Pia Murray soars to British Age Group record in SheffieldJuly 27, 2016
Pia Murray took down a seven-year old British age group record for 50m Butterfly gold on day two of the 2016 British Summer Championships.
The 14-year old Ellesmere College Titans swimmer clocked 27.80 to top the podium in the 13/14 Yrs age group.
Murray came into the Championships as fastest entry on a PB 27.91 from May’s City of Cardiff Open Meet.
Pia Murray BRITISH AGE RECORD! 50 fly 27.80 and National GOLD ???? pic.twitter.com/7u4tV7Gawt
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City of Derby’s Sophie Yendell took the challenge to Murray, leading qualifiers from the heats with a PB 28.00, then tying Sian Harkin’s British Age Group record 27.87 in the final.
But Murray was up to the task, improving on a 28.32 heat swim to claim her first British Summer Champs gold.
Emily Large and Anna Hopkin continued the English success in the 15 Yrs and senior age group respectively.
Large collected her second gold of the Championships in the 50m Fly, adding to her opening day 400m IM victory. The Newcastle swimmer shaved 0.16 seconds off her PB to capture gold in 27.55.
Bath University swimmer Hopkin also clocked a PB to win the senior crown in 27.42.
Hutchison and Peters win 200m Fly titles
There were two more English champions in the boys’ 200m Butterfly finals.
Ellesmere College Titans’ Charlie Hutchison was one of the most dominant winners of the night, touching 6.5 seconds clear of the field in the 13/14 Yrs 200m Fly.
Having won silver in the same event last year, the 14-year old upgraded to gold with a PB 2:05.22. Hutchison’s performance also moved him into third on the British 14 Yrs all-time rankings list.
Poole’s Jacob Peters was the other English 200m Fly champion on the night, winning the 16 Yrs title in a PB 2:02.98.
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