Cardiff International Meet 2018
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Cardiff International Pool was the venue for the final competition during the national qualifying window. A small team of….
swimmers made their way along the M4 to take on a full weekend’s programme.
In keeping with high level meets, there were finals for all events, apart from the 400m Freestyle, 400IM, 800m and 1500m Freestyle. Untypically, the finals were age group specific: 11-14, 15-16 and 17 and over for everything apart from the 50s where there was just one open age group final.
Georgia Milton (17) finished 4th in the 200m Butterfly heat in a time of 2.32.00. She shaved 0.66 seconds off her heat time finishing 4th in the evening final.
Daniel Gencas qualified 1st in the 11-14 age group 200m Freestyle in a time of 2.01.71; in his final he shaved a further 1.49 seconds off his heat time to take gold in 2.00.22. Gencas then claimed 4th place in the Open 50m Backstroke final in a time of 30.15.
Nathan Banga qualified 4th in the 15-16 age group in the 200m Free in a PB of 2.07.35, maintaining 4th place finish in the evening final.
The girls’ 100m Freestyle saw Jess Ayling qualify in 7th place in 1.03.77.
Session 2 started with the 50m Freestyle with Jack Ayling qualifying in 1st place in a time of 24.63. The evening final saw Jack battling it out to take the gold which he finished sharing in a time of 24.54, a 0.09 improvement from his heat.
Gencas qualified 1st again, this time in the 200m Backstroke in 2.20.01, but was unable to match his time in the final, settling for the silver. His 400IM HDW in a PB of 4.56.92 gave him the gold though. Banga was off his best time and finished in 6th place in the 15/16 age group. Milton took the bronze medal in the 17+ 800m Freestyle in a time of 9.38.03.
Day 2 started with the girls’ 200m Freestyle where Georgia Milton placed 5th in the 17+ age group. Gencas was a little off his best in the 200m Butterfly and the 100m Backstroke heats, but did enough to make the finals on both. His evening Fly final saw him shave 4.36 off his heat time, to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. He showed his dominance in the 100m Backstroke final with a further 1.17 off of his heat time: an impressive 1.04.73 to take gold.
Jess Ayling made the 200m Breaststroke final where she finished in 8th place, not quite matching her heat time.
Gencas swam a gutsy heat in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 55.78 putting him in first place going into the evening final where he improved on his time by a further 0.27 seconds to take yet another gold medal.
Jack Ayling found competition in his 100m Freestyle heat, finishing in joint first place in 53.69, ahead of the evening final, where he didn’t quite have enough to maintain his lead and settled for the bronze medal.
Banga conserved his energy for the gruelling 1500m Freestyle and it was worth it: an 8 second PB gave him the silver medal in a time of 17.40.57.
The final day of a long weekend of competition started off with the girls 100m Breaststroke. Jess Ayling wasn’t quite able to find her best in the heat but made it through to the evening final where she produced a PB of 1.17.28 to finish in 6th place.
Amber Mason (14) placed third in the 200m Backstroke heats to secure her place in the evening final where she finished in 7th place.
The boys’ 400m Freestyle saw Gencas win comfortable in 4.19.19 to take another gold medal for his weekend’s efforts. Team mate Banga produced a 3.72 second PB to finish just outside the medals in 4th place in a time of 4.24.30, just 19/100ths off the bronze medal.
Gencas secured his place in the 200IM final where he swam a new PB of 2.18.63 to take yet another gold medal, his 5th gold of the weekend. Having secured second place in the heat of the 100m Butterfly, Gencas entered the evening final and pulled off a small PB to finish in 4th place in an impressive 1.02.86.
The national rankings will be formally announced next week, but it looks as though Jack Ayling, Daniel Gencas, Amelia Moule and Georgia Milton will make the individual rankings, plus the girls’ 17+ 4x100m Freestyle relay team comprising Jess Ayling, Michelle Curry, Georgia Milton and Zeina Yacoub also look to have qualified.