Spencer strikes gold on day one in Sheffield

17th July 2012

City of Sheffield’s Lucy Spencer claimed gold on day one of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championship at Ponds Forge.

Spencer stormed to victory in the opening final of the evening, touching first in the 19yrs+ 200 Individual Medley in a time of 2:15.95.

Spencer, who trains under coach Russ Barber in Sheffield, utilised her home-pool advantage to secure gold in her first race of the competition.

I’m really pleased with the time considering I haven’t tapered for this event.

“I’m really pleased with the time considering I haven’t tapered for this event,” said Spencer. “I did the same time at the ASA Senior National Championships back in June so I’m happy I have been consistent.

“I’m part of the squad heading over to the US Nationals in August, so hopefully I can post a really good time there.”

The second and third podium positions went to Swansea Performance swimmer Alice Tennant (2:16.91) and Derwentside's Rachael Wilson (2:17.85).

The 19yrs+ 100m Backstroke final saw City of Salford swimmer Luke Wood claim gold in a tightly contested battle for the medals.

Wood, who won the 50m Backstroke at the ASA National Senior Championships earlier this year, posted a time of 55.92 to beat City of Sheffield swimmer David Gregory (56.08).

Charlie Boldison followed closely behind the leading duo to seal bronze in 56.23.

Swansea Performance secured their second medal of the night with Alys Thomas ducking under the illusive one-minute barrier for the first time in the 19yrs+ 100m Butterfly final.

With an impressive time of 59.92, Thomas fought hard to win gold ahead of Nova Centurion swimmer Jessica Sylvester (1:00.05).

Loughborough University’s Rachel Lefley clinched the bronze medal in a personal best time of 1.00.60.

Lefley reached the podium for the second time of the night as Loughborough University took a clean sweep of the medals in the 19yrs+ 100m Backstroke.

The 22-year old (1:02.23) capitalised on her bronze medal securing gold ahead of teammates Kathryn Willis (1.03.61) and Katrina Alder (1:04.64).

Stirling Swim’s Lucy Ellis showed complete control in the final of the 19 yrs+ 100m Freestyle, leading the spearhead from the start and cruising to the win in a time of 56.58 – just 0.2 seconds shy of her personal best.

Hannah Keen(Hastings), who touched just over a second behind the winner, smashed her previous personal best claiming silver in a time of 57.61. The bronze medal went to City of Leeds swimmer Avril Kiritschenko (57.89).

In a nail-biting 19yrs+ 200m Breaststroke final, Joseph Parker powered home in a lifetime best time of 2:15.46 to top the podium positions.

Parker held off tough competition from F.I.R.S.T. swimmer Ross Muir (2:15.59) and Torfaen Swim Squad swimmer Rory Pardoe (2:16.05) who fought hard to place second and third respectively.

The concluding final of the night saw the teams battle it out for the medals in the Mens 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Plymouth Leander (3:26.67) dominated the waters once again, claiming their second gold of the night in what proved to be one of the closest races yet.

The quartet of Benjamin Proud, Joseph Patching, Ahmad Attellesey and Jack Smith stole the win from fellow South-West region team Millfield A (3:27.09) who came a close second.

Stockport Metro took the remaining podium place touching out Nova Centurion to seal the bronze medal.

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