REPORT BY REBECCA GUY (BEACON ATHLETE)
The ASA Winter SC National Championships marked a positive end to 2015 for COMAST. After a hard block of training the meet provided a satisfying demonstration of the team’s progress, as well as a motivating reminder of the work that remains to be done. Indeed, barriers were broken, PB’s significantly lowered and medals collected. The team as a whole stepped up in the racing arena, a comfortable reflection of the new standards the entire squad has achieved within the training environment.
Rebecca Guy swam personal bests in all her events, including a silver medal in the 50m freestyle (24.77), a close 4th in the 100m freestyle breaking the 54 second barrier (53.90) and a solid sub-2.00 minute swim in the 200m freestyle (1.58.81, heats only). Four new personal bests in four days, we shall take that thank you. Emma Smithurst similarly broke some highly sought after barriers with a sub-minute swim in the 100m butterfly (59.85) coming 8th in the final. In the 200m butterfly Smithurst came 4th with a 2.08.79, the fastest she’s swam in a textile suit. Jessica Lloyd improved on her times from the Manchester International Meet in the 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle. These were promising results for Lloyd in only her third race since making a come-back. Jessica Fullalove equalled her PB on the 100m backstroke (58.13) in 4th place. In the 200m backstroke Fullalove took a hefty 3 second whopper off her previous lifetime best to go 2.05.05. This is what we like. This is why we get up before most have even contemplated if it’s a cereal or toast kinda day.
As for the men of the meet: yet more positive news. Sam Horrocks is now reining champion of the Manchester International Meet and National SC Championships in the 200m butterfly. Gold in a time of 1.55.86 – nice work!
Additionally, if you’re looking for any post-race race interview tips, he’s your man. Thomas Paine came 3rd in the same event (1.57.75). It was great to see two Manchester boys on the podium! Horrocks also performed well in the 100m stopping the clock at a nifty 52.16 to gain 4thplace. As well as butterfly, Paine had considerable amounts of success with the medley events too. He was 5th in the 200 with 1.59.98 (and a PB), and 5th in the 400 in 4.17.18. Christopher Steeples also medalled, he came 3rd in the 50m breastroke (27.23). He was also 5th in a close 100m breastroke race in 59.96. Ash Hogg swam the 1500m in 15.39.42, not far off his best and took a second off his PB in the 400IM.
For full results see: http://www.swimming.org/asanationals/asa-nationals-live-scoreboard/