Simmonds crowned British Champion
29 Mar 2010
Double Paralympic Champion Eleanor Simmonds took her first British title of 2010 as she won the women’s MD 400m Freestyle at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2010 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
Simmonds (S6), who specialises in the 400m Freestyle, impressed throughout the race as she looked strong through the water.
The Swansea Performance swimmer touched in a time of 5:35.16 and scored 1056 points to win the gold medal. Silver went to Francesca O’Connor (S7, Swansea Performance) who finished in 5:42.62 to score 792 points.
The bronze medal went to Natalie Jones (S6, Colchester Phoenix) who finished in a time of 6:12.09 and scored 772 points.
The S14 British record was lowered in the men’s MD 200m Freestyle final after a strong swim from Ben Procter.
Procter (Newquay Comorants) and Dan Pepper performed excellently at the IPC Swimming European Championships in October but Pepper was the swimmer that came out on top.
Procter and Pepper pushed each other all the way throughout tonight’s final but it was Procter that came out on top after touching in a new British record time of 2:04.09 with a total of 964 points.
Pepper (Stockport Metro) sealed silver with a time of 2:05.03 and 943 points. Bronze was won by Andrew Zawadzki (Nova Centurion) in a time of 2:19.33 with 681 points.
European Champion Jonathan Fox (S7, Newquay Comorants) won the men’s 400m Freestyle after beating category rival Dave Roberts to the wall.
Fox scored a total of 942 points with his time of 4:58.24 which was two seconds off his personal best time. Fox was crowned British Champion ahead of Sam Hynd (Swansea Performance).
Hynd took silver with a total of 938 points after finishing in a time of 4:31.99 and James Crisp won bronze. The City of Sheffield swimmer, who is making his return from injury, scored a total of 936 after finishing in 4:22.72.
Aquabears swimmer Natalie Massey claimed victory in the women’s MD 200m Freestyle with an impressive swim.
Massey finished in a time of 2:25.12 and secured a total of 796 points to win the British title. Chloe Selman (Doncaster Dartes) took silver in a time of 2:31.70 and a total of 697.
Stephanie Bird won bronze in 2:33.62 and 671 points.