Carlin dominates 800m Free heats in Glasgow

13th April 2014

Jazz Carlin dominated the 800m Freestyle heats to close in on the defense of her British title at the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The Welsh record holder clocked 8:29.77 to lead the way with last year’s silver medallist Ellie Faulkner second fastest in 8:39.15 and Danielle Huskisson third through in 8:39.33.

While Carlin will have to wait until tomorrow night to defend her title, Lizzie Simmonds will go for a third consecutive 200m Backstroke gold tonight after leading qualifiers from the morning heats.

The 23-year old set the standard with 2:12.06 to win the last heat while last night’s 100m Backstroke silver medallist Lauren Quigley qualified in 2:13.37 and Jessica Fullalove was third fastest in 2:14.59.

While Hannah Miley secured her Scottish Commonwealth nomination time at last week’s Scottish Gas National Championships, the Garioch swimmer looked in good shape to recapture her British 200m Individual Medley title after leading qualifiers.

Miley won British 200m IM gold for six consecutive years between 2007 and 2012 before slipping to bronze last year but she clocked 2:12.62 to book lane four for tonight’s final.

Last year’s silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor was second fastest into the final in 2:13.76 while defending champion and English record holder Sophie Allen clocked 2:16.19 to qualify in fifth.

O’Connor also progressed in the 100m Freestyle heats, clocking a personal best 55.07 to reach tonight’s semi-finals second fastest behind Francesca Halsall (54.67).

Allen also doubled up this morning, progressing to the 100m Breaststroke semi-finals sixth fastest in 1:10.84.

Having already landed the 50m and 200m Breast titles in Glasgow, British record holder Sophie Taylor was the fastest qualifier with a 1:09.59 effort.

Harriet Lee and Claire Cashmore have their sights set on a Commonwealth spot for England in the SB9 100m Breaststroke after competitive heat swims.

Former world SB9 100m Breast champion Lee clocked 1:21.74 while Paralympic SB8 100m Breast silver medallist Cashmore progressed on 1:22.32 with both swimmers chasing the 1:21.19 nomination time.

Having defended his 100m Breaststroke title last night, Ross Murdoch qualified fastest for the 50m Breaststroke semis, clocking 27.62 to progress ahead of Adam Peaty (27.66) with Rob Holderness braking his Welsh record to qualify seventh fastest in 28.23.

Finally, Adam Barrett led the way in the 100m Butterfly, reaching the semi finals in 53.71 ahead of Braxston Timm (53.79) and Joe Roebuck (53.94).