Three Southampton Dolphins S.C. swimmers qualified for the National Schools Biathlon Championships which were held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on the 28th and 29th March 2015.
Kate Baxter (11) and Fae Thompson (11) competed in the 12yrs girls’ age group consisting of a 50m swim and 800m run, whilst Max Nugent (14) competed in the 14yrs boys’ age group which consisted of 100m swim and 1600m run. The swimming section of the biathlon took place in the Aquatic Centre and the 50m Olympic pool which was a fantastic experience for the young Dolphins.
Fae swam first and won her 50m freestyle heat with a personal best time of 32.50 seconds. Kate also swam well and achieved a personal best of 31.90s. After the swim Kate was in 10th Place with Fae not far behind in 16th out of 127 girls competing in their age group.
Next for the girls was an 800m run. Fae came second in a close heat with a personal best of 2.56.46. Kate ran an amazing heat, leaving the others girls far behind, in a fantastic personal best of 2.45.56.
This took Kate up to an excellent 7th place finish overall with Fae achieving a creditable 24th place nationally.
Max Nugent competed the next day in the 14yrs age group and performed very well, finishing in 15th place nationally in a strong age group of 72 boys. Max swam a personal best of 1.02.04s in the 100m freestyle placing him 9th and 6.03.71 placing him 38th in the 1600m run, 15th overall.