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Flurry of close finishes on day two of Speedo Summer Meet in Sheffield

The second finals session of the Speedo National Summer Meet saw a total of 96 medals awarded across 32 races.

Seven medals had already been awarded earlier in the day following the ‘heat declared winner’ events – which takes the total number of medal past the 100 mark.

Newcastle and Bristol dominate Women’s Butterfly

Newcastle and the City of Bristol took two golds apiece in the Women’s 100m Butterfly events.

It was Newcastle Swim Team that won both of the youngest age groups with their swimmers taking the titles in both the 12/13 Years and the 14 Years event.

Erin Jones got their finals session off to the best possible start as she won the 12/13 Years Women’s 100m Butterfly title.

She did by the narrowest of margins, finishing just 0.01 ahead of City of Salford’s Amelie Blocksidge. Jones set a time of 1:06.34 as she edged her way to the title just ahead of the Salford swimmer.

Warrington’s Jasmine Bouaziz wasn’t far off the pair as she won bronze. She set a time of 1:06.58 as she was the only other swimmer to go under the 1:07:00 mark.

Niamh Savory then won another gold for Newcastle in the 14 Years’ age group. Savory’s time of a 1:05.93 was just under a second clear of Guildford’s Scarlett Sim.

Sim swam well, just holding off City of Salford’s Katie Lee for the silver medal by just 0.08. City of Bristol then got in on the action taking gold in both the 16 Years and 17 and over events.

Martha Sell won the 16 Years title, setting a time of 1:04.12 that was just 0.08 ahead of Crawley’s Emily Toms in a nail-biting finish.

The Bristol swimmer was just able to hold on to take the title with Emma Allatt-File coming in third for Guildford.

The 17 and over gold was then won by Bristol’s Kiera Noon. She took the crown by 0.90 ahead of Melody Jones who set a 1:03.96 to take the silver medal.

Surrey University Swimming Club’s Rhiannon Bowen won bronze with a time of 1:04.26.

The only swimmer to break the Newcastle and Bristol stronghold on the event was Stockport’s Sophie Traill.

Traill took control of the 15 Years final finishing 1.32 ahead of Millfield’s Annabel Chan. Her time of a 1:05.06 won her the silver with City of Bradford’s Sophia Gledhill who won the bronze.

Close finish in 200m Freestyle final

There was a tight finish in the Men’s 15 Years 200m Freestyle final as Middlesbrough’s William Gowler edged out James Gannicott from Gravesend by just 0.11.

Gowler led from the off but had to hold on as Gannicott begun to close in the second half of the race.

The Middlesbrough swimmer fought on bravely to fend off the rallying Gannicott, winning the gold in a time of 1:58.76.

Josef Adams from Chelsea&West won bronze with a time of 1:59.74.

City of Peterborough’s Orlando Dearing took the title in the 13/14 Years event. Dearing fought back strongly after he was ninth following the opening 50m’s.

He kept his confidence however and clawed himself back into the race and into the lead with 50m to go. He never looked back from then and finished in a time of 2:03.96.

Jimmy McGuire was second with Hao Hao Shi from the City of Sheffield claiming the bronze medal.

Chelsea&West’s Edward Marcal Whittles strode clear to take the 16 Years title. Whittles finished over two seconds ahead of his nearest rival as he powered away during the second half of the race.

He finished with a time of 1:55.63 with Thomas Evans second setting a time of 1:57.68. The bronze went to Thomas Maskell who finished in 1:58.94.

City of Sheffield swimmers ran out winners in both the 17 Years and 18 Years and over events.

Firstly, it was Finley Allman who won the 17 Years title with a time of 1:55.00. He was just under half a second ahead of City of Salford’s Alexander Volkovoy with Guildford’s Christian Duetoft in third.

Allman pushed into the lead as the contest reached its halfway stage and fought on well to take the title.

Volkovoy gave it everything in the final 50m’s to close the gap but ended up finishing just 0.49 off the Sheffield swimmer.

Aaron Fox then made it a double gold for Sheffield, winning the 18 Years and over crown. Fox set a time of 1:53.50 which was nearly a second clear of West Norfolk’s Nathan Wells.

Wells led a close battle for the remaining podium spot with the next four swimmers within 0.43 of one another.

The West Norfolk swimmer finished strongly to claim second spot as Jay Manners battled hard to take the bronze by just 0.04 ahead of Regan Lloyd.

Close contests in Breaststroke finals

There was a flurry of close contests in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke finals.

Annabel Cooke and Imogen Myles pushed each other all the way to the finish in the 12/13 Years final.

It was City of Sheffield’s Cooke who came out on top by 0.15 to take gold in her home pool, setting a time of 2:41.65.

Sevenoaks swimmer Myles took silver and was joined on the podium by her teammate, Cara Neal, who finished in the bronze medal position.

There was another great finish between Ella Greatbatch and Kesia Crees in the 14 Years final.

There was just an arm’s length between the pair as Greatbatch touched the wall just 0.13 ahead of Crees to earn top spot.

The Basildon swimmer set a silver medal-winning time of 2:41.83, followed by Cockermouth’s Amber Rigg in third.

The closest battle of them all was fought in the 15 Years final between Molly Baker and Lauren Kenna.

City of Sheffield’s Baker made it her second gold medal of the meet so far after she took 400m IM gold in a new personal best time on the opening day.

But this time around there was just 0.02 separating her and her nearest rival. Baker touched the wall in 2:42.95 and was followed extremely closely by Kenna who finished in 2:42.97.

Taking the final podium place was Basildon Phoenix swimmer Lexie O’Connor.

The 16 Years final saw the largest margin of victory as Leyland Barr’s Amelie Elliot took the win inside 2:42.23.

Wycombe District swimmer Grace Pattle (2:44.01) swam well to secure herself a medal, with Emily Leonard taking bronze.

Sarah O’Brien of West Norfolk was crowned 17 Years and over national champion.

The 26-year-old powered home in a time of 2:41.26 and was joined on the podium by 17-year-olds Chloe Hopkinson and Ellen Bagley in second and third respectively.

Loveman secures Breaststroke double

In the Men’s 18 Years and over 200m Breaststroke final, City of St Albans swimmer William Loveman made it a double as he added the 200m title to his 100m crown.

He beat Max Wass to the wall and Joseph Martin finished third.

Chelsea and Westminster’s Edward Robinson opened up a lead in the 13/14 Years final, swimming close to his heats time to secure gold.

Jeremiah Carnegie went one better than his opening day bronze to clinch silver in a time of 2:34.64. In third was Joshua Davidson of Atlantis.

It was the battle of the yellow caps as a great race unfolded in the 15 Years final.

Poole’s Frederick Beasley, Caden Wickstone Sutton of Chase and Romford Town’s Charlie Rogers all surged down the centre of the pool to set up a dramatic finish.

Beasley was crowned champion in 2:33.36, with Sutton taking a close silver and Rogers earning himself a bronze medal.

It was a blanket finish between the top four in the 16 Years final, with just 0.04 between the gold and silver medal places.

City of Coventry’s Alex Block was on the right end of the result to take home a gold medal.

City of Liverpool’s Peter Thompson was agonisingly close to the top spot but had to settle for silver. He was followed by Kendal’s James Escolme for third.

Oliver Covill set an excellent time and massive personal best in the 17 Years final.

The City of Leicester swimmer clocked a time of 2:25.92 to win. Southport’s Thomas O’Donnell was next to the touch and Oliver Chaddick of Chase behind him.

Tennant gives Long Eaton the gold

Long Eaton got themselves on the top step of the podium as Ellie Tennant won gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle 17 Years and over.

She was the only swimmer to break the 27-second barrier with a time of 26.94 as she goes home as the champion.

It was a close battle for the rest of the medal places with Rhiannon Bowen from Surrey University Swimming Club running out the victor in that battle with a time of 27.27.

Lauren McRobbie won the bronze as the teenager competed with those more experienced than her to take the final medal place.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jessica-Jane Applegate also took part in the event and finished fifth.

She stepped out of her S14 class to compete in the event and set a time of 27.54 which was 0.60 behind Tennant’s time.

Layla Clare took the 12/13 Years Women’s 50m Freestyle title and set in new personal best in doing so.

Clare set a new fastest time of a 27.62 to take the title by 0.18. The Oxford swimmer led from the off and swam strongly to become the champion.

She finished just ahead of Chorley’s Oliva Edgar with Alexandra Nurney in third for Camden Swiss. Edgar’s time was a 27.78 with Nurney also getting under the 28 second mark with a 27.98.

The race for the 14 Years title went right down to the wire. Katie Oliver just held on to beat Isobel Liptrot by 0.02 to claim the title.

Liptrot swam incredibly well, coming in from lane two to take the fight all the way until the line. Oliver’s final time was a 27.91 as her strong performance earnt her gold.

Olivia O’Mahony took the bronze for Cockermouth with a solid time of 28.02.

Grace Greenhalf coped with the pressure from behind well to win the 15 Years event. Greenhalf was the favourite after setting comfortably the fastest time in the heats in the morning session.

She backed up her heats display by improving her time to set a 27.13 that gave her a 0.31 gap back to her nearest challenger.

It was Nicole Adeyeye from the City of Salford who got closest to her as she earnt silver with a time of 27.44 with Skye Austin-Burrows in third setting a 27.63.

City of Milton Keynes’ Annabelle Quinn powered through in the second half of the race to earn the 16 Years national title.

Quinn set an impressive time of 27.16 to stretch clear of her competitors despite a fairly even start to the race. Second place went Francesca Barber of Flitwick with Carys Roberts from Winsford in third.

Ulyatt takes national title

Millfield swimmer Joshua Ulyatt took the Men’s 13/14 Years 100m Butterfly national title in 1:01.03.

He pipped Kal-El Ntiamoah (1:01.15) of Beckenham to the top spot and Croydon’s Harry Chaudhury also finished on the podium.

Two swimmers went under the minute mark in an impressive 15 Years final.

City of Manchester’s Xuanming Guo stormed to the finish in 59.76 to beat City of Bristol’s Jack Brown (59.97). In the bronze medal position was Guildford’s Charles Clarke.

Wycombe’s Jack Allman started strong and was leading at the halfway mark before Pershore’s David Annis snatched the victory in the 16 Years final.

Leo Pollock of Repton also snuck past Allman to take silver, with the Wycombe athlete touching in third.

There was joy for Oliver Jones as he secured the title in the 17 Years age group.

The Poole swimmer recorded a time of 57.23 to win gold. Touching next for silver was Royal Wolverhampton swimmer James Shevchenko (57.66) and just 0.08 behind him was Watford’s Matthew Aldred.

In the 18 Years and over final, Leicester Sharks’ Luca De Zilva was clear of the rest of the field as he approached the wall. He clinched the final gold medal of the evening.

Pershore’s Patrick Heeks took silver, followed by Nova Centurion’s Elliot Day in bronze.

Impressive Lambert wins gold

Evie Lambert won gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle MC final.

Lambert set a time of 33.19 that earnt her a massive 557 points.

The S9 swimmer improved on her time in the heats by 0.51 in a strong swim from the Kirklees competitor.

Imogen Dodds put up another strong performance to take silver in what is her third silver of the meet already.

She set the quickest time of the race with a 32.99 which earnt her 528 points to add another silver medal to her collection.

Taking the bronze was Rebecca Hardy-Bishop of Jersey who scored 486 for her swim.

Pearson takes final gold of the night

Callum Pearson from Hastings won the day’s final gold medal, setting a time of 28.56 to earn him the Men’s 50m Freestyle MC title.

Hastings’ swim gave him a score of 533 which was 19 points clear of Northampton’s Bruce Dee.

S6 swimmer Dee set a 35.66 in a good performance to give him the silver medal.

The 16-year old got 514 points for his display as he was the only other swimmer to earn over 500 points.

Alfie Penfold finished third and scored 458 points for his time of a 30.09.