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Six titles for Team England swimmers on final day

Team England swimmers ended their Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games campaign with a bang as they secured three gold medals on the final day.

The gold medal rush began in the opening race of the evening. Leah Crisp secured her second gold medal of the competition, winning the women’s 800m Freestyle. Crisp was over five seconds faster than the rest of the field, touching in 8:49.94. This was well over three seconds faster than her personal best set at the British Swimming Championships in April.

She said: “It was such a tough race in the 800m, it really hurt. But after winning the 400m yesterday and getting a personal best there and another personal best today was a great feeling. I know my strongest part of the race is normally at the back end.

“Once I led into 400m I knew that I had it in me to win so I just kept going. I think there was a bit of pressure today as the first medal chance but to get the ball rolling I think the atmosphere was amazing but it was a really great to get the win.”

Dean and Wilson win 200m IM gold

Tom Dean and Alicia Wilson both secured gold medals in their respective 200m IM events. Maidenhead swimmer Dean put in a strong race to finish almost a second ahead of his rival from New Zealand. He touched in 2:02.13.

Wilson repeated the same feat in the women’s event. She beat Mya Rasmussen of New Zealand by just over a second. The Guildford City swimmer touched in 2:15.49.

James Mcfadzen also enjoyed success in the 200m IM, touching in third in the men’s event with a time of 2:04.39.

Schlosshan and Wilby dominate 200m Butterfly events

City of Leeds swimmer Ciara Schlosshan was on form in the final of the women’s 200m Butterfly. Although she missed out on gold on day three to China’s Jing Quah, she was back with a vengeance in this race. Schlosshan was just under three seconds faster than the rest of the field, claiming the title in 2:10.95.

Schlosshan said: “We’ve done great and in swimming alone we’ve got 21 medals which is the best we have ever done. We’ve brought such a great team out here and we’ve really thrived off each other.

“For me I think there were three gold medals before I swam tonight and it gave me such a buzz. To hear Jerusalem played three times just before I swam without a doubt helped my performance in the pool.”

Mason Wilby put in a solid performance in his race, beating this Australian and New Zealand counterparts.  It was a tight race to the finish, but Wilby held his composure and claimed the gold with 1:59.89.

Harris showed her sprint prowess in 50m free

Elizabeth Harris was in a tight field in the women’s 50m free event. She was second fastest in her heat in the morning, but she seemed to draw confidence from her team mates’ successes. The Stockport Metro swimmer touched in 25.89 for the win, beating her personal best time set in the heats by just under three tenths of a second.

Third relay medal for Team England

Team England secured their third relay medal in the final race of the Games. The quartet of alongside Layla Black, Harry Constantine and Jahrel Murphy and Schosshan claimed a bronze medal after a solid swim in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay. They touched in 3:59.33 to complete the podium.

  • Click here to see full results from the swimming events at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.