Cameron Brooks-Clarke triumphs in close 50m Butterfly finalDecember 16, 2018
Cameron Brooks-Clarke produced the best 50m Butterfly short course swim of his career to grab gold at the National Winter Championships.
The City of Sheffield swimmer had clocked a new personal best of 24.14 in the morning’s heats to qualify fourth fastest.
And he knocked a further 0.87 seconds off that time as he finished in 23.27 to top the podium ahead of City of Manchester Aquatics’ Sam Horrocks and Plymouth Leander’s Edoardo Valsecchi.
It lived up to its billing as being one of the closely-contested races as the top four all set new personal bests.
Horrocks lowered the time of 23.52 he set in the heats by 0.17 seconds to win the silver medal in 23.35.
Valsecchi was 0.03 seconds adrift in 23.38, which was 0.41 seconds quicker than his heat time, while Loughborough University’s Brian O’Sullivan knocked 0.21 off his previous best as he touched home in 23.78.
The junior gold medal was presented to Millfield’s Calvin Fry, 14, who finished in 25.42, while Wycombe District’s Ellis Morgan, 15, clocked 25.68 for silver and third place went to Beds’ Sam Townsend, 14, in 25.83.
Oleksiak takes commemorative gold
In the Women’s 50m Butterfly final, High Performance Centre Ontario’s Peneloppe Oleksiak was the commemorative gold medallist in an impressive 25.20.
The 18-year-old was 0.74 seconds ahead of Ealing’s Anna Hopkin, who won the open gold medal after setting a new personal best of 25.94, 0.12 faster than her time in the morning’s heats.
Loughborough University’s Emily Crane was the open silver medallist in 26.32, with Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens claiming bronze in 26.44.
Fourteen-year-old Sophie Freeman, of Plymouth Leander, was the junior gold medallist after touching home in 27.21.
That was 0.33 seconds clear of City of Manchester Aquatics’ Chiara Tommasello, 14, who finished in 27.54.
Hamilton UAE’s Rosie Morgan, 15, won a commemorative bronze medal in 27.77, with Hatfield’s Sara Kalawska taking the third junior place in 27.84.
Sanchez sets another junior world record
Kayla Sanchez set yet another world junior record on her way to victory in the Women’s 200m Freestyle.
The 17-year-old High Performance Centre Ontario swimmer won a commemorative gold in 1:52.85 to finish 1.38 seconds ahead of open gold medallist Marie Wattel.
The 21-year-old Loughborough University swimmer finished in 1:54.23, 3.41 seconds faster than her heat time of 1:57.64, and 1.14 seconds ahead of her previous best of 1:58.78 she had set in 2016.
Stockport Metro’s Hollie Hibbott was denied her third freestyle gold medal as she had to settle for the open silver in 1:54.50, while Bath University’s Georgia Coates was third in 1:56.96.
In the junior race, Northampton’s Betsy Wizard, 15, took the gold in a time of 2:00.30.
That was 0.19 seconds clear of Plymouth Leander’s Honey Osrin, 15, who clocked 2:00.49 and 1.46 ahead of Barnes SC’s Megan Barnes, 15, who finished third in 2:01.76.
Bangor swimmers dominate Men’s 200m Freestyle
Bangor swimmers took two of the top three podium places in the Men’s 200m Freestyle.
Jack McMillan won the commemorative gold in 1:44.23, 1.39 seconds ahead of City of Sheffield’s Jay Lelliott.
The 23-year-old won the open gold for his time of 1:45.62 which put him 0.16 seconds in front of Bangor’s Jordan Sloan, who was the commemorative silver medallist in 1:45.78.
Bath University’s Calum Jarvis was the open silver medallist after finishing in 1:45.96, while Stockport Kyle Chisholm’s took the open bronze in 1:46.62.
Thomas Dean, who set a new personal best to top the qualifying heats, did not compete in the final.
Northampton’s Edward Mildred, 15, was awarded the junior gold medal in 1:50.05, Derventio’s Jacob Whittle, 14, took silver in 1:51.09, while Romford Town’s Daniel Gencas, 15, was third in 1:53.14.