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JOHNSON CLAIMS ANOTHER THREE AT AGE GROUP CHAMPS

25 Jul 2009
As the penultimate day of the British Gas National Age Group Championships got underway, the stands filled with excited friends and family who watched on as more British Age Group Records were set.

Matthew Johnson took three steps toward a repeat of his 2008 10-gold-medal haul by taking the titles in the boys 14-years 800m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle events.
The City of Sheffield swimmer finished the 800m strongly pulling away from the rest of the field to finish in a time of 8:18.90, ahead of Joseph Poynter (Bournemouth D) whose 8:20.57 won him silver.
The 200m freestyle saw Johnson beat rival Poynter again by nearly two seconds to claim the victory and his eighth gold of the Championships and setting a new British Age Group Record of 1:53.63 in the process.
In a very close 100m breaststroke Johnson claimed a narrow victory in 1:07.86 over tough competition. Alexander Gregory was less than 0.5 seconds behind Johnson as he touched the wall to take his ninth of the week.
“I never saw [Gregory] coming, I never see anyone. I just try to keep my head down and think about my own race.
“I’ve got one more to go and I’m feeling good, hopefully there will be a repeat of last year.”
Tomorrow will see Matthew Johnson compete in his final race of the Championships – the boys 14-years 400m IM - as he aims to complete a Phelps-like task of 10 gold.
Sporting a freshly shaven Mohican haircut Jack Smith of Plymouth Leander won the boys 13-years 200m freestyle event in a new British Age Group Record of 1:58.18. He beat Carnegie’s Mark Szaranek (1:59.30) and Mid Bedfordshire’s Caleb Hughes (2:00.89) into second and third respectively to add another gold to his already impressive medal tally.
Speaking after the race he said: “I’ve knocked four seconds off my PB today; one in the heats and three just then in the final. I was aiming to go under two minutes so I’m very happy with the result.
“I came here expecting to get one gold and I’ve got five so far.”
Of his and other Plymouth Leander swimmers’ new hairstyles he said: “We all did it as a team thing to try and get everyone in the team spirit.
“They are absolutely amazing there’s so much support and it feels good inside and really helps me when I race.”
The boys 12-years 100m breaststroke gold went to Millfield’s Rio Kurihara, who took the title in 1:13.01. Kurihara showed his speed as he pulled ahead of the rest of the field to knock almost four seconds off his personal best. He adds this to the gold he won on Thursday in the 400m IM.
A thrilled Kurihara said: “I’m really happy, it’s amazing to have won another gold. The meet has gone really well for me and I have the 400m IM still to come tomorrow.”
Cheadle’s Jodie Hawksworth set a new British Age Group Record in the heats of the girls 13-years 100m breaststroke, only to smash it by a further three seconds in a time of 1:11.27 in the final. Having taken silver in the 200m breaststroke on Thursday, Hawksworth was pleased to have gone one better:
“I’m so happy. I’ve been working towards this all year. I was beaten by a fingernail in this event last year so to win now is amazing,” she said.
The final British Age Group Record of the evening was set by Plymouth Leander’s Matthew Powell in the boys 14-years 100m butterfly. His time of 56.56 knocked half a second off European Youth Olympic double medallist Grant Halsall’s record.
Tomorrow will see the final events of the British Gas National Age Group Championships contested at Ponds Forge, including the girls 200m IM, boys 400m IM and the 4x100m medley relays.
-ENDS-
Full list of Day 4 results – Saturday 25th July 2009
Boys 11-years 200m freestyle
1.            Philip Dowding-Young teamipswich         2:12.96
2.            Mark Ovington  Derwentside                     2:15.37
3.            Aaron Lloyd        Portsmouth N                  2:16.09
Boys 12-years 200m freestyle
1.            Jordan Hughes  N Ayrshire                          2:04.36
2.            Benjamin Levart               Amersham                         2:07.82
3.            Jarrod Bradfield                Clacton On S                      2:08.36
Boys 13-years 200m freestyle
1.            Jack Smith           Plymouth Lea                   1:58.18 (British Age Group Record)
2.            Mark Szaranek  Carnegie              1:59.30
3.            Caleb Hughes    Mid Beds                            2:00.89
Boys 14-years 200m freestyle
1.            Matthew Johnson           Co Sheffield                      1:53.63 (British Age Group Record)
2.            Joseph Poynter                Bournem'th D                   1:55.58
3.            Matthew Powell              Plymouth Lea                   1:56.15
Girls 11-years 100m backstroke
1.            Jennifer King      N Ayrshire                          1:08.51
2.            Alice Hewson     Berkhamsted                    1:09.28
3.            Emma Grayson Co Liverpool                      1:09.47
Girls 12-years 100m backstroke
1.            Charlotte McKenzie        Falkirk                  1:07.98
2.            Sasha Stalker     Haslemere                         1:08.80
3.            Lauren Mills        Stockport Mo                   1:09.11
Girls 13-years 100m backstroke
1.            Phoebe Lenderyou Co Newcastle            1:04.55
2.            Jessica Twose Exeter City                            1:06.29
3.            Jaeger Turner    Co Salford                          1:06.38
Boys 11-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Rubens King       Guildford Ct                      1:21.45
2.            Oliver Davidson                Long Eaton          1:21.79
3.            Jacob Seddon    Co Leeds                             1:23.34
Boys 12-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Rio Kurihara        Millfield                               1:13.01
2.            James Thompson             Co Leeds              1:15.53
3.            Laker Wong        Kingsbridge                       1:16.65
Boys 13-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Hiroki Harazawa                Croydon Amph 1:10.85
2.            Harry Ackland    Plymouth Lea                   1:11.12
3.            Niall Grant           Plymouth Lea                   1:11.19
Boys 14-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Matthew Johnson           Co Sheffield       1:07.86
2.            Alexander Gregory         Heads Valley      1:08.21
3.            Luke Howdle      Nova Cent'n                      1:09.78
Girls 11-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Daniella Whiting               Bath Univ            1:19.09
2.            Erin Nabney       Harrow Weald                  1:20.47
3.            Angharad Eburne Rushmoor Ryl                1:20.89
Girls 12-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Georgina Evans Co Liverpool                      1:15.38
2.            Jade Scott           Plymouth Lea                   1:15.63
3.            Chloe Davey       Plymouth Lea                   1:16.01
Girls 13-years 100m breaststroke
1.            Jodie Hawksworth           Cheadle               1:11.27 (British Age Group Record)
2.            Jessica Liss          Plymouth Lea                   1:12.51
3.            Sophie Taylor     Donc Dartes                      1:13.46
Boys 11-years 100m butterfly
1.            Benjamin Stevens Co South'ton                1:09.37
2.            Aaron Lloyd        Portsmouth N                  1:10.23
3.            Alan Wong          Ferndown                          1:10.75
Boys 12-years 100m butterfly
1.            Jordan Hughes N Ayrshire            1:04.39
2.            Dale McAnish    Falkirk                  1:04.50
3.            Daniel Liu             Yeovil                   1:04.92
Boys 13-years 100m butterfly
1.            Mark Szaranek  Carnegie              58.95
2.            Reece Dunn       Plymouth Lea                   59.69
3.            Cameron Austin               Preston                1:00.52
Boys 14-years 100m butterfly
1.            Matthew Powell              Plymouth Lea                   56.56 (Matthew Powell)
2.            Oliver Leonard  Plymouth Lea                   57.87
3.            Vincent De Raucourt      Kingston Roy                     58.81
Girls 800m freestyle team
1.            Stockport Metro                             Stockport Mo                   8:47.28
2.            City of Sheffield                               Co Sheffield                      8:49.74
3.            Gallica (Lancashire) A                    Gallica                  8:49.83
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