Lowe storms to record double in Sheffield

17 June 2011

Jemma Lowe smashed one of her own Welsh records for the second time in the week to add the 200m Butterfly title to the 100m she won on Tuesday in the final session of the British Gas ASA National Championships.

Lowe, who trains at the British Gas ITC in Swansea, led from the gun and touched in 2.05.36, knocking more than a second off her own Welsh record in the process.

I'm improving all the time at my new programme at the British Gas ITC in Swansea - I'm back swimming the way I want to.

She was delighted with her swim, which puts her third in this year’s World Rankings ahead of the World Championships in Shanghai next month.

She said: “I'm really happy with that time and to get a personal best time. I haven't set a new standard in the 200 fly since 2008 at the Olympic trials so it shows I'm back to my best.

“I'm improving all of the time at my new programme at British Gas ITC in Swansea. I changed programme from Florida and I'm back swimming the way I want to.”

Elena Sheridan of Romford was second in 2.11.07 and Tilly Gray of Loughborough University was third in 2.13.19.

Simon Burnett of Windsor Swimming Club romped to victory in the final of the men’s 100m Freestyle

I was tired after what's been a busy week for me and I'm just glad to have brought that home under the qualifying time for the Worlds.

Burnett, who won the 50m Freestyle yesterday, touched in a season’s best time of 49.09, booking his spot on the British Gas GBR Swimming team for the World Championships.

He said: “I came here this week and didn't know what to expect as my Freestyle has been awful all season. My best time before tonight was 50.02 so that's a great turn around and I must thank my coaches for that.

“I was tired tonight after what's been a busy week for me and I'm just glad to have brought that home under the qualifying time.

“I've been trying to work on getting off the blocks better as well as my underwater work and it’s come together well.”

Grant Turner of British Gas ITC Loughborough was impressive in taking silver in 49.32, just 0.02 outside the personal best of 49.30 he set this morning.

Robbie Renwick of City of Glasgow took bronze in a new Scottish record of 49.53.

Rebecca Adlington added the 400m Freestyle title to her list of honours after dominating the final tonight. Leading from the front for the whole race, Adlington touched in 4.08.32 ahead of Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield) in 4.10.89 and Hayley Towner of Bath University in 4.14.11.

Adlington said: “It was a tough race to end my week with. Yesterday felt really smooth and strong but tonight felt a little harder after a week of training 70k throughout the week.

“My aim was to go 4:10 so I was under that mark and pleased with it. I just wanted to put in a solid swim as I've not rested.

“I'm focused on Shanghai and I'll be in good shape to race the world."

Kris Gilchrist of British Gas ITC Bath stormed to his second win of the week, adding the 200m Breaststroke title to the 100m he won earlier in the week.

It's the fastest I've been in two years - I'm training with a great squad at the moment and it's showing in my performances.

Gilchrist shaved more than a second off his season’s best to clock 2:10.16 and go fifth in this season’s World Rankings.

He said: “I felt really good in the water and knew I was heading for a good time. To be honest I'm a bit disappointed I didn't dip under 2:10 but it’s still the fastest I've been in two years.

“I'm delighted with my progress since I moved programmes to the British Gas ITC in Bath. I'm training with a great squad and it's showing in my performances.”

Richard Webb of Street was second in 2.13.54 and Luxembourg international Laurent Carnol of Loughborough University in 2.14.68.

Xavier Mohammed of City of Cardiff won the 200m Individual Medley, posting a season’s best of 2.01.09 to finish ahead of Lewis Smith in 2.02.42 and Adam Harrington in a personal best 2.02.73.

Anne Bochmann of City of Leeds took the honours in the 400m Individual Medley but was made to scrap for the win.

It was a desperate fight to the finish in the last 100m but Bochmann ultimately prevailed,  winning in 4.47.00 and narrowly beating Lucy Spencer of City of Sheffield  (4.47.63) and Emma Smithurst of British Gas ITC Swansea (4.50.26).

Hatfield’s Richard Charlesworth won the 1500m Freestyle in 15.30.75 ahead of Martin Cremin of Stirling in 15.40.67 and Alfie Howes of City of Cardiff in 15.43.46.

The final event of the championships was the 50m Butterfly which was won by British Champion Jack Marriott in 24.35. Nico Meyer was second in24.53 and James Doolan third in 24.54

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