BAGCAT winners decided on final day of Age Group Champs
25 July 2011
The last day of the British Gas National Age Group Championships 2011 saw the final events in the pool contested against the loud background sound of Vuvuzelas and horns with seven champions named BAGCAT winners.
Emma Cain (Guildford City) - who won the BAGCAT title in the 11 years age group - blew away the rest of the field in her last final to claim 400m Individual Medley gold.
Knocking almost 13 seconds off her personal best time in the 400m Individual Medley, she finished in a time of 5:14.93 ahead of Kirsty Armstrong (B.E.S.T) and Molly Roodhouse (Stockport Metro).
“It is only the second time I have swum the event," admitted Cain. "I felt really relaxed in the backstroke and tried to conserve my energy for the breaststroke where I accelerated.
"I am so happy I knocked 13 seconds off my PB”.
Barnett Copthall's Frederick Cornwell won the BAGCAT award for the second consecutive year and celebrated by winning the 12 years 400m Individual Medley.
Cornwell finished in 4:54.70 to claim his seventh gold of the week ahead of Royal Wolverhampton's Dylan Tomkinson and Thanet Swim's Jamie O'Connor.
“I’ve had a brilliant week," said Cornwell. "It was better than last year.
“The 400 IM was the toughest race of the week but I enjoyed it and hope I can improve next year”.
Hatfield swimmer Nathan Hughes swam to a convincing win with a 10 meter lead ahead of Ashley Markall (Haden Hill) and Eddisson Munoz (Co Leeds) in the boys 11 years 400 Individual Medley, adding to his medal tally and picking up the BAGCAT award in the youngest boys age group.
Speaking of Hughes’ performance throughout the week Sean Bailey, the coach for Hatfield’s junior section said: “Hughes swam incredibly well all week.
“He’s had a lot to learn this week. One of those is losing, he got the silver in the fly which was frustrating for him as he has a desire to strive for perfection.
“But he's exceeded my expectations this week and he has worked very hard for it”.
Fellow Hatfield swimmer and 13 years BAGCAT winner Martyn Walton held off rivals to take the boys 13 years 400m Individual Medley with a strong win in 4:47.60. Second was David Richardson (Warrington) while Luck Greenbank of Cockermouth finished third.
The winner in the girls 13-years age 400m Individual Medley event was a surprise to the winner herself.
Aquae Sulis swimmer Daniella Whiting was six seconds off her personal best time in her heats swim but managed to charge to a winning positing in 5:03.30 in the final, knocking just over eight seconds off her time and swimming a personal best time in the final.
Whiting said: “After this morning I was worried, my dad told me to be careful with my pacing this afternoon.
“ I just wanted it, but wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t even expecting a medal so never in my dreams did I think it would happen”.
City of Sunderland's Lucy Walton won the BAGCAT award for that age group and scooped silver behind Whiting.
The boys 14-years 400m IM final was a closely contested race, but Rio Kurihara (Millfield) managed to pull it back for a win, beating Earl Radtschenko (Co Coventry) into second place with a time of 4:40.86.
Kurihara finished the week claiming national titles in the 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM in addition to his 400m IM title today.
But it was Radtschenko who finished on top of the BAGCAT rankings to claim the overall award.
Rosie Rudin took 400m Individual Medley gold in the final age group category - the 12 years - and collected her second consecutive BAGCAT award.
The Nova Centurion swimmer won in 5:05.78 ahead of Derventio's Abbie Wood (5:11.09) and E l eXcel's Sophie Waller (5:12.34).
In the final 4x100m Medley Relay, City of Leicester celebrated victory in the girls' race, winning in 4:32.33 ahead of Aquae Sulis and City of Manchester.