Report by Rebecca Guy
International Swim Meeting Berlin, Germany
This past weekend (4-6th March) COMAST’s beacon squad travelled to Berlin for the first of two consecutive weekends of racing. The squad have enjoyed racing at the International Swim Meet Berlin for the past two years, this year was no different. With being only a handful of weeks out of Olympic Trials, Berlin was a crucial dress rehearsal for the group. Whilst the meet was not a target in terms of setting down times, it was important for general race preparation routines. Considerable positives have been taken away, in addition to, as is ever the case, lessons to be learnt and built upon in the coming weeks.
Certainly, it can be said that Jessica Fullalove was one of the female stars of the competition. Fullalove was ranked first in the overall female Fina point’s competition, broke two meet records (50m and 100m Backstroke)and comfortable won Gold in all three of the backstroke battles. Fullalove was right on her PB in the 100m (60.34) with an impressive swim that no other backstroker could contend with! Sam Horrocks also medalled in all of his events. Throughout the weekend Horrocks had some exciting races with multiple Olympic medallist László Cseh. Horrocks achieved Silver in the 100m Butterfly (54.44), Bronze in the 50m (24.86) and Bronze in the 200m (2.02.59). Thomas Paine also swam the butterfly events, Paine came 5th in the 200m (2.04.80). Paine additionally had a solid performance in the 200m IM to earn himself a Bronze (2.07.84). Butterfly buddy Emma Smithurst won the 200m by a massive 6 seconds (2.13.73), no one can compete with this powerhouse! Smithurst also medalled in the 100m, a Silver and a textile PB (1.00.50).i
As for the distance events, Ashley Hogg placed 2nd in his age category in the 400m IM (4.39.08) and came 3rd (over-all) in the 1500m (16.23.99), his last race of a long weekend! Our breastroke boy Christopher Steeplescame 6th in the overall men’s Fina points table. Steeples had some close races to earn himself Silver in the 100m (1.02.91), 5th in the 200m (2.02.59) and Silver in the final race of the meet, the 50m in 28.59, just 0.03 off Gold! Last but by no means least, the freestyle sprint ladies brought home some metal too. Jessica Lloyd won the B-final of the 100m freestyle in her fastest swim this season (58.37) and came 8th in the A-final of the 50m (26.85). In the same events Rebecca Guy came a close 3rd in the 100m A-final, just 0.17 off the gold (56.10). In the 50m she again was 3rd and in the 200m another very close Silver in 2.03.14. Guy was 6th in the overall female Fina points competition.
The squad have a mere few days of training until they are back into race routine with the Edinburgh International this weekend. This will be the last full weekend of racing before the British Championships in Glasgow next month.
For full ISM Berlin results: http://www.ism-germany.com/?page_id=18#Live-Result