Louise Watkin leads British trio into Medley final on day two
4 July 2011
Defending champion Louise Watkin set the standard to qualify fastest for the women’s SM9 200m Individual Medley final in the morning session of day two of the IPC Swimming European Championships.
Fresh from her S9 100m Freestyle bronze from day one, Watkin stormed through the final heat to clock 2:39.87 with teammates Claire Cashmore (2:40.10) and Kate Grey (2:45.27) also through in second and sixth respectively.
Heather Frederiksen will go for a second gold in as many days after qualifying fastest for the S8 50m Freestyle final.
The 25-year old - who won S8 100m Backstroke gold on day one - set a season’s best 32.07 to progress 0.45 seconds clear of the field.
Tom Young also progressed fastest from the morning heats in the SB7 100m Breaststroke, setting a personal best 1:26.91 to book lane four for tonight’s final.
All four British swimmers progressed through to their respective 200m Freestyle finals in the S14 category.
World champion Dan Pepper (2:05.55) was second fastest ahead of Ben Procter (2:05.69) and Craig Rodgie (2:07.61 – PB) in third and fifth while Natalie Massey (2:17.58) won her heat to progress in third.
Youngsters Emma Cattle (2:43.36 – PB) and Gemma Almond (2:43.94) will also chase medals in the SM10 200m Individual Medley after progressing second and third fastest respectively.
Meanwhile, Emma Hollis (1:43.29) was third fastest into the SB7 100m Breaststroke final and James Crisp (2:24.03) is through third fastest in the SM9 200m Individual Medley.
Other swimmers to reach finals tonight were Anthony Stephens (S5 50m Butterfly, 36.65), Rob Welbourn (SM10 200m Individual Medley, 2:22.44), Jack Bridge (SM10 200m Individual Medley, 2:22.73 - PB) and Sean Fraser (S8 50m Freestyle, 28.81).
Finally, international newcomers Nicole Lough (2:44.00) and James Hollis (2:27.02) smashed their pbs in the S12 200m Freestyle and SM10 200m Individual Medley respectively.