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Double gold for O’Connor in Manchester

25 June 2014

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took double gold in the first final session of the British Gas International Swimming Meet in Manchester. 

After setting a new personal best in the 100m Freestyle heats, O’Connor lowered her time again to win gold in 54.46.

Click here for full results from the British Gas International Swimming Meet 2014 in Manchester.Ten minutes later the British Gas NTC Bath swimmer led from the front to touch in 2:10.39 and retain her 200m Individual Medley title.

A delighted O’Connor said: “I’m really happy with my results today. It’s been a different sort of challenge having to get up for finals as last night felt like a final session rather than the heats. But I’m really happy with the times. 

“My freestyle has come on a lot recently as I’ve been concentrating on my technique. I’m still in hard training but I’m surprising myself with the times I’m swimming at the moment which is encouraging in the build up to the Commonwealth Games.”

Bath teammate Amelia Maughan took silver in the 100m Freestyle in a PB 55.36 with Jessica Lloyd (City of Manchester) taking bronze in 55.45.

While in the 200m Individual Medley Hannah Miley (Garioch) finished second in 2:12.51 and Danielle Lowe (City of Derby) was third in 2:13.05.

Georgia Davies (British Gas NTC Loughborough) retained her 50m Backstroke title clocking a 28.00 ahead of Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas NTC Bath) in 28.95 and Ekaterina Avramova (Ealing) in 29.24.

Davies said: “It was another solid 50m. I’ve been quite consistent this season and I’ve got to the stage where I’m almost disappointed when I don’t go under 28 seconds now.

“It’s been quite weird having the finals in the morning today but hopefully I’ll be quicker in a few weeks time when I’m properly rested.”

In the men’s competition City of Derby’s Adam Peaty was 0.27 seconds outside the British Record he set in Canet earlier this month to take gold in 27.46.

Peaty said: “I’ve been training a lot in all events and am really pleased with the result today. I expected to go quicker after my heat yesterday but it’s still a very fast time so I’m happy.”

Ross Murdoch was second in 27.91 with Andrew Weatheritt, who broke the British short course 50m Breaststroke record last weekend, third in 27.99.

Plymouth Leander’s Antony James swam just inside his season’s best to take the 100m Butterfly in 53.20 ahead of British champion James Guy (Millfield School) in 53.53. Adam Barrett (British Gas NTC Loughborough) and Joe Roebuck (British Gas NTC Bath) both touched in at 53.97 to share bronze.

In the Men’s 400m Freestyle Stephen Milne (Perth City) was just outside his PB in 3:51.73 to take gold ahead of Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow) in 3:52.37. Denmark’s Anders Lie took bronze in 3:53.50.

British champion Charlie Boldison (University of Stirling) posted a 2:00.65 in the 200m Backstroke to take the title. Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth), who took bronze at the British Gas Swimming Champs in April, was second in 2.00.76 with Joseph Hulme (Plymouth Leander) third in 2:03.50.

In the women’s 800m Freestyle Hannah Miley led from the start to finish in 8:37.58 ahead of City of Glasgow’s Camilla Hattersley in 8:38.91 and Alice Dearing (Royal Wolverhampton) in a PB 8:41.92.

For further video interviews with Georgia Davies, Scott Quin and Steph Slater, click here to head to Swimming TV.In the inaugural Club 400m Medley relay, Plymouth Leader (Eliza Duffy, Ruta Meilutyte, Charlotte Atkinson, Grace Vertigans) won the women’s competition in 4:05.02 and Warrender Baths (Craig McNally, Craig Benson, Sean Campsie, Lewis Smith) won the men’s competition in 3:44.00.

In the men’s MC 100m Freestyle Phelipe Rodrigues (S10) was close to ducking under 53 seconds for the first time as he touched in at 53.01 to take gold with 884 points. Matthew Wylie (S9) took silver in 60.03 for 782 points and Sascha Kindred (S6) finished in 1:11.55 for 765 points to take the bronze.

S8 swimmer Steph Slater took the women’s title in the 100m Freestyle with 879 points (1:08.52) with Hannah Russell (S12) second with 855 points (1:01.53) and Stephanie Millward (S9) third with 853 points (1:04.40).

Scott Quinn (SB14) clocked a 1:09.80 in the MC 100m Breaststroke to take gold with 872 points. Aaron Moores (S14) and Joseph Schenk (S14) finished in 1:11.99 and 1:15.16 respectively.

In the women’s event Charlotte Henshaw (SB6) swam a season’s best 1:40.09 to take gold with 869 points ahead of Nicole Lough (SB14, 866 points) and Elizabeth Johnson (SB6, 807 points) in 1:20.61 and 1:42.57 respectively.

In the junior races Duncan Scott (Falkirk) took over five seconds off his personal best to take gold in the 400m Freestyle in 3:56.67. There were other PBs as Darcy Deakin took the 100m Freestyle title in 57.74 and Charlie Attwood won the 50m Breaststroke in a British 16 Years Age Group record 29.07.

The top four finishers in the women’s 16 Yrs/Under 50m Backstroke all set PBs with the title going to Freya Rayner (30.20) ahead of Anna Maine (30.23), Lara Charlton (30.61) and Lucy Farmer (30.72).

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