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Millward chases second European record on day six

8 July 2011

Stephanie Millward fell 0.27 seconds short of her European record as she led qualifiers into the S9 100m Backstroke final in the morning session of day six at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

The British Gas GBR Disability Swimming team could be set for their second clean sweep of the podium this week, with Louise Watkin (1:16.68) progressing second fastest and Lauren Steadman (1:17.16) just behind her in third.

But all eyes will be on Millward in the final, who qualified six seconds clear in 1:10.58 and will go for her second gold in as many days in Berlin.

Dan Pepper also leads a British trio into the SB14 100m Breaststroke final after clocking the fastest qualifying time in the heats.

Pepper touched in 1:11.66 to progress with Scott Quin (1:15.04) third fastest and Nick Boylan (1:15.20) in fourth.

Heather Frederiksen and Emma Hollis qualified in first and second for tonight’s S8 100m Freestyle final.

Defending champion and world record holder Frederiksen set the quickest time, winning her heat in 1:07.78.

Meanwhile, Hollis – who finished second behind Frederiksen in the S7 400m Freestyle earlier in the week – won her heat in 1:13.30.

Emma Cattle beat her own British record to qualify second fastest for the S10 100m Backstroke final.

Cattle was just 0.05 off the European record set by Spain’s defending champion Esther Morales in the previous heat as she touched in 1:13.06.

Matt Walker will defend his S7 50m Butterfly title after winning his heat in 34.00 to progress third fastest.

Anthony Stephens will go for his third medal of the Championships after winning his heat to reach the S5 100m Freestyle final. Stephens clocked 1:19.21 to progress second fastest while teenager Andrew Mullen set a personal best 1:29.54 to qualify in seventh.

The British trio of Sean Fraser, Sam Hynd and Oliver Hynd made smooth progress into the S8 100m Freestyle final.

British record holder Fraser was the fastest qualifier of the three, progressing fourth overall in 1:01.87 while Sam (1:01.88) and Oliver (1:02.47) qualified in fifth and sixth respectively.

Nicole Lough (1:26.64) and Natalie Massey (1:26.82) booked their spots in the SB14 100m Breaststroke final, qualifying in fifth and sixth respectively.

Liz Johnson and Natalie Jones both sealed their places in the S6 50m Butterfly final. British record holder Jones progressed fourth fastest in 41.88 while 100m Breaststroke champion Johnson was seventh fastest in 44.53.

Finally, James Hollis clocked a personal best 1:08.20 in his S10 100m Freestyle heat but missed out on a final spot by 0.85 seconds

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