Leo makes it a hat trick as 35 new national champions crownedAugust 5, 2023
Day four of the Swim England National Summer Meet saw Belper Marlins swimmer Jaden Leo complete a hat trick of breaststroke titles after adding the 50m crown on Saturday.
The 14-year-old athlete added to his 200m title on day two and his 100m gold on the opening day after finishing just 0.01 ahead of Benjamin Roberts.
The Nova Centurion challenged Leo all the way to the line but just missed out on the gold in a competitive race.
Leo finished in 31.53 to win the 13-14 Years final where just 0.19 separated the top four.
The bronze medal went to Enfield Swim Squad’ 31.60 Rayan Awan who completed his length of the pool in a time of 31.60 just 0.07 off Leo’s time.
Parry knocks half a second off his personal best
Across the evening 35 new national champions were crowned on the penultimate evening of action at Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield.
And following Leo’s success in the 13-14 Years 50m Breaststroke it was Oliver Parry who took to the pool next to become a national champion.
He knocked half a second off his personal record in the Men’s 15 Years 50m Breaststroke to leave Ponds Forge with the title.
He was the only swimmer to break the 31-second-barrier with a time of 30.72 as he stretched ahead to touch the wall first.
Storm Heggenhougen swam well to win silver, finishing in 31.04 whilst Arthur Grundy completed the podium. Grundy of Winchester set a time of 31.43.
Noah Wheeler won his first gold of the week as he claimed the 16 Years event crown.
Chalfont’s Wheeler got his clubs first gold of the day too as he finished around half a second faster than Lewis Andrews.
Andrews’ silver meant that he completed the set of medals throughout the week after winning gold and bronze earlier on in the competition.
The Norwich Swan finished in 30.81 as George Cummings from Nottingham Leander put in a strong performance for bronze (31.06).
It was a new personal best for Cummings who bettered his previous effort by just one hundredth of a second.
Speaking of hundredth’s – there was just one-hundredth of a second between Daniel Oyaide-Nicholls and Max Waintwright in the Men’s 17 Years 50m Backstroke Final.
Wainwright – who was then only swimmer to touch the wall in under 30 seconds in the heats – narrowly missed out on the national title despite an impressive time of 29.90.
It was Oyaide-Nicholls of Nottingham Leander who did just enough in the closing stages as he timed his finish to perfection to become national champion.
Finley Womacott will take the bronze medal back to Cornwall thanks to a time of 30.51.
He finished just ahead of City of Oxford’s Ethan Bird who’s already won 100m Breaststroke gold at the event.
Adam Metcalf won national gold for Loughborough University in the 18 Years and over race thanks to a time of 28.66.
Metcalf went toe-to-toe with the Queensland duo throughout the contest but despite finishing behind the Australian’s he impressed to become national champion.
It is Winchester Penguins’ Benjamin Dinsdale who is the new national silver medallist.
He completed his length of the pool in 29.13 and led a group of six swimmers that were split by less than a second.
Sam Cornish won his second bronze of the evening for Enfield Swim Squad following his earlier effort in the Men’s 200m Butterfly.
Joshua Collett won commemorative gold in a time of 27.50 with Bailey Lello taking commemorative silver after finishing in 28.32.
Dilks shines in 200m Butterfly
The first women’s event of the evening saw the 12-13 year olds 200m Butterfly final where Amelia Fenner took home the gold with a time of 2:26:28.
Just two seconds behind was Barnet Copthall swimmer Mei Hayakawa as the top two swam sub 2 minute 30 for the first time.
Taking the bronze was Lydia Shipley with a fantastic time of 2:32:54.
After such competitive heats, the 14 year olds had to pull out something big. Only two seconds separated first and second.
Ffion Elsby-Adams swam a superb 2:25:95 ahead of Madeline Hind (2:26:04) with the bronze going to Sheffield’s Isla Heathcote, 2:27:38.
Following that, the 15-year-old girls had their time to shine in the spotlight, and they didn’t disappoint. Payton Chesters, who already had one personal best today, broke another by swimming 2:25:07.
Separating second and third was less than half a second. The silver went to Nightingale-Ellis with a time of 2:28:08.
However, the biggest story from this final was third place Isabel Fox who clawed back from 5th place to take home some silverware.
The fastest time we’d seen yet was from Warrington’s Payton Chester, and the next final was yet to break it.
Amelie Shaw took the gold home with an impressive fight back from second. Shaw swam a 2:26:22 and with a time of 2:26:59 Bristol’s Ruby Muldowney just missed out on the top spot of the podium.
In third place with an excellent time of 2:27:66 was Lexie O’Connor.
To end these 200m fly finals was Lucy Dring of Australia, she swam an incredible 2:13:00 leaving no doubt she took home the commemorative gold.
Coming in officially first and with the fastest British time was Gemma Dilks. Dilks swam a 2:20:96, which meant the silver went to Zara Leleux with the second fastest time of the night 2:22:70.
Maddison Johnson was the last medal winner in this event receiving a bronze medal for her time of 2:22:97.
Maskell stars in the Men’s 200m Butterfly
Thomas Maskell put in one of the performances of the night to win gold in the Men’s 17 Years 200m Butterfly Final.
The Northumberland and Durham athlete took three seconds out of the rest of the pack as he stormed to victory at Ponds Forge.
It was a time that was four seconds faster than his previous personal best effort, setting a time of 2:08.38 to claim the title.
Silver medallist Mikhail Naumovic looked delighted with his performance to get Wycombe District on the medal board once again.
Naumovic edged out Basildon Phoenix’ Daniel McGuinness by 0.05 with McGuinness coming through from lane seven to get amongst the medal places.
Loughborough University’s Sam Tucker became national champion in a seasons best time.
He set a time of 2:05.89 for the gold in an impressive display from the 19-year-old in the 18 Years and over race.
He beat out University of Stirling’s Joshua Press and Enfield Swim Squad’s Sam Cornish who completed the national podium with times of 2:09.22 and 2:09.63 respectively.
Queensland swimmers Harrison Turner and Alex Fahey won commemorative gold and silver respectively. Turner set the fastest time with a 1:58.25.
Oscar Devaal kicked clear in the final length to take gold in the Men’s 13-14 Years final.
Devaal was in a group of five that were all battling for the lead after 150m’s but the Biddulph swimmer showed his class in the closing stages to finish three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Zain Salah won his fifth commemorative medal of the week as he touched the wall in second place. The Hamilton swimmer recorded a time of 2:14.65.
The national silver went to Wandsworth’s Edward Henwood who finished just behind Salah. He set a time of 2:14.94 as he closed two seconds on Salah during the final length.
Benjamin Beale is the national bronze medallist for the event after completing the race just 0.03 behind Henwood.
His time of 2:15.52 earnt bronze for Northumberland and Durham in an impressive time from the 13-year-old.
Theo Parker-Minty claimed the title in the Men’s 15 Years 200m Butterfly as the top three all set lifetime bests in the race.
It was Parker-Minty who was fastest however – finishing more than a second faster than Plymouth Leander’s Thomas Belt to win gold.
Belt swam well and just edged out Joseph Box by 0.13 in the battle for silver.
Despite being part of a front three that pulled clear of the rest of the field, Box had to settle for bronze after missing out in the race to the wall.
Harrison Shaw powered away from the leading group to win the 16 Years crown.
A front three of Shaw, Rocco Giustiniani and Sam Smith led the way at the halfway stage but it was Shaw who had more in the tank as they came to the finish.
Shaw managed to pull clear to finish 1.49 ahead of Ethan Williams – who charged through from behind to take silver in a close finish for the remaining medal places.
Williams set a time of 2:12.79 with Giustiniani and Smith split by just 0.02 in the race for bronze.
It was Hackney’s Giustiniani that took the final spot on the podium – finishing in a time of 2:12.95.
No stopping Zoe Cawsey in 50m Breaststroke
The qualifying times for the 12-13 Years 50m Breaststroke final were all within a second of each other, meaning this was going to be a very close race.
However, Harriet Griffiths was the best of the best earning her the gold medal with a time of 35.05. This was her second gold of the competition, but it was almost not to be as Iola Bellinger came within two tenths of a second of top spot.
Just behind in bronze was Halle Robinson with a 35.15.
The next heat saw the 14 year olds race for the top spot and it was Amalie Smith who got it. She gets to stand on top of the podium with a time of 33.41.
Just a second behind, Camden Swiss’ Olivia Zobek grabbed the second spot after going 34.48. And, walking away with the bronze was Anneliese Elford after an amazing clawback with 34.76.
Shortly followed was the first final to have all three swimmers go sub 35 seconds. The fastest of the three was Ava Wilson who just managed to hold on with a 34.66. However, with a time of 34.67 and making it the tightest final so far was Ella McDermott.
The well-deserved third place went to Wirral Metro’s Petra Varga who swam a close 34.72.
After already taking home gold in the 200m Breaststroke on day two, Newcastle’s Scarlett Tinwell wanted another and with a time of 33.82 she managed to get it.
A close second was awarded to Ellen Duffield with a time of 34.28. And finally the bronze to Lan Le from Bexley, this was another heat of sub 35 finishes, and Le helped that by going 34.56.
The fastest time still achieved in this event was 14-year-old Amalie Smith who achieved an amazing time of 33.41 but the Australian duo of Tilly King and Matilda Smith swam a 31.72 and a 32.24 to take commemorative gold and silver in the 17 Years and over race.
This means the official gold is awarded to Zoe Cawsey of Plymouth with a superb time of 32.65. Coming in for the British second Alicia Pollard recording a 32.90.
Emily Morgan-Hughes grabbed the bronze medal by finishing fifth. She represented Bath University with a recorded time of 32.96.
Nakamura-Drew wins three-man race to the wall
The Men’s 100m Backstroke event got off to scintillating start as Toby Nakamura-Drew won a three-man race to the wall.
Dartmoor Darts’ swimmer was joined by Samuel Sutcliffe and Xander Tovey as the trio pulled ahead after the turn.
It was Nakamura-Drew who had the edge however as touched the wall first with just 0.11 splitting the three medal winners.
Sutcliffe of Ramsbottom was second just 0.05 back with 13-year-old Tovey clocking in at 1:01.42 to win bronze.
Ben Uff got his second gold medal in as many days with a new personal best time.
The Mount Kelly swimmer knocked around 0.3 off his previous record to finish just shy of a minute to win the 15 Years final.
His time was a 1:00.36 with Stockport Metro’s Henry Taylor the only other swimmer to go under 1:01.00 to win silver.
Repton’s Harry Milne won the national bronze with a time of 1:01.48 as Hamilton’s Kanish Chakraborty took a commemorative bronze.
A storming swim from lane one saw Joseph Edgar become the 16 Years champion.
He broke his personal best time for the second time on the day after his earlier performance in the heats.
The swim also saw him go under 60-seconds for the first time with a time of 59.97.
Coming home in second place was Altrincham’s Lachlan Beazley with Edward Ormsby winning bronze.
Beazley set a 1:00.64 with Ormsby finishing in 1:00.75 that was just 0.04 ahead of the next two swimmers.
Logan Mulhall-Reid led from the off and couldn’t be caught as he won the 17 Years final.
The Warrington Warriors swimmer got off to a strong start and despite the best efforts of Davey Unwin he still managed to reach the wall first.
It was the first time Mulhall-Reid had swum the race in under a minute with a 59.37 firing him to gold.
Unwin also beat the 60-second mark for silver with a time of 59.94 as Calvin Georgescu-Spiers completed the podium for Elmbridge.
Northumberland and Durham’s William Ellis became national champion in the final men’s race on day four.
He won the Men’s 18 Years and over 100m Backstroke title by just 0.14 ahead of City of Leeds’ Charlie Broome.
The pair both swam strongly throughout the contest but it was Ellis who reached the wall first – clocking in a time of 57.30.
A race for national bronze between City of Lincoln’s Ethan Riches and Surrey University’s Fabian Brudnicki went down to the wire.
Brudnicki came out on top by a narrow margin of 0.05, recording a well-respected 58.85.
Commemorative gold and silver went to Queensland’ James Bayliss (54.81) and Kai Van Kool (55.16).
Epping goes for gold in the 200m Backstroke
A lot of quick times during the 12-13 Years final of the 200m Backstroke, however it was Elizabeth Warner with an incredible last length which saw her just touch before Newmarket’s Erin Barber.
Warner swam an impressive 2:25:82, as Barber went 2:25:86. Taking the final podium position was Chiu Man Rachel Ho with a personal best of 2:26:26.
The next heat saw Lucia Lesti turn first at the halfway mark and she didn’t let that slip, she finished strong earning her gold and a time of 2:25:35.
A second after was Amy Meyer with a time of 2:26:39 who finished quickly to hold off Kate Roberts for second. Roberts did take home the bronze and did so in a time of 2:28:55.
This was the penultimate final of the night for the 15 year olds age group, and Vanesa Cimermanova was the one to win it by some distance.
Cimermanova from Peterborough swam a convincing 2:22:21 leaving no doubts who took home the gold medal.
Following behind in second place was Emily Pitcher with a new personal best of 2:25:84. And finally third place in this final was awarded to Lily O’Neill, 2:26:72.
One of the biggest upsets of the night came in the second to last heat of the 200m backstroke.
Isabel Mather who qualified with the fourth slowest time managed to take home the gold medal, knocking just over six seconds off her personal best.
Mather swam a 2:22:07, which was the current fastest out of the four heats. Second was awarded to Bethan Cooke with a still impressive time of 2:25:05. Just a second behind Cooke was Molly Brennan coming in at 2:26:04.
The final heat of the 100m Backstroke produced some amazing times like the Australian Layla Day who squeezed in a superb 2:14:03 winning the commemorative gold.
The official first place went to Epping Fort’s Charley Joyce with the fastest British time of the night 2:21:58. Just after Joyce was the medallist Madeleine Soper with a swim time of 2:22:19.
Niamh James picked up the official bronze after finishing fourth overall. She touched with a time of 2:22:33.
Zoe Cawsey takes home second gold in 100m Freestyle
The first heat saw 12-year-old Heidi Corbett win their last heat of the night in a time of 1:00:31. Almost beating her too it was Warrington’s Iris Hurst with a fast time of 1:00:33.
The bronze was awarded to Amelia Wright coming in just after Hurst with a swim of 1:00:48.
Not long after was the second heat of 14 year olds as Isabelle Price set the first sub minute of the afternoon. She just squeezed under with a 59.87.
Second was awarded to Emily Hughes in a time of 1:00:43, Alice Forrest was not far behind though bringing in a 1:00:78.
The next heat was the first heat in which the top three all went sub one minute. However, Emma Price led the charge with a time of 59.97. Half a second later, Elmbridge’s Amy Hempenstall arrived, swimming 59:48.
Just a touch away was Zabel Eboohon, coming in at a time of 59.55.
Annie Sanders stormed her way into the golden spot after staying vertical with silver and bronze until the touch. Sanders touched in at 59.13, with silver spot Danielle Siong swimming a time of 59:42.
The penultimate Bronze spot was earned by Georgia Houlgate with a time of 59.78.
Once again the winner of the Women’s final was Phoebe Bentley of Australia, earning herself a Commemorative gold medal. Bentley swam an amazing time of 56.26.
The official gold went to Plymouth’s Zoe Cawsey, who only just managed to get the finish over Anna Farrow. Cawsey swam a 58.33, whilst Farrow just lost out with a 58.34.
This was Cawsey’s second gold of the afternoon.
The final medal awarded from today went to Hannah Woodcock who represented Pershore with a grand time of 58.65.