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Hibbott and Thwaite strike gold in Sheffield

22nd July 2012

Holly Hibbott and Isobel Thwaite were victorious on day one of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships 2012 in Sheffield.

Thwaite (Wirral Metro) dominated the girls 13 years 100m Freestyle final. As well as claiming a gold medal she swam a personal best with a time of 59.61.

This was my best race of the year!

“This was my best race of the year” said Thwaite. “I have been training hard all year!”

Gloucester swimmer Sophie Hall took silver medal in a time of 59.77 just in front of bronze medallist Hannah Featherstone (Sedgefield) who touched in 59.87.

The first race of the night saw the girls 11-12years 200m IM finals. Southport swimmer Hibbott took a flying start on day one finishing in gold medal spot with a time of 2.23.97, tightly followed by City of Guildford swimmer Emma Cain (2:24.88). Kayleigh Parker touched for bronze medal (2:28.09).

Nova Centurion swimmer Rosie Rudin and Derventio’s Abbie Wood swam side by side to the finish in the girls 13 years 200m IM finals. Rudin just pipped the gold medal position with a time of 2:21.44, Wood closely behind with just 0.20 in it touching in 2:21.64. Abigail Humphries (City of Coventry) claimed the bronze medal in 2:23.11.

The boys 11/12 years 100m Backstroke proved to be one of the most exciting performances of the night. The spearhead dominated the first 50m as Stockport's Dylan Arzoini touched for gold in 1:04.17, Connachts IRL swimmer Ciaran Burke added pressure in the last 50m just piping silver medal in a time of 1:05.03. Conor Ferguson (Ireland) took bronze in 1:05.29.

Frederick Cornwall (Barnet Copt) claimed gold medal with ease in the boys 13 years 100m Backstroke 1:00.14. Craig Mclean (Carnegie) raced to the silver medal in 1:01.96 and Teddington’s swimmer Henry Chesterman took bronze medal swimming 1:03.03.

The girls 11/12 years 100m Freestyle Finals saw Ireland’s Rachel Bethel win gold medal in 59.85. Hibbott (Southport) clinched her second medal of the night and touched in second place with a time of 1:00.33. Miriam Jessett (City of Newcastle) claimed her bronze medal in 1:00.47.

In the boys 11/12 years 200m Breastroke finals City of Birmingham swimmer Ashley Markall touched for podium position (2:38.20). Millfield swimmer Joshua Lawson took silver in 2:39.45. Sebastian Stewart (Sevenoaks) sealed the bronze medal.

Yaron Gerber(Barnet Copthall) and Nicholas Glasson (Plymouth Leander) swam alongside one another for the title in the boys 13 years 200m Breastroke final. Gerber just pipped Glasson (2:30.48) to the gold medal in a time of 2:28.83. Stockport Metro swimmer Harry Lewis-Mitchell took the bronze medal (2:35.95).

Southport swimmer Holly Hibbott drove home on the final length to clinch her second gold medal of the night (2:21.69) in the girls 11/12 years 200m Backstroke. Rebecca Sherwin (Team Ipswich) swam a competitive race just behind of Hibbott and took the silver medal in 2:22.52. Bronze medal went to Irelands swimmer Danielle Hill (2:25.56).

Nova Centurion swimmer Rosie Rudin dominated the girls 13 years 200m Backstroke and touched for gold in a time of 2:18.61. The silver medal went to Royal Wolverhamptons swimmer Holly Shepherd (2:21.41). Freya Beck (York City) took the bronze medal (2:22.05).

The last race of the night was the boys 4x100m Freestyle. Hatfield swimmers dominated the first 100m, the next 200m saw Plymouth Leander and Basingstoke touch respectively. The final 100m saw Plymouth Leander and Hatfield fight all the way for gold medal position. Plymouth Leander came out on top winning gold for the team in a time of 3:44.52. City of Coventry crept up in the final straight and took silver with a time of 3:46.41. Warrington Warriers clinched bronze just shy of Coventry in 3:46.88

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