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Macmillan medals as Brits impress on opening day in US

8th August 2012

Iain Macmillan scooped bronze as the British Gas GBR Swimming Team enjoyed an encouraging first day at the US Open in Indianapolis.

After travelling from the UK to Indianapolis on Sunday, the British Gas Swimming Team, competing at the 2012 US Nationals, trained twice at the competition pool on Monday before taking to the opening day’s heats on Tuesday.  All swimmers were aspiring to progress from the morning heats to the evening Championship (top eight); Consolation (ninth – 16th) and Bonus  (17th – 24th) finals.

Macmillan, representing British Gas ITC Stockport but travelling with the British Gas National Squad, swam a well-paced heat, to qualify second fastest for the 200m Fly final. Macmillan once again paced his final well, touching third, for a bronze medal, in a new season best of 1:58.72.

European Junior champion Matthew Johnson (Co Sheffield), coached by 2012 US Open Head Coach Russ Barber, had qualified for the Men’s 200m Fly final in fourth place.

Turning in 57.82, Johnson brought the second 100m home to finish sixth overall in 1:59.96 - an improvement on his heat swim by half a second.

Jack Burnell (British Gas ITC Loughborough) was seeded in the final heat of the 1500m Free and raced in the evening session. Burnell clocked 1:01s through to the 700m mark before dropping slightly to 1:02s and 1:03s and bringing the last 100m in a 1:02.05 to finish eighth overall in 15:30.76.

All relay events in Indianapolis were heat declared winners, swam in the evening’s finals session.

The British women’s 4x100 Free team had a pre-meet seeding of fourth and the quartet of Sophie Smith (57.17); Lauren Quigley (55.98); Lucy Spencer (57.07) and Karley Mann (58.47) fought hard throughout, touching fifth in a time which was almost two seconds quicker than their entry time.

Last year's European Junior champion Elena Sheridan (Romford Town) finished sixth in the Consolation Final of the 200m Fly in 2:13.40, moving up the rankings by a place, and swimming half a second faster than her morning heat performance.

British Gas Swansea ITC’s Adam Mallett had a well-paced Consolation Final in the 200m Fly, steadily moving through the field from sixth at the 100m to a victory in 2:00.03, courtesy of a 30.20 last 50m.

European Junior 200m & 400m IM champion from 2010, Sophie Smith (Co Leicester) was just 0.09 seconds outside her lifetime best when she finished fifth in the Consolation Final of the 100m Free in 56.31, moving one place up the rankings.

Cameron Brodie (British Gas Stirling ITC) and Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths and Florida Gators) both qualified for the Bonus Final of the 200 Fly.

Wallace went into the final as seventh fastest qualifier, but led from the start and held on for victory with a well-paced swim and personal best 2:00.78.  Brodie improved his ranking from eighth to fifth, finishing 1.5 seconds faster than his morning heat swim in 2:01.79.

In his first international representing Great Britain, 20-year old Kane Haggett (Derventio XL) smashed his lifetime best of 52.25, by more than 1.25 seconds to record 50.99 for 18th overall in the 100m Free heats.

Haggett, joined by British Gas ITC Bath’s Calum Jarvis both competed in the evening Bonus Final, with Jarvis making an improvement on his heat swim to finish fourth in 50.98.

Haggett was out fast in 24.28. but could not quite hold on to the pace on the closing stages to replicate his morning PB, touching for sixth in 51.32 - the second fastest time of his career.

Head Coach Russ Barber said: “The guys raced well today, and most have improved their times this evening in the respective finals.  The support was great; the team cheering on their team-mates in each of the finals.”

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