Day Three of NAGS14 sees Southport leading the table
1 August 2014
Southport leads the medal table on day three of the British Gas ASA National Age Group swimming championships.
Although there were many inspiring performances across all events today, Southport’s Holly Hibbott stole the limelight once again. It seemed the young athlete was unstoppable after achieving three more gold medals.
Although slower than her qualifying time, Holly Hibbott of Southport SC got the first place finish in the Girls 800m Freestyle, tallying a fourth gold medal in the competition.
City of Birmingham's Isobel Griffiths took silver on 8:53.95 with Stockport Metro swimmer Madeleine Crompton winning bronze on 9:00.55.
In the Girls 14 Yrs 200m Freestyle Hibbott took her time, trailing for the first three laps. In the final 100m she seemed to get a burst of energy, powering to a 2:03.15 finish for yet another gold.
Madeleine Crompton of Stockport Metro and Rebecca Sherwin for Team Ipswich had less than half a second between them. Crompton touched 2:04.20 just beating Sherwin to the silver medal position. Sherwin received bronze for her swim (2:04.43).
The 800 was just about winning it and saving enough for tonight’s swims" - Holly Hibbott In her final race, the Girls 200m Butterfly 14 Yrs, Hibbott took a third gold for the evening, showing that she was thoroughly deserving of all her medals (2:15.20).
“The 800 was just about winning it and saving enough for tonight’s swims,” said Hibbott, “I was pretty tired afterwards but I knew I had to keep tough and do my best tonight.
“That 200 Fly was tight but I just kept my head down and went as fast as I could and I’m pretty pleased with that.”
She was followed closely by Katherine Brown of City of Peterborough with 2:16.20, who was awarded the silver for a great swim and Tazmin Pugh got her fourth medal of the competition for Ellesmere SC (2:17.91).
It was slow off the starting blocks for all swimmers in the Boys 14 Yrs Backstroke, however their strokes soon saw them flying down their lanes. Bicester SC’s Thomas Thornley touched first for the gold (2:08.21).
Elliot Clogg put in another great performance in front of his home crowd for City of Sheffield, getting silver (2:07.99). George Taplin was only a second behind Clogg, finishing with 2:08.98 and a bronze medal.
In the Boys 200m IM for this age group there was a battle for the gold, with Kieran Bird of Bicester SC and Nathan Hughes of Hatfield SC really digging deep in the final 50m.
Hughes, although behind for much of the race, managed to pull ahead touching in 4:37.63. Bird was literally right behind with his 4:37.85. George Clough was awarded bronze after finishing with 4:44.45.
In the 13 Yrs age group for the Girls 800m Freestyle, Borough of Waltham Forest’s Phoebe Griffiths touched in a great time of 9:07.70 for gold, Caitlin Fearon of Sevenoaks SC was close behind after she finished with 9:08.15 for silver and Elizabeth Harris of Satellite SC got bronze with 9:14.45.
For all the results on Day Three, click hereBarnet Copthall’s Meghan Byrne took gold in the Girls 13 Yrs 200m Free for a fantastic time of 2:04.98. Rebecca Sutton of Bridgend County received a silver medal, just a second behind (2:05.99) and Anna Fleming from City of Glasgow was awarded the bronze for her 2:07.87, her third medal of the competition.
In the 13 Yrs 200m Backstroke, there was a runaway winner from Guildford City SC, Max Jameson touching in 2:11.97. James Eddy of Maxwell SC was awarded the silver medal after swimming 2:15.38 and Alasdair Wicks of Northampton SC finished in bronze medal position (2:15.97).
Boys 13 Yrs 400m IM saw Cameron Matthews of Hamilton UAE storm ahead for first place (4:44.00), Jordan Ludlam put in a solid swim for Aquae Sulis to get second and Ryan Retson of Falkirk SC place third for his 4:48.32.
In the 11/12 Yrs for the 800m Freestyle, Leah Crisp from City of Leeds was a clear leader of the heats, swimming a 9:16.16, as fast as many of the runners-up in the other age groups, and nearly 11 seconds under her qualifying time, getting her the gold.
Maisie Macarney from Thanet Swim came second to secure silver with 9:24.77 and Niamh Hofland of Royal Wolverhampton received Bronze for her 9:25.24.
In the 11/12 for the Boys 400m IM, it was Luan Grobbelaar who got gold for Baracudas RSA with a 4:55.50. Charlie Hutchison from Ellesmere College SC put in a fantastic performance for the silver, making his third medal of the competition (4:58.56) and James Pettener from City of Liverpool was runner up taking bronze (5:03.50).
The crowd almost drowned out the voice of the commentators in the Boys 4 x 200m Freestyle RelayThe 11/12 age group for the Girls 200m Free was a hard one to call down the last 50m. Hillingdon SC got two podium finishes, Brodie Judge touching 2:09.51 for gold and Jemima Hall 2:11.03 for the bronze. Laura McNab of Aquae Sulis got silver with her 2:09.92, just missing out on the gold.
Team Ipswich’s Thomas Clare was a clear winner in the Boys 11/12 Yrs Backstroke final finishing with a time of 2:16.92. The silver medal position was closely contested by James Cooper of Romford Town SC and Hamilton UAE’s Sean McNicholl. Cooper won second place by a mere half second, (2:19.02) leaving McNicholl to claim the bronze (2:19.34).
The Girls 11/12 Yrs 200m Butterfly was a great event to watch. Ellen Walshe of Ireland was awarded first place with a 2:23.44. Keanna Macinnes from Heart of Midlothian SC put in a great swim too, coming second with 2:24.49.
Leah Crisp of City of Leeds, although looking like she might pull ahead for the first two turns, came third with 2:27.05, but what a swim from the 800m Freestyle winner!
The Boys 4x200m Freestyle Relay was a great way to finish the night, Millfield SC led the way throughout the race, but Hatfield SC swimmers were pushing and gaining ground on every turn. The crowd were drowning out the voices of the commentators, which spurred Millfield to the gold (8:02.18).
Hatfield followed just two seconds behind for silver (8:04.45) and Nova Centurion made the bronze medal finish with their time (8:10.13).
- For all the results from day three, or to catch up with any of the events so far, click here.
Photo credit: DE Photo.