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Neves continues 400m dominance at National Youths

28 July 2011

Kristina Neves extended her dominance in the 400m Freestyle to four consecutive years as she took gold on Day Two of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield.

The Guernsey swimmer has dominated her age group since she was just 11 years old and led from the start of the race to take gold in the 14/15 years event at Ponds Forge.

It feels really good to take gold tonight - I never expected it as I'm at the bottom of my age category this year.

The 14-year old ultimately touched ahead of Marcella Aris (St Felix School) and Grace Dennis (Kingston-upon-Hull), setting a personal best of 4:18.27.

“It feels really good to take the gold tonight," said Neves. "I never expected it as I am at the bottom of my age category this year.

“But I’m really pleased to have been able to set a new personal best, I’m really happy.”

City of Leeds swimmer Anne Bochmann took the gold medal in the 16/18 years 400m Freestyle.

Bochmann, who finished fourth in the same event at last year's Commonwealth Games, touched in 4:10.33 with Bath University’s Hayley Towner just behind in 4:10.83 to take silver and Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield) touching for bronze in 4:14.69.

Meanwhile, Hannah Russell (Guildford City) gave an outstanding performance to break the British Record for the S12 category in the MC 50m Freestyle, touching in 28.98. The nature of the multi-classification race meant Russell's effort didn't even make the podium as S8 swimmer Heather Frederiksen (City of Salford) put in a strong performance, scoring 957 points to take the gold in 31.67.

Louise Watkin (City of Salford, S9) scored 902 points to scoop the silver medal in 30.06 while Stephanie Millward (Swansea Perform, S9) touched in bronze medal position, scoring 890 points for her time of 30.19.

Aimee Willmott (Middlesboro) took her first gold of the Championships in the 16/18 years 200m Individual Medley in a personal best time of 2:13.83.

I've been working on my fly in training so I just tried to keep it really smooth and I'm really happy with my swim.

Willmott, who was placed sixth in the same event at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, touched ahead of City of Sheffield's Lucy Spencer (2:15.34) and Manchester Aquatics' Emma Saunders (2:16.63) to take the top step of the podium.

“I’m really happy with my swim this evening," said Willmott. "I had been working on my fly in training so I just tried to keep it really smooth.

“I’m looking forward to the 400m Individual Medley now which is later in the week.”

The 14/15 years 200m IM was won by Georgia Barton (Preston) who led from the start of the race, taking the gold and setting a 2:16.71 personal best.

Barton did just enough to hold off City of Cardiff’s Chloe Tutton who bagged the silver medal in 2:17.25 ahead of Preston's Lucy Davis (2:18.84) in bronze.

The 14/15 years 100m Freestyle went right down to the touch but Amelia Maughan (Millfield) took gold in 56.43 ahead of Grace Vertigans (Plymouth Leander) who won silver in 56.57.

The 16/18 years category was just as close but with 25m to go Manchester Aquatics' Jessica Lloyd edged ahead to take the gold medal and set a personal best of 55.63.

Marple swimmer Matt Walker from the S7 category took home his first gold medal of the week, totting up 921 points to win the MC 50m Freestyle final in 28.44. Sean Fraser (Warrender Baths) touched for silver in 28.46 scoring 803 points, with Simon Miller (City of Manchester Aquatic) close behind, scoring 801 points to take the bronze.

In the Women’s MC 100m Butterfly, Stephanie Millward (Swansea Perform, S9) scored 806 points to take the gold medal in a time of 1:11.72. Gemma Almond (Shrewsbury, S10) took the second step on the podium, touching in 1:13.63 to take 790 points while Manchester Aquatics' Eleni Papadopolous (S10) finished in 1:16.34 for bronze.

David Ellis (City of Manchester Aquatic) of the S13 category won the Men’s MC 100m Butterfly with 778 points, ahead of Sean Fraser (Warrender Baths) who took his second silver of the night and James Hollis (Epping Forest) who took home the bronze medal.

The MC 150m IM was won by Lyndon Longhorne (Wear Valley) in a time of 3:22.81 to get a personal best.

It was a close finish in the 15/16 years 100m Backstroke but Joshua Booth (Millfield) touched just ahead of Max Litchfield (Doncaster Dartes) to take the win. Booth posted a time of 58.39 to win gold.

Meanwhile, in the 17/18 years category Craig McNally (Warrender Baths), who took gold in this event in 2010, touched well ahead of the rest of the field to set a personal best of 55.24.

Elena Sheridan (Romford Town) took gold in the 14/15 years 200m Butterfly, with Georgia Barton and Kristina Neves (Guernsey) both taking their second medals of the night in silver and bronze positions. Neves swam a personal best to scoop third place.

Rachael Kelly (Royal Wolverhampton), who was placed eighth in the 16/18 years 200m Butterfly in 2010, swam a time of 2:13.63 to take the gold medal in this year’s meet.

A winning time and lifetime best of 2:18.51 was set by Adam Peaty (City of Derby) in the 15/16 years 200m Breaststroke final, while Craig Benson (Warrender Baths) took gold in the 17/18 age category in 2:17.13.

Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester Aquatic) had a strong start in the 14/15 years 200m Backstroke, but was pipped to the top step by Charlotte McKenzie (F.I.R.S.T) who sealed the gold in 2:14.39. It was another close final in the 16/18 years category in which Karley Mann (Hillingdon) just held on for the gold medal finishing in 2:11.82.

Earlier in the day, Caleb Hughes (Hatfield) put on an impressive performance to scoop his second gold medal on the meet in a time of 15:42.85, in the 15/16 years 1500m Freestyle. Hughes was well ahead of silver medallist Ryan Tomkins (Team Ipswich) and third place Joseph Faulkner (City of Sheffield) who finished in 16:00.96 and 16:06.44 respectively.

Jack Burnell (Lincoln Vulcans) took gold in the 17/18 years category. Burnell touched in 15:40.73, narrowly beating 15 year old Hughes in his heat. Gareth Mills (City of Leeds) touched in 15:41.06 to take silver, while Stephen Milne (Perth City) took bronze in 15:50.92.

In the final race of the day, the City of Manchester A team stormed to victory in the girls 4x100m Freestyle Relay, taking charge in the penultimate leg of the race. The quartet Rebecca Guy, Lauren Quigley, Jessica Lloyd and Emma Saunders finished in 3:45.78, ahead of Plymouth Leander and City of Sheffield who took silver and bronze respectively.

Click here for full results from the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships.

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