Plymouth smash club record on day four
8 August 2014
Plymouth Leander’s female team claimed the title in tonight’s 4x200m Freestyle final in emphatic style on day four of the 2014 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield.
The Leander quartet of Ruta Meilutyte, Juliette Casini, Megan Bowen and Shauna Lee
“It’s great to be part of such a strong team where you can race for each other as well as yourself, getting the record is one of the highlights of my season as I get to share it with the girls.
“We had really tough competition tonight, but we knew what we were capable of and delivered on the day. I was really pleased with my split time as well which is always a bonus.”
City of Sheffield secured the silver medal, also inside the previous British record benchmark, in 8:11.27 with City of Leeds clearing up the medals in 8:19.67 for bronze.
It’s great to break the 49 barrier! I feel really confident coming into this meet off the back of my performances last month - Ben Proud Fellow Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud, fresh from his return from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, also waved the Leander flag atop the podium in the Men’s 19yrs+ 100m Freestyle final.
The 19 year old smashed through the 49 second barrier for the first time in his career to secure the win in 48.88.
“I’ve got mixed feelings about that race to be honest. The time I went at Commonwealths wasn’t as quick as that, and although I fixed that here, it’s bittersweet as I wish I could have gone that time in Glasgow.
“Having said that, it’s great to break the 49 barrier! I feel really confident coming into this meet off the back of my performances last month, and having a little more rest coming into the 100 today really paid off”.
Second place went to Ubc Dolphins swimmer Stefan Milosevic in a time of 50.35, with Nicholas Grainger (City of Sheffield) settling the bronze in 50.58.
In the Women’s 19yrs+ 200m Backstroke, Nova Centurion SC’s Natasha Hofton (2:12.58) clinched the win ahead of Ealing swimmer Ekaterina Avramova (2:13.01) and City of Manchester’s Rachel Lefley (2:13.22).
Daniel Pepper (Marple Sc) capitalised on his bronze medal success yesterday securing the Men’s MC 100m Breaststroke gold in 1:12.79 (769), followed closely by Newquay swimmer Joseph Schenk (1:16.05) and Preston SC swimmer Jamie Warriner (1:14.67), who took silver and bronze respectively.
In the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke, Harrogate District SC’s Chloe Buck stormed home to win in a time of 1:23.21.
Buck’s well paced swim saw her touch just ahead of Delting Dolphins swimmer and Commonwealth bronze medallist Erraid Davies (1:24.01) and Basildon and Phoenix SC swimmer Charlotte Hartin (1:24.32).
Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth SC) claimed his third gold of the meet in the 15/16yrs 200m Butterfly in a new personal best time of 2:02.44, followed closely by Doncaster Dartes’ Joe Litchfield (2:03.29) and Beckenham SC’s Luke Gunning (2:03.37).
In the final of the 19yrs+ 200m Butterfly, Bath University swimmer Tilly Gray took the race out from the start turning first by over a body length at the 100m mark to finish in 2:12.55.
Swansea University swimmer Fern Davies fought hard for the silver medal in 2:14.56, with Billingham’s Stephanie Blakeburn (2:15.51) finishing in third.
It was PBs all-round for the Men’s 17/18yrs 200m Butterfly medallists as City of Salford swimmer Benjamin Kerry (2:01.97) stole the win from Carnegie’s Craig Bowman, who took the second podium position in 2:02.48.
Derventio Excel swimmer Kevin Wallbank touched in bronze medal position in a time of 2:02.94.
In the Women’s 15/16yrs 100m Freestyle final, Plymouth Leander’s Julie Meynen produced a near best swim to dominate the field in 56.21.
Jessica Jackson (Hatfield SC) battled hard to seal second place in 56.41 ahead of Woking SC swimmer Hannah Burvill(56.71).
In a tantalisingly close race, Plymouth Leander’s Ruta Meilutyte (55.17) claimed first spot on the podium in the 17/18yrs 100m Freestyle final, with team mate Shauna Lee (55.68) making it a Plymouth one-two.
Chelsea and Westminster’s Isabella Hindley denied the girls a complete Plymouth clean sweep, finishing equal third with Juliette Casini (56.45).
The 19yrs+ 50m Breaststroke final saw Loughborough University’s Andrew Weatheritt put his name on the list of 2014 national medal winners, securing gold in a time of 27.64.
City of Oxford’s Alexander Murphy fought hard to catch the Loughborough swimmer, racing to the silver medal in 27.99, with Plymouth Leander swimmer Mark Conroy (28.00) taking the bronze – just 0.01 behind.
Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) dominated the field in the final of the 15/16yrs 200m Breaststroke pulling away from her competitors to take the title in 2:30.04 – a new lifetime best.
Derventio swimmer Abbie Wood (2:30.23) and City of Salford’s Katie Matts (2:30.63) sealed the remaining spots on the podium in touching for silver and bronze respectively.
The 17/18yrs 200m Breaststroke title went to City of Milton Keynes’ Jocelyn Ulyett (2:31.43) who fought tooth and nail to the finish to secure the win over City of Liverpool swimmer Georgina Evans (2:33.16).
Third place went to Highland Swim Team’s Kara Hanlon in a time of 2:33.23.
Jarvis Parkinson (Doncaster Dartes) stretched out down the final 50m to claim the win in impressive style the 15/16yrs 200m Individual Medley final, touching in a new personal best time of 2:04.86.
Team mate Joe Litchfield took the silver medal in 2:06.43, with Hatfield’s Martyn Walton (2:07.49) securing his fourth medal of the meet finishing in bronze medal position.
Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) claimed the 17/18yrs 200m Individual Medley title in emphatic style, pulling away from his rivals with ease down the final 50m to finish in 2:02.27.
Hatfield swimmer Caleb Hughes finished second in a time of 2:04.61, with Millfield’s Fraser Minnican touching third in 2:05.54.