Each day Commonwealth Champion Sarah Ruckwood (née Price) will pick her top swimmers in each age group from the ASA National Summer Champs at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
There are a few swimmers who really impressed me across the heats and finals on day two.
Reese Housden showed he wasn’t fazed swimming against older and more experienced swimmers in the heats. The Hatfield swimmer and Preston’s Kyo Tanner were the only 13 year old’s in heat four of the 200m Free and Housden took gold in the evening’s finals.
Debbie Cocking of Rotherham demonstrated great turns and strong underwater work in the 100m Butterfly heats and her last 50m showed her strength and power. She posted a time of 1:06.11 to book lane four in the 14yrs final.
Millfield’s Jack Tucker was my pick for the 15yrs age group. The young swimmer showed he was a cut above the as he qualified for the 50m Breaststroke final a full second faster than anyone else in his age group, which for a sprint is very impressive. He then went on to swim a faster time again in the final, touching the wall in 31.45 to take gold.
Charles Seller of Ipswich was great to watch in the Men’s 16/17yrs 200m Backstroke. His technique was near-perfect and he knocked about seven seconds off his qualifying time to qualify fastest for the final; as a former world record holder, that’s something you can’t help but admire!
My 18yrs age group pick is Emily Clarke, who swam in the fastest 800m Free heat last night. Poole’s Clarke had a great pacing plan, something I know she has been working on with her coach. It paid off and she took the gold in 9:02.87.
Full reports and results from Day Two can be found on the Nationals hub