Mason takes first gold on day four

Men's 100m Backstroke

There were a number of swimmers claiming their first medals in the day four finals, with Alexander Mason, Jack Shillinglaw and Phoebe Townsend all claiming gold.

Men’s 100m Backstroke finals

Alexander Mason of Chester-le-Street claimed his first gold medal of the competition. He swam just outside of his qualifying time in the heats this morning. He was the only swimmer to go under a minute in the heats, and he took the top spot on the podium in the 15yrs final.

“Getting gold feels pretty good, I went faster in the heats so I was a bit annoyed. I swam under a minute this morning. That’s a PB of about four seconds, which was a big surprise.” – Alexander Mason

Wirral Metro’s Jack Shillinglaw swam a personal best time, shaving off almost a second from the time he set in the morning’s heats. He claimed the gold medal with a time of 58.56.

Women’s 100m Backstroke

In the Women’s event, Ellesmere College’s Phoebe Townsend topped the podium, after qualifying fastest in her age group this morning. She swam a terrific race, shaving almost one and a half seconds from her personal best. She claimed the 12/13yrs title with 1:06.04.

In the 17yrs+ event, Isobel Jones of City of Milton Keynes secured her second title of the competition, after winning the 200m Free on the opening day’s finals. She swam a new personal best time of 1:03.81 for the gold medal in the 100m Backstroke.

Men’s 50m Breaststroke

William Whitley of Bicester Blue Fins claimed his first medal of the competition, taking the gold in the 50m Breaststroke. He was pushed to the touch by Benjamin Simpson of Leatherhead, but managed to get the touch in 31:14 to lower his PB for the second time.

City of Peterborough’s Thomas Wiggins was the second fastest qualifier in the Men’s 17yrs heats, but he managed to get the touch ahead of Hugh Takemoto in the final. He took his first medal of the competition with 30.08.

Women’s 50m Breaststroke

In the 14yrs age group, Portsmouth Northsea swimmer Abigail Lacey lowered her PB for the second time in the 50m Breaststroke. She touched 34.68 for the gold medal. Newcastle’s Katie Toomey was a whisker away, touching in 34.70 for second place.

Guildford City’s Amy Hodgson went one better in the 16yrs 50m Breaststroke, after receiving bronze in the 200m event on day two. She set a new personal best time of 34:18 to add gold to her medal tally.

“It feels amazing to get gold, it’s such a big improvement from last year. It was also another great achievement from achieving a bronze in the 200m Breast Stroke.  It also feels great to get a new PB” – Amy Hodgson

Men’s MC 200m Freestyle

In the 200m Freestyle, Louis Hines capitalised on his performance this morning to claim the gold medal in the final. The Watford S14 swimmer clocked 2:06.90 for 769 BDP and his first gold medal.

Other gold medallists

  • Joseph Lenihan of Sutton Cheam – Men’s 13/14yrs 100m Back
  • Adam Wilkes of Leicester – Men’s 16yrs 100m Back
  • Ciaran Beard-Jones of Stockport – Men’s 18yrs 100m Back
  • Lija Radziunaite of Stowmarket – Women’s 14yrs 100m Back
  • Anna Marley of Harrogate – Women’s 15yrs 100m Back
  • Keelan Fitton of Bo Kirklees – Women’s 16yrs 100m Back
  • Owen Westhorp of Hartlepool – Men’s 13/14yrs 50m Breast
  • Aaron Bartlett of Yeoville – Men’s 16yrs 50m Breast
  • Simon Smith of Stockport – Men’s 18yrs+ 50m Breast
  • Jemimah Berkeley of Royal Tumbridge Wells – Women’s 12/13yrs 50m Breast
  • Izzy Price of Bournemouth – Women’s 15yrs 50m Breast
  • Danielle Gilbert of Derwentside – Women’s 17yrs 50m Breast
Don’t miss any of the action from Ponds Forge, watch the ASA National Summer Champs live.


website: Skylab