Swimmers set up an exciting night of finals at the end of the day five heats, with new PBs posted and some new faces seeded highest across all age groups.
Men’s Open 200m Breaststroke
Lawrence Palmer stormed ahead of the field in the penultimate heat of the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. The Putteridge swimmer went out fast, extending his early lead to around ten seconds by the final touch, to secure lane four for tonight’s 18yrs+ final in a time of 2:17.86. In contrast only 0.15 seconds separate Evan Brunston and Lewis Smart heading into the 14yrs final. Weston-super-Mare’s Brunston posted a time of 2:39.55 to touch first in heat four with Littlehampton’s Smart fingertips behind in 2:39.70.
Women’s Open 400m IM
In heat number two, Holly White of Liverpool led by a over five metres at the half-way point, but a strong breaststroke leg from Emily Eveling saw the Exeter swimmer turn first for the freestyle and power down the final straight to qualify second fastest in the 12/13yrs final (5:18.88). After leading by over two body lengths at the start of the breaststroke leg, Megan Sheard looked as though she might be overtaken, but an impressive penultimate turn saw the Stockport Metro swimmer take a huge lead and touch in 5:14.07 for lane four in the 14yrs final.
Men’s MC 400m Freestyle
The men’s MC 400m Freestyle was hotly contested, with Jaxon Simmons and Craig McNeil, swimming stroke for stroke for the majority of the race. Simmonds of Peterborough touched in first to score 606 BDP in a time of 4:38.37 and McNeil was just behind touching 4:49.52 for 662 BDP, qualifying with the highest point score. Oliver Carter of Cupar goes into the final seeded second with 637 BDP.
Women’s MC 400m Freestyle
Yesterday’s British Record breaker, S7 swimmer Grace Harvey of Hoddesden, won heat one with 638 BDP, touching in 5:47.30. She was followed by Coral Farrell (S10) of Warrington who scored 623 BDP after her swim of 5:19.48. S6 swimmer Katie Rilett-Young of Burnley swam a great race in heat two to touch in 6:14.66, scoring 618 BDP.
Men’s Open 100m Backstroke
Samuel Phippen of Chalfont was the fastest qualifier in the 15yrs age group after winning heat five with 1:02.32. Jarvis Parkinson showed the crowd why he is a rising star in the swimming world, winning heat six in a new lifetime best of 58.74 and topping the 16/17yrs age group. He swam the fourth fastest time overall.
Women’s Open 50m Backstroke
Holly Hughes of Tigers Jersey goes into the 14yrs final with the fastest time of 31.66, lowering her PB time by just under a second. Phoebe Hayden of Stowmarket was just behind her, also swimming a new lifetime best of 31.88. Sophie Du Plessis of Guildford City swam the fastest overall time, qualifying top of the 18yrs+ age group with 30.34, the closest swimmer to going sub 30 seconds.