Hibbott hits the golden double in Sheffield

24 July 2013

Southport swimmer Holly Hibbott struck gold twice in one session setting a new British Age Group record and smashing personal bests along the way on the first day of the British Gas National Age Group championships in Sheffield.

The 13 year old, who won three medals at this month’s European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, showed her class topping the podium in the Girls’ 13yrs 200m Individual Medley in a new British Age Group record of 2:19.69.

Millfield swimmer Emma Cain touched in silver medal position in 2:21.24, with Guildford City’s Alicia Wilson clocking 2:23.52 for bronze.

Hibbott also took the top spot in the Girls’ 13yrs 200m Backstroke final storming to the wall in a time of 2:16.35 – three seconds clear of the rest of the field and four seconds under her personal best time.

Second place went to Team Ipswich swimmer Rebecca Sherwin (2:19.41) and the final podium position to Beckenham’s Tamara Elise-Elliott (2:24.23).

In the Girls’ 11/12yrs 200m Individual Medley, City of Leeds swimmer Layla Black (2:24.56) took the victory over teammate Sophie Hobbah (2:26.10) and Leicester Penguins swimmer Nicole Evans (2:28.36). Irish entry Antoinette Neamt won commemorative gold after touching first in 2:22.60.

Rosie Rudin (Nova Centurion) took the 14yrs Individual Medley title in a huge personal best time of 2:18.20 – one and a half seconds quicker than her entry time.

City of Leeds swimmer Georgia Coates fought hard to the finish, touching just behind Rudin in 2:18.45 (new lifetime best) and Derventio swimmer Abbie Wood (2:19.20) clinched the bronze medal.

With just 0.1 seconds separating the medals in the Boys’ 11/12yrs 100m Backstroke, Plymouth Leander’s Sam Dailley (1:05.99) clinched the win over Aquabears’ Matthew George (1:06.02) and Chelmsford swimmer Charlie Boden (1:06.09).

George Taplin(Hillingdon) won gold in the Boys’ 13 Yrs 100m Backstroke, posting 1:02.05 to finish ahead of Stockport Metro's Dylan Arzoni (1:02.69) and Ealing’s Jahrel Murphey (1:03.28). Irish entry Conor Ferguson won commemorative gold after touching first in 1:00.97.

Carnegie swimmer Craig McLean clocked a new personal best time of 58.62 in the Boys’ 14yrs 100m Backstroke to seal the win in 58.68 – 1.3 seconds inside his previous best time.

Frederick Cornwell (Barnet Copthall) clocked 59.93 for silver followed closely by Millfield’s Henry Chesterman (1:00.68) who claimed bronze.

City of Glasgow swimmer Anna Fleming impressed in the final of the Girls’ 11/12yrs 100m Freestyle, posting a 1.2 second lifetime best time to take the win in 59.49.

Harriet Woollons (Wirral Metro) touched just shy of the sub-minute mark in 1:00.07 for silver, with Staines swimmer Julia Jaworska (1:00.37) sealing the remaining podium place.

Miriam Jessett(Co Newcastle) won gold in the Girls 13 Yrs 100m Freestyle, setting 59.02 to finish ahead of Stockport Metro's Madeleine Crompton (59.39) and Chester Le Street's Lauren Graham (59.51). Irish entry Rachel Bethel won commemorative gold after touching first in 58.42.

European Youth Olympic relay silver medallist Hannah Featherstone (Sedgefield) clearly had a taste for gold, taking the Girls’ 14yrs 100m Freestyle crown in 57.59 – a new lifetime best.

Chelsea & Westminster’s Georgina Boyle secured silver, dropping a second off her previous best to clock 57.97. City of Salford’s Katie Matts took bronze in 58.10.

In the Boys’ 11/12yrs 200m Breaststroke, Cameron Matthews (Hamilton UAE) stormed to the win in empathic style, touching nine seconds ahead of his closest rival Bromley’s Alexander Ireland (2:39.30) for gold in a time of 2:31.81.

Watford SC swimmer Oliver Taverner took the bronze in 2:40.85 – an eight second lifetime best.

Lewis Fraser(Swim Swansea) took the Boys’ 13yrs title in 2:29.04 ahead of Millfield’s Joshua Lawson (2:30.71) and City of Birmingham’s Ashley Marshall (2:33.19).

In the Boys’ 14yrs 200m Breaststroke, Barnet Copthall’s Yaron Gerber (2:27. 53) stole the victory over Plymouth Leander’s Nick Glasson (2:27.58) and Stockport Metro swimmer Samuel Goldrick (2:29.28).

Harriet Aldous Fountain looked strong to take gold in the Girls’ 11/12yrs 200m Backstroke, knocking six seconds off her previous best to touch in 2:21.42.

Basildon swimmer Brooke Frost posted 2:23.08 for the silver medal, with Plymouth Leander’s Tegan Drew following closely behind for the bronze in 2:23.46.

In the 14yrs age group, Brittany Horton (City of Birmingham) powered her way to a three second personal best and the gold medal in a time of 2:14.45.

200m Individual Medley gold medallist from earlier in the evening, Rosie Rudin, struck silver in 2:15.19 followed by Wirral Metro’s Isobel Thwaite who claimed bronze in 2:15.62.

In the Boys’ 4 x 100m Freestyle relay, Millfield quartet of Oliver Manser (56.01), Henry Chesterman (56.37), Louis Barber (56.49) and Thomas Kingham (54.99) dominated the rest of the field, coming home in a time of 3:43.86 to take the win.

The teams from Taunton Deane (3:45.05) and Nova Centurion A (3:45.35) took silver and bronze respectively.

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