Wood closes the British Gas National Age Group Champs in style
28 July 2013
Derventio Excel swimmer Abbie Wood brought the curtains down on the British Gas ASA National Championships in style today in Ponds Forge, taking gold in the Girls 14yrs 400 Individual Medley.
Wood, who collected four medals at the recent European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, stunned the crowd as she stormed down the final 50m of the 400m event to take the win in a time of 4:51.49.
Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) tried her best to fight back but eventually touched in silver medal position in 4:52.50 ahead of Nova Centurion’s Rosie Rudin (4:55.84) who took bronze.
City of Leeds duo of Jessica Manning and Layla Black (5:06.13) showed their strength in depth as they took first and second place in the final of the Girls 11/12yrs 400 Individual Medley.
Manning powered home to take the victory over 10 metres ahead of the field in 4:58.45, with Winner HKG’s Nicole Evans bringing it back down the final 50m for third in 5:08.11.
Holly Hibbott put on an impressive show in the Girls 13yrs 400 Individual Medley final, holding her lead of over two body lengths for the entire latter half of the race, coming home in a huge personal best time of 4:53.88.
Millfield’s Emma Cain also dipped under the five minute mark in 4:57.08 for silver and City of Leeds swimmer Abigail Burton posted 5:01.22 for third.
In a nail biting Boys 11/12yrs 400 Individual Medley final, Sam Dailley came out on top once again to secure his sixth gold of the competition in a time of 4:57.41.
Jacob Butterfield (City of Leeds) sealed the second podium spot in 5:01.81 over Guildford City’s Max Jameson (5:02.10).
Hatfield swimmer Nathan Hughes took the 13yrs title in 4:49.03, ahead of Hillingon swimmer George Taplin (4:50.04) and Swim Swansea’s Lewis Fraser (4:54.15) who claimed second and third place respectively.
The Boys 14yrs crown went to Doncaster Dartes swimmer Jarvis Parkinson, who secured the win in a time of 4:36.88.
Taunton Deane pair of Jacob Greenow (4:39.70) and Brodie Williams (4:40.05) sealed the remaining podium places in second and third place.
In an exciting finale to the girls events, City of Leeds clawed back on the freestyle leg of the Girls 4 x 100 Medley team race to overtake Taunton Deane (4:22.81) and claim the victory in 4:21.34.
The concluding race of the evening came in the form of the Boys 4 x 100 Medley team, which saw Millfield School and Barnet Copthall battle head to head for the crown.
Barnet Copthall eventually emerged victorious clinching the win in 4:06.18, ahead of Millfield School (4:06.78) and Plymouth Leander A (4:08.49).