Harrington hunts down gold on day two
18th July 2012
Loughborough University swimmer Adam Harrington claimed gold in style on day two of the 2012 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships.
Harrington, who trains with British Gas ITC coach Kevin Renshaw, lead the spearhead formation from the start; stepping it up in the second 100m and powering home to a new personal best time of 2:02.05.
I was hoping to swim a 2:01 tonight, but everything is moving in the right direction.
“I was hoping to swim a 2:01 tonight, but everything is moving in the right direction,” said Harrington. “It was great getting in a racing some really strong competitors.
“I’m looking forward to my 400m Individual Medley later in the week now to see what I can do.”
City of Sheffield’s Lewis Coleman (2:02.95) touched in second place ahead of Millfield swimmer Tristan Slater (2:03.72) who clinched the final podium place.
Amelia Maughan (Bath University) got off to a flying start in the 15/16yrs 100m Freestyle final, turning at the 50m mark in 26.84 and fighting hard down the final length to touch in a personal best 55.61.
Plymouth Leander swimmer Grace Vertigans (56.12) followed closely behind in second, with Hatfield’s Shauna Lee (56.37) claiming the bronze.
Anne Bochmann came to the fore in the 17/18yrs 100m Freestyle final, bettering the personal best she set in the heat by 0.2 seconds and finishing in a time of 56.16. Cheltenham swimmer Hannah McCarthy (56.38) and City of Manchester’s Emma Saunders (56.48) sealed second and third place respectively.
Bochmann (4:11.33) won her second gold of the night in the 17/18yrs 400m Freestyle ahead of City of Newcastle’s Jessica Thielmann (4:14.46) and Kingston Upon Hull swimmer Rachael Williamson (4:17.42).
Stirling Swim’s Lucy Ellis (4:13.85) held off Loughborough University swimmer Aisha Thornton (4:16.41) in the final of the 19yrs+ 400m Freestyle, with Swansea Performance’s Alice Tennant (4:21.75) touching in third place.
In the 15/16yrs 400m Freestyle final, Guernsey swimmer Kristina Neves (4:16.97) smashed her previous personal best to win gold in convincing style, touching three seconds ahead of Windsor SC’s Lucinda Campbell (4:19.61).
South Lincs Competitive SC swimmer Chloe Hannam sealed the bronze medal in a lifetime best of 4:20.29.
Kelly College swimmer Cameron Brodie (2:00.70) dominated in the 19yrs+ 200m Butterfly final showing impressive stamina to secure the gold ahead of Nova Centurion’s Sam Van De Schootbrugge (2:01.33) and City of Leeds swimmer Gareth Mills (2:02.25).
Mills (3:54.49) put in a gutsy performance to go one better in the final of the 19yrs+ 400m Freestyle, being beaten by City of Sheffield’s Tom Sunter who claimed the top podium position in a time of 3:52.85.
Craig Hamilton (Warrender Baths) finished third in 3:54.52.
In the 15/16yrs 400m Freestyle James Guy (Millfield School) stormed away from the rest of the field posting a solid time of 3:54.23 to beat Hatfield swimmer Caleb Hughes (3:59.17) and City of Birmingham’s Bradley Lynch (4:01.39).
Matthew Johnson won City of Sheffield’s second gold of the evening in the 17/18yrs 400m Freestyle, finishing in 3:54.26 ahead of Perth City’s Stephen Milne (3:55.86) and Prescot swimmer Alex Dunk (3:56.63) who took second and third place respectively.
The final of the 19yrs+ 200m Breaststroke saw Rachael Wilson (Derwentside SC) put in an uncompromising performance, distancing herself by a margin of seven seconds from her closest rival.
The 23-year old posted a time of 2:30.80 to fend off Edinburgh University’s Kathryn Johnstone (2:37.15) and City of Sheffield swimmer Hannah Wardle (2:40.06) who placed in silver and bronze medal positions.
In what proved to be one of the closest finals of the night, Jak Scott emerged victorious in the 19yrs+ 100m Freestyle recording a time just shy of the coveted sub-50 second mark.
Scott (50.10) fought off tough competition from City of Cardiff rival Thomas Greenfield (50.37) and Loughborough University’s Adam Barrett (50.75), who took the remaining two podium spots.
Anne Bochmann (City of Leeds) produced an inspiring performance in the final of the 17/18yrs 200m Individual Medley to make it a hat trick of gold medals so far in the competition.
The 18-year old, who trains at Bath ITC, touched in a time of 2:14.35 to steal the win away from City of Leicester silver medallist Sophie Smith (2:15.35) and Hillingdon’s Karley Mann (2:15.55) who took bronze.
Romford Town’s Elena Sheridan (2:17.21) clinched the win in the 15/16yrs 200m Individual Medley final ahead of Preston swimmer Georgia Barton (2:17.58) and Guildford City’s Emma Day (2:17.99).
In the 15/16yr 100m Butterfly final, Sheridan (1.00.84) also overcame Plymouth Leander’s Grace Vertigans (1.01.13) and Garioch swimmer Emily Jones (1.01.18) to secure her second gold.
In a final where just 0.4 seconds separated the medals, Royal Wolverhampton swimmer Rachel Kelly fought hard to the finish in the 17/18yrs 100m Butterfly to win the title in 1.00.46.
Libby Mitchell (Swansea Performance) came a close second touching just 0.2 seconds behind the winner with a time of 1.00.65 and Nova Centurion’s Fiona Donnelly snatched bronze in 1.00.87.
Plymouth Leander’s Joseph Patching broke through the 56 second barrier for the first time in the 17/18yrs 100m Backstroke to seal the gold medal, coming home in a time of 55.92.
Sam Horrocks (City of Manchester Aquatics) also produced a lifetime best performance racing to the finish in 56.29, with City of Peterborough’s Liam Knight (56.63) taking bronze.
The 15/16yr 100m Backstroke final saw Lincoln Vulcans swimmer Braddan Westlake (58.14) take the win over City of Sunderland’s Adam Taylor (58.19) and Preston swimmer Anthony Lucas (59.20).
City of Manchester Aquatics swimmer Jessica Fullalove sealed the title in the 15/16yr 100m Backstroke breaking away from the field to win in 1.01.87.
F.I.R.S.T swimmer Charlotte MacKenzie recorded a time of 1:02.34 to take the silver medal and Isabella Hindley (Chelsea & Westminster SC) won the bronze in 1:02.
Nova Centurion’s Natasha Hofton (1:02.02) won the 17/18yr 100m Backstroke final finishing first in front of Hillingdon’s Karley Mann (1:02.53) and City of Birmingham swimmer Rebecca Cole (1:03.76).
Harry Ackland (Plymouth Leander) dominated in the 15/16yr 200m Breaststroke final to claim the top of the podium in a lifetime best time of 2:21.38.
Warrender Baths' Daniel Lim (2:22.49) finished in second place, with Swim Bournemouth’s Jack Burton (2:22.92) coming in third position.
Ross Murdoch (West Dunbart) won the 17/18yr 200m Breastroke in 2:15.16 ahead of City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty (2:15.72) and Milngavie’s Calum Tait (2:16.42).
The final event of the evening saw Plymouth Leander A quartet of Grace Vertigans, Laura Vertigans, Hannah Deters and Sian Harkin take the win in the 4x100 Freestyle relay, touching in a time of 3:48.62.
City of Manchester Aquatics raced to the silver medal in 3:50.94, with City of Newcastle A touching in third (3:51.16).