Jocelyn Ulyett breaks British record to seal 200m Breaststroke title at Winter ChampsDecember 6, 2019
Jocelyn Ulyett broke Molly Renshaw’s three-year-old British short course record to win the Women’s 200m Breaststroke title on the second day of the Swim England National Winter Championships 2019.
Ulyett set the benchmark in the heats, smashing her own personal best time to qualify quickest by more than three seconds in 2:19.09.
The Loughborough University swimmer continued her dominance in the final, pulling away over the back half of the race.
Millfield’s Lily Booker and Loughborough Uni’s Megan Morrison had kept the pace with Ulyett over the first 100m, but the 24-year-old opened up a significant lead with 50 metres remaining.
The gold medal never looked in doubt, but Ulyett was in a race of her own and chased down Renshaw’s record with a superb finish.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games representative stopped the clock at 2:17.10 to set a new national best.
Ulyett now holds the British long course and short course records in this event.
Following the race, she said: “It was a good race for me, I didn’t have a tapered short course meet last year so I knew that I would be able to improve my time from a few years ago and my training has been going really well, it’s been consistent.
“I feel strong, so coming into this meet I felt like I set myself up well. To be honest, coming into this meet I wasn’t really chasing any times, I was just focusing on the process of what I’ve been training for like my strength in the gym, consistency in the swimming pool, and then just putting that into practice.
“My focus after this will be just getting back to Loughborough, sitting down with my coaches and seeing what needs to be improved and hopefully implement that into training.”
Booker and Morrison also produced blistering times as they won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Both swimmers set new PBs, with Booker claiming the junior title in 2:21.57 and Morrison touching the wall in 2:22.07.
Crane pips West to fly crown
Emily Crane continued Loughborough Uni’s success with victory in the Women’s 50m Butterfly final.
The 21-year-old was second fastest in the heats, but was still more than half a second shy of her personal best.
Crane, who won bronze in this event at the 2018 National Winter Championships, stepped up when it mattered most.
After a strong turn, she finished strongly to win gold in 26.33s, with Braunstone’s Harriet West just 0.06s behind to win silver.
Harlow Penguins’ Georgina Pryor rounded out the podium, winning bronze in 26.81s.
Perfect package for Crisp
The youngsters shone in the Women’s Open 800m Freestyle final, as Leah Crisp narrowly beat Michaella Glenister to gold.
City of Leeds swimmer Crisp was commanding from the outset and she led at every turn, despite Glenister being right on her shoulder.
Crisp smashed her personal best time by more than six seconds, sealing the title in 8:24.84.
17-year-old Glenister also had the best short course swim of her career.
The Leicester Sharks swimmer shaved 10 seconds off her PB to win silver in 8:25.70.
Alice Dearing, who represented Great Britain in the open water at the FINA World Championships, won bronze in 8:29.82.