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British Swimming Selection Trials

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- News, Successes

14-18 April 2021, London Aquatic Centre

Harriet Rogers competed for Darlington ASC in the British Swimming Selection Trials at the London Aquatic Centre. The five days of competition saw some tremendous performances from leading British swimmers with 28 of them achieving consideration times for selection for the GB Olympic team for Tokyo and several new British records being set.

In the heats of 100m Freestyle Harriet finished 10th in 57.17 seconds, recording the third fastest time at the meet by a swimmer born in 2004. On the following day she competed in her favourite 50m Freestyle event, recording 25.93 in the heats, qualifying 7th for the final. She then went faster in the evening final to finish 7th in 25.77 to be the second fastest swimmer of her age on the day. In the three long course high level meets that Harriet has competed in since February, she has produced a remarkably consistent set of excellent swims, and her performances at age 16 have been noticed by many coaches and other swimmers.

It was fitting that Glen Fenby was able to be at the meet with Harriet to take enormous pride in her achievements, at the end of more than 5 years as Harriet’s coach. This was Glen’s final gala as DASC Head Coach and also Harriet’s last gala representing the club.

Harriet joined DASC in December 2011 at the age of 7. It has been a great privilege to watch her progress through the squads, develop her great natural talent through huge amounts of hard work and commitment in the pool and the gym, rewrite the club gala record book, win medals at National level, be selected for the Swim England National Performance Squad, and compete at Selection Trials alongside current and future Olympians. 

She has been a role model and inspiration to many youngsters at DASC, both as a swimmer and a person.  We wish her every success as she follows her dream, and will watch her progress with continuing interest and support.  

Report compiled by Jane Teague