Craig McLean lowers British record for Freestyle gold

Carnegie swimmer Craig McLean lowered his own British Age Group record (15 Yrs) to clinch 15/16 Yrs 100m Freestyle gold on the penultimate day of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield.

Having lowered his record to 50.95 in last night’s semi-finals, McLean sliced nearly half a second more off the time to take the touch in 50.53.

Wood sets PB for 400m IM gold

Derventio’s Abbie Wood was also impressive on the penultimate day at Ponds Forge, setting a three-second personal best 4:45.05 to hold off European Junior silver medallist Rosie Rudin and European Junior bronze medallist Georgia Coates.

“At European Juniors I didn’t get the chance to swim that race again in the final as I was the third Brit,” said Wood. “So that definitely spurred me on tonight and I just wanted to show what time I could go.

“My backstroke is my weakest stroke so I’ve really been working hard on that in training and I think it paid off today.

“I’ve got the medley relay tomorrow which I’m really looking forward to, then I’m going to have a break from the pool ready to come back at it for next season.”

Jessica Thielmann set a six-second PB for 400m Individual Medley victory in the oldest age group, clocking 4:42.26 to win 19 Yrs / Over gold by more than 13 seconds.

There were also standout performances from Jordan Hughes (17/18 Yrs 100m Freestyle) and Amelia Clynes (15/16 Yrs 200m Butterfly) as they claimed their second gold medals of the meet.