Edinburgh International Swimming Meet
(Incorporating British Championships)
A team of 21 swimmers, two coaches and our Sport Scientist set off for Scotland last Wednesday (28th February) despite the red weather warning and up to 8 inches of snow preparing to fall from the sky. While some of the team were unable to travel, those who did impressed throughout 4 days of competition.
A depleted field of swimmers on Day 1 saw Rory Huggins record his second fastest swim of the year in the 100m Free, Alicia Wilson placed 31st in the 100m Butterfly while Luke Pullen competed in the 50m Backstroke to mark his first ever British Championships swim.
Day 2 provided much excitement with Luke Pullen in the 100m Backstroke before Rory won his heat in the 50m Fly in an exceptional time of 25.15. The evening session saw Alicia Wilson win the B final of the 200m Medley against an impressive field, which included an Olympian for the 2016 games and a commonwealth games qualifier.
Furthermore, Tatiana Belonogoff went on to win her respective B final in a personal best time of 1:09.10 in the 100m breaststroke, not only to win the Junior category by an astonishing 1.1 seconds but also swim inside the European Junior selection time of 1:10.66.
Day 3 saw Alicia record her second fastest ever morning swim in the 100m Backstroke and Rory going 24.09 in the 50m freestyle. Tatiana also qualified for her second final of the championships, going in ranked 7th in the junior 200m breastroke. Further excitement ensued when Tatiana came second in the junior final of the 200m breaststroke from lane 1, dropping 4 seconds from the morning session. A very brave swim.
The final day of the competition opened with an exceptional 1500m free from Izzy Bryant. Alicia and Molly Robinson in the 100m Free as well as Amy Hodgson, Sarah Tripp and Tatiana in the 50m Breaststroke before more finals excitement. Alicia placed 7th in the B final of the 100m Free and Tatiana won the 50m breaststroke in a personal best time of 31.66.
Outside of those who swam in British Championships morning sessions were the following swimmers:
Alex Armstrong – 200m Back & 100m Fly
Ben Rowett – 100m Fly
Charlie Trotman – 200m, 100n, 50m Breaststroke
Izzy Fakkel – 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Lucy Moores – 50m Breaststroke
Tilly Hansen-Hamilton – 400m/200m IM, 200m Brst, 200m Fly
Abi Poulton – 50m & 100m Free
Owain Knowles – 50m Breaststroke
As coaches and a club we are extremely proud of each swimmer who took part but also those who were unable to attend but tried valiantly to get to Edinburgh.