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IAPS National Swimming Finals

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On Saturday 6th May, Luke Flynn travelled down to Crawley for the Finals of the U11 50 metres freestyle race. With over 4000 competitors from across the country all trying to accomplish and achieve a top 16 finish and gain a final place in this Year event.

We arrived well before 10:40 for the 11:00 warm up, as we had an hour to wait before his race we discussed his race plan and how he could accomplish his target time.

Luke was in the first heat, we spoke about producing a personal best time for the other 8 boys to beat in the second heat. This saw him qualify for the final in Lane 4 with the fastest time of 29.59 seconds. He felt good after the race and we spoke about how he could shave a few more thousands of a second off his time, as we knew the other competitors would push him all the way to dethrone him from winning that gold medal.

The final started at 1.00pm so not too long to wait for his race. We spoke about making his start and turn the main focus in the final along with watching his rivals to see if they will counter attack him on the final 10 metres of the race.

Luke was very relaxed in the warm up area before his final and this showed when walking up to the blocks. His reaction off the block was good, coming up quickly and ensuring that lane 3 & 5 were not too far in front, this was a perfect situation. Luke could then work on the next part of his race plan and put the other competitors under pressure into the turn and off the wall. He was first to the wall in a time off 14.19 seconds, He had a good turn which benefited in the last 25 metres as he accelerated away from the competition and finished 1st in a time of 29.48, which is a school record for his age, also for Year 7.

It was a fantastic way to end a long day and what a great achievement he has accomplished after competing in this competition for the last 3 years and each time making huge progress and placing.

He is only 1 of a few pupils in the school’s history to be placed and win a Silver (2nd) last year and Gold (1st) this year.

Well done Luke.