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NEVES DOMINATES IN SHEFFIELD

24 Jul 2009
Day three of the British Gas National Age Group Championships played host to more spectacular performances as competitors took to the water in Sheffield.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Neves (Guernsey) is one of the names that have dominated the gold medals this year, ending today with a total of seven to her name.

A new PB of 2:09.97 secured Neves the 200m freestyle title, and her performance in the 800m freestyle earlier in the day showed her abilities in the pool: Taking a strong lead right from the start, Neves continued to build the distance between herself and the battle that was commencing for silver behind her, eventually ending the race in 9:21.36.

Ella Dias (AIB Tigers) won silver in 9:33.00 with Katie Mawdsley (Preston) taking third place in 9:35.43.

Neves’ third medal of the day came in the 12-years 100m butterfly. In a PB time of 1:06.09 she finished just before Natasha Sinha (Greenwich Bo) whose 1:06.36 was a new PB and enough to earn her silver.

Speaking after the final Neves said: “It’s my seventh gold so I’m pleased with that, but I’m feeling tired. Tomorrow I have a day off so we’re going ice skating!”

About her remaining events she added: “Training’s been going well and I’m hoping for a PB in the 200m IM on Sunday.”

Bath University’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor is another ‘one to watch’ for the future. 

After taking gold in the girls 13-years 100m freestyle on Wednesday, O’Conner added another two titles to her name in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Leading from the start O’Connor maintained a steady lead over the rest of the field to finish the 200m freestyle in 2:07.11 beating City of Sheffield’s Molly Grayson into silver in a time of 2:07.24 shortly followed by City of Cambridge’s Elizabeth Winter who touched the wall 0.05 seconds after.

In her second event of the evening O’Connor dominated the 100m butterfly breaking her personal best by almost a second to claim her third gold of the Championships in 1:02.50.

Speaking of her meet so far she said: “I’m feeling pretty good, I’ve improved on last year a lot.

“It’s the third day and I wasn’t feeling great this morning. My heats didn’t go so well, but I had a rest and did some good preparation, and I’m happy with the result.”

Matthew Johnson continued to shine taking another gold to add to his already impressive collection. Winning the boys 14-years 200m backstroke Johnson claimed the British Age Group Record in a time of 2:07.21. This is Johnson’s sixth gold medal of the Championships with four more events to come.

Of his expectations he said: “It’s going well. I think I’m going to try for the clean sweep of golds again this year!

“I’m not tired, I’m still feeling good and ready to go. The 400m IM should be good, I’m aiming for the record.”

Hatfield’s Martyn Walton was too fast for the rest of the field in the boys 11-years 200m backstroke final. Finishing in a time of 2:28.50, Walton punched the air in celebration of his first gold of the Championships.

Afterwards he said: “I was aiming for 2:29 but I got 2:28: It’s a PB by three seconds. It’s my first final and I was a little nervous but I think it was good.”

-ENDS-

Full list of results for day 2 – Friday 24th July 2009

 Girls 11-years 800m freestyle
1. Penny Whittingham (Co Birm'ham) 9:39.73
2. Erin Nabney (Harrow Weald) 9:48.07
3. Lucy Emma Walton (Co Sund'land) 9:55.76

Girls 12-years 800m freestyle
1. Kristina Neves    (Guernsey) 9:21.36
2. Ella Dias (AIB Tigers) 9:33.00
3. Katie Mawdsley (Preston) 9:35.43

Girls 13-years 800m freestyle
1. Molly Grayson    (Co Sheffield) 9:03.97
2. Madeleine Tichborne (Barnet Copt) 9:08.55
3. Marcella Aris (UEA Norwich) 9:09.07

Girls 11-years 200m freestyle
1. Penny Whittingham (Co Birm'ham)   2:14.02
2. Emma Grayson (Co Liverpool)   2:14.99
3. Brearnna Close (Co Manch Aq)   2:15.17
Girls 12-years 200m freestyle

1. Kristina Neves    (Guernsey)   2:09.97
2. Lauren Cheston (Southport)   2:12.13
3. Alice Lim (Rushmoor Ryl)   2:12.86

Girls 13-years 200m freestyle
1. Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (Bath Univ)   2:07.11
2. Molly Grayson    (Co Sheffield)   2:07.24
3. Elizabeth Winter (Co Cambridge)   2:07.29

Boys 11-years 200m backstroke
1. Martyn Walton    (Hatfield)   2:28.50
2. Joseph Miley (Garioch)   2:31.06
3. Joshua Moniz (Southport)   2:31.60

Boys 12-years 200m backstroke
1. Perry Gardner     (Middlesboro)   2:20.89
2. Cameron Jones (Bridgend Cty)   2:24.06
3. Daniel Marshall (Bo Stockton)   2:24.17

Boys 13-years 200m backstroke
1. Caleb Hughes (Mid Beds)   2:13.27
2. Anthony Lucas (Gallica)   2:14.81
3. Jack Smith (Plymouth Lea)   2:15.71

Boys 14-years 200m backstroke
1. Matthew Johnson (Co Sheffield)   2:07.21  British Age Group Record
2. Nathan Theodoris (Bournem'th D)   2:09.74
3. Max Litchfield (Donc Dartes)   2:10.91

Girls 11-years 100m butterfly
1. Shauntelle Austin (Preston)   1:07.79
2. Penny Whittingham (Co Birm'ham)   1:08.76
3. Brearnna Close (Co Manch Aq)   1:09.18

Girls 12-years 100m butterfly
1. Kristina Neves     (Guernsey)   1:06.09
2. Natasha Sinha (Greenwich Bo)   1:06.36
3. Emma Day (Guildford Ct)   1:07.01

Girls 13-years 100m butterfly
1. Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (Bath Univ)   1:02.50
2. Phoebe Lenderyou (Co Newcastle)   1:03.86
3. Noemie Thomas (UBC Dolphins)   1:04.38

For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 07795 251 917 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org

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