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YOUNG STARS SHINE ON FINAL DAY OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

02 Aug 2009
The British Gas ASA National Youth Championships (50m), incorporating the National Championships drew to a close today.

The final day of the event, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, promised to deliver fast times; and lived up to expectations.

Cameron Brodie (Kelly College) and Braxston Timm (City of Sheffield) had both impressed in the semi-finals of the Men’s 100m Butterfly yesterday, both setting new age group records for 16 and 17 years respectively. Fast times were therefore expected of the pair in the finals and they did not disappoint.

Brodie was up first in the 15/16 age group, he took the victory lowering his own age group record in the process to 55.22. Brodie was pushed all the way by Steven King (Bracknell) who was also inside the old record, setting a new personal best of 55.32 to take silver. Jamie Thorpe (City of Leicester) took bronze in 55.86 a new personal best time.

Timm went into the 17/18 final as the favourite and lived up to his billing by smashing the time he set yesterday to record another age group record for 18 year olds of 53.49. Karl Botha (Millfield) added a silver medal to the gold he took in the 50m Freestyle yesterday finishing second in 54.91 Callum Hillicks (Crawley) took bronze in 55.39.

Timm said: “I wanted to go under 54 but I wasn’t expecting to that far under. It was a big chunk off the time I swam yesterday so I’m really pleased.

“Training has been going really well, I’ve had a slight problem with my shoulder but I’m pleased to come here and swim well.”

Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield) was in fine form as she took the gold in the 16/17 400m Freestyle to add to the 200m title she took earlier in the week. In doing so she removed Keri-Anne Payne’s age 16 record from the books to set a new mark of 4:11.92, over two seconds inside the previous record.

Faulkner said: “I was aiming to break the record but I didn’t expect to do it by that much so I’m really pleased. I have done some open water races with Keri-Anne Payne so to take her record is quite special.”

On swimming at her home pool she said: “All the support this week has been really good and has really helped me to swim quick.”

The Women’s Multi Disability 400m Freestyle saw Louise Watkin set a new European record of 4:45.61 for the S9 category, a full second inside the previous mark. Watkin was pushed hard throughout the race by Heather Frederiksen (City of Salford) who just missed her own World record time for the S8 category in clocking 4:47.01.

The Men’s 15/16 400m Individual Medley went to David Gregory (Plymouth Leander) in a new personal best time of 4:25.36. There was nothing between Gregory and City of Oxford’s Sam Van De Schootrugge after the first two legs. On the Breaststroke leg Gregory showed his strength to open up a clear lead while Van De Schootbrugge was caught by Mitchell Adshead (Plymouth Leander) to turn in third place. On the final Freestyle leg Gregory pulled further clear of the field to claim the gold. Van De Schootbrugge fought back well to take silver in a time of 4:29.27 while Adshead took bronze in 4:31.27. All medallists set new personal best times.

Gregory said: “I’m really pleased because I didn’t expect to go that fast. I didn’t want to go too fast in the heats, I just wanted to make sure I got a good lane. I know my strengths are backstroke and breaststroke so I knew my middle 200 would be strong.

“It was a PB by five seconds; I haven’t swum a PB since this time last year so I was very pleased with that.”

The 17/18 title went to Matthew Allison (Borough of Stockton). Allison looked good throughout but pulled away from the field with a strong Freestyle leg to take the gold in a new personal best time of 4:25.84, an improvement on his bronze medal in this event last year. Alexander Jones (SX3 Swindon) took silver and Ross Muir (Falkirk) the bronze.

The Men’s Open 400 IM went to Andrew Haslett (Warrender Baths) in a time of4:24.67, a large personal best. Haslett showed the value of having a strong breaststroke leg to dominate the field. James Thompson (Edinburgh University) put in a fast final 100m to take the silver ahead of David Gregory (Plymouth Leander), fresh from taking 15/16 gold earlier.

Sophie Casson (Loughborough University) claimed her third National title of the Championships as she beat Olympic bronze medallist Cassie Patten to the gold in the Women’s Open 400m Freestyle. Casson recorded a time of 4:13.51 to Patten’s 4:14.01. Bronze went to World Championship representative Charlotte Woolliscroft (Shiverers) in 4:15.71.

The Women’s 50m Freestyle saw Olympian Jess Sylvester (Nova Centurion) take the victory in a time of 25.77. She finished clear of Sara Hamilton as the 14 year old took silver in 26.23, just edging out Georgina Heyn who claimed the bronze in 26.26.

The age group championships saw victories for Sara Hamilton (South Aberdeen) and Elizabeth Van De Velde (Millfield) in the 14/15 and 16/17 categories respectively.

The Women’s 14/15 400m Freestyle title went to Anne Bochmann (City of Leeds). She led from start to finish to claim the gold medal in a time of 4:17.01. She finished comfortably clear of City of Leeds compatriot Danielle Hall-Jackson who took silver in 4:19.47 and Sophie Smith (City of Leicester) who took bronze in 4:20.47.

Bochmann said: “I just wanted to get in front and stay there. I wasn’t too bothered about my time because I wasn’t expecting to get near to my PB. But I got the gold medal and that was what was important to me.

“I have swum a lot of events this week and now I’m looking forward to the British Grand Prix in Leeds next week.”

The Men’s Multi Disability 400m Freestyle saw Paralympic medallists Sam Hynd (Nova Centurion) S8 and Robert Welbourn (Swansea Performance) S10 square up. A hard fought race was won by Welbourn in a time of 4:09.22 only just outside the European record for this event. Hynd had to settle for silver, with Sean Fraser (Warrender Baths) taking the bronze.
The Championships drew to a close with both the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relays.

In the Women’s event City of Sheffield let from start to finish claiming victory in a time of 3:49.72. In a tight finish for the remaining podium positions Millfield claimed silver with Guildford taking the bronze.

The Men’s title went to Millfield in 3:25.17. They also led from start to finish but were pushed all the way by Plymouth Leander who took silver. Ealing just beat the fast finishing Stockport Metro team to take the bronze.

-ENDS-

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