Bochmann hits Commonwealth mark as British Gas ASA Champs begin
18 Aug 2010
Day one of the British Gas ASA National Championships (50m) 2010 got underway at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre as athletes vied for the remaining Team England spots to secure their place to the Commonwealth Games.
Anne Bochmann (City of Leeds) put herself in contention for a ticket to Dehli when she hit the selection qualifying time in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley touching in 2:13.80 to take national honours and the gold medal.
The 16-year-old was lying in second position as she turned into the final 100m, but her strength over the breaststroke and freestyle legs saw her take the lead and claim gold. Kate Hutchison took silver in 2:15.33 with Keri-Anne Payne taking bronze in 2:15.38.
“I’m really pleased with that, it was a massive best time,” said Bochmann.
“It’s been two years since my last so to do it here and put myself into Commonwealth Games contention is amazing.
“I’ve been training in Leeds for the last 12 months under Dave Calleja and I knew the move would make a big difference.
“I was with Dave before but we’ve got a great club system in place and it shows. I’m thrilled with tonight.”
A highly competitive Men’s 400m Freestyle saw the field race an exciting eight lengths of the pool with a fight for the top three positions.
The race looked as though it belonged to Daniel Coombs (Loughborough University) early on as he maintained the lead throughout the first 150m but Gallica’s Joshua Walsh took over in lane one at the halfway mark.
With little to separate the top four Hatfield’s Richard Charlesworth and British Gas ITC Loughborough’s David Davies were also in the mix for medals but it was Coombs who fought back to take the title in 3:52.85. Charlesworth claimed silver in 3:53.00 with bronze going to Walsh in 3:53.36. Davies just missed out on the medals touching in 3:53.46.
“I’m happy to have won but disappointed not to get the qualifying time I needed [for Commonwealth selection],” said Coombs.
“I feel like I’m in the best form of my life so it’s annoying. It was a strong field and a good race but I concentrated more on the race and less on my own swim.
“I’ve got the 200m Freestyle to come tomorrow so I’ll rest tonight and attack it tomorrow as I want to make that Commonwealth Games selection.”
The Women’s 200m Freestyle saw Sasha Matthews take an early lead after a quick start off the blocks. The Nova Centurion swimmer turned in first at the halfway mark with City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner close behind.
Matthews maintained the lead coming into the final 50m but Manchester Aquatics' Emma Saunders had paced the race well and with 20m to go took charge leaving Matthews unable to respond.
Saunders touched in a new personal best time of 1:59.96 to claim gold with Matthews taking silver in 2:00.90. The bronze medal went to Turner in 2:01.01.
An elated Saunders said after: “That was a big personal best for me by nearly two seconds so I’m delighted.
“This is my third major event of what has been a busy summer; I went to the European Juniors, the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships and now this here.
“Because of the busy schedule I didn’t think I’d swim as fast as that. It was a tough race and a strong field so I’m really happy with the gold.”
Wales’ Marco Loughran (Guildford) claimed a new Welsh record in the Men’s 50m Backstroke as he touched in a time of 25.69. City of Salford’s Luke Ward finished in 26.11 to take silver with Christopher Dart (Bath) taking bronze in 26.40.
“I’m pleased with that as I’m here this week training through,” said Loughran.
“It’s only my second long course meet of the season. I’ve had a serious injury to my shoulder since March so to get back without surgery and swim like that is a big step.”
Georgia Davies (British Gas ITC Swansea) took top spot in the Women’s 100m Backstroke final as she touched in a season’s best time of 1:01.14. The Welsh swimmer, who qualified earlier this year to compete at the Dehli 2010 Commonwealth Games, was in fine form as she as she took gold ahead of Stephanie Proud (Chester Le Street) who took silver in 1:01.73 and Rachel Lefley (Loughborough University) who claimed bronze in a new personal best of 1:02.39.
Michael Rock (British Gas ITC Stockport) claimed gold in the Men’s 200m Butterfly in a time of 1:59.97, silver went to Daniel Vickers in 2:00.07 with Adam Mallett taking bronze in 2:00.12.
Lowri Tynan (British Gas ITC Loughborough) took gold in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke. The Welsh swimmer touched in a time of 32.19 ahead of 17-year-old Avril Kiritschenko (City of Leeds) who took silver in 32.44 and 16-year-old Sara Lougher (Bridgend City) who took bronze in 32.63.
“I haven’t rested completely for this event,” said Tynan. “I’ve brought my training down a bit so that time is where I thought I’d be.
“I’m just really enjoying racing at the moment, there’s no pressure for me here so it’s good and I feel relaxed.”
Gallica’s Daniel Sliwinski claimed gold in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke in a new season’s best time of 1:01.32. The 20-year-old turned in second behind Darren Mew (Ellesmere) at the halfway point but his speed showed as he went on to take the national title. Second position went to Andrew Willis, swimming for Bracknell, in 1:02.22 with Mew claiming third in 1:02.75.
“I’ve only been back in the water four weeks after breaking my wrist in May,” said Sliwinski. A season’s best time is pleasing considering.
“I’ve been preparing as best I can and have been doing eight sessions of land work a week to keep myself as fit and prepared as possible.
“I know there’s a lot more to come and I just want to get to my best again.”
Jessica Dickons was unable to beat her qualifying time as she went in the final of the Women’s 100m Butterfly. The Stockton swimmer touched in 1:00.75 to take gold while Alys Thomas (Swansea Performance) took silver in 1:00.93 and Hayley Towner (Bath University) took bronze in 1:01.24.
The Disability events saw Heather Frederiksen (City of Salford, S8) take the title in the Women’s MD 50m Freestyle after a tough year as she claimed 983 points with a time of 31.69. Silver went to Jessica Applegate (Lowestoft, S14) who touched in 29..8 for 910 points with bronze going to Otter’s Susannah Rodgers (S7) in 35.36 with 853 points.
“I’m back!” Said a delighted Fredericksen. “That’s more like it, although I didn’t know what to expect as I don’t really follow a sprint programme.
“To go that hard is really strong and I’m delighted. I feel it’s onwards and upwards.
“I’m putting together a solid block of training and I’ve always got 2012 as my focus.”
The Men’s MD 50m Freestyle saw Craig Rodgie (S14, Carnegie) take gold in the Men’s 50m Freestyle as he swam to victory in 27.01 taking 821 points. Simon Miller (S9, City of Manchester) took silver in 27.26 to earn 803 points and Nova Centurions’ Adam Meanwell (S14) took bronze with 794 points after touching in 27.31.
Gemma Almond (S10, Shrewsbury) took gold in the Women’s MD 200m Individual Medley claiming 848 points with a time of 2:42.33. Silver went to Emma Cattle (S10, Team Luton) with Kate Grey (S9, Bath) in bronze.
David Ellis (S13, Manchester) claimed gold in 2:22.35 for 831 points with silver going to Jack Bridge (S10, Preston) and David Hill (S9, Bath) taking bronze.