Two British Age Group records on opening day of NAGS14
30 July 2014
An incredible opening evening to the 2014 British Gas ASA National Age Group Swimming Championships in Sheffield saw two age group British Records broken after some terrific swimming.
Greg Butler of City of Derby SC, the same club as recently-crowned Commonwealth champion Adam Peaty, smashed the British record for the 13 Yrs 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:25.86, getting gold a whole two seconds under the previous record.
“That was incredible,” said Butler. “I didn’t expect that at all.
“The plan was to build through the race gradually but it didn’t really go like that in the end! I could really feel it coming down the back 50 and could tell it was really close."
Cameron Matthews of Hamilton UEA received silver, narrowly missing the gold with his time of 2:25.97, and Kenan Yeung of Preston SC got a comfortable bronze finish (2:31.18).
The boys seemed to be on form on day one, with Joshua Lawson of Millfield SC also beating the current British record for the 200m Breaststroke in his age group, 14 Yrs. He took the gold with ease with his 2:22.51.
"I’m pretty proud of that swim because I’ve worked for it all year," said Lawson. I did feel good going into the final because I swum a 2:26 and I felt like I could take a few more seconds off that.
"Racing that last 50 I had no idea of how close it was though. I’ve got the 100m Breast to look forward to now in two days so I’ll see if I can do something in that as well."
That was incredible, I didn’t expect that at all." - Greg Butler The silver and bronze positions were closely contested by Lewis Fraser of Swansea Aquatics and George Clough of Warrender Baths. Fraser clinched the second place finish with 2:26.00, followed by Clough with 2:26.17.
Sophie Hobbah from City of Leeds SC gave a star performance getting gold in both the Girls 11/12 Yrs 200m Backstroke with a fantastic time of 2:20.01 and the 11/12 Yrs 200m Individual Medley (2:23.28).
"I knew I had a good chance today because I was going in first in the 200m IM and the 200 Back," said Hobbah. "That meant there was a bit of pressure as well because my coach was expecting me to get gold and I really wanted to as well.
Second for the 200m Backstroke went to Madeline Dyer of City of Sheffield (2:21.10) and third place was won by Lily Boseley from Nova Centurion (2:22.43).
In the 200m IM, the silver went to Guildford SC swimmer Sophia Wilson (2:24.78) and the bronze to Brodie Judge (2:25.12) from Hillingdon SC.
In the 14 Yrs Age Group, there were some very strong swims from all the medallists. In the Girls 200m IM Holly Hibbott from Southport SC came first (2:19.26), Tasmin Pugh second for Ellesmere (2:20.26) and Niamh Robinson was a mere half a second behind, getting third (2:20.78).
For the Boys 100m Backstroke it was almost too close to call, each swimmer getting sub sixty times. Elliot Clogg of City of Sheffield snatched gold with 59.73, closely followed by Jahrel Murphy of Ealing SC (59.89) and Thomas Thornley of Bicester SC (59.90).
To view all the results from Day One, click here The Girls 100m Freestyle was also incredibly close, each medallist putting in a performance worthy of first. It was Madeline Crompton from Stockport Metro who placed first with her time of 57.29.
Next to finish was Holly Hibbott of Southport SC, just missing out on her second gold medal, with a time of 57.38. Team Ipswich swimmer, Rebecca Sherwin came third touching a 57.77.
The final event in the age group was the Girls 200m Backstroke, with two familiar faces on the podium. Rebecca Sherwin of Team Ipswich got her first place finish, with 2:13.81.
Holly Hibbott of Southport got a second silver of the day (2:14.92) and Kayleigh Parker of Taunton Dean got her first medal with bronze (2:21.38).
In the 13 Yrs Age Group, Rebecca Sutton from Bridgend City had a first place finish in the 200m IM thanks to a strong time of 2:21.14. Second was awarded to Elizabeth Harris for her 2:23.41 and the City of Manchester swimmer, Rebecca Fell swam a 2:24.59 for third.
The Girls 100m Free was another tight final for the age group. Gold went to Anna Fleming from City of Glasgow (58.28), silver to Julia Jaworska from Staines SC (58.60) and bronze to Meghan Byrne (58.70) of Barnet Copthall.
In the Girls 200m Back, Alexandra Waller from Hearts of Midlothian SC placed first with 2:19.96. Brooke Frost touched a 2:20.70 securing second and Emma Rowson, Stockport Metro, got a third place finish for her 2:21.41.
Sophie Hobbah gets double gold for City of Leeds SCFor the second Boys event in the age group, the 100m Back, James Eddy of Maxwell SC put in a star performance for gold (1.01.83), Sam Dailley from Plymouth Leander was close behind achieving a time of 1:02.21 for silver and Max Jameson of Guilford City was close behind, awarded bronze for his 1:02.63.
The final age group of the day was 11/12 Yrs. While Sophie had won double gold in the other Girls events, the 100m Freestyle had a new champion. Brodie Judge got her second medal, finishing first with a great time (59.36). Ciara Schlosshan of City of Leeds stole silver (1:00.36) and Maisie Mccartney had to settle with bronze for Thanet Swim (1:00.54).
For the boys, in the 200m Backstroke, Team Ipswich swimmer Thomas Clare just beat Sean McNicholl of Hamilton UAE to take the gold (1:03.45). McNichol got a silver (1:03.87) and Luan Evert Grobbelaar of BaracudasRSA was left to claim the bronze medal (1:04.04).
In the 200m Breaststroke it was Grobbelaar who got the gold with an impressive 2:38.44, Finnian Trehane of Bournemouth College silver with 2:38.94 and James Pettener from City of Liverpool the bronze (2:41.40)
The last event of the evening was the 4x100m Freestyle Relay. Gold and silver medal positions were very close, Plymouth Leander getting the win (3:38.52) and Millfield SC coming second (3:39.02). The last podium place went to Hatfield SC with a respectable 3:44.19.
For all the results from day one, click here.