Clark crowned champion but O'Connor is disqualifiedDecember 14, 2018
Imogen Clark claimed the Swim England National Winter Championship Women’s 100m Breaststroke gold in a race that saw Siobhan-Marie O’Connor disqualified.
Clark was the sixth fastest qualifier for the final but she touched home first in 1:05.40, only 0.10 seconds ahead of her Loughborough University team-mate Molly Renshaw.
There were five Loughborough University swimmers in the 10-strong field and Sarah Vasey ensured it was a one-two-three with bronze in a time of 1:06.24.
Kierra Smith claimed a commemorative bronze medal for the High Performance Centre Ontario in a time of 1:06.15.
O’Connor had qualified second fastest for the final but was disqualified after moving too early on the block before the start, which led to an audible groan from the Ponds Forge crowd.
The junior gold medal went to RTW Monson’s Anna Leman, 15, who clocked 1:09.45.
Plymouth Leander’s Lana Broekhoven, 15, was second in 1:09.72, while Ellesmere College’s Angharad Evans, 15, took the bronze in 1:10.05.
Greenbank grabs gold
Luke Greenbank was just outside the British Men’s 200m Backstroke short course record as he stormed to victory.
The Loughborough University swimmer finished in a time of 1:51.16 – 1.19 seconds clear of City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg who took the silver in a time of 1:52.35.
Millfield’s Brodie Williams was third after finishing in 1:52.54.
The junior gold medal went to City of Oxford’s Nicholas Skelton, 15, who finished in 1:58.78.
City of Sheffield’s Reuben Visda was second in 2:02.41, while 15-year-old Ellis Morgan, Wycombe District, claimed a bronze in a time of 2:04.71.
Fannon lands national title
Thomas Fannon was crowned Swim England National Winter Champion in the Men’s 50m Freestyle.
High Performance Ontario’s Yuri Kisil touched home first in 21.52 to take the commemorative gold medal with Loughborough University’s Fannon close behind in 21.84.
Hamilton UAE’s Joseph Page took a commemorative silver for his time of 22.06, which was 0.29 seconds ahead of the Swim England National Winter Championships silver medallist Ryan Flanagan, East Leeds, who clocked 22.35.
Harry Stacey, Shiverers, claimed the bronze in a time of 22.84.
The junior gold was presented to Derventio’s Jacob Whittle.
The 14-year-old was first in 23.22, touching just ahead of Skipton’s Ned Sharp, 15, (23.46) and City of Milton Keynes’ Jamie Hanss, 15, (23.88).
Impressive Kayla sees off Wood
Canada’s Kayla Sanchez claimed a commemorative gold medal in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley finishing more than 2.5 seconds ahead of the field.
The 17-year-old High Performance Centre Ontario swimmer gradually pulled away from the challenge of Abbie Wood and O’Connor as she touched home in 2:04.64.
Loughborough University’s Wood took the Swim England gold medal in a time of 2:07.13, 1.90 seconds ahead of Bath University’s O’Connor, who won the silver.
The bronze medal went to City of Sheffield’s Amy Bell in a time of 2:09.61.
Meanwhile, Northampton’s Betsy Wizard, 15, was the junior gold medallist after clocking 2:14.87 in the A Final.
Plymouth Leander’s Honey Osrin, 15, finished in 2:12.83 in the B Final to win the silver medal, while Nova Centurion’s Freya Colbert, 14, was the third junior home in 2:16.87.
Holly sets new season best
Holly Hibbott set a season’s best time on her way to gold in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.
The Stockport Metro swimmer clocked 8:19.87 in a dominating performance that was only 0.68 seconds outside her personal best.
She finished 8.15 seconds ahead of Nova Centurion’s Polly Holden, who took second in 8:28.02, while City of Leeds’ Leah Crisp was third in 8:30.89.
The junior gold medal was won by Nova Centurion’s Freya Colbert, 14, in 8:35.78.
Barnet’s Fleur Lewis, 15, was the silver medallist in 8:43.57, while City of Manchester’s Olivia Clare, 15, picked up the bronze for her time of 8:48.61.