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Two silvers on penultimate day at US Open

11 August 2012

Lauren Quigley continued the British Gas GBR Swimming Team’s success on the penultimate day of the 2012 US Open in Indianapolis with a double silver medal winning performance in the 100m Backstroke and the 4x100m Medley Relay.

Great Britain had two competitors in the Championship Final of the 100m Backstroke, both from the Co Manchester Aquatics:  Quigley (17), the 2011 European Junior 50m Backstroke silver medallist and teammate Jessica Fullalove (16), the 2011 and 2012 European Junior 100m Backstroke silver medallist.

I wasn't aware of the other swimmers and just swam my own race - it's a great end to my season.

Quigley touched second at the 50m in a fast 29.58, with Fullalove close by in third (29.71). Quigley maintained her position, finishing strongly to set a lifetime best performance of 1:00.50 and finish just 0.13 seconds off gold.

Fullalove fought hard on the final stages, touching in sixth in 1:01.84, a similar time to that recorded in the heats.

A beaming Quigley, coached by Mark Rose, said, “My aim, coming into this meet, was to try to swim another 60. to match the personal best time I recorded at the second Olympic Trials in June.

"I was not aware of the other swimmers, and just swam my own race. This is a great end to my season, and will set things up nicely for next year.”

The British Gas Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay “A” Team, comprising of Quigley (1:00.71), Molly Renshaw (1:11.58), Elena Sheridan (1:00.81) and Sophie Smith (55.88) took a well-earned silver medal at the end of the session.

Quigley established a lead on the opening leg in a time which was faster than her pre-silver medal winning best time, and the other girls produced strong splits to ensure Britain was always in contention for a podium place as they finished in 4:08.98.

The final 100m was a battle between Australia and Great Britain, with Australia narrowly edging out our quartet by 0.72 seconds in 4:08.26

The Great Britain “B” Team, comprising of Fullalove (1:03.27), Lucy Spencer (1:12.13), Karley Mann (1:02.37) and Georgia Hohmann (59.25) battled hard and produced a time which was over two seconds quicker than their pre-entry time, to take sixth place (4:17.02)

The Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay US Open Meet record stood to the 2008 Great Britain team of Matt Clay, James Gibson, Ian Hulme and Charles Turner (3:36.55).

This year’s final was a close battle throughout, with Australia “A” and “B” Teams taking Gold and Silver in 3:40.07 and 3:40.94.

The British Gas “A” Team, comprising of Craig McNally (56.09), Russell Smith (1:02.14), Jack Marriott (55.19) and Kane Haggett (51.06) finished half a second outside a podium place, taking fourth in 3:44.48.

Not to be outdone, the Great Britain “B” Team, comprising of Lewis Coleman (57.14), James Broady (1:02.17), Cameron Brodie (54.87) and Dan Wallace (50.97) fought hard throughout, and finished fifth overall in 3:45.15.

Anne Bochmann, the 2008 European Junior Champion over 400m Free and 400m IM, representing British Gas ITC Bath, but travelling with the British Gas National Squad, took out the 200m Free Championship Final strongly, but she could not quite hold on, finishing seventh in 2:00.33 - a second faster than her morning heat.

Russell Smith (British Gas ITC Stockport) finished eighth in the Championship Final of the 100m Breaststroke (1:02.40), which was won by 27 year-old Californian Mike Alexandrov in 1:00.03.

Rob Holderness, competing for Swim Wales, and Richard Webb, representing the British Gas ITC Swansea, joined 21 year-old James Broady (Loughborough Students) in the Consolation Final of the 100m Breaststroke. Broady touched fourth at the 50m mark (29.55), with Holderness sixth (29.59) and Webb eighth (30.06).

A final 50m of 32.13 saw Holderness take victory in 1:01.72, a mere 0.08 outside his personal best from the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Webb, too, finished strongly, touching in second place in 1:02.32, with Broady fourth in 1:02.72, an improvement on his heat time.

In the Bonus Final of the 200m Free, Alfie Howes (Co Cardiff), was joined by club-mate Xavier Mohammed, here representing Swim Wales.

Mohammed moved up the rankings to finish fifth in 1:51.84, an improvement on his heat swim by half a second. With a closing 50m of 27.77, Howes finished one place back in 1:52.02, almost half a second faster than his morning heat time.

Molly Renshaw (Derventio) finished eighth in the Bonus Final of the 100m Breaststroke (1:12.99), while 17 year-old Karley Mann (Hillingdon) was fourth in the Bonus Final of the 100m Back in 1:03.12.

Craig McNally, 19, from Warrender Baths, stormed to victory in the Bonus Final of the 100m Back. Touching in seventh at the half-way mark (28.38), McNally turned on the pressure, to bring his second 50m home in 28.12 to record 56.50 for the win, more than a second quicker than his heat performance.

In his second Bonus Final of the evening, Xavier Mohammed (Co Cardiff), representing Swim Wales, finished fifth in 57.11, an improvement of his heat time by 0.2 seconds.

Co Bradford’s Sian Morgan, here representing Swim Wales, paced the Bonus Final of the 200m Free well, moving up the rankings to fourth in a time which was over half a second faster than the heat swim (2:03.55).

GBR Team Leader, Ian Wilson, said: “This was another solid night for Great Britain, with two more medals to add to our tally. With one day to go, on the Team Points table, our women are leading the Australians, 206 points to 165, and the Australians are ahead of our men, 356 points to 230, with our overall Team currently in second place, behind Team Australia (521 points to 436).”

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