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O’Connor at the double on opening night of International Meet

24 June 2014

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor impressed on the opening night of the British Gas International Swimming Meet 2014 as she led qualifiers in two events in Manchester.

The 18-year old, who will compete for Team England at her first Commonwealth Games next month, kicked off her meet with a personal best in the 100m Freestyle, ducking under 55 seconds for the first time to touch in 54.88 and progress ahead of Jessica Lloyd in 55.39 and Lauren Quigley’s PB 55.50.

O’Connor returned to the water less than 30 minutes later to progress fastest in her favourite 200m Individual Medley, clocking 2:11.12 to lead British record holder Hannah Miley (2:12.38) and Danielle Lowe (2:13.87) into the final.

Having broken two British long course records in the space of a week on the Mare Nostrum tour this month, Adam Peaty continued his good form to lead 50m Breaststroke qualifiers.

The British champion clocked 27.50 to progress ahead of British short course record holder Adam Weatheritt in 27.84 and Ross Murdoch in 28.19.

World Championship finalists Georgia Davies (28.26) and Craig McNally (2:02.20) showed their strength in the backstroke events to lead qualifiers in the 50m and 200m Back respectively.

Meanwhile, it was Adam Barrett (53.78) who led the way with the fastest time in the 100m Butterfly and Stephen Milne (3:51.71) at the top of the 400m Freestyle qualifiers.

Scott Quin and Nicole Lough set the standard in the MC 100m Breaststroke heats as they led qualifiers, each within a second of their respective PBs.

British record holder Quin clocked 1:09.62 to progress on 879 points while Lough landed 919 points for her 1:19.05 effort.

Brazilian S10 swimmer Phelipe Rodrigues led the way in the MC 100m Freestyle heats with 868 points for his 53.33 while Steph Slater (S8) was on top of the women’s MC 100m Free qualifiers, scoring 897 points as she touched in 1:08.06.

Plymouth Leander and City of Manchester closed the session by leading qualifiers in the women’s and men’s Club 4x100m Medley Relay heats respectively.

Plymouth Leander’s quartet of Eliza Duffy (1:04.45), Ruta Meilutyte (1:08.36), Charlotte Atkinson (1:00.10) and Grace Vertigan (56.15) clocked 4:09.06 to take the touch in their heat.

The Manchester quartet of Sam Horrocks (56.73), Christopher Steeples (1:01.90), Thomas Paine (55.67) and Daniel Briggs (50.76) won their heat in 3:45.06 to book their spot in lane four for tomorrow’s final.

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