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British youngsters impress in Flanders

21st January 2013

Lauren Quigley defeated the elements and her opposition by winning four out of four races at the Flanders Speedo Cup in Belgium at the weekend.

Due to adverse weather, the British Gas GBR Swimming Team was reduced to 12 but unperturbed Quigley dominated the Backstroke events. The City of Manchester swimmer won the 50m (28.80) , 100m (1.01.05) and 200m (2.13.91) Backstroke finals as well as playing her part in the 4x100m Freestyle relay when the British( Faulkner, Turner, Quigley and Fullalove) took the win.

Quigley’s City of Manchester teammate Jessica Fullalove finished just behind her in the 100m Back, touching in 1.02.24 in second place. She was also third in the 50m Backstroke in 29.83.

Middlesbrough’s Danielle Lowe also won two individual events. She proved a force to be reckoned with in the Medley events winning the 200m in 2.14.78 and the 400m in 4.46.43, a personal best time. She also picked up two third places in the 100m Breastroke in a PB of 1.10.01 and 200m Breaststroke in 2.30.43.

City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Tuner and Ellie Faulkner were dominant in the Freestyle events with Faulkner doing the double in the 400m (4.14.75) and 800m (8.45.31)and Turner finishing first in the 200m Freestyle in 2.00.03 and then second in the 50m (26.11) and the 100m (56.01).

Rachael Williamson from Kingston-upon-Hull was close behind Faulkner and finished second to her in both the 400m and 800m Freestyle events in 4.17.66 and 8.55.32 respectively.

Russell Smith, from British Gas ITC Stockport, led the way for the men with three second place finishes.

After setting  a personal best of 28.65 to take second place in the 50m Breaststroke, Smith also went on to finish second in the 100m event in 1.02.26 and the 200m in 2.16.50.

Doncaster’s Max Litchfield was second in the 400m Freestyle in 3.57.46, followed by Perth’s Stephen Milne in third in 3.59.68. The duo also kept the same positions in the 1500m Freestyle finishing in 15.41.47 (Litchfield) and 15.53.45 (Milne). Litchfield also took third place in the 400m Individual Medley in 4.27.85 and third in the 200m IM in 2.07.52.

The men’s relay quartet of Litchfield, Smith, Milne and Sam Horrocks (City of Manchester) won the 4x100m Medley relay in 3.38.68 and the same team were second in the 4x100m Freestyle.

Finally, City of Leeds’ Sophie Taylor was second in the 50m Breaststroke in 32.02.

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