Three tied medal places on competitive day three at the Speedo Summer MeetAugust 7, 2022
More than 100 medals were up for grabs on day three of the Speedo National Summer Meet at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
It was a competitive day of swimming action with a number of tied finishes in the medal positions as the top swimmers from around the country looked to earn themselves and their clubs a national title.
Whiston dominates to take gold
Brock Whiston put on an impressive display as she took the Women’s 400m Freestyle MC title.
In a heat declared winner Whiston finished over a minute ahead of her nearest challenger and ended up taking the gold medal by a massive 207 points.
The Barking and Dagenham swimmer set a time 5:06.31 with Rachel Partington performing well to win the silver.
S6 swimmer Partington was competitive on time with those classes above her to set an excellent 6:43.15 to give her second place.
She earnt 431 points with Maisie Catt from RichmondDale winning bronze with a score of 342 points.
— Maisie Catt (@CattMaisie) August 7, 2022
Shafi edges close battle
The only other heat declared winner event of the day was in the Men’s 800m Freestyle.
They took place in session two with Rafae Shafi from the City of Peterborough winning the 17 Years title after beating Stockport’s Kaiden Welsby’s time by 1.79.
Shafi swam a consistent race as he won the gold with an overall time of 8:38.02.
Welsby was close to his time to finish in silver medal position with Thanet Swim’s Oliver Pope also close by to take the bronze.
The Stockport swimmer set a time of 8:39.81 with Pope finishing in 8:40.60.
Myles Turner won the 18 and over event, finishing in a time of 8:49.31 to take the top step of the podium.
Turner, who represents West Suffolk, was 2.33 ahead of his nearest challenger as he set the fastest time with an 8:49.31.
Mount Kelly’s Nathan Chapman swam well to finish second quickest as the 18-year old competed strongly against the more senior swimmers around him.
He set a time of 8:51.64 with Patrick Meggitt from the City of Hereford earning bronze.
There was just 0.10 in the battle for the silver medal in the 13/14 Years event.
Yassin Selmani of Barnet just edged out Thanet Swims Charley King for second place, finishing in a time of 9:04.57.
Neither of them could quite match the pace of Oscar Bellinger who was 1.66 ahead of Selmani as the Salisbury swimmer took the gold.
The 15 Years gold medal went too Jamie Steadman from Clevedon.
He was nearly four seconds ahead of Oliver Greaves’ time as only the top two finished the race in under nine minutes.
Steadman clocked in at 8:53.78 with Barnet’s Kenechukwu Harris-Eze in third.
Northampton’s Benjamin Gibbons finished fifth and was one of the many swimmers who set a new personal best with a time of 9:06.01.
Leander Swimming Club’s Sonny Thomas had the biggest margin of victory in this event as he set the fastest time by over six seconds to become the 16 Years National Champion.
His time of 8:51.12 ended up being 6.28 quicker than City of Peterborough’s Daniel Moyses (8:57.40) who did well to finish as the runner up.
Adam Wright from Winsford won the bronze, he set a time of 8:58.23 as he was the only other swimmer to finish under the nine-minute mark.
Another fantastic day @Swim_England Summer Nationals🤩
— Team Thanet (@thanetsc) August 7, 2022
Ulyatt wins first medals of the finals session
Joshua Ulyatt won the first gold of the day’s finals session as he took the title in the 13/14 Years Men’s 100m Freestyle.
Ulyatt came from behind at the halfway point to assert himself into the lead as pulled away from his competitors inside the final quarter of the race.
He set a time of 55.86 with Nathan Apps (56.45) of Plymouth Leander and Joshua Sackree from the City of Peterborough setting a new personal best of 56.65 to round out the podium places.
Hayden Annan won a tight race to the wall to win the 15 Years final.
Annan and Worcester’s Ben Gooch pushed clear of the rest of the pack in the closing stages as the pair were the only two swimmers to finish in under 55 seconds.
RTW Monson’s Annan finished the stronger, coming from just behind Gooch to clinch the title by just 0.14.
The bronze medal went too Tom Youdale of Hastings who set a time of 55.35.
Angelo Giani Contini won gold in a terrific battle in the 16 Years Men’s 100m Freestyle event.
Contini’s impressive turn gave him the advantage at the halfway stage as he then battled on to fend off East Grinstead’s Alexander Davis by just 0.05.
Chelsea and Westminster then got their first medal of the day as Edward Marcal Whittles took bronze just 0.42 behind Contini’s winning time of a 53.16.
Alexander Harrand broke the Long Eaton club record twice in one day as he won the 17 Years final.
Harrand firstly set the record with his heats swim where set a 53.60 before bettering it in the final with a 53.24 to take gold.
Maxwell Adams was close to Harrand’s time as he fired Team Bath to second, finishing just 0.10 off Harrand’s time.
Olivier Vedrenne of the City of Norwich won the bronze medal, setting a time of 53.47.
Lewis Maxwell was dominant in the 18 Years and over final as he won gold by almost a second to take home the title.
The Northumberland and Durham swimmer got off the blocks quickly as he took the lead in the early stages and never looked back.
He finished with a time of 50.87 with Alexander Sargeant taking second for Millfield in 51.72.
The home team, City of Sheffield won bronze to take their first medal of the day.
Aaron Fox was the one who won it with a time of 52.28.
Team Maxwell win medals today! @LewisMxwll 🥇 100fc
Emily 🥈 200IM
— DerwentsideASC (@derwentsideasc) August 7, 2022
One-two finishes for both Wycombe and Loughborough
Both Wycombe District and Loughborough University enjoyed success in the Women’s 100m Freestyle as their swimmers gave them each a one-two finish.
Firstly it was a Wycombe District one-two in the 15 Years final as Lilia Gilbert led Maisie Dickinson in a strong showing for the Buckinghamshire club.
There was very little to split the pair as Gilbert took the win by just 0.35 over her teammate.
She came from behind to do it as she powered through in the last 50m’s to overtake Dickinson to take the title.
City of Leeds won the bronze through Sedona Reed in a time of 4:36.44.
Loughborough University then matched Wycombe’s effort in the 17 Years and over final as Scarlett Orchard led her teammate Amelia Moule to give them both the gold and silver medals.
Orchard was dominant throughout the race as she swam clear to win the title in a time of 4:27.68.
Moule was a comfortable second finishing in 4:30.96 with Millfield’s Isabella Woolard defeating Alicia Massie of Repton by just 0.01 for the bronze medal place.
Abbie Roscoe got her second gold of the meet as she won the 12/13 Years Women’s 400m Freestyle title to add to her 200m Individual Medley crown.
The Wirral Metro swimmer won the event by setting a new personal best too with a 4:32.84 with Willow Harrison taking second for the City of Sheffield.
Rosie Pope then added to her silver medal in the Women’s 1500m yesterday to take bronze in this event with a time of 4:38.18.
The City of Sheffield took their first gold of the day as Eve Doherty strode clear to take the 14 Years title.
The home team won the event as Doherty (4:33.08) was just under three seconds ahead of Lucy Matthews who took the runners up spot.
Coventry swimmer Matthews set a 4:36.05 to win the silver medal as she just edged out Kirsten Abrams of Mid Sussex who claimed bronze.
Lola Burns (4:31.53) won the 16 Years final as she coped well with the pressure from Louise Bressler (4:32.12) to take home the crown.
Burns made a strong start as she took the lead before the halfway mark and never looked back as she held on for gold.
Bressler improved in the second half of the race and the pair got themselves a gap on the rest of the pack but the Guildford swimmer didn’t quite have the pace to catch up with Burns.
Rotherham Metro’s Daisy Purchase (4:33.61) won the battle for bronze as she edged a close race with Leicester Sharks’ Abby Mitchell to take the final spot on the podium.
Jones storms to gold
Lewis Jones set a storming time to take gold in the Men’s MC 400m Freestyle final.
Littlehampton para-swimmer Jones set a 5:04.03 that scored him a massive 555 points which was 13 points clear of his nearest rival.
It was a huge personal best for Jones who knocked ten seconds off his best throughout the day after initially setting a new fastest time in the morning’s heats.
Bruce Dee added another silver medal to his collection as he finished in a time of 5:52.84 that earnt him 542 points for his swim.
It adds to the silver Dee won yesterday in the Men’s 50m Freestyle MC event as the S6 swimmer continues his successful meet so far.
In third place was Callum Peterson of Hastings who finished fastest in 4:55.00 but his 523 points was only good enough for the final spot on the podium despite his impressive display.
Marcal Whittles gets his second medal of the night
Marcal Whittles got his second medal of the night and bettered his earlier bronze to win gold in the Men’s 16 Years 50m Backstroke final.
The Chelsea and Westminster swimmer was the only man to finish under the 28 second mark as he set a 27.65 on route to victory.
The next seven swimmers were split by less than 0.40 as Newcastle’s Reece Blackett (28.40) and Max Leigh (28.50) completing the podium places.
RTW Monson’s Max El-Mokadem won the 13/14 Years final by just 0.07 in a tight finish.
El-Mokadem just edged out Swindon Dolphins’ Lucas Carter who set a 29.54 in the ‘splash and dash’ race.
The bronze medal went to Harry Chaudhury of Croydon Amphibians in a time of 29.65.
There was a tie for the bronze medal in the final for the 15 Year olds.
Nothing could separate Poole’s Freddie Hodgetts and Worksop’s Jake Franse as they both took home a bronze medal, setting an identical time of 28.66.
Oliver Scrimshaw from Basildon Phoenix and Tom Hawkins of RTW Monson were ahead of the pair however with Scrimshaw taking gold with a 28.24.
Leatherhead’s Dominic Morgan was crowned National Champion in the 17 Years final.
He finished just 0.10 ahead of Rafae Shafi who added a silver medal to his 800m Freestyle title he won earlier on in the day.
Morgan’s time was a 27.79 with Wigan BEST’s Matthew Tinkler in third finishing with a time of 28.05.
Benjamin Shorthouse swam well from the outside lane to finish fourth in 28.21.
Wycombe’s Jordan McPhail came from lane two to win the 18 Years and over final.
The 19-Year old was on top form as he beat Joshua Sargeant in a race to the wall by just 0.05 to win in a time of 26.88.
Sargeant won silver in 26.93 for Millfield with William Ellis earning bronze.
Back-to-back ties for silver medals
There were back-to-back ties for the silver medal in the Women’s 12/13 Years and 14 Years 50m Backstroke finals.
Firstly, in the 12/13 Years race Didcot’s Katherine Williams and Newcastle’s Evelyn Hallissey couldn’t be separated as they both finished in 31.71.
It was an impressive swim from the pair who will share the silver medal behind Grantham’s Grace Macdonald who was just ahead of them with a 31.64.
The same thing happened again in the very next race as Anna Tyers (City of Derby) and Veronica Venuti (Chelsea and Westminster) both finished in a time of 31.46.
Both swimmers had to settle for a silver each for their display as Amber Rigg just held on ahead of them to win gold for Cockermouth.
Sophie Knocker was the only swimmer to swim under 31 seconds in the 15 Years final.
The Leatherhead swimmer finished in a time of 30.72 which was almost half a second clear of Hannah Morris for Leyland Barracudas.
City of Coventry’s Brooke Fisher and Bromsgrove’s Emily Bower (31.34) both pushed Morris hard for the silver but she held on with Fisher finishing just 0.07 behind her in a time of 31.28.
The whole field was split by less than 1.30 in the 16 Years final.
It was Katie Ford of Windsor who came out on top, finishing in 30.95 as she edged ahead of her rivals in the race to the wall.
Sevenoaks swimmer Lilly-Marie Derry was second in 30.07 with Bella Cottrell just behind her setting a 30.11 to take third place.
Sophie O’Keefe was a clear winner in the 17 Years event as she won gold for Tadcaster by 0.63 to take the clubs only gold of the day.
O’Keefe was ahead of a tightly grouped rest of the field as Plymouth Leander’s Zoe Cawsey won the battle for silver.
She set a time of 30.71 which was just 0.07 ahead of Charlotte Fletcher-Stables who made it a double podium for Tadcaster.
— Tadcaster York Sport Swim Squad (@TadSwimSquad) August 7, 2022
New personal best for Whitehead as he wins gold
Harper Whitehead took two seconds off his personal best as he won gold in the Men’s 18 Years and over 200m Individual Medley final.
Whitehead needed that two second improvement as he finished just 1.42 ahead of Gloucester’s Donald Bisset who swam well in second place.
He set a time of 2:09.31 as Jolan Bennett then made it a double podium for Stockport as he came home with the bronze.
Ethan Potter (2:14.62) was a class apart in the Men’s 13/14 Years final.
Potter performed incredibly in the second half of the race to come through the pack to not just lead but pull out over a five second gap by the time he touched the wall.
Behind the City of Sheffield swimmer it was a competitive race with just three seconds splitting the rest of the field.
It was Hugo Young who took the silver however for Swim Bournemouth in 2:19.73 with Matthew Clark (2:20.01) winning bronze for Eastbourne.
Tadcaster then won gold as Jacob Brown fought bravely to keep his lead in the 15 Years final.
Brown was in a close race with Wrekin’s Oliver Greaves who kept clawing back his lead throughout the second half of the race.
He was just 0.39 off Brown in the end as the Tadcaster swimmer won the race in a time of 2:14.63.
In third was Louis Thorne from the City of Bristol who was 1.49 off the leading pair as he swam well to take bronze in 2:16.51.
Leon Taylor and Bryan Dinev had a close battle for silver as the Shiverers swimmer took the runners-up spot in the 16 Years final.
The pair swapped positions throughout the contest but it was Dinev who looked strongest coming into the final stages.
Taylor responded well though and fought valiantly to hold on and claim the silver medal place by just 0.03.
There was no catching Alexander Corver of Whitgift Swimming Club who won gold in a time of 2:13.46.
There was a head to head battle between City of Sheffield’s Thomas Bergmann and Plymouth Leander’s George Chapman in the 17 Years final.
The duo pulled around two seconds ahead of the rest of the field as they battled it out between one-another to see who would take the gold.
It was Bergmann who won it for the home side as he set a 2:11.65 which was just 0.20 ahead of Chapman.
Beckenham’s Callum Woolfenden finished in 2:13.62 to win bronze.
Wow 🤩 Just Wow
Dan, Amos and Don all swimming PBs ⏱ in their 200 IM finals 👏👏👏
And ….. 🥈for Don 👊👊
— Gloucester City Swimming Club (@Glos_Swim) August 7, 2022
Sheffield close out the day with two more golds
There were another two golds in their home pool for the City of Sheffield with Annabel Cooke starting out the evening’s final event with gold in the Women’s 12/13 Years 200m Individual Medley final.
Cooke looked comfortable in the end as she pulled clear in the middle part of the race and held on well to ensure she’d finish in top spot.
She finished in a time of 2:26.99 which was 1.28 ahead of Wycombe District’s Charlotte Heyden who finished second.
Evie Clare of Stockport Metro won bronze in a time of 2:29.70.
City of Sheffield then added to Cooke’s victory in the 15 Years final with Molly Baker adding to their impressive medal tally on day three.
It was a close duel between Baker and Northumberland and Durham’s Emily Maxwell as the front two pulled away in the second half of the race.
The pair were over three seconds ahead as Baker edged out Maxwell by 0.78 as she won in a time of 2:23.20.
Basildon Phoenix swimmer Lexie O’Connor was comfortable the best of the rest as she set a 2:27.55 to win the bronze.
The finish in the 14 Years final couldn’t have been closer as Isobel Liptrot edged out Amber Rigg by 0.01 to win the gold for Wigan BEST.
It was a case of the tables turning for Liptrot who missed out on gold by just 0.02 in the 50m Freestyle yesterday as she bounced back to take that step higher on the podium.
Amber Rigg was unlucky to miss out on gold, setting an impressive time of 2:25.66 to take silver with Gabriella Hunt (2:26.44) of Warrington Wolves in third.
Lucy Buckingham was a clear winner in the 16 Years event as she ended up nearly four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
She set a 2:21.94 which was 3.33 ahead of City of Bristol’s Martha Sell who swam well in second place.
There was a close battle for the final spot on the podium as Plymouth Leander’s Evangeline Bert held on to beat Annabelle Quinn by just 0.02.
The final race of the day saw a great swim from lane eight as Cira Fletcher came through to touch the wall first for Nova Centurion.
Fletcher finished just 0.10 ahead of West Suffolk’s Charlotte White despite a strong swim from the 17-year old.
It was a lifetime best for Fletcher as she won in a time of 2:23.43.
Rhiannon Bowen won bronze with her fourth medal of the meet so far, finishing in 2:23.88 for Surrey University Swimming Club.