Jacob Peters from Poole breaks swimming records in the USA

Canford Heath teenager Jacob Peters’ burgeoning international career took another big step forward as he hit record-breaking form at the World Junior Championships in the USA.

Jacob, who was 17 on 20th August, the day he arrived at the championships, celebrated by setting two national records and four Dorset records as he took on the world’s best juniors in Indianapolis.

He also swam in two finals and two semi-finals at his first global event and came within 0.11 seconds of a qualifying time for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Jay Lelliott

The ultimate highlight for the Poole Swimming Club star came in the 200m butterfly on the last day.

In the heats Jacob clocked 2min 00.06sec, knocking more than half-a-second off his Dorset senior record to qualify seventh quickest for the final.

He also came seventh in the final but, more significantly, lowered his time to 1:58.40.

This not only broke his hours-old county record but the British 17 years age group record and brought him within touching distance of England’s Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 1:58.29.

It also ranks him fourth in Britain and second in England behind world and Olympic medallist James Guy.

England could select up to three swimmers in each event and Jacob will get another shot at Games qualification at the Swim England Winter Championships in Sheffield in December.

Five days before his 200m records, the Poole Grammar School sixth-former had started the championships in similar manner – with a British 17 years age group record of 53.32 seconds in the heats of the 100m butterfly.

It was also a Dorset record of course and qualified him seventh fastest for the semi-finals, where he came 12th in a slightly slower time of 53.63.

On the same day Jacob also recorded split times of 53.22 and 52.95 as Britain came fourth in the 4x100m mixed medley relay.

Two days later he twice broke his Dorset 50m butterfly record, coming 12th in the heats in 24.50 and 15th in the semi-finals in 24.46.

Just 45 minutes after his 200m butterfly heat on the final day, he swam the fly leg in the men’s 4x100m medley relay heats, clocking 53.55 as Britain came 10th, missing a place in the final by just 0.22 seconds.

Meanwhile, Swim Bournemouth’s Bath University student Jay Lelliott was also on international duty at the World University Games in Taiwan, where he was defending champion in the 400m and 800m freestyle after winning both in 2015.

He opened with a silver medal in the 400m behind the Ukraine’s World Championships medallist Mykhailo Romanchuk.

He went on to come fifth in star-studded 800m and 1500m freestyle finals won by world and Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy.

Report and photos by Riger Guttridge

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