Double gold for Hibbott and Bowen on day three in Sheffield
23 July 2011
Southport’s Holly Hibbott bagged her second double gold in as many nights, winning the 11 years 200m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly on Day Three of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield.
Having won 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly titles on Day Two, Hibbott touched just before Molly Gowans (Hamilton UAE) in the 200m Freestyle, shaving 2.8 seconds off her PB and recording a new time of 2:12.95.
She then went on to secure her second win of the night in the 200m Butterfly.
“I’m really happy to have won two gold medals," said Hibbott. "It’s great to have taken gold in both the 100m and 200m butterfly,
“I’ve still got lots of races to come so I’m hoping to pick up some more medals as the meet goes on.”
Frederick Cornwell (Barnet Copthall) put in another impressive performance, comfortably taking gold in the 12 years 200m Backstroke. He was another swimmer to set a personal best, touching in 2:13.57.
Cornwell said, “I’m really happy with my race, this is my strongest stroke and that was where I wanted to come, so I’m pleased.”
Frazer Riach (Stockport Metro) took silver in a time of 2:21.91, while Craig McLean (Carnegie) set a time of 2:24.23 to take the bronze.
In the 11 years category, William Gayne (Nova Centurion) narrowly beat Matthew Munden (Gloucester), taking gold in 2:29.09. Munden won the silver in 2:29.49.
Having won silver over 100m, Martyn Walton (Hatfield) upgraded to gold in the 13 years 200m Backstroke setting another personal best of 2:12.41.
Walton said: “I’m happy with my swim, after coming second in the 100m I really wanted to seek revenge and take the gold in this race.”
Meanwhile, Plymouth Leander’s Barton Townley won the 14 years age group in 2:09.70.
Nathan Hughes (Hatfield) added to his medal collection, leading the 11 years 400m Freestyle from the start. He claimed his third gold of the meet when he touched just in front of William Gayne (Nova Centurion) in a time of 4:37.51.
Gayne picked up the silver medal in 4:39.01, while George Taplin (Hillingdon) took the bronze in 4:43.65.
It was neck and neck at the last 10m but Edward Martin (City of Derby) took 400m Freestyle gold in the 12 years age group in 4:21.87, just in front of Jamie O’Connor (Thanet Swim) who touched to take silver in 4:21.99.
Suleman Butt (Aberdeen) swam a personal best of 4.13.83 to win the 13 years category; meanwhile in the 14 years age group another personal best was broken when the gold medal was taken by Benjamin Kerry (Swim Trafford) in 4:05.52.
It was a tightly run race in the girls 12 years 200m Freestyle before Kiani Campbell-Grady (City of Leeds) added to her 100m Freestyle gold medal, recording a winning time of 2:11.46.
“I’m really pleased to pick up another Freestyle medal and it is great to set a new personal best,” said Campbell, “I’ve got the 4x200m Freestyle still to come, so I’m hoping we’ll do well.”
Sophie Hall (Gloucester) touched for silver in 2:12.33, while Charlotte Hogarth (Chelsea & West) took the bronze in 2:13.15.
In the 13 years age group Megan Bowen (Dinnaton) broke her personal best to take the gold medal in 2:06.79, ahead of Emma Grayson (City of Liverpool) who touched for second place in a time of 2:07.76 and Hannah Burvill (Woking) who took the bronze in 2:08.91.
Bowen also took won gold in the 800m Freestyle, setting a new personal best to touch in 9:04.65.
Following on from Hibbott’s win in the 11 years category, Sophie Waller (E I eXcel) took the 12 years gold 200m Butterfly title in a time of 2:25.70 setting another personal best, just ahead of Lucy Thornton (Ealing) who took silver in 2:27.61 and Rosie Rudin (Nova Centurion) who touched for bronze in 2:27.80.
Katherine Fisher (City of Leeds) just edged ahead of Brearnna Close (City of Manchester Aquatics) in the 13 years age category in 2:20.36, setting another personal best and scooping gold. Close took the silver in a time of 2:20.46.
The Hatfield team took their second realy gold of the championships, winning the boys 4x200m Freestyle ahead of the City of Coventry (silver) and Stockport Metro (bronze). Martyn Walton put on an impressive performance in the final 200m, securing the win in 8:12.80.
Earlier in the day Lauren Pirouet (Fife Perform) took gold in the 11 years 800m Freestyle, touching in a time of 9:44.17, while Molly Gowans (Hamilton UAE) smashed her personal best to take home a commemorative gold medal, in 9:26.20.
Taunton Deane’s Emily Yap also improved on her PB to take silver in a time of 9:52.70 and Holly Hibbott (Southport) took the bronze medal in 9:53.07.
In the 12 years age group, Rosie Rudin (Nova Centurion) secured her fifth gold of the week, taking victory in a time of 9:21.63.