The ASA National Summer Championships started with day one heats at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, with a number of familiar faces qualifying for finals in the opening session.
MC 100m Freestyle
The MC 100m Freestyle was a great event to watch, with spectators really getting behind all of the swimmers in the men’s and women’s events.
Some familiar faces claimed qualification spots in the evening’s finals including Rotherham Metro’s Joseph Seage. S14 swimmer Seage was last year’s champion in both the Men’s 200m Free and 100m Breast events. He qualified with the fourth highest point score (652). UEA Norwich’s Jordan Catchpole (S14) claimed lane four for the finals with 770 BDP.
The women’s event saw Nova Centurion’s Keira Shepherd take the top spot. The S9 swimmer clocked 1:19.85 for 669 BDP. Shepherd took the bronze medal in the Women’s MC 50m Freestyle at the 2015 Summer Championships.
In the Men’s 100m Breastroke, Pietro Lombardio of Ealing shaved over three seconds from his qualifying time to head up the Men’s 13/14yrs final with 1:14.52. 2015 double medallist James Pettener of Liverpool claimed the middle lane in the 15yrs age group, touching in 1:10.11, almost three seconds under his qualifying time.
The women’s 14yrs event was hotly contested. The top three girls going into the final finished within half a second of one another. Louise Edmunds of Northgate was the fastest to qualify. Even though she was the youngest swimmer in her heat, she was not deterred and swam 1:16.33.
In the 17yrs age group, Samuel Crabtree of Thanet Swim booked lane four in the Men’s 200m Free, touching in 1:54.88. He will have some tough competition in the final this evening though, with 2015 triple gold medallist Nathan Wells of Ellesmere College and British silver medallist in the 16yrs 50m Freestyle Benjamin Stanford of Birmingham both making their way through.
MC 100m Breaststroke
The Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke saw last year’s triple gold medallist, Grace Harvey of Hoddesdon, claim the top spot. S6 swimmer, Harvey, swam an impressive race, taking 622 BDP for her time of 1:51.23.
400m Individual Medley
In the Men’s 16yrs 400m IM, West Norfolk’s Samuel Peck qualified for the final with the fastest time. He finished just under three seconds ahead of his City of Derby rival, William Foster. Peck won gold in the 15yrs age group last year, and looks in good position to claim the 16yrs title this time around.
The Women’s 400m IM was the final event of the first session. Eleanor Hatton of Royal Wolverhampton swam a PB to qualify as the fastest English swimmer (5:01.29). She was trailing at the 300m mark, but a strong final 100m freestyle leg saw her claw her way back up to second.