Records set on day one of the UK School Games

4 Sep 2010
Day one of the Sainsbury’s UK School Games saw some of Britain’s best young swimmers take to the blocks as action got underway at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

Swimming sensation Amelia Maughan, swimming for England South, claimed a new Games record in the Girls’ 50m Freestyle with a time of 26.38.

A faulty start meant that the swimmers had to take to the blocks for a second time but the disruption did nothing to deter the experienced Maughan who swam to a clear victory over the rest of the field.

Hayley Williams, swimming for England Central, claimed silver in 27.48 with bronze going to Scotland North West’s Riona Plowman in a time of 27.85.

“I’m over the moon with that,” said an excited Maughan. “I haven’t really been training and I was on holiday the week before so to come here and set a new PB and get the Games record was amazing.”

Speaking of the start she added: “It’s the first time I’ve ever had a start like that: I didn’t know what was happening!”

“I’m really pleased I was able to stay focussed. I could feel the lactate building up in my legs but I was still hyped up and ready for the race.”

Sam Horrocks just missed out on securing a new Games record in the Boys’ 100m Butterfly when he took a close victory over England North’s Daniel Johnson. Horrocks, representing England Central, touched in a time of 57.01, half a second outside the record, to take gold with Johnson claiming silver in 57.70. Bronze went to Oliver Keegan of England East in a time of 58.51.

“I didn’t get the record but I got some important points on the board for my team,” said Horrocks.

The Girls’ 200m Freestyle saw a new Games record set by England Central’s Victoria Garlick. The 16-years-old touched in a time of 2:05.36 to take gold ahead of England South’s Abigail Abrahams and Scotland North West’s Emily Jones.

England North’s Jordan Barlow claimed gold in the Boys’ 200m Freestyle in a time of 1:57.03. The 15-year-old was laying in second position behind England East’s Dan Seagrove-Castle at the halfway mark, but his endurance showed as he swam to the title.

Lewis Smith, representing Wales touched in silver medal position with a time of 1:57.75 with bronze going to England Central’s Benjamin Lowe in 1:58.00.

Ireland’s Connor Turner swam to his team’s first swimming gold medal as well as a new Games record in the Boys’ 1,500m. The 15-year-old started off strongly and was leading the field by the halfway mark. Continuing well, Turner finished in a time of 16:10.24 to set a new Games record and claim the gold medal.

“It feels really good to have won Ireland’s first gold,” said an elated Turner. “I took a week and a half off training then trained for five days straight and I felt good coming in here.

“I was here last year and saw Matthew Johnson claim the record and I fancied doing it today so I’m really pleased with the result.”

The Women’s MD 100m Breaststroke saw Chloe Buck (SB9), representing England North,  swim to gold in a time of 1:38.38 (478 points) ahead of Hannah Wright and Leonie Buck.

The speed of the Boys’ 50m Freestyle saw Adam Rowe touch in 24.43 to claim gold for England Central with Curtis Coulter in silver and Aaron Lynch in bronze.

England Central’s Jacob Parker (S14) took gold in the Men’s MD 50m Freestyle after demonstrating his speed to touch in a time of 27.15, worth 808 British Disability Points. Wales’ Jack Thomas finished second with Ryan Crouch (S10, England East) taking bronze.

In the dying seconds of the Girls’ 200m Breaststroke England East’s Chloe Bean stole victory from Wales’ Bethan Davie to take home the coveted gold. Bean touched in a time of 2:40.77 with Davie taking silver in 2:40.99.

The Girls’ 100m Butterfly saw Charlotte Bryan claim more points for Wales as she swam to victory in a time of 1:04.21. The 15-year-old touched ahead of England South’s Sophie Brooks and Scotland South East’s Amy Fraser.

England North’s Georgia Barton set a new Games record in the Girls’ 400m Individual Medley. Fourteen-year-old Barton touched in 5:04.35 to take gold with England South’s Moillie Vincent taking silver and Scotland North West’s Elizabeth Hughes taking bronze.

“It means a lot be the UK School Games Champion,” said Barton. “It’s definitely a great start to my new season.”

Joe Elwood added to England North’s growing tally of victories with a win in the Boys’ 200m Backstroke. Sixteen-year-old Elwood touched in a new Games record of 59.28 to take gold with Wales’ Otto Putland securing silver and Oliver Bitowt, swimming for England Central, taking bronze.

Jessica Applegate secured the title in the Women’s MD 50m Freestyle after touching in a time 29.36 (959 points). The S14 swimmer, representing England East, finished ahead of Chloe Selman (S14, England North) and Hope Gordon (S8, Scotland Northwest).

Kristina Neves continued her fantastic season by dominating the Girls’ 800m Freestyle. The Guernsey swimmer, representing England South, who swam to a number of national titles at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships earlier this year, touched in a time of 9:02.33, almost 10 seconds ahead of second, to claim gold.

Silver went to England North’s Lucy Emerson with bronze going to Victoria Garlick.

Scotland South East’s Craig Benson claimed the UK School Games title in the Boys’ 200m Breaststroke. The 16-year-old touched in 2:26.02 ahead of Nicholas Cook (England North) and Luke Howdle (England Central).

The relays were a hotly contested affair with every team supporting their quartet. The  Girls’ 400m Free Team event saw England South claim victory while England Central took the Boys’ 400m Free Team gold.

Other gold medallists include Lauren Quigley (England Central) in the Girls’ 100m Backstroke, Joseph Patching (England South) in the Boys’ 400m Individual Medley, Chloe Selman (England North) in the Women’s MD 100m Backstroke, Morgyn Peters (England South) in the Men’s MD 100m Backstroke and Jack Bridge (England North) in the Men’s MD 100m Breaststroke.

After dominating the competition last year, England Central were determined to keep up their good form and stay top of the swimming leader board. Their results saw them secure a total of 127 points, enough to put them joint first with England North.  Tomorrow will determine the 2010 Sainsbury’s UK School Games Swimming Champions.

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