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Boys match the Girls on Day 4 of Youth Champs

August 6 2010

The Boys showed they weren’t to be outdone on the penultimate day of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m) 2010, with a British Age Group record set for each sex along the way.

Plymouth Leander’s Joseph Patching added to his medal tally with victory and a new British Age Group Record in the Boys 15/16yrs 200m Backstroke.

The 16-year-old was given a shock on the first length when Sam Horrocks (Co Manch Aq) turned in under 29 seconds but Patching, swimming in lane 5, showed his superiority and at the half way point was two body lengths clear of the field.

He maintained his lead to the end and touched in the new best time of 2:02.08, more than four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

“That was amazing,” he gasped. “I had the 200m Free semi final just before so I knew it would be tough. But I also knew I was on the pace when I turned in a minute and had 1.01 to come back. It’s been a pretty good evening.”

Patching also managed to qualify seventh for tomorrow’s final of the Boys’ 200m Freestyle, in a race where Louis Croenen (VZF Belgium) qualified more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Horrocks qualified fastest for the 100m Butterfly.

There was an exciting fight to the finish in the older age category, with David Gregory (Plymouth Leander) finally emerging victorious in the Boys 17/18yrs 200m Backstroke. He finished in 2:02.86, just eight one hundredths ahead of silver medallist Charlie Boldison (Barnet Copt).

It had been Gregory and eventual bronze medallist Jonathan Carlisle who had turned almost together at the half way point but with 50m to go it looked like Boldison might push on to win – until Gregory found extra strength to fight back.

“That’s probably the best win I’ve ever got at Nationals because I’ve been having a pretty poor season for a number of reasons.

“I’d lost the 100m Backstroke [on Wednesday] by so little so just to get this win is great.

“I could see Carlisle behind me and thought everyone was in a line but then I saw Charlie on the other side and thought just keep going. I touched and saw the Plymouth Leander team cheering so I thought I must have won... then I took a look at the board.”

Another record for Maughan

Amelia Maughan from Millfield continued her fabulous form, setting yet another British Age Group record in the Girls 14/15yrs 200m Freestyle. But her 2:00.82 was still not quite enough to topple City of Leicester’s Sophie Smith who touched in 2:00.79 to take the title.

Maughan said: “I just wanted to go out and do what I did in the semis but I had to fight and in the end Sophie was just better than me. I’m so glad to have got the record, although it would have been nice to have come first.”

Smith, who later in the evening also took the 100m Butterfly title in a lifetime best’s 1:01.33, added: “Training has been going really well and I’d say confidence is the secret to my form. The past month to six weeks of racing has been great so I’m just hoping to carry that on.”

In the Girls 16/17yrs Age Group,  Anne Bochmann (Co Leeds) continued her dominance, taking another gold in the 200m Freestyle in 2:01.30 before helping her team home to the Girls Youth 4x200m Freestyle title. The other three swimmers of Emma Graham, Danielle Hall-Jackson and Lucy Emerson had already given her a considerable lead but Bochmann, who swam a 2:02.12, said they were determined to do it ‘in style.’

She also qualified fastest for the 200m IM with 2:18.89 and took the bronze in the Girls 16/17yrs 100m Butterfly, taking the third spot behind eventual winner Rachael Kelly (Royal Wolv) and silver medallist Hayley Towner (Bath Univ).

Kelly, who touched in 1:00.71, said: “It was a good swim and I knocked quite a bit of my PB.

“I haven’t had a very good week. This was my last race of the week so I decided to go out with a bang. I was determined to get the win.”

There was some disappointment in the Boys’ 17/18yrs 800m for Myles Crouch-Anderson, who – despite taking the National title far ahead of the rest of the field –  wanted to go for but missed the British Age Group Record.

His 8:05.18 was over four seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Martin Cremin (Stirling Swim) but just over two seconds off the pace of the National best.

Crouch-Anderson said: “I was going for the record but I went out a bit fast, and I’m not as fit as I should be, I’ve only had six months of training. At 200m to go I gave it what I had but it wasn’t quite good enough.”

Matt Johnson (Co Sheffield) himself missed setting a new British Age Group mark when he finished in 8:10.92 continuing his impressive medal haul. Ironically, had he swum below 8:10.15 it would have been Crouch-Anderson’s record he took.

Crouch-Anderson did however qualify fourth fastest for tomorrow’s Boys 17/18yrs 200m Free with 1:53.60, just under a second behind fastest qualify Alexander Jones (SX3 Swindon) in 1:52.72.

In the Girls’ 16/17yrs 50m Freestyle there was a reversal of the semi-final results as City of Bristol’s Rebecca Guy was able to overhaul Aching Ajulu-Bushell (Plymouth Leander) to take the National title.

17-year-old Guy, who posted 26.36 ahead of Ajulu-Bushell’s 26.49, was delighted with the result.

“I’m really happy,” she said. “I’ve never made a National final before so this was my first and last one, so to win it was a nice way to end.

“I knew I was next to an amazing athlete, and I was pretty scared of her, but I just had to believe I was going to win.”

Ajulu-Bushell still has a strong chance of a gold in tomorrow’s Girls 16/17yrs 100m Breaststroke. She qualified fastest with 1:09.97, just outside of the standard set for the British Age Group record, and looked to be easing down in the last 15m.

The Girls’ 14/15yrs 50m Freestyle went to form with the three fastest from the semi-finals taking the positions. At 25m the top three were pretty much matching each other stroke for stroke, and although Amelia Maughan and Lauren Quigley (Co Manch Aq) both improved their semi-final times it still was not enough to overhaul Quigley’s teammate Jessica Lloyd, who touched in 26.38.

For full results of the day’s racing click here 

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