Maughan sets new British Record on the first day of Youth Champs

August 3 2010

The first day of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m) 2010 got off to a cracking start with a new British Age Group record being set in the morning’s heats.

14-year-old Amelia Maughan (Millfield) swam to the new British Mark of 56.51 in the final heat of the Girls 14/17yrs 100m Freestyle. She lowered the previous record, which had been held for nearly six years by British Swimming’s Fran Halsall, by more than three tenths of a second.

Maughan then went on in the evening session to qualify fastest for the final, although her time of 56.66 was slower than the morning’s display.

She said: “The time was really good considering I’ve been trying to reach it all year. I had just hoped to get under 57 seconds but I just felt really strong so I thought just kill it!

“It was a great swim and I’ve been looking for it for ages because I didn’t get a record last year.”

15-year-old Sophie Smith (Co Leicester) also set the early pace in the first event of the day at Ponds Forge, the Girls 14/17yrs 400m IM heats, and she continued her form in the evening’s final.

The British age group record holder turned on the style during the Breaststroke and cemented her victory with her Freestyle to finish in 4:46.72, ahead of silver place Ellie Jackson (St Felix Sch) with 4:52.74, Sycerika McMahon (Ireland) with 4:52.78 (who wins a commemorative medal) and bronze medallist Megan Davis (Gallica)  with 4:55.72.

“I went in expecting to get the gold,” said Smith. “I’ve just come back from the European Juniors and I went 4:44 so to get pretty close to it was above what I expected.” Smith then got back into the pool to secure the fastest time and a new PB in the Girls 14.15yrs 200m Butterfly in 2:16.44.

In the Girls’ 16/17yrs 400m IM, it was 16-year-old Anne Bochmann (Co Leeds) who took victory in 4:47.87. Bochmann showed her strength and looked powerful at the halfway point but City of Newcastle teammates Kayleigh Dawson and Jessica Thielmann showed strong breaststroke technique to claw back at Bochmann.

However, Bochmann’s Freestyle proved too much for the duo and Thielmann finished in second with a personal best 4:50.18 and Dawson third with 4:52.36. It was an impressive silver medal for Thielmann who has just returned from Holland where she competed in the 10k swim and who had earlier in the day clinched the Girls’ 14/17yrs 1500m Freestyle title in 16:52.93.

Speaking about her IM win, Bochmann said: “It wasn’t a PB but it was a good solid swim and it felt quite good.

“I wasn’t worried when they started coming back as I knew I had a strong freestyle. The breaststroke split wasn’t good but it was good enough.  I just had to hang on and I knew I’d be alright.”

Following her 1500m Thielmann said she “didn’t expect to do that well” but hoped “to get more medals and keep getting personal bests”.

Boys impress too

The first of the Boys’ National Titles was also decided on day one and it was 15-year-old Matthew Johnson who took the first gold, clinching the 15/16yrs 400m Freestyle in 3:58.36.

Johnson powered home, missing out on the British record but securing himself a personal best ahead of Oliver Tennant (Swansea Perf) in 4:00.16, Louis Croenen (VZF Belgium) in 4:01.02 and Daniel Phillips (Co Salford) in 4:01.27.

“That was not bad overall,” said Johnson. “The first 200m were pretty fast and I just had to hang on. I was a bit surprised by the time but I wasn’t thinking of the record ... I don’t even know what it is.”

Ieuan Lloyd (Co Cardiff) also showed strength to take the same distance in the older 17/18yrs age group. His 3:54.90 was a personal best, as were the times for second place Myles Crouch-Anderson (Northampton) 3:55.25 and Alexander Jones (SX3 Swindon) 3:57.52.

At the quarter way mark the field were pretty much swimming in a line but although Crouch-Anderson crept ahead at the half way mark it was 17-year-old gold medallist Lloyd who finally pulled away in the latter stages of the race.

“It felt good but it was a fast 200m,” said Lloyd. “I knew I could bring it back strong. It’s a big PB and a great time to do it.”

And in the day’s last event, it was Plymouth Leander who took victory in the Boys Youth 4x100m Freestyle Team event.

Earlier in the day Millfield and Plymouth Leander had set out their stalls, both touching in the same times but the quartet of Calum Jarvis, Jonathan Hill, Samuel Straughan and James Young proved too strong in the final clocking 3:26.82 on the way to victory. Millfield took silver in 3:29.11 and City of Leeds third in 3:29.98

There were also some impressive semi-final displays with Mitchell Adshead (Plymouth Leander) setting a convincing pace in the Boys’ 15/16yrs 200m Breaststroke with a personal best 2:21.30. While Christopher Steeples (Derventio) also set a new personal mark as he qualified fastest in the 17/18yrs age group with 2:18.37

Bryony Campbell (St Felix School) set a season’s best with her 2:14.55, which takes her in as the fastest qualifier in the Girls’ 16/17yrs 200m Butterfly. While in the same age group Emma Saunders (Co Manch Aq) goes in quickest for the 100m Freestyle final (56.68).

Karley Mann (Hillingdon) will take to the centre of the pool for the final of the Girls’ 14/15yrs 200m Backstroke thanks to her 2:12.27 in the semis. With Georgia Hohmann (Nova Cent’n) doing likewise in the older age group with 2:16.31 for the Girls’ 16/17yrs.

For the boys, Joseph Patching (Plymouth Leander) heads the field going into the final of the 15/16yrs 100m Backstroke thanks to his 57.82, while Craig McNally clocked 57.35 to set the target in the semi final of the 17/18yrs race.

For all the day's results CLICK HERE.

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