96TH JAPAN STUDENT SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, October 1st – Sunday, October 4th
- Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center
- LCM (50m)
- Entries (in Japanese)
- SwimSwam Preview
After clocking a time of 25.87 in the prelims, Ikee dropped another .25 to narrowly miss out on a medal with a time of 25.62 at just her 2nd competition back. You can read more about Ikee’s swim here.
Speaking after her race today, Ikee told The Olympic Channel, “I was happy to be here competing and that I swam in under 26 seconds. I kept it to myself but my goal for this meet was a 25.8 – and I did it in the heats. I’m really glad I achieved my goal”.
The work Ikee has been grinding through both in and out of the pool are beginning to pay off as the sprint ace is remarkably coming back to form.
“Everyone was telling me I look different, that I put on muscle”, she said. “I was stronger than I realised. I was lifting two times a week and I think it’s paying off”.
Below is a social media post from Ikee from last month, showing her muscle increase from January to September of this year.
— 池江 璃花子 (@rikakoikee) September 21, 2020
Specific to this race, where she dropped nearly a second from her time at the Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament last month, Ikee said, “I was confident I’d be faster – but not this fast.
“I surprised myself. I’m still more than a full second off my record but I’m happy I had my best time of the season today.
“Before the last competition, I was more worried than excited to be swimming again. I almost felt embarrassed because I was so skinny. But today I was itching to go. I felt confident and just positive all around”.
Ikee has not committed to any future competitions for now.
“Where do I go from here? Just enjoy swimming to the fullest and work hard every day. That’s what’s important for me at this point in time”.