15th April 2014
Roberto Pavoni took his third British title and Lauren Quigley broke the English 50m Backstroke Record on the final day of the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow.
There was great support for the British Gas National Centre Loughborough swimmer as Pavoni looked to secure his third gold having already won the 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley titles.
And the defending champion did not disappoint as he led the field to finish in 1:59.08.
A delighted Pavoni said: “Coming into this meet the first aim was to make the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games and the second was to win as many medals as possible. I’ve retained my titles in both the Individual Medleys and added the 200m Fly so I’m really happy.”
Joseph Roebuck (British Gas National Centre Bath) took silver with 2:00.31, just ahead of Lewis Coleman (City of Sheffield) who finished in 2:00.50.
In the 50m Backstroke Stockport Metro’s Quigley took her second British title of the meet and set an English Record with a time of 27.90.
Going into the final Quigley and defending champion Georgia Davies (British Gas National Centre Loughborough) were separated by 0.01 seconds as they won their respective heats.
The final proved just as competitive as Davies fought back after a great start from Davies to finish 0.09 seconds behind in silver (27.99).
Davies’ National Sprint Squad teammate Francesca Halsall finished in a personal best 28.04 to take her fifth medal of the Championships.
Quigley said: “It was a great final and a great way to finish the meet. I’m really pleased with my performances and will now look towards the summer.”
Welsh record holder Jazz Carlin finished just outside her personal best to take gold in the 400m Freestyle.
Having won the 800m Freestyle title yesterday, the Swansea University athlete had great pace, pulling away after 200m to finish in 4:04.68.
Carlin said: “It was tough after the 800m yesterday but it was one of the quickest times I’ve done so I’m happy with the performance.
“It was difficult to know how fast I would go as I hadn’t had much rest in the last 24 hours so I’m really pleased with the result.”
Olympic and World Championship finalist Dan Fogg (British Gas National Centre Loughborough) took his third consecutive British 1500m Freestyle title with a 14.59.86 swim in the final.
Fogg said: “My target coming into this event was to swim a PB. After my 400m went well at the beginning of the week it was looking good, so I’m a bit disappointed with my time. But hopefully I’ve done enough to represent England in the Commonwealth Games and so will spend the next few months trying to get nearer the 14:50.00 mark.”
British Gas National Centre Bath’s Jay Lelliott posted a personal best 15:12.70 to take silver. Fogg’s Loughborough team mate Jack Burnell also lowered his PB, finishing in 15:14.64 for bronze.
Having already won the 100 Free, Brown took the gold in 22.27 with Proud finishing in 22.31 to take silver. Edinburgh University’s Richard Schafers swam just outside his PB to take bronze with 22.65.
Brown said: “It was a good race and I knew it was going to come down to the finish. But I got the win and hopefully have made the Commonwealth Games team.”
In the SM10 200m Individual Medley, four-time IPC World champion Amy Marren (Romford Town) sprinted away from the field to take gold in 2:34.64.
Although just outside the English nomination time, the 15-year old was happy with her swim. She said: “I was a bit nervous in the heats this morning as this was my only race of the event, so I’m pleased to have taken almost two seconds off my time in the finals.
“My main focus this year is qualifying for the IPC European Championships at the trials this weekend so I’m looking forward to that.”
Tully Kearney (Boldmere) took silver in 2:38.30, just ahead of Eleni Papadopoulos (City of Manchester Aquatics) in 2:39.59. Twelve-year old Coral Farrell (Warrington Warriors) swam a personal best to finish in 3:11.44.
In the last race of the competition Daniel Jervis (Swansea University) set a 1500m Freestyle British 17 Years Age Group Record and finished below the Welsh selection standard as he sliced 29 seconds off his personal best to win the junior British title in 15.16.46.
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