Great session on the final morning of the ASA National Summer Championships 2015, the day six heats promise an exciting session this evening.
Women’s Open 400m Freestyle
Tia Ward continued her impressive form in these championships, qualifying fastest for the 12/13yrs 400m Freestyle final tonight. City of Leeds’ Ward, the youngest swimmer in heat six, turned first at the half way mark but an incredibly strong back-end of the race saw her lead extended to over five seconds by the final touch in 4:30.19. Burnley’s Katie Rennolds posted the fastest overall time of the heats to qualify fastest in the 16/17yrs age group in 4:19.54.
Men’s Open 400m Freestyle
The leader in heat five changed with every 100 metres but it was Kane Murcott of Wolverhampton who made a big final push for the wall in the last 15 metres of the race, touching first and qualifying second for the 15yrs age-group final in 4:17:45. Mount Kelly’s Reece Worth posted the fastest time of the morning, touching first in the penultimate heat in 4:05.93 to secure lane four in tonight’s 18yrs+ age-group final.
Women’s MC 100m Butterfly (HDW)
Derwentside’s Jay McCabe (S9) took gold in the women’s MC 100m Butterfly, posting a time of 1:19.70 to score 587 BDP. Richmond Dales’ Lily Macleod (S13) touched the wall in 1:21.48 (530 BDP) to take silver, while bronze went to Shrewbury’s Ffion Butler (S9) in 1:23.12 (518 BDP).
Men’s MC 100m Butterfly
Luke Reeson (S8) will be hoping to add to his medal haul from these championships as he heads into tonight’s 100m Butterfly final as top qualifier with a score of 614 BDP (1:09.70). Preston’s Jack Bridge (S10) is not far behind the Cockermouth swimmer with 612 BDP (1:05.93), so it looks set to be an exciting race for gold.
Women’s 50m Freestyle
Rachel Bowen of Mid Sussex looked powerful as she edged in front of the field to win the final heat in 26.68 and head into the 18yrs+ final with the fastest overall time. After a strong swim from Anna Cutts in heat six, the Guildford City swimmer leads the way heading into the 14yrs age-group final but with less than a second separating all ten swimmers, gold could come from anywhere tonight.
Men’s 50m Freestyle
Only 0.05 seconds separated Jake Clappison and Jakob Goodman in heat five of the Men’s 50m Freestyle. Stockport Metro’s Clappison touched first in 25.25 with St Felix School’s Goodman second in 25.30, and the pair now head into the final in lanes four and five respectively. City of Coventry’s Matthew Bruce posted the fastest overall time of the morning to qualify fastest for the 18yrs+ age-group final in 23.20.
Women’s 100m Breaststroke
Leicester Penguins’ Danielle Tomlinson looked comfortable winning the penultimate heat by over half a body length in 1:12.70 and securing lane four for the 16/17yrs age-group final. Tabitha Watkins heads into the 12/13yrs final as fastest qualifier in a time of 1:17.03 but City of Peterborough teammates Amelia Monaghan and Mia Leech will look to put pressure on the Bicester swimmer after posting times of 1:17.07 and 1:17.49 respectively in this morning’s heats.
Men’s 400m Medley Relay
In the 14/16yrs 400m Medley relay, a strong freestyle leg saw the Potters Bar quartet move through the field to touch first in 4:10.28 and qualify second fastest for tonight’s final. Despite dropping back over the second half of the race, early leaders Preston still qualified fourth in 4:10.63. Plymouth Leander A took the top spot after winning heat one in a time of 4:07.71.
Women’s 400m Medley Relay
Nothing separates Wycombe District and Havant Waterlooville heading into the 14/16yrs age-group final. Both teams posted a time of 4:29.29 to win their respective heats and will now race side by side tonight.