Day Five at the Championships saw our squad members competing in events mainly dominated by Freestyle. It was also the second outing for our Women’s Freestyle relay members, this time for the 14/16 and 17/Over 400FR teams.
The competitors for the individual morning events were: Alisha Hawkins (400FR), Kiera Henley (400 FR, 200IM), Lucy McKenzie (400FR, 200IM) , Elizabeth Harris (400FR), Holly Hibbott (400FR), Katelyn Bergin (200IM, 50BK), Anna Newlands (200IM), Katie Matts (200IM), Jake Clappison (50FR) and Grant Quigley (50FR)
By the end of Event 501, 400M Freestyle, four swimmers were through to the finals – Kiera Henley 15Yrs 8th, Elizabeth Harris 16Yrs 4th, Holly Hibbott 17/18Yrs 1st and and Lucy McKenzie 19/Over 2nd – with PBs recorded by Kiera Henley(4:28:50) and Alisha Hawkins (4:31:59). Our ladies continued to fight for qualifying times in Event 505, the Women's 200IM.
A personal best was attained by Katelyn Bergin (2:24:06) which put her in 7th position 15Yrs. Following heats saw lanes for finals being allocated to Anna Newlands (2:18:47 3rd 17/18Yrs), Katie Matts (2:19:04 4th 17/18Yrs) and Lucy McKenzie (2:19:89 5th 19/Over). The last individual events of the morning were the 50M sprints; races which have no margin for error and no time for settling into a comfort zone. Here we saw Grant Quigley in 50Fr qualify 8th for the 19/Over and Katelyn Bergin in 50Bk set a new personal best of 30:79 and a 14Yrs club record in the process.
As each wolf knows, the strength of the pack is in each individual member. The strength of each individual member is in the pack! Competition was tight in the Women's 14/16Yrs Freestyle relays events. Elizabeth Harris, Alisha Hawkins, Emma Rowson and Kiera Henley bound together to cut an amazing 5 seconds off their entry time, finishing in a time of 3:58:77 qualifying 8th for the finals. Next up, showing individual commitment to a shared goal, was the Women's 17/Over Freestyle Team: Anna Newlands, Katie Matts, Holly Hibbott and Emma Gage. The quartet powered themselves into the final, ranked fourth with a time of 3:55:04.
First out flying the Wolf Pack flag was Kiera Henley who finished 8th in a time of 4:28:22, a second PB of the day, in the Women's 400Fr. Finalist Elizabeth Harris touched in 4:21:28 taking Bronze for the 16Yr age group, Lucy McKenzie came home in 4:14:96, her huge PB earning her a Silver medal. Holly Hibbott had an imperious race, and swam her way the the podium by taking first place and a Gold medal with a time of 4:09:01. In the Women's 200IM (15Yr), we saw Katelyn Bergin touch in 2:22:80 (8th) again cutting her PB. Anna Newlands and Katie Matts swam in the 17/18 Category, both attaining PBs of 2:16:69 and 2:15:10 respectively; Katie who pulled away on the third length, finished first in the field winning the much coveted Gold Medal. Finally, Lucy McKenzie cut her qualification time, finishing in 2:17:96 (6th) in the 19/Over category. For the sprint events, Grant Quigley thrashed his way to a time of 23:22 (PB) in the Men's 50Fr 19/Over; and for the last individual event of 50Bk 15Yrs, Katelyn Bergin's 30:64 recorded a further improvement on her PB and the club record.
The Wolfpack relay teams again attracted much vocal support. Reassuming their morning positions, the ladies in the Women's 400M 14/16 Team Relay were cheered on to a 3:57:57 finish in 7th position. The evening closed with a bid for the Women's 17/Over 400M Relay title, having a change of tactics, the ladies line up was: Emma, Gage, Katie Matts, Anna Newlands and finally Holly Hibbott. Again, an early battle emerged against the City of Sheffield, with Metro taking a slight lead at the half way mark. With the team looking strong on leg three, Holly battled the final 100M to reunite with her team members; scoreboard reading 3:46:50 and Gold medals awaiting.