England’s best young swimming talents earn national titles
28 Jul 2010
Day one of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships saw the medals decided as some of England’s best young swimming talent was on display in Sheffield.
The gold medal in the Boys’ 12 years 100m Backstroke went to Alan Wong of Ferndown as he finished in 1:04.55. Silver went to last year’s BAGCAT winner Martyn Walton whose 1:04.78 was enough to take second ahead of Preston’s Dominic Walker.
“It’s great,” said Wong. “I wasn’t sure if I could get a medal but I went out there and gave it my all.
“My training has been going well and I’m competing in five more events this week so hopefully I’m going to win another medal or two.”
In a very close Girls’ 11 years 100m Freestyle final City of Sheffield’s Emily Longstone swam to the gold medal in front of an excited home crowd. Touching in a time of 1:03.05 Longstone managed to hold off Emily Graham (City of Birmingham) who took the silver in a time of 1:03.75 and Sophie Waller (Dover Life) who took bronze in 1:04.27.
“They were so supportive,” said Longstone of her Sheffield fans. “I could hear them all cheering me on and it made me want to go out there and do well.
“It’s my first year here and I wasn’t expecting a medal, I just wanted to get some good competition experience so I’m really pleased.”
Rosie Rudin took the national title in the Girls’ 11 years 200m Individual Medley. The Nova Centurion swimmer won by over two seconds touching in a time of 2:32.35 ahead of Team Bath’s Katie Parfitt.
Rudin later claimed her second title of the Championships as she swam to the 200m Backstroke title in a time of 2:27.78. Silver went to Frey Beck (York City) in a time of 2:33.34 with Kiani Campbell-Grady (City of Leeds) taking bronze in 2:35.55.
The gold medal in the Girls’ 12 years 200m Individual Medley was won by Penny Wittingham who took the title last year in the 11 years category. The Royal Wolverhampton School swimmer touched in a new personal best time of 2:25.32
Wittingham later took bronze in the Girls’ 12 years 100m Freestyle event in a time of 1:00.72. Gold went to City of Liverpool’s Emma Grayson who touched in 1:00.40 with silver going to Brearnna Close in 1:00.62.
Rio Kurihara, winner of the 2009 BAGCAT award, secured his first gold of the Championships as he swam to the title in the Boys’ 13 years 200m Breaststroke.
The Millfield School swimmer touched in a time of 2:28.19 ahead of James Thompson (City of Leeds) who claimed silver in 2:33.24, with bronze going to Adam Plavsic (Ealing) in 2:34.99.
“It was a good race,” said Kurihara. “Last year raised my confidence to swim well so I’ve come here prepared.
“I’ve got another nine races to go so I hope to win a few more medals this week.”
Frederick Cornwell claimed gold in the Boys’ 11 years 100m Backstroke convincingly in a time of 1:05.50. The Barnet Copthall swimmer was over five seconds ahead of the rest of the field as Frazer Raich (Stockport Metro) took silver in 1:10.64 and bronze went to Edward Martin (Walsall) in a time of 1:11.06.
The Girls’ 13 years 200m Individual Medley saw Lucy Davis turning in second position at the 100m mark, but strong breaststroke and freestyle legs saw the Gallica (Lancashire) swimmer race to the Championship title in a time of 2:21.55.
Second position was secured by Nova Centurion’s Georgina Young in a time of 2:22.81 with third place going to Plymouth Leander’s Ruta Meilutyte in 2:23.00.
Davis followed this up with a silver medal in the 200m Backstroke in a time of 2:21.83. Gold went to Charlotte McKenzie (F.I.R.S.T.) whose 2:20.51 was enough to take the national title.
Mark Szaranek swam to a new personal best in the Boys’ 14 years 100m Backstroke final as he touched in a time of 1:00.65. The Carnegie swimmer took gold ahead of Gallica’s Anthony Lucas who finished in 1:00.71 with Joshua Booth (Millfield) taking bronze in 1:01.00.
Team Bath’s Daniella Whiting took the Girls’ 12 years 200m Backstroke title after a well swum race that saw her touch in 2:23.95. Rebecca Jones (City of Derby) took silver in 2:25.09 with bronze going to Liverpool’s Emma Grayson in 2:26.03.
“I really wasn’t expecting gold,” said Whiting. “I came here last year and got fourth so to win is just indescribable.
“I stepped up my training after districts and everything has been going really well for me so I knew I was ready and prepared to come here and compete. I’ve got more races to come and I think there are a few good medal chances for me.”
The gold medal for the Girls’ 13 years 100m Freestyle went to Siwan Thomas-Howells (Swim Swansea) in a time of 58.30. Ruta Meilutyte (Plymouth Leander) won silver in 58.49 with Grace Dennis (Kingston Hull) taking bronze in 59.52.
Jack Ness (C.O.A.S.T.) took gold in the Boys’ 13 years 100m Backstroke in a new personal best time of 1:02.25. Silver went to Jack Utting (UEA Norwich) 1:03.22 with bronze going to Perry Gardner (Middlesbrough) in 1:03.89.
Gold medals also went to Emilio Sison (11 years, Wandsworth), Thomas Millburn (12 years, Cockermouth) and Harry Ackland (14 years, Plymouth Leander) in the Boys’ 200m Breaststroke.
The Boys’ 4x100m Freestyle Relay was won by Millfield School in a time of 3:45.83 with Plymouth Leander taking silver in 3:46.24 and bronze going to the Team Ipswich quartet in 3:46.72.
For a full list of results please click here.
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