This was the last meet of a long, grewling season and I was really looking forward to it. These championships was just a week after my european junior championship experiance, so i could use all the experianced gained there to good use in these championships. I was in the 17-18 age group and as i am 17 i can do this age band all again next year.
Day 1: My first race was the 100 back and in the heat i went a new PB straight away to make the semi final seeded 1st.i also had the 200 breaststroke where i went a 4 second pb and just missed out on a semi final place. In the 100 back semi i had a bit of a problem as off the start i slipped on the blocks but manages to swim through alot of the swimmers and came 6th overal to make the final.
Day 2: i went into the 200IM not expecting much but i went a new PB in the heats by a second to reach the semi final in tonight session, along with the 100 final. The 200IM semi was first which i went 0.1 quicker than i did in the heats and made the final 5th fastest. Now it was the 100 back, luckily i didnt slip this time but i managed to use all my experiance gained at europeans to come 3rd in a new PB of 56.6. This time was a sencond quicker than i did at europeans which shows i learnt alot for those championships. After my race my coach said to me that it was the best swim he has seen me do in my swimming career.
Day 3: this was the start of my 200back which went so horribley wrong at europeans and in the heat I cruised in ti easily make the final 1st fastest. In the finals session i had 200back semi first where i went 2 seconds faster than i did in the heats and finished fastest to go into the final by 2 seconds. In the 200IM final i swam a good race but i got DQ’d.
Day 4: In the morning i had the 100butterfly event and in the heat i went a new pb by a second to make the semi. This was a good swim by me as going into the event i was ranked 31st and i went up 17 places to make the semi. In the finals session i had the 100 fly semi first where i went another 1 second pb to reach a new personal best of 56.4. Then i had the 200 back final which was a great race and just finished second but i did lose to the european junior champion, and to race him so close as i did i wouldnt of imagined after the disapointment of the european junior time.
Day 5: always the hardest day and i had the hardest event, the 400IM. This event hurts so much and on the last day of a meet its hurt 10x as much. In the heats i didnt swim that well, i was a bit sluggish from last nights efforts. But as someone pulled out of the final, i had another chance to put that right. In the final i went 4 seconds quicker then i did in the heat so overal was a good swim and i came 9th in the race.
Overal this was a good meet with new pbs in 5 of the 6 events and special after euriopean it was a good week, and put me in good sted for the start of next season.