Johnson and Bochmann end final day of Youth Champs in style

August 7 2008

The last day of competition at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m) 2010 saw Matthew Johnson and Anne Bochmann continue their dominance.

Matthew Johnson (Co Sheffield) rounded off his Championships in style as he took apart the  British Age Group Record for the Boys 15/16yrs 400m IM, finishing nearly five seconds under the mark in 4:22.76.

He went out strong and although Mitchell Adshead (Plymouth Lea) pulled back the gap on the Backstroke leg, Johnson powered ahead on the Breaststroke and cemented the win ahead of Plymouth Leander’s Joseph Patching in 4:28.68 and Millfield’s Joseph Poynter in 4:31.24.

15-year-old Johnson said: “That is probably my best swim of the Champs because it’s such a fast time. I didn’t think this year, because I have moved up an age group, that I would do this well. But I just try and keep cool and race.

“Whatever comes now I’ll see how it fits in around my training programme.”

City of Leeds swimmer Anne Bochmann took yet another victory in the Girls 16/17yrs 200m IM, although she didn’t have it all her own way. The 16-year-old was pushed on the Breaststroke leg by eventual silver medallist Jessica Thielmann (Co Newcastle) but just managed to out-class her rival in the Freestyle leg, clocking 2:16.46, ahead of Thielmann’s 2:16.53.  Lucy Spencer (Co Sheffield) came third in 2:18.13.

Bochmann also picked up a gold medal in the Girls 4x100m Medley Team final. The City of Leeds quartet of Rebecca Whaling, Avril Kiritschenko, Bochmann and Emma Graham had only qualified second fastest for the final but there was always the impression they were saving their best for the last session.

Although Hillingdon in silver place fought hard, the last two swimmers for City of Leeds were just too strong and they touched in 4:16.45. City of Manchester took the third spot.

Bochmann said: “That’s six individual and two team gold medals for me so I’m really pleased with how the week’s gone. I didn’t really count up the medals beforehand to decide what I would win because you never know how everyone else is going to swim.”

The performance of Bochmann and her female teammates helped City of Leeds to the take the Championships’ Best Female Club title. But it was Plymouth Leander who took the Best Male Club Title and best Overall Club Title.

Just before receiving their award, Plymouth Leander had dominated the Boys 4x100m Medley Team, with the A team winning in 3:49.93 and the B team taking third in 3:52.19. Warrender Baths A split the teams with their 3:51.47 performance.

More male Plymouth Leander wins 

In the Boys 17/18yrs 400m IM, Jonathan Hill (Plymouth Leander) took the National final in a personal best. Hill led at halfway and although Ross Muir (F.I.R.S.T) began to pull back on the breaststroke, Hill’s Freestyle leg was too strong and he won in 4:24.55 ahead of Dan Wallace (Warrender Ba) and Muir who had to settle for bronze.  

“It’s been a long time since I did a PB so I’m very pleased with the win,” Hill said. “I haven’t had a very good week so that was a good way to finish.

“I was actually pretty sure I’d lost it because breaststroke is my worse stroke and I could feel them behind me. But I always watch them go past me on the breaststroke so I knew I had a chance.”

Hill’s Plymouth Leander teammate, Aching Ajulu-Bushell had actually qualified fastest with 1:09.97 for the Girls 16/17yrs 100m Breaststroke final but she did not contest the title because she today headed off to the European Championships in Budapest. 

Instead it was Avril Kiritschenko (Co Leeds) who took the National title in 1:11.86. Jessica Olie (Guildford Ct) took silver in 1:12.29 and Francesca Marr (Hillingdon) in 1:12.36.

In the younger age group, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (TEAMBath Y&A) took the victory in 1:11.29, with Sycerika McMahon (Ireland) taking a commemorative medal in 1:11.32, Charlotte Bradbury (Bolton Metro) taking silver (1:12.25) and Jodie Hawksworth (Derventio) winning bronze (1:12.97).

14-year-old O’Connor, who clocked a personal best to add the 100m to her 200m victory, said: “I haven’t done breaststroke in ages so I’m so glad to have done so well, especially being in the younger part of the age group and having gone from Age Groups to Youths.”

16-year-old Craig Benson (Warrender Ba) took the National title in the Boys 15/16yrs 100m Breaststroke, fending off the challenge of James Yule (South Aberde) and James Wilby (York City) with a 1:04.40.

Benson said: “I’m so happy words can’t really describe it. That’s my best PB in over a year from the 100m Breaststroke so it was perfecting timing.

“I saw I was ahead at 50m but I thought I was starting to tire at the end but then I looked up at the board and I couldn’t believe it.”

While in the 17/18yrs category the three fastest qualifiers retained the same positions, with Christopher Steeples (Derventio) taking to the top of the rostrum after finishing over a second ahead of the field in a 1:02.86PB.  Xander Alari-Williams (Sevenoaks) touched in 1:04.05 to take silver, while Luke Spain (Hillingdon) took bronze in 1:05.02.

In their final Youth Championships, Tsubasa Nakagawa (Co Leicester) and James Burden (Co Coventry) fought it out in the Boys 17/18yrs 50m Freestyle but it was Burden who emerged victorious.

He clocked 23.38, ahead of Nakagawa’s 23.45 and Felix Samuels (Camden Swiss) in third with 23.50.

Burden said: “It’s the first time I have gone that fast in a while, although it’s still point four off my personal best. It also makes a point after not making the European Junior team. I always knew I could win it, it was just by how much.”

In the younger age category, Karl Morgan (Nova Cent) won in 24.07, followed by Kevin Riazanov (Hamilton UAE) and Henry Ash (TEAMBath Y&A).

Delight for Hofton

In the Girls 14/15yrs 100m Backstroke, Natasha Hofton (Nova Cent'n) denied Karley Mann (Hillingdon) the double in a fiercely contested race. Hofton literally pipped Mann to the touch, finishing just two one hundredths clear in 1:02.99.

Hofton said: “I couldn’t believe it, it’s just shocking! In the last 25m I felt the girl next to me and I thought just keep going. That’s rounded off the week nicely for me.”

Emma Saunders (Co Manch Aq) added to her medal tally in the Girls 16/17yrs 100m Backstroke. She beat Holly Lynch (Co Birm'ham) and Georgia Hohmann (Nova Cent'n) to scoop gold in 1:02.68.

“That couldn’t get any better,” added Saunders. “I felt really good and just tried to push on. I was never worried, I just wanted to do the best I could.”

In the Boys 15/16yrs 200m Freestyle, Louis Croenen (VZF Belgium) could not be caught but because he could only win a commemorative medal, the National title went to Thomas Moss (Stockport Mo) in 1:53.24.

And in the Boys 17/18yrs 200m Freestyle, in-form Ieuan Lloyd came from lane 8 to take victory in 1:50.59, with  Alexander Jones (SX3 Swindon) clinching silver in 1:51.50 and Alfie Howes (Co Cardiff) bronze in 1:52.80.

Sam David Horrocks (Co Manch Aq) continued his form from the semi-finals to win the Boys 15/16yrs 100m Butterfly in 56.14. Daniel Johnson (Middlesboro) took silver in 56.44 and David Scott (Wandsworth) secured bronze in 56.91.

In the older age category, 18-year-old Braxston Timm (Co Sheffield) became the only man in the field to go under 55 seconds, touching in 54.39. Cameron Brodie (Kelly Coll) and Harry Needs (Camden Swiss) fought it out for the medals, with Brodie edging it in 55.35 ahead of Needs’ 55.39.

In the Girls 14/15yrs 200m IM, Sophie Smith (Co Leicester) came home in 2:15.82 for a relatively easy victory over Ireland’s Sycerika McMahon, who finished in 2:17.58. The next British finisher was Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (TEAMBath Y&A), who added to her earlier gold, and Ellis Jackson (St Felix Sch) rounded off the medal positions with bronze.

For full results of the day’s racing click here

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