Lough seals gold with British record
29th June 2013
Nicole Lough broke the SB14 British record twice in one day en route to MC 100m Breaststroke gold on day four of the British Gas Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Having broken Gemma Bennett's 11-year old marker in the heats, the 18-year old knocked another second off her morning swim to take the win in 1.20.12 (884 points).
Nova Centurion’s Paralympic SB8 silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw took silver in 1.40.86 (849 points) with Paralympic SB9 bronze medallist Claire Cashmore (Wyre Forest) claiming the bronze in 1.23.16 (799 points).
“I’m really pleased with that time,” said Lough. “It was tough swimming unrested but I just can’t wait now for Montreal.”
It was tough swimming unrested but I just can't wait for Montreal now.
Preston’s Stephanie Slater was just 0.01 seconds outside the European S8 record as she won gold in the MC 50m Freestyle.
Slater (S8) clocked a personal best 31.22 (960 points) to pip Amy Marren of Romford Town to her first title of the week.
Marren (S9) touched in 30.18 (887 points) to claim silver with Kelly College’s S12 swimmer Hannah Russell third in 23.07 (880 points).
“It was a great race and the first time I’ve raced a 50m Freestyle final,” said Slater.
“I’m in hard training and not tapered so to come out and swim that time – I’m elated.”
City of Manchester’s Matthew Walker was delighted with victory in the men’s MC 50m Freestyle. The 12-time Paralympic medallist clocked 28.75 (894 points) for gold ahead of Josef Craig (S7) in 29.31 (841 points) and James Clegg (S12) in 25.52 (7321 points).
“I wanted to improve on my time this morning which I've done,” he said. “It set me up nicely for Montreal.
“I can’t wait to get there – I want that 50m title.”
Finally, SB14 British record holder Scott Quin won the MC 100m Breastroke final in 1.10.20 (858 points).
The Warrender swimmer nudged out Trowbridge’s Aaron Moores (SB14) who finished in 1.12.33 (784 points) and Newquay’s Joseph Schenk (SB14) who was third in 1.15.46.
“It was better than this morning,” said Quin. “I have struggled today but I went much faster tonight which is good. I can’t wait for Montreal now, I’m buzzing.”