EUROPEAN RECORDS FALL ON DAY 4 OF NATIONAL CHAMPS
31 Jul 2009
Day four of the British Gas National Youth Championships (50m), incorporating the National Championships (50m) proved to be successful for the Multi Disability swimmers as they claimed three European Records.
Stephanie Millward (Swansea Performance) set new European figures for the S9 category in the Women’s Multi Disability 100m Butterfly. She swam to a new Record of 1:10.61.
Millward said: “I was very pleased with the swim. I was looking forward to it this morning and thought hopefully I would swim fast. I was pushed all the way by Rhiannon (Henry) who I train with sometimes so I knew she would swim fast today but I was very pleased to get the European Record.
“Training’s been going very well. It is hard work, my coach Billy Pye pushes me just that little bit too hard but it’s definitely worth it.”
The time claimed the silver medal overall for Milward as the medals are awarded based on British Disability Points. Gold went to Rhiannon Henry (Swansea Performance) in a time of 1:07.14 a new British Record for the S13 category. Bronze went to Heather Frederiksen (City of Salford) in the S8 category with a time of 1:16.97.
Earlier in the day Frederiksen was in fine form setting a new European and British Record for the S8 category in the heats. Frederiksen’s time of 1:15.54 was comfortably inside the previous figures of 1:17.54.
A new European Record also went to Louise Watkin (Kelly College) in the Women’s MD 50m Freestyle, in the S9 category. A fantastic swim from the sixteen year old saw her power home to stop the clock at 29.21. She was put under pressure from Heather Frederickson who this time claimed the gold medal in a time of 31.61. Bronze went to Claire Cashmore (City of Leeds) also in the S9 category in a time of 30.48.
A British Record was also set in the Men’s MD 50m Freestyle as Sean Fraser (Warrender Baths) powered to new figures of 28.72 in the S8 category. Fraser lowered his own record having previously set a British Record in the heats in the morning.
The gold medal however was a closely fought battle between Matt Walker (Marple) and David Roberts (Swansea Performance), both in the S7 category. The pair have been closely matched all year with Walker this time edging it to claim gold in a time of 28.19. Roberts had to settle for silver in a time of 28.55. Bronze went to Ben Proctor with a time of 26.45.
The Men’s MD 100m Butterfly also saw a British Record, which was set by Dave Ellis (Aquabears) in the S13 category. Ellis set new British figures of 1:01.94.
The longest pool event, the Women’s 1500m Freestyle, saw two Age Group Records fall to City of Leeds Swimmers.
The Gold in the 14/15 age group went to Danielle Hall-Jackson in a time of 16:41.31, a new age 14 record and eclipsing the previous time of 16:57.32. Hall-Jackson finished strongly to extend her lead over the final laps.
She said: “I’m really pleased with that race; I didn’t think I’d gone out hard enough but I really managed to pick it up well in the last 500m. My plan was to pick the pace up after each 500m.
“I’m very happy with the time; I didn’t expect to go that fast so I’m really pleased.”
Silver went to Rachael Williamson (Kingston-upon-Hull) in a time of 17:08.01 and bronze went to Alexandra Robinson (City of Sunderland) in 17:20.16.
Not to be outdone her City of Leeds teammate Emma Graham clocked an age 16 best time on her way to taking gold in the 16/17 age group touching in a time of 16:41.48. This rounded off a successful championship for Graham who also took the 800m title on Wednesday.
In a tight finish Aynsley Heseltine (City of Sheffield) narrowly missed out on the gold, taking silver in a time of 16:41.82. Bronze went to her City of Sheffield teammate Eleanor Faulkner in 16:47.18.
The Open competition went to Sophie Casson (Loughborough University) in a time of 16:37.41. Leading from the gun Casson was never headed to comfortably take the title. Hall-Jackson and Graham’s times were quick enough to also claim silver and bronze respectively in the Open Championship.
Loughborough University claimed a second National title later in the day as the Men’s Open 200m Freestyle title went to Ben Hockin (Loughborough University) in a new personal best time of 1:48.06. Hockin led from the first turn to finish well clear of his nearest rival Steven Beckerleg (Plymouth Leander) who claimed silver in a personal best time of 1:51.14. Bronze went to Allen Lindenberg (Borough of Waltham Forest) claiming his first senior national medal in a time of 1:52.01.
Hockin said: “It went really well. That’s my best time for the 200m and I didn’t expect to go that fast. It was a big surprise for me to go 1:48.
“I’ve got the 50m free and the 100m butterfly tomorrow so we’ll see how that goes.”
The Women’s 200m Freestyle in the 16/17 category went to Eleanor Faulkner in a time of 2:01.50. The fastest qualifier, Faulkner led from start to finish to set a new personal best for the distance. Silver went to Danielle Stirrat (City of Cardiff) and bronze to Emma Graham (City of Leeds) adding to her gold in the 1500m earlier in the day. All three medallists recorded personal bests for the event.
Earlier in the women’s 14/15 event the gold was won by Sophie Smith (City of Leicester) in a time of 2:03.43 with Sian Morgan (City of Bradford) claiming silver and Danielle Hall-Jackson adding to her earlier medal with a bronze.
The Men’s 200m IM in the 15/16 category went to David Gregory (Plymouth Leander) in a new personal best time of 2:05.16. Gregory overhauled the early leader Samuel Van De Schootbrugge (City of Oxford) in the second half of the race to take the title. Van De Schootbrugge had to settle for silver in a personal best time of 2:06.17 and Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths) the bronze in 2:07.85, also a personal best.
There was a close finish in the 17/18 age group as Lewis Coleman (Team Ipswich) narrowly edged out Jonathan Hill (Plymouth Leander) with times of 2:05.20 and 2:05.49 respectively. Moss Muir (Falkirk) claimed bronze in 2:06.86.
In the Women’s 100m Butterfly, 14/15, Libby Mitchell (Taunton Deane) claimed the title in a time of 1:02.26. She held off Laura Allison (Borough of Stockton) who finished close behind in 1:02.32. Sophie Smith posted new personal best figures of 1:02.68 on her way to taking bronze.
In the 16/17 category Hayley Towner (Bath University) set new personal best figures on her way to taking the title. She touched in a time of 1:01.18. Silver went to Charlotte Bell (Northampton) and Bronze to Devon Robins (Camden Swiss) with times of 1:02.33 and 1:03.16 respectively.
The Men’s Open 50m Backstroke went to Matthew Clay (Chard) who posted a time of 25.24 to claim gold by some margin from silver medallist Andrew Shepherd (City of Sheffield) 26.36. The bronze medal went to Darren Ward (Edinburgh University) in 26.38.
The Women’s Open 200m Individual Medley proved to be a very close race. The title went to Natalie Durrant (Ealing) in a time of 2:18.14. Erin Jeffery claimed Loughborough University’s third medal of the day taking silver in a time of 2:18.74 while bronze went to Haydn Maclean (Millfield) in 2:18.42.
The Women’s Open 50m Breaststroke title was claimed by Fiona Booth (Edinburgh University) with 31.97. Georgina Heyn (Ealing) and Kathryn Johnstone (Edinburgh University) claimed the silver and bronze medals.
The day’s events drew to a close with the Open 400m Medley relays for both Men and Women.
The men’s event proved to be a close fought battle between Plymouth Leander and Stockport Metro. The teams were closely matched throughout but Plymouth Leander edged narrowly into the lead going into the final change over. James Young produced a strong Freestyle leg to give his team a narrow victory in a time of 3:47.30. Stockport Metro had to settle for silver in a time of 3:47.70. Plymouth Leander demonstrated their strength in this event with their B Team claiming the bronze in a time of 3:49.36.
The women’s event was dominated by Guildford City who led from start to finish to claim the gold medal in a time of 4:17.09. The race for the silver medal was close with a number of teams in contention throughout. The team from City of Leeds snatched silver in a time of 4:18.64 with Leatherhead claiming bronze in 4:19.06.
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