James is the Guy as he impresses with commanding Manchester victoryFebruary 13, 2021
Olympic silver medallist James Guy powered his way to an impressive victory in the Men’s 200m Butterfly in the final race of day two at the Manchester International Swim Meet.
Bath National Centre swimmer Guy never looked liked being challenged, despite winning the heats by only 0.01 seconds from Loughborough’s Max Litchfield.
The 26-year-old quickly opened up a comfortable lead and was more than 1.47 seconds ahead after the first 50m, had almost doubled that at the halfway stage and eventually finished in 1:56.34 – an impressive 2.99 seconds ahead of Northampton’s Ed Mildred (1:59.33).
Litchfield was 1.35 seconds faster than his heat time but had to be content with third place in 1:59.62.
Guy said: “It was a great swim and I’m really happy with the time.
“It just shows that what we’ve been doing in Bath over the past 10 weeks has been working,
“I’ve been doing a massive, consistent block of work, and that’s starting to come together now, grinding, day in and day out, it’s just nice to see that everything is coming together.
“We’re a few weeks out from Olympic trials, I’m really happy with things and it’s a positive sign.”
Adam Peaty won the 50m Breaststroke by more than a second from his Loughborough National Centre team-mate James Wilby.
Peaty shaved 0.24 seconds off his heat time as he clocked 26.75 – 1.04 ahead of Wilby who was the runner-up in. 27.79.
City of Oxford’s David Murphy – second fastest in the heats – had to settle for third spot in a time of 28.18.
Derwentside’s SB3 Lyndon Longhorne finished the Men’s MC 50m Breaststroke in 1:06.10.
Loughborough’s Molly Renshaw added the 100m Breaststroke title to her collection after edging out Sarah Vasey for her second victory of the competition.
After setting a new British record to take the 200m title on day one of the meet, she clawed her way past City of Derby’s Vasey to win in 1:07.38.
Vasey led by 0.36 seconds at the turn but had to settle for second spot in 1:07.76, with Winchester’s Imogen Clark third in 1:07.83.
Louise Fiddes claimed the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke title with 835 points, after the Hatfield S14 20-year-old clocked 1:17.08.
The S6 pair of Maisie Summers-Newton and Ellie Simmonds were second and third respectively with totals of 797 and 695 respectively.
Northampton’s Summers-Newton finished in a time of 1:36.93, while Simmonds clocked 1:41.44.
Dean edges 100m Freestyle
Only 0.32 seconds separated the top three in the Men’s 100m Freestyle with Tom Dean triumphant in a time of 49.65.
The Bath National Centre swimmer was 0.19 seconds ahead of runner-up Matthew Richards, who clocked 49.84.
Derventio’s Jacob Whittle was the only other swimmer to dip under t50 seconds as he finished third in 49.97.
Jordan Catchpole continued his fine form with a third victory of the evening in the Men’s MC 100m Freestyle.
The S14 swimmer recorded a time of 54.78, which was worth 831 points to give him top spot ahead of City of Manchester Aquatics’ S7 swimmer Michael Jones who scored 742 points after clocking 1:06.64.
Torfaen’s Dylan Broom (S7) and Kirklees’ Jonathan Booth (S9) were joint third on 731 points, finishing in 57.19 and 59.44 respectively.
Catchpole said: “I’m feeling absolutely shattered now, to be honest!
“I’m pretty happy with how all my races have gone though.
“Obviously the British record yesterday was a shock to me, and today’s races, I’m really happy with how they went – I was just off my PB in all three.
“It’s a very hard day’s work, and I’m feeling it now!
France’s Marie Wattel was only one-hundredth of a second away from equalling her personal best as she won the Women’s 50m Butterfly in 25.51.
Sweden’s Louise Hansson was second in a time of 26.05, with the first British swimmer home Harriet Jones, City of Cardiff, who clocked 26.34 to finish third.
Northampton’s Ellie Robinson was victorious in the MC 50m Butterfly final, finishing in 37.06.
That gave the S6 swimmer 832 points to top the podium ahead of Clacton’s S3 swimmer Ellie Challis, whose time of 1:01.71 earned her 747 points.
Camden Swiss’s S7 swimmer Leah O’Connell earned 675 points for her time of 38.54