32nd Golden Bear Meet Day 2 - Gold for Booker
Somerset swimmers representing England South West are bringing home more medals from the 32nd Golden Bear Meet in Svetice, Croatia which features athletes from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and 16 Croatian clubs.
City of Bristol's Lily Booker improved her personal best by 0.33s in her 200 breaststroke heat and then by a further 2.24s to 2:32.46 to win the A Final in which Street's Kayleigh Parker (2:44.08) finished seventh. Booker also recorded an A Final sixth place finish 34.25 over the 50m distance.
Weston-super-Mare's Evan King took the 200 butterfly A Final silver medal with a 2:19.66 swim.
England South West secured a 100 backstroke A Final 1-2-3 of Athena Clayson (1:04.03), Shauntelle Austin (University of Bath, 1:04.65), Beth Newton (Street, 1:04.75). Oriana Munden (1:06.29) finished fourth, Aliyah-Mai Webb (1:07.81) eighth and Harriet Watts (Yeovil, 1:08.29) ninth. Kayleigh Parker (Street, 1:08.18) won her 100 back B Final.
Booker's Bath Dolphin team mate Jasper Lye (2:10.35) raced to bronze in the 200IM A Final, 0.5s off James Watson's silver, with Adam Davies (2:17.42) eighth. David Miller won the B Final in 2:17.99.
Lye (1:06.78) also finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke A Final with Adam Chillingworth (Street, 1:05.89) sixth and James Watson (1:07.81) tenth.
Athena Clayson's 58.17 earned her a 100 freestyle A Final silver medal with Sophie Hall coming ninth in 59.43. Theo O'Keefe (1:00.00) won the B Final with Keynsham's Misty Marshall-Welling finishing fifth (1:01.81).
The 400 free saw Sophie Hall (4:30.22) take bronze, with O'Keefe (4:32.19) in fifth place, Chloe Plater (4:32.59) sixth, Molly Francis (4:34.06) seventh and Marshall-Welling (4:43.60) twelfth.
Butterfly events produced seventh place A Final finishes for Shauntelle Austin (29.64) over 50m and Will Cole (Co Bristol, 57.76). Henry Dixon won his B Final in 57.87.
Liam White (26.96) and Harry Noble (27.78) finished fifth and seventh in the 50 back A Final and George Leaman won the B Final in 28.21.
The camp was a mixture of education, training and competition with the aim of exposing developing athletes to the expectations and strategies required at international level.
Athletes were challenged around monitoring themselves across the 5 days, developing thoughts around race reflection and objective setting, along with reviewing and applying pre- race and post-race processes.
One of the main educational aims linked with the competition was to improve communication between athlete and coach prior to and post racing. To open this communication is very dependent on an athlete’s ability to self-reflect their performances (current and past). For many team members this was a novel experience.
Despite the competition being more about process than outcome the swimmers competed well with all swimmers making finals and bring home a clutch of medals.