British title double for Dodds
CALLIGO Tigers Swimming Club’s Isaac Dodds became Jersey’s first British champion for over a decade on Saturday, before going on to win a second title yesterday at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield.
The 14-year-old Victoria College student followed up his mid-week bronze double with his opening gold in the 800-metre individual medley before yesterday touching home first in the 13 to 14-year-old age group 200m backstroke final.
Dodds achieved club records in both swims, the 200 back with a two-second personal best time of two minutes 10.76 seconds while he was five seconds quicker than his nearest competitor in the 800 IM when stopping the clock at eight minutes 47.46 sec.
Robbie Jones, competing a year young in the 17-18 age group, won his second bronze medal of the Championship, together with claiming an Island record of two min 6.10 sec in Saturday’s 200 IM final.
Dodds placed fifth in the same distance event in his age group and finishing in 2.15.37 he broke Simon Le Couilliard’s long-standing record of 2.15.71.
Le Couilliard was a multi-British champion back in the early 2000s.
Tom Deffains, also in the 13-14 section, finished fifth in the 800 freestyle following a massive seven-seconds pb which now stands at nine minutes and six seconds.
Gemma Atherley, in the 19-and over group, took 17th position overall after a 31.01 sec time in the 50m back.
Disability swimmer Sol Bressat was just outside his pb after finishing in 1.08.10 for 17th place in the 100 fly MC. In the 200 IM, Bressat excelled with a season’s best time of 2.33.55 to secure 13th place.
British Championships first-timer Lilly Scott, who placed 13th, recorded a pb of 1.00.07 in the 13-14 100 freestyle.
Atherley’s 2.18.68 time placed her tenth in the her age group 200 back final while Dodds finished seventh in the 100 fly final in his age group in 1:00.36.
Nathan Jégou, Tigers’ head coach, said: ‘Six medals in total is the club’s best return in well over a decade.
‘It’s a fantastic achievement, British Swimming invites clubs to come here and improve and we’ve done that.
‘It’s been a great year, it’s been a long time coming, the club put in a new programme seven or eight years ago and we are now getting good results.
‘It’s been a team effort with all the coaches in the club and the kids have trained really hard to get where they are today.’
Jersey swimmers will now concentrate on the English Championship this week at Sheffield, starting tomorrow.
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