The heats on day four saw Tia Ward qualify fastest for the 12/13yrs age group in the women’s 200m Butterfly, and Georgina Boyle swim the fastest overall time.
Women’s Open 200m Butterfly
Tia Ward swam an unbelievable 200m Butterfly in heat six, racing against girls who were 15yrs+. The 12 year-old City of Leeds swimmer touched third in 2:23.86 to book lane four in the 12/13yrs final, almost three seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Georgina Boyle of Chelsea and Westminster swam the fastest overall time to qualify first in the 16/17yrs age group in 2:20.90.
Men’s Open 100m Freestyle
Bradley Lynch (City of Derby) was the fastest overall qualifier in heat six to secure his place at the top of the 18yrs+ age group, touching in 51.09. Kyo Tanner of Preston swam a new PB to win his heat, touching 57.03 and topping the 12/13yrs age group.
Women’s 50m Breaststroke
Nothing separated South Bournemouth’s Izzy Price and Nova Centurion’s Natalee Meldrum in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke heats with both swimmers posting a time of 34.95 to qualify joint fastest for tonight’s 14yrs final. In the final heat, Grace Gilroy (Killerwhales) posted the fastest time of this morning, touching the wall in 33.19, and booked lane four in tonight’s 18yrs+ 50m Breaststroke final.
Men’s MC 200m IM
Daniel Bennett (SM8) heads into tonight’s Men’s MC 200m IM final as top qualifier only one point ahead of Jack Bridge (SM10). Gloucester’s Bennett touched the wall in a new lifetime best of 2:44.98 to score 623 BDP while Preston’s Bridge heads into the final with 622 BDP after posting a time of 2:32.32.
Women’s MC 200m IM
Maisie Summers-Newton (SM6), who won a silver in the 50m Butterfly on day two, went through as the top qualifier in the 200m IM, touching in 3:31.00 for 664 BDP. Richmond Dales’ Lily Macleod (SM13) scored second highest with 2:51.92 (623 BDP) and looks like she might be on for her third medal of the competition going into tonight’s finals.
Men’s Open 100m Breaststroke
There is almost nothing to separate Kevin Wallbank and Simon Smith going into the 18yrs+ final this evening. Loughborough’s Wallbank will start in lane four after touching in 1:04.43 and Stockport Metro’s Smith in lane five with a time of 1:04.45.
Women’s Open 200m Backstroke
Lucy Minikin (Guildford) and Imogen Moroney (Weston-super-Mare) swam great races in their respective heats, both girls securing new PBs to go into the 15yrs final. Minikin secured lane four after touching in 2:24.28, while Moroney will take five with a time of 2:24.31.
Men’s Open 50m Butterfly
Dominic Wooldridge of Exeter, who already claimed gold in the 100m Butterfly on day one, looks strong for the 18yrs+ final after topping the age group in the heats with a time of 25.41. There will be a close race for gold in the 15yrs age group, with Joshua Munroe of Leicester, Benjamin Martin of Leyland Barr and Finlay Smith of Clevedon all within 0.04 seconds of each other going into tonight’s finals.
Women’s MC 50m Freestyle
Lily Macleod showed she is on top form, qualifying first for the MC 50m Freestyle in a time of 30.81 (702 BDP). The young S13 swimmer is already ranked second for the 200IM. Nova Centurion’s Kiera Shepherd is second with a time of 32.86 (690 BDP) and Orion’s Megan Richter third in 33.22 (668 BDP).
Men’s MC 50m Freestyle
Cockermouth’s Luke Reeson already bagged a gold and bronze medal so far in the competition and looks set to put on the pressure in tonight’s 50m Freestyle final after touching the wall in 27.74 for 743 BDP. Oludaisi Adefisan could be the first swimmer to claim a medal for Croydon, the 15-year old S9 swimmer touched in 29.20 for 637 BDP.
Women’s 800m Freestyle Team Relays
The 14/16yrs 4x200m proved to be as tough as ever, with swimmers having to make every changeover count. City of Manchester were around 15 metres ahead of the rest of the field at the half-way mark, and while they dropped back at the last turn, the quartet still qualified second with 8:47.06. City of Derby took the top spot going into the final with a time of 8:42.58.