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Kyo Tanner finally gets his hands on ASA National title

Preston’s Kyo Tanner finally secured a national title after a series of near misses over the first few days of the ASA National Summer Championships 2015 in Sheffield.

Tanner went out fast in the Men’s 12/13yrs 100m Freestyle and held onto his early lead to take gold in 56.44 ahead of City of Liverpool’s Tobey Ryland and Romford Town’s James Cooper who finished second (56.84) and third (57.45) respectively.

And having finished fourth in the 200m Freestyle earlier in the meet, Tanner was delighted to move three places up the leaderboard over half the distance.

“I’ve been missing out on a few medal positions leading up to tonight’s 100 Free final and tonight I guess I had enough,” said Tanner.

“I worked really hard, accelerated as much as I could in the last 25 metres, and it feels so great to finally have a medal – a gold medal.”

Benjamin Samuel (Bournemouth Collegiate) was able to maintain distance between himself and the rest of the field in the 14yrs 100m Freestyle, taking gold in a new lifetime best of 55.21. Silver went to Epsom District’s Spencer Gall (57.35), while Halton’s William Woodward took bronze in 57.60.

Joshua Munroe (City of Leicester) found himself with clear water in the closing stages of the 15yrs 100m Freestyle, winning gold in 54.08. City of Peterborough’s Jamie Scholes touched in 54.43 for silver, while Enfield’s Samuel Pereira was third in 55.44.

Staines’ Roy Burdin was able to hold off a late challenge from William Beavan in the 16/17yrs 100m Freestyle to top the podium in a time of 52.34. Burnley’s Beavan increased his tempo in the last 10 metres of the race posting a new lifetime best of 52.47 to take silver. Woking’s Ryan Reader rounded out the top three, taking bronze in 52.63.

With less than 15 metres to go, Bradley Lynch and Leo Jaggs were stroke for stroke in the 18yrs+ 100m Freestyle. It was City of Derby’s Lynch final kick for the wall that saw him edge into gold (50.44) ahead of Loughborough University’s Jaggs (51.00). Wycombe District’s Yusuke Legard touched in a time of 51.67 to take bronze.

Tia Ward continues form with third gold over 200m Fly

Tia Ward continued her impressive form over these championships winning her third gold in the Women’s 12/13yrs 200m Butterfly.

The City of Leeds swimmer posted a new lifetime best of 2:21.01, over four seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Mount Kelly’s Kaylee Dekker took silver in 2:25.33 just ahead Brompton’s Alesha Kelly who touched third in 2:25.43.

Chelsea and Westminster SC’s Sophie Whelan was able to hold onto her early lead in the 14yrs 200m Butterfly to take gold in 2:26.85. Aquae Sulis’ Laura McNab and Wigan BEST’s Imogen Bailey put pressure on the rest of the field in the final 50 metres of the race, taking silver (2:27.32) and bronze (2:27.71) respectively.

In 15yrs 200m Butterfly, Leinster’s Katie Baquley found the strength to pull away in the closing stages of the race to touch first in 2:24.35. Swim Trafford’s Anna Livermore touched second in 2:25.16 to be crowned ASA National Champion ahead of City of Salford’s Emily Keays who touched in 2:23.79 to take silver, while Jazz Harbour (Plymouth Leander) received gold in 2:26.16.

Georgina Boyle looked comfortable as she topped the podium in the 16/17yrs 200m Butterfly. The Chelsea and Westminster swimmer, who will represent Team England at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa next month, showed her strength in this event taking gold in a time of 2:19.01. Emma Cassell (City of Sunderland) won silver in 2:20.42, while Sophie Waller (Thanet Swim) was third in 2:20.89.

It was victory for Sophie Culpin in the 18yrs+ 200m Butterfly. The Grantham swimmer was able to find an extra burst of energy in the final 15 metres of the race to touch first in 2:20.17. Team Luton’s Abigail Lee posted a time of 2:21.55 for silver with York City’s Annie Johnston third in 2:22.14.