Hat-trick of medals on Day Two in Poznan
11th July 2013
Emma Day and Caleb Hughes both reached individual podiums as the British Gas GBR Swimming team collected another three medals on the second day of the 2013 European Junior Swimming Championships in Poznan, Poland.
In a nail-biting head-to-head race with Russia’s Anastasia Guzhenkova, Day held her own down the final 50m of the race to secure her podium position in the 200m Butterfly final, clocking a lifetime best 2:12.14.
"I managed to drop my personal best from heat, to semi-final, to final so I'm really happy," - European Junior silver medallist Emma Day“I can’t really believe it,” said the Guildford City swimmer. “I managed to drop my personal best from heat, to semi-final, to final so I’m really happy, and to get the silver medal is amazing.
“I took a lot of experience from competing in the Championships last year and I think that’s really helped me to relax this time around.”
Blackpool Aquatic swimmer Shauntelle Austin set a time of 2.15.51, touching in seventh place.
The Brits also reached the podium in the Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay – a new event at the Championships.
"The team have gelled really well and I think that showed in our performance," - Mixed Relay silver medallist Jack SmithThe relay quartet of Jack Smith (51.49), Mark Szaranek (50.55), Harriet Cooper (55.29) and Katie Latham (55.92) put in a breath-taking performance, finishing in a time of 3:33.25 to win the team's second silver medal of the evening.
“That was a great team effort tonight,” said Smith, “It was quite intimidating going up against the Russian’s who have been swimming so quick today, but we kept our heads down and swam our own race.
“It feels great to get a medal here; this is my first year at European Juniors so I came here not really knowing what to expect, but the team have gelled really well and I think that showed in our performance.”
Britain seemed to get a taste for the medals with Caleb Hughes adding to the growing tally of best swims, touching third in the fastest heat of the 1500m Freestyle.
In a time of 15:19.63, Hughes smashed his previous best by more than 10 seconds to seal his spot on the podium.
“I’m really happy with the bronze and especially the time.” said the 17-year old.
“I wasn’t expecting to swim quite that well today. My training has been a little up and down, but my new coach Ian Wright has been great and told me before I came that I could medal; I’m really pleased.”
Millfield swimmer Joel Knight touched just outside his personal best, finishing eighth in a time of 15:30.17.
Having set a new Scottish record in the heat of the Girl’s 200m Backstroke, Warrender’s Megan Briggs dug deep in the final, picking up the pace down the final length to finish just outside the medals in fourth in a time of 2:14.63.
Kelso swimmer Lucy Hope finished in ninth place in a time of 2:17.95.
In the final of the 200m Breaststroke, Harry Ackland took the race out hard from the start against a very strong line up, touching in a time of 2:17.43 to finish seventh.
Ellena Jones looked at home in the final of the 400m Freestyle, despite coming back from injury last year and taking just over a year out of the pool.
The 16-year old Swansea swimmer took the international venue and the field of strong competitors in her stride, clocking 4:17.02 for sixth place.
Britain’s Nathan Theodoris fought hard against an extremely tough field to place ninth in the final of the 100m Backstroke, clocking a time of 56.86 - just outside the personal best he set in the semi-final yesterday.
British individual medley duo Max Litchfield (Doncaster Dartes) and Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) qualified through to the 200m final in second and fifth place respectively.
Following his huge personal best in last night’s 400m Freestyle final, Litchfield set another best time of 2.01.90 to earn him lane five in what promises to be an exciting final tomorrow night.
Last night’s 400m Freestyle silver medallist Matthew Johnson took to the water again in the semi-final of the 200m Butterfly, touching fourth in his heat to qualify through fifth to tomorrow’s final.
Plymouth Leander swimmer Jack Smith swam just off the personal best time he set in the heats, touching sixth in his 100m Freestyle semi-final to finish 12th overall in 50.96.
In the 200m Breaststroke semi-final, Erin Nabney (2:36.40) took another second off the two and a half second personal best she set in the heats to place 14th overall.
2013 European Junior Team Leader coach, Mark Perry said: “It was a tough night of racing for us this evening but to come away with the same medals as last night, two silvers and one bronze, shows the character of this team.
“Tonight has seen some really impressive racing, with meets records falling in several events; but the team has not been fazed; we’ve stuck to our race plans and really got behind each other.
“We have some strong events coming up in the next three days and we will of course be striving to top the podium. We just need to keep up the momentum going and race hard over the next few days.”