Friday started with a relaxed breakfast followed by Margot Jacobs and Johnny Yeng leading the dry land warm up, much to the interest of the other hotel guests. After the welcome speeches we hit he pool, and were soon taking medals with Daniel Tafelski taking first place in the 400m freestyle ahead of Jason Chang in second, Kym Pang finished third in her race. Next came the backstroke, where it was Jason and Kym’s turn to take gold in their respective races. We also had strong performances from Henry Barlow and Margot Jacobs in the first morning.
The afternoon saw us take a number of medals in the individual medley relays, but we also lost a team member with Ella Kelly’s knee giving out after 30m of her 50 in the relay, although she toughed it out with one leg and finished the race with the 13-14 girls taking 4th place after a great effort from Annabel Shi, Rebecca Jacobs and Kym Pang to make up the time. It was better news for the 13-14 boys with Jason Chang, JJ Jin, Henry Barlow and Daniel Tafelski who took the gold, and the Over 15 boys also made the podium finishing third with Leon Zhang, Andreas Tromborg, Constantin Herbertz and Johnny Yeng. Others who deserved a special mention on day 1 were Alex Dyckerhoff and Harvey Yuen, the youngest members of the team but future superstars if their effort in the pool on Friday was anything to go by.
Saturday saw the butterfly, freestyle, 200m individual medley and freestyle relays. Margot Jacobs finished 3rd in the butterfly and we also had point scoring performances from Brooklyn. Medals and Personal Bests came thick and fast in the freestyle races with Lucas taking lots of time off of his record. Ezgi Turkman, Ami Mason, Dilara Guntay and Max Dyckerhoff also put points on the board for the team and a special mention should go to Daniel Tromborg and Camille Bowers, who swam in the Over 15 age group for a number of races. Further success came in the relays with the U14 boys winning gold whilst the U14 girls and Over 15 boys won bronze medals.
The final act of the weekend was to award the individual prizes and team prizes. Although we did not win a team prize we did very well individually with Jason Chang and Kym Pang both winning their age group and Daniel Tafelski finishing 3rd in his. These were fine performances in what were extremely competitive age groups.
This was a great weekend of racing for the team, who bonded well and worked together to ensure all of the BISS Lions were able to roar in the water. I would also like to thank Jacqueline Zhang for her support and the swim parent club and the senior BISS Lions, who were a great support to both the swimmers and coaches throughout the weekend.