The final day’s heats were full of energy, even after four days of fantastic swimming at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.
Across all of the age groups for the men’s heats, there was barely anything to separate the first two places. In the 17yrs age group, the fastest two swimmers were barely a fingertip away from one another. Hugo Lamar of Hereford qualified fastest with 2:09.90. Yesterday’s gold medallist in the 100m backstroke, Jack Shillinglaw touched 2:09.94.
In contrast, in the women’s 16yrs age group, Imogen Moroney of Weston-super-Mare was a full two seconds ahead of the rest of the competitors. The 400m freestyle champion for this age group touched in 2:23.68 to take lane four.
MC 100m Backstroke
In the men’s event, Matthew Redfern of Worcester was the highest point scorer going into the final. The S13 swimmer touched in 1:06.96 to claim 608 BDP ahead of Chippenham’s James Edwards S14 and Craig McNeil S10 of Trafford.
In the women’s event, Adele Maguire put in the best performance of the heat. The S8 swimmer from Warrington touched the wall in 1:30.95 to take 547 BDP.
The men’s 13/14yrs age group would have been too close to call as a final, with Rotherham Metro’s Cole Hewitt securing lane four by three hundredths of a second with 27.90, and second and third fastest qualifiers touching simultaneously. Andreas Gherman of Ealing and Max Martin of Trafford both touched 27.93.
In the women’s 12/13yrs age group, Ella Chown of Bournemouth was the only swimmer to go sub 30 seconds, reaching the wall in 29.43.
MC 50m Butterfly
S7 swimmer Alexander Goodman of Portsmouth Northsea took the men’s heat with 486 BDP after touching in 37.50, ahead of last year’s gold medallist in the event, Will Holland-Leavens.
In the women’s event, last year’s silver medallist in the 50m Fly Maisie Summers Newton, was the fastest qualifier. The S6 swimmer from Northampton scored 651 BDP for her time of 41.59.