Trio of records on day three in Sheffield
7 August 2014
Taunton Deane swimmer Charlie Attwood stormed his way into the record books as he lowered the British Age Group benchmark in the 15/16yrs 100m Breaststroke final at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships 2014.
Attwood, who swam at the European Junior Championships in Dordrecht this summer, swam a huge personal best time of 1:02.34 to secure the title and the record on day three in Sheffield.
“I’m very pleased to win, but I’m a bit disappointed with my turn to be honest. It was a bit slow and I could have gone a 1:01 but overall I’m quite happy with that.
Click here for a list of daily reports or click here for full results from Sheffield."I’ve been working hard and I don’t like to lose. A lot of the guys in that final train just as hard as me but I like to think I can win on my day. For the last six months, I’ve been going once a week to train at the National Training Centre at Bath with Dave McNulty and the other guys over there and that helps a lot.”
Second place went to Plymouth Leander swimmer Nick Glasson in a time of 1:04.29, with Dominic Polling (Brighton) settling the bronze in 1:04.74 – both inside their previous personal best standards.
A record-breaking fever was clearly in the air at Ponds Forge on the third evening of finals, as Amelia Clynes (City of Leeds) stepped up next in the 15/16yrs 100m Butterfly final.
Clynes posted an incredible 59.57, ducking under a minute for just the second time in her career to smash through the previous British Age Group record.
“I’m really excited! I’ve only just turned 15 this week! The record belonged to Jemma Lowe who I really look up to. So I’m just really happy!
“I only just broke the British Age Group record for the 14 years last month, so also breaking the 15 years is crazy. I’ve got 200m Fly tomorrow and a relay. I’m feeling fairly confident for them. But right now I’m just happy with the new record I’ve just set.”
Stockport Metro and City of Sheffield took claim over the second and third podium positions with Brearnna Close (1:00.99) and Isobel Grant (1:01.47) securing the silver and bronze showdown.
The third British Age Group record came in the 15/16yrs 200m Freestyle, which saw Hatfield swimmer Martyn Walton (1:49.68) break through the two minute mark for the first time to take the win ahead of Borough of Kirklees’ Kyle Chisholm (1:50.73) and Carnegie swimmer Craig McLean (1:52.09).
"I got two PBs in those first two finals tonight which is good. I’ve wanted to go under 1:50 for quite a while now on the 200 Free," - Martyn Walton"I got two PBs in those first two finals tonight which is good," said Walton. "I’ve wanted to go under 1:50 for quite a while now on the 200 Free, so I’m pretty happy to have achieved it in that final.
“I’m off to China at the end of the week for the Youth Olympics so I’m really looking forward to that. I feel on a bit of a roll at the moment so hopefully I can carry that on there."
Walton was up again shortly after in the final of the Men’s 15/16yrs 200m Backstroke, showing impressive endurance to take the silver medal in 2:04.08, ahead of Doncaster Dartes rival Joe Litchfield (2:04.77)
European Junior champion Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth) claimed the title in emphatic style, pulling away from his rivals with ease down the final 50m to finish in 2:02.37.
In the Men’s 17/18yrs age group, Plymouth Leander’s Joseph Hulme stormed home to win in a new lifetime best of 2:00.85.
Hulme’s well-paced swim saw her touch just ahead of Sunderland swimmer Adam Taylor (2:01.14) and Hatfield’s Caleb Hughes (2:03.05).
Hughes took to the pool again in the Men’s 17/18yrs 200m Freestyle final also securing the bronze medal in a time of 1:51.37.
Just 0.01 seconds separated gold and silver with Jordan Hughes (North Ayrshire) clinching the win in 1:50.41, over fellow scotsman Mark Szaranek (Carnegie).
In the first of four MC finals of the evening, UEA Norwich swimmer Katie Nesbitt (S14) shone in the 100m Backstroke claiming the win in a time of 1:13.46 to earn her a score of 749 points.
Orion’s Megan Richter (S9) snatched second place in 1:19.32 over Hoddesdon swimmer Grace Harvey (S7), who touched in 1:38.21.
Nesbitt then went on to claim her fourth gold of the meet in the Women’s MC 200m Individual Medley in a superb time of 2:33.74, followed by fellow S14 swimmer Perth City’s Reagan Doig (2:38.31) and S9 Harrogate swimmer Chloe Buck (2:42.98).
In the Men’s event the S14 boys lead the way, as Ben Procter set a new personal best of 2:19.71 to take the win in 851 points, over Newquay team mate Joseph Schenk (2:24.36) and Marple swimmer Daniel Pepper (2:24.51).
Men's MC 100m Backstroke final saw Borough of Redbridge swimmer Ryan Nicholls (S14) power down the final 50m to claim the title in 1:06.24.
City of Derby swimmer Lewis White (1:11.08 - S9) stole the silver medal from Sheffield’s Andrew Gould (S10), who took the final podium position in 1:11.17.
The final of the 19yrsr+ 200m Individual Medley saw Stockport Metro’s Thomas Litton take the race out hard, turning in a split time of 58.37 at the 100m mark to finish in 2:01.80.
Millfield swimmer Tristan Slater fought hard for the silver medal in 2:02.78, with Island CAN’s Alec Page (2:03.07) finishing in third.
In the Men’s 19 years+ 200m Butterfly final, Velimir Stjepanovic claimed his second gold of the meet so far, touching in an impressive 1:57.18 for the win.
Sub-two minutes for the first time, City of Manchester rival Sam Horrocks (1:59.59) got the better of Island CAN’s Alec Page (1:59.89) to claim the second podium position.
In the Men’s 17/18yrs 100m Breaststroke final, the title went to Plymouth Leander swimmer Jack Burton who edged ahead of the field to touch in 1:04.04.
City of Birmingham team mates Joshua Winnicott and Luke Davies battled hard to settle second place, with Winnicott coming home ahead in 1:04.30 over Davies’ new personal best swim of 1:04.79.
In a tantalisingly close race, City of Manchester claimed first and second place on the podium in the 19yrs+ 100m Freestyle final, with Jessica Lloyd (55.23) and Rebecca Guy (55.57) fighting it out to the finish.
City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner came in bronze medal position in a time of 56.04.
The 15/16yrs 100m Backstroke saw City of Birmingham’s Brittany Horton add to her medal tally, securing gold in a new personal best time of 1:02.65.
Horton’s teammate Ella Bowkley made it a Birmingham gold and bronze on the podium, swimming to the final medal position in 1:02.99 with City of Milton Keanes swimmer Charlotte Evans (1:02.81) separating the duo to take silver.
Kirsty Simpson (Carnegie) stretched out down the final 50m to claim the win in impressive style the 17/18yrs 100m Backstroke final, touching in a time of 1:02.67.
Plymouth Leander’s Eliza Duffy took the silver medal in 1:03.05, with Thanet Swim’s Katie Latham (1:03.25) finishing in bronze medal position.
The 19yrs+ 200m Breaststroke title went to City of Leeds swimmer Olivia White (2:31.52) who fought tooth and nail to the finish to secure the win over Ireland’s Fiona Doyle (2:32.15).
Third place went to Derwentside swimmer Rachael Wilson in a time of 2:34.45.
In the 17/18yrs 100m Butterfly final, Noemie Thomas (Ubc Dolphins) won gold in 58.25, ahead of Plymouth Leander’s Charlotte Atkinson (59.71) and City of Manchester swimmer Georgia Barton (1:00.09).
The final event of the evening saw Millfield School dominate the pool in the 4x200m Freestyle relay in a time of 7:28.16.
The quartet of Fraser Minnican, Cameron Kurle, Thomas Kingham and James Guy stole the show from Hatfield A (7:33.06), with Carnegie taking bronze in 7:36.18.