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Weekend of records for young disability swimmers

4th March 2013

Great Britain’s top disabled swimmers smashed five world records during this weekend’s Nationwide Junior and Youth Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Paralympic medallist Hannah Russell (Kelly College SC) claimed two world records and two British records in the S12 classification at the two-day meet.

We're all looking forward to going back into long course compeittion and seeing where we are.

She showed form in the S12 400m Freestyle, taking more than eight seconds off her own previous world record time, clocking 4:28.94. In the 100m Backstroke she touched in another new S12 world best time of 1:07.86.

She added to these with two British records in the S12 50m (27.75) and 100m Freestyle (59.73) respectively.

And with the first major long course meet of the season approaching at the British Gas International Meet in Leeds, Russell insisted she's excited to see how her form transfers to the 50m pool.

"We're all looking forward to going back into long course competition and seeing where we are," said Russell, who switched to train and study at Kelly College after London 2012.

"I'd love to come close to my long course pbs there as well - if I could that would be a massive bonus.

"I really wasn't expecting such big records this weekend. The 100m Free was especially nice because I've been stuck on 1:00 for a while and to go under a minute was amazing.

"Training has been a lot tougher since I moved to Kelly. I'm doing more hours now with 26.5 compared to around 20 so it's more intense but it's going quite well obviously."

S14 200m Freestyle Paralympic champion Jessica-Jane Applegate (UEA City of Norwich SC) broke four British records over the weekend. Success in the S14 100m Freestyle (59.73) meant Applegate joined Russell to be the first British disabled women in their classes to clock under a minute in the event. Other British records for Applegate were over 200m Freestyle (2:10.30), 100m Butterfly (1:10.22) and 50m Freestyle (27.80).

Paralympic S7 400m Freestyle champion Josef Craig (South Tyneside SC) entered the pool this weekend as a favourite in his races. He took a world record in the same event over a short course, knocking more than seven seconds off the old marker in 4:34.88.

Just a personal best is great but it's another time and another step in the right direction.

He said after breaking the record: “It’s quite amazing. Just a personal best is great but it’s another time, and another step in the right direction. I’m more relaxed over short course, but really enjoying it this weekend. Now I’m looking ahead to August and the IPC World Swimming Championships in Canada”.

Scottish swimmer Andrew Mullen (REN96) broke two European records in the SM5 200m Individual Medley (3:11.60) and the S5 50m Backstroke (39.23). He also clocked a new British record in the S5 50m Butterfly (38.56). 

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