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Golden hat-tricks for Halsall and Roebuck

3rd June 2013

Francesca Halsall and Joe Roebuck each landed golden hat-tricks as a host of GB’s top swimmers completed their British Gas Swimming Championships preparation at the East District Open SASA Grand Prix 2013 in Edinburgh.

European and Commonwealth gold medallist Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough) was untouchable in the sprint events as she stormed to victory with season’s bests over 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly.

Tickets are on sale now to watch Great Britain's top swimmers qualify for the World Champs at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield - click here to find out more.Halsall’s winning efforts across all three events were under the World Championships Qualification Time she will be chasing at this month’s British Gas Swimming Championships as she clocked 24.44 (50m Free), 25.97 (50m Fly) and 54.23 (100m Free) respectively.

Halsall’s National Sprint Squad training partner Amy Smith followed her home in all three events with silvers in 25.21 (50m Free), 27.18 (50m Fly) and 55.50 (100m Free).

Roebuck’s (British Gas ITC Bath) hat-trick of titles came in the 100m Butterfly (53.40), 200m Butterfly (1:59.10) and 200m Individual Medley (2:02.42) as he repeated his results from March’s British Gas International Meet.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (British Gas ITC Bath) also impressed in Edinburgh with double gold over 200m Individual Medley and 100m Butterfly.

The 17-year old clocked the second fastest time of her career to win the 200m IM final by more than two seconds in 2:11.15 before setting a personal best 59.57 for victory in the 100m Fly in the final session.

The teenager was only denied a third gold by the in-form Stacey Tadd (Bath University) who set a season’s best 1:08.79 for gold in the 100m Breaststroke ahead of O’Connor (1:09.43) and another season’s best to double up over 200m Breaststroke in 2:28.39.

Hannah Miley (400m Free, 400m IM), Robbie Renwick (100m Free, 200m Free), Dan Fogg (400m Free, 1500m Free) and Lizzie Simmonds (100m Back, 200m Back) were the other four swimmers to scoop double gold over the weekend.

There were also some eye-catching results across the men’s breaststroke events to whet the appetite for this month’s trials.

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson (British Gas ITC Bath) claimed 200m Breaststroke gold (2:13.39) but 19-year old Ross Murdoch (British Gas ITC Stirling) was hot on his heels with a personal best 2:13.60 for silver.

Murdoch went one better for 100m Breaststroke gold – also in a pb – as he clocked 1:00.62 to finish ahead of Craig Benson (Warrender) in 1:01.87 and Jamieson in 1:02.23.

The teenager claimed his third medal with silver in the 50m Breaststroke, his 28.26 only bettered by British 100m Breaststroke champion Dan Sliwinski’s (British Gas ITC Stirling) 28.16 on his seasonal debut.

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