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Willmott sets English record in Amsterdam

9 December 2013

Aimee Willmott continued her preparation for the Duel In The Pool in Glasgow this month with an English record at the Amsterdam Swim Cup 2013.

The 20-year old City of Middlesbrough swimmer knocked more than 2.5 seconds off her old marker as she won 400m Individual Medley gold in 4:34.95 ahead of GB teammate Hannah Miley’s 4:36.89 for silver.

Tickets are available for the 2013 Duel In The Pool - click here for more.It was a weekend to remember for Willmott who won four golds and two silvers in total and set three more PBs over 100m Butterfly (1:01.33), 200m Butterfly (2:10.30) and 200m Breaststroke (2:31.37).

"I'm over the moon with my times this weekend," said Willmott.

"To achieve a PB and beat my own English record so early in the season is a brilliant confidence booster for me.

"Hopefully I can go even faster later on in the season when it really matters."

Miley – who will join Willmott on the EuroAllstars team at this month’s Duel In The Pool – finished the meet with two golds (400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley), two silvers and two bronze medals.

To beat my own English record so early in the season is a huge confidence boost for me - Aimee Willmott.Also impressing in the Netherlands were Ross Murdoch, who secured gold over 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke, and Lewis Smith who walked away with the 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley titles.

There were a number of outstanding performances from elite swimmers at the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Short Course Swimming Championships.

Adam Barrett was the star of the competition, clinching four individual gold medals – all in personal best times.

The British Gas GBR National Centre Loughborough swimmer started by becoming the second fastest Brit of all time over 200m Freestyle, touching just 0.43 seconds shy off Ross Davenport’s British record to take gold in 1:43.38.

Less than an hour later, the 21-year old secured his second gold with a 50.62 effort in the 100m Butterfly – his time coming within half a second of Michael Rock’s four year old British record 50.13.

On day two of the meet, Barrett claimed the blue riband 100m Freestyle (48.04) title then missed the British 50m Butterfly record by just 0.11 seconds as he sealed his fourth gold in 22.98.

Barrett’s training partner Emma Wilkins won a hat-trick of golds with personal bests over 50m Free (24.60), 100m Free (54.09) and 50m Fly (26.08) while Ryan Bennett and Kathryn Johnstone also claimed golden hat-trick with clean sweeps of the men’s backstroke and women’s breaststroke events respectively.

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