As you know I was selected to swim for Great Britain at this year’s world Juniors in Indianapolis.
It has been a long summer starting in July with a trip to Chartres to swim at the Open de France. The weather was stormy and as it was an outdoor swimming pool it was an unusual experience.
This competition was full of world class seniors competing for prize money. I swam close to my best time for the 200 backstroke making the B final which I won. Leaving Chartres after 5 days I travelled to Majorca for a 10 day swim camp to enhance my preparation for World’s.
I left for America on the 15th August travelling to Indianapolis for a 5 day training camp with the GB squad before the World Juniors started on the 23rd August.
My first event of the competition was the 100 backstroke, I swam a personal best in the heats qualifying me 9th for the semi’s that evening. Finishing the event 13th which unfortunately meant I missed a place in the final.
Then it was a 4 day wait for my other events which were the 400 IM and the 200 Backstroke. Both of these events (as they are distance events) go straight to finals so only the top 8 qualify after heats.
The day of the 400 IM was here in the heats I swam my strongest heat swim ever and progressed to the final in 6th place. The final was amazing with the top junior swimmers from the world and I knew it would be tough. I swam my best finishing one place higher in 5th place! With a personal best time.
The last day of the competition was here, meaning it was 200 backstroke. Again in the heats I progressed to the finals in 7th place. This was my last swim of the championships and season. I finished with a great time of 1.59.68 in 6th place, again with a personal best time!
Although I didn’t medal at the championships I am very pleased with my achievements and hope that the coming season is just as good.