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Records fall at UK School Games

3rd September 2011

There was a lively atmosphere at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, as school-aged elite swimmers from across the country came out to compete on the third day of the Sainsbury’s UK School Games.

Records fell on the first day of the swimming event, as Jessica Applegate took the gold in the Girls MD 50m Freestyle in 28.90 taking 1005 points.

England East swimmer Applegate was just 0.41 seconds off the S14 world record as she took victory 12 months ago but ducked under the record by 0.05 seconds in Sheffield to defend her title.

Applegate said: “I really wanted to get the record last year so it feels great to get it this time around.

“I’m swimming in the 100m Freestyle tomorrow and I am really hoping to break the record in that event too but I will have to swim a couple of seconds faster than my current best.”

Caleb Hughes (Eng East) swam a comfortable race in the Boys 1500m Freestyle. Hughes extended his lead ahead of reigning champion Joel Knight to take gold in a time of 15:54.19 and set a new UK School Games Best time.

In the Girls MD 100m Breaststroke, Nicole Lough (Eng North) from the SB14 category took the gold medal with 692 points and set a new Games Best. Tully Kearney (Eng Central) took silver with 654 points followed by Reagan Doig (Scotland SE) who took the bronze medal.

Danielle Lowe (Eng North) also set a Games Best time in the 100m Butterfly, touching in 1:02.09. Lowe was closely followed by Ellen Thomas (Eng East) who took silver in 1:04.20.

Lowe said: “I’m really happy to win for my team and it’s just brilliant to set a record.

“There is a great atmosphere here and the UK School Games is a really good event to start the season.”

Alex Dunk (Eng North) took the top step of the podium in the Boys 200m Freestyle, touching in 1:54.86 to set another new Games Record. Ryan Tomkins (Eng East) and Karl Morgan (Eng Central) took silver and bronze respectively.

In the Girls 400m IM, Camilla Hattersley (Scotland SE) set another best time, taking gold in 5:01.92. Meanwhile in the Boys 400m IM, Max Litchfield (Eng North) took the top step in 4:38.70.

Reigning champion Chloe Bean (Eng East) took the lead in the last 50m of the 200m Breaststroke, taking the gold medal in 2:36.53.

Bean said: “I’m really happy to win, this is my favourite stroke so it is great to win gold for the second year in a row

“I’m really enjoying the Games, it’s an amazing opportunity and there’s loads to do, I even got to make a bracelet in a craft class.

“The team have been a great support, hearing them cheering you on definitely helps during the race and makes you feel more relaxed.”

Kristina Neves (Eng South) led from the start of the race to scoop the gold medal in the Girls 800m Freestyle. Neves touched in 8:59.12 and was joined on the podium by Lucy Emerson (Eng North) and Marcella Aris (Eng East) who took silver and bronze.

In the Girls 200m Freestyle Rachel Martin (Eng Central) set the pace touching for gold in 2:06.30. Flora Hanson (Eng East) followed closely behind taking silver in 2:06.56 and Tegan Turner-Clarke (Eng North) took third place in 2:07.48.

Oscar Livesey (Eng South) from the SB9 category also led the race from the start, to take the gold medal in the Boys MD 100m Breaststroke with 506 points. Livesey was joined on the podium by Morgan Vaughan (Wales) and Matthew Wylie (Eng North) who took silver and bronze.

England Central’s Adam Peaty won gold in the Boys 200m Breaststroke, finishing in a time of 2:22.21. The England Central team took another gold medal, with Harriet Cooper finishing in 27.11, in the Girls 50m Freestyle.

It was a dead heat in the Boys 50m Freestyle with both Karl Morgan (Eng Central) and Oliver Leonard (Eng South) touching in 24.39 to take joint gold. Meanwhile, Oliver Leonard (Eng South) took the top step of the podium for a second time in the Boys 100m Butterfly, winning in a time of 57.52.

In the Boys MD 50m Freestyle, Rafael Bagott (Eng North) took gold with 594 points. Followed by Jonathan Eke (Wales) and Andrew Mullen (Scotland NW).

There was a gold medal win for England Central’s Lauren Quigley in the Girls 100m Backstroke. Quigley touched in 1:02.67 to take the top step, ahead of Amanda Kelly (Wales) who took silver in a time of 1:06.85.

It came down to the touch in the Boys 100m Backstroke final, with Daniel Hussey (Wales) touching ahead of Joshua Booth (Eng South), taking gold in 59.48.

There was another close finish in the Girls MD 100m Backstroke, with Chloe Davies (England South) and Bethany Firth (Ireland) finishing in 1:12.80 and 1:12.83 respectively to take gold and silver medals.

In the Boys MD 100m Backstroke, S14 category swimmer Jack Thomas (Wales) took first place with 802 points. Thomas was followed by Jacob Parker (Eng Central) with 732 points and Mark Chard (Eng East) with 710 points.

As the day’s events drew to a close, the atmosphere got even livelier at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games as the teams cheered on the swimmers in the Girls and Boys 4x100m Freestyle team events.

In the Girls 4x100m Freestyle, England Central set another UK School Games best time taking first position in 3:54.57. While the England North team won the Boys event in 3:33.79.

At the end of day one England North are top of the leader board with 125 points, closely followed in second place by England South with 122 and third place England East with 120 points.

Full results from the Sainsbury’s UK School Games 2011 can be found here.

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