Jessica Thielmann and Ben Proud look set to capitalise on their gold medal success so far, with the Derwentside SC and Plymouth Leander swimmers qualifying fastest through to the 19yrs+ 400m Freestyle and 19yrs+ 50m Freestyle finals respectively.
The concluding morning session of the meet saw just six events in the pool, as we look forward to an evening packed with finals to round up the 2014 Championships.
Women’s 400m Freestyle
After her emphatic victory in the 400m Individual Medley last night, Jessica Thielmann set the pace in the 19yrs+ age group, posting a new personal best of 4:13.58 to secure pole position into the final, ahead of Commonwealth medallist Eleanor Faulker (4:17.56). Isobel Grant led the way in the 15/16 Yrs age group touching in 4:20.85, with Swansea’s Ellena Jones (4:20.58) making waves in the 17/18 Yrs age group.
Men’s 400m Freestyle
The Men’s 400m freestyle heats saw 13 sub-four minute times, with Jeremy Bagshaw recording the fastest time of 3.50.28 in the 19 Yrs+ age group. Cameron Brown dominated the 17/18 Yrs coming home in 3:57.46 over Benjamin Kerry in 3:58.32, with Bo Kirklees swimmer Kyle Chisholm ducking under the four minute barrier to lead out the youngest age group with a time of 3:59.34.
Women’s 50m Freestyle
In the Women’s 50m freestyle heats, Jessica Jackson recorded the fastest time in heat 6 (26.42) for the 15/16 category, Isabella Hindley (26.18) was fastest in the 17/18 age group and Rebecca Guy (MANN) was the only swimmer under 26 seconds in the 19+ age category with 25.87.
Men’s 50m Freestyle
In the Men’s 50 freestyle, Craig McLean (ECEX) recorded the fastest time (23.54) for the 15/16 category clearly still on a high from his British Age record in the 100m last night, Daniel Speers was fastest in the 17/18 age group with 23.59 and Plymouth Leander’s Benjamin Proud touched in 22.21 in the 19+ category.
Women’s 4 x 100 Medley Team
In a very close heat, Plymouth Leander A (4:16.00) came out on top over rivals City of Leeds (4:16.66). The two teams will battle it out tonight in the final, with City of Sheffield (4:18.56) promising to put up an exciting fight for the medals.
Men’s 4 x 100 Medley Team
Plymouth Leander again dominated the waters in the men’s event, posting a 3:51.48 to position themselves in the centre of the spearhead lanes for tonight’s final showdown. But City of Salford (3:52.80) are not ready to let this one go easily, 1.3 seconds behind after this morning heats, their work will be cut out for them but the boys looked strong in qualifying touching ahead of the Carnegie (3:53.21) quartet.
There’s still a long way to go yet with two rounds of semi-finals and 20 finals in the closing session of the NYCS14, but this morning’s heats have certainly set us up for what promises to be an explosive night of action in the pool!