Central Milton Keynes Swimming Club took their largest ever squad to the British Summer Champs in Sheffield.
Senior sprinter, Oliver Maltby, competed in his last meet before returning to Bath Uni. He narrowly missed medals in the 19plus age group finishing 4th twice in sprint Butterfly events. Youth sprinter, Jamie Hanss won CMKs only medal with a Club and Junior County record performance in the 100m Freestyle. Jamie also came 4th in the 50m Free in his age group. Rafe Dobson came 5th in the 13/14yrs 200m Breaststroke in his first British Champs setting a new club record and massive personal best, improving by 3 seconds in the heat and by another 3 seconds in the final.
There were successful champs for Aiyana Lawson (50&100 Brst), Lottie Wynne-Jones (50&100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Free) and Marcus Johnson (800 Free) who all made top 10 finishes on the events listed. Max Murphy, Grace Spong and Josh Press were also reserves for finals coming 11th or 12th in at least one of their events.
Kaity Grose, Yasmin Dos Santos, Tyler Reeve and Jack Edwards competed in relay events. Both boys and women’s medley teams finished in the top 20 places in season best times.
Jayden Hill qualified for the 3km Open Water race by gaining a bronze medal at the Regional Champs two weeks before. His 11th place at British Champs was a remarkable rise through the ranks in this tough lake swim.
CMK swimmers at English Summer Championships
Day One and Two
Miles Drabwell, Rafe Dobson and Josh Press all set significant PBs on the 400m IM with Josh just missing out on a medal but breaking his own club record. Lottie Wynne-Jones and Aiyana Lawson had tired performances in the 400m IM after the efforts from the week before.
It was the boys turn to be tired the next day after day one, however Miles and Josh did have positive swims in the 200m Breaststroke. Ellie Ward came 15th in her first ever “Nationals” as an individual.
Termed “Thunderous Thursday” by the parents, when four CMK swimmers finished in the top three in different age group 200m IM finals. Miles, Aiyana, Rafe and Josh all swam significant Personal bests to move on from solid heat swims and grab medals. In the same session there was also another PBs from Miles on the 100m Free and finals from Lottie in the 400m Free and 50m Back, making 7 swims for CMK that evening.
Day Four and Five
In the final two days of the season Kaelah Lawson came 8th in the 1500m Freestyle, Miles swam yet another PB this time on 100m Back and Rafe 5th place on the 50m Breaststroke again in a best time. On the final day of the meet Miles finished with his 11th and 12th PBs of the meet and Marcus Johnson won the 18plus 400m free in a PB time, leaving CMK for university on a high.