Emily Large closes 2016 British Summer Champs with 100m Fly goldAugust 1, 2016
Emily Large won 100m Fly gold to bring her 2016 British Summer Championships to a close.
The Newcastle swimmer broke the minute mark for the first time to take the touch in the 15 Yrs final in a PB 59.65.
The 15-year old’s time was the quickest from any age group on the day. It also moved her to second in the British all-time rankings for 15-year olds, just 0.08 seconds behind Amelia Clynes’ British age group record.
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Large has enjoyed a whirlwind Championship, with 100m Fly gold her 10th medal, and fourth gold of the meet. She also won the 50m and 200m Fly titles, as well as the 400m IM crown on the opening day.
The teenager made her European Junior debut this season, scoring gold in the 200m Butterfly. She competed in the heats of the 100m Fly, but was the third ranked Brit in sixth position, so didn’t progress to the semis. Her time from Sheffield would have landed her silver in the final.
Tazmin Pugh wins 10th and 11th medals in Sheffield
Ellesmere College Titans’ Tazmin Pugh also reached double figures on her medal count on the final day in Sheffield.
Pugh won the 16 Yrs 100m Fly title in 1:01.09, adding to her individual golds in the 400m Free, 200m Fly, 400m IM and 200m Back.
The 16-year old also combined with her Ellesmere teammates to complete a clean sweep of the girls’ 14-16 Yrs relay medals. Having already won the 4x100m Free and 4x200m Free relays, Pugh swam the fly leg of the 4x100m Medley.
It was the closest final of the night, with Ellesmere’s Ellinor Southward holding of City of Leeds’ Amber Mason by just 0.01 seconds on the anchor leg as Ellesmere took gold on 4:13.57.
Ellesmere’s victory took Pugh’s individual medal tally to 11 for the meet, with eight golds, one silver and two bronzes.
Another Ellesmere swimmer, Pia Murray, took the title in the girls’ 13/14 Yrs 100m Butterfly.
Having set a British 14 Yrs age group record 27.80 for gold in the 50m Fly, Murray completed a golden double with a PB 1:02.41 in the final.
Laura Stephens captures 17/18 Yrs 100m Fly crown
Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens captured the 17/18 Yrs 100m Fly title, having finished second in both the 50m and 200m Fly finals.
The 17-year old has underlined her promise in the 100m Fly this season, clocking a PB 58.84 in the senior European Championship semis, before landing bronze in the same event at the European Junior Championships in Hungary.
And Stephens rounded off her season in style, holding off Scottish swimmer Tain Bruce by just 0.05 seconds in the final for gold in 59.92.
Loughborough University’s Charlotte Atkinson was the other English champion in the 100m Fly, tying for gold in the senior final.
Atkinson and Welsh swimmer Harriet Jones went stroke for stroke down the last 50m, both touching in 1:00.29 to share the spoils.
- Click here to view results from the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.