Two more British Records broken on Day Four

2 August 2014

Day Four of the National Age Groups Championships saw gold for a birthday girl and British Records broken with style.

Day four saw two British Age Groups records beaten, the first in the Boys 13 Yrs 200m Freestyle, where Falkirk Swimming Team’s Ryan Retson swam an incredible 1:57.63. This gave the young swimmer his second gold of the completion and beat the previous record by more than half a second.

“I was chuffed with that” said Retson, “It was a really good swim and obviously I’m really happy to get the British and Scottish record. I don’t know where the 1:57 came from really – I just tried to go out there and win the race.

“After the first 50 I thought I had a bit of a lead so I just tried to push hard to stay ahead and I’m really pleased with how I finished. I would like a PB again tomorrow in the 400 Free so we’ll see what happens.”

Cameron Matthews from Hamilton UAE was awarded silver for a time of 2:00.82 and Logan Davies of Torfaen Dolphins the bronze (2:02.53).

The second British Age Group record was broken by Sam Dailley of Plymouth Leander, also getting his second gold of the competition, with an amazing time of 58.08.   

Dailley commented: "It feels great. I only just missed the British Age Group record in the heats so I was really keen to do it in the final. It was a really close final but I could see where I was in the field. I came here wanting to win the 100 Fly but I’ve only recently got under the minute for it so to win in a 58.0 is a bit of a surprise and a massive PB for me."

I don’t know where the 1:57 came from really, I just tried to go out there and win!" - Ryan RetsonDaniel Savage of Northampton SC won the silver (58.52) and Yacob Alkhulaifa of Qatar got the bronze (1:01.05).

The Boys 11/12 Yrs 200m Freestyle saw a very tight race for first and second place. Sean McNicholl of Hamilton UAE was first to finish with 2:04.69, followed almost instantly by Luan Grobbelaar of Baracudas RSA with 2:04.87. The third place finish was achieved by Keir Edgar of Carnegie SC (2:07.17).

The Girls 11/12 Yrs 100m Backstroke was such a tight competition. Lily Boseley of Nova Centurion just reached the wall first, clocking 1:06.03. Amie Philpot of Team Ipswich second with 1:06.35 and Ciara Schlossan from City of Leeds managed a great time of 1:07.05.

The Boys 11/12 Yrs 100m Breaststroke saw Luan Grobbelaar of Baracudas RSA get his second gold of the evening, making it seven medals overall in the competition.

James Duncan from City of Salford and James Pettener were so close it was impossible to tell from the stands. Duncan touched first with 1:14.83 for the silver medal and Pettener received bronze (1:14.89).

The first of the Girls Breaststroke finals, 11/12 Yrs 100m, saw South Ayrshire’s Katie Robertson swim a great time of 1:12.53 for first place.  Next to finish was Sophie Fussell of Teddington SC with 11:13.79. The final podium place went to Grace Leech of UEA Norwich, who touched in a 1:16.86.

The Boys 11/12 Yrs 100m Butterfly was the first of the Butterfly finals. Sean McNicholl of Hamilton UAE touched first with 1:02.62. Charlie Hutchison of Ellesmere College SC came second with 1:03.69, getting his fourth medal in the competition.

To win in a 58.0 is a bit of a surprise and a massive PB for me" - Sam Dailley Luan Grobbelaar of Baracudas finished in third place, less than a second behind Hutchison, securing yet another medal for the evening.

In the Boys 13 Yrs 100m Breaststroke, Cameron Matthews of Hamiton UAE led for the entire race, but after the turn, Aquae Sulis’s Jordan Ludlam started making ground.

Somehow Matthews managed to find a burst of energy in the final 25m to secure the gold medal, Ludlam coming in the silver medal position (1:08.98). Kenan Yeung put in a great swim, touching in 1:10.08 for bronze.

The Girls 13 Yrs 100m Breaststroke seemed to have a clear leader of Holly Rowlinson of Swim Trafford, but in the last 25m Rebecca Fell of City of Manchester Aquatics almost doubled her pace, gaining on Rowlinson with every stroke.

Rowlinson did touch in first with 1:13.83, but the effort from Fell who swam 1:14.42 was amazing to see. Rosanna Arnold also pulled out all the stops in the last 50m, getting bronze for Guildford SC (1:15.44).

Boys 14 Yrs 200m Freestyle saw another medal for Lewis Burras of Plymouth Leander. Already achieving two golds so far in the competition, he touched in for second place (1.56.97) behind Jakub Karl of Hamilton UAE who took the first place finish with his 1:55.37.

George Taplin of Hillingdon SC was so close to catching Burras down the last 50m, touching in a 1:57.14 for the bronze medal.

Girls 14 Yrs 100m Backstroke was such a great race to watch. Rebecca Sherwin of Team Ipswich got her club their second medal of the night, this time gold with a time of 1:03.01. Anna Maine of Woking SC touched in 1:04.75 for the silver and Rachel Wellings from City of Peterborough received the bronze for her 1:05.57.

For all the results on Day Three, click hereRebecca Sherwin not only won the 100m Back in tonight’s finals, she also won the 200 Back on the opening  night. It was the first time she had done a Backstroke double since her first National Age Groups in 2011.

“That final wasn’t quite what I was hoping to go but my stroke was alright and I got the gold so it was good enough!” she commented, “I wanted to swim a 62 here and I got that this morning, evening though I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t really expecting the gold in the 200 either because it’s been three years since I’ve done the double but I was just working on being really smooth because I know that’s not something I’m that good at.”

Boys 14 Yrs 100m Breaststroke saw Joshua Lawson get his fourth gold of the competition after a terrific swim (1:06.15), giving him five medals overall for Millfield SC. Lewis Fraser really pushed for his time, getting silver for Swansea Aquatics (1:07.64).  The bronze went to Harry Devlin from City of Leeds who was less than a second behind (1:08.50).

Boys 14 Yrs 100m Butterfly was a great race, each of the medallists swimming under one minute. Jacub Karl of Hamilton UAE came first with 57.46, Kieran Bird of Bicester SC second with 58.36 and Dominic Scifo from Team Ipswich finishing third with his time of 59.23.

The final race of the evening was the Girls 4 x 200m Freestyle relay, which saw the large crowd on their feet cheering for the teams. It was Stockport Metro who touched first for the gold medal with a time of 8:34.15.

The silver went to Coventry SC whose girls raced an impressive 8:37.91. Bronze went to Derventio Excel who were just a second behind, clocking 8:38.85.

  • To see the results for any of the events over the last four days, click here.
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