JACOB Peters is preparing to refocus ahead of his senior European Championship debut next month after medals eluded him and Poole club-mate Jazz McCrea at the junior equivalent.
Peters, 17, multiple finalist at the Commonwealth Games and last year’s World Junior Championship, targeted podium places in Helsinki despite being unrested due to prioritising the senior showdown.
But against competition led by Hungary’s world junior record holder Kristof Milak, he would have needed to lower his British age group record in every event to medal.
He came nearest in the 200m butterfly, finishing fourth in 1:57.83.
He was joint seventh in the 50m fly in 24.21 but missed out on the 100m final after finishing ninth in the semi-finals in 53.91.
He improved to 52.85 as Britain came fifth in the medley relay.
McCrea, 16, made the 50m freestyle and butterfly semi-finals for the second year running, finishing 12th and 13th in 26.25 and 27.55 respectively.
Poole coach Barry Alldrick, a member of the GB coaching team in Finland, said: “Jasmine improved her rankings from last year.
“Jacob struggled, perhaps because he knows he’s got the European seniors in August. We plan for his times to come down for that.”
• Poole were named Top Club and Swim Bournemouth as the Most Improved Club for the second year running after the two-day Dorset Development Meet at Littledown.
Swim Bournemouth retained their title with an average 2.37 per cent improvement on entry times, pipping fast-improving Seagulls by just 0.26 per cent.
Top swimmer awards went to Poole’s Lucy Steele and Alastair Ferguson for the highest aggregate FINA points from all their events.
Bournemouth Collegiate School’s Claudia Ashford and Swim Bournemouth’s Matthew Workman delivered the fastest swims on day one in the girls’ 200m freestyle (2:18.94) and boys’ 400m freestyle (4:36.94).
Day two’s fastest swimmers were Seagulls’ Poppy Cordell-Thompson in the 400m freestyle (4:46.58) and Blandford’s Samuel Coughlan in the 50m freestyle (27.12).
Swim Bournemouth’s Ruby Hindell was the most prolific gold medallist with 10 wins in the 9yrs age group as well as ‘most improved’ awards in the sprint and 100m categories for her 50m and 100m backstroke.
North Dorset Turbos’ Joshua Ezard won the boys’ sprint award for his 50m breaststroke while Swim Bournemouth’s Dylan Coslett was the most improved boy over 100m following his 100m breaststroke.
Performance awards for the 200m ‘form’ strokes (non-freestyle) went to Poole’s Holly Olding for her 200m breaststroke and Oliver Slade of North Dorset Turbos in the 200m backstroke.
Individual medley award winners were North Dorset’s Georgina Horn (100m) and Seagulls’ Harry Pollard (200m).
Distance freestyle award winners were Poole’s Betsy Vavasour and Luca Sartorius, both in the 400m freestyle.
Club points: 1 Poole 1,585, 2 Swim Bournemouth 1,238, 3 West Dorset 893.5, 4 Seagulls 501.5, 5 Tornadoes of S Dorset 477, 6 Wareham 284.5, 7 Blandford 281.5, 8 Weymouth 214.5, 9 North Dorset 151.5, 10 Bridport Barracudas 105, 11 Sherborne Storm 103, 12 Clayesmore 61, 13 BCS 54.
Source : BournemouthEcho