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Vertigans strikes gold at School Games

1 December 2013

Grace Vertigans struck gold as the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) team scooped another 10 medals on day two of the 2013 World School Games in Brasilia.

After a personal best 27.87 to qualify fastest for the 50m Butterfly final, Plymouth Leander swimmer Vertigans lowered her PB again to take the title in 27.71.

Vertigans was back on top of the podum at the end of the session, teaming up with Jessica Jackson, Emily Knowles-Jones and Brearnna Close to take 4x100m Freestyle Relay gold in 3:51.28.

City of Birmingham’s Briitany Horton added to her 100m Backstroke gold from the opening day with 200m Back silver on day two.

The 15-year old clocked 2:16.60 to touch behind Italy’s Imbra Esposito (2:15.38) with Nova Centurion swimmer Rosie Rudin winning bronze for England in 2:17.75.

Rudin landed her second individual medal shortly after, setting 2:21.74 for 200m Individual Medley bronze.

After a 50m Breaststroke personal best yesterday, City of Salford swimmer Katie Matts set the second quickest time of her career to claim silver over 100m Breast in 1:11.51.

There were also silver medals for Basingstoke Bluefins’ John Slater in the 50m Butterfly (25.15 PB) and the boys’ 4x100m Freestyle quartet of Slater, Jack Smith, Bradley Lynch and Martyn Walton (3:29.63).

Walton (Hatfield) also secured individual honours in Brazil with 200m Backstroke bronze, out-touching teammate Oliver Jermy (Havant & Waterlooville) by just 0.03 to take the final podium spot in 2:09.12.

City of Birmingham swimmer Josh Winnicott was the final English medallist of the day, touching in 1:05.91 for 100m Breaststroke bronze.

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