Cornwell impresses again in Sheffield
24 July 2011
The stands were filled with excited friends and family as the penultimate day of the British Gas National Age Group Championships got underway at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
It has been a golden week for 12 year old Frederick Cornwell and this evening saw him take two steps towards a straight gold-medal haul by taking the titles in the 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.
The Barnet Copthall swimmer took the 200m Free title with a personal best time of 2:02.94 ahead of City of Derby's Edward Martin and with Jamie O’Conner grabbing the third spot.
Cornwell took the 100m butterfly by a full body length and in a time of 1:02.02 ahead of silver medallist Joshua Laisequilla, Hamilton UAE and Harry Lewis-Mitchell of Stockport Metro touching third.
Cornwell's butterfly swim was noted as “swim of the week “by commentator and two-time Olympian Sarah Price as the youngster added to his impressive victories in the 100m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley and 200m Butterfly from earlier in the week.
Commenting on his 200m Freestyle swim Cornwell said: “I never thought I would do that time.
"I lost the event in 2010 and came into the race to just win and just wanted to improve on last year”.
It was a medal filled evening for Millfield Swimmers Rio Kurihara and Daniel Liu. The duo finished with gold (Kurihara) and bronze (Liu) medals respectively in the boys 14 yrs 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly events.
It was a tense evening for Euan Dale; former British International swimmer and coach of the Millfield swimmers. Commenting on their performances, Dale said: “Daniel Lie was outside the medal position and Rio was ranked second coming into the race but they always rise to the occasion in the finals and come into the session with an attitude of wanting to win medals.
“Because I was a swimmer, I find it much harder watching the swimmers swim than it was for me to compete for myself”.
Noah Vides of Poole and Jordan Hughes, North Ayshire, separated the Millfield swimmers in the 100m Breastroke and 100m Butterfly events winning silver respectively.
In the girls 12 yrs 100m backstroke, Kiani Campbell-Grady (Co Leeds) beat rival Georgia Ardren (Taunton Deane) to claim gold by nearly a second. Campbell-Grady’s victory was her forth gold and fifth medal of the Championships as she set a new personal best of 1:06.91.
Campbell-Grady improved her gold medal collection with a victory for City of Leeds 200m Freestyle relay team at the close of the evening.
There were some agonising disqualifications in an eventful night in Sheffield.
The boys 13 yrs 200m Freestyle was initially won by Suleman Butt who had won three individual gold medals this week. However, he found himself disqualified due to a flying start.
This saw the gold medal go to Martyn Walton (Hatfield) with silver to Jorgos Skotadis (Camden Swiss) with Jamie Cunnigham of Rushmore Royals in the bronze medal position.
Walton was gracious with his gold win and said: “I felt great in my swim and fell sorry for Butt however it happens and you learn from it.
"I would like to thank my parents for their support and all the coaches at Hatfield for helping me to this victory”.
Another disqualification came in the boys 12 years 100m Breaststroke which in turn found Yaron Gerber (Barnet Copt) with gold, Nick Classon (Plymouth Leander) silver and Kane Ravanal-Hunt (Leander) in a medal position for bronze.
A convincing winning performance was in the girls 11 years 100m Breastroke by Emma Cain who won but narrowly missed out on the British Age Group Record by 0.3 seconds, finishing in a personal best time of 1:15.75.
“I never saw another personal best coming," said Cain. "I took two seconds off in the heats and improved a little in the final. Swimming all week I have been doing personal best times so really I wasn’t expecting it”.
Silver went to Lana Mo of Sunbury and bronze to Natasha Davis (Co Sheffield).