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Simmonds Takes Top Spot at Duel in the Pool

17th December 2011

Elizabeth Simmonds was in fast form to claim maximum points in the 100m backstroke on the final day of the 2011 Duel in the Pool in Atlanta, Georgia.

The British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer beat Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin and World 200m Backstroke Champion, Missy Franklin, to claim top points.

Simmonds, who clocked a new personal best time in the 200m Backstroke yesterday, touched in a winning time of 56.82, just outside her British record.

Her Florida based British teammate Gemma Spofforth finished in sixth place with a time of 58.72.

Simmonds’ Loughborough training partner Francesca Halsall also impressed in the 50m Freestyle event finishing in third place with a time of 23.44.

The men’s 50m Freestyle sprint event saw Adam Brown in action for the European Allstars.

The Hatfield swimmer continued the form he showed at last week’s European Short Course Championships to finish in fifth place with a time of 21.47.

City of Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick was up against some tough competition in the 200m Freestyle.

The Scottish record holder finished in 5th place in 1.44.87 as Berens, McClean and Dwyer took the top three places and maximum points for the USA.

Also in action tonight was Marco Loughran. The Brit finished in sixth place in the men’s 100m backstroke with a time of 53.48.

Halsall returned to the pool as part of the European Allstars 4x100m Freestyle Relay alongside her usual rivals Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark), Aliaksandra Herasimenia (Belarus) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands).

The quartet finished in the fastest time ever recorded by a women’s team by winning in 3.27.53.

The meet was eventually won by the USA with 181.5 to the European All Stars' 80.5.

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