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England Talent team narrowly misses victory over Canadian rivals

10 Jan 2011

England’s Talent team narrowly failed to secure a win over their Canadian counterparts as they took to the pool for their Tri-Meet at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre.

The 37-strong squad of talented youngsters ended the meet on 297 points, just four points behind the winners Canada (301) but ahead of an England North select team (202)

The athletes, who are all part of the ASA’s National Talent programme powered by British Gas and aged 13 and over, had ended the first day (Saturday) in the lead on 203 points, ahead of Canada’s 196 points and the 146 points of England North.

“The Tri-meet versus Canada went really well with some very competitive, tough racing on the back of the week-long camp with the Canadian team,” said Nick Sellwood, the ASA’s Head of Talent Development.

Rachael Williamson had got the English team off to a winning start as she touched first in the Girls 400m Freestyle with 4:18.80. Alfie Howes equalled the achievement in the boys event, taking first with 3:59.51, then adding maximum points in the Boys 200m Freestyle (1:53.86) and helping the England Talent Team to a win in the 400m Freestyle team.

There were wins for Jonathan Carlisle in the Boys 100m Backstroke (58.55) and Harry Needs in the Boys 100m Butterfly (55.92). The girls played their part too, with Lauren Quigley and Jessica Lloyd just some of those taking podium places in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle respectively.

The Canadian team hit back with a number of wins, including first places in the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle.

But the honours were shared in the final events of the day – the 800m Freestyle Team – with the girls taking victory for Canada and the Boys touching first for the England Talent team.

Day Two

On Day Two, Canada came out strong, taking the opening sprints and the next couple of events before Joel Knight and Alfie Howes took joint victory for the England Team in the Boys Open 1500m Freestyle in 15:50.01.

Elena Sheridan also got the team back to winning ways in the Girls Open 200m Butterfly (2:15.26) but the Canadian Team's finish proved too strong and, despite a victory in the final event of the day (the Boys Open 400m Medley Team) the youngsters had to finish for second place overall.

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