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Ellie Faulkner lowers PB to clinch British Summer Champs title

Double Olympian Eleanor Faulkner took nearly a second off her PB as she clinched 200m Freestyle gold on the opening day of the British Summer Championships 2017.

The City of Sheffield swimmer came into the meet as British senior champion, having broken 1:58 for the first time to win the title in Glasgow earlier this year.

But she closed in on 1:56 with her effort at the Summer Champs, coming home in an impressive 1:57.04.

The 24-year old’s time moves her up to sixth in the British all-time rankings, with only British record holder Jo Jackson and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor to have clocked 1:55 over long course 200m Free.

Another Olympian, City of Leeds’ Georgia Coates, won the 17/18 Yrs age group, falling shy of her PB but doing enough to claim gold in 2:01.58.

The 16 Yrs crown went to 15-year old Jess Podger, who smashed her PB with a 2:01.81 effort.

The City of Bristol swimmer knocked more than a second off her 2:02.96 time from the semi-finals at last month’s European Junior Championships in Israel.

Ellesmere College Titans’ Anna Smail also set a PB of 2:04.45 to win the 15 Yrs title while Northampton’s Betsy Wizard was the fastest English swimmer in the 13/14 Yrs age group.

The 13-year old became the fifth fastest British swimmer in history for her age group as she touched in 2:04.51 for silver.

Derbyshire sets lifetime best to thrilling 400m Free final

It took a lifetime best from Bath University’s Tom Derbyshire to win the senior 400m Freestyle crown as Sheffield’s Sam Budd chased him home.

While Budd was in front at the 300m turn, Derbyshire took the initiative in the last two lengths, ultimately touching in 3:51.96 and taking victory by just 0.02 seconds.

Stockport Metro’s Harrison Coulter had an easier ride in the 17/18 Yrs finals, not needing to reach the heights of his PB 3:52.79 from the heats.

The 18-year old ultimately won in 3:54.26 with Millfield’s Kieran Bird second in 3:57.07.

There were victories for English swimmers in the 15 Yrs and 14 Yrs age groups as Myles Robinson-Young and Edward Mildred won their first golds of the meet.

City of Peterborough swimmer Robinson-Young was nearly three seconds clear as he won in 4:03.69 while Northampton’s Mildred took his lifetime best down to 4:07.28 in the youngest age group.

Another Northampton swimmer, Archie Plowman, was the fastest English athlete home in the 16 Yrs age group, taking silver in a PB 4:03.66.

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