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England East are the winners of the Sainsbury’s School Games 2013

15 September 2013

England East dominate the second day of competition at the Sainsbury’s School Games at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

In the Girls 800 Freestyle Relay Wales led the way at the halfway point but by the end of the third leg England Central had closed the gap. The quartet of Brearnna Close, Alice Dearing, Givenchy Sneekes and Maya Westlake claimed the first title of the dayfor England Central in a time of 8:29.06. They were followed by England North (8:30.77) and Wales (8:31.95) who took silver and bronze respectively.

In the boys event England East’s Martyn Walton took an early lead, reaching the wall at the end of the first leg almost six seconds ahead of his nearest rival. England East remained unchallenged throughout, Walton and his teammates Regan Lloyd, Frederick Biggs and Nico Campbell took gold in 7:50.65. England North took the silver, clocking 7:54.56, followed by Scotland South and East in 7:59.23.

"It feels closer to an international meet...it’s just a great atmosphere" - Brearnna CloseEngland Cenral’s Brearnna Close came out on top with a time of 2:19.74 in the Girls 200 Fly, followed by Harriet Jones who took silver for Wales (2:21.48) and Georiga Coates finished in bronze medal position for England North (2.22.59)

 Close said, “I wasn’t really expecting anything, I came straight out of the IM relay and didn’t have a swim down. I said to myself anything under 2.20 I would be happy.

“Competing at the School Games is completely different, you’re with a different team so you get to meet new people and support people that you might usually swim against. Plus, being in the Athlete’s Village makes it seems more real. It feels closer to an international meet, even though it’s just the UK, it’s just a great atmosphere.”

In the Boys 200 Butterfly Ryan Brown clinched the gold for Scotland South and East (2:08.89) Luke Gunning secured the silver for England East (2:09.20) and Ben Baston took the bronze for Wales (2:10.56).

Erin Nabney of England East clocked 2:20:09 in the Girls 200 IM to take the gold, followed closely by Lucy Davis representing England North (2:20.43) and taking the final podium spot - England Central’s Rosie Rudin (2:22.95)

“That was tough,” said Davis, “it was a battle the whole way between me and Erin, the lead kept changing and it came down to the last 25m. I was surprised by how quick I went.”

The winner of the Boys 200 IM was Duncan Scott representing Scotland South and East (2:09.46). The silver belonged to England East and Ireland sealed the bronze, Jake Tyson and James Brown recording 2:10.39 and 2:12.57 respectively.

In the final relays, the England East girls stormed to victory, recording a time of 4:20.69 to take gold in the 400 Medley Relay. The England North team clocked 4:22.26 for a silver medal and England Central secured bronze in a time of 4:22.57.

England South won it for the Boys in the 400 Medley Relay, finishing in a time of 3:55.78, followed by England East (3:58.58) and England North (3:58.99) to claim silver and bronze in the final title of the meet.

  1. England East 276
  2. England North 259
  3. England Central 229
  4. England South 226
  5. Scotland South and East 186
  6. Wales 144
  7. Scotland North and West 126
  8. Ireland 101
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