Jasmine sets an all-time British Swimming Record
Ivybridge Community College Year 9 student, Jasmine D’Cunha competed recently in both the British Swimming Championships, which were held in Glasgow, and the English Swimming Championships, held in Sheffield.
Jasmine has been competing since the age of 9, with her main stroke being Breaststroke. She swam for the College in Years 7 and 8, where she was part of the team that got through to National Secondary English Schools final and allowed her to race at the London Olympic pool. In Year 7 she won 3 Gold medals at the South West Regional Competition in 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Then she qualified for the National English Summer Championships in 50m Breaststroke, finishing the season ranked in the top 5 in Great Britain. However, it was in Year 8 that she excelled. Firstly she retained her 3 Golds at the Breaststroke events at the South West Regional Competition and then qualified for the British Summer Championships in Glasgow for the 50 and 100 metre Breaststroke.
Jasmine competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events, putting in excellent performances in all 3 events. As she races in a dual age group, she has to race against girls 18 months older than her, so this was a massive achievement. At the Championships she smashed her personal best time in 50m Breaststroke to get to the final. At this event she won a silver medal, only 0.1 sec behind the winner who was over a year older than her. Jasmine’s time in the 50m Breaststroke, not only currently ranks her No 1 in Great Britain for her own age group, but her race time gave her the ‘all time British record’ for a 12 year old in this event.
With a new season just starting, Jasmine has been selected to attend the 3 day Swim England Development Camp. Coming up in October she will swim as part of the Devon Team at the National inter-county competition in Sheffield and then we wait to see whether she has qualified for further National events in the winter months.
Jasmine said that, “I didn’t like swimming when I was younger; it was only when my sister persuaded me to join her swimming club that I began to enjoy it. Although it is hard work, I really enjoy the time spent with my friends. I’m very happy and proud of my achievements and I really hope to qualify for all three events in the British Nationals next summer.”
Jasmine’s current Great Britain rankings in her age group are as follows: 14th in the 200m Breaststroke, 4th in the 100m Breaststroke and 1st in the 50m Breaststroke.
** Update** On Friday, 20 September Jasmine found out that she has qualified for the 50m Breaststroke at the British National Championships in April 2020 at the London Aquatic Pool. This meet doubles up as the Olympic trials too. Congratulations Jasmine, and all the very best in your Olympic trials.