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Jocelyn Ulyett impresses with PBs at BUCS Short Course

Jocelyn Ulyett won double gold as some of England’s top swimmers starred at the BUCS Short Course Championships in Sheffield.

The British 200m Breaststroke champion clocked PBs across all three distance of breaststroke, touching first in the 100m and 200m.

Ulyett, who will make her Commonwealth debut for England at Gold Coast 2018, stopped the clock on 2:21.16 in the 200m Breast, moving to fourth in the British all-time rankings.

The Loughborough University swimmer – trained by Ian Hulme – won the 100m Breast in 1:06.04, while she took 50m Breast silver in 30.60 behind training partner Beth Aitchison (30.42 PB).

Joe Litchfield on form with four PBs

City of Sheffield’s Joe Litchfield was also on form, picking up two golds and two silvers at Ponds Forge.

The 19-year old set PBs across all four events as he won the 200m IM (1:56.98) and 100m Fly (52.04) titles as well as touching second over 200m Free (1:46.34) and 200m Fly (1:56.40).

Litchfield will be hoping to be nominated to join older brother Max on the team for the Gold Coast 2018 after next month’s Swim England National Winter Championships.

The teenager currently sits second his the English rankings for long course 200m IM, courtesy of his 1:59.36 effort to win bronze at the World University Games in August.

Anna Hopkin is another swimmer with sights firmly set on Commonwealth selection who impressed at the BUCS Championships.

The Bath University swimmer retained her 50m Freestyle title with a 24.64 before adding 100m Free silver in 53.85.

Abbie Wood clinches hat-trick of golds

Abbie Wood also caught the eye in the women’s events, claiming a hat-trick of titles over 800m Free, 200m IM and 400m IM.

The Loughborough University swimmer touched in a PB 8:27.80 in the 800m Free while a 2:10.33 effort was enough for the short medley crown.

Wood was in a class of her own in the 400m IM, having made her World Championship debut in that event in Budapest earlier this year.

The 18-year old had more than 10 seconds in hand on the field as she took the title in 4:35.62.

English swimmers Dan Cross and David Cumberlidge both claimed golden doubles in the men’s events.

Cross impressed with a 51.87 PB effort to win the 100m Back, while he claimed the 50m Back in a PB 24.15.

Cumberlidge took his 50m Free PB down to 21.51 for the touch in the splash and dash while a 48.38 effort was enough to complete the sprint freestyle double.

Para-swimming records for Harvey and Wellington

Hoddesdon’s Grace Harvey and Salisbury swimmer Harvey Wellington took down para-swimming records in the heats in Sheffield.

Harvey lowered the European record in the SM7 200m Individual Medley with a PB 3:09.71.

Meanwhile, Wellington lowered his own British short course S13 50m Butterfly record with a 27.58 effort.

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