Smith continues medal rush in Poland
9 December 2011
Amy Smith won her first individual senior medal tonight at the European Short Course Championships in Szczecin, Poland.
Smith, who went into the 100m Freestyle final with the fastest time, exceeded her expectations of the meet smashing her personal best and picking up bronze en route for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team.
“I am delighted with that,” said the Loughborough University swimmer. “I went into the final ranked first so I was hoping to win but the gold medal time was 51.94 and I think that is a bit out of my reach at the moment.
"I'm delighted with that. I went into this meet with a target to reach the final in a low 53 time and I have exceeded that," - Amy Smith“I went into this meet with a target to reach the final in a low 53 time and I have exceeded that so I can’t be too disappointed.
“It’s my first senior medal and great preparation for the year ahead.”
Rebecca Turner finished in ninth place in the same final, in a time of 53.88.
“I’m pleased with that,” said Turner, who clocked a personal best 53.69 in the semi finals.
“I went to the World Championships in Shanghai this year and it really made me want it more.
“I’m happy with my times especially as I’m not tapered; coming third in my semi final gave me great confidence.”
Georgia Davies put in a gritty effort in the final of the 100m Backstroke.
The Welshwoman flew off the blocks before finishing in fifth place in 57.80, just outside the Welsh record of 57.72 she set in the semi finals yesterday.
“I went out a bit too fast in the first 50m and my legs paid for it in the final 25m,” said the British Gas ITC Swansea based swimmer. “I’m disappointed not to better my time from the heats but with where I am in my training schedule, I can’t be too disappointed really.”
Eleanor Faulkner got her second PB in as many days in the 800m final, finishing fifth in 8:20.91.
“It was hard from the beginning because I’m in hard training,” said the City of Sheffield swimmer. “But it was a PB and the best I could’ve possibly done at this stage in the season.”
Anne Bochmann was 12th overall with a new personal best of 8.29.86.
Molly Renshaw and Stacey Tadd were also in action in the final of the 200m Breastroke. Both swimmers clocked new personal best times in the heats to qualify their places in tonight’s final.
"I had no expectations on this meet, I just wanted to make the final so to come fifth in a best time is brilliant," - Molly RenshawRenshaw took the battle of the Brits and shaved nearly two seconds off the time she set in the morning heats, finishing fifth overall with an English record and British junior record time of 2.22.86.
“It was great to get out there in a senior final and to get a new personal best is a great feeling,” she said. “I had no expectations on this meet, I just wanted to make the final so to come fifth in a best time is brilliant.”
Tadd finished in 10th place, just 0.28 seconds shy of her heat time as she touched in 2:24.75.
“It was a good PB this morning,” said Tadd. “I was hoping to go a bit faster in the final. It didn’t quite happen but it is a great time for December.
“Hopefully I can go on and swim well in March at the British Gas Swimming Championships.
“Things have been going really well especially for this time of year so I’m quite happy.”
Joe Roebuck was first up for the men in the 400m Individual Medley final.
In a tough field the British record holder finished seventh overall, improving his time from the heats to clock 4.07.79.
“I enjoyed that tonight much more than this morning” Roebuck said. “My personal best would’ve won that race but I’m a long way from my best at this stage in the season so I am happy with my preparations so far.”
British Gas ITC Bath swimmer Michael Jamieson was also in action tonight in the 100m Breaststroke final.
The Commonwealth silver medallist eventually finished eighth in 58.91 and admitted it was a solid start to the meet ahead of his preferred event, the 200m, on Sunday.
“I was a little bit disappointed to go a touch slower than last night but I’m a 200m swimmer - I find it hard to keep my stroke going like that,” said Jamieson.
“I had a really good start so all in all I’m happy with that. The goal was always to make the final in the 100m and that’s only going to help the 200m so I’m looking forward to that on Sunday.”
With Smith, Turner and Davies having already swum and Towner competing in her first international final, the British girls improved on their heat time to touch in 1:40.14.
Off the back of a busy first day on Thursday where he finished fifth in the 50m Freestyle and 4x50m Medley Relay, Adam Brown was back in the pool, this time in the 100m Freestyle event.
The British record holder made light work of the heats and semi-finals, qualifying in fifth place for final with a time of 46.75.
Finally, British Gas ITC Bath teenager Siobhan-Marie O’Connor narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final of the 100m Individual Medley finishing in 11th in a personal best time of 1.01.40.