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Maughan claims 200m Freestyle title on penultimate day of National Youth Champs

30 July 2011

The fourth day of the British Gas National Youth Championships 2011 saw a number of swimmers pick up their second golds of the week in a dramatic day of racing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

The first to clinch her second gold was Amelia Maughan for Milfield in the Girls 14/15 Yrs 200m Freestyle.

Leading from the block, Maughan took her second gold in two days touching in 2:01.68. Maughan said “It was a really amazing race, all the girls raced well and I didn’t expect to win. I’m really proud to win a second gold."

AIB Tigers’ Emily Bashforth took silver medal finishing in 2:03.68, with Shauna Lee (Hatfield) taking bronze in 2:03.97.

The Womens MC 100m Breaststroke saw Charlotte Henshaw (Nova Centurion, SB6) take gold with a total of 874 points (1:39.88). The silver medal went to Louise Watkin of City of Salford (SB9) with 844 points (1:21.42) with Swansea Performance swimmer Liz Johnson (SB6) taking bronze with 840 (1:41.24).

Dan Pepper (Marple, SB14) scored 822 points (1:10.91) to secure gold in the Mens MC 100m Breaststroke. Gareth Duke of Swansea Performance (SB6) took second place with 779 points (1:32.48) and Aaron Moores of Trowbridge (SB14) taking third with 755 (1:12.95).

In the 16/18 Yrs 200m Freestyle, Bath University’s Hayley Towner touched in 1:59.80 to take first place with Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield) coming in a close second with 2:00.34. Anne Bochmann of City of Leeds took third place with a time of 2:01.13.

Fran Williamson (Colchester Phoenix, S3) raced well to take the gold, earning 506 points (1:11.05) in the Womens MC 50m Backstroke. Samantha Neill of Gateshead & Whickham (S3) touched in 1:25.41 to take silver medal with 291 points.

The Mens MC 50m Backstroke saw Jim Anderson of Stirling Swimming (S2) take gold with 776 points (1:08.73) and Andrew Mullen of Ren 95 (S5) win silver with 439 points and a PB time of 46:11.

Liam Knight for City of Peterborough managed to swim straight into first position, taking gold in the Boys 15/16 Yrs 200m Backstroke touching in 2:03.53. City of Sunderland’s Adam Taylor swam a time of 2:05.85 to take a safe second place and silver medal. A closely contested bronze place went to Joshua Booth of Millfield who battled off opponents to finish in 2:08.34.

Craig McNally (Warrender Baths) took his second gold of the meet in the Boys 17/18 Yrs 200m Backstroke, finishing in 2:01.14.

McNally said “I’ve had had a tough year with injuries and illness. The main aim was to do well at the Championships and the past few weeks of hard training have paid off.”

Plymouth Leander’s Joseph Patching took silver with 2:02.81 and City of Sunderland’s Jonathan Carlisle taking bronze with a time of 2:02.44.  

Elena Sheridan of Romford Town narrowly grabbed her second gold of the meet in the Girls 14/15 Yrs 100m Butterfly with her time of 1:01.01.

“I wasn’t expecting to win," said Sheridan. "My main aim was to get a personal best. I’m really happy because now I have both.”

In a tight race, Preston’s Georgia Barton took silver touching in 1:01.29 with Phoebe Lenderyou following closely behind in 1:01.51.

The Girls 16/18 Yrs 100m Butterfly was just as close as the younger category race as Danielle Lowe (Liverpool Penguins) snatched a gold medal to add to her collection in a time of 1:01.39. Narrowly missing out on gold was Libby Mitchell (Taunton Deane) who touched in 1:01.80. Bronze medal went to Laura Dawson of Tynemouth with a time of 1:02.01.

Following in the footsteps of the Boys team, the City of Manchester Girls took gold in the day’s final race, the Girls Youth 4x200m Freestyle.

Lauren Quigley, Jessica Lloyd, Victoria Garlick and Emma Saunders finished the race with a combined time of 8:12. 73. City of Sheffield managed to hold off the City of Leeds A team to take silver place with times of 8:14.32 and 8:15.60 respectively.

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