Neves on track with more medal-winning performances

29 Jul 2010
The British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships saw more impressive performances on day two as a number of swimmers made multiple appearances on the podium.

Kristina Neves added another two gold medals to her collection after picking up the 1,500m title yesterday. The Guernsey swimmer put in a strong performance in the Girls’ 13 years 400m Freestyle as she moved steadily away from the rest of the field to take the race in a time of 4:22.87. Silver went to Grace Dennis (Kingston Hull) who touched in 4:25.73 with bronze going to Lucy Davis (Gallica) in 2:26.00. Neves later finished in first position in the 100m Butterfly in a time of 1:03.82.

“I’m feeling good,” said Neves. “My training has been going really well and I’m coming into this with a lot of confidence after getting the BAGCAT last year.

 “I think the 800m and 1,500m are my favourites, I definitely like the distance events.”

After taking silver in yesterday’s Girls’ 100m Freestyle, Brearnna Close was determined to go one better when she swam over 400m. The City of Manchester swimmer took top spot after touching in 4:28.31. Penny Wittingham (Royal Wolverhampton) added to her growing medal collection as she took silver in 4:29.50, with Emma Grayson (City of Liverpool) taking bronze in 4:32.76.

Scottish swimmer Mark Szaranek went one better than last year’s silver medal in the 200m Butterfly in the 14 years category as he took gold with a time of 2:07.39. Preston’s Cameron Austin took silver with Elliot Hayes (City of Salford) in bronze.

 “It feels really good to have won,” said the Carnegie swimmer. “I wasn’t expecting it, but I was definitely hopeful. Last year I missed out on gold in the 200m Fly by two hundredths of a second so to take gold this year is great.”
Szaranek later secured top spot in the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Freestyle.

Nova Centurion’s Rosie Rudin made it a hat-trick of golds as she swam to her third national title of the Championships.

The 11-year-old touched in 4:43.31 in the Girls’ 400m Freestyle ahead of Emily Longstone (City of Sheffield) who took silver with a time of 4:44.55 and Katie Parfitt (Team Bath) in bronze with 4:46.43.

Speaking afterwards Rudin commented: “It’s exciting to win three gold medals, I wasn’t expecting it.

“My training has been going well and I have more events to come.”

The Boys’ 11 years 200m Butterfly final saw a superb performance by Edward Martin to claim gold in a time of 2:30.46. The Walsall swimmer touched ahead of Oliver Kincart (Portsmouth Northsea) whose 2:30.46 was enough for silver while Jamie O’Connor (Thanet Swim) took bronze in 2:35.22.

Jessie Foster (Street) swam to the title in the Girls’ 12 years 200m Breaststroke ahead of Daniella Whiting of Team Bath. Foster touched in 2:39.32 with Whiting finishing in 2:40.86.

Erin Nabney, swimming for the Borough of Harrow, won gold yesterday in the Girls’ 12 years 1,500m and followed it up today with the bronze in the 200m Breaststroke behind Foster and Whiting.

“It was an amazing experience to win gold,” said Nabney. “I wasn’t expecting to win, I just went out there and hoped for the best so I’m really pleased with the result.”

“Last year I came here and went away with two silvers and a bronze but standing at the top of the podium is even better than I expected.

“I’m here with a small club but they are all so supportive, especially my dad and coach.

“I’ve got a few more events coming up so hopefully I can win another medal or two. I got a bronze today in the 200m Breaststroke so these Championships are going well for me.”

City of Leeds’ Douglas Walker won gold for his club in the Boys’ 12 years 200m Butterfly. Touching in a time of 2:23.58, Walker held off challenges from Matthew Stevenson (Biddulph) and Benjamin Stevens (City of Southampton).

Jordan Hughes of North Ayrshire made it double gold as he swam to the titles in the 200m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

The 13-year-old secured his Butterfly title in 2:13.77 and touched in 55.41 to take the Freestyle.

“Amazing,” said Hughes. “My training has been going well coming into the Championships and it feels really good to have two gold medals already.”

Georgina Evans secured gold for City of Liverpool in the Girls’ 13 years 200m Breaststroke as she touched in 2:36.99. Amy Light (City of Leeds) took silver with Georgina Young (Nova Centurion) finishing in bronze medal position.

Rio Kurihara (Millfield) followed up yesterday’s gold-medal-winning performance with the national title in the Boys’ 13 years 200m Individual Medley touching in 2:14.78 ahead of Yeovil’s Daniel Liu and Satellite’s Benjamin Cleaveley.

In the Boys’ 1,500m, gold medals were won by Mark Ovington (Chester Le Street) in the 12 years age category, Thomas Diaper-Fox (City of Southampton) in the 13 years age category and Caleb Hughes (Mid Beds) in the 14 years age category.

Frederick Cornwell (Barnet Copthall) claimed double-gold in the Boys’ 100m 11 years Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

The Girls’ 4x100m Freestyle Team event excited the crowds as the clubs battled for national honours. Gallica secured gold in a time of 4:04.40, followed by Stockport Metro in silver and Guilford City in bronze.

Gold medals were also won by Derventio’s Abbie Wood in the Girls’ 11 years 200m Breaststroke, Ealing’s Lucy Thornton in the Girls’ 11 years 100m Butterfly, Martyn Walton (Hatfield) in the Boys’ 12 years 200m Individual Medley and Aberdeen’s Suleman Butt in the Boys’ 12 years 100m Freestyle.

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