More national champions crowned in Sheffield

31 Jul 2010
The penultimate day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships saw more winners crowned, as some of England’s best young swimmers displayed their talents in Sheffield.

Erin Nabney secured her second gold of the Championships today with a strong performance in the Girls’ 12 years 100m Breaststroke. The Harrow swimmer qualified third fastest through from the heats but touched in 1:16.25 in the final to take the national title. Second position went to Jessie Foster (S.T.R.E.E.T.) in a time of 1:16.29 with Daniela Whiting (Team Bath) taking bronze in 1:16.51.

“I’m so over the moon with the gold,” said Nabney. “When I qualified through from the heats I wasn’t very happy with my performance but my coach told me to ‘turn off’ my head and not think about it.

“When I came out for the final I just went for it. I was thinking that I had bronze but halfway down the second leg I could see that I could actually win. It was really tight but I’m absolutely delighted with the result.”

Daniela Whiting earlier won the Girls’ 12 years 100m Backstroke in a time of 1:07.67. Speaking after the race she said: “I’m really pleased with my gold medal. I was a little bit rushed between the two races so wasn’t able to perform at my best but i still got a PB.

“I’m looking forward to my 400m I.M. tomorrow and I’ve had a great Championships so far. Tomorrow is the last day of Nationals so I’ll go out and hopefully perform well.”

Plymouth Leander’s Ruta Meilutyte claimed a new National Age Group record in the Girls’ 13 years 100m Breaststroke. Touching in a time of 1:09.95 she knocked over a second off as she finished ahead of Georgina Evans (City of Liverpool) who touched in 1:12.25 for silver and Amy Light (City of Leeds) who finished in 1:14.29 taking bronze.

Mark Ovington won the Boys’ 12 years 800m Freestyle title in a time of 9:12.60. The Chester Le Street swimmer led from the start and never lost his dominance in the race touching ahead of Philip Dowding-Young (Team Ipswich) and Blake Bennett (City of Leeds).

Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) took gold in the Boys’ 14 years 100m Butterfly in a time of 57.69 ahead of Reece Dunn (Plymouth Leander) who took silver in 58.06 and Elliot Hynes (City of Salford) in bronze with a time of 58.87.

Szaranek later claimed a second gold in the Boys’ 14 years 200m Freestyle in a time of 1:57.16.

Charlotte McKenzie (F.I.R.S.T).won the gold medal in the Girls’ 100m Backstroke with a convincing performance. The 13-year-old touched in 1:04.94 ahead of City of Leicester’s Harriet Cooper in 1:05.36 with Isabella Hindley (Chelsea and West) taking bronze in 1:05.96.

“I really wanted to win but wasn’t expecting it,” said McKenzie. “My training has been really hard leading up to the Championships so I’m pleased to have performed well here.”

The Boys’ 13 years 800m Freestyle final saw Benjamin Levart, swimming for Amersham, take gold in 8:53.07. Benjamin Kerry took silver in a time of 8:54.13 with Thomas Diaper-Fox taking bronze in 8:58.79.

North Ayrshire swimmer Jordan Hughes took top spot in the Boys’ 13 years 200m Freestyle final as he touched in 2:01.00 for the gold medal. Callum Quinn (City of Coventry) claimed silver with golden boy Rio Kurihara (Millfield) taking bronze.

Wandsworth swimmer Hiroki Harazawa took gold in the Boys’ 14 years 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:08.08. Plymouth Leander’s Harry Ackland and Nail Grant secured silver and bronze respectively.

“It feels great to have won today,” said Harazawa. “I’ve just started a new training programme and everything is going well for me.

“I love competing here. Sheffield is the best place to swim and it has a really good atmosphere. This is my last race of the meet and the whole week has been excellent for me.”

Rio Kurihara continued his medal winning performance with first place finishes in the Boys’ 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly. Last year’s BAGCAT winner, swimming for Millfield, touched in 1:09.80 and 1:00.53 respectively.

”Two gold medals in one day is really good,” said Kurihara. “I’m feeling a bit tired now but I’ve still got the 400m I.M. and the Medley relay coming up tomorrow so I’m focussing on those.”

Frederick Cornwell (Barnet) has been making a name for himself this week and added to his collection with yet another gold, this time in the Boys’ 11 years 100m Butterfly. Touching in a time of 1:07.28 he finished ahead of Joshua Sanchez (Hamilton UAE) and Edward Martin (Walsall).

Suleman Butt claimed gold in the Boys’ 12 years 200m Freestyle touching in a time of 2:04.46. The Aberdeen swimmer showed his strength as Philip Dowding-Young (Team Ipswich) and Martyn Walton (Hatfield) finished in second and third respectively.

Gold medals were also won by Charlie Waddingham (Nuneaton) in the Boys’ 11 years 100m Breaststroke, Joel Knight (Millfield) in the Boys’ 14 years 800m Freestyle, Edward Martin (Walsall) in the Boys’ 11 years 200m Freestyle, Charlotte Vodden in the Girls’ 11 years 100m Backstroke, Lydia Lavallin (S.T.R.E.E.T.) in the Girls’ 11 years 100m Breaststroke, Isaac Kirby (UEA Norwich) in the Boys’ 12 years 100m Breaststroke, Alan Wong in the Boys’ 12 years 100m Butterfly and Gallic (Lancashire) in the Girls' 4x200m Freestyle Team event..

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