Bochmann breaks British Record on way to Youth Champs medal haul

August 4 2010

City of Leeds swimmer Anne Bochmann took nearly a second off the existing British Record in the Girls 16yrs Age Group for the 400m Freestyle, on a night where she swam to two gold and two bronze medals at Ponds Forge.

Bochmann rounded off the evening session in style on the second day of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m) 2010 with an impressive display within three hours.

Her first gold in the 400m Free, saw her go out strong and open up a gap of a body and a half which was never challenged by the rest of the field. She touched in the new mark of 4:10.99, well ahead of Jessica Thielmann (Co Newcastle) in 4:16.02 and Danielle Stirrat (Co Cardiff) in 4:16.50.

Just two events later she was back in the pool, securing the National Title in the Girls’ 16/17yrs Butterfly with 2:13.23. She then went on to add two bronzes to her tally, one in the 100m Freestyle with a season’s best 57.36 and one as the anchor leg in the 4x100 Free Team, swimming 56.32 to claw back a medal for her club.

“I’m really pleased with the record, I didn’t think I’d get that,” she said. “I just got in and felt good and saw how it went. I haven’t even seen what my splits were.

“The 200m Fly was unexpected and the team result was good as we swam as a team – we wanted to medal as a team. But the 100m Free was tough after the 400m and 200m!”

Amelia Maughan (Millfield) also decided she was not content with lowering the British Age Group mark yesterday and went on to knock more than half a second of the record again in the final of the Girls’ 14/15yrs 100m Freestyle.

Maughan was pushed all the way by Jessica Lloyd (Co Manch Aq) and touched in 56.09, ahead of Lloyd’s 56.29 and bronze medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Conner’s 57.21.

Maughan, who yesterday admitted she’d been aiming just to go under 57 seconds, said: “The girls pushed hard and when I put my head up I thought I was going to lose. I think in the end I really wanted to win.

" I just couldn’t believe I’d got that time. I looked up at the scoreboard twice.”

In the Girls 16/17yrs 100m Freestyle, Emma Saunders (Co Manch Aq) was pushed all the way by Achieng Ajulu-Bushell (Plymouth Leander) but Saunders pulled away in the last 50m. Her 56.32 was enough to win her the gold, which she then added to when she helped City of Manchester to the title in the Girls Youth 4x100m Free Team.

Saunders admitted that coming from the recent European Juniors she hadn’t had much of a taper but she knew she ‘just had to stay ahead’ of the field even though they were right behind her.

Win from lane 0 upsets Boys' form 

In the Boys’ 15/16yrs 200m Breaststroke there was an upset when James Wilby (York City), the ninth fastest qualifier yesterday in 2:24.70, came from lane 0 to clinch victory in 2:20.13.

While most of the crowd’s attention was focusing on the battle in the middle of the pool, which included eventual silver and bronze medallists Mitchell Adshead and James Yule, 16-year-old Wilby was able to power home, moving from fifth to first in the last 50m.

“That’s pretty surprising, considering I qualified ninth,” he said. “I couldn’t see what was happening in the middle but I knew the rest of the field wouldn’t be looking at me. I had a bit of motivation from my brother and it worked. I’m really happy.”

Earlier in the day, the final heat of the Boys’ 15/18yrs 1500m Freestyle had been an exciting affair as the competitors for both Age Groups fought it out for their respective titles. After 500m, three swimmers started to emerge ahead of the rest of the field, 17-year-old Jack Burnell (Lincoln Vulc), 18-year-old Thomas Sunter (Co Sheffield) and 15-year-old Matthew Johnson (Co Sheffield).

As the race progressed, Sunter took the lead and began to ease his way clear, eventually taking the 17/18yrs title in 15:36.69, ahead of Burnell’s 15:41.49. Johnson took the 15/16yrs title with his display of 15:44.83, leaving the City of Sheffield club with both winners.

Johnson, who also took gold in yesterday’s 400m Free, said: “I got to 400m and knew I had to do that nearly four times and I thought it’s a bit of a long way! But I knew I just had to swim my own race and compete against the times in my own age group.”

While Sunter added: “I felt quite strong. I went out a bit slower than I normally do but when I got to 1,000m I knew I could build from there so I wasn’t worried.

“It felt quite good because I got silver last year and this year a gold is even better.”

There were lifetime bests for the medallists in the Boys’ 15/16yrs 100m Backstroke as Joseph Patching (Plymouth Leander) took the title in 57.25, while Sam Horrocks (Co Manch Aq) settled for silver with 58.15 and Joe Elwood (Ulverston) came in third with 58.31.

Patching, who also won his 200m IM semi-final, said: “I had a big day yesterday, six races, so I’m a bit sore but I knew I had them behind me so I kept pushing. It was a fun race.”

The other National Titles decided on Day 2 were:

Craig McNally (Warrender Ba), Boys’ 17/18yrs 100m Backstroke, 56.62
Danielle-Hall Jackson (Co Leeds), Girls’ 14/15yrs 400m Freestyle, 4:15.86
Sophie Smith (Co Leicester), Girls’ 14/15yrs 200m Butterfly, 2:13.91
Xander Arari-Williams (Sevenoaks), Boys’ 17/18yrs 200m Breaststroke, 2:17.95
Karley Mann, Girls’ 14/15yrs 200m Backstroke, 2:12.75
Georgia Hohmann, Girls’ 16/17yrs 200m Backstroke, 2:14.82

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