BAGCAT winners decided on final day of Championships

1 Aug 2010
The final day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships saw the seven BAGCAT winners decided after five days of competition.

Rosie Rudin took her fifth gold medal of the Championships at she swam to the Girls’ 11 years 400m Individual Medley title. The Nova Centurion swimmer added to her 200m I.M., 200m Backstroke and 400m and 800m Freestyle titles to become the Girls’ 11 years BAGCAT winner with a total of 2287 points.

The 400m I.M. saw the 11-year-old touch in a time of 5:17.91ahead of City of Birmingham’s Emily Graham and Team Bath’s Katie Parfitt.

“I’ve done quite a lot of personal bests this week which is very nice,” said Rudin. “It’s been really exciting to win so many medals and I’m really happy.

“Last year I came here to watch my sister and I never thought I would be competing a year later and winning the BAGCAT.”

Golden girl of the Championships Kristina Neves claimed her final BAGCAT title before she moves up to the Youth Championships next year. The Guernsey swimmer secured six national titles this year in the 100m and 200m Butterfly and the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m Freestyle events.

Royal Wolverhampton’s Penny Whittingham claimed gold in the Girls’ 12 years 400m Individual Medley. The swimmer, who had already taken titles in the 200m I.M. and 800m Freestyle earlier in the week, touched in a time of 5:04.88 to take her third gold. Whittingham shares joint honours as the BAGCAT champion in the Girls' 12 years category with Harrow's Erin Nabney who took titles in the 1,500m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke.

Borough of Harrow’s Erin Nabney took silver in 5:10.08 with Daniela Whiting, swimming for Team Bath, claimed the bronze medal in 5:12.72.

Lucy Davis of Gallica won the Girls’ 13 years 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4:57.52. Georgina Young (Nova Centurion) and Ellena Jones (Swim Swansea) claimed silver and bronze respectively.

Barnet Copthall swimmer Frederick Cornwell took the 2009 BAGCAT title with a total of 1825, nearly 200 points clear of second place Edward Martin (Walsall). Cornwell added to his medal collection with a first place finish in the Boys’ 11 years 400m Individual Medley.

Touching in 5:15.09, Cornwell out-raced Portsmouth’s Oliver Kincart and Walsall’s Edward Martin to take gold.

As BAGCAT winner in 2009 and 2010, Martyn Walton (Hatfield) is on track for medal success. The Boys’ 12 years 400m Individual Medley saw Walton take gold in a time 5:04.61. Douglas Walker (City of Leeds) took silver in 5:07.04 with bronze going to Connor Connell of Coventry in 5:08.85.

Speaking of his week as a whole Walton said: “There have been a few surprises in my events. I wasn’t expecting to get as many medals as I did, so I’m really pleased with my performances.

“I won the BAGCAT title last year and I really wanted to get it again, so that was my aim coming into the Championships.

“I want to thank everyone that has supported me, especially my parents and my coach.”

Rio Kurihara continued his dominance in Sheffield as he took the Boys’ 13 years 400m Individual Medley title with nearly a seven second lead over silver medal position. Touching in a time of 4:47.38 the Millfield swimmer added to his titles in the 200m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly.

Kurihara won the BAGCAT title with a total of 2259 points.

Competing in his final year here at the National Age Groups, Caleb Hughes (Mid Beds) went out with a bang as he secured the BAGCAT title in the Buys’ 14 years category.

“I got personal bests in all of my races this week which is great,” said Hughes. “I’m really happy to have won the BAGCAT again this year so going forward I’ve got lots of confidence.”

Hughes claimed a bronze medal today in the 400m Individual Medley behind Mark Szaranek of Carnegie and Fraser Minnican of Ulverston.

Lucy Davis took gold in the Girls’ 13 years 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4:57.52.

The Girls’ 4x100m Medley Relay title went to City of Liverpool with Millfield School taking the title on the boys’ side.

For a full list of results please click here.

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