Brits sign off from Barcelona with 13 medals
15 June 2014
Britain’s best swimmers signed off from the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona with 13 medals including three golds and two Championships records.
Jazz Carlin added gold in the 400m Freestyle to her 1500m Freestyle title from day one as she continued her strong run of form through the Mare Nostrum Series.
The Swansea University swimmer touched in 4:04.03 to take the Championship record and equal her Welsh record. Hannah Miley (Garioch) finished fourth in 4:10.75 and Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield) took seventh place in 4:21.50.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also swam to a Championship record as she won gold in the 200m Individual Medley.
O’Connor (British Gas NTC Bath) led throughout the final and swam close to the British record as she touched in a new English record 2:09.63. Japan’s Kanako Watanabe won silver in 2:12.42.
Georgia Davies (British Gas NTC Loughborough) stormed to gold in the 50m Backstroke with an impressive 27.94 to add to her silver in the 100m Backstroke from the first day. Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas NTC Bath) finished in eighth place with a time of 29.14.
The City of Derby swimmer took on Russia’s Andrei Nikolaev but was beaten to the gold by a new Championship record.
The Brit, who lowered the British 50m Breaststroke record to 27.19 at the previous leg of the Mare Nostrum in Canet, took his silver in 27.57 with Mark Tully (East Lothian) taking fifth in 28.17 and Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) finished in seventh place in 28.19.
Sprint specialist Francesca Halsall backed up her gold on the first day of competition with silver in the 100m Freestyle.
British Gas NTC Loughborough’s Halsall turned in seventh place and swam an impressive final 50m to take the silver medal. She touched in 54.34. Amy Smith took fifth place in 55.23 and Jessica Lloyd finished eighth in 56.04.
Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson (British Gas NTC Bath) continued his medal winning form in the 200m Breaststroke with silver in a time of 2:10.47. Peaty and Murdoch swam home in 2:12.72 and 2:12.89 for sixth and seventh place respectively.
Millfield’s James Guy added to his medal tally with silver when he touched in 1:48.22 in the 200m Freestyle showing his impressive form in the freestyle events this year. Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow) touched in 1:49.15 to just miss the medals in fourth place.
Simmonds, who finished fourth in the Olympic final, won silver in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:09.30. Jessica Fullalove (Manchester Aquatics) finished in eighth place in a time of 2:15.95.
In the 200m Butterfly, Willmott added a second bronze to her tally after touching just ahead of British team-mate Jemma Lowe (British Gas NTC Bath) in a time of 2:09.88.
Lowe finished in 2:09.97 with Alys Thomas (Swansea Performance) taking fifth place in 2:11.51. Elena Sheridan (British Gas NTC Loughborough) finished in seventh place in 2:12.41.
Roberto Pavoni (British Gas NTC Loughborough) took the bronze in the 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:18.44 while Tom Haffield (City of Cardiff) finished in fourth place in 4:21.03. Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield) secured fifth place after touching in 4:21.19.
The 100m Backstroke saw Chris Walker-Hebborn (British Gas NTC Bath) finish in third place for his second bronze of the Barcelona leg. He touched in 54.53.
Perth’s Stephen Milne impressed in the 1500m Freestyle with a bronze after finishing in a time of 15:15.82.
Molly Renshaw (British Gas NTC Loughborough) finished in fourth place in the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:09.10 and Sophie Allen (British Gas NTC Bath) finished just behind in 1:09.54 for fifth.
Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander) took fourth place in the 50m Freestyle in a time of 22.29. Adam Barrett (British Gas NTC Loughborough) took seventh place in the 100m Butterfly in 53.77.
The 50m Butterfly saw Lowe and Rachael Kelly take sixth and seventh place respectively. Lowe touched in 26.95 while Kelly finished in 27.09.