Anna Maine storms to backstroke gold in SheffieldJuly 27, 2016
Anna Maine stormed to 100m Backstroke gold on day two of the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
The Woking SC swimmer repeated her result from 12 months ago to take the 16 Yrs title in 1:01.36.
Maine had smashed her PB to book lane four for the final, stopping the clock on 1:01.28. Her previous lifetime best was a 1:01.93 effort from the heats at the 2016 British Championships in Glasgow.
Ellesmere College Titans’ Cassie Wild beat 62 seconds for the first time to clock a PB 1:01.71 and put pressure on the Woking swimmer.
But Maine, who won bronze in this event on her European Junior debut last month, held her form to capture gold.
Wild’s teammate Chloe Golding landed the 17/18 Yrs 100m Backstroke title. The 17-year old stopped the clock on 1:01.54 in the final to move to fifth in the British all time rankings for her age group.
There was a thrilling final in the 13/14 Yrs 100m Backstroke as Amie Philpot and Ceara Barber went stroke for stroke to the wall.
Team Ipswich’s Philpot ultimately took the touch in a PB 1:03.17 while Hillingdon swimmer Barber was just 0.01 seconds back on a PB 1:03.18.
While neither of the 14-year olds made last year’s final, their efforts would have won silver and bronze respectively in this year’s 15 Yrs final.
Holly Hibbott clocks fastest 800m Freestyle time of day
Stockport Metro’s Holly Hibbott topped the podium for the first time at this year’s Championships with victory in the 800m Freestyle.
Competing in the 17/18 Yrs age group, the 16-year old put in the fastest swim of the day to take gold in 8:40.05.
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Newcastle Swim Team claimed a golden double in the 15 and 16 Yrs 800m Freestyle respectively.
Annalea Davison won gold in the younger age group, beating 8:50 for the first time with her 8:47.20 effort. Teammate Sian Martin, also 15, added the 16 Yrs title in a PB 9:01.51.
There was a third gold of the Championships for City of Leeds’ prodigy Tia Ward in the 13/14 Yrs age group. Having sealed the 200m Free and 400m IM crowns on the opening day, the 13-year old clocked 8:59.98 for victory in the 800m Free.
Loughborough University’s Alice Dearing completed an English clean sweep of the girls’ 800m Freestyle title, winning the senior crown in 8:42.36.
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