Medal success and Island records for Guernsey Swimming Club swimmers Laura and Sarah at the English National Meet which is Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year, which took place at Ponds Forge 31 July – 4 August 2018.
Following on from her success at the British Nationals, Laura Le Cras won gold in the 50m Breaststroke. Laura had a great swim in the heats touching in a new personal best time of 34.64 seeding her third fastest for the final. In the final again producing an excellent start Laura lead from the start holding on to the lead and improving her time by .57 seconds finished in 34.07 to take gold and the English National title.
Laura also took the Silver medal in the 50m freestyle final breaking the Island’s long course record in the process. In the heats Laura had a cracking start swimming in an outside lane just trailing off a little in the last 5m finishing just outside her entered time in 27.82 which placed her 8th fastest earning her a place in the final. Swimming in lane 7 Laura again had a great start with a monuments first 40m keeping this going finished in a new Long Course Island record of 27.28 just 0.01 behind the winner claiming the silver. Laura also competed in the 100m Breaststroke putting in a strong performance finishing just outsider her entered time in 1:19.28
Current holder of the S5 South East Regional and Island records, Sarah Whitchurch who has been working extremely hard over the last few months had some outstanding swims at the Nationals winning her heat in the 50m Backstroke in a new personal best time of 56.11 securing the Silver medal in the process. Sarah also made the final in the 200 multi classification freestyle finishing 6th in 3:56.41 having a great swim and knocking an incredible 14 seconds off her PB. Sarah also swam in the 50m freestyle (50.01) and 100m freestyle (1:47.74) again setting new personal best times South East Regional and Island Records.
Charlie-Joe Hallett competed in the 400m Individual Medley starting strongly with the butterfly was in 3rd place at the 100m mark with backstroke his weakest stroke he slipped back to 7th place by the 200m mark. Working hard on the breaststroke having recently slightly modified his stroke he gained 4 places coming into the last 100m of freestyle, having put so much into the breaststroke he started to tier in the last 20m and finished in 4th place in a new personal best time of 4:49.75 a three second PB which earned him a place in the final. Charlie-Joe put in a great performance in the final finishing a little quicker that in the heats but unfortunately was DQ for a technical infringement.
A great result from the three Guernsey Swimming Club swimmers to finish off the swimming season and now can have a well-earned two week break from swimming.