29.80 and came 14th. Jordan came 18th in the 200m Breast, just outside of his recent big PB.
At the English Nationals we had 4 swimmers who did brilliantly. Megan came 13th in the 400m IM. Jordan came 18th in 100m Breast. Kirstin made it into the finals in the 50m Free where she came 2nd – our first Leander medal at the Nationals in 5 years. She also swam in the 100m Free where in the morning heats she qualified 8th fastest in a new PB and came 5th in the final in 1:00.06, a new club record. Tyler also made it into the Finals of 50 Back where he finished 10th.
The Open Water Nationals also took place nearby in Rother Valley Park. Lucy, Enerel and Jemima swam in the 3k event, finishing 25th, 27th and 28th respectively, all more than 3 minutes faster than their times at the Regionals. See the full Open Water Nationals results.
Our huge congratulations to all these swimmers and the coaching team working with them over the season. We hope they serve as inspiration to all others in our club.
This was a fantastic first year at the Nationals, with lots of inspiring performances – and a lot more to come in the future. Leander is becoming a very successful club thanks to all involved. Now onto a summer break and then back to hard training in September to work on our new goals. One Team, One dream! Martin Jurco, Head Coach