“Fantastic heat swims this morning from the swimmers, we are really proud of the number of finalists Guildford are enjoying each night. This is a testament to all of the hard work our swimmers and their coaches have done throughout the years”. said Lee Spindlow:
In the 200 fly we had Ciara Walsh in the 16 year age group swim a personal best in 2.26.46. Sophia Wilson in the 15 years age group also swam well in 2.24.67. Sophie Duplessis in the 19 years and over had a great swim in the heats setting her up for the final where she came 8th in a lifetime best of 2.21.21.
Luca Frankhauser who has had a busy nationals swam well in the 13/14 years heats in a personal best time of 57.38. Henry Offin in the 16 years age group gained a great heat time going under 54 seconds for the first time in 53.97. In the finals Henry came 10th in another personal best of 53.96. In the 17/18 years age group Charlie Pullan gained a best personal best time in 51.48 gaining him a place in the final where he came 6th in 51.61.
The ladies 50 free had 3 swimmers, Molly Robinson in the 16 years age group swam 27.61, along with Georgia Smith in the 17/18 years in 27.75. Anna Pang earned a place in the final with a 26.76 in the heats and came a heart breaking 4th missing the bronze by 100th of a second in 26.36.
Josh Williamson commented: “Competing against the best in the country is really helping our swimmers raise their standard, so many lifetime bests being achieved – it is inspiring”.
In the 400IM Luca Frankhauser was back in the pool in the 13/14 years swimming 5.03.68 in the heats. Rubens King in the 19 years and over had a great swim in the heats in 4.36.63 which placed him in the final in a season’s best time of 4.36.20 where he came 7th.
Last was the very exciting 4 x 200 free relays. In the 14/16 years we had Alicia Wilson, Ellenor Rixon, Sophie Wilson and Mollie Robinson who swam 8.39.19 in the heats and in the final came 10th in 8.42.83.
In the 17 years and over we had Lucy Bean, Georgia Smith, Katie Hodgson and Ella Windle swimming an 8.39.78 in the heats, coming 10th in the final in 8.40.52.
“Another great day of competition” said Richard Garfield, “we have over 50 swimmers competing throughout the summer champs – I clearly remember my first year as Chief Coach in 1997 where we had one girl in the 200 back – Sammy Skinner – things have changed a bit”.