British Record falls at British Gas ASA National Championships

21 July 2011

Isaac Kirby, of UEA Norwich, broke the first British Age Group Record at the British Gas ASA National Championships winning the boys 13 Years 200m Breaststroke event.

Kirby, shaved a second of his personal best (PB) time, to become the champion in 2.28.16.

“I’m really happy with that record, my mum will be proud,” said Kirby. “I just went with the flow and it came naturally tonight.

“I can’t believe I’ve got the record, I was happy with the PB I set this morning.

“This is a great start to the week and I’m looking forward to the rest of my races”

Matthew Bradley of Sedgefield was second in 2.35.01 and Thomas Millburn of Cockermouth third, in 2.36.45

Rosie Rudin of Nova Centurion had a great start to the meet taking two gold medals in both the 200m Individual Medley and the 200m Backstroke.

In the 200m IM, Rudin ,12, held off a late attack from Deventio’s Abbie Wood, to take the victory in a new personal best of 2.26.10. Wood took silver in 2.26.80 and Sophie Waller (Excel) who touched in 2.30.10 to take bronze.

“I’m very happy with that,” said Rudin. “I didn’t get a PB in the heats so I’m glad I did in the final.”

“It was so close at the end but I’m really happy with the win.”

Rudin went on to take the 200m Backstroke title in 2.22.89 ahead of Georgia Ardren (Taunton Deane) in 2.24.53.

“That was a really tiring race,” said Rudin, following her second win. “It was great to get the second gold of the night.”

Kiani Campbell-Grady of City of Leeds, who won the 100m Freestyle earlier in the session, collected her second medal of the night to take bronze in 2.24.96.

The boys 11 years 100m Backstroke was won by Stockport Metro’s Dylan Arzoni in a new personal best of 1.09.36.

Arzoni, who cites team mate James Goddard as one of his heroes, said: “I’m really pleased with that swim. I got a new PB and to win too is brilliant.”

Silver went to William Gayne (Nova Centurion) in 1.10.17 and bronze to Hillingdon’s George Taplin in 1.10.67.

The girls 14 years 100m Freestyle was another close run event, with Woking’s Hannah Burvill just edging out Megan Bowen of Dinnaton, to take the gold medal.

After touching in 58.55, Burvill said: “That was so close. Well done to Megan too that was a great swim.”

Bowen finished in 58.65 and Emma Grayson (City of Liverpool) took bronze in 59.82.

The evening session ended with a flourish with a battle for gold in the boys 4 x 100m Freestyle relay. The Hatfield quartet of Martyn Walton, Bradley Slavinec, Ethan Lamb and Nico Campbell overtook early leaders Stockport Metro in the last ten metres to take victory in 3.45.42.

“We’re so pleased with that. We raced right to the finish,” said Campbell.

Stockport’s  Oliver Simpson, Lewis Robinson, James Edwards and Joseph Mitchell touched in 3.46.01 and the foursome  from the City of Coventry were third in 3.48.39. (Earl Radtschenko, Samuel Richards, Connor Connell and Callum Quinn).

Other notable performances were Frederick Cornwell of Barnet. He won the boys 12 years 100m Backstroke final in 1.01.58, a personal best time which would have also won him title in the 13 years age group too.

A full list of results is available on the ASA Website, click here for details.

Picture courtesy of DE Photo

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