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Karley Mann clinches bronze in Indianapolis

9th August 2012

There was more success for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team on Day 2 of the 2012 US Nationals in Indianapolis as Karley Mann sealed bronze in the 200m Backstroke.

2010 European Junior Champion and 2011 World Junior Bronze Medallist, Karley Mann, coached by Dave Hemmings at Hillingdon, was in contention throughout the Championship Final of the 200m Backstroke.

I swam my own race and I'm happy with the overall time for the end of the season.

Mann (17) battled with early leader, Megan Romano from Georgia and collected the British Gas National Team’s first official medal of the meet, a Bronze, in 2:10.95.

“That was amazing,” said Mann. “Going into this meet, I had hoped to improve on the 2:09.77 I set the other week at ASA Youth Championships, but I swam my own race and I am happy with the overall time for the end of the season.”

Romano touched for Gold in 2:09.08.

The GB quartet of Kane Haggett (51.53); Lewis Coleman (51.32); Dan Wallace (51.22) and Alfie Howes (51.95) improved on their pre-meet entry time by 1.5 seconds, to finish a credible fifth in the heat-declared winner 4x100m Free Relay in 3:26.02.

Anne Bochmann, representing British Gas ITC Bath, but travelling with the British Gas National Squad, qualified in sixth place after the morning heats for the Championship Final of the 400m Free.

In the evening Final, Bochmann was with the leaders until 300m but ran out of steam a little on the closing 100m, but took consolation from an improved ranking and a quicker time in the final by almost two seconds (4:11.11).

Rob Holderness, competing for Swim Wales, and Richard Webb, representing the British Gas ITC Swansea, qualified seventh and eighth into the final of the 200m Breaststroke.

Webb came home sixth in 2:13.61, well over a second faster than his morning heat performance. Holderness was eighth but his time of 2:14.84 was an improvement on his heat time.

2012 European Junior Champion, Molly Renshaw (Derventio XL) had qualified for the 200m Breast-stroke final in eighth place. Renshaw raced well after a long season and moved up the rankings to finish fifth in 2:30.92, more than a second quicker than her morning heat time.

In his first British International event, Warrender Bath’s Craig McNally, coached by Laurel Bailey, had a strong final 50m, and improved his overall ranking, touching in sixth place in the Championship Final of the 200m Backstroke. His 1:59.30 was the second fastest  time of his career, and only his third time inside two minutes.

Having finished the morning heats in ninth and 11th, both James Broady (Loughborough University) and Russell Smith (British Gas ITC Stockport) advanced to the Consolation Final of the 200m Breaststroke.

In his first international, Broady was in the mix throughout, and finished second in 2:13.83, only one second outside of his lifetime best, but an improvement of 1.5 seconds over his Heat swim.

Smith produced a solid swim and maintained his ranking by touching third in 2:14.65, almost one second faster than his heat performance.

Nova Centurion’s Georgia Hohmann, a European and World Junior finalist, finished sixth in the Consolation Final of the 200m Back in 2:14.99.

Having narrowly raced just outside of his lifetime best in the morning heats of the 400m Free, Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths and Florida Gators) progressed to the Consolation Final in lane eight, where he produced a well-paced swim, moving up from eighth at the mid-way point to fourth overall in a one second lifetime best 3:55.40.

A solid morning heat saw Co Sheffield’s Lewis Coleman advance to the Bonus Final of the 200m Breaststroke, where he paced his race perfectly to touch third in 2:16.97, a mere 0.7 seconds outside his personal best.

2011 European Junior 50m Backstroke silver medallist, Lauren Quigley (Co Manchester Aq), made the Bonus Final of the 200m Backstroke, where a storming final 50m saw her take the victory, some 1.5 seconds faster than her heat time, moving her well up the meet rankings.

Head Coach, Russ Barber said: “The message of the week was for our swimmers to attack the morning heats and progress through to the respective finals. We have seen a lot of evidence of that today. The swimmers have shown a lot of bravery in the way they have raced today.”

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