Performance Swimming in Kirklees

British Summer Championships 22-28 July Ponds Forge

Swimmers dive into the pool

written by Suzzane Smelt

BOK took this top-level meet by storm, ramping up their number of entries and final places from 2022, and even earning well-deserved podium positions! BOK was ranked as 8th Best Club based on the number of pbs per ratio to swimmers taking part. What an incredible achievement.

These Performance Squad swimmers had qualified, being ranked within the top 24 in their age-group events, based on their performances at level 1 meets from March to May.

British Championships Qualifiers

Steph Booth MC 100 free MC 100 back

Astrid Carroll MC 50, 100 and 400 free, MC 100 breast, MC 100 back and MC 200IM

Maisie Catt MC 100 back

Luke Clegg 400 free, 50 and 100 back, 200 back, 200 and 400 IM

Evie Lambert MC 50 free and 100 free, 100 fly, 200 IM

Daniel Jackson 50, 100 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 IM

Jessica Smelt 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 free, 50, 100 and 200 fly, and 200 IM

Eleanor Valentine-Bull 200 breast

There were some outstanding individual results and pbs gained, with final results as follows (number of final places)

Steph (1) MC 100 back 8th

Astrid (6) MC 50 free 10thMC 100 free 9th MC 400 free 9th MC 100 breast 8th MC 100 back 4th MC 200 IM 9th

Maisie (1) MC 100 back 10th

Luke (1) 400 IM 8th

Evie (3) MC 100 free 5th MC 100 fly 6th MC 200 IM 5th

Daniel (4) 50 breast 10th100 breast5th 200 breast BRONZE MEDAL 400 IM 4th

Jessica (6) 200 free BRONZE MEDAL 400 free BRONZE MEDAL 800 free 6th 100 fly 5th 200 IM 9th 200 fly SILVER MEDAL

Everyone tried their level best in the water against the best in Britain. There were some memorable swims and well-deserved personal achievements. Evie broke her personal best times in all her events! Getting a pb in the MC 100 free was an incredible achievement for Maisie, who has been out of training for a while, following an operation. Eleanor swam with determination to come in 11th place, just missing out on a final spot in the 200 breast, her first national event with BOK. Luke swam a terrific 400 IM final, swimming the 2nd best time he has ever produced over this gruelling race. Astrid had some awesome swims, the MC 100 backstroke result translating as a mega 700 FINA points! Daniel swam to bronze in the 200 breast with a great pb. Jessica broke her pbs in all her swims except for 50 fly! In 200 fly she finished in 2nd place, only missing out on gold by an agonizing 0.02ms! A shout out to Steph Booth, who swam brilliantly, making her first appearance at this meet with a para classification.


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