15 October 2018
At the 2018 Manchester International Swim Meet at the weekend, 15-year-old Kayla vDM of Bournemouth Collegiate School Swim Team snagged a new British Junior National Record en route to winning her age group’s 100m breaststroke title, making huge waves amongst her peers.
Stopping the clock at 1:08.14 in the morning heats, Kayla not only crushed a personal best, but the teen overtook the previous British Junior standard of 1:08.36 held by multiple Commonwealth Games medalist Freya Anderson since 2015. Splitting 32.79/35.57, Van Der Merwe’s 1:08.14 morning swim claimed the top seed of the girls 15&U with ease.
Saving even more speed for the final, Kayla unleashed a winning time of 1:07.21, blowing her morning effort out of the water. The teen fired off an opening 50 of 32.16 and closed in 35.05 to lower her newly-minted age record even further and top the podium in Manchester. Her time would have garnered her the silver medal behind Stockport Metro’s Katie Matts in the senior final of the women’s 100m breast.
How incredible is that?? Congratulations Kayla, a truly remarkable result, we are all so proud of you here at BCS!!
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