Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Over the past two weeks 7 of our swimmers have represented our club at the British Summer Nationals & English National Championships. Our representatives included Pavan Marwaha, Honey Butterworth, Ben Hooper, Youssef Nkrumah, Rory Duncan, Taylor Lovelock and Sean Kelly.
Nationals have been run differently this year to previous seasons. In previous years, swimmers have had to meet a qualifying standard at anytime of the year to qualify. This season the swimmers had to put down a qualifying time between March-June. From these times the fastest 24 swimmers in each age group category are selected to compete at British Summer Nationals. These 24 swimmers are the fastest swimmers from England, Scotland and Wales. The next 20 fastest swimmers (35-54) in each age category are selected to compete at the English National Championships. These swimmers are selected from the fastest swimmers in England.
Both competitions take place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. British Summer Championships take place between 28th July-2nd August. Harrow had 3 swimmers qualify for this level of the competition Pavan Marwaha, Youssef Nkrumah and Ben Hooper.
Pavan qualified for the 50m Backstroke in the 15year old age group. Pavan finished 15th in a 31.44, after a unusually slow start to 15m Pavan raced hard throughout the rest of the 50m to finish just 0.1 outside of the time that won her the London Regional Championships earlier in June.
Youssef qualified for the 50m Fly, Youssef finished 20th in a 28.66 a PB swim dropping below the time he had set to qualify in June at regionals. This weeks experience would set Youssef in a good position for his races next week at the English Championships.
Ben Hooper had the swim of the Championship in the 200m Fly. Ben dominated his heat to produce a 3 second PB to finish in a 2.13.78 dropping from a 2.16.80. This PB swim led to Ben qualifying for the final of the 15year old age group. Ben stepped up in the final to further lower his time to a 2.12.53 finishing 8th overall. An impressive drop from coming in ranked 20th in his age group. Ben the raced in the 50m Fly later in the week, Ben produced another PB time, finishing in a 27.39 just outside the finals.
The English Nationals Championships took place between 4th-9th August. Again Pavan, Youssef and Ben qualified to compete at these championships. The trio were joined by Honey Butterworth in the individuals and Rory Duncan, Taylor Lovelock & Sean Kelly competing as a relay team.
As he was the first week Ben Hooper shone the brightest this week. Ben had a busy first day competing in the 100m Fly, 400 I.M and in the boys 4×100 free relay. Ben qualified for the final of the 100m fly in a PB time of 1.01.0.
Seeding Ben joint 2nd for the final, Ben produced an aggressive swim in the final. Ben led out the field in a 27.7, fighting hard down the 2nd 50m finishing 3rd in an amazing 59.90! Later in the week Ben competed in the 200m I.M swimming very close to his PB in a 2.21.2. The time was good enough to qualify for the final in 8th place. Again like the 100m fly, Ben was aggressive from the start taking on the field in the Fly and Back. Ben battled hard through the Breaststroke and raced to the finish down the freestyle leg, finishing in a 2.17.84. Finishing 5th overall and with a 4second PB.
Youssef Nkrumah also had a successful second week, achieving 2 more PB’s giving Youssef a 100% record over both weeks. Youssef raced alongside Ben in the 100m Fly, like Ben his PB swim qualified him for the final of the 14yr old age group. Youssef finished in a 1.03.9. In the final later in the day, Youssef gave his all to finish 10th in his age group in a 1.04.4. Youssef came back 2 days later, more focused than i have ever seen him before, to produce his best swim of the two weeks in the 50m back. Youssef again qualified for the final in a 30.37, Youssef finished 8th in a very close final with a 30.50.
Honey Butterworth competing in her first national championships raced in the 50m backstroke. After having an amazing year in the sprint backstroke events, Honey came into the race with confidence after her first medal at regionals back in June. Honey stepped in the heat to produce a PB swim, which was needed to qualify for the final. Honey dropped under 32 for the first time, finishing in a 31.9. Honey qualified for the final in 9th and finished in 10th place swimming slightly slower than her heat swim.
Pavan Marwaha competed in the 100m & 200m Backstroke this week. Pavan qualified for her first ever final at this level in the 100m Backstroke.
Pavan qualified for the final in a 1.08.12, swimming slightly slower in the final finishing in a 1.08.38.
The boys team of Rory Duncan, Sean Kelly, Taylor Lovelock and Ben Hooper competed in the Boys 14-16yr 4x100m free relay. This was a fantastic experience for our boys to compete at this level, with 3 out of the 4 still 15 and eligible to compete in this event again next year. The team qualified for this event, following their performance at the London Regional Championships in June. Rory Duncan led off the time in a PB swim of 58.48, next saw Sean in a 58.88, always strong on the 3rd leg was Taylor in a 59.3 and finishing fast in a 57.0 was Ben.
I would also like to congratulate Lucas Dyson-Diaz in his series of great swims in the 50m & 100m Free and Fly over the two weeks. I wish you all the best as you move forwards.
A long but successful two weeks for the Harrow swimmers with 50% of all heat swims resulting in Final swims. I look forward to September and doing even better next year but for now lets enjoy the summer break.